June 25, 2018

Shared Suffering, Purple Haze, and Fellowship

THE SCENE:  A bit warmer than expected, 77 °, but the threat of the sensational weather man had long since passed.  Mid-gloom was greeted with a purple sunrise.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER   F3 Mission and the 5 principles announced along with a standard disclaimer.


  • Small arm circles x10 IC / reverse
  • SSH x10 IC
  • IW x10 IC
  • Mosey around the lot w/ high knees, butt kickers, karaoke/reverse, and sprint back to COT
  • 20 count, stretch on your own


Shovel flag at the base of the berm. 6 lanes of orange flags in the field marking out running lanes at evenly spaced intervals.


Old Testament 8, 3’s (OT 8,3s)

Part 1:  Good old fashioned ‘suicides’.  Reliving the high-school basketball glory days.  Partnered up and on the VQ’s mark, one partner performed the suicide while the other completed 8 burpees.  Repeat for 3 sets alternating with partner.

Part 2: Little Mosey to pull-up bars.  Partner 1; chin-ups and Pull-ups, 3 reps each alternating in air.  Partner 2; 8 Carolina Dry Docks.  Repeat for 3 sets.  Some modification to hanging and remembering how to breath.

Part 3: VQ amazed at how much time is left and leads a 1/4 mile run, (pause) and holds plank until all PAX are in. 1/4 mile run back to flag lanes.

Had PAX say ‘goodbye’ to suicides with one more rep each interspersed with an 8 count Merken.


  •  Partner ‘straight leg-throw downs’ (not LEXICON approved).  Partner 1 stands behind the head of prostrate Partner 2 (sparking many inappropriate jokes by PAX); Partner 2 lying flat grabs the ankles of Partner 1 and lifts straight legs back.  Partner 1 throws legs back to the pavement, and repeat.  1 minute per partner and repeat.
  • VQ attempts to end shared suffering too soon.  Luckily PAX members call him out and proceed with Dealer’s Choice. (counts subject to scrutiny, all a blur. . . ) 
  • Freddie Mercury x 20 IC
  • Shoulder slaps x 20 IC
  • American Hammer x 20 IC
  • Pickle Pavement Pounders x 20 IC
  • Big Boy Sit-ups x 10 IC
  • ABC’s IC

11 PAX, 2 FNGs (Stall, Searcy) ChariotGepetto, Snookie, Speaker, Saint Nick, Lil Nicky, Dr. Scholls, Soybean, Tomb Raider

God provides.  Deuteronomy 8:3 “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

Each Wednesday night my friends and I have the privilege and the honor to feed people of the streets in the Raleigh, Nutbush, and Berclair communities.  Its never about the food or the hunger but rather about loving on a brother or sister.  One night we meet a young veteran living in his car along Jackson Ave.  We are able to fill up his tank and give him a meal.  We feel good to have put a smile on this man’s face as he’s new to the streets and is filled with SHAME.

I get back to my car, crank it over and the batteries dead.  No jumper cables on me or with the many young men I ask in Nutbush.  While I’m running around the MapCo, our new friend pulls his gassed up car along side mine.  Before I can say a thing he takes out a power drill, rips the cord out of the back and splices it.  The 120 volt cord holds and he gives us a jump, somehow without electrocuting himself.

God has a sense of humor, He saw fit to humble me so that my pride of flesh did not get in the way of His Kingdom.  However, the main reason is that God restored that man’s PRIDE by having him help us.

Thank you Private “Make Shit Happen” as his LT called him on tour.


Prayers went out to Bruce 2.4 and Beauty Shop 2.2!  Prayers requested for Jaylen (sp) who recently lost a loved one to suicide and Kaylen (sp) who is fighting for his young life at the ICU.

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