Author Archive Bucky


“Foreshadowing” has more definitions that I previously thought – thanks Cul de Sac (and nice work today). We did what YHC originally planned as a station/circuit, but then turned into a full workout. Even having Q’d dozens of times, it’s always incredible how fast 45 goes in the land of Bagpipe. Spanx was back after a hiatus, but clearly not a hiatus from fitness (he torched the field and encouraged others along the way…get that man on Q!!). Love having Big Tuna back in the mix. And Loogie continues to progress with his shoulder, giving him the confidence to expand his exercises (such as stealing Cooter’s bike). Speaking of Cooter, what an inspiration – so awesome having you out there bro, and bring that bike as long as you need. Kirby gritting through more “hurt vs injured” issues is always positive – good luck with that interview, and thanks for the takeout! Jazz Hands doesn’t say a word but really works & moves. Market Timer is the fastest back-pedal in SOB…ever notice that? War Eagle works out hard, and is always looking out for others, both during and after the workout – a Leader. Brexit showed up as an FNG at DaVinci a couple months ago and I’m sure has not missed a post since – love it.

Perhaps my favorite part of the workout was when, early on, I instructed any “fast guys” to do an extra lap around Loch Ness while we collected the Pax. And I look and who do I see coming around the bend as one of the “fast guys”?…Chipotle and almost everyone in the Pax!! One only guys that were not “fast guys” are those coming back from serious health/injury situation. #Mindset

Always an honor to Q. Today reminds my how important Bagpipe is. It’s there for many who are making their way back to peak form, and is also as tough a workout as any of us make it.

Announcements: Multiple service/volunteer opportunities on Slack. Tolkien is giving away huge shirts. Possible HH on Thursday.

Needle on the record

17 Pax showed for a Ground Hog’s Day workout. Runners Bunker, Enron, and one more mystery Pax totaled 20 at the DaVinci site.

The Thang: Ran around limbering up making our way behind Best Buy, settling next to BOA (Imp Walk, Squat Walk, Peter Park, Merk, etc…and “Birthday Ball Busters” – YA). Behind pond, through woods, out neighborhood- at 2 benches stopped for lots of burbees, LBCs, Step Ups, and Dips). At end of road partners for Derkins & Ab Throws. All you’ve got to next turn, and did some Mary. Headed to roundabout-like intersection (to me signifying a vinyl 45 RPM record, the “coolest” use of the #45) for partner circuits (“around the turntable”) including Hand Slap Merkins and Bobby Hurley’s. Out to and across Rea, pitstop at gas station, headed behind Target for stops at each for “good” Broad Jump and Diamond Merkins. Then a race “Catch Me If You Can” – losers do extra Burpees. Mosey to stairs for Pull Ups on low bars and across stairs. Mosey to playground for real Pull Ups & Dips. Mosey to base for Mary, and finished with 5 Burbees & Al Gore.

Moleskin: Goal of workout today was to go a new direction (actually revisit a forgotten one) – fun and challenging to shake it up. it was a little retro, like a vinyl 45. The “Fast Guy/Slow Guy” race was proof of the difference between “All You Got” and “I’M BEING HUNTED DOWN All You Got!!”. Kirby is pushing himself and it’s really showing, greatly aided by mid evil torture device for his legs. Mighty Mite survived his “Dry-uary”, showed up looking and sounding rough, but did great (after another phenomenal Friday Marketing Blitz), Fredo is a stablizing force and friend (and bearer of phenomenal cookie cake!), Taco Stand & Fiji have quickly become regulars and will lead/Q soon (as has Gilbert is scheduled for V-Q soon), Mary Kay’s grouchiness is so heartwarming as he pushes himself. Patent Pending is melting away pounds as he gets back at it – awesome. Mic Check & Ocho Cinco are fast, strong, and always at the front, but it’s a mistake to just call that natural – ability helps, but it’s not by accident since they they really push themselves. Marlin never says a word but just goes all-in. Twinkle Toes is a Cotter who brings a brightness & positive vibe, and we want back more often. Chopper too- what a transformation over 2 years (2/1 was 2nd anniversary for he and Fredo…what a draft class!!). One-Star has turned into one of the emotional leaders of Union & SOB-land (and thanks for the great COT takeout). Escobar must have made a New Year’s Resolution to show up early instead of at 6:31 – and Coffeeteria banter that often centers around him, for good reason. And we can’t forget Soft Pretzel, who had a little extra gas in the tank, thus the pit-stop at Circle K (I’ve been there).

