Monday, August 15, 2005

Or Maybe Big Floppy Shoes?

Driving down 128 South this weekend, I happened to see a three-truck convoy from the Aleppo Shrine Circus, which is run as one of the fundraising arms of the Shriners.

The lead 18-wheeler, with its imposing black trailer, bore the markings "Clown Unit." Which begs the question: What do you think a big rig filled with clown paraphernalia is actually filled with? I'm guessing several dozen of those tiny little cars.


Blogger Tish G. said...

Reminds me of the day I was driving down I-91 from N.H. and passed a clown-car carrier (Shriners again) with the phrase "Ask Me About Becoming a Shirner!" (or something to that effect) written across it.

Makes me wonder how many middle-aged men see that and think "hey! I've always *dreamed* of riding in a little car! I think I'll ask!"

or do they get 'em when they're kids? And what's a Shriner anyway??

11:25 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

Ah, what is a Shriner, indeed?

All I know is they run those wonderful hospitals to care for burned children. And they have a LOT of members who seem to be clowns. Literally, clowns. Not jerks, but people who wear red noses and funny wigs. I guess they're to entertain the kids in the hospital?

7:51 PM  
Blogger Tish G. said...

I'm very tempted to ask a Shriner if there's a circus or performance legacy to being a Shriner. I wonder if they are as secretive as the freemasons. Next time I'm at the Home Show at the Big E, I'll have to ask.

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neither the Shriners nor the Freemasons are a secret organization, both are very similar to the Elks, Knights of Columbus, and the Order of the Moose. All of these organizations are fraternal organizations which happen to have a private initiation ritual and also its members are dedicated to helping other people. In case you didn't know the Shriner's are a branch of Freemasonry and membership in Freemasonry is required before a person is eligible to become a Shriner. In order to become a Freemason, all you have to do is call your local lodge and ask. Hope this helps.

5:09 AM  

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