Independence Day Convergence 2018

Date: 07/04/2018
AO: The Mothership
QIC: Soybean and Phat Pat #BeansandMe2018 #TheSagaContinues
PAX: Father Abraham, Beauty Shop, Billy Blanks, Blart, Bootheel, Bottomless, Cheesesteak, Choker, Costello, Ergo, Four Eyes, Geppetto, Gonzo, Handsy, Hitch, Jasmine, Lil Nicky, Lipton, Moneybags, Nature Boy, Orange Julius, Pops, Shoestring, Slim Shady, Soulja Boy, Snookie, Snowman, Swingline (Johnson City), Monk (RESPECT, Gastonia), Soybean (QIC), Phat Pat (QIC) | FNGs: Walk-On, Calamine, Safe Space

THE SCENE: The PAX wanted a convergence, so we gave it to them. It was already hot and sticky at 0600. PhP drove up right on the time he said he would for us to complete our weinke (more or less).

Beans looking fly in his top-to-bottom USA attire. Shovel Flags planted. Coupons gathered. The smell of freedom’s spark tinged the air and exploded into a full-blown baseball diamond on a farm field (with a preacher’s daughter carrying a pitcher of sweet iced tea and warm apple pie past a John Deere Tractor) when Nature Boy and (the eventual) Walk-on rode in hot on the parking lot with the napalm – windows down and flags flying – just before BC.


F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Carried out dutifully and accurately by @thephattestpat


242 years since history’s greatest document was signed, so we did 242 reps to celebrate.
10 burpees OYO
50 Mtn Climbers IC
10 burpees OYO
10 burpees OYO
50 Mtn Climbers IC
12 burpees OYO

Next up, YHC drew inspiration from this blog post at The Art of Manliness and used the “Step on Toes” routine, only we called it “Don’t Tread on Me!” PAX paired up and faced each other. Staying within a single parking space, each partner tried to step on the other’s feet. Once someone was successful, each partner did 5 merkins, got up, and started again. We did this for about 4 minutes.

YOHC (Your Other Humble Correspondent) was left behind by YHC above as the third wheel to Hitch and Shoestring’s toe tapping giggle game of glee… until Gonzo showed up and saved me! He was the 34th PAX on the day, and a happy sight for jealous eyes.


13s – Mosey to steep hill on west end of parking lot. Commemorated the original 13 colonies with 4-count flutter kicks and smurf jacks (aka Little Man in the Woods). Start with a single FK at the bottom, get on up the hill, 12 smurf jacks at the top, get back down the hill, 2 FKs, etc. Reps should add up to 13 each time. Four Eyes led the speedsters in some extra credit work at the top of the hill, then we all did the last round together for the guys who were lagging. Mosey back up to parking lot.

Undefeated Circuit – For being 2-0 in the World Wars, 3-0 if you count the tail whooping we gave to England, a world power in her own right at the time.
-Merkin Revolution (aka Wheel of Merkin) – PAX lined up and got their own parking curb. 20 incline merkins with both hands on curb. Rotate 90 degrees and do 20 offset merkins with right hand on curb. Rotate 90 deg for 20 derkins. Rotate 90 deg for 20 offset merkins with left hand on curb. This is hard in the best way, an Equalizer of HIM. No one was not struggling (except PhP).
-VICTORY LAP around the lot with hands in the air in celebration. This actually burns much more than you’d think it would. More than it should, even. But World Wars don’t come around often (thankfully, for the rest of the world), so not as much practice for this one.
-WWI Sit-ups IC x30
-WWII Sit-ups IC x30 (Phat Pat reminded the PAX that some extra cushion on your booty makes doing sit-ups on asphalt less terrible. The skinny PAX were all crying. If you ain’t fat, that’s your fault!)
-ViCTORY LAP (arms up)
-Donald Pumps (CMU curls) IC x50
-Loooong VICTORY LAP around the Kitchen (arms down)


Hello Dolly IC x20
Dying Cockroach IC x15
ABCs IC (led by Shoestring)
Nazi Punches (aka Nolan Ryan) OYO – 25 one side, 26 next side to celebrate all 51 states

34 PAX, 3 FNGs, 2 Willy Lomans

I am a Christian. F3 is not specifically Christian, but open to all faiths. America is not uniquely Christian. God’s church and the gospel can flourish under any culture, any regime, any political system, or country. HOWEVER, I am thankful to God to live in a land that affords me the freedom and opportunities that it does.

