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How I counted up to the 1000th pie in the face

While soliciting donations toward the 1000th pie in the face expedition, I was asked whether I had documentation for each of the pied faces I’ve been claiming.

Yes and No.

When I pied the first face on April Fool’s of 2007 I never imagined I would be celebrating the 1000th now.

It took a year for things to get rolling.  On April Fool’s of 2008 I set out to see just how many I could do in a day by bartering and bundling with other visits. [It was eight.]

Charles Shelan Pied on April Fool's

Charles Shelan Pied on April Fool’s

My birthday is also in April, so I made pies available to guests at the party.  Eleven more faces.

I brought a pie to a family member’s 60th birthday and thought ahead to bring extra whipped topping.  Sure enough, FIVE more people agreed to accept pies.

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After the birthday pieings

I (almost) always have people sign a waiver, and I (almost) always take a photo.

Problems with the Waivers

  • I haven’t kept all the waivers!
  • I don’t usually date the waivers.
  • I continue to use waiver sheets when there are blank lines left.
  • Sometimes people get in line without signing up.
  • Sometimes people sign and never show up for their pie.
  • I can’t always read the names because of the GIANT PENCIL and because sometimes the children’s handwriting is illegible anyway.

Problems with the Photos
I have sometimes had technical difficulties with my camera during a pie-ing.

  • Sometimes I haven’t brought it.
  • Sometimes the batteries run out.
  • Sometimes I accidentally leave the SD card in the computer.
  • Sometimes the hosts or guests at a party have their own cameras, and I think I don’t need to prove anything.  I think I don’t need to spend my time processing & uploading all those before/ during/ and after shots.
  • Sometimes I forget to take the picture.
  • Sometimes an assistant is taking pictures, and they miss the shot.

It was the Fremont Solstice Parade of 2008 where the count got a little blurry.  I estimated that I had done 15 pies in 90 minutes for a new personal best.  It brought the total to ABOUT ~45.  I estimated based on the number of dirty pie pans and empty canisters of whipped topping I had at the end of the parade route.

Let me tell you what qualifies and what does not qualify as a pied face for this count.

What Counts

  • any sized pie that I personally hand deliver to a face
  • any sized pie that I provide to an assistant which is hand delivered to a face (including mine)
  • any sized pie that I provide to a willing face, who then hand delivers it to their own face
  • each new pie-ing occasion of a face. (i.e. I pied Bill Fleming on different days, each had a separate count)
  • any delivery of whipped topping directly to the mouth as long as some spills beyond the lips
  • a face that receives whipped topping by accepting or initiating a kiss with a pied face

What Doesn’t Count

  • multiple pie-ings of the same face at the same event (i.e. The kid who says ‘Again, again, again!’ is counted only once)
  • pie-ing myself once a day just to boost the numbers
  • having an assistant pie me on a regular basis to boost the numbers
  • pie-ing animals
  • pie-ing inanimate faces (statues, paintings, dolls, action figures)

I update the count on Twitter as soon as possible after each delivery.  It feeds to Facebook.  I then switch the count on Jusbytheclown.com.

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Laughter Yoga and the Sacred Fool

I returned to Unity of Centralia today to deliver a message about Laughter Yoga and the Sacred Fool.  It was full of hysterical stories of historical and prehistorical clown pie rituals.  I also quoted liberally from Monica Drake‘s essay “The Clown Continuum” in which she describes getting pied.

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I got 8 more willing faces to accept the sacramental pie including one woman whose birthday just so happened to be today.

Pie in the face

SURPRISE!

Cirque Du Relay

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This Cancer Survivor appreciates the Sweetness of Life

This Cancer Survivor appreciates the Sweetness of Life

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The first brave soul  to demonstrate the mind-over-fear power of Clown Fu + Laughter Yoga on the "Bed of Nails"

Adult Three Way Party (SFW)

"Ol' King Kong, it's a sad old story.. he wanted some love and the love turned gory

“Ol’ King Kong, it’s a sad old story.. he wanted some love and the love turned gory

“Bapak Utan” sang “Ol’ King Kong” by Sandman the Rappin’ Cowboy.

I read “A Birthday Clown for Archer” by Kathy Mashburn about a boy who convinces his coulrophobic mother to hire a clown for his birthday.  After all, it’s HIS BIRTHDAY!

