Zing, Zang, Zoom and Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Saturday we went to Zing, Zang, Zoom, one of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s traveling circuses. It was the first event I’d attended inLittle Rock’s Verizon Arena, which was much smaller than I’d imagined. We sat in the first row, right on the exhibition floor.

There was a single ring and the acts were small-scale – definitely targeted toward younger children. My favorite (of course) was an animal act featuring horses and camels. There were two dromedaries, two horses, and two miniature horses, and they pranced and danced around the ring. Watching the animals move in sync was actually quite beautiful.

There were no lions or tigers – instead a trained cat act. But there was an elephant act, and we were close enough to look into the eyes of the pachyderms and see the wrinkles in their skin. A motorcycle rolled across a wire above our heads; beneath it a woman sat on a swing. A pair of tight-rope walkers performed, but were only about eight feet off the ground.

Between acts, I enjoyed the first cotton candy I’ve had in roughly fifteen years. Yum! Just as good as I remember! (Not like candy corn, Pixi Stix, and those candy necklaces, which definitely become less appealing with age.) Like most items, the cotton candy came with a souvenir item to warrant the $10 charge. I gave the tall hat that came with mine to the little boy next to us.

We’d had so much fun at the circus, that Sam and I wanted our date to continue. So we decided to make a day of it and go see Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It was pretty good. My only complaint was that, no matter how many apes got wiped out, they seemed to magically multiply. Also, some of the distant scenes showing groups of apes terrorizing the city didn’t look natural. However, the animals’ expressions in close-ups were quite convincing.

After that, we ate at the Rib Crib in Benton. Not bad. Not great. But better than ending the day by cooking and cleaning up at home.