When YOHC participates in politics on any level, from voting to advocating to debating, my goal is to honor the Second Greatest Commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” YOHC exhorted the PAX to consider this and filter their politics (whatever they may be) and love of country through the lens of loving God and loving others.

After the workout, the PAX enjoyed apply pie served in styrofoam cups and tiny bottles of gatorade. It tasted like freedom!

Hitch keeps an American flag hat in his vehicle for emergencies. Handsy gave seven explanations for his name during the workout. None of them were accurate. FNG Walk-On “just so happened” to show up in our parking lot with a USA tank top and an American flag flying from his Wrangler. Bootheel got after it (like always), and Billy Blanks did an awesome job watching the Six.

YOHC thinks that F3 has made Beans at least slightly more patriotic, whether or not he would admit as much. Don’t be fooled ladies, Safe Space is a BAAAAAAAD MAN! If he had a beard, he could become the envy of every man (we all have room for improvement). Choker with a well timed, “It’s the most luxurious pump you’ve ever pumped.” And another T-Claps to Beans! YOHC could not have Q’d that on his own (hips don’t lie… neither does +10 lbs in 8 weeks).

GrowRuck is coming up in September. Register now!
Last week of 1 John Study was TODAY! 4I’s gonna give it rest for a month and starting something else afterwards. Blow up his DM’s with your opinions.

21 Guns on Memorial Day 2018

Date: 05/28/2018

AO: The Barracks

QIC: Gus + Granola

PAX: Shoestring, Crayfish, Rabbit, Soulja Boy, Giant, Pirtle, Lil Nicky, Meatball, Hitch, Speaker, Snookie, Handsy, Bottomless, Goldilocks, Blart, Father Abraham, Orange Julius, Bootheel, Costello, Soybean, Phat Pat, Pony Express (RESPECT RESPECT), Dewey, Tiny, Tomb Raider, Mmmbop, Teacher’s Pet, Lazarus, Anklet, Cheesesteak, Bombay, C-Lo, Nature Boy, Red Roofer, Billy Blanks, O Positive, Woody, Captain Obvious, Backseat, Snowman, Granola, Gus | FNGs: Diesel, Butterfinger, Lamb Chop, [unnamed FNG]

Conditions: 70F – humid




SSH IC x 20
Merkins IC x 10
Daisy Picker IC x 10
Imperial Walker IC x 10
Hillbilly IC x 10

21 Guns workout led by Gus
AMRAP in 21 minutes OYO
One lap (.25 mile)
21 merkins
21 squats
21 burpees
21 Carolina dry docks

In Memoriam
Three-volley salute (“21 Guns”)
Playing of Taps
Honor and Remember the fallen

Partner Workout led by Granola
[Granola divided the quarter-mile loop into thirds and told the PAX to partner up.]
First third: Wheelbarrow
Second third: Partner carry/drag
Third third: Leapfrog
(Granola had hoped to do this seven times. We did it once. Once was enough.)

Flutter Kick IC x 21
Hello, Dolly! IC x 21
Pickle Pounder IC x 21
ABCs led by Shoestring

Count-O-Rama (46 | 4 FNGs)


COT / BOM:  We honor the service and sacrifice for those who died in the service of our country. Because our country is an imperfect home, we strive to make it better so that they will not have died in vain.

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

The ultimate example of sacrifice is found in the Person of Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for the sins of the world.

Moleskin: This Memorial Day workout provided an opportunity for the Memphis PAX to be together in one spot, and 46 Men Converged at The Barracks. No one left without a physical beatdown and a reminder of the sacrifice given on our behalf. We thanked the Sky Q for giving us countrymen who would give the “last full measure of devotion” and asked for strength to do the work of making this country worth the sacrifice.

Red Roofer Splashed Merlot.
One FNG left early and didn’t get a name. [EDIT: He was named Trainwreck the next day.]

Late Night VAPE – Q2 2018

[As a reminder, we VAPE to make sure we’re on task and accelerating as a Region. Read Q3.8-Q3.11 in the Q Source for some background.]

