Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Worst Drive to the Greatest Show

My wife Tami has been wanting to see the circus for some time now, so a few weeks ago I bought us tickets to the Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey Circus which was performing at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown this weekend. Unfortunately when I bought our tickets for tonight's 7:00 show I didn't realize that we'd be stuck in the middle of this winter's worst storm yet.

The storm began yesterday afternoon and by this morning we already had about 3-5 inches on the ground with another 5-7 inches expected during the day today. Around 12:00 we looked outside and noticed that our apt. complex still had yet to plow the parking lot in front of our building. After watching numerous people spin their car tires we realized that we weren't going anywhere today until a plow came by. Finally at 2pm our driveway got cleaned and we decided to venture out into the winter wonderland to head to my parent's house in Warren before the circus. It didn't take very long for us to realize that the roads were worse than we expected.

Here's a video of us driving on the Ohio Turnpike, which is usually kept in excellent condition. When you can barely see any pavement on this road you know things must be bad. Visibility was down to less than a quarter mile for most of the drive.

After leaving my parent's house in Warren we now had another exciting drive to Youngstown. Somehow we made it to Chevy Centre about a half hour before the show and hoped that the snowplows would do a better job clearing the roads while we were inside.

It turned out that the roads were much better on our way home, but by that I just mean that the clumps of snow were smoothed out so you wouldn't get stuck. As for the circus, we had a great time and it was definitely worth the admission fee. It's amazing to see some of the things that these performers are able to do night in and night out. Here are just a few of the stunts...

You would never catch me inside this cage with 10 tigers

A tiger leaps between the legs of its trainer "Taba"

Alberto dances on the high wire

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