I wish I was better about asking people their names. I look back at my photos later, and wonder. Gotta get better about that.
This particular gentleman told my daughter and I a lot about the carnival. They travel from February to November, everywhere from Texas to Canada. They winter in Buda Texas, which is just a few minutes south of Austin. They spend the winder fixing and painting the carnival equipment. It was good to hear they have a job at that time. This guy mentioned that he paints, even when the boss isn't around.
I'm guessing many of the Carnival workers have difficult backgrounds. Perhaps we all do, but some more than others. It was good to talk with a few of them, and to take a few photos too.
Taken at The Mighty Thomas Carnival in Austin Texas, April 2008.