Ciao from Chicago

Feeling a bit aaargh after our flight back from the UK –


– now stuck in the delights of Chicago O’Hare for two hours awaiting our connection to Tennessee.

So it’s over. The US summer school vacation, that is. For son Leo , Dave’s Jaymee and their friend Chris, it’s been a whirl. Four weeks as circus performers, which they did really well, one week home, the rest in the largely wet UK (especially the Welsh bit where rain is known as ‘Welsh sunshine’):

rain musl_17489

At least the rain didn’t stop this:


Kids and their grannies – that’s an interesting one. They don’t really have any American grannies (their respective mother’s side) – long story, but due to the said girls being gay they have little contact with their families. Grannies on Dave and my side think of their grandkids as British (and they are, 50%) – but did I detect just a tiny bit of pressure – “Wouldn’t you like to live over here all the time, dear?”

Actually, I know their answer would be ‘no’. Born, grown up in US, they find a lot of British stuff a bit alien, despite our best efforts, and their mums would never quit the States anyway. But they have dual nationality and will be able to come and go as they please. Friend Chris, of course, is 100% American – but it’s great that they are such good mates with my old friend Colin’s son Ollie and his friend Andy. They think of themselves as a team – never mind the 4000 miles! What’s 4000 miles when you have Skype? They may join up again Christmas or Easter – we’ll just have to wait and see.

As for me – it’s back to the gym coaching gymnasts…

…about 1000 shifts to catch up while the others take some vacation! As much time as possible in the weights gym too, of course…


…and, I suppose, back into some form of acrobatics although, with all my adult partners still down with the circus, it’s all a bit difficult!


Look! Blue sky! What’s that….?

Still, the kids have bookings. Jaymee and Leo as a duo, and sometimes with Chris doing a bit of ‘strong-man stuff with them. He’s not so much an acrobat but he loves his nails, glass, and being the body the others perform on.

Me in spare time (if any)? Final re-write of Let the Future Find Me, I suppose. And then deciding what to do with it. Meantime, there are, of course, three existing published books…

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

… although they are gayer, more acrobatic and somewhat autobiographical whereas the new one is essentially fiction. Gay Native American guy whose life goes, effectively, pear shaped.

I’ve just shelled out on burgers from one of the airport concessions. hardly acrobat food, but you know what kids are. Tastes like weasel to me – or maybe skunk. Welcome back to the United States!

A few more pictures now, if I can: the WiFi here is a bit odd, but I’ll add what I can before the flight to Knoxville is called:




This is NOT going well – trying to upload these pictures here in the airport is like pulling hen’s teeth. I’m gonna quit and resume normal service from Tennessee next time. Bye!


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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