On July 22, 2017, F3 Louisville created a holy grail of a flag for other F3ers around the nation to admire. The Ghost Flag. They also created their own version of the Lexicon, which we truly stuggled to understand. The rules of the Flag were stated and simple…bring 5 PAX to a workout where the Flag resides and you steal the Flag. Many PAX of F3 Memphis had talked about doing just that. They talked, they dreamed, the wished, and the talked some more. They even created a Slack channel to talk about it…which they did. They talked.
A small group of HIMs, known to be “OF” the Annex, heard about the flag at the end of June, 2019. Many of these HIM were newer F3ers. They wondered why this was so difficult? Why had no other region posted in Louisville and demanded the chalice. Why were the Memphis guys talking about this and not doing it. So, a date was set, HCs were given, and research began to determine the unwritten rules of the GF. Where would it be? How would it be presented? What tricks would be pulled? Would Louisville give it up?
On August 2, 2019, 6 HIM (Bailout, Gomer, Gunshow, Speedy, The Dude, and Wannacry) loaded in a car and headed north. They were accompanied by a Meter Mug and a Mini-Paper Gus. These paper hims provided guidance and much joy for the voyage.
The first stop on the trip was Coco’s in Nashville. We all agreed that this was solitary shimmer of light in a barren land. We enjoyed a dinner of epic portions, and waited for Speedy to finish…we waited…and waited…all the while the other Memphis guys were still talking.
3 hours later, Speedy finished, and we headed on towards Louisville. We made that trip expeditiously. Speedy doesn’t eat fast…but you should see him drive. We rolled in to Louisville 1 hour and 55 minutes later. Checking in to the hotel (motel), checked for bed bugs and slept for a few hours, which we learned is plenty of sleep for a Louisville “beat down. ”
THE SCENE: Although, based on the #herekittykitty tweets from Kilo and other smack talk, we felt we had prepared adequately to take the flag from The “O”. We had weaponry, tools, medkits, and smoke bombs, none of which were necessary. As we arrived a few minutes early, the park was full, but it looked more like FiA than F3. There were lots of runners, people stretching etc. The middle of the park was empty, the designated meeting place had no persons, no flags, nothing. We found an empty picnic table and we waited, along with Meter Mug and Mini Paper Gus, and a bucket of Slicnut.
It was a perfect 72 degrees and, when they finally arrived, the Louisville PAX were salty.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: The Welcome was Warm. We were all known and called “Memphis.” We were respected as we backed up our talk with Action. The Disclaimer was well done by Diablo. Attorneys typically do very well with this.
We warmed up.
Diablo led Dora. We moved.
Kilo led CMU bear crawls and lunge walks. We moved and the CMUs moved.
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We did a light set of American Hammers.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
28 PAX (No FNGs) and 6 Willie Lomans that came to take a flag. Captain Insane-o, Face, Busch, Flo Jo, Scuba Steve, McAfee, Worm, Grinder, Deuce, Glen Ross, OJ, Butcher, Mr. Kotter, Digiorno, Fall Guy, Double Down, Vincent, Violet, Wopner, The Dude (DR), Bail Out (DR), WannaCry (DR), Speedy (DR), Gun Show (DR), Sandman (DR), Gomer (DR), Kilo, Diablo
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
We made a circle. The 6th man, “Face,” introduced why he was known as Face. Bailout provided samples of SlicNut to all of the PAX in attendance. As he finished this, Gomer grabbed the Ghost Flag and sprinted away from the group. HE WOULD NOT BE DENIED! The Louisville PAX stared on, slack-jawed in disbelief as this young HIM darted away with their cherished flag.
We ended COT with a prayer and a cooler of water and beer.
These men welcomed us, offered no shenanigans and were truly HIM. We shared some laughs and some beverages and went for coffee with a few. They were respectful and gave us a decent 45 minute workout.
The 2nd F we shared in the car, at Coco’s, the Days Inn and at Senaca park are what the GF is all about. We are creating the Memphis Region rules for GF as we feel some modifications are needed. The GF will be available for other regions to capture begininng August 17th at the Mothership in Memphis. Come and get it.
F3 Memphis 2nd Anniversary – August 17, 2019 at the Mothership
The GF will be flying for Memphis AOs at the Annex on Tuesday. We understand this KotB and sincerely hope it encourages you to post. If this causes the Annex to win KotB, Speedy welcomes the Levee to come take it back on Friday.
We sincerely regret that F3 Nashville never had the gall to capture the GF. We were happy to travel through, enjoy Cocos and skip on over to take it!
F3 Louisville is hosting a custom GoRuck tough event. They said F3Memphis was welcome to sign up and not show.