I’ve lived here in TN most of the time since 2000 but, until last weekend, I never visited one of our local ‘attractions’ which is less than a couple of hours drive away. Linking North Carolina and Tennessee through a pass across the Smoky Mountains, an eleven-mile route has 318 serious curves and is place where motorcyclists go to die. Recent decisions in both states to impose a 30mph limit has had little impact on the frequency of, er, impacts.
So we crept around the curves in Dave’s car, expecting all the time to find oncoming motorcycles on our side of the road, ready to be embedded in the front of the car. The real objective of the trip was to do a little background research for my eventual fourth book (fingers crossed!) on the local Native American communities and their twenty-first century customs – being a Brit leaves me at something of a disadvantage regarding such things.
I’ve already had my own tail ‘tweaked’ by several US readers for using too much ‘unfamiliar’ British English in the existing books – but they are published from UK although set largely here in USA, and nearly fifteen years ‘immersion’ in American English has only served to make me even more defensive of ‘proper’ English! Having a US born-and-bred teenage son, however, maybe is going to change that eventually! Meanwhile you can enjoy the ‘gay love stuff’ and the tales of our training and acrobatic performances, plus the adventure – hopefully, they work in any language!
One thing for certain is that our ‘fitness-training tails’ never need tweaking! As normal, I offer now some appropriate images to inspire us all, starting off with another ballet boy for our newly enthusiastic reader Lorenzo, and an image of a boy who I assume is some sort of stage costume – these from the archives of a new and newly discovered tumblr blog relating to ‘ballet, gymnastic and other movements’…
Note Added 26/01/2015: well, that blog disappeared after just three weeks of existence. Never mind – we’ve found another which calls itself ‘Balletfetish’ although it is NOT a ‘fetish’ site and I have amended the link
I’ve added it as a link under ‘Acrobatics’ – let’s see how it develops (any page of this blog, bottom right for links). Thanks to Ian in UK for finding it, and I think Lorenzo will enjoy it anyway…
Another flexible ballet boy…
Now, just a little acrobatics from Russian boys:
…and now, after those, ‘pot luck’! Enjoy!
Bodyweight exercises now!
A strange location for sit ups?…
Show off the results of the pull ups and sit ups:
Time for a tea break?
(Love that one – where do they find these things?)
OK, back to work:
Right, but do get that shirt off…
Old weights, new biceps!
…and, finally for today, back to the locker room. Smile please – job well done!
Tomorrow in the gym – same time then?