July 28, 2019

A Comedy of Opportunities

P2, the usual parking lot, was closed as usual.  I parked in P1 beside the cars of the early ruckers, posted the Shovel Flag, and commenced to unloading a plethora of coupons.

This occurred.

SSH x20 IC
Daisy Pickers x15 IC
Imperial Walkers x15 IC
Windmills x15 IC
Little Arm Circles x10 IC (each direction)

Tortoise and the Hare BOMBS:  PAX partner up and secure one coupon for the pair.  Partner 1 takes the coupon and starts walking a lap around the parking lot.  Partner 2 performs 1 set of the first exercise listed below, after which he sprints to his partner.  Flapjack and continue until all reps complete, then move on to the next exercise listed.

B:  50 Burpees (5 sets of 5 reps for each partner)
O:  100 Outlaws (5 sets of 10 reps each)
M:  150 Merkins (5 sets of 15 reps each)
B:  200 BBSU (5 sets of 20 reps each)
S:  250 Squats (5 sets of 25 reps each)

OMAHA 1:  As OJ and Bailout both observed, the P1 parking lot was already getting pretty busy.  In the interests of safety, we decided to move the Thang up to P2.

OMAHA 2:  Midway through the Burpees, a solo bicycler stopped and looked at us with intrique.  I yelled over to him that we had room for one more if he’d like to join us; he replied by asking Bailout how heavy that sandbag was.  Bailout told him there was only one way to find out.  So he parked his bike and came over.  Because we’d started with 9 PAX, we had only brought 4 coupons up to P2 with us, with YHC rotating in with the group that had drawn the 80 lb bag.  Now that we had an even 10, we needed another coupon.  So I moseyed back to P1, hopped in my truck (where we’d stashed the extras) and drove it back to P2 and parked it in front of the “Closed” sign.

OMAHA 3:  By 0750, the park ranger had driven by a few times and finally removed the “Closed” sign – apparently whatever event it was reserved for was getting close.  It was time for Mary anwyay, and the Shovel Flags were still posted down at P1.  So we loaded the coupons in to the truck and I drove it back there while the FNG rode his bike and Bailout led the rest of the PAX in an indian run.

Flutter Kicks x20 IC
Aww Yeahs x10 IC (right side)
Pickle Pounders x10 IC
Aww Yeahs x10 IC (right side)
1 minute plank

10 PAX: Bailout, Billy Blanks, Bojangles (FNG), Choker (QIC), Croissant, Dawson, Gun Show, Orange Julius, Paralegal, Potter

Fellowship is the glue that makes men stick with F3.  Guys that don’t return tend to be the same guys that never get connected on Slack, or show up to 2F lunches, or CSAUPs, or other gatherings.  When a FNG posts, help him get plugged into those areas.  Reach out to guys you haven’t seen in awhile and get them back.

At the end of the COT, Croissant challenged us to think about exercises like Aww Yeahs.  He said that he does not participate in them, and that they do not present the best face for F3, especially when female or young pedestrians pass by frequently like they do at the Mothership.  It was very well stated, and was an excellent display of CANDOR.  I appreciate his heart and the grace with which he delivered it.

Silly exercises and locker room humor are fun among the guys.  But we do need to consider our surroundings and the group that we represent to onlookers.  I intend to #dobetter.

8/17 – 2nd Anniversary Convergence, 0700-0800 at Mothership