The thought on Laetitia’s mind as she walked into the Emerald Victorian library with a steaming cup of Door County Roasters’ medium roast was how pleased she was that, despite years of trying, medical science had found few deleterious effects from drinking coffee. Indeed, coffee is loaded with antioxidants that may provide significant health benefits.
She listened to a collection of Bob Dylan songs as she sat in an overstuffed chair thinking about where to go for the day’s trip. “Mr. Tambourine Man” was playing. She listened to the lines:
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.
She, of course, couldn’t “forget about today until tomorrow.” She had a tour to run, but she had decided on the day’s destination. They would go to the circus.
Laetitia brought her group to the Circus World Museum in Baraboo. During the nineteenth century, more than 100 traveling circuses wintered in Wisconsin. The museum features a collection of more than 200 circus wagons and has ten performances daily during the summer with acrobats, aerialists, tigers, elephants, magic tricks, clowns, and jugglers. The group went on a boat trip in the Wisconsin Dells, but skipped the town with its overblown commercialism.
In the motel bar at Baraboo, Laetitia overheard a conversation between the bartenders about two unhappily married folks from nearby Green Lake, who always sneaked off to Berlin for their illicit encounters. It gave her the limerick of the day, which she presented at dinner.
When Harry and Jane went to sin
They always drove up to Berlin
Where they needn’t be wary
Of meeting Aunt Mary
At the bar of the Holiday Inn.