HELP! The COVID-19 pandemic has severely diminished the Red Cross’s blood supply and they have called upon the men of F3 Nation to step up like we always do. Regions throughout the country are hosting blood drives including ones close to us like F3 Metro and F3 Waxhaw(who is going to be done with 2 before we get done with our first). I’d say it’s our turn.
Our friends at the Brace Family YMCA(3127 Weddington Road Matthews NC) have offered to host the Red Cross and our pax for a donation day from 10AM to 2PM on Friday October 23rd. I know it’s not the cool thing to HC to things several weeks in advance but make an exception this time, block off your calendar around lunch time on 10/23 and SIGN UP NOW!
Q and A
Q: How do I sign up?
A: Go to redcrossblood.org
Next enter the code F3 in the Find Blood Drive Search
From there you will be shown a list of ALL F3 blood drives that are currently scheduled. You will choose the Brace Family YMCA on October 23 option. Then you will see all of the remaining appointment options from 10 AM to 2:30PM.
Q: My wife/brother/son/neighbor/coworker is interested in donating at this drive. Are they welcome to join?
A: Absolutely. The more the merrier. Provide them the same signup information I provided above and have them sign up the same way.
Q: I’ve been on some weird vacations recently. Will that prevent my eligibility to donate?
A: Maybe. But read the eligibility requirements www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements.html
and see if you are still a candidate for donation. If you read through the eligibility requirements and determine you will NOT be able to donate, please refrain from signing up because you might be taking a spot away from another donor.
Q: I am not able to donate but I still want to help. How can I?
A: Mighty Mite has already wrangled Tuck and War Eagle to help out but we can always use more volunteers to assist in registration, logistics, setup, cleanup, and running the canteen. If you would like to assist on the day of the drive, please reach out to Mighty Mite.
Q: F3 has a lot of blood to donate in order to reach their lofty goals. Is this one blood drive going to be enough?
A: No. All regions participating in this effort are expected to host 4-5 blood drives between now and the end of 2021. Plan on donating and helping out at the next one!
Q: I am confused about _______
A: Reach out to Mighty Mite
A huge thank you to everyone that came out
today yesterday to give blood. Another thank you to those that brought kid friendly food items for Ackbar’s church. An even bigger thank you to those that donated your time as well today. What a full day of Third F, but also quite a lot of Second F. 76 donors showed up with a final unofficial total of 72 pints of blood. I say unofficial because those that gave Power Red actually gave more than a pint so the totals will be calculated later today. Lets guesstimate an even 80 pints.
So about 4 weeks ago, I saw something on Slack in passing about F3 wanting to donate 10,000 pints of blood by their 10 year anniversary. Again, it was in passing and didn’t really stick to me. Then while driving to one of the few customer call’s I’ve had since COVID, there was an ad on the radio that the Red Cross was desperate for blood during these pandemic times. Normally I would have said “Somebody needs to do something”. But thanks to Q Source (and F3) I’ve mentally turned that corner that “No, I need to do something”. The wheels started spinning. I reached out to the Red Cross through their general website (the special link and contacts for F3 had not been developed yet). I received a call from a Red Cross rep with the minimum qualifications:
Sounds easy enough. So off I went. I had decided that I wanted to find a location first, then I would lock down a date. After a few swings and misses I contacted my church, Weddington UMC, who graciously let us use their facility.
Lets lock down a date. I would need time to recruit folks to donate….but how long would I need. (Licks finger, holds it in the air to test the wind. Grabs some dirt and sifts it through fingers). How about 3 weeks. After conferring with both the Church and Red Cross, it was settled….July 23rd. I received a link to a donor page that afternoon and we were off and running trying to recruit donors.
