‘I’ve Got a Cunning Plan…’

…not Baldrick, from the UK TV success ‘Blackadder.’ The kids!

We’ve taken our kids and their friends fully into our confidence about the forthcoming sale of the Anderton household and the consequent loss of the training cabin. So we’re on a run with the kids this morning – Dave and I, and Steve, father of Chris and Billy. Chris is same age as Leo and his best training mate, and Billy is the older brother – teen bodybuilder. Steve has got into fitness quite seriously recently, too, inspired by his sons. And by us, I suppose! Jaymee came on the run too, and we noticed a lot of whispered discussion, giggling, and long stares at us from all the kids as we jogged around our usual circuit above the residential area we currently live in – or ‘subdivision’ as they like to call them here in USA.

I’ve mentioned several times that Dave and I are considering our options about where to live in the future most of the time, and have already agreed that Leo and Jaymee get top priority in our planning. But we weren’t prepared for the cunning plan. In fact – two cunning plans. Leo (and Jaymee) first: ‘We get mum and Karen to move here, and sell their place. There’ll be plenty of room for you dad, and Dave, to live here like you do now when you’re not in Wales! Simples!’ Leo has been watching UK TV adverts involving meerkats, by the way, which will explain that last word to anyone else who has similar meerkat leanings). Not to be outdone, Chris then turns to his dad Steve: ‘We could sell our house and move here – that way we get to keep the training cabin!’

Oh dear, if only things were as simple as the young minds imagine! But, full marks to them for raising two possibilities that we certainly hadn’t even thought about. And no doubt Karen and Clare (on the one hand) and Steve’s wife (on the other) will quickly be in the picture. Dave and I certainly couldn’t afford to buy even half of the present house, since we blew our funds on a place in UK as an investment, but we could certainly contribute something I suppose, or pay rent. Hmmm. The plot thickens!!

2744Well, both generations, including Karen and Clare who were regular users of the training cabin before I even came on the Oak Ridge scene, definitely want to train and all will sorely miss the cabin if they house goes, even though Chad has said we can transfer all the stuff to his gym and make an arrangement so that the younger participants can get access to it without being exposed to some of the high jinks that the older (gayer) members there get up to.  So  I guess this option – selling a different house, is at least on the cards. Karen and Clare’s present place is a bit cramped – and they used to have regular lodgers – other circus performers usually – before the kids came along. Time for an upgrade? We’ll have to see what they think.

Meanwhile – let’s have some more ‘training’ pictures!



(Oh, the awful form! Get those legs straight, dude!)


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(what a rusty kettlebell – but this Russian lad seems to have put it to good use)





two pose

Perhaps I should make it clear that, as Jaymee’s grandfather, Dave’s dad is very sensitive to the needs of the kids too, even though he has decided that there is no point in him staying on in USA and needs the money to buy himself a place back home (UK). So, no arguments on the subject, but certainly some interesting discussions yet to come, I think!

tumblr_mw57ghPMmv1qaqa99o1_500We’ll (all) soon be packing our bags for a trip to Wales anyway. The kids want to spend time there just as much as Dave and I do, so I think there will be lots of flight bags packed in the years to come…

…you might say that Dave and I (and our mates) already had our great adventure, as written in these three books, but – who knows – today is the first day of the rest of our lives!

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7



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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