Trapped in the Polar Vortex

And we thought the weather in UK was bad…

British Airways (bless them) got Karen, Clare and the kids to Chicago O’Hare, and they re-checked their luggage into ‘American’s conveyor for the final leg to Knoxville TN – and that was it. Record cold:  -25C (-4F) in the ‘windy’ city: they nearly froze to death taking the elevated train to terminal three and then had to spend the night there. Even if they had had their main luggage, none of them had clothes to withstand those outside temperatures.

No connecting flight. Plane trapped somewhere on the East Coast and not enough de-icing capacity anyway Kids due in school today (Tuesday) but, with -12C in Oak Ridge, that is probably going pear shaped anyway. Eventually Karen contacted someone in the ‘trucker network’ and a really kind guy showed up in his car and made them welcome in his home.

Nothing we can do.

We went to the resort town of Aberystwyth (about an hour away from here) yesterday to find that the authorities had ordered everyone out of seafront homes and hotels for the second time because another storm surge was expected on the mid-day tide. Already the main Victorian seafront has been destroyed, with the sea running through all the homes and hotels, even several streets back from the sea. University student’s with no accommodation any more just returning from the vacation:

aberystwyth storm

The road in front of those houses has collapsed into the sea, and yesterday that shelter in the centre of the picture was destroyed in waves reaching over seven metres in height. Surfers are coming to the UK from all over the world to catch waves of unprecedented size. And we had been contemplating a family swim last week….! No way.

Elsewhere, especially in southern England, thousands of homes have been inundated by flood waters. The deluges here have been relentless, with a storm accompanied by high winds about every three days since well before Christmas.

What the f*** is going on?

Thankfully, so far, our home here, Cefn Derwen, is undamaged.

I’ll do a ‘normal’ post later, after we’ve made some sort of offering to the Gods for everyone’s safe delivery from all of this!

Wherever you are, stay safe.


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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