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We have liftoff.

YHC arrived early…early enough to see the FT pax mustering for their first launch from Latin….and before Mr. Brady who came in on two wheels, exclaiming he would “catch up”, which I’m sure he did. No Shovel Flag for either FT or Hawk’s Nest, though my co-site Q Doc said he would create one for our new AO.

Ultimately, 19 pax posted for the inaugural Hawk’s Nest downpainment.  A solid crew with a mix of veterans as well as an FNG – Joe S. – now known as Schmedium.  T-claps to him for posting and to Header who EH’d him.  Who’s bringing an FNG next week?!  Busch re-EH’d Bananas & Good Hands who had started to go into early F3 retirement until as Bananas said, “I keep trying to leave F3 but new AO’s keep getting closer to my doorstep!”  Great to have you guys back out!

The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

After the waivers were signed, we headed out to one of the larger lots in front of the campus for COP.  Shortly into it, Bottle Rocket joined us as he came in the main entrance.  Glad you found us brother.  T-claps to him as he’s been posting 3-4 times per week in just his first 3 weeks of F3.

Slow squat x 20 IC

H-R merkin x 20 IC

Flutter x 20 IC

CDD x 20 IC

IW x 20 IC

Run to back corner of campus to pavilion near baseball field for 3 sets of jump up’s x 15 & incline merkins x 15.

Run back by Swim MAC building (will never get used to the smell of chlorine, I always hated swim lessons as a kid) and over to the track.

Before we got to the track, we dug out some rocks for a little lifting work.

Overhead press x 15 IC

Curl x 15 IC

Switch rocks with a neighbor (this was a mistake for YHC #soccerarms)

Teabag squat x 15 IC

Run on up to the track

5 burpees at 4 different stops around the track.  Plankorama.

10 jump squats at the 4 stops around track.  Plankorama including Dancing Chilcutt x 10 IC

At this point, Gummy started the “we should probably head back” promptings.  Never gets old.

We headed back towards the launch lot but stopped for a little “Around the Clock” Plank Walk (Incline plank walk left for 1/2 the time around base of a statue donated by a Latin benefactor, and then right for 1/2 the time — this while one pax at at time would bear crawl around the circle in opposite direction until all pax had gone).  Unorthodox, but I liked it; it will happen again.

Run back to launch lot for 6 MoM.

Freddy Mercury x 13 IC

Rosalita x 13 IC

American Hammer x 13 IC

Makthar N’Djaiye x 13 IC on the asphalt, of course! (we did this because CR and one other planked up with their southends right in YHC’s face – so thank them the next time you see them for the shredded elbows…and abs if you do it right!).

6-count burpee x 10 IC — pretty sure 2/3 of you jokers didn’t do these at all.  Shades of the refusenik epidemic that has beset some other AO’s.  YHC will bring the refusenik vaccine along with the waivers next week.  And I know my co site-Q Doc McStuffins will bring a beatdown that can’t be refusenik’d short of climbing back in your South Charlotte chariots and heading home!

Great launch to a great new Area51 AO.  We really did need a bootcamp workout on Tuesday’s in A51 – I think this one is going to be great! Was also really cool to do the joint COT with our brothers from the Fast Twitch pax.  Like a convergence without the hassle of keeping too many pax together for the actual workout!  Grateful that Rachel & Purell were willing to move the launch point for FT over to Latin.

Some sundry observations from the inaugural Hawk’s Nest:

  • Gummy’s brand of sarcastic humor and Q-hazing travels well.
  • So does Busch’s non-stop mumblechatter and conversation.  Love it!
  • Found out Billy Goat is a fellow Wake alum and Cub fan = knew I liked that guy when I met him!
  • Iron Horse is 57, and makes almost all of us look like we’re 77.
  • Lorax ventured south of Route 51…hope you’re glad you did!
  • Bananas doing American Hammers looks like a dog scratching his itchy bum across the floor

Grateful for this community we have called F3.  Keep giving away what we’ve found fellas.  EH and/or re-EH someone.  Start today.

“I think it is interesting that God designed people to need other people. We see those cigarette advertisements with the rugged cowboy riding around alone on a horse, and we think that is strength, when really, it is like setting your soul down on a couch and not exercising it. The soul needs to interact with other people to be healthy.”  ~ Donald Miller from “Blue Like Jazz”




Hawk’s Nest – new Area 51 boot camp – launches Tuesday, March 13th

What: Hawk’s Nest – Launch

When: 0530 Tuesday March 13, 2018

Where: Charlotte Latin School (enter gate off Raintree Lane)

Who: Area 51 Pax as well as pax from SOB, UC, Metro, et al

Why: Area 51 needs a Tuesday boot camp (there isn’t one currently)

Why Not:


Who EH’d you for your FNG post to F3?  Have you thanked him/them lately?  While F3 has been more impactful for some than others, if you’re still posting – it means something to you.

