Sunday, November 25, 2012


Yes, DRALION! A blend of DRAgon and LION. hence the name DRALION.

And there were dragons and lions in the Cirque du Soleil presentation of DRALION at the Tucson Arena this afternoon. Dragons and lions and jugglers and aerial artists and acrobats and clowns and rope skippers and loud music and dancers and costumes and ... and ... and I can't remember what all. (No cameras were allowed, so these pictures came from the printed program.)

This was the final day of performance in Tucson for this traveling troupe. Next week they'll start a stint in Phoenix. Suzy bought our tickets on line, no refunds available unless the show was cancelled. This morning I checked the Tucson Arena's website and saw that the show was ... cancelled. Oh no! Then I checked the Cirque du Soleil website; cancelled. Suzy, being the one who double-checks everything, looked again and found that it was the evening show that was cancelled, not the afternoon show, so we threw together a lunch and headed west on I-10.

Of course, we got there an hour an a half early, even stopping for gas at Costco on the way ($3.11 per gallon compared to $3.45 in Benson). Getting there early, we found ideal parking within 100 yards of the entry door, then sat in the car and ate our lunch.

What was for lunch? Well, you know Suzy has had bariatric surgery and can eat only a small amount before filling her new smaller tummy, so she is supposed to concentrate on protein. We each had a bottled protein drink (Pure Protein brand from WalMart) and ate a protein bar (also Pure Protein brand, this time from Costco). Total protein for lunch: 43 grams. Lemme tell you, that much protein will carry you a long time without any hunger for anything else.

When we ordered the tickets, we selected what looked to us like pretty good seats fairly close to the stage. When we got the tickets, they were in a different section, higher up. Suzy called the ticket broker and was told that it was an upgrade. The broker had learned that the section we selected had an obstructed view of the action. The new seats in Section 212, Row B were much better. When we got into our seats as instructed by the usher, they were ideal, virtually center stage, cushioned seats, with enough rise above the rows in front that there would not be any obstruction. Then we learned that the usher has seated us in the wrong section! She had put us in Section 213 by mistake. We trotted over to Section 212 and found our seats, just a little off center stage, but still excellent.

What was the show about? About an hour and three quarters, plus intermission. Other than that, it was about artistry, the artistry of well-honed and well-trained human bodies, the artistry of presentation, the artistry of perfect muscular control. We were well satisfied with DRALION.

Afterwards, we moved eastward to eat a dinner at the Hot Rod Grill. This is a new place, a combination cafe and hot rod garage. From the cafe you can watch mechanics and technicians working on hot rods. Of course, that part of the show is closed on Sunday, but we got to see some of the cars that are being restored, including a 1931 Ford Victoria. How was the meal? Good but somewhat overpriced. The service was excellent, the atmosphere mediocre. We probably won't return.

So, for now, that's the picture of ... Our Life on Wheels.


  1. I've always wanted to see Circ live. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I agree with you about Hot Rod Grill. $10. is a bit much for a hamburger and fries. Going to try another entry to give it a second chance since it's so close to us at Cactus Country.

  2. My wife got to see them at there home base in Orlando, Florida. I had to stay in Texas. She really enjoyed that show. It was quite a few years ago.

  3. O got to see "O" at the Bellagio in Las Vegas years ago and it was wonderful, water in it, lots of arial stuff, fun!! Like the pictures u were able to put in the blog. suzy, i like your hair too, forgot that on the comment yesterday...

  4. Oh I would love to see that show. I think some of the stunts would have made me a bit nervous but I know I would have enjoyed it. Glad you had a great time.

  5. We saw the Cirque du Soleil performance of "Mystique" in Las Vegas in 2010. It was okay, but Dave and I both prefer the Peking Acrobats which we saw last year in Arroyo Grande, CA. Great gas price in Tucson. Our Vancouver Costco is down to $3.23 now. That is a very good price for Washington state. I hope the gas prices stay down for a while. Since I am trying to lose weight without having bariatric surgery, I am fascinated by the details of what Suzy can eat for each meal.

  6. Wish we had known about the performance. We've only seen one Cirque du Soleil, in Las Vegas. Big $$$$$ but worth it. Glad you enjoyed it.

  7. I would just love to see any Cirque du Soleil. I like those kinds of exciting live performances. Saw Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas years ago & I've been hooked on live performances ever since. I think those flying Cirque people are just fantabulous.......

  8. Our kids are going to Vegas in a couple weeks for our daughter's 40th birthday...I think they are considering Cirque du Soleil, or whatever playing that is similar...Sounds fun to me!

  9. What a great show they put on. We went to a show in Orlando and loved it.
    Hope you are both well and happy :)

  10. Thanks for stopping by.. have a wonderful evening.

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