On the drive home Ocho Cinco & Gilbert and YHC all remarked (as we often do) about the awesome guys at DaVinci. Today was my 45th birthday, and truly honor to Q. I commented that “there was no place I’d rather be” & meant it – the Pax is filled with personal friends, neighbors & work colleagues, but F3 workouts create extra connection & bond. Also, our ability to work out like this is not to be taken for granted – so many just can’t or won’t. As I notch another birthday year I guess I notch another level of appreciation for what we do and have. Thanks all!

Announcements: Joe Davis reminder

We and Bobby McGee

13 ventured out and 14 ventured back.  Ocho Cinco led a well rounded beatdown that left everyone gassed and hungry for Coffeeteria.  Arms and legs will be sore tomorrow, especially thighs.  40 minutes in McGee showed up out of nowhere, having run around all of the greater Blakeney area looking for the pax, except for where we were (right smack in the middle of the shopping center parking lot).  Right after he showed U2 “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” played, appropriately.

Paton Pending (on the DL)  showed for Coffeeteria, and Bevo stopped through to say hi too.

Great morning, Q, beatdown, and Coffeeteria.  Mighty Mite stayed around awaiting Vagabond group.

SOB Halloweenies

Disclaimer given and we were off with 10. No wait, 11. Then 12, and finally 13!  (Plus Mighty Might helped launch us and Loogie welcomed us at the end)…that’s 15!  But 2 paxheld jackolantern bucket and 2 pax held cryptic instruction cards. Why?  (See The Real Thang below)

YHC looked at the Q schedule a week ago and realized that “Convergence” isn’t actually anyone’s name, so as Site Q I’d better take it – and maybe get a little creative for the SOB Convergence and Halloween.  Halloween themed team workout, sorta scavenger hunt style competition. Plus other stuff.  Mid week I was already texting Ocho Cinco praying he he could help, since the plan was becoming more of a “monster” than originally intended.  Needed his help with execution! (Which he obliged)

The Thang:

– Mosey for warm ups in front of Best Buy (and guys just kept showing up…Escobar is predictable 6:31 but also Soft Pretzel and Nard Dog?!?).  “Thrillers” were modified Imperial Walkers. “Transylvanian Ball Busters” (Bulgarian), SS Hop, Squats, Merkins, Plank Jacks etc.

– Mosey toward Nakotomi Tower (Blakeney parking lot with butt kicks, sides, Carioca, knees, backpedal.


– 2 teams. Each a different path.  8 cups filled with some trick-or-treat items, and a code card signifying and associated exercise.  (Snickers=10 Burpees, Plastic Fangs=10 Hand Slap Merk,etc.). Each team did same excersizes but in different order and different places due to paths.  Burpees, Hand Slaps, Lifting rocks/blocks Triple Lindy and Squats, Pull ups, jump ups.  That little team adventure took about 20 minutes.

-Goal is to find and collect all 8 cups and items, collect in team jackolantern and return to meeting point first for victory!

-Team 1 went through Blakeney playground and along Audrey Kell eventually to construction area for lifting rocks/bricks/cinder blocks.

-Team 2 went past and behind Old Navy, up Blakeney Heath Rd using rocks and eventually playground atop the hill.  (Team 2 refurned first/won, only about 1 minute before Team 1)

-After that Team Halloween adventure we did Mary, stopped for Derkins/Incline Merkins (Diamond and Wide), then 3 rounds of stairs/pull ups/incline Merkins, then stopped for People’s Chair with 46 air presses (x2, and 46 for Mic Checks bday), 12 donkey kicks (x2). Mosey back to base finished with 5 burpees, jump squats, Merkins.


– Culdusac helped set the tone showing up in an awesome monster mask!

-Mighty looked clean and relaxed for having run all night!

-Great seeing Loogie post workout with his shoulder surgery pics – on to recovery!

-Really glad Stonehenge Site Qs Wild Turkey and Nard Dog posted, as we don’t see each other enough due to our seperate Site Q responsibilities.

-yes the Ghost Peppers are real, so whoever ended up with those BEWARE!!

– almost all stayed for solid Coffeeteria, always good

Okay I got a little carried away planning this one.  But I’ve realized more lately how important it is to get a little carried away with “dumb stuff” that are not necessarily work, home/parenting duties, or “productive” things.  Life is hard but we need to make a point to make it fun in the midst of all the pressure to provide, deliver, and handle “like a man”.  This was fun to plan and fun to try to carry out (special thanks to Ocho Cinco for that).  Thanks all for playing along today, hope you had fun, and a good workout.

Thanks Mic Check for takeout.


– holiday party 11/30…details shortly.

