A Little Damp


If you’re not in the USA I suppose that you could be forgiven for not knowing that it has been a bit damp in the south-east! Specifically, South Carolina, which is kind of in between where we are spending our last few days with the circus, and home in Tennessee, had two feet of rain in one day, with resulting landslides, cars washed away and (sad to say) some fatalities. Fortunately, Oak Ridge TN was pretty much out of range of it all whilst here, in eastern Florida, we had just a couple of uncharacteristically wet and windy days. Rather a British feel to it. And it was nothing to do with the hurricane, but with a different ‘low’ system trapped just north of here, apparently.


I don’t really understand weather. Reminds me though of a brilliant exchange in a Tom Stoppard play:

Simon: “You local people really know weather!”

“Know whether what?”

“No, weather!”

For a Czech guy whose first language was not English, his wordplay is brilliant. But, as so often the case, I digress! (‘The Real Inspector Hound’, by the way).

‘For those that like that sort of thing, that’s the sort of thing that they like!Now that’s a quote from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ – we are having an intellectual post here. What I like, and what my equally strange friends and fitness colleagues like, is running in the rain – shirtless. But I seem to have run out of wet shirtless runners pictures, so we have to make do with a boy in a shower:


Or maybe…

cooling off

This is nice, too…

dip_vox in profundis

Wild swimming! Can’t beat it.

Got to beat the pool, although with the right friends… maybe…


Some people take to dampness for other aspects of fitness…


…although if you think that’s a bit of a strange location to practice your ‘box’ splits, why not try the train tracks?


I suppose, so long as you face the direction the trains are coming from, and don’t get a cramp at the last moment… no, not recommended!

A couple more offerings from the world of water: more training…


…a cave…


…a pose at the pool, showing off a great chest and abs…


…and just a great lakeside pose by a great guy…


Us? Well, after next weekend it will be back to skinny-dipping in the Clinch River: we’ll do the rest of our training in a proper gym (or in our home training cabin). In the second case, showering off the sweat will be by the simple method…


…unless, of course, the rains come to Tennessee!

In other news, my fourth book, which features a fictional character based upon the habitually shirtless and barefoot Native American guy who passed through here a while back, has been submitted to a literary agent in London. I’ve never done anything like that before, and probably nothing will come of it, but wish me luck. Meantime, the first three are out there, waiting to be ordered from bookstores or through Amazon which has the e-reader version too. Who knows, you might even like them…

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


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