Gus, Soybean, Orange Julius, Choker, Granola, Mama’s Boy, Shoestring, Teacher’s Pet, Toms, Woody, Phat Pat, Pirtle, Captain Obvious, Vocals, Speaker, O Positive, Handsy, Promise Ring, Zima, Carport, Bookworm

THE SCENE: When the VAPE idea was conceived, we thought Saturday mornings after bootcamp would be a great opportunity to include all PAX in these discussions. However, Saturday mornings can get hairy with kids’ soccer games, M’s who want their husbands to “be around”, and travel. The Memphis Qs couldn’t find a Saturday that worked, so we decided to try a weeknight. We settled on a Tuesday at a bar and grill that’s open very late and doesn’t have an annoying trivia crowd. I called and reserved a room in the back for 8:30. Obviously, when YHC showed up at 8:29, there was a family seated in our area. We had nowhere else to go, so we just started piling in.  The poor family, whom the server congratulated for some momentous life event, was completely surrounded by the PAX and wood paneling. 

We came to make decisions and eat crackers – so we got started. Gus stood up and called this a “VAPE Grinder”, drawing the ire of many. Then he ordered a kool-aid and vodka concoction with a cherry (PhP ordered several, but his were yellow?), and YHC started rolling through the agenda.

GrowRuck 12 – 9/21-9/23

  • Toledo had 97 complete GrowRuck 09 (a world record) – our goal is to beat that number. We need at least 30 PAX from Memphis. Everyone at VAPE made a non-verbal HC. 
  • Friday PM 2nd F will be organized by Mama’s Boy and Phat Pat
  • Saturday AM Bootcamp + Grow School will be organized by Gus and Slicnut
  • Sunday AM 3rd F Worship will be organized by Four Eyes
  • Lodging for out-of-towners will be researched/organized by Bruce (Holy Rosary), Handsy (SOS), Teacher’s Pet
  • Hard Commit now and let’s beat Toledo!

F3 Memphis Grow Plan

  • Has been submitted to the Nation (read it here)
  • The goals are intentionally aggressive. Sad Clown Syndrome (SCS) is a real thing affecting men in our communities (just google “male loneliness”). One way that F3 invigorates male community leadership is by eradicating SCS. That’s our mission, and we do that by planting, growing, and serving new workout groups.
  • Goals: 
    • Two metro-area AOs in underserved areas by end of 2018; two more by end of 2019
      • PAX were encouraged to considering being AO Q, headlock guys in those areas, and get them out to nearby workouts
      • Arlington (No Fuego) was mentioned
      • This is our AO Q page that describes the role
    • Near Cities (within 1.5 hours): one by Jan, 2019; a second by Jan 2020
      • Candidates: Oxford, Jackson (TN), Jonesboro, Tupelo
      • Could do a survey to find out where we have the most connections
      • Oxford seems very viable. We’d partner with F3 Jackson (MS)
    • Far Cities (within 4 hours): one by July 2019
      • Little Rock is the target
  • We’ll use Black Ops and rucks to generate interest and scout AOs
  • Community Outreach
    • O Positive is reaching out to church’s men’s ministry groups to generate awareness and interest in F3. Contact him to get something set up with your church’s group.
    • OP also got connected with Chick-Fil-A’s local family day. F3 will be there to lead some fitness contests and hopefully recruit FNGs. Contact OP to see how you can help.


Upcoming 1st F Calendar

  • Memorial Day (Mon 5/28) Convergence at the Barracks (Granola/Gus co-Q)
  • July 4th – regularly scheduled programming
  • August 18 (Sat) – F3 Memphis One Year Anniversary bootcamp at Mothership (Gus will coordinate Q, possibly bring in Bagger Vance)

Ruck Club

  • Join the Facebook Group – includes new logo and all events
  • Looking to start monthly extended rucks for fun and training
    • Pancho’s Ruck on 5/19, 4pm
    • Soybean planning one for 7/16 evening
    • If you want to lead one, contact Bruce
  • Upcoming rucks:
    • City Ruck Tour: Little Rock (5/26), Louisville (ghost flag ahem) (7/13), Jackson MS (8/4)
    • Sipsey Wilderness Ruck in AL – 7/20 (overnight) – need 3+ PAX to join Gus and Bruce
    • Eli Grow Memorial Ruck – Franklin, 10/13 – more info to come
    • St. Jude Marathon – Bruce and Shoestring have been working on getting a rucking division approved. Even without a division, you can still ruck the half. Registration is open now for Champions (commit to raise $500). Registration for other opens June 1, and will sell out quickly. 