– Joe Davis registration open.  Event in March this time.

– Escobar will collect toys/clothes and send to South America (details soon)

Walking in a spider web…

Beautiful morning – seems we are finally getting into the best stretch of the year.  Gotta love the Fall mornings…Chunder mumbled “let me guess-SS Hop” just as we circled up. Nope.


disclaimer given – mosey to lot for Burpees, Imperial Squat Walkers, Peter Parkers, merkins, Bulgarian Ball Busters YA!! (I know y’all think it’s a joke but I seriously love them)

Headed to woods for pull-ups and squats. Then Brixem Hill. Then over to hidden pond/Hill (partners Derkins, ab throws).  Lots of called pit stops all throughout – wide/Diamond/regular merkins, jump squats, etc.

Toward the end I ran through a spider web that covered my full face, arms, and torso.  Ah, the price of leadership!

finished up with ceremonial wheel barrow (more on that shortly)


Sorry Delta went out early with a turned ankle but he followed up later that it’s likely a sprain in need of rest.

What and exciting, impressive, and inspiring post by Cooter (prayers his way for pending treatments)- thanks for the takeout too!

Fun to chase Gramaticka up the hill!!  Never seen him move so fast!

Thanks Paper Jam for the “Hope Challenge” concept- here was my share…

Six months ago yesterday our oldest daughter Jocelyn became acutely ill.  Multiple hospital stays, dozens of blood tests and even multiple trips outside of NC finally have us feeling like we have A)a diagnosis we believe and B)medical care who is capable and actually believes it too.  Lyme disease and other tic born illnesses are misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and terrifying.  It has been an believably challenging process which continues to this day. We feel it is a general uptrend but of course has its ups and downs. We keep the faith, hope and take it one day at a time.

Last night as I was getting all of our kids ready for bed and all, I asked Jocelyn what is one exercise I should have the guys do – and she said “wheel barrow”.  I let her know that most guys really are not fond of it, so I would definitely call the exercise and blame it on her! (Which i did, and which she appreciated)

All have or are faced with enormous challenges obstacles and struggles in their lives and in those other families.  I continue to be lifted and inspired by the F3 brotherhood.

Thanks TagAlong for asking me to lead.  Always and honor.


Church On The Street (see Strawberry) slots need filling for Oct.

f3 Dads – camping in Oct (see Frasier)

this Saturday is SOB convergence at Stonehenge (Paper Jam bday Q)

Dont tell me cuz it hurts

YHC Hasn’t been in town much lately and have been in a general lack of predictable routine. So nothing like Qing To jump right back into it! That story seem to be a common theme for most of the packs today – time to get out of summer mode and back to business. The one exception is Mighty Mite, Who crushed it in July for the challenge and posted at 24 different AOs!

10 DaVinci bootcampers all worked hard. Plenty of mumble chatter throughout.  Somehow there ended up being a theme of 90s pop culture – No Doubt songs and Friends vs Seinfeld compare/contrast.

Today we got in about 3.5 miles that included donkey kicks, Derkins, Wall climbs, pull ups, and Bulgarian Ball Busters. Yah!!  Lifting rocks were used for lots of creative exercises, with all Pax calling out at least 1.  The “3 pointer” was a new one (Escobar) and already feeling those dead lifts! (McGee)

thanks Hops for always bringing excercise names to the table.  Apparently partner leg/ab/throws are “Prairie Fire Mary’s” and the slow flutter will now be the “Slutter”.

With 3 minutes to go Ocho Cinco went with the tremendously unpopular 15 (“what are they called?”)Burpees, followed by Goonie delivering one of the cruelest 10 counts in recent memory for 6 inches.  Gotta love it.

5 runners were also there waiting in the parking lot, having run 10+ in training for BRR.  When we pointed out that “we carried rocks” Woodson replied brilliantly with “I carried Enron!” Nice.

(Sorry I missed 2 runner names)

thanks to Leprechaun, Mighty, and Escobar who have lead/Q in July while Fredo and I have been out.  Goonie birthday Q next Saturday!!

Great group and solid Coffeeteria as always!

appreciate The Gloom

Thanks for the attendance and effort today. We took steps to cure soccer arms, burned our legs, and out in some mileage. I kicked my own butt as Q and hope same for the 9 Pax. Today was actual F3 Anniversary for YHC (3 years). Special dedication of our effort today to those who literally cannot do what we do. My cousin, age 47, is recovering from a stroke he had this week. Brings added appreciation and prospective for The Gloom.

the thang:

-warmups with ImpWalk, SS Hop, PeterPark, Merk, MtnClimb, BulgarianBallBusters (YA!)

