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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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(c) Sweet Pea Photography



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Go Game! Double Down with Double Clowns

The last time I participated in the Go Game I had to make the post password protected for adult content!

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When the Go Game contacted me this time, I invited Honey the clown along.  Not only does she drive a fuel efficient Prius, but she had some clever ideas about parking that would save me from paying $20 to park right next to the rendezvous spot.  She said that we could park in Queen Anne and take a bus.

However, things had changed since she’d last parked there.   They now have a 2 hr limit on most of those free spaces.  We wound up over at Warren & Howe.  We were a long way from any Fareless Square type bus zone ($2.50 for a ride) so we walked the 2 1/2 miles to the meeting spot.  I had worn my plain black garden clogs.

Then we played the game.  Microsoft employees approached and asked if I could provide them with a mascot for their team.  I gave them a balloon mouse.  The computer kind instead of the rodent kind.  Then I gave them a quick lesson on how to twist a balloon dog.  Their smart phones timed them and gave them a score, and they were on their way.

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Then we WALKED to 6 Arms McMeniman’s for dinner, and met some friends.  I arranged with Rick Blythe for our first fast-to-face after connecting through  He’s been helping me on phone some strategies.  Give a call to book a party and find out what I mean.

Then we WALKED to a friend’s house to get a ride back to our car.  I used googlemaps to estimate that we did about 7 miles.

Clown Camp Day 5 [Finale]

The Campers got their turn to be pied… and, of course, to pie Jusby!

Campers also had the chance to do their own make-up or have it done by a counselor.  Memo, Smoothy, and Monstro did their own; they’ve been trying different types of make-up each day in the same basic pattern.  Mini-Silly had her face done by Miss Kate.  Miss Kate did her own and created a new speaking clown, Curley.  I recreated Checked’s checker-board face using grease paint instead of water-based face paint.

We reviewed the skills by rotating at 1 minute intervals through 12 stations:

  • juggle balls
  • juggle rings
  • juggle scarves
  • balance stick/pole/club/etc.
  • unicycle
  • stilts
  • fans
  • balloons
  • parachute
  • laughter yoga – hula hoop
  • baton
  • devil sticks/ flower sticks

At 1pm we were joined by an Olympia Parks & Recreation Camp and put on a show for them.  We concluded by inviting counselors up to supervise several of the stations (stilts, hula hoop, parachute).  We replaced the unicycle with the wagon and miniature bicycle.

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The Olympian’s article:

Silliness wasn’t required – but it certainly was encouraged last week at one South Sound day camp.

Technically, there were only three rules at Clown Camp, according to instructor Justin “Jusby the Clown” Wright.

“Just be safe, just be supportive and just be challenged,” he said.


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Pirate (Clown) Party for 6 y/o Boy

Captain Jusby, First Mate Miss Kate and their Pirate crew

Dear Jusby,

I am in need of a clown quickly, my son is having his 6th birthday party in Lacey WA. at Rainier Vista park on Sunday May 23rd, the party is from 3:30 to 6:30, but we need a clown for an hour or so. I know it’s short notice but he wanted a pirate party and well no pirates around here I guess, now he wants a clown. Is there anything you can do? What is your cost?

Thank You!  A Mom

Dear Mom,

I am totally willing to tweak my costume and routine toward a Pirate themed party.
As you have noticed from the website, the pie-in-the-face is my specialty, and I find it best if parents have advance warning so they can be prepared with 1) spare clothes & 2) their own camera!

I’m thinking I’ll include:
Pirate Transformations (Scars, mustaches, temp tattoos)
Treasure Hunt (wild goose chase)
Balloon Swords

Of course, I’ll bring “Snowball” the pie-rat and plenty of pies.


I found an assistant who is available on Sunday: (“First Mate”) Miss Kate!  She also attended The Silly Fool School of Top Secret Esoteric Clowning AND has clowned abroad with Patch Adams, AND she is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
Her services are included in my rates.  We will paint faces twice as fast.  We will PIE faces twice as fast.
We can split guests into two teams for pirate games.
We can engage adults AND children simultaneously.

Oh, I love it when an assistant is available!


Oh, kid, this is gonna be great!  Are you absolutely sure you want this?

This girl kept trying to put the labcoat on forwards instead of backwards like a smock.  We had a little matador action going on for a minute.

Jusby gives advice about pie-ing your own mother: “She carried you for nine months… don’t hurt her!”

Okay, Mom, this is what happens when you hire Jusby.

Dad’s Turn!

