Or perhaps, “Strange Girl Out in her Weird Costume.”
I normally do everything I can -within reason- to avoid getting caught doing pedestrian things in my costume. But the more of a mom I become and the busier my performing schedule becomes (thanks to my new Event Manager/Whip Cracker Sari… thank you Sari)… I guess I just did not think much of it today. That is:
Today I was still in costume after a show but with such a full dance card for the short remainder of my day that I decided to f* it and run some impromptu errands before even going home. There I am heading to “IParty” in hopes they have the face paint I need, when two guys in a truck stop to ask if I would like a quote on repairing the dent in my car (which, incidentally, is exactly something I would like). Before I can even say yes, one of them goes, “OH! You took care of my boys!! You work at Polcari’s right!?” [My weekly restaurant gig.] …”I tried to get you for my son’s birthday! But now my other son’s birthday is coming up,” etc. etc.
Fast forward half an hour and I have two guys fixing my car RIGHT THERE IN THE PARKING LOT, and my next lead for a gig in May.
MEANWHILE, grabbing a coffee at Starbucks, same thing; “Do you do parties? OH! I saw you at my daughter’s school. I tried calling you last time. Her birthday’s coming up again, can I have your card?” etc. etc. Another lead for later this month!
On my way home I stop at Whole Foods. At check out I get the usual, “So what do you juggle?” conversation, which is fine but not surprising. Then someone behind asks, “8-6-7-5-3-0-9?”
LOVE IT! So refreshing and so classic.
For any of my few dear readers who don’t already know, my costume does include a polkadot dress, striped socks, a fabulous hat and a big SIGN on my back that says, “www.Jenny the Juggler.com.”
If you DO know me then you know I don’t like being in costume any more than necessary (b/c thankfully it is necessary so much)… but today was full of so many unexpected rewards that I have no regrets.
Other than I *just* got home and I *still* have to change and it’s *already* time to go start collecting my dern kids.
Quoting my brilliant mom: “Life is good. There’s just so much of it!”
[Tommy Tutone – 867-5309/Jenny, 3 mins 43 secs]