Speedo Time

Today’s picture theme is ‘Speedos’ (and we’ll allow ‘briefs’ in there too since underwear is growing as the ‘in’ form of swimwear and gymwear in some parts!).

The management here is quite generous to Dave and I in their expectations: since we are managing (and currently appearing in) three evening shows a week, shortly to be four, we get time off during the day during which our ‘staff’ Alfredo and Seb cover the gyms for us, with other staff such as pool attendants also rotating around various jobs to cover for one another. Industrial relations (as it were) are good.

So today, after working the morning and doing an hour’s rehearsal for tonight’s show with the new performers, we got three hours beach time in with our kids. Which was cool.

I’m preparing this before tonight’s show and will post it immediately after. We’ve integrated the first appearance of the sword swallower with part of our ‘fakir’ act, where Dave is standing on me while I’m on the sword bed: the new guy will replace Dave, swallow his first sword in that position and then, once I’m lifted out of the way, will continue with that part of his act. We just hope we can all remember the sequence of everything since every show so far has been different, and of course will change again when further new ‘acts’ replace our kids. We already have the contortionist girl as well, and she’s the knife-throwing target, so that fills in a whole heap of time we previously had to ‘busk’ through. Add the local magician guy, who is hardly the world’s best (especially when seen from backstage!), but as a retiree he’s happy to do shows pretty much for ever without costing anyone more than his appearance fee. And in this part of the world, apart from musicians and crazy fakir-acrobats, talent is a bit hard to find!

We have a folky-jazz singer with the band as from tonight, too. The traditional Portuguese thing is Fado, a style of mournful singing which we find awful, but very ‘hot’ with tourists in the Lisbon area and northwards. Down here, not much Fado to be found, and we’re much closer to Spain so investigating Spanish dancers (you know, the style with a lot of foot tapping and stamping) which we also hate but, as they say, it goes with the territory! We ‘entertainment managers’ (sic!) must cater for all tastes – not everyone is content with a bit of arm balancing and a bed of nails, nor even a quick spot of spear bending.

One of my most regular blog followers (by e-mail rather than commenting) is a musician: I think I already sent him this next picture privately but it sure fits our muddled theme of underwear and entertainment…

For ‘musician’ read also ‘composer’ – I am rather amazed to have a few of his piano compositions dedicated to me (pieces on an acrobatic theme, believe it or not) and except for the total absence of a piano on this site I might even get a chance to practice them – probably not however while lying on top of the piano in my underwear and definitely not while doing handstands. But, as a performer of such trivia, there are some varieties of such gear that I wouldn’t be seen dead in…

Not sure what that occasion is there – probably a pole dancer. Our performing gear (currently) is silver, which you may feel is worse – but it takes up whatever colour the lighting is!

Some rather better examples of undergarments looking good in photographs:

OK, yoga mats out…

(Ideally, all young gymnasts should be able to touch the top of their head with their feet)

If you’re going to work up a sweat in the gym, then the briefest of briefs are the best briefs…

…and perfect for posing – even in the shower (don’t we like wet boys!)…

…or just posing…

…or just for being with your partner… kids are having a post-show dip with some new friends right now, so, er, Dave… come over here…

Book-ad-free zone this post. Enjoy!

 

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...
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.