a former attorney who left the field in 1998 to join the circus

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  1. drf64

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    This.
    this is the most bizarre statement I have read in a news article in some time. It is from a disturbing account of alleged animal abuse where in capuchin monkey jockeys ride on dogs:

    https://www.bakersfield.com/ap/nati...cle_fe49534a-4474-57c2-82b7-1f862d6525d5.html

    I don't really want to comment on the animal cruelty part. I think this show should be shut down and the animals turned over to people who know how to care for animals, but in the first third of the article we find that Phil Hendricks, the owner, ran away to join the circus not only as a grown-ass man, but also as an attorney.

    Did any of you ever think about leaving your current profession and joining the circus? Did any of you actually do it?

    Discuss amongst yourselves.
     
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    I left the circus (the technical/mechanical side of the medical field) to join a profession with honor and dignity (safety coordinator in the construction field).

    The clowns (hospital administrators) were driving me crazy.
     
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    This hits close to home. I may need to rethink my life
     
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    When I made the decision to leave Denver and return to Canada, I went to a local watering hole where a friend tended bar. I told her what I was going to do, and asked to borrow her car. She said “you’re running away to join the circus!” I said no, I was just going back home. She said “no, running away to join the circus.” Then she asked me why I needed her car. It was embarrassing to tell her that I needed to pick up my unicycle at the repair shop. In case you’re wondering, that is 100% true.
     
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    As above, also left the circus after 35 years of crisis mental health field. Same clowns, the monkeys were just being silly but decent. Now doing consulting to the clowns…hopeless but at least they are paying me and it’s their fault if they don’t listen.
     
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    I retired and got married. So, yeah...
     
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    Yup, I left the circus at age 41. It’s the big 3 ring circus tent called Silicon Valley.

    Horse racing and dog racing should have been declared illegal at least half a century ago. Reflection of a very sad human trait. Apparently, we could never grow from the Roman era 2000 years ago. Pathetic.
     
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    I had a cousin who was in line to inherit a pretty good lift truck business (like fork lifts and gates and that kind of stuff) in Birmingham, Al. I always liked him... at 26 or so, he quit and went to clown college and became a Barnum and Bailey clown.

    A lot of family was outraged and kind of wigged out about it. I went to see them perform (and him) in Virginia when I lived there. He'd met a girl (clown) by then and they pretty much lived on the train. They went on for a really long time and then something happened, I think maybe an injury or something.... he ended up as a teacher at the clown college... then, later, he went to Japan and became a comedian at the Disneyland there and then that became a job training comedians and clowns in Japan. (he became fluent in like 5 languages during the years he was a clown) and I think he is still doing that.

    I am a firm believer in consistent and earnest reinvention.

    In the linked story... sounds too tiger king.
     
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    You rode a unicycle from Colorado to Canada? You sir, are a manly man :lol:
     
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    Well that doesn’t give me a fuzzy feeling.... I’m thinking of getting into the medical field

    I would probably be a nurse to start with or some sort of tech

    Haven’t started any process yet though
     
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    It used to be said here of John Major that he was the man who ran away from the circus to become an accountant.
     
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    At the age of 18 I appeared in a circus as a clown riding a penny-farthing bicycle and crashed into the lion cage.

    The lion was very grumpy that day.:eek:
     
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    I think I heard this story in a Tom Waits song. Or maybe it was Ballad of a Thin Man. Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr Jones?
     
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    Me and a buddy got suckered in by a carni to help tear down the tilt-a-whirl once, many decades ago, for 20 bucks. "It's easy money guys! You'll be outta here in no time!" Yeah.... well.... 8 hours later and covered in grease, man handlin' giant pieces of iron to load onto the flatbed etc. etc. pretty much cured us of that lifestyle! LOL!!! It was an experience though.... :confused:o_O
     
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    The closest I came was watching a YT video of a couple guys doing the rigging for Barnum & Bailey in an arena in Boise. It was actually pretty interesting. If anyone flies truss on a regular basis, check him out. I think his YT name is "Boiserigger".
     
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    Had a student who ran away to join the circus. He probably did better there than in school.

    D.H.
     
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    You know what bothered me most about that link? The circus owner, Philip Hendricks, was known as Philip Dolci when he was an attorney. Do ALL attorneys practice under assumed names?
     
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    I was just looking for better work-life balance… :D
     
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    I did know some circus musicians back in the day before canned music but I never would leave to join. Specifically lead trumpet players. Chops of iron. These guys could play high “C” all night long! So I have known musicians who joined the circus. From one gig to the next.

    I have some friends who own a very large southern farm with equestrian facilities. When the circus came to town, they had the only facilities around large enough to house the elephants. From what I’ve heard and contrary to popular beliefs is that they were well taken care of. I’m not a supporter of the circus but at least it gave me a little more peace of mind to know they were treated well at least when they were here.
     
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    Back to the original story of the attorney who left legal practice for an assumed identity training toothless monkeys to whip dogs around a racetrack - I was disappointed not to find out from the article whether this was an ethics-driven life decision for Mr Dolci/Hendricks.
     
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