Happy In Bag

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Circus Siren

It was the perfect chance to run away with the circus.

The performers and their support crew were inside nearby Kemper Arena. It would have been a simple matter to become a stowaway in a Ringling Brothers train last weekend.

What would I be escaping from? The bleak view of Kansas City from inside the passenger train made a compelling case for hightailing it out of this town. Stagnant water from recent rain pooled with chemicals in noxious puddles. Beyond the railroad tracks lay abandoned brick buildings, interspersed with a handful of windowless steel warehouses. It’s a unpromising landscape.

Alas, I knew that beyond the dismal abyss of the West Bottoms, a green, comfortable world awaited my return. The elephant poop shoveler's job is safe.


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