Region Status

  • We’ve got our full Q team (T-CLAPS)
  • We’ve submitted our Grow Plan to the Nation (no response yet)
  • We need to develop and submit a leadership succession plan outlining how we’ll hand-off and rotate Q duties. There are no hard and fast rules or term limits. We just want guys to be able to roll-off and get some relief. Gus expressed his thinking on when he’d like to hand off Nantan responsibilities, maybe around the 2-3 year mark.  
  • If you are interested in serving and helping this thing grow, let the Qs know. If there is something you think could be done better, own it and start doing it. 

Q Open Discussion

  • Safety – We talked about the importance of the disclaimer and watching the six. 
  • AO Qs:
    • Barracks – Toms mentioned the difficulty of ensuring our faster PAX get in good work while also accommodating our slower PAX and leaving no one behind. We all nodded in sincere understanding.
    • Morg – Choker mentioned the successful upgrade at AO Q that happened this month.
    • Berm – Vocals (M/W AO Q) will need help with AO Q duties from 5/25-6/13 (M/W only) while he’s out-of-town, and will likely need to hand off duties entirely by 6/25, when he starts police academy. 
    • Mothership – Teacher’s Pet would like to hand off AO Q duties with the goal of launching a downtown AO on Saturdays.
    • Old Forest – Pirtle was jostled awake and mentioned that there were lots of snakes there Monday morning. On a possible unrelated note, he expressed interest in handing off his AO Q responsibilities. 
    • Sandlot – Four Eyes (not present) is wanting to hand it off. Toms is interested.
  • 1st F (Shoestring)
    • Our first 2.0 workout will be Sunday, May 20, at 3pm
    • This was concluded after much discussion about the best time (Saturday vs Sunday, afternoon vs morning, etc, etc, etc).
  • 2nd F (Phat Pat)
    • Has identified monthly events:
      • 6/2 Levitt Shell concert; 6/28 “The Sandlot” at Overton Square; 7/20 Redbirds game; 8/18 kayak trip (HIM only); 9/21-23 GrowRuck; Oct bonfire + chili cook-off; Nov day after Thanksgiving leftover party; Dec NYE party/parties
  • 3rd F (Four Eyes – in spirit)
    • Planning one focus service project per quarter and will have info on other projects throughout the year.
    • This Saturday is our Q2 service project at SOS. Handsy said there was plenty of work to do, and is excited about us coming to help. 2.0s who can handle unsupervised work are fine to bring. Read the preblast for more info.
    • Saturday afternoon there is an opportunity to serve at Dia del Ninos (contact O Positive for info)
    • O Positive is also planning to set up a weekly Bible study in his home (near the Berm) soon. 
  • COMZ (Teacher’s Pet)
    • Slots is working on a shared Google calendar with all non-workout events (2F, 3F, ruck, races, etc). We’ll publish that to the PAX when it’s ready.
    • Our domain expires in July. 
    • Teacher’s Pet and YHC encouraged AO Qs to make sure backblasts are being tagged and categorized correctly. AO Qs also need to start creating skeleton backblasts if the Q has not published theirs within a week. This will allow us to track numbers more effectively.

Overall, we had a good time, ate all the crackers, and trudged through the agenda. We have to continue to accelerate as a Region. We want an AO at every park in the city, and these meetings are necessary for that to happen. 

Never Take Anything For Granted

THE SCENE: A chilly, moist 44F


Disclaimer given.  Today marks 2 years since my brother, Eli Brock Grow passed.  Today we remember and honor a HIM who unknowingly embodied the 3 Fs (Fitness, Fellowship, & Faith).


