The Circus Comes To The Hook’s Town…

THE SCENE:

My kitchen: Friday, June 15, 9:07 P.M.

The family is gathered in the kitchen – as per usual – each occupied with their own activities:

  • Sarah is eating and working on her own literary masterpiece, The Misadventures of Misery.
  • VampireLover is preparing evening snacks
  • I’m… Well, you know.

But one thing has attracted drawn us together: television coverage of the circus that has overtaken our humble city… And street. Seriously, cars have lined our street and every nook and cranny in-between. Over 100,000 people have descended upon Niagara Falls to watch a man overcome a number of obstacles that would only have occurred in my little home. I’ll get to those in a minute.

For now, here’s the skinny: if all goes as planned Nik Wallenda will make history during a walk scheduled for 10:20 p.m. ET, as he crosses from the American side to the Canadian side of the falls on a 500-metre wire suspended 60 metres above one of God’s most awesome creations.

Next to my wife, that is.

At any rate, here’s a very brief breakdown of a few of the pitfalls Wallenda has already overcome:

  • BUREAUCRACY: The Niagara Parks Commission, (the local government Gestapo) fought hard for years to block this event. By the way, the Commission has been mired in one corruption scandal after another for years, but they’ve always blocked “stunting” as they call it. Ironically, they’re benefiting huge in fees and tourism revenue. Go figure, right?
  • IDIOCY: The same government goons who stuck to their guns for years, but now they’re singing Wallenda’s praises.
  • NATURE: The power of the falls themselves, and believe it or not, peregrine falcons who may still attack Wallenda as he crosses. Seriously.
  • FINANCIAL HARDSHIP: As of a few days ago, Wallenda was $500, 000 short of his estimated 1.3 million-dollar budget to cover this entire operation. Of course, its still going ahead, one way or another.
  • GREED: Many have made plans to benefit from Wallenda’s achievement, but few have come forward to help fill his pockets.

I’ve barely scratched the surface, but you get the idea, I’m sure. Its 9:39 P.M and I have to sign-off; its been a looong day.

Regardless of what happens, Nik Wallenda has already earned himself a spot in history. know I’ll never forget all the hoopla he brought with him…
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About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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38 Responses to The Circus Comes To The Hook’s Town…

  1. Smaktakula says:

    That will be thrilling to see. Aren’t the Wallendas a family of daredevils or something of the sort?

  2. iamnotshe says:

    I heard about this (of all places) on the Colbert Report. Surprised! How about those flying, freaky Wallenda’s! I say good for him. I’ve hard Nigara has been going through tough tough times … i hope the dude makes it. Here in the Midwest i’m counting … 20 minutes until this poor guy gets his eyes poked out by a bird, or succumbs to the pure power of rushing waters. I’m going to search my cable to find this. Lord, it should be on TV, yea? Yea, think of all the folks who are getting fat from this (poor choice of words) … fate wallets.

  3. iamnotshe says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!! OK … i’m watching the wet zone part of this crazy thing!

  4. Well, I guess he should try running across next time. He made that look easy. Now look at all the tourists you get to hang out with! It is a win-win. The guy lives, everyone is happy and there are an extra 100,000 people in town ready to spend their money. (on what, well we don’t know)

  5. susielindau says:

    I knew a couple of the flying Canepas! Go Wallenda!

  6. My eyes have me noticing them…!!!! They started off okay however; now they seem to have grown by 3 times their normal size…. is all I can say….!!!!!!!

  7. Woman says:

    “Next to my wife, that is.”

    Did you do something bad?

  8. jumpingpolarbear says:

    Wallenda is this generation’s Evel Knievel :).

  9. WOW. His feat is amazing enough – but didn’t realize all the backstage drama. (did the falcon’s attack?)

  10. jlheuer says:

    We watched it too because my husband is from that area too but on the US side. That is a seriously depressed area so if Nik Wallenda can bring some money and tourism in, well more power to him. But more importantly, where did all those people park? There is no room on either side of the falls for that. And I would have paid money to see peregrines swoop in.

  11. I saw him on the news – brave lad – nice pair of pumps on too. Nike should bring a pair out.

  12. Jo Bryant says:

    i don’t know but where is the sense in doing that ?? I am all for stepping outside your comfort zone…but this is straightjacket crazy if you ask me.

  13. So happy he accomplished that!! And now your town has new bragging rights? I’ve got to find some video of it, I missed the actually crossing..

  14. giselzitrone says:

    Wünsche dir einfach mal eine schöne Woche und hoffe das es dir gut geht. Gruss Gislinde

  15. Ah, the joys of life!!!

  16. raisingdaisy says:

    Better him than me!! Yikes!! :<O

  17. At least he had a harness! I really don’t see why the state has to intervene when people want to do dangerous things, unless they’re dangerous for OTHER people who didn’t sign up. Less idiots in the world, is all good. Not that this tightroper is an idiot.

  18. Val says:

    ”That means the hordes of people who watched the wirewalk did so without paying a nickel.”

    Just plucked the above from a piece over at the St Catharines Standard.
    Sounds a bit like the problems you have at work, Hook!

  19. The Guat says:

    Dude. I saw this on the news. Crazy. Wallenda rocks.

  20. valleygirl96 says:

    I’m late in catching up on my log reading, but I have to say I was glad when my boys woke me up that evening to come watch it with them. As idiotic as it was to attempt, it was pretty cool. I couldn’t believe he was interviewing the whole time though! His forefathers would be proud!

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