Recruiting was by and far the hardest part of this. Early on I had a lofty goal of 100 pints that had to be tamped down by the Red Cross. They didn’t have the staff to support 100 pints (and apologies to those that donated towards the end today, it showed as we were running behind – It also didn’t help that I almost passed out and took up a table for 20 minutes recovering). Three days into recruiting and I didn’t have the 20 pax needed to even make this happen. I quickly went from asking to begging (and it worked!). So now that we have enough to have it, how do I get to 100 (I wasn’t told I was going to be capped at 75 until the end). I reached out to Posse for ideas. He suggested traveling to other regions to spread the word and fold them in to our drive. So I did. Off to Hawks Nest in Area 51 and Rebel Yell in SOB (Both had 5:30 start times – which really sucks when your use to 6:00 and you’re a 25 min drive from both sites). The pax were really welcoming and several were willing to step up. Awesome. Before I knew it, 23 grew to 37, and then 45. But then I hit a road block. Donors quit signing up. The repeated announcements after workouts were starting to sound like Bone Frog. Back to Posse for Possevice (new lexicon?). Posse “You need a co site Q for this, and its not me”. So out went the call (threat) asking for a co site Q for the blood drive. The original call for help got me some volunteers, but not a Co Site Q. Then Chastain reached out “Still needs some help?”. “Yes I do; Congratulations you are now Co Site Q”. I told Chastain in our opening discussion “I’m stuck at 45. I don’t see a path to 100”. We developed a plan to broaden our reach into the neighborhoods of Waxhaw through Neighborhood Facebook posts and the next door app. Donors started pouring in again. 52, 67, 72. We would market late afternoon/evening and I’d check our portal the next morning to find we were full. We were constantly requesting more donor slots from the Red Cross (adding slots means adding staff so they had to get that approved/scheduled which took time. It wasn’t an automatic add). We made a final push inside F3 for pax to individually reach out (not mass market) to draw in our final numbers. Then word came back from the Red Cross….”I think we are close to being full. I will see if I can get you one final group of slots, but we need to cap you at 79”. And there it was, the first time I realized I wasn’t going to get a chance to hit my original goal. I was bummed, but I was quickly reminded by Chastain what an accomplishment 79 was. I then received an email from some higher up red cross folks as well as F3 Metro guys stating how excited they were with our drive and how much of a big deal that large of a drive is. Ok, got my head back right. Lets do this
thing thang about F3, is that when a brother asks for help, people show up. Hard commits. People you can count on. I was amazed at how many people arrived early to help, asked me what they could do, brought tons of food for donations, or just showed up to give blood.
I won’t bore you with the details, but about an hour before the first donation slot, 4-5 guys where there helping to move tables, redirect traffic to the right door, learning the scan in system, and helping the Red Cross unload (when they would let us).
About an hour in, a higher up Red Cross person arrives and starts telling us that F3 Metro made it a competition at their drive and kept track of how long it took to fill the pint bag. Before she could finish, Chastain had a marker in his hand going around collecting times and keeping track on the white board. Loafer with an early 3:27 jumped out to the lead and tamped Bottle Cap’s bragging down quickly. Deadwood arrived and heard competition only to light up with joy. (I swear you could set up a dog turd eating contest and he would try and win it. The guy thrives on competition). In the end, no one could catch Loafer. Congrats on being the one that would bleed out the fastest if you were ever stabbed.
The guys just kept pouring in. Tons of Waxhaw guys, but I was surprised how many Area 51 and SOB guys came too (when hospital names are used to register, its hard to know if they are F3 until day of). We also used this as an opportunity to EH some new folks. 20 pamphlets were printed telling people about F3 (all three F’s) as well as a schedule of all three F’s. I thought I would be taking extra pamphlets home…nope. We ran out with over an hour left in donations.
Final tally was 76 donors showed up. Four were deferred (meaning they wouldn’t take their blood that day for various reasons) for a total of 72 pints (Wow). The final tally will happen in a few days and will only grow as the Power Red that was donated by some actually counts more than a pint. We are likely close to 80 pints.
There is a lot to say here, and I will attempt to keep the back patting and soap boxing to a minimum.
13 men gathered in a soggy parking lot for the weekly assault on the urban oasis that is Waverly. Pro tip: don’t try to scout this AO during the dinner rush – lots of people driving their giant SUVs to the latest trendy fast casual restaurants. McGee says the happy hour at Ted’s Montana Grill is a good deal, but apparently because the food is bad. I hear that Alf hangs out at the Carolina Ale House. Anyway, FNG in attendance, so the disclaimer was really good. The FNG (Kozar) said he posted a few years ago and even went to a movie with F3 guys, but doesn’t remember his name (sure). Onward…
Mosey over to a parking lot towards the front for a cursory warmup. It was hard to hear the counting over Busch’s chatter – he has a lot of stuff to talk about at 5:30. Over to the parking deck for the first real action. Partner up – one partner up that staircase, the other partner up the other staircase. Meet at the top for 10 hand slap merkins. Back down the stairs, 10 more merkins. We did that three times.