Eli would have been 20 this year, therefore, we performed 20 reps of each:

  • SSH x 20 IC
  • Imperial Walkers x 20 IC
  • Arm Circles x 20 IC (CW & CCW)
  • Finkle Swings x 20 IC (each leg)
  • Mosey around the lake and back to the turf field (0.6 miles)

Some PAX were lagging behind, so the front circled back for the 6….remember: No man left behind! Eli took this to heart and always pushed his teammates and others around him. It’s not about you!


Speed & Agility

Three sets of cones were set out in a row starting at the goal line over a distance of 5 yards.  Then a space of 10 yards, followed by an agility ladder over the distance of 5 yards.  Another space of 10 yards, followed by 5 cones staggered out over 20 yards.  Then another space of 10 yards, followed by a tractor tire.  All PAX lined up single file at the goal line.  One by one, PAX performed side shuffle in and out of the three sets of cones, then sprinted 10 yards, performed the agility ladder 2 feet in each hole, then sprinted 10 yards to the first cone.  At the first cone, PAX sprinted to the diagonal second cone, then back-pedaled to the third cone, then sprinted again to the fourth cone, and then back-pedaled to the fifth cone.  PAX then sprinted to the tire and performed one tire flip and then moseyed back to start.  Rinse and repeated 8x.  Repeated 8x because Eli was #8.

100-yard Relay

PAX split into two groups.  Each PAX grabbed a CMU (concrete masonry unit = 30-35 lbs) and lined up shoulder to shoulder on the goal line, 1 group on one side, 1 group on the other.  The PAX at each end raced each other to the other side of the field  (100 yards), touched the goal line and raced back.  Then the next set of PAX went.  Remaining PAX performed weighted (holding CMU) squats, curls, lunges, merkins, side lunges, tricep extensions, calf raises, and Carolina dry docks ( a different exercise for each set of PAX) until every PAX had run.


YHC was out of breath from being the last to sprint, so Four Eyes took the Q on the first Mary exercise:

  • Flutter Kicks x 20 IC (at 6″, 45 degrees, and 90 degrees; no rest in between)
  • American Hammers x 20 IC

34 PAX (1 Walking Wounded; 0 FNGs): Bruce, Gus, Soybean, Cowbell, Pirtle, Teacher’s Pet, Cheesesteak, Tree Hugger, Moneyball, Bootheel, Rabbit, O Positive, Blart, Bad Credit, Zima, Bob Ross, Dodgeball, Backseat, Reboot, Shoestring, Speaker, Green Monster, Anklet, Moneybags, C-lo, Captain Obvious, Billy Blanks, Four Eyes, Choker, Beauty Shop, Slicnut, Woody, Mama’s Boy, and Slots

YHC recanted the story of Eli.  Who he was, what he was like, what he became, and how he passed.  YHC reflected on where he was and the exact time he found out about Eli’s death and how it impacted him over the next year.  YHC shared some memories, a few of the last times he saw Eli and focused on one memory in particular.  YHC was on a 5-mile run with Eli and we all know how much I hate running.  About 2 miles in, Eli was way ahead and out of sight. At the 3 mile mark, Eli was already circling back and heading for home.  Instead of leaving me in the dust, he joined me, encourage me the rest of the way, and pushed me to finish.  I was always used to being the bigger brother, the one that was always first and leading the way. Here I was, the oldest being led by the youngest.  I knew he was going somewhere, but did not expect the Lord to take him so soon.

To the PAX that posted this morning, Eli was the ideal HIM and embodied everything that F3 is about. YHC shared some notes from Eli’s workout journal which included what it took to be a QB (for us, a QB of our own lives) and recited the 7 traits of a QB (most of which apply to all of us).

Today, YHC wanted to leave a message that we don’t talk much about and that is multitasking. We all do it; day in and day out, at home, at work, in the car (tsk tsk), etc. But this is something that possibly took Eli’s life.  Eli reflected in his journal that he is at fault for multitasking while driving and that he has almost wrecked multitasking.  To emphasize the point that nothing is so important that it can’t wait, YHC read scripture from Matthew 6:28-34. YHC emphasized  that today focus on one task at a time and do that task well.  Like we say in F3, you will always accomplish a task quicker by slowly chipping away at it and doing it right vs. doing multiple things at once and doing them halfheartedly.

YHC finished up COT quoting Eli’s favorite scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean no on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will direct your paths”.

