Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
We made the local paper in Le Mars.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
All together our 13.5 hour drive turned into a 17+hour drive. I hope we can keep those hours down as we drive the 900 miles back to KY for the fair starting Monday...we finish her 9pm on Sunday night and start there Monday eve. Wooo-doggie that is going to cut things close...Nick, CC and I will sleep very little Sunday-Monday!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Hello, this is Miles, today was good, but it was a little sad at the same time. It started as any other day started, and it was as humid and hot as the other days this week, so it was pretty much a normal day. Except today my second cousin once removed Brandon left to go back home. L It was sad but he needs to go back home and see his family also. But anyways other than that it was an A OK day.
Hi Victor Kent here. We lose Brandon today. he returns to Toledo as we prepare for our last day in BG tomorrow and head west to Le Mars, IA for the Plymouth fair. After all this heat a change of venue will be nice though we love Beech Bend Park and the family that runs it. Brandon may join us for our NY show but we will have to wait and see. He was a great plus to the show.
My friend Lloyd, a friend since childhood surprised us the other day with news that he had suffered a mild heart attack. makes my complaining about the weather seem trite. He is doing well but will be monitoring his heart for the rest of his life. Our prayers are with him and his fam.
We have been working on our Bamboo or Bananas to the Beat Illusion and I will have a video for you call soon.
Today was brandon’s last day here, it’s funny I didn’t realize he was leaving till half way through the day. This morning I had some fun with the the ostrich costume it’s pretty awesome. Between the second and third show today james, ashley, shanon, and I got to go on some legit rides lol we rode this ride called the sea serpent like five times in a row(it was a ride from neverland by the way and my favorite ride here at beech bend). The show’s went well its always fun haha it’s cool I enjoy seeing the show just as much as I did in the begging of the trip. Miles and myself have been making videos recently and we have a blast in the process. We often watch them around three times before uploading them haha we want to make a youtube channel for this MI&LU project. I think its possible for us to get a following haha well that’s about it for today. God bless and prayer is always appreciated -Lukas V.-
So this morning started off nice because it is Sunday and we got to sleep in an extra hour. Everyone needed it especially with the later night last night. Breakfast was normal with banana muffins and milk.At the park the day started as it always does with strollers at the rrint gate. Midori went out as the penguin because she loves being the penguin, Lukas went out as a guy riding an ostrich, and James went on stilts. Today's schedule was really weird for show times. The times were 11:30, 2:15, and 6. Right before the first show daddy noticed he did not have any pants so he left to go to the hotel so us kids had to run the first show. There was one problem with that because James, Lukas and Midori were all at the front gate ten minutes before the show. I had to send Brandon out to get them. Brandon came back with Miles, Midori, and Lukas but James was no where to be found. Brandon only told Lukas to come in and nobody told James. So, I had ot send Brandon out again to go get James. It was not until three minutes til that James came in on his stilts. We decoded to let James get ready so we started the show eight minutes behind schedule but the show worked out fine. That is, it worked out fine for going on thirty minutes after the park opened on the opposite side of the frint gate, with the performers showing up minutes before the show, the show starting late, and having only ten people in the audience. The second show, however went better. After that we had a three hour break so the kids and daddy went swimming. I have no idea what James was doing but I was positive he was not at the stage because he never is unless the show is going on, He is mister social. I also don't know what Miles and Lukas were doing. I think they may have been hanging out with Christine, Shannon, and Ashley (the peoples from Ohio). Nick took a nap on a bench and I took a nap on another bench. That is until I fell off...then I moved into the tent to lay in front a fan and sleep. Much more comfortable, nothing to fall off of. I did not wake up until thirty minutes before the last show and no one woke me up. The last show went fine. After the last show we packed up as usual but also had to say goodbye to the Ohio peoples and Brandon. It is going to be weird not having him with us but we will adjust eventually. He may join us when we go up to New York. We also had to say bye to Grant because we will not see him tomorrow. Tomorrow is the last day and Beech Bend. It is kind of sad but it its time for a change of scenery. For now we will enjoy our last day and make the best of every moment. See ya!
Hot, yes. Today was a wonderful day of strange weather, cooling temperatures in the afternoon with a storm front moving in. Sunday starts off an hour later than any other day of the week and I am ridiculously happy for the greater amount of sleep we get. Strolling at the front gate at Beech bend today went well, though I am sure all of us were sweating profusely. The two other strollers left about 10 or so minutes before I actually left to go to the stage. Looking back I think it would have been a great plan to leave with them considering that by the time I got to the stage we had to start a show. let me explain, last sunday our show was rescheduled from 11:30 (30 minutes after the park opens) to 12:30 because we are located on the opposite end of the park and it would be nearly impossible to get a crowd. I was expecting the same thing today for the same reasons but due to a lack of communication, we started our show at 11:30 with a very small auidence. Now this first show was unlike our regular show, primarily because I had to sprint off the stilts, dripping with oh so lovely sweat and change into my show costume in order to lead the show because father was unable to make it to perform at the first show for whatever reason that may be. And to this point I am still unsure of the reasons, none the less, I performed and led the show without too much awkwardness and to the joy of the 12 people total that were at our end of the park at 11:30. Following the show i went over to the other stage and the break room to recover from the massive rush of stilts and performing with no rest inbetween. THANK YOU AIR CONDITIONING!!!!!!!!! The 2:15 show as far as my mind recalls, went without any hitch or issue. And during our break from 3:00 to 6pm Lukas, Christine, Shannon, Ashley and i went to hit the rides and get some ice cream. Apparently it is inevitable for me to draw some sort of attention wherever I go, and in the Rumbler cafe i was an absolute show doing all sorts of comedy for all there to enjoy. It was a blast, unintentional though....really. Thrid show rolls around after a few trips on the Sea Dragon and the Dinky Gowen magic Show. It goes off smoothly with the exception of my rancid little samoan fire routine which gets three drops from excessive fuel on the handle. Maaaaaan, that buggered me up for at least half of the show. One of these days i will actually master that darn routine here. hahahah. No worries.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
HEY …. This is Miles, so today was good except for the fact that I lost my title as the youngest person to escape out of a straitjacket upside down 60 feet in the air. But I am fine with it now because at least I lost it to a family member, Victor Kent JR. Other than that today was ok, it was really hot and humid , but the plus was that I did not have to go out strolling in a mascot. YAY!!!!!! Nothing against mascots or anything, it was just hot! But anyways today was ok.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Today started off with it over 100 degrees before lunchtime. By afternoon the heat index was in the low hundreds and our show shelter with it's metal roof was little more than a convection oven. Still audiences came, we sweat and performed. Sometimes it was hard to be out there pouring our our best while our sweat pour out our pores. But around 4 something the clouds quickly grew dark and the wind started whipping around. The plastic colorful decorations that lined the poles around our shelter were being torn apart. I ordered everyone check that everything is battened down and anything that can get wet be stowed.