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Mar. 7th, 2009 05:22 pm Circus (etc.)

This afternoon we went to Circus Vargas at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. I enjoyed it more than I feared, but not as much as I hoped.

Circus Vargas is a small, one ring, circus still held under the not-so-big top. The show was good and most of the acts were decent. I do have a couple of observations and comments.

First, it is clear to me, and robot_grrl agreed, that even this more traditional circus has been influenced by Cirque du Soleil. Several of the acts were set to music written for the show, and the ringmaster was a pretty good singer, and did all of the singing.

Perhaps the best two acts were the dog and cat trainer, who used humor to work around the natural tendency of cats to not always perform on cue, and the trapeze troop, who were quite good. The trampoline troop was pretty good as well. I think that the aerialists at Sea World were better, but probably also better paid. Most of the other acts weren't too bad.

Perhaps I was the least impressed with the vaulters. This, I am sure, comes from have a pretty good knowledge of what they were doing. The vaulting troop consisted of, I'm sure, a mother and her two daughters with her husband lunging some of the time. However, the girls did very basic moves, and the mother did very few moves that aren't part of the American Vaulting Association's compulsory moves. Further, they were all done at a trot. When I've seen top level vaulters perform at the canter, it just wasn't that impressive.

After the circus, we got out pretty quickly -- it was far from a sell out and we were parked close to the exit row -- and headed back to Oceanside to see if we could meet up with the Com Station Z people at Killer Pizza from Mars. However, when we got there, we found only two people left in the back room, who were both clearly fen and clearly packing up to leave. I do plan on writing the e-mail list and letting them know that we would have shown up if we hadn't had a prior commitment, and to encourage them to consider continuing to have activities such as meetings on Saturdays and in North County at least some of the time.

We did stay for pizza, even though it isn't our favorite, and Tara and Derrick got their first look at the decor.

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Date:March 8th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Did Derrick enjoy it?
Date:March 8th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
He had a good time.

Although at several times he was staring at something other than what was going on on stage -- including after thinking it would be cool for 3 motorcycles to be in the ball at once, and then they added the 3rd bike.