A new AO can infuse some new energy into things.  Our hope is that the launch of Hawk’s Nest at Charlotte Latin will do just that.


** Hawk’s Nest inaugural launch will be 0530 on Tuesday, March 13th.

Also, starting 3/13 — the Fast Twitch pax will now launch from Charlotte Latin at 0515.  The Hawk’s Nest and Fast Twitch pax will both finish at 0615, and we’ll do a joint COT every Tuesday.

A “thank-you” to the SOB pax for the idea for this approach which has worked very well with Bagpipe & Swift.

Co Site-Q’s Doc Mcstuffins & Hops are excited to bring a much-needed Tuesday boot camp workout to the Area 51 pax (as well as SOB, UC, Metro and anyone else obviously).

For the inaugural launch – the workout Q privilege will be split between Hops & Mermaid — our esteemed Area 51 N’antan.


Also, thanks to CR (F3Nation Corporate Expansion Czar and Area 51 resident) for securing the access to Charlotte Latin as an AO.

Please enter campus from the gate off of Raintree Lane.  We will park in the 2nd lot on the left.


So….back to remembering your first post and the pax who EH’d you.  There are so many other men who need this.  They are your neighbors, friends and co-workers.  You know them.  EH them and/or Re-EH a pax who’s drifted away.  Let’s give away what we’ve found.  Aye?!



When are we going to do some running around here?

28 pax, including a late-arriving RT who overslept for a 0515 workout in The Fort and scrambled northward to join us, took on what Centurion had in store this morning.  No SF (Margo is DR), a marginal disclaimer (think I saw Mermaid shaking his head), and off we went.  Below is somewhat akin to what we did with some rambling commentary.

The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

Apparently Spring is upon us.   28 pax, not including Chelms (who jabbed and baited me about a weak Q effort), did some plank work while waiting on RT to make his way over…he was, in fact, hustling.   First time I’ve ever started a workout with plank work, but might do that again.  After that we took a rare right turn out of the launch lot, and an even rarer right turn down the lane behind the visitors stands at the gridiron Home of the CC Cougars.  We then ran to the top of Cerberus (no wait, that’s the name of the new workout in UCoSOBA51 — I mean Tartarus.  We ran up the rarely used north short ramps.  As we were running up, Lorax (always out front but too kind to Larry Bird the Q) expressed his displeasure with my pattern interrupt.   Old School Bootcamp doesn’t mean Stale!  #makebootcampsgreatagain

COP at the top of Tartarus:

Slow Squat, H-R Merkin, Freddy Mercury & Groiner (yes – GROINER) x 15? IC

Run back down the stairs at Tartarus’ south end (does that mean his backside?) and over to the benches and ramp at front entrance of CCHS.  Partner up for 3 rounds of Box Jump Burpees while the other partner bear crawls the ramp and lunge walks the sidewalk.  Flapjack with partner.  Snuka, RT, Runstopper & Haze appreciated the shortish benches we used for the burpees.  You’re welcome.

We then ran to the picnic tables outside the cafeteria for 3 rounds of the following:

One-legged squat R x 10, One-legged squat L x 10, Incline Merkin x 10

Chelms must have come by earlier to turn on the patio lights, as they were on for perhaps the first time ever for Centurion.  Semi-Gloss and Puddin’ finished early or didn’t do the called exercises (likely the latter); and they refuseniked the call to plank up when finished…..I love you guys.

We then ran down and around to Little Avenue and over to the Natatorium lot, at the bottom of which were some plates for some hairburners.  On the way over, Drago asked my nickname.  Appreciate that the War Baby 20-year old forgot a name…makes me feel better about forgetting other pax names.  That being said, I did get 24 of the 28 pax names without having to go to the recording….85% ain’t bad.

Anyhoo, the hairburner portion of the workout was a bit of a cluster.  #cobains  28 pax and only 6 plates was not ideal.  But each pax burned some hair a couple times and did some burpees…..though there was a lot of standing around, pretty sure it was SG, Puddin’ again…among others.

We then made our way back to the launch lot for 7.36 minutes of Mary…..might have been more – Mermaid was very helpful in giving me the 30 second warning….I actually brought my watch to Q today #miracle

We did Makthar N’Djayie’s (of course!), American Hammers, Slow Flutters, LBCs, Dolly’s, Dancing Chilcutts all to 13 IC except the Chilcutts – I was hurting.  Oh, and we also did IW’s at the end, and I’m not afraid to admit they were considerably more laborious after all the hip flexor Mary we did.  Anyone else?….  Liars.

We renamed the pax formerly known as M____ Wood to Bottle Rocket because we needed to rename him.  T-claps to Bottle Rocket for posting 3 times in his first week at The Big House, The Maul & Centurion!

