There were two parts to the Freak Show - two tents - one contained The Fat Lady and the other was filled with the usual freakish-fare. I didn't really want to pay to see the Fat Lady so I poked my head under the tent - it seemed silly to pay to see a fat lady but this was before the days of google searches and voyeuristic television masquerading as health and human interest stories. Before the days of shows actually called, World's Fattest Woman.
So I poked my head under the tent. A pit had been dug in the dirt in the center of the tent - she, all 600 pounds of her, sat in the pit.
In a bikini.
A teeny weeny bikini. The paying public stared and stared while she thumbed through the pages of a paperback.
The other tent promised a variety of oddities and I handed my tickets to the dusty man guarding the flap-door. In this tent there was a stage and on the stage there was a sign and on the sign were the words, "World's Fattest Man"
The crowd - and I was in the crowd now - stared at the sign and waited for the man. He hobbled out using two canes - those canes that have the four baby canes on the bottom. He reached the center of the stage and lowered himself into a reinforced chair, spoke to the crowd about his thyroid disorder, and asked if we wanted to see him attach a bucket of bolts to his tongue.
Ugh. I wanted my tickets back.
Why can't things be the way they're supposed to be? And why can't freaks just enjoy their exploitation? If I were a freak (if) I'd love it. I'd use my freakish power for the good of mankind.
I'd love to have one super long arm. A Super Arm. I could take seemingly candid pictures of myself even more easily!
Do you see that?
It's like someone else is taking the picture. But what a struggle!
If I had Super Arm my whole life would change.