Tag Archives: initiation

Renewing the Pledges – A Slightly Sordid Tale on a Soggy Day

We’re all on the train this soggy Friday morning… …The Welsh Highland Railway from Porthmadog to Carnarvon and return – and you’ll get this post as soon as I find a suitable WiFi signal, which is not easy on the … Continue reading

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Labor Day Gathering

There are eleven of us who proudly carry this ‘strength through brotherhood’ symbol on our left lower backs, nestling just above the tan line. That’s eleven gay guys who have sworn to maintain their fitness, to support one another and, … Continue reading

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Bouncing Czechs Check In

Labor Day weekend (day off from coaching tomorrow!) and those changeovers for the circus crew. Also, our new Czech friends were initiated into Chad’s elite gym on Friday evening. Because our training cabin tends to get used for ‘czeching checking … Continue reading

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On Being ‘Hard’

These days, that word ‘hard’ has a particular anatomical meaning for most guys – gay or straight! Well, yeah, it can be fun. But, when my dad was a teen, ‘being hard’ meant being like this: Never mind the bag… … Continue reading

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Electrical Gym Bunnies

New guys filter into Chad’s private gym Man.Power in various ways – most are recommended by someone and ‘checked out’ to ensure they will be cool with the predominantly gay atmosphere and the activities which that frequently generates, as well as … Continue reading

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Introducing ‘Three Rivers’

…and I don’t mean the baseball stadium in Pittsburg! Consider this guy: This is not Mr ‘Three Rivers’, the 19yo native American guy who was initiated to Man.Power during the birthday celebrations (last post), because I don’t have a picture … Continue reading

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Welcoming the ‘Dutch Boy’

His name is Onne and, like Dave and I, he showed up in Oak Ridge as an exile from Europe, in his case The Netherlands (Delft, he tells us: graduated Ph.D. from the Technical University there in some nuclear stuff and … Continue reading

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The Perfect Day (5) 8pm…

(continued from four previous posts: start here!) So, we’ve done our shift at the gymnastic centre, had a light meal, and now joined up with the rest of our mates at Man.Power, Chad’s amazing private gym. There’s loads of resistance … Continue reading

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Gymnasts in the News: Tough Dudes (and a ‘Dudess’)

Anything which puts gymnasts (or gymnastics) in the news, surely, is a change for good. Well, maybe. First the good news. I jokingly published a ‘lonely hearts’ ad from a 70+ male gymnast a few posts back, suggesting that there was … Continue reading

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