I have been on the road since June 2009, (which now that I think about it, is ten months) and I have just now gotten time to actually start writing things down about this extravaganza that is my life. To review:
I lived in NYC and wasn't making ANY money whatsoever, so I joined the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus as an electrician (logical next step, I know). After working there for ten months I realized that the issues I had with the job and company weren't going to blow over, so I left with Jeremy (boyfriend for those of you just joining me) for the Big Apple Circus. He is now the Head of Sound, and I am the Artistic Office Manager. We have moved into a tiny camper that fits in the bed of an F350 - which believe it or not is bigger than the rooms on the train - and are starting to acclimate ourselves to our new working/living environment. The circus is currently in Boston, MA (for schedule go to bigapplecircus.org) and we will travel to Queens, Long Island, and Stamford, CT to end this season.
The great thing about having an office job is that I get paid more money than most of the people on the show to do things I already know how to do, I get to meet all of the VIPs, and I get to schmooze at events. The drawback is that I've spent the last two days doing absolutely nothing and it doesn't look like things will pick up any time soon. Ok, maybe nothing is an exaggeration, but for an over-achieving workaholic like myself, touring the different offices and filling out one purchasing order during a total of 15 hours of work seems just a bit slow. Now watch, because I've said this I won't have any time to breathe this next week... ANYWAY I've started to write this blog and will be updating it hopefully with some consistency.
As of now, I'm sitting in the office listening to our last show of the day (2 show weekend days are amazing when you're used to 3 show Saturdays and Sundays followed by load out). I'm getting along well with everyone so far, as is Jeremy, who has "saved the day" by showing up and doing what he does. We've been told that the sound for the show has been sub-par for a long time now, and the little bit of tweaking of microphone placements and EQs that he's done to the system have done wonders for the quality of the show. Just wait until load in the next town when he corrects the hanging angles of the speakers! Also, Bello (renowned as America's Best Clown) was the headliner on the last Ringling tour Jeremy was on so they are already good friends. Not to be a one of "THOSE" people, but it helps when you know the guy everyone is trying to meet/know/be like. Aside from that, the people here are all very nice and seem to have a more mature sense of themselves and work than what I'm accustomed to, which only makes things even more pleasant.
Insofar as seeing Boston goes, we haven't explored too much yet. We visited Jeremy's friend Nick who goes to Berkley, had dinner on Long Wharf on the Boston Harbor, and I've spent a good amount of time exploring the downtown shopping area as my job requires a business casual wardrobe that I realized I haven't remotely had since high school, if ever. Once we get out of work tonight, a few people will be going to a bar called Lucky's where there is a Frank Sinatra cover band who is infamous with everyone in the show. We shall see... whether they are good or bad it will be nice to get out of the camper for a while. I've spent most of my time the past week cleaning it and obsessing over cabinet organization to the point where I think if I buy one more canvas bucket from Target, Jeremy may sign me up for some sort of Organizers Anonymous help group. I believe plans are brewing for a trip to the Necco Candy Factory, a Red Sox game, and a tour of the Sam Adams brewery assuming that nothing else gets scheduled into our time off here. We shall see.
Hopefully I will be taking more pictures shortly and can post them here, as well as on facebook. Pictures from June 2009-December 2010 are already on my facebook profile if you want to take a gander. Also, feel free to send the link to this page www.lindsaywhereareyou.blogspot.com to whoever you think would like to keep up with where I am and what I'm doing. I'm a bit thin in the email address department (oops). If I'm ever in your area or you are ever in a position to take a road trip to me, let me know!