Tuesday, 21 August 2012


Jen's always thinking about fun things to do with our nieces and nephews.  A while back she had heard about the Shrine Circus coming to town and thought it would be fun to go see it in Ottawa with wee-est of the wee ones.

The only circus I've ever been to was the Shrine Circus in Winnipeg.  That was about 30 years ago.  I have vague memories of it.  What I do remember is that it was a big production.  The circus was held in the Winnipeg arena and there was a big fair outside with all the rides and games.  And that was my lasting impression of a modern circus.

Times have changed.

First, I was surprised to learn that the circus wasn't at the Scotiabank Place.  It was at some convention centre closer to downtown Ottawa.  As we drove up to the location we saw the tents set up in the parking lot.  And then we saw the protestors.

That's another thing that was different from my childhood circus memories.  I don't think we had protestors back then.  But there they were, a bunch of college liberals and one dude trying desperately to get into some college liberal pants.  Waving posters with pictures of tortured elephants at my niece and nephew.  Yah, thanks for that.  Let's traumatize the wee children.  Fucking hippies.

Don't get me wrong.  I don't condone the mistreatment of animals.  I would personally remove the skin of anybody I saw abusing an elephant.  But I really don't think they're doing that here and all you are doing is frightening some little kids who were looking forward to this event.

The circus itself, well, the circus is definitely for kids.  And the kids did enjoy it.  My niece got to ride on an elephant.  That's pretty friggin' cool.  And they were entertained by the clowns.  I was not.  I'm not one of those people that has a clown phobia.  I just find them annoying.  There were some cool acrobats and I found the jumping dobermans interesting.  Until they lit the hurdles on fire.  Those fucking hippies are outside wetting themselves over the elephants and there are dogs in here being forced to jump over flames.  I didn't like that.

But, like I said, the kids seemed entertained.  Hopefully there are some good memories there that they can look back on fondly.  Me, I don't think I'll be back to the circus any time soon.

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