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Posted by Ralphie (Member # 1565) on :
btw, Synesthesia - congrats on getting a job. I didn't want to take away from the coolness of your thread, but I done landed myself a temporary position, too.

It's only for the month of October, but I will be the official dining room attendant for the performers of Cirque de Soleil while they are in Portland on tour. This means I get to hang out with the performers and perm staff, making specialty coffee and helping out in their gourmet kitchen.

Apparently it was a pretty coveted position, and I was one of only five people (out of hundreds that applied) to get it. Groovy.

However, it is still officially working for the circus, so I would like to be referred to as Ralphie the Carnie from now on. I anticipate becoming a large, hairy man sporting a greased-out shirt, smoking cigars and scaring small children by tomorrow morning.

Also, it means I'm working full-time away from my system for about a month. So, the next time you see me after today I'll be typing with my huge hams for fists.


[ September 25, 2003, 05:57 PM: Message edited by: Ralphie ]
Posted by ginette (Member # 852) on :
Wow Ralphie! What more can I say?


[Smile] [Smile] [Smile]
Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
Congrats! Have fun. [Big Grin]

We'll miss you, oh ham-handed one.
Posted by katharina (Member # 827) on :
That's awesome! Congratulations!!

Pat an acrobat for us. [Smile]
Posted by Ralphie (Member # 1565) on :
Kat - On the bottom? Sho thang!

Thanks, guys. [Smile]
Posted by Erik Slaine (Member # 5583) on :
Have you noticed that all of the travelling carnivals have the little disclaimer signs on their rides to state that carnies have to pass a background check now?

Too bad Toni, hope they don't find out.

I'll have a grande latte with a triple shot. (congrats)

Posted by Patsy (Member # 5699) on :
That is SO cool, Ralphie! Congratulations!
Posted by Ryuko (Member # 5125) on :
[Cry] Will miss Ralphie-sama!! But have a great time with the circus freaks.... Finally, Ralphie is where she belongs.

Barker: Come see the human skeleton! The Dust Witch! And Ralphie the Rackmaster!!!
Posted by Icarus (Member # 3162) on :
B-b-b-but you'll still be online when you get home, right?
Posted by Maccabeus (Member # 3051) on :
*sniffles* I'm gonna miss you, Ralphie...
Posted by Patsy (Member # 5699) on :
The most important question, though, is whether or not you'll be able to keep playing Mafia.
Posted by Ralphie (Member # 1565) on :
Yeah,I won't be perma-gone. I'll only be cutting my time back by a ton.

I can still play. I'll just probably get knocked off or lynched. [Smile]
Posted by T. Analog Kid (Member # 381) on :
Coolness... be sure to yuse your wiles to increase sales (assuming you will get commission)
Posted by Raia (Member # 4700) on :
Ralphie, that's AWESOME!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!! I went to see the Cirque Du Soleil in Chicago a few weeks ago (or a month? Hmm...) Anyway, they were phenomenal!!! That's so exciting!!!

[The Wave]
Posted by Dragon (Member # 3670) on :
Welcome to the Hatrack Carnies Club! [Big Grin]

Which show is it?
Posted by sarcasticmuppet (Member # 5035) on :
Ralphie, are you going to grow a beard?
Posted by Synesthesia (Member # 4774) on :
excellent. congratulations [Big Grin] [Party]
Posted by Ralphie (Member # 1565) on :
Ralphie, are you going to grow a beard?

I already have a beard.
Posted by Shan (Member # 4550) on :
Oh, what fun! Enjoy, good luck and I second that audacious idea of patting some buns - [Smile]
Posted by xnera (Member # 187) on :
Excellent! I am jealous. I am a huge huge huge Cirque Du Soleil fan. I have five of their specials on tape/DVD, and I've seen them live four times. Have fun!
Posted by Noemon (Member # 1115) on :
How cool is that? Ralphie is officially a circus geek!

I've always wanted to see the Cirque de Soleil live; what I've seen on TV has been incredible.

Posted by Anna (Member # 2582) on :
That's cool for you, congrats !
[The Wave]

[ September 26, 2003, 10:51 AM: Message edited by: Anna ]
Posted by Mike (Member # 55) on :
Cool, Alegria.

I worked as an usher for Cirque in June and July (Dralion, in Hartford). It was really cool being able to see the show over and over again. And the food is amazing. Have fun! [Smile]
Posted by Head Ditch Digger (Member # 5085) on :
I hear the side shows make lots of money. congrats Ralphie.
Posted by Icarus (Member # 3162) on :
Oh, is Alegría the one you are working for? Cool.

I saw Drahlion (sp?) when it toured down to Miami, and of course I live right next to La Nouba. I wonder if anybody else here has seen both traveling and stationary shows, and if so, what you think of them? I prefer La Nouba of the two that I have seen. A big part of it is stagecraft that they simply can't match on the road. But I also prefer the music, so *shrug*. Unfortunately, it's been so long since I saw Drahlion that all I have is my vague impressions and what I remember having felt at the time, but not specific comparisons.

What do you think, xnera?

And how do you feel about taped shows versus live? I mean, obviously tape can't compare to a live performance, but how wide is the gap for you? Both shows I've seen amaze and overwhelm me when I see them live, but I always find myself bored by the tapes. Am I alone in this?

Oh, and if you buy a T-shirt, buy it big. They run small.


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