COSTA MESA — I don't understand why I didn't get fired on my first day as a carnival employee.
Not that I was actually getting paid.
Other than the small matter of not being on the Ray Cammack Shows (RCS) payroll, I was a ticket-scanning, prize-pulling, running-in-circles, grinning employee, like most any other carnival worker.
And I was terrible at it.
The plan was to do a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road as a carnival worker. About 200 full-time RCS employees travel 10 months out of the year in a massive caravan of machinery and trailers that move across Texas, Arizona and California.
Due to the unpredictable layout of a new town, RCS provides employees access to lodging, a general store, hair salon and even spa services, all within the mobile community.
This is the unknown world I wanted to explore. However, its gatekeeper, Tony Fiori, RCS director of media marketing, wouldn't let me pass into it as just a journalist. I had to get hired as an employee first.