Random Notes from Oregon

Completely random pictures this time too!


So, after the adventures on the plane from Salt Lake, we made it to SeaTac where, because the circus was on the move, Karen had decided to drive our camping bus to the airport to pick us up. Our normal driver/roadie Chet is on vacation whilst she was there to do it – he comes back tomorrow. However, I digress: when she got to the airport the officious local police insisted she went through the bus lane rather than park and ended up orbiting about six times round and being mistaken for a hotel shuttle…


Anyways, made it, and someone close to where we’re parked up has an immensely strong WiFi signal without a password which I’m hi-jacking… ooops. Sorry, dude, whoever you are.


It is surprisingly cold here – but apparently also back in Tennessee, whilst in Wales (UK) it is typically wet but a lot warmer, I’m told. Wonder when I’ll get to our place across the pond again…

This circus company is amazing. So welcoming and friendly. The others had told me that, of course, but I was still surprised. They feed us, look after everything… and we’ve borrowed the owner’s 19yo daughter for our act! She is already partnered with a new lad from Czech republic called Pavl who throws knives at her, swallows swords (she does that too) and she is a fire-breather and ‘body-burner’ – in fact, with our Karen and Clare returning home today, this young lady will become the lead for that and will also toast us a little bit when we’re doing the fakir thing. We’re careful not to intrude on other acts, so we’re dropping the knife drop onto the stomach from our fakir bit – Jody makes a cool target for that in a back bridge with her new partner doing the honours. We’re joining together for bed of swords and so forth.

The posters for this circus are clever too, because they give impressions of the typical acts rather than the detail of the performers, so they can change things around and ‘rotate’ the performers (as we are doing) with no difficulties.

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They’re really keen to get a teeterboard act on the bill, but we’re saving that for later because it needs a lot of work. However, Pavl wants to ‘have a go’ and Jody (the girl) is pretty nifty when we had a quick try-out, so we’ll see. The tricky bit is landing where you want to – not the somersaults or whatever – to give just the right ‘lift’ to your partner on the opposite end of the see-saw. We’ve all managed to miss the board altogether a few times but, as they say, practice makes perfect. I guess it is a bit like a balance – once you’ve mastered the basics, you can adapt and perform it pretty much anywhere…


Now, to the Cluedo competition result! Not exactly a large entry, so maybe we won’t bother any more. This was all about ‘fitness-related’ crossword clues. Here are the answers: look at recent posts for the questions…

1. Expert     2.Peace     3. Constrain    4. Weak     5. Peekaboo     6. Triceps     7. Sporting     8. Balance     9. Demonstrate     10. Pembroke

Now that last one was a little tricky if you’re not into antique tables… and maybe it was easier for Brits than anyone else. Interestingly, the first correct solution came from Belgium – so well done Greg, your free book is on its way. Maybe I’ll run this again some time and maybe not (I learned that some solutions could be found by Googling, which is depressing for all crossword fanatics)- I reckon that most of you just want to see what pictures turn up! Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 ThumbBut you do have to put up with me plugging books, and the one way to stop that is to buy enough of them… paper, or e-books, I don’t mind. Just read about circus adventures of gay lads enjoying their acrobatics and not enjoying some unexpected adversaries… I just love those silhouette acrobats on the covers (which I designed myself) and I’m really grateful to my Austrian mate Roman for suggesting that!


Anyway; first show coming up in a couple of hours and I’m really happy to be here, given the problems I had with my leg starting back in June. Maybe not to old at 30-something… but Pavl makes us feel old! Turns out he was a huge fan of wrestling back in Prague – he’s been doing it since age 8 apparently… and when he found out it is one of our little pleasures, we’re all challenged to a bout with him! Jody told the family and now they’ve decided they’re going to put mats out for us in the ring after training is over for the day and the whole family are going to come and watch him destroy us!!! Not sure who is up first, but one thing I can guarantee is that our usual (gay) naked style won’t work here!

Meanwhile, Jody is up for tumbling with us, and we’ve worked hard on suitable routines with the five of us: Jody and Pavl don’t do ‘balance’, so that is definitely still down to us. And we try to bit a bit ‘tidier’ than these two, but the important thing for anyone is to have fun trying…



Partners are always a great asset…

benching partners

by the sea… (and we soon shall be!!)…

by the sea

…and, of course, in more ‘intimate’ situations…


(missing you, Dave)

Have to say that, ‘cos he’ll be reading this pretty soon.

But there are now five of us here all part of our ‘closed circuit’ of gay adventurers, and Ethan and Jack have been deprived of such company for a while, so the late evenings are definitely hotting up. Enuff said. It’s allowed. Dave would be doing the same, so long as it is within the coven of ten in total – and, indeed, back home he has four potential companions at weekends and two all the time…


RIGHT!! Enough of that. A few more random pictures before the unknown dude switches his WiFi off… Zach’s shoe style, first of all, as evidenced on our plane on Monday but perhaps more suitable when standing in the river!

zach style

A happy trainer in a basic gym:

zoo yorke

Oops – the internet signal just disappeared for a while. I’ll quit whilst I’m ahead and get this post uploaded.

See ya soon…




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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