Three Tickets, Please!
by Pete Kolozsy
awkward! I have an absurd sense of humor which my wife (bless her)
does nothing to discourage. This isn't the first time I've caused
Once, on a slow rainy day at a fair, I got out of the ticket box
of the snake show to check on my 20' Burmese python. I
platform, looked in the window and noted that she was just fine.
Curled up asleep under the heat lamp. Then, for no
apparent reason, I feigned surprise and shock. I lifted up
the ballycloth of the show and peered underneath...I stood up
and looked around perplexed...I started looking underneath
concession trailers etc.
All this was duly noted by the surrounding jointees, food
vendors and ride jocks.
When asked what was wrong I would reply "NOTHING!"
When asked if the snake was loose I would say "NO!"
Obviously, this convinced everyone that the big maneater was
loose and that the owner (myself) had no idea where it was.
Now, in my defense it must be noted that there was absolutely no
business on the midway that day due to the pouring rain
had been the subject of relentless complaint by all) and that
the subsequent closing of the fair early that day may have had
no relation whatsoever to my little hoax.
entire crew of the carnival seemed to think I was responsible.
(They were actually grateful).
The next day was bright and sunny with tons of people on the
All of whom it seemed wanted to take a peek ("3 tickets,
please!") at the "Giant Snake That Busted Outta the Cage
And Ate 3 Kids On The Midway".
words, not mine.---
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