PLEASE MOM PLEASE MOM PLEASE MOM j/k. He’s a nice kid that Archer.  Not like some people’s kids.  This lady here has a kid.  The middle kid.  I worked with him.  I have lots of notes.  A real sweet heart and funny guy but he could turn on you, start throwing crayons faster than you can say Jack Asperger’s.

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One pie is never enough, a referral

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http://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10200758068694049

In March, I came out to Elliot’s 7th birthday to pie his parents.  He wasn’t interested in a pie for himself, but his friends lined up.

For his 7th birthday, I pied 7 faces, I hit the 777th mark and passed it, reaching 782.

One of the guests was a boy named Malakie who was VERY into getting pied,

So.. his mother asked me to show up for HIS 7th birthday.

We did 9 willing faces, most of them LARGE pies, including his mom. Current total is ~873, almost a hundred more in less than two months!

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Arts Walk ’13

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Unprecedented 63 Pied Faces! New Total ~864

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If you rcv’d a free pie-in-the-face, please Like Jusby’s fcbk page to show your appreciation and continue to get announcements about special offers.

Also that way we can tag, share, & comment to our hearts’ content!

 

Jonathan’s Surprise Visit

I got a call around 11 AM from California.  A mom’s travel plans had fallen through, so she was looking to surprise her son with a pie-in-the-face delivery that evening.  She used to plan elaborate theme parties for him, so when he had heard the news he remarked, “You’re not coming? What, no clown either?”.

Quickly google-ing, she found a clown offering “a twist” on traditional birthday clown services: C’est Moi!

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Jonathan is turning 23.  He’s a senior at Evergreen, my alma mater.  He’s the proud father of a 6 week old.  I asked him, “Is it too early to ask what you’re doing next?”

“Graduate school,” he answered without hesitation.

“Well, there is one economical alternative in post-baccalaureate certification I can recommend: the food handlers’ permit!” (said while donning fingerless dishwashing gloves)

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His mom originally scheduled me for a 6:30 delivery, but pushed it back until after 7.. which coincidentally had me arrive during the middle of another epic hailstorm.

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Brazil’s 2nd

Neither rain nor sleet nor dark of… afternoon… will stay this clown from the sloppy delivery of his appointed pies!

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First of May Intern, “Spontgomery” debuted today for a 3 hour party in rain and hail. He translated, juggled, and documented these 8 faces getting pied.

New Total ~792 Willingly Pied Faces

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We arrived on schedule and were told to wait a bit longer, which is hard when you’re in clown and people can see you and want to begin interacting with you, so we unloaded as slowly as we could and began to set up the comprehensive equipment.

We were expected to entertain for a THREE HOUR PARTY, so it included:

  • Enjoying a meal
  • A trunk full of pre-made balloons courtesy of Ken Trombley of Chehalis
  • Mardi Gras bead dogs
  • The soundtracks of Cars & Cars 2 playing through my kindle & audio reinforcement system
  • Dancing in the rain, lip-synching & playing air guitar to “Hotel California” (their jukebox)
  • no faces were painted due to inclement weather, but I was prepared to do characters from Cars (cheats were loaded on the kindle)
  • Playing in and under the parachute in the hail
  • a short demonstration of magic scarves & juggling
  • working pinata safety
  • distributing goody bags
  • cutting (sloppily) and serving cake to ~50 guests [I could bring my own candles (they forgot to get some), knife, & serving utensil]
  • delivering Mexican flag toothpicks to cakes & hamburgers
  • and although I had almost THREE PAGES of sign-ups, only 8 faces were actually willing

It was a good day to be a clown.