Mission Accomplished

Henrik Bothe at Huntamer Park


Henrik Bothe [] came to the Lacey Children’s Entertainment Series and gave a show in near 100 degree weather.  Lucky for him (and us), his show started at 6:30 and he had some cover.


The Four Leg Teeterboard Gag

An assistant (a former classmate of mine from Madison), threw Henrik the third club after he had mounted his extra tall unicycle.

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He did the one-legged trick and the kick the hat up to his head trick.

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He did the juggle a pin under the leg while on unicycle and juggled ping pong balls with his mouth.

Then Orion got to be his assistant for a Guess Which Hand routine.

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His first try with the red ball goes fine, but then Henrik keeps tossing them behind Orion and moving to larger and larger balls.

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By the end, Henrik throws his water bottle over Orion’s head.  When it hits the ground Orion figures out what’s been happening.

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The big finale involves EIGHT spinning plates.  He only broke two of them.


And EIGHT spoons flipped into EIGHT glasses.

I asked him about the straitjacket bit, curious if he had left it off because of the heat.  He said that most of the kids just don’t recognize it, and he didn’t need two unicycle acts in one show.  I knew enough not to ask why he hadn’t done the Neonman routine… It wasn’t DARK ENOUGH!

A mom came up during our conversation with her awestruck little son and asked he ever did “small little birthday parties”.  He doesn’t.  Not really, no.  It would be too expensive, but he enouraged her to have his school hire him.

The guy’s a professional, lady.  Didn’t you see the part when I went up on stage to be a volunteer?  He asked, “What’s your name?”  I said, “Jusby the clown.”

He said, “Jusby… the clown…?  Get out of here!  I work alone!”

It was all in good fun.  I didn’t mind.  I would probably have tried to upstage him.  Too bad Orion didn’t get the picture of me being sent to the curb though.

on a funny side note… I just grabbed this from a recent Simpson’s episode I saw on Hulu.


Homer: “Big deal!  I could juggle six pins if they let me use a UNICYCLE!”

Juggler: “Well, If you think it’s too easy, why don’t you throw me something else.”

Homer throws Bart in.

Juggler: “Are you insane?  You can’t throw a little boy into my cascade!”

Homer throws Lisa in.

Juggler: “Stop tossing kids!”

Homer jumps in.


Lacey Spring Fun Fair and Beyond

Lacey Spring Fun Fair at St. Martin’s University this weekend!


With my old friend, Officer Abernethy of the LSP (Lacey Senior Patrol).  I said he was OLD!  He’s a former WRC (Washington Reading Corps) tutor that I recruited for Lacey Elementary when I was an AmeriCorps*VISTA in 2001!


Orion riding the pony


Jusby and Honey riding the Circus Train (notice the Train Theme continuing?).  We had to sit in the CAGE CAR!  Probably since Honey had Hedwig the owl.


She first  met Hedwig at the Seattle Value Village.  He cost only 50c because he was slightly pinkish.  Orion and I first met Hedwig whilst bartering with Honey over some great make-up and accessories.  He was drying off in her bathtub and clean as ever!  He’s actually a Folkmannis puppet.  He’s got a reticulated head, and Honey did some marvelous Socratic dialogues with the children she encountered.


Clowns Unlimited ALWAYS sends their Circus Train and Multiple Bouncy Houses.  Strangely, they NEVER send a clown!


The Red Nose Brigade 2009

Honey, Sprout, Professor Buzzy, Stormy, Marci Sunshine, Jusby, Little Bee Bop and Bean Sprout.  Taken by Nita right before the parade started and right before Bubble~Trouble arrived with her guests.


I pause in my parading to chat briefly with Jerry “Funny Guy” Farmer live on Roxy KRXY94.5FM. His show, “America, Ya Gotta Love It” is on Weekdays at 6:10 AM and 6:10 PM!

After we leave Lacey, we’re hungry, so I suggest drive-thru.  Orion agrees.  We head for the Eastside Big Tom’s, of course.

They’re slammed with a lunch rush that doesn’t quit.  People are also enjoying the new patio.  I pull into a parking spot and get instant window service.  I order small tots.  Then I call Mike Fritsch on his cell to see if he’s got any whipped cream… maybe I could squeeze in a pie-ing today.  He’s way to busy to consider that.  Instead of change back, the waitress returns my money and says, “Happy Clown Day from Mike!”
So I decide I’ve definitely got to get out of the car and find the guy for a photo-op.  I weave in and out of cars and wave at traffic.  Then I hear my waitress telling him, “Your clown is wandering around outside.”  He replies, “Here’s his tots!”  I beckon him over to the window so I can take a pic with him. “You’re crazy, man!” he says.


