Hot summer day in Maryland
Trip Start Apr 15, 2013
358Trip End Oct 31, 2014
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Where I stayed
Industrial park outside of the Emergency Vehicle Specialist's shop
He took us to a popular deli called Always Ron's that we quickly fell in love with. We all ordered some adult beverages (the pear cider I ordered hit the spot perfectly and John got a local microbrew) and then dove into some really, really fine food. Tom is well-known around there and he introduced us to a few folks who stopped by to say hello. It was a really nice way to wind down the night.
The next morning, Tom picked us up and we were off for a whirlwind tour of the ticket sellers in the surrounding areas
We stopped by a school (I think it was a private one, but I'm not sure) with younger grades on the off-chance they'd like to have a circus clown visit their classrooms. The answer was a resounding YES! A very nice teacher offered to walk us around and we ended up visiting 5-6 classrooms where John did a shortened version of his assembly program. The kids loved it and I was able to duck out a few times to make some phone calls to our sponsors for next week. I'm learning better time management every week we're doing this and when I have a 15 minute window to do something else, I have to take it!
I didn't grab enough flyers (since we didn't know we were going to the school) for the rest of the day, but at least we got a couple hundred of them out to the school. We went to a strip mall after the school and ate some food at CiCi's Pizza. It was pretty slow when we first got our food, but by the time we were about to head out, the place was bombarded by families. Most kids wanted balloon animals and then as more kids came in and saw the balloon animals, they wanted some too. I'm beginning to realize I'm going to need to learn how to make these in order to help John when he's completely overwhelmed by kids in these situations
We had an early finish time today, so once we got back to the RV, we took some photos with Tom and said our goodbyes. We stayed put so that we could make phone calls and plan out some more to do the rest of the week and next week. It's sometimes hard to get a hold of the sponsors after business hours, so this was the perfect opportunity.