34 PAX put in work this morning in honor of a true HIM! Shout out to O Positive for taking photos and providing the tire and ladder.  PLC was had by all following the workout.  Visit

5/5/2018 Service Project Preblast

We have a unique opportunity coming up to serve a great organization and support the work of one of the PAX. Service Over Self (SOS) exists to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in underserved neighborhoods through home repair and leadership development. One way they do this is by hosting home repair camps for middle school, high school, and college students. The students stay at SOS’ facility on Poplar. 

On May 5th, they’re having a Spring Clean work day to get their facilities ready for the hoardes of volunteers that will be coming and going all Summer. Our very own Handsy is the Executive Director at SOS, and he’s looking for his fellow PAX to come help.

Make the Hard Commit and RSVP HERE! (F3 Memphis is your organization affiliation, buddy.)

**Mothership bootcamp will go on as scheduled. We’ll head to SOS afterwards.**

You can read more about SOS here


QIC: Handsy

Who: All F3 Memphis PAX, Ms, and 2.0s 10 years or older are welcome and encouraged to come. 

When: Saturday, May 5th, 8:30 AM to noon

Where:  SOS at 2505 Poplar

What to bring: No special equipment is necessary. As glove-hating Phat Pat says, “You only need a mind.”

Don’t miss this chance to support Handsy and serve a great organization!

THE Virgin VAPE – 2018 Q1

Well, well, well, look who had their first Vision – Articulation – Persuasion – Exhortation meeting! The HIM of F3 Memphis gathered this morning at coffeeteria after a great beatdown led by Shoestring to cast and execute a vision for the future of F3 in Memphis and beyond. Wait a second…what day is it? Friday, you say? *checks calendar* Friday, March 30th?? We VAPE’d on February 24th! 

Honestly, I intended to type up a summary complete with assigned next actions. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. Days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. Months turned….It was just a month. Cobains, everybody! The old Weasel Shaker will do better next time. 

The link below includes the agenda and notes from the meeting. Everything important is there. Our next VAPE will be in May-ish. 

2018 Q1 VAPE Notes


2/3/18 Service Project Preblast


This Saturday (2/3) we’re finishing what we started serving a neighbor near the Berm. Mothership bootcamp is still on (Mama’s Boy on Q), so please join us during or after that. The homeowner will be around, so please be sensitive and respectful!

What: We’ll be cleaning out a house to pave the way toward the owner moving back in. The courts have deemed the house unlivable, and hiring a company to clean it out can cost around $10,000. Our point person is working with Environmental Court and homeowners to address these issues in Memphis. Clean Memphis is delivering two dumpsters, and we’re responsible for getting EVERYTHING out of the house and into the dumpsters. Simple.

QIC: Four Eyes

Who: All F3 Memphis PAX are welcome and encouraged to come. Bring your FNGs. Older 2.0s could help, just use your discernment. Please consult with Four Eyes before bringing any guests!

When: Meet at the house at 0700 Saturday, February 3rd – Our job is to clean the house out. End time will depend on how fast we get that done. If you need to leave early or come later, that’s fine, just please show up!

Ruck at the Berm at 0550 before heading over, going clockwise on the track from the regular bootcamp starting point.

Where: See GroupMe or contact Gus, Four Eyes, or Soybean for the address 

What to bring: Gloves, dust mask (will have some there); please bring these if you have them available: dollies, wheelbarrows, scoop/transfer shovels; please bring these if you’re feeling generous: drinks/snacks to share with the PAX.

This is a great opportunity to bless a neighbor and show Memphis what F3 is about. This type of work always results in good fellowship and good stories. Don’t miss this!

1/27/18 Service Project Preblast

**UPDATED 1/23**

See updated notes in RED below! Please continue to check GroupMe, Twitter, and Facebook for further updates. 

  • Pre-ruck at the Berm at 0600
  • All PAX circle up at the Berm at 0650 for debrief from Four Eyes before heading to the house
  • Please consult Four Eyes about any additional guests (Ms, 2.0s, etc)
  • The owner will be present during the clean-up. Please be sensitive and respectful! 

