Hot, Humid and Soooooo Sweaty

other ways to sweat

As a Brit, born to wind, rain and only an occasional flicker of sun, I really am not enjoying Louisiana. Hot, sticky – and our raison d’etre for being here (note deference to  use of Creole here – sort of French) means trying to perform acrobatics and stuff in this heat without the sweat making holds and grips impossible. A big canvas tent seems to act like a heat-retaining boiler and stays hotter than outside well into the evening shows…

At least those sweaty boys in that first picture are clearly having fun doing what they do. I thought that we would be too, but I’m not so sure now. I keep thinking of our forthcoming visit to Wales in a couple of weeks and kind of wishing this tour was over already. It has taken me fifteen years to get used to the somewhat lesser humidity of Tennessee! The kids, of course, born to that, are suffering less but are noticeably lethargic when not working.

Longing for a cooling swim, but the locals continue to wind us up with tales of alligators and since the boys thought they saw one and had a panic attack, that’s definitely off until we find a pool!


If only…!


Wouldn’t this be nice…

snow scene

The next time I sign up for a circus session it’s got to be Alaska! Oh well, soon be over, although Dave and the others get to stay. Let’s see some pictures of others working out in their own ways, and admire the results.

Why buy metal weights when you’ve got concrete?


strange weights

This guy’s as cool as he can get for his shoulder press…


…but if you must wear something, Speedos are more than enough…


The guy in red’s your best enemy…


This already muscular gymnast finds a way to add more weight and so develop even more strength:


Well-oiled wrestlers…

wrestlers oiled

Lean ‘n mean…


Two street workout lads share their grim determination…


Don’t forget to take every opportunity to stretch…

box split

Tell you what: buy a book, make me a millionaire and I can get out of here for somewhere less humid!

The first part...The second part...Cover 3 Thumb

cat beamAnd finally (this pic is for Dave) – in our gym even the cats have to train…

…sweet, huh? Just don’t let the little bugger get his claws into that leather covering on the beam…






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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