Aug 21, 2011

What Donny Vomit Did On Summer Vacation


Part of helping our parents get settled into their new house is figuring out where to hang all our framed family photos, art, mirrors, and random taxidermy. That means finding a hammer. And in the Thomas house (once you've dug through a shoe box of screws and nails and mistmatched picture-hanging hardware)... that can also mean finding a hammer like this.

This conjures up an image for me (while alone in my mom's master-suite bathroom about to hang some art by the tub) of Donny back when he was first figuring out this whole sideshow thing of his.

I can just picture him before the handlebar mustache, before the shaved head, and before the Lasik (a Christmas present from mom) pushing his cute John Lennon spectacles back up his nose, while carefully painting the handle of one of our parent's old hammers white – but still leaving a proper mess of dripped paint behind him on the garage floor. And then coming up with the very clever (and very Tim Burton inspired) idea of adding jaunty black stripes out of electrician's tape.

photo: Autumn Luciano

And then I picture him wherever he might be.




Donny's Summer "Vacation":

1. He promoted his Human Blockhead Lager

2. Left his steady gig at Coney Island, still making special appearances but free to tour more

3. Traveled the country performing with the Pretty Things Peep Show

4. They even took the show to Australia, where he showed a little leg, but...


5. He still saved some moves for his family. Specifically for the spontaneous sibling balcony dance party, on the very, very top floor of our very, very, very tall beach rental in Destin, Florida.

That's just the condensed version. Here's Donny's full report.

Even though my dream was to move to New York and establishing myself as a performer at the Coney Island Sideshow, I decided this summer that it was time to move forward and fufill another goal to travel the states and the world. So I jumped across country to kick off Seattle Beer Week with the crew of Coney Island Lager. For three years I have hosted The Kulture Freaks at Brouwers Restaurant, joined by Nic Sin for a night of debauchery and beers.

The Summer really began with a Winter Festival. Twenty hours in flight to Australia. I was set up for ten days in Port Macquarie at a rockabilly festival. Made friends with the locals and traveled around town in classic cars.

Once back in NYC joined up with Shmaltz brewing company for the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. Had my two favorite girls with me as we rode a float down Surf Avenue. Heather my sword-swallowing partner, and Anna my actual "girl." After partying with the Mermaids on the shores of Coney I headed south for another beach – a week with the family in Destin, Florida.

Returned to NYC and picked up another one of my side jobs, swallowing swords for Ripley's Believe it or Not! Odditorium! Spending time with magician, Albert Cadabra, always leads to endless hours of laughter and mischief.

Soon I was back out on the road as July rolled in. Thirteen days of tour to Chicago and back. Our RV, "The Shasta" has become a second home to me. Once back in town headed to Tuxedo Lake, NY for some relaxation with Anna. Playing with dogs and paddling in the lake. Ended July with a trip to Harrisburg Pennsylvania for three nights.

And, August? Well, it's taking me and the Pretty Things Peep Show on another cross country tour, including Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada.

I'm thinking Donny has probably left more than just one hammer behind in all his travels. I'm sure when we pull out the Halloween decorations I'll find some other oddity to get sentimental about. But that's, well... a whole other season.

1 comment:

  1. Always an adventure with the Thomas clan! - Amanda