Over to the fancy park area with some very nice fake grass that is either for the kids to play on or for dogs to pee on. Partner 1 does derkins and dips while partner 2 does the stairs again. Flapjack and repeat with incline merkins and jump ups. Some Mary to recover a bit. Then yog out of the shopping area, past the Mattress Firm (empty at 6:00 am like it is at 6:00 pm), then gather at the top of the best hill we could find.
Suicides on that hill with jump squats at each driveway. Over to a nearby wall for jump ups and merkins, then another set of suicides. Run back over the launch for a little Mary to wrap things up.
Good work by the PAX this morning. The rain mostly held off until the end. I appreciate the feedback I received from Alf, McGee and others during the workout. Iron sharpens iron.
Everybody has had a rough start to a day at some point. I had one last night. I woke up at 0145 but in my not quite conscious state panicked and I thought it was 0745 and I was going to be late for work and had slept through my Q. There have been a couple of instances of this happening and I certainly didn’t want to be that statistic. It really got the blood flowing.
Nobody reading this cares about sleep patterns (or lack there of). If you’re reading this you want to know what happened at Overdrive this morning. Well if you were there, you wouldn’t have to read this because you would already know. Shame on you for missing a great beat down this morning.
Yesterday afternoon, there was an urgent request for somebody to Q today. I had an idea of a workout that sounded like a good one so YHC volunteered to Q.
With the temperature in the 60’s, YHC thought more PAX would show up. A surprisingly small crowd of 7 fought the fartsack, humidity, and the deck of dread to become better men by the end of it.
This was a deck of cards work out. Most people have done one where the number tells you how many reps and the suit tells you the exercise. I switched it up. The number tells you the exercise and the suit tells you how many reps to do of the exercise. Below is a copy of what I had laid out. In the last minute rush to come up with a workout, I forgot the #10. Whoops. Two 10s actually came up. We did curls. If more came up it was going to be tricep extensions. The jokers were also in the deck and came up. The joker penalty was 20 burpees, then run up the hill and return to the parking lot.
Merkins w/ 1 hand on bell (1/2 reps per hand)
5 minutes of Mary
Great job by the few that came out. It is always a pleasure to lead. We didn’t cover much real estate, but you certainly got your money’s worth out of the workout. The humidity must have been about 137%. Most of the mumble chatterers weren’t there for whatever reasons (fartsack diet, menstrual cramps, explosive dirrarhea).
Shepard wanted more of a leg work out. When you Q, you can have a leg workout. It is harder to come up with leg exercises that work with kettlebells.
Hoffa was in traditional angry form. He didn’t want to play the game a couple of times.
Espresso needs to stay in his 20s to bring the average age down.
Lamont – thanks (not really) for pulling the first joker.
Sticky Note – great push. I don’t know if you can tell a difference, but you have gotten stronger and more endurance in the short time you have been out. Keep it up. Thanks for a great take out.
Hair Band – I hope this was enough of a “snot woggle” for you.
The respect club definitely showed up this morning. Over half the PAX.
With Cheese Curd on the IR with the Cheese Crud, and Stage Coach on the DR in the Gateway City, #BattleCat springed/sprang/sprung to action as substi-Q. Twenty-one pax took a draw from the Full Bold Flavor of Death Valley gloom.
Partner up by speed and/or headlamp and head out in search of the Blood Moon Gopher:
One loop complete. Stay with partner, Repeato until time called. Most pax finished 2.5 to 3 loops.
10 MOM – A strong core is essential for men of vigor– 6 minutes just won’t do.
18 guys didn’t heed the warning that Leg Day was coming to Flash. I had hoped my
warning marketing would have sent a few pax over to support Chatter Box for his VQ, but apparently only Mad Dog’s heart strings were tugged. The rest of you are cold heartless bastards (I’m joking).
FNG introduced. Neither of his EH’ers decided to post with him (though Glidah was leading Ignition so he gets a pass. Where were you Catfish?!!).
DICCS discussed. A couple headlamps atop heads. Lets go.
Hot lap around the parking lot over to the middle school.
Groups of 3. Partner 1 does up an over’s on the benches. Partner 2 is the runner (half lap to partner 3). Partner 3 does Russian Get Ups on the far Curb. Runner reliefs Russian Get Up and that person then finished the other half of the lap to take over for the up and overs. Had originally called go until team has done 100 up and over’s, but we have some fast guys this morning so we went until everyone completed two rounds. The Russian Get Up’s were too much for 1 Star’s lower half and he rushed off to Rudy’s Poop Palace.
