I’m beginning to understand how it is so difficult to get UN resolutions agreed! As I mentioned in the previous post, we are in discussions with the management here in Portugal (at least three different nationalities including Russian and Swedish as well as the locals) about whether to sign up for a further one-year contract. Such debates are not our strongest thing, really, but I have been taking advice from our British friend who got us the job in the first place, and his advice is to stay on (if only so that his original recommendation looks good to the said managers!).
Maybe it’s no coincidence that the first few pix in this post are of guys looking thoughtful!
One factor is that we have not seen our kids for almost five months (although we will at Christmas). However, they are keen to come here, so one bargaining chip for us has been that they get an eight-week contract (hopefully with their acrobatic (and love-life) partners) to perform in shows in June and July, the US school vacation period. Strictly, it’s our responsibility to organise the shows anyway, but as this looked a little incestuous, we raised it rather obliquely. And, of course, we had to check with the kids – and the parents of the other two involved in the quartet. Tat’s Chris’s parents (Leo’s best friend and boyfriend of Jaymee) and Karla’s estranged parents (additional difficulty!) – she’s still Leo’s current ‘squeeze’ although I have a feeling they are not as close as they were back in the summer.
If all agree, their flights over will be paid for by the organisation. It would be good to discuss this possibility with everyone when we’re back in TN for Christmas, but we have to decide more quickly… so some frantic negotiations in progress there, too. Leo, of course, would be on the next flight tomorrow given the chance. He thinks we have the dream job and he wants it too!
And that raises the whole question of the kid’s future in our planning. I’m not too familiar with the US school system but I have been told that they re able to leave at 16 if they want – which would be the end of the current school year (first week of June 2018). Of course, that is what they want, but there has been no sensible discussion about the long-term future for them, probably because all four parents are itinerant travelling showmen! So we need to have some serious talk over the forthcoming festive period about their long-term ambitions – versus, I think, more rational thought about careers. More difficult negotiations… oh dear. But a two-month break here, with sun, sand, water and performance, would be a great ‘break’ even if ‘proper’ jobs – or even more High School – are in the offing afterwards.
The final part of the negotiating season is – us. If we chose not to stay, what would we do (both short-term and long-term)? My writing isn’t going to pay the bills – even though some of you guys are purchasing books, we need to shift far MORE, MORE…
The first three are ‘stand-alone’, but best read in sequence as they chart our early course though gay love, acrobatic training and performance, and sundry (mis)adventures, whereas the fourth one, just published in October, is a novel about a lonely gay Native American orphan and outcast, trying to come to terms with his sexuality and to find his true love. To be honest, a bit of a tear-jerker at times…
Do your best for us, chaps! You don’t have to be gay to enjoy them, either – certainly not the fourth one.
So, where was I? Oh yes, not negotiating about book 5 despite requests that it be a picture book of naked acrobats (largely us) in training and performance! It’ll be another novel – a straight boy this time, and another quest…
Oh dear. Need more time to get it written but this time I do at least know what is going to happen, which I never did with any of the other books until the characters led me by the hand… (Dave’s hand in the last of the first three!!
Actually, there is one more negotiation which doesn’t involve us but is still ongoing here – the need to shift some almost permanent guests to allow service upgrades and some redecoration in their apartments. Fortunately, not our problem, but apparently it is not going well!
Some less ‘thoughtful’ training pictures follow.