Merkin Roulette at the Annex
THE SCENE: ~58*, slight breeze, air thick with tension over what was about to happen. YHC and Gus got there a little early via #clowncar. Scoped out the book sculptures (hollow and not secured to the ground – worthless). Scoped out the tennis court (wet, but grippy – worthful). YHC parked on the West (correct) side of the parking lot. Moana was the first to arrive in his Safari Adventure Mobile (SAM), but he parked on the East (wrong) side, oblivious to the only other car in the lot. CPT Obvious and Backseat turned in next, followed by Slots, who went to gather up Moana. Moana then showed off one of SAM’s features – a LED bar light under the front grill used for attracting deer, which he can then run over, one assumes.
PAX: Gus, Moana, Backseat, CPT Obvious, and Slots (AO Q, so he better be there)
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: etc etc
SSH IC x23
Burpee OYO x10 (Slots tried to advocate for the burpee clap; PAX weren’t having it)
American Hammer IC x10
Burpee OYO x9
American Hammer IC x9
Burpee OYO x8
American Hammer IC x8
Burpee OYO x7
American Hammer IC x7
THA THANG, PART THE FIRST:
Bataan Death March (modified indian run – last PAX does 5 burpees, catches up) – Around 0.4 miles, we heard some horrific noises coming from the back. It sounded like Slots coughing, and he was back there. But this was something different, very different. My first thought was, maybe Slots got eaten by a bear, and the bear was choking on his 3/4 leggings. YHC turned around and, through the gloom, saw the outline of Backseat hunched over a ways back. He’d later explain that he ate a bunch of Junior Mints the night before, and that they weren’t as tasty the second time. That was a merlot splash for the ages, whose echo, they say, you can still hear today.
Anyway, we held a squat and let Backseat catch up, then continued on.
After ~.75 mi, we reached the parking lot and the PAX were instructed to grab some curb space.
THA THANG, PART THE SECOND:
Wheel of Merkin: PAX started with hands on curb for 10 incline merkins. Rotate 90* with one hand on curb for 10 offset merkins. Rotate 90* with feet on curb for derkins. Rotate 90* for another 10 offset merkins.
Mosey to another island – repeat Wheel of Merkin. PAX were loving it.
Mosey to tennis courts for two rounds of suicides (going perpendicular across two courts). Walked to benches and did descending dips (20, 15, 10, 5). Back to the courts for more suicides.
Mosey back to island for one last round of Wheel of Merkin.
Mosey BACK to benches for dips and squats.
Mosey BACK to tennis courts for more suicides.
Finally, mosey back to Old Glory.
Men finish what they start. (Although there was disagreement from Gus on which exercise we started with at the beginning, he was [correctly] overruled by all other PAX.)
Burpee OYO x6
American Hammer IC x6
Burpee OYO x5
American Hammer IC x5
Burpee OYO x4
American Hammer IC x4
Burpee OYO x3
American Hammer IC x3
Burpee OYO x2
American Hammer IC x2
Burpee OYO x1
American Hammer IC x10 (not a typo)
MARY: Hello Dolly, Rosalita, Jane Fonda, Hollywood Side Crunch
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA: 6 (six)
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
YHC read Hebrews 13:10-16 “10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up ta sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Jesus suffered for us, and God’s Word calls us to join him in that suffering. We shouldn’t shy away from difficulty or danger; this isn’t our home anyway. Love and serve when it’s difficult. This sermon, based on this text, has had a profound impact on YHC’s life.
This was YHC’s first BC Q since The Great Elbow Dislocation of 2018, and I think we all had a good time, except Gus, who complains regularly to his M about YHC’s sub-par Qs ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Shout-out to Backseat for bouncing back after an early splash. He never quit.