Greetings From the Road – Ballyhoo Betty
Ballyhoo Betty here, writing to you from the road. An introduction is probably in order, so allow me to tell you a bit about myself: I’m an Austin-based sideshow performer specializing in fire arts and for the next two weeks, I’m on tour venturing across the country with some LighterMates to help guide the way.
My journey kicked off at 4 am Thursday morning in the Austin Greyhound station where I was to catch a bus to Asheville, NC to teach and perform at the Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival. I had managed to strategically cram everything I’d need for performing, networking and living for two weeks into my backpack and suitcase, which was no easy feat:
You may notice that between my oh-so-tasteful neon pink scarf and my trusty LighterMate, a handle is missing on that ol’ hardshell. Trust that was a mistake; upon stepping into the bus station at the wee hours of Wednesday night, it snapped off. With no time to turn back, I was forced to fashion a handle out of my flashy accessory and trudge onward.
While pulling out of the Greyhound station, I couldn’t help but contemplate the irony that my vintage case couldn’t manage to hang onto its own handle, but the LighterMate remained firmly in place throughout the trip. I guess one has to reevaluate priorities while on the road as a fire performer and when all is said and done, I’ve at least got the necessities secured, even if they’re not so easy to transport at the moment.
Well it’s six hours till curtain call, so until next time,