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Truth - My Life As A Carnie

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  Had a friend one time find out that his wife was cheating on him...with a carnie (carnival worker).  Needless to say, he was crushed.  The fact the guy was a carnie added insult to injury.  It was more embarrasing to him. 

My friend is a very nice guy [AKA The kiss of death label], smart, successful, very funny.  He's a great guy actually...everyone likes him - trustworthy.  He's not as drop dead good looking or smart as me of course (naturally), but he's a catch. If I were gay, I'd consider him a good person to date. I'm not gay.  Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just wanted to reassure you that I'm not, for those of you curious.

So it was very tragic and sad that she cheated on him to end the marriage. My friend felt he got a double whammy because of the guy's profession.  A doctor? A lawyer? A blogger? A cop?  Sure these are understandable.  But a Carnie?  Come on!

Every time I go to the carnival (or festival) I look at the Carnies and wonder who they are.  I wonder why they work there. I wonder what history lies behind those tattooed laden tough guys?  I wonder what those people who yell at me to throw darts at balloons do for fun?  What got them the job in the first place?  Who interviews carnies?  How long is a carnie a carnie?  How many carnies are there?

I usually try to avoid them, because they are hounding me down to throw darts at a balloon filled wall...or shoot baskets in a very small hoop.

Now I'm drawn to them out of curiousity.  Maybe they are zombies?

No I was never a carnie, but that would make a cool title of a book or movie.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:29 AM

    My 2nd cousin "Danny" was/is a carnie. I don't even know if he's still alive. He was much older than myself and a junkie to top that when he joined the carnival in the mid 1970's. I think those people who have hit rock bottom, have no education, drive or desire - they take those type of transient jobs because there's no commitment involved. They're just looking to score their next 'fix' deal, etc. I don't feel sorry for them, I avoid them! There's nothing fair about the fair or carnivals and the people who work them.


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