-at each of 7 lamp post: 3 Burpees, 5 Squats

-at each divide (6?), partners, 5 sit ups, 10 hand slap Merk

-up hill all you’ve got, pick a rock. Circle up for curls, triceps, shoulders (rotating around rocks for varying weights)

-playground wall for “Eddie the Eagles”. Then partners up for 3 rounds of pull-ups and Derkins.

-back to rocks for Triple Lindys, Squats, rows (again rotating rocks)

-down hill to wal for x4 rounds to climb and SisterMaryCath (ouch again!)

-to low bar for pull-ups, up across down stairs to fountain for dips

-back to base for Mary and close with Merkins.



Church on the Street (Strawberry)- Easter Sunday is a go, would be great to have a huge group.

next Saturday morning (3/17) “The Sandbox” led by Solf Pretzel helping yard cleanup effort


Great crew, all pushed hard. Fun chatter about Eddie the Eagle, others AOs and soccer arms. Primanti said he is a Kotter, back with first post after over a year-great!  Paper Jam wanted no part of 10 counts from the beginning, and that theme carried throughout. Thanks Snow Flake for coming our direction, great seeing you and you are a machine. Rachel must be doping or a cyborg – improvable effort on his “YA” for BulgBallBust so we have found 1 imperfection. Fredo really runs the DaVinci show so well, and after 4 posts this week was still strong. War Eagle has quickly become both a leader and beast. Always love 2nd F in Chick-fil-A.  How crazy that my first two workouts ever (3/10 and 3/12 of 2015) were Q’d by Soft Pretzel and Strawberry, both there today for workout and 2nd F together. Great informal conversation around F3 history, service opportunities, raising kids in a challenging society, and weekend fun. I appreciate everything F3 has meant for me and others and it starts with you great guys who all want to step up personally physically, and spiritually.




3 years of F3 for YHC this week. Looked back at official date was 3/10/15 Bagpipe (Soft Pretzel on Q) followed by 3/12/15 Rebel Yell (Strawberry Q). The workouts and community have been a blessing. Always honor to Q – goal is always to:  Kick my own butt in 3 things: leg muscles, upper body muscles, and to keep moving all throughout (without losing anyone).

COT often observes that we appreciate our ability to actually do the workout, push ourselves, and each other – YHC has several reminders lately of others who physically can’t do what we do, sometimes abruptly with no warning.  Appreciate each day we can do this. 47 is the strange number of dips we did- it’s the age of my cousin who just had a stoke this week.

workout overview: Big loop down Elm, right on Ballantyne Commons, cut into neighborhood eventually up Murderhorn, stopping for planned and unplanned stations throughout.

-Disclamer given, mosey/warmup, circle up (Imp Walk, SS Hop, Bulg Ball Bust…YA!)

-speed bumps behind retail: 5 Merkins 5 Squats at each. Run up over hill across Elm.

-Ballantyne Commons (CarDryDocs at post office, 47 dips on rail, Mary, cut into neighborhood)

– using hill and strait away did: mary, hand slap Merkins, scissor lunges, Burpees etc ending up by playground.

– playground: 2 sets of pull ups, squats, and Eddie The Eagles (those burn!)

-rock pile…lifting rocks for tri’s, curls (x2), toy soldiers

-up Murderhorn all you’ve got!

-finish with Mary, plank

GREAT PUSH! Rarely do

we take that route so YHC wasn’t sure if it was biting off too much.  Was concerned we’d need to rush back but we kept moving and had plenty of time. Mic Check CRUSHED Murderhorn finish, and all really pushed and finished fast. Thanks Wild Turnkey for the requests of Bulgarians and Eddies #wheelhouse. Good vibes to Tuna who gets knee fixed tomorrow #betterthanever. Chunder and now DL bring youthful springy vibe.  Fun to have teens, respects, regulars, Cotters all mixes pushing selves and each other. Thanks Billy Goat and Mary Kay for letting YHC Q… you guys do a great job.


-several 2nd F socials and date nights just posted scheduled throughout ‘18 (Slack)

-Checkers hockey St Pats day (bring 2.0s)

-charity run in Pineville (see Private Benjamin)

FNG “Manny” Rob Gorman (EH’d by Brisket)

What’s up Doc?

Doc McStuffins called me out of the bullpen for one very good reason- I was available. Did my best to challenge the 19 Pax like he would. My goal is away to kick my own butt…mission accomplished. Thanks Crab Cake for living up to your name with an always polite, “come on let’s go.” At 5:29. Okay.

