1. What surprised you most about carnival life? The worker's teeth. So many people were in much need of dental care. carnival work? How the rides go together.
When we were at Ft. Lewis, (as ticket sellers) one lady was upset we did not give military discounts. I told her they should be happy they get a regular paycheck every pay day no matter how much or how little they work. She thought I had a bad attitude about the military. I told her no, they make steady paychecks so she shouldn't be complaining.
I told someone the prices were just like Disneyland only cheaper. They didn't like that comment either.
18. Would you do it again? Yes And if not, why not?
19. Did you get to share Christ with others especially young guys who are just starting out in being adults and responsible? Yes. I thin a lot of the sharing came in being an example. People also knew I was different than them because of Christ.
20. Did you find that traveling to different locations, you were more or less accepted and treated better or worse? By the local people ~ Really didn't intermingle with the local people. In Wenatchee where the Lions Club members did the ticket sales I was well accepted by them. Several times I was told it must be interesting working/traveling with the carnival. Do different places stand out in your mind(s)(Alice too)... as being most or least enjoyable? If so where was it? Most enjoyable ~ Port Townsend as we were camped right by the water and we enjoyed walking along the beach, going into town ~ it really felt like we are camping. Graham was a pretty place (at the Pierce Co. Fairgrounds). Least enjoyable ~ Portland for the Rose Festival with all the rain and mud. Staying at the shop was not enjoyable due to all the drama that happened while staying there.
21. Would you do it over if you knew then what you know now? Yes Was it worth it? Spiritually? Financially? Financially it got us through to the winter and we were able to pay off a few bills and put a little into saving. If we would not have had the two breakdowns at the beginning of the season we would have been better off but at the same time we had the money to pay for those expenses (from gifts and savings). Spiritually it did not draw us away from God so therefore it was worth it spiritually. Made us more aware of our dependency on God. How did the LORD BLESS You over this summer? Good health, new friends, whenever we had a financial need we were able to take care of it. We truly believe the Lord put us where we needed to be as we worked with good people and we met some we were thankful we were not working for. Will you remain friends with people that you met by doing the carnival? Yes. At least we hope to. But at the same time probably not unless we do it again next year. Mostly due to location.
22. How do you believe that God used you to effect things for the better and/or what do you think the overall reason was (and is if you do decide to return)that the carnival was what He had (or is what He Has)... for you both to do this summer? A thing that comes to mind is how we ministered to one of the gals ~ Kollin and her grandma. In a small way we were connected because we had pictures of Adele where Kollin grew up and we had gone there last Fall. We were there for Kollin when she heard that her Grandma was close to death and then after she died. We were able to grieve with her, share her tears and enjoy hearing stories of Kollin and her Grandma. Our whole purpose in being there may have been just to be there for Kollin at that time. We don't know. We were blessed to be able to love her during that time.
23. Will you be doing it again next year? What have you decided about that? Is it a lifestyle that you could get better at if you do it again? Would you want to do that? Are we going to do it next year ~ we don't know. Could we do it again ~ yes. Could we get better at it ~ yes we could do better at doing the job but the lifestyle - we already love the lifestyle ~ living and traveling in our motor home. Do we want to do it again? Yes and no. I would love to have a job traveling around but would like to see more things while traveling. If we had had our own vehicle we could have done more sight seeing (and if we do it again we will definitely have a toad with us).
Other thoughts ~ there is so much to see in our country I would love to be able to travel and see so much more. Don't want to be too far away from our boys and their families yet at the same time we could always travel to visit them.
All in all our experience with the carnival was enjoyable, entertaining and we are glad that we had the opportunity to travel and work with the carnival.
As Rob would say "working with the carnival is like working for any other company. The only difference is that the company moves every week or so to do our job."
Hope you enjoyed this interview with Ron. More from Alice soon.