“I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench an old man was sitting there
I said, your old courthouse is kinda run down
He said, naw, it’ll do for our little town
I said, your old flagpole has leaned a little bit
And that’s a ragged old flag you got hanging on it
He said, have a seat, and I sat down
Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town?
I said, I think it is
He said, I don’t like to brag
But we’re kinda proud of that ragged old flag
You see, we got a little hole in that flag there when
Washington took it across the Delaware
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing say can you see
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin’ at its seams
And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the texas flag, but she waved on though
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg
And the south wind blew hard on that ragged old flag
On Flanders field in World War one
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun
She turned blood red in World War Two
She hung limp and low a time or two
She was in Korea and Vietnam
She went where she was sent by Uncle Sam
She waved from our ships upon the Briny foam
And now they’ve about quit waving her back here at home
In her own good land here she’s been abused
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused
And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land
And she’s getting threadbare and wearing thin
But she’s in good shape for the shape she’s in
‘Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more
So we raise her up every morning
We take her down every night
We don’t let her touch the ground and we fold her up right
On second thought, I do like to brag
‘Cause I’m mighty proud of that ragged old flag
— Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag”
The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:
The above lists several reasons why I love to see the shovel flag flying at any & every AO. 13 pax peacefully assembled, as per the 1st amendment, and set out for another Hydra downpainment. Puddin’ broke the peace during COP, and threatened further violent protests (from his bowels) as the morning progressed.
Jog a lap around OPE.
COP on the field (Yes – we actually got off the pavement, in the grass, and did bootcamp exercises):
IW x 20 IC
Slow squat x 20 IC
CDD x 20 IC
Slow flutter x 20 IC
6-count burpee x 10 IC
Jog over to the Methodist church across from OPE (the exercises performed inside that building also protected by the aforementioned 1st amendment), but we did not go inside…that’s against one of the 5 pillars of F3 (there is no amendment to our Constitution that specifically addresses F3, but I think Dredd may be drafting something?).
Anyway, we did some partner work that went as follows:
P1 overhead press with rock, P2 runs 87 yards down the parking lot and does 14 H-R merkins, runs back. Flapjack.
P1 squats, P2 runs w/jump squats x 14 at other end. Flapjack.
P1 thrusters (is that a verb or a noun?), P2 widearms x 14. Flapjack.
P1 tricep extensions, P2 flutter x 14. Flapjack.
Lorax was out front on this one. He was also an FNG to Hydra. Many happy returns to our bean-counting tree lover.
Redeposit rocks in the dry drainage/stormwater gully that never has a drop of water in it and jog back to OPE.
Wall work with some variations of people’s chair w/overhead press x 20 IC. Pax complained when we passed 14 in the count. #cobains
Jog back to the field for some more partner work.
Dumbocrats x 14. Flapjack.
Prairie Fire Mary – 10x10x10. Flapjack.
Granny sit-ups x 14 w/P2 in plank. Flapjack.
Over/Under’s x 14. Flapjack. Only Purple Haze/Queen completed this one. T-claps to them.
Quite a bit of mumblechatter angling for 7 each of certain exercises rather than 14….YHC was impervious to the pax’s schemes…except when Haze suggested Cumberland County Viaducts. YES!
So we had exactly 6 minutes left for some Mary, and we proceeded thusly:
Dolly x 14 IC
American Hammer x 14 IC
Cumberland County Viaduct x 14R & 14L IC
We might have done one or two others, but I’ve already forgotten. Hey, I remembered all the pax names without electronic assistance…I think..someone audit the list please.
Jog back to launch lot.
A couple other sundry observations from the Flag Day downpainment:
I love the Shovel Flag….have I mentioned that? YHC often busts site Q chops, including Marge & Queen today on more than one occasion, about the lack of a shovel flag. We joked this morning at one point about ABBA planting the shovel flag in Thailand when he moves there this summer, but I don’t even know if he would be allowed to do so in that nation? Regardless, we are afforded that right here; and that’s why I think the shovel flag is so important. Happy Flag Day brothers. Not as important as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and July 4th; but it’s important.
Funniest moment may have been during COP when YHC was starting into the 6-count burpees, and Deep Dish started way before I started cadence. Lorax then said: “I think he just fell down”. Good humor, as was Dish’s refusal to stand back up with the rest of us. #modification. Hey I was impressed that Deep Dish was actually going to do the burpees. Puddin’ complained and said “I thought this was the warmup”. Also, Puddin’ rode his bicycle so not to soil the seats in his car.
At least we were in the grass for COP, partner work & Mary as opposed to the razor-edged cheese grater parking lot. You’re welcome men.
Everybody was working hard. War Fry Daddy no exception. Great to see you posting again…or is it YHC who’s been AWOL? Anyway.
Hightower is a machine. Pretty sure that guy’s posted more in his first month than I have this calendar year. T-claps brother. Whatever police force you join will be fortunate to have you. Speaking of police forces, you really must post at The Big House on Monday morning which launches from the Pineville police headquarters.
The youngsters and Clemson devotees – Lew & Revlon – were getting after it out there as well. As the pax mustered, I did feel it necessary to tell Revlon he doesn’t have to wear Clemson gear to every workout.
Utah and Chopsaw were also putting in the effort. Speaking of Chopsaw, YHC gave him some grief for having his truck piled with trash #FredSanford. Ironically, some waste truck driver came up to us after the workout and asked directions; he was filling in for someone. Meanwhile, I could see Chopsaw looking at the truck covetously.
I really need to get on to other things today.
One last detail: Reports varied, but the pax logged somewhere between 1.5 and 1.7 miles. My goal was no more than 1.5. Did I mention Hydra is a bootcamp workout? It ain’t BRR training.
Now go listen to The Man in Black’s “Ragged Old Flag”