Did I mention Chelms was a no show?  So was Udder, and he wasn’t even scheduled to Q.  Crabcake was an FNG to Centurion – many happy returns brother….though noticed you did not bring your Porsche?  Was that due to the fact that Voodoo & Checkpoint were once held up at gunpoint at Centurion while stepping out of their nice automobiles?

Puddin’ was back at Centurion for the first time in a couple years; sorry you didn’t more well-acquainted with Tartarus.  You will if you come back.

Speaking of Tartarus….who picked up the quarter this morning?  Give it to Frehley’s for the Fishin’ Hole fund for the old & decrepit.

As for those VFD’s who park their vehicles “a$$ in” – I think Marconi may start doing so.  Our respectful brother got hit backing out of The Stand (3rd F) today at Panera….sorry brother.

I have no idea how far we went….not very far…less than 2 miles.  Did I mention Centurion is a bootcamp workout?

And thanks also to Puddin’ for a great takeout for the pax.

Love Q’ing the pax at Centurion.  I purposely hop (see what I did there?) around AO’s all the time, but Centurion is my go-to workout.  Thanks to Margo & Udder for Q’ing me up.

And I leave you Bootcampers with this thought:  Is there someone you know who needs F3?  If a name or two doesn’t immediately come to mind – then give it some thought and perhaps some prayer.  Let’s give away what we’ve found, aye?!  Thankful for you fellas.


I got your script right here!

15 pax posted for a heavyish light day at RockZero on Saturday morning.  No SF?  Disappointing.  Where are the long lost SF’s from Day Zero and The Rock?  I think Haze uses the the Day Zero one as a comforter.

Anyhoo….onto The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

Some rambling commentary along with some of what we did at RockZero 2 days ago.  In addition to wearing out my welcome as Q by not following the “Light” script, I’m also woefully late with this backblast.  #cobains

Think we were supposed to cover 3 miles.  We didn’t.  In fact, McGee asked if we could run a bit more at the very end because someone’s Strava/MapMyRun/Garmin showed just shy of 2 miles…so we ran some more…though several did not.

Anyway, that was at the end of the downpainment.  We started with COP over near 51 with some slow squats, H-R merkins, rockhoppers (yep – you read that right – rockhoppers), flutters and perhaps something else, all IC of course.

Mosey over to the rocks by the never-used entrance off 51 for some partner work.  P1 runs while P2 did the called exercise (flapjack, of course): overhead press, squat, thruster.  McGee chased the 2.0 youngsters Sledge and Nemo around #notsoyounganymore Put the toy rocks back and jog to the pavilion.

Peoples’ Chair with some overhead press and some other variations.  3 sets of Walthar N’Djaiye’s x 15 IC. One BTW with much mumblechatter and questionable form.

Jog over to the picnic tables near the kitty litter for 3 sets of 15 jump up’s or step up’s and 15 incline merkins OYO.  Despite YHC’s tutorial on correct form for step up’s or jump up’s – many of the pax continued to make the exercises wholly ineffectual.  #youcanleadahorse

Mosey down to kitty litter for some lunges, backwards lunges, bear crawls, broad jumps, and maybe one other?

Jog to the baseball field near the cemetery for some partner work with the rock: Old school sit-ups toe-to-toe with the rock alternating possession & one other partner rock ab exercise.

Jog back to the launch lot.

Sprint 50’ish yards down, 15 H-R merkins. Sprint back.  Did this two more times with CDD’s and H-R widearms as well.

6 MoM with something akin to: slow flutters, LBC’s, protractor.

Run a lap for those who don’t want to be fully Strava-shamed for going < 2 miles in an hour.

Other sundry observations:

Hoover did most of the workout with a ruck, adding yet another reason why I’m never leaving the Noruck team.  Hope he didn’t hurt his back though a ruck on Hoover is akin to many pax carrying a string-bag with a bag of pork rinds in it.

Flipper did a prerun with Hoover as well, and muttered something about never doing Brolympics again, lest he be gifted with a rename.

Nemo left early but not before dusting McGee on some of the running.  Witch Doctor was donning some smoke boots on some of the runs for sure.  Mighty Mite posted at RockZero – glad to have you with us brother, even if due to the fact that all SOB workouts were closed for Brolympaloosa.  Boerewors…is there any other more consistent pax at RockZero?

Hammer struggled with some math during protractor work…Saturday brain or Clemsonowledge???  Ductwork posted for a rare Saturday workout for him at RockZero.  Glad to have you out as well brother.

Crabcake took up 3 spots parking so to avoid the door dings….of course there are about 5,000 parking spots at RockZero.

And great to have Abba back in Area51 on a visit from Atlanta.  F3 Bangkok coming soon.

