A couple of people who respond to this blog by e-mail have commented that there hasn’t been much news from Tennessee lately. Well, with so much going on in the rest of the world – collapse of the European banking system, Higgs Bosons, assorted wars and revolutions in the Middle East, it is difficult for our little city to make headlines! Scouring the local newspapers, it seems that ‘world news’ is anything outside Tennessee but still in the US!
So what has made the headlines in Oak Ridge? Apart from the various Wildcats teams (and the lady Wildcats), not much. In fact, the lead story recently was that four species of spiky fishy creatures have been found in a local stream!
The background to this, apparently, is that the stream originates in the infamous Y-12 complex (one of two huge nuclear sites hereabouts) and that it has been polluted with mercury and probably radioactive stuff ever since the start of the cold war. So, either it is finally cleaning itself up, or these are mutants waiting to explode out of their specimen jars and swallow us whole. Jake and Quinn, our wrestler friends in Man.Power, are security guards at Y-12. I guess we could ask for more information but, if they tell us, they’ll probably have to kill us.
A couple of shows are pencilled in, but we’re mainly involved with gymnastics coaching right now. For the elite, this will continue between Christmas and New Year: most coaches want time off, so we’re definitely available.
Even my son Leo has stopped making waves with the bigoted neighbour down the street (subject of some previous posts). After all, it’s not shirtless weather right now, even for him. I could talk some more about the weather I suppose, like we Brits are supposed to do. Well, it is slightly warmer here than in the UK at present, but not much: they’ve had some small-scale snow, and we had a threat of that last Thursday night, but not much happened. Today is sunny but cool. Bor-ing.
So, I’m reduced to ‘looking forward’ to Christmas, I suppose (I don’t! Bah humbug!). On Boxing day or, as they call it here, ‘December 26’, we have the traditional Clinch River swim in our private swimming hole (‘private’, but known to all members of the High School swim squad and to Cody, who lives nearby). He swims every day of the year, usually naked on the basis that there is no-one else there:
We’ve had a lot of ‘family’ swims there – Karen and Clare (the mums), Dave and I (the dads), Jaymee (Karen and Dave) and the aforementioned Leo (Clare and I). Four gay parents who share in a loving and totally happy family group. Weird, maybe. You can read all about it here as it was when we first discovered it back around ten years ago, with later developments coming in a couple of weeks when I expect Volume 2 to come out…hey, there is some news actually, someone in Brisbane Australia just ordered a book! Whoo-hoo!!!!!
Apart from that, on the basis that ‘no news is good news’ most of the time, I am reduced, as usual, to posting a couple of interesting pictures in the general ‘theme’ of the books and of our basic, acrobatic, interests. Enjoy…
Good flexibility, great lighting, and no naughty bits showing to jinx this blog!
Slightly unclear what this lot have been doing, but clearly a useful team based upon their physical development:
The title of this picture (not from me) suggests that they may be the male half of a display team, although the reason the guy on the right is twirling a large pair of scissors is less clear!
And, finally for now, the ‘down side’ of being a gymnast: