Reggae, Ganja, and Sideshows...

by Lee Kolozsy

 

I spent the weekend immersed in Caribbean culture...

The Festival in Lauderdale Lakes Florida, where I presented "The Giant Menagerie", was attended by mostly Jamaican and Haitian immigrants...
 




The neighborhood reflects the culture of the islands...

Exotic foods, Reggae music, native herb, and dusky beauties in colorful clothing with singsong accents, , all blended to create a surreal dreamlike quality...

It was good to get back to work...

I had been sidelined during the Broward County Fair by a stupid and pointless miscarriage of justice...

Broward County Florida has an ordinance on the books prohibiting the exhibition of exotic animals...

This unconstitutional banning of a popular and educational form of amusement is in violation of basic civil liberties and involves restraint of trade and other issues...

It needs to be challenged and overturned...

It was passed by special interest groups in pursuit of their own agenda and does not reflect the will of the majority...

My son and daughter in law filled my slot at the fair with their "Headless Woman" illusion show...

I helped where I could...

The fair officials did not wish to challenge the ordinance. Their response was to eliminate petting zoos and similar shows from the fair...

Rather spineless in my opinion...

I chose to challenge the defective law...

Lauderdale Lakes is located in Broward County...

I set up my shows at five o-clock Friday evening. The time that government offices close for the weekend...

I operated in defiance of the law, and found that a great many locals wanted this type of entertainment. They proved this by paying the admission, and recommending the show to their friends...

I had visions of a confrontation with local officials, and a nice jail cell with running water and a comfortable cot with three square meals served daily, for the Holidays...

A step up from my present standard of living...

By Sunday night, I had resigned myself to the fact that I might just get away with it...

I even considered dropping a dime on myself in order to bring this to a head, but I was so busy with thousands of customers, that I didn't have time...

Apparently, the only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy, is its hopeless stupid bumbling inefficiency...

I remain,
Professor Laszlo
Showman at Large

 

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