 

Leonard Nimoy’s 82nd Birthday

  • Leonard Simon Nimoy
  • Born: 26 March 1931
  • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

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Lost Article from Book Contest

Over  a year ago, I entered a contest to win a copy of Michael Stelzner’s book “Launch”.  This was my application>

My greatest marketing challenge is reaching beyond the ‘low hanging fruit’ of birthday parties and clowning/ comedy consulting/ laughter yoga as a sideline. My goal is to parlay 10 years of experience in education to book enough school gigs, clown camps, and adult “playshares” (they’re not workshops) to pay the rent each month. I have reached the salary ceiling as a para-educator, and always run up against the same fearful, fatalistic, and authoritarian attitudes regarding students. It’s always: Walk! Quiet! You’ll lose your recess! That’s sloppy! Quit fooling around! #2 Pencils Ready! Line Up!
I’ve read Godin and Stratten and Baskin and Shankman.
I deliver FREE pie-in-the-face to published authors as a special celebration for their achievement (1st class travel and accommodation the responsibility of the piee). [See my blog for pics of Patch Adams, Monica Drake, Charlie Williams, et. al]
I think Stelzner’s new book Launch will help me take the next uncanny leap of my career. It doesn’t hurt that his name looks like Seltzer… hey, I can see a photo op in that… I hope he’s got a sense of humor.
(p.s. send me a msg if you want the password to the slightly risque “6 Ways to p/u Jusby”)

Then I  made a direct appeal via instant message to as many fcbking friends as I saw online before the contest closed.

I was able to get 44 votes to my rival’s 13.  A roaring success. A landslide election sweep.

The book arrived, and I absorbed its marketing ideas and added them to my uniqueness.  The prize also included a series of interviews (valued at $1500) to be published on Becky Cortino’s blog.  After the jump is a recreation of the first one.  Her website has since crashed and simply refers everyone to fcbk.  The 6-9 month follow-up article never happened.

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Written Up

My pal, Steve Eggleston, has now written THREE on-line pieces interviewing me AND wrote a character into his latest book based on me!

His first piece was in 2009> https://jusbytheclown.com/2009/05/23/folkshine-at-blue-heron-bakery-pie/

His second piece was in 2011> https://jusbytheclown.com/2011/02/19/folkshine-2/

He used his new iphone and went even more multi-media.

His book “Pilots” is available on Lulu > http://www.lulu.com/shop/steve-eggleston/pilots/paperback/product-20191459.html

The character Jefferson Spee appears in the short story “Alpha” (p172), and has a dozen characteristics based on true facets of my story.  In a dozen other ways Steve made the character his own and created believable and more literary tangents for the narrative.

Jefferson’s clown character was known to show up at parades and local festivities and people in Olympia were familiar with the clown that juggled on stilts though the streets and gave out balloons to kids.  Of all the facts that every Olympian knows, that the artesian well is cursed, that Kurt Cobain wrote most of his famous songs in Olympia, that basically the entire cast of the Simpsons is based on people who lived in Olympia, most people don’t know that the straight-up pastry guy is also the parade-clown-juggling-on-stilts guy.

“Yep.  I am him. But we’re at odds sometimes.  He wants to just go laugh all the time and turn everything into a joke, but someone has to pay the bills.  Somebody has to actually get some real work done.

“I do parties, all kinds of parties.  I’ll cater to my audience.  People think they don’t like clowns, and that’s when I really enjoy clowning.  I love the reluctant laugher.  I love the guy who’s like, “I’ not going to laugh, there’s no way I’m going to laugh.  Those are the easiest ones.  Ducks on a pond.  I also do a camp for kids.  I’m not talking about people who want to grow up and actually be clowns, and book gigs, but kids who just want to experience what it is like to be a clown, to be allowed to be a clown, even encouraged to.  Kids want to be outrageous.  If they don’t, that worries me.”

Most recently, Steve did another interview with me… over Facebook Instant Messaging.

It was published on-line at http://www.ladybottleblues.com and looks something like this slideshow.

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Blaykestock 2011 & 2012

 

 

Jusby & Juliette partied with Blayke in Rochester last August and returned this year with Sweetpea… and the Photographer was also called Sweet Pea!

 

We hit the 707th Willingly Pied Face Today!

 

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http://sweetpeaphotography-kami.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

(c) Sweet Pea Photography

 

new flier for summer clown camp

 

The sheer genius of Chelsea baker!

Here’s the rough draft> How Ridiculous!

The more I look at her finished product, the more I like it.  Best investment in indie marketing yet!

Buy Local Kickoff & Holiday Parade

Surprise 40th

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1st client to have repeat business the same calendar year! Daughter’s party in March, Mom’s in November!!

I debuted the mini flaming pie with 151 at this gig. Still a few kinks to work out.

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