Thursday, September 27, 2007

"It's Alive-Parts I and II"

I would dearly love to hang out with Mindy, but for her sake I'm glad she wasn't with me today. I went to a continuing ed workshop at a large hotel. Except for the meeting room we were using, the entire hotel was taken over by--I kid you not--the Texas Clown Association. Clowns were everywhere. Balloon flowers were all over the place. The title above was the actual title of one of their workshops. Conventioneers could choose seminars from the Balloon Track or the Face Painting Track. Among the speakers were Tom E. Boy, Mr. Puppet, and Ickle Pickle. Those of us attending "Developmental Disorders Related to Abuse" felt like we were floating on a small grim sea of reality in the midst of, well, Clown World.

This morning I could have attended a Clown Worship Service. The mind boggles.


Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I read this whole entry in horror.


Why? Oh why I ask you?????

Presbyterian Gal said...

When I worked at Disney animation I had a really funny office neighbor named Alex. We would get each other laughing like crazy in the morning before I went to crunch numbers and he went to draw in-betweens. My favorite character, which shows how truly twisted I used to be, was "Kneepads the Clown". And that's all I'll say about that.

But a CONVENTION? Not just a convention THE TEXAS Clown Association? And "Ickle Pickle" (perhaps "Kneepads" cousin?)

Yes the mind does boggle.

Quotidian Grace said...

Did you ever see the Clown Eucharist that was held in NYC a year or two ago? It was on the internets...incredible, truly incredible.

Wondering if Clarabelle would be a good therapist? Are there groups for clowns???

Jan said...

How funny to be walking amidst all the clowns! To be the "odd" one there. . . .Hope you smiled.

Purechristianithink said...

I've endured a couple of clown worship services. There was one retired couple in my old Presbytery who did one that was actually pretty good. The others were ghastly.

SpookyRach said...

Oh, wow. You reeeaally should have taken Mindy with you. But maybe it's a good thing you didn't, because I'm not sure I could afford to front you the money for bail.

"KNEEPADS the Clown??!!!" *wipes tears from eyes*

Rev Kim said...

*laughing with tears running down my face* Ickle Pickle? The Balloon Track or Face Painting track? Thank you for bringing a big laugh to my day!

Deb said...


Well, as someone who does Christian clowning, I promise you we are not all weirded out Ickle Pickles. Really.


(clown face smiley!!!)


DogBlogger said...

I participated in a Christian clowning summer camp back in junior high, partially to get over my fear of clowns by being one. Now they're just more creepy than anything else.