Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Greatest Show on Earth?

Went down to Philps Arena for the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Friday morning. Not sure I would label it the 'Greatest' show, but it was more entertaining than sitting in my basement.

It's probably been 30 years since I went to a circus (not sure I actually ever went to real circus when I was a kid). My expectations were to see lots of animals, a few side shows, etc. The event was more like a Wal-Mart version of Cirque du Soleil with animals.

Of course the Ringling show producers are gearing the show more toward kids 12 and under than they are to me.

If you like gymnastics and aerial acrobatics, then I highly recommend the show. The trapeze talent was top notch, as were the gymnasts. At $20 a head, it is much less $ than a Cirque show. And for kids 12 and under, I bet they would say the Ringling show was as good as a Cirque show.

One thing I do enjoy about the circus is that it really irritates the PETA folks.

My kids liked the show and that's what matters. As far as animals go, we saw zebras (they were one short), horses, tigers, dogs (I don't recall dogs being a big circus animal) and of course the elephants.

The tiger guy seems to have an exciting job. Nothing like being locked in a cage with a bunch of tigers. If I had that job, I'd keep an S&W 500 holstered at my side.

We went early for the pre-show. It 's basically an extra 60 minutes for your kids to nag you for cotton candy while you walk the show floor.

I'd rate the event a B. The show was 2.5 hours in length. Take your own bottled water and snacks.

I tried one of Ringling's elephant burgers sold out on the concourse since they were out of breaded zebra strips. It was a little tough; not as tender as the panda fillet I had last year in Hong Kong.

Afterward we went to our favorite downtown (or is it mid-town) dining spot, EATS. EATS has the best jerk chicken in Atlanta. It is on Ponce, across from City Hall East.

Maybe next year we can get Ringling or Cirque to set up at Brook Run. I know lots of clowns around here, and a ring master or two. Are elephant and zebra droppings OK for the community garden?