(sorry the one name I missed is the guy who rolled into the circle a minute in…please share if you know who that was!)

-warm ups started with Imp Walker, ended with Bulgarian Ball Buster…YA!!

-Loc Ness walls (16 stepups 15 incl merks at each Wall, then strait to pull-up bars…5 at one side, 5 at other, meet in lot across bridge for Mary.  Mosey to upper lot…

-Partner up: Partner 1 plank, Partner 2 Derkin on his plank, 10 hand slap Merkins, run to other side (2 rounds).  Monday to bottom of Bagpipe Hill.

-run up hill, 10 jump lunges at top, back down 5 burpees at bottom (2 rounds).

-gather for party favorite “Merkin Jack Webs” went up to 6/24 and back down.

-back to trial toward pull-up bars, 5 pull-ups at each and also 5 burpees.

-grab lifting rock. 12 shoulder, 12 curl, 12 tri (2 rounds)

-back to base for 12 Diamond Merkins and 12 Heals to Heaven. Done!

Moleskin:  good chatter throughout, and even better work by all. Patent Pending said he’d take burpees over pull-ups, but we quickly clarified “it’s both” not either/or! Great work PP, seriously. Teddy is a machine. Crab Cake good to see you on this end of DOB-land.  Mic Check good catching up about kids while on the hill. One-Niner great you are back and seem recovered. Billy Goat it’s awesome how you’ve built yourself up and will continue. Mary Kay thanks for always stepping in for Mary, etc (must be your name). One-Star welcome to first Bagpipe, definitely not last! War Eagle fun to see how you are now quickly a pillar in the region (like the “next Fredo”). Loogie never complains and just keeps working.  Delta – great how you’ve become a regular recently and great push. Market Timer never slows down nor times out. Escargot and Udder thanks for slumming with us lowly boot campers – hopefully your chest and shoulders feel less soccer-armish after today. Old English  fantastic meeting you, excellent work and please keep coming back and you’ll crush us all soon. Again sorry for the one name I missed!

thanks Bratwurst for the takeout with our Swift brethren.

DaVinci is now a toddler

2 year anniversary of daVinci attracted eager 33 Pax (convergence with Stonehenge). 18 months ago it was sometimes just 3-5 folks (may have been a 2 in there). Now typical 10-15 strong due to loyalty, time change (from 7 to 6:30) and pivoted meeting spot (Chick-fil-A). Thanks Tuck, Chopper, Fredo, and Mic Check who have Site Q’d it into an awesome AO.

Colder than expected (36!) but far cry from last week (barely double digits). YHC expected 20 so as folks kept rolling in and arriving from pre-runs needed to call some audibles and get creative due to scale.

Thang (quickly): disclaimer given. Welcome 1 FNG Taylor now “April Fool”

-Circle for SS Hop, Imp Walker, Merkin, Peter Parker, Parker Peter, Slow Squat. Mosey to other lot…

-Rounds including Butt Kicks, Burpees, Back Pedal, Side Shuffle, Carolina Dry Dock.  Mosey to neighborhood…

-Partner up-2  Cul-du-Sacks (10 ab/leg throws, 10 Hand Slap Merkins in each).  Mosey all you’ve got up hill to pick lifting rock…

-Montessori lot: curls, tris, (pass rock to left!) dead lift, Squat, leave rock there, mosey toward playground wall…

-Eddie the Eagles (x7…jump up, hold low for 5, jump down, hold low for 5).

-15 dips, 5 pull ups (x2).  Mosey back to rock circle.

-triple Lindys, Merkins, trip Lindy again. Rerun rocks, mosey back down hill for some Mary…

-Ready to sprint!  Slow guys go (5 Burpees if caught) Fast guys go (5 burpees if you don’t catch up).

-behind Target lamps:5 Merkins, 5 Jump squats.  Mosey toward playground…

-7 Eddie the Eagles (again), 10 Merkins.  Mosey back to base.

(lots of plank, Mary, and may excercises were called out by Pax rather than YHC  – great job)

3 Funny Quotes:

-“Somehow we lost Wild Turkey” Tuck shared upon arriving from pre-run. Nice start.

-”I hate rocks” Haggis moaned – obvious irony.

-“See that wall way down there at the end?” YHC And Loogie just started running before any other instruction (Quote not funny, but reaction was 🙂


-Go Jin Go racing coming in Spring Independence Park, will include Speed For Need chariots (Frasier).

-Bro-Lympics 2/24 Weddington HS (Tuck)

Transporter for taking us out. And loved the huge Coffeeteria.  Awesome morning!  Great push and thanks for posting!