Mosey to the road pausing to do backwards lunge walks while waiting for a bus to clear the road.
30 Speed Skaters at each light heading towards/past the high school (360 total for those keeping track). Chicken led mary waiting on the 6.
Mosey towards the football field. Pausing at the corner for squats waiting on the 6.
Backwards run towards the traffic circle. Heard a couple guys
compliment my choice of exercises here tell me these suck.
Back to your team of 3 at the traffic circle. Partner 1 grabs fence for deep jump squats. Partner 2 runs. Partner three at the bottom circle for dry docks with feed on the curb. Two rounds each.
Mosey to high school steps for 5 calf raises on each step. Not enough time, audible.
Mosey to Rudy’s Palace. 3 minutes left. 2 burpees at each light all the way to COT. At COT we continued burpees until the 6 arrived. Mash and Ignition looked on in relief that they were not a part of Flash and didn’t have burpees to finish out.
Roll in with 2 minutes before launch. Time for SPORTS and a FULL BODY BEATDOWN. What better way to pregame?
DODGEBALL (The 4 D’s): Partner work. 1 partner runs short loop while other partner completes called exercise in AMRAP fashion
Mosey to “Field of Dreams”
Mosey to “Swim Lanes”
Mosey to “Football”
Mosey back to “Field of Dreams” for the Vicious Cycle. Given the complex instructions and difficulty following them, Mighty Mite aptly renames this to Ambitious Cycle
Mosey back to launch. End with Gilbert, Swine Flu, Point Break and Mighty Mite calling Mary. Chopper, One Niner and Wingman join after logging their miles.
9 men posted for a Kevlar workout and the quote in the title. After the quote we did a quick disclaimer and headed out.
Down to church lot for standard COT type things.
Run over to backroad. First light 1 burpee, 2nd light 2x double merkin burpees, 3rd light 3x triple merkin burpees, …. 5th light 5x quintuple merkin burpees. Jog it out to the end.
Go back with jump squats at each light. Add a jump squat at each light.
Back down road with 1, 2, 3, 4 then 5 Get-Ups or Deck Squats at the first 5 lights then jog it out.
Mosey to hotbox for Lil Hazes, Derkins, and dips.
Mosey to hill across the street. Triple Nickel with burpees and Mike Tysons.
Head back to launch for quick Mary and done.
Early on the short jokes started with Tiger Rag and his irritated groin stating that I resembled a marauding, sex fiend, dwarf on Game of Thrones. I’d suggest that’s half true.
Horsehead peeled out on the Triple Nickel. He said he had an errand to run. Not sure if that was code for taking a dump, but TR said he had to pick up biscuits.
Orange Whip was out in front all morning even if he was complaining about the Merkins.
Big League Chew was disappointed that Triple Nickel was 5 rounds. He’s lobbying for it to be 3.
Thanks to Orange Whip on the takeout.
Announcements – Sign up for Blood Drive and Makeshift Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K.
25 SSH IC, 25 toe taps, 25 SSH IC,25 toe taps, 25 MC’s IC, 25 Moroccan Nightclubs IC, 25 MC’s IC, 15 Moroccan Nightclubs. Stretching
50 Curls in Cadence
50 Coupon Swings in Cadence
25 Coupon Squats in Cadence
15 Merkins on Coupon
25 Coupon Squats in Cadence
15 Merkins on Coupon
Rifle Carry Coupon to Pit of Misery. On your own, 20 Derkins, 20 Step Ups, 20 Dips. 2X.
Rifle Carry Coupon back to COT.
50 LBC’s in Cadence
50 LBC’s in Cadence
Rifle Carry Coupon 50 yards, 25 Squats with Coupons, repeat 4X’s
Back to COT
25 Alpo’s, 2X, 15 Military Presses, 2X’s, Bunch of Flutters and Heels to heaven thrown in between.
Good work by all.
Sign up for the blood drive, only 25 guys, last time we had 75. Sign up or I’ll be reading aloud a list of Pax who have not signed up at every COT moving forward. Also, by signing up, Turbuckle has to walk a ton of miles and do other csaup activities.
Prayers for Fusebox’s Dad today
Prayers for Mayhem’s friend
See Posse and Turnbuckle for Sunday
stalking walking activities
Thursdays – Christ Closet folding party and distribution – see Group me for details