Twisters in Tennessee

Well, Dave and I are back in Oak Ridge with our extended family: Karen and Clare, mums of our brilliant nine-year-olds Jaymee and Leo respectively. It’s great to see our kids again, enjoying their rather odd situation of being unrelated sister and brother with two mums and two dads… that’s how it is, and we’re proud of it. Both have been working extremely hard at the Romanian-run Turkey Creek gymnastics center whilst we’ve been away, and are about to do their first competition! Yo!

We managed to cheat the icelandic volcano from screwing up our flight back from UK, only to arrive into a State still quivering from the recent tornadoes. Although not as bad as the story in Missouri and Alabama, one passed over Knoxville and headed north-east, taking out a lot of property in the town of Greenville

Storm over Knoxville, April 27

Devastation in Greenville

As you can imagine, Oak Ridgers are extremely nervous about the weird weather right now. Still, the world didn’t end on 21st May as predicted by the religious nutters over here. Postponed until 21st October, apparently. A “miscalculation”. We’ll see. The righteous are supposed to be going to heaven between the two dates. We’re still here…

Richard, another British gymnast and a member of our troupe in the early days, is visiting this weekend, coming up with his partner CJ from Florida. CJ who appeared as chief coach at Turkey Creek when he graduated from Florida State University and now they live down there. It’ll be great to see them both: Dave and I are proud of the small part we played in helping Richard discover his true self. As for him discovering CJ, well, he didn’t need any help at all with that!

Our present ‘core team’ of acrobats is a symettric 8 now: we plan a few local shows (“local” is a radius of 500 miles over here) and we have a small TV contract too. I do wonder, actually, how long we can keep up doing this. Karen and Clare do very little of their fire and other stuff these days, somehow losing themselves in their dual role of ‘gym mums’ instead. Karen still drives trucks; Dave and I still fill the rest of our days working as trainers at Turkey Creek; Ivo still works shifts in his warehouse; Ethan and Jack are away in Toronto visiting with Jack’s folks… oh, you get the fairly chaotic idea. And, of course, I’ve ended up with our story to finish writing… more on that soon.

To keep the fitness trend alive (as we must) here are two pix of a great young bodybuilder – what an excellent example to work towards!

Both images from VishStudio in Russia, to whom thanks for freely posting such images out there. Bye for now…

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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