At the freshly repainted Eastside Big Tom’s bartering tots for a publicity shot!

At the Hands on Children’s Museum, crashing Carbon’s 6th birthday for lemonade and fried chicken.


Carbon collected all the helium balloons and wants to recreate the new Pixar movie, UP!

Mentor Carnival

In honor of National Mentoring Month, the Be The One coalition invited me to attend their Take A Bow Carnival at Komachin Middle School.  I wondered how they had found me.  My friend, Heather, of Profoundia, had referred me.  She and I met at one of Dawn’s Simple Fool classes a year ago.  It seemed natural that I should call her and make sure she came along.  She decided on her clown name when we reached the parking lot: “Honey”.


Honey and I surround Stephanie from Big Brothers, Big Sisters.


Our initial contact was with Jennifer, also of Big Brothers, Big Sisters (Foster Care enrollment/ Match Support).


Then I got in contact with the coordinator, Puck, of Thurston County Health and Public Services, who thought she might be able to provide me with great quantities of pies and towels.  Although that was later vetoed, she did then promise to give me her spats and hooked me up with some pizza… from Brewery City, no less.


Here’s Adam Lee, the illustrious balloon twister.  He used to clown but tired of the make-up and had an uncanny knack for the balloons.  (Not pictured, his mom who accompanies him.)


Honey was excited about the cotton candy Jackie’s making.  Jackie gave us the word from the North Thurston school district: No Pies!

So I only brought one pie and made discrete inquiries.  Then left them wanting more.

Eight Pied Faces and Signing Santa

Our pal, Rainshine, helps coordinate the Signing Santa program.  Every year he’s been mentioning it to the Red Nose Brigade, and tonight I finally made it over to Mt. View Elementary.  I’m wearing my festive red sport coat, white frosted hair and some sound dampening headphones to empathize with the deaf and hearing impaired community.  Plus it eliminated the irritating sound of those police sirens as I sped 80 mph through a school zone (j/k!).


Aspen agreed to it before we even got through the door!


Darrin fell to peer pressure.  At least it broke the monotony of waiting in line!


Xitto started the ball really rolling!




Reagan surprised me by hanging around, getting comfortable and then finally giving the nod.


Gia also changed her mind after watching half a dozen others go through it!


Hyung joined the fun!


Min had to share the last towel with his brother.

Then we split with our pic of Signing Santa.


How sweet is that?  Orion, Santa, and Isaiah.  Somebody either needs new trousers or longer stockings!

Then we went to Dance Oly Dance!


A wonderful Friday night in Thurston county.

Reading at Relay 4 Life

After a few rounds of golf in 90+ degree heat.  I stopped in the shade to peek inside the cover of Clown Girl by Monica Drake.

Actually, I just finished Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Please do read it.  For the discussion group, after all.

RNB at Lacey Spring Fun Fair (06 blip tv vid)

Lacey Spring Fun Fair Foto

Stormy, Buzzy, Little Buzzy, Bubble~Trouble, Jusby, Sprout, Bean Sprout, Orion and Isaiah

SMU Career Fair

I went over to St Martin’s University to check out their career fair.

I gave out my outdated business card magnets. They give my home number (which is always busy due to dial-up) and myspace address… unviewable at many corporations and schools, of course.

I did the whole thing in about 10 minutes. Check out the triptych, a real microcosm of emotions.




Mercury Ranger vs. the Halloween House

We caved.

Orion kept saying he wanted to be a Power Ranger for Halloween. We had never watched Power Rangers as a family. We didn’t know where he got the idea, but his other ideas were: Darth Vader or a Transformer.

I started to get very hung up on all of us dressing in complementary costumes. If he was to be a knight. We could be a king and queen.

For a while we considered being Harry, Ron & Hermione. Trish was excited to buy a new hair curler. I would be in “red hair and hand-me-down robe”.

One night, during bath time, Trish called me in and said, “We can be rubber ducks! It’ll be easy. We can cut out cardboard and paint it and get little duck noses and spray our hair yellow and get some feathers…”

Me (calculating the time and expense), “Uh huh.”

Well, some things go by the wayside. Especially when there’s work and school and work IS school and homework and home IS work…

So we stopped at Target and let him pick out his favorite color among those left in his size… now 25% off!

This guy, it turns out, is a Special Ranger. He’s an alien who can transform (or ‘MORPH’, if you’ll recall) into the liquid metal, Mercury. He sometimes drives a fire truck zord.


I took him over to the Halloween House for a trial run. He showed his bravery in the face of horror!


I can’t say as much for daddy.


I’m hoping to spend some time there in costume after Trick or Treating. They’re open until 10 PM.

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