August 28, 2018

Why they will never lay shoulder to shoulder for me again.

Still dark outside yet the heartbeat of the Morg was already alive with dog walkers, joggers and that group of hardcore ladies that always arrive earlier than we do mall walking the beat.

Done because it’s important.  YHC promised that we would not be doing bear crawls.

25 IC Side Straddle Hops
15 IC Imperial Walkers
15 IC High Knees
15 IC Daisy Pickers
10 IC Arm Circles (5 in each direction)

We started with a Burpee Catch Me If You Can Indian Run  by forming 2 lines where the last pax drops and does 5 Burpees, while the rest of the Pax mosey in a line. After completing the Burpees, the last guy runs to catch the group, tapping the (new) last Pax on the shoulder, who then stops to begin his 5 Burpees, while the (former) last guy continues on to the front of the line.  YHC soon realized that 5 burpees was way too many for the last pax to catch up so they were soon decreased to 2 burpees. We did this for half the length of the Morg park then turned around and moseyed back passing the startex to the open field where YHC had setup a ring of fire with several exercises.   However, before we started this, pax were instructed to lie down in a line shoulder to shoulder on their six for the…  Bridge.of.Hate.

I never intended for us to do this brutal exercise but after I read the description from, I couldn’t resist wanting to see and hear the reaction of everyone as I described what was to come.  By now all pax are laying shoulder to shoulder and to my delight the first pax in line was Giant.  I’m not sure why he was given this F3 name but he definitely wasn’t a little guy.  I began to read the following instructions…

BRIDGE OF HATE: Lay on back, shoulder to shoulder. The first person (Giant) will be passed in the air to the end of the line (The entire group groaned loudly) and will become the last person. The next person will be passed, etc until all pax are passed.

At this point, the pax started to protest and I think I heard someone say “screw this”…  If you can imagine Michael Scott fake firing someone, I couldn’t hold keep a straight face long enough and to everyone’s delight, let them know that we would not be doing the B.O.H. and everyone got up and we moved to the Ring of Fire with 11 stations, 10 of them labeled with an exercise and the 11th labeled “IT”.  IT would mosey about 60 yards out and back while the other pax performed the exercise at their station.  Upon the return of IT, each pax moved one spot over and the new IT did the same thing, rinse and repeat…

The stations were merkins, shoulder taps, planks, big boy situps, mountain climbers, burpees, lunges, flutter kicks, “IT” and “crawl bear around ring of fire”.  That’s right, crawl bear which is doing a backwards bear crawl (actual exercise on and by doing crawl bear, YHC kept his promise of no bear crawls.

Duck walk around the ring of fire.  And since we were already in the duck walk position, why not have a no holds barred Duck Jousting competition where all pax fought to the duck death and last pax standing was declared the winner.  I’m pretty sure a few pax enjoyed duck bullying YHC.

11 PAX (0 FNG )  – Flobee, Orange Julius, Giant, Mr. Wonderful, Casio, Choker, Thundercat, O’Reilly, Bathhouse, Woodpecker, Carport.

As humans, we like to act like everything is ok even if it’s not probably because that’s how everyone around us acts.   So everyone around us must have their lives together and a perfect marriage right?  Thank you Facebook for giving us this canvas to paint a pretty picture on.

I reminded the pax that everyone struggles from time to time and that it was ok to talk to others about anything personally that they may be going through.  I opened up about a difficult time in my marriage six years ago.  During this trial, I attended an event called FaithWalk and came back a changed person, my wife also attended six months later and it changed our marriage.

I opened up about this because men need to see that other men have struggles in life.  I highlighted that though on the outside people  may look like they have everything together, if you could see on the inside of their life, you’d realize that most don’t.  Some of us may be struggling right now.  Therefore, I ensured them that I was available if anyone ever needed to meet up and talk or that they could call me anytime if they just need a listening ear.

Prayer Requests: Bathhouse asked us to pray for himself and his brother who is recovering in the hospital.

TQUACKS to Bathhouse and Woodpecker for tying as the last men standing in duck jousting.

KOTB next week.  Flobee wants to have a cookout at the Morg on September 16th.