Triumph for The Young Ones!

We spent most of yesterday in a shopping mall about 70 miles from here. The weekend before Thanksgiving is an exceedingly busy one in USA, and the owners wanted extra attractions to keep the punters in the mall. We’ve done this kind of thing before – acro sessions, a bit of endurance on the nails and glass and so forth. This time, we marshalled eight ‘old timers’ (like us!) and took Leo and Jaymee as a special young acrobatic attraction, giving them so some solo spots. We also took Chris, Leo’s best mate, which delighted his dad. Chris is dedicated to fitness, and we’ve taught him basic tumbling. He can make a good base for either of the other two to balance on, as well as delighting in stomping about on Leo’s chest whilst he is on his nail bed. There was a show ‘on the hour, every hour’ more or less, with a 30-minute break between them. We were all pretty exhausted at the end.

Basically, the kids stole the show, and we’re delighted about that. The other show-stopper definitely is pitching Ethan from one level to catchers on the level below, a variation of what we call his ‘death plunge’ – nothing of the sort, of course, when you have trained catchers below who have done this hundreds of times on stage as he drops from a trapeze.

We do get to keep a basic fee from the mall management (to feed ourselves and pay for fuel!), but collections taken up from the audience are all in aid of charities, and we’ve added a fair whack to that anyway. And, we understand, the audience were exceedingly generous.

So that was our good deed for the week. A couple more similar bookings before Xmas.

The BAD news of the week is that the publisher of my books has gone awol – or at least, their website has. We’re trying to get to the bottom of that from 4000 miles away but, for the moment, clicking on the book cover images or links to them in any post results in an error message, and the main Melrose Books web page returns a funny error screen babbling on about mistakes in the coding. So we’ll pass on book plugs, except to say that you can contact me directly if you want any hard copies at E-books, of course, are out there all the time from the usual outlets.

So I’ll give up the rest of today’s post to images of young men who have enjoyed their fitness training and obviously keep it up. Enjoy!




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A few more here than usual, but why not? Keep up the fitness, lads, and come back here as often as you can!

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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