Sunday, March 26, 2006

children of all ages

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is in town through today. Instead of the usual three-ring show, this year we got the one-ring "gold tour," which used to be called the "hometown edition." A marketing rep for the circus told me that Knoxville is one of the few markets that will get all three tours (red, blue and gold) of the circus on a rotating basis. As far as I could tell, the gold tour had only two clowns and two elephants in addition to the contortionists, tightrope walkers, teterboarders, trapeze artists, dancing horses and Frisbee catching dogs.

Former clown and former human cannonball Jon Weiss is now the "host" (not ringmaster?) of the gold tour. You might remember Jon and his friend Al as contestants on The Amazing Race 4. The circus performance I saw on Wednesday night started only a few hours after Jon returned from New York where he hosts "Finish Line," a weekly Internet talk show about the current race. Wouldn't it be a good idea if the Amazing Race contestants received a time penalty for overuse of the phrases "Go baby!" and "C'mon baby!" during roadblock challenges?

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