Getting Up Speed

Our internet connection here in TN is awful. Our one in Wales UK sends the signal 68,000 miles before it finds its first server in South London, so that has a bit of an excuse for dragging its feet. But today, I’m in a hotel and getting to use a connection that actually WORKS. Nothing exciting about being in a hotel (bit of a drag, to be honest) but this post is going to take about a tenth of the usual time to upload the pix.

I did start off trying to do this on the hotel bed…


(wow, zzzzap, the picture’s in there!!)

…but that wasn’t very successful, so it’s back to their desk with the stupidly low chair… I feel like a dwarf reaching up to the laptop keyboard… the hotels don’t get everything right, but the WiFi – YES!

The wardrobe in here looks pretty much like this, and the guy’s good too (don’t have one with me, I’m afraid) – and his shadow is even more impressive…


The armchair is pretty comfortable…


…but not really enough room in here to swing a cat (and Dave would hate that) – and certainly not to swing a mate


As hotel ‘fitness rooms’ go, it’s not too bad…


…just a couple of multi-station thingies…


…although wandering around shirtless here is probably frowned upon. As in most public areas in the Southern USA!

Of course, my friends and I don’t exactly do our bit to support that ‘rule’ – quite the reverse! After all, if it’s acceptable on the beach…

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(nice lever practice… kewl!)

…why not in a hotel corridor…


…in the park…

in the trees

…why not in the street?


Of course, this may get more attention…


…and, after all, our Eastern European fitness buddies get provided with equipment in the street and don’t hesitate to use it shirtless:


Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 ThumbBut I sense that I’m drifting off topic (no surprise there then!). If my writings had been as fast as this internet, they wouldn’t have taken more the nine years to produce. And the way book 4 is going, that’ll be a few more years as yet. A tragic tale of a gay Native American outcast, based extremely loosely on a boy who passed this way a while back and looked rather like this:


To be fair, I’m making time to do a little research in North Carolina related to that book, so that it reads authentic, extending a visit for other purposes (someone we know very well in Oak Ridge has ended up in hospital here following a traffic accident: he’s going to be fine, I think).

A small and unintended irony here… our friend was certainly ‘Getting up Speed’ – today’s title – when he hit the other car. The lady driving that is fine…

OK, let’s celebrate the speed of this internet by adding a bunch more inspirational pictures! Enjoy!






(that little gem may be a repeat)


(Nice girder! Never be without your girder…)

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Definitely pleased with his appearance! Adam deserves to be, too:

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Now a weird one – a partial ring handstand performed by someone who looks as though his head is about to explode…


And finally (for now) a reminder that not every guy has access to the best equipment to improve their fitness… this guy definitely deserves the medal for making an effort…





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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