Especially these next few weeks!
The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is making it’s rounds here in Washington State and we, as with almost any tour that comes here, are providing the “local license” for the pyrotechnics.
This is such a professionally run organization that there really isn’t much more to do than to check in with the “shooter” (person from the tour who is actually loading and firing the pyro) and then sit back and enjoy the show.
The only drawback is that there is one show each on Thurs & Fri, then 3 shows on Sat, and finally 2 shows on Sunday.
All identical. Then do it all over again the next weekend in the next city.
They are only doing 2 cities in Washington on this tour but sometimes it can be 3 or 4.
It’s a lot of shows to sit through.
Now before you start warming up the violin for me, I should add that I rarely go to any of these.
Rick is the trooper who does the VAST majority of the work.
My job is to keep the homefront running and now that we are back in school, we can’t just pack up and go with him to everything.
The irony is that this summer has been remarkably quiet and we did very little traveling.
It’s now, in September, that things are going gangbusters. While I wish it would have worked out different, I am just thankful for the work that we are getting.
Our biggest problem now (and I love having this problem!) is how to cover everything else going on besides the circus.
I think there are 4 days in September that we don’t have something on the calendar.
Some days we have 2 or 3 things happening, like today.
Tonight is also the Lil’ Wayne concert up at the beautiful White River Amphitheater in Auburn, WA.
And just a side note for those of you in my age bracket…if you pronounce his name “Little Wayne”, everyone in the room who is under age 30 will, in unison, say “It’s
Lil’ Wayne!!!” A little (or is it lil’?) heads up for you.
Rick thinks he can fit it all in.
Deliver the gear needed for the concert to the venue this morning, cover the 2 circus performances, then scoot over to the amphitheater to oversee the concert pyro.
But because of the notoriously bad traffic we have going on, I’m on “standby” for the day.
This is the reason for getting me my pyrotechnics license.
To help out where I can.
Being a good pyrotechnician is something you have to be passionate about.
It’s a fairly long and complicated process to get your license in Washington State.
Rick says he can tell from the first show who has the spark (pun intended) in their eyes to make it.
I don’t have that spark.
It’s no secret that this is not my passion and I would not be involved at all, except for the fact that I can help out a little on occasion.
I leave the real work to the real professionals. I’ll just be a warm body with a license who will, with minimal complaining, help with hauling gear and setup.
And be happy to do it if it helps.
Recently, on two different occasions, I was delivering gear alone to a venue before a concert and was asked if I was with catering.
I guess I don’t fit the profile of a pyrotechnician! My response both times was “I wish!”
Next week we have a very exciting job and it looks like I will be going!
It’s out of state and for a major network TV show that I know most of you have at least heard of.
I don’t want to say too much until I know for sure we are doing it and because there is some secrecy involved.
How much, I’m not quite sure so I don’t want to say any more until I get more information.
But stay tuned for more details and behind the scenes pictures!