Shoe with a back-to-back Centurion, RockZero post — Tclaps!

And our other Respect – Marlin – put down another workmanlike downpainment.

There were probably announcements about races, runs, etc. – RunJenRun, SpeedForNeed, Olive’s Run, etc.  Check twitter, slack, facebook, newspapers, and group texts and emails from which you can never unsubscribe for more info.

Grateful for the takeout from Ductwork.

By the way, we did not do any burpees.  Was that off script as well Flipper?  Regardless, you’re welcome guys.

Quoth the Raven “Nevermore”.

9 Saturday morning fartsack forsakers mustered in the red glow of the Chick-Fil-A neon for another edition of Da Vinci.  We got to an even 10 when One Star joined us during COP over at the Salvador Dali Blakeney playground.

Kid Rock rejoined the F3 pax for the first time in 6’ish months, and brought FNG Rue Morgue.  T-claps on both accounts.  More on Rue Morgue, and the naming thereof, later.

The pax were fairly well disclaimed, and we launched.

The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

We jogged over to the playground at Blakeney, and YHC about ran the pax right into oncoming traffic after Chopper crossed on his own.  Bucky mercifully stopped short of running YHC over in the middle or Rea Road. Thought Chopper was Q-jacking right out of the gate.

COP went something like this:

IW x 15 IC

H-R Merkin x 15 IC

Slow Squat x 15 IC

High Flutter x 15 IC

Mosey to fountains and partner up for the following:

P1 runs down around the far fountain near BR while P2 does CDD’s. Flapjack.

P1 runs. P2 LBC’s. Flapjack.

P1 runs P2 Step-ups on wall. Flapjack.

P1 runs. P2 Derkins. Flapjack.

Jog over to another part of Blakeney for some Triple Nickel action.

5 jump squats, run up the stairs across the building, down the stairs, 5 burpees at bottom of those stairs.

Jog down Ardrey Kell, then take an unexpected U-turn to get to the rock piles.

Can’t remember exactly what we did, but I think the following:

13 Overhead press w/rock

10 Merkins

13 Tricep extension w/rock

13 Slow squats w/rock

13 Overhead press w/rock

Time to head back towards launch lot.

Stopped at a couple points for some Mary: Dolly & Makthar N’Djaiye

Also made a stop and did some Dancing Chilcutts x10 IC; Kid Rock was worried he might of torn the hernia mesh patch or something like that…or was he worried he might of untied his vas deferens #norefunds

Stopped again in front of Salsaritas for some American Hammers and Slow Flutters

Then we did Jack Webb’s up to 5 Merkins & 20 Overhead press and back down.

Back over to the fluorescent grandeur of Truett Cathey’s devising for some Freddy Mercury & Protractor.


COT with a tandem takeout from Scratch & Win and Damascus.

A few observations about this morning:

Our young FNG – Rue Morgue got after it quite well.  The former Queens lacrosse goalkeeper was EH’d by his boss Kid Rock.  He and fellow Queens goalkeeper (of the fütbol variety) Scratch & Win were having a bit of a Royals lovefest throughout the downpainment.  Rue Morgue (as in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”) also promises to post again at the Brolympics in 2 weeks at Weddington HS.  Sign up to compete and/or volunteer.  I heard Goonie & Pop Tart signed up to be kettlebell catchers.

Bucky and his former Bruno the Brown loving gridiron teammate One Star were both getting around DaVinci with authority as well. #glorydays

The Respect-worthy Chopper (WD), who played a version of Frogger in the first 3 minutes of the workout, did yeoman’s work, too, as did Damascus.

Leprechaun, one of the 4 Wessex Square residents that clowncar’d it with YHC, Lewinsky and Scratch & Win put in a full morning’s work despite recently recovering from the flu.

Lewinsky’s strong, and the 29-year old is getting stronger.  Also, T-claps as he and M. Lewinsky (the M. does not stand for Monica) found out today that they are having a little girl.  God is good.  Always.

Not sure if Rue Morgue or Lewinsky was WB, I suspect Rue Morgue.

Other announcements:

Brolympics Feb. 24th – Weddington HS

Father-Daughter dance at Ballantyne CC at some point this Spring – Damascus has details

Other stuff happening as well like Go Jen Go? or Run Jen Run? in early March.

Check one of the 47 channels on Slack or dust off your Twitter for more info

Mucho obligato to Fredo & Bucky for tapping me to Q.  Sorry for the detour on the way to the rock pile.  Hope everybody got their money’s worth.




John Adams and his friends come to Bagpipe

16 pax mustered for another Tuesday morning assault at Bagpipe.  Tagalong gave YHC not only the opportunity to Q but also let YHC plant the shovel flag.  A real shovel flag.  Somebody came in really late…methinks it was Cheddar, and off we went.

Ye Olde Moