Mates and Weights

Tomorrow evening (Saturday), Colin, Tash and their family arrive from Oxford. Our kids are still unaware of this ten-day visit but will be over the moon to have young Ollie and his sister here. We’re arranging for Chris’s dad Steve to have our Leo and Jaymee out of the way when the travellers arrive, and we plan to put Ollie into bed in Leo’s basement room to recover from the long trip and then have Leo ‘discover’ him…

Sneaky, huh! Dave and I will be sleeping in the loft space of our training shed for the duration so that Colin and Tash have our room and huge bed. And, since we shall have difficulty finding opportunities to go to Chad’s private gym during the visit, we went over for a ‘mega-bash’ last evening which lasted well into the small hours.


Devotees of this blog – or, more hopefully, of the books listed near the end of this post (!!) will know that Chad’s gym means a lot more than just ‘Mates and Weights’…


There’s opportunities for tumbling (but no sea shore unfortunately!):





leg scissors


…even to train for some of the more bizarre endurance feats we guys sometimes like to indulge in…


Dave and I duly threw ourselves into everything last evening: tumbling with Zach, Ethan and Jack to keep our performance moves in practice, then weights alongside two great new guys whose ‘initiation’ must have passed us by [only the ‘chosen’ get admitted to these full sessions, although Colin will be able to visit daytime when even some selected youngsters get in]: seriously sweaty at that point…


…but only really just getting started! Then into wrestling… just add some oil for starters…

well oiled

…and which inevitably got naked (this is a very gay-friendly place!) and ended up in a hilarious twelve-man oily pile-up, followed by much more (ahem) personal stuff with our special Tuan Jie mates one of the quiet places – sort of side rooms with one open side – which Chad has cleverly built into the gym – six of us (shall we say) enjoying each other and adding considerably to the scum of sweat and oil. Add in the sessions rolling on the glass track and the other ‘endurance’ stuff which we fitting in earlier, and we were, shall we say, well and truly knackered by around 1am!


Actually, we didn’t even feel we had energy enough to get into bed properly…


…but then reviving ourselves just enough for that final goodnight kiss:


Here’s that wretched book information:

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

e-versions available from the usual outlets. All about our gay, sporty and slightly chaotic adventures…

So, remember, THIS…


…leads to THIS…

wow well now

…so, us boys can never get enough of it, and nor should you!

And remember, you don’t have to do crazy stuff on swords, nails or glass to show off how tough you are… there are other ways…


…but you may need to wait a while now to do that. Things are ‘hotting up’ in Tennessee, at least…






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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