This Saturday (1/27) we have a great opportunity to serve a neighbor near the Berm. We’re doing this project IN PLACE OF Saturday’s regular workout at the Mothership! Please communicate that to any FNGs you’ve been headlocking!

What: We’ll be cleaning out a house to pave the way toward the owner moving back in. The courts have deemed the house unlivable, and hiring a company to clean it out can cost around $10,000. Our point person is working with Environmental Court and homeowners to address these issues in Memphis. Clean Memphis is delivering two dumpsters, and we’re responsible for getting EVERYTHING out of the house and into the dumpsters. Simple.

QIC: Four Eyes

Who: All F3 Memphis PAX are welcome and encouraged to come. Bring your FNGs. Older 2.0s could help, just use your discernment. Please consult with Four Eyes before bringing any guests!

When: 0650 all PAX circle up at the Berm – clean-up will be 0700-??, Saturday, January 27th – Our job is to clean the house out. End time will depend on how fast we get that done. If you need to leave early or come later, that’s fine, just please show up!

Pre-ruck at the Berm at 0600.There may be a pre-ruck at the Berm before.

Where: Start at the Berm, carpool to 

What to bring: Gloves, dust mask (Four Eyes and Slicnut will have some there); please bring these if you have them available: dollies, wheelbarrows, scoop/transfer shovels; please bring these if you’re feeling generous: drinks/snacks to share with the PAX.

This is a great opportunity to bless a neighbor and show Memphis what F3 is about. This type of work always results in good fellowship and good stories. Don’t miss this!

1/6/18 Ruck Sim Preblast

This Saturday we’ll complete a ruck sim in order to prepare for the upcoming MLK Goruck events. This is a great chance to check your gear (and your mind) to make sure you’re prepared for the real thing (or at least more prepared). 

QIC: Heavyweight and Bruce

Who: All F3 Memphis PAX are welcome. If you’re registered for the MLK Goruck events on 1/13-1/14, you should make every effort to be here, especially if this will be your first Goruck event.

When: 0500-0900, Saturday, January 6th

Where: Start Point (SP) will be Panera Bread at Germantown and Trinity (map). We will proceed from there to the Mothership for 0700 bootcamp, then return to SP.

What to bring: One of the objectives of the sim is to stress-test your gear. You are highly encouraged to pack your ruck according to your event requirements, and wear the gear you plan to wear during the event. Required packing lists can be found on the event pages (links below). The Q’s will supply heavy stuff to carry in addition to your ruck.

We’ll have coffeeteria immediately after at Panera.

Remember, rucking is not about you. It’s about the guy beside you. It’s about finishing as a team. Don’t slack because you’re tired. In all likelihood, the guy next to you is more tired, so figure out a way to encourage him and shoulder his load. To paraphrase Dredd, get under the log and stay under the log, because if you’re not there struggling, it means your buddy is. Come to the sim with this mindset!

Goruck MLK Tough 1/13 –
Goruck MLK Light 1/14 –

New Year’s Day Convergence 2018

Date: 01/01/2018

AO: The Mothership

QIC: Gus

PAX: Shoestring, Hitch, Four Eyes, O Positive, Back Seat, Moana, Soybean, Lazarus, C-Lo, Bookworm, Slicnut FKA Escobar, Roga, Billy Blanks, Bruce, Gus | FNG: One & Done

Conditions: 9F, cold as balls



Side Straddle Hop IC x 25
Capri Lap to wait for expected FNG

The Thang
Partner Mini-Dora
50 BBSUs
100 Merkins
150 Squats

Partner Carry
Up the hill
Down the hill
Up the hill again

* mosey to Visitor Center *

Hand Stand Push-Ups
10 HSPUs + 10 squats
9 HSPUs + 9 squats
. . . .
1 HSPU + 1 squat

* mosey to stage *

Box jumps up stairs x 10

* mosey to SP *



Ratchet Shoulder Blaster to ENDEX

Count-O-Rama (16 w/ 1 FNG: One & Done)


COT / BOM: There’s nothing magical that happens at midnight on January 1st of any year. The time to change or be better is when change or improvement is appropriate. We don’t have to wait for arbitrary occasions; we can start now (or tomorrow or whenever)!

Moleskin: The PAX started 2018 with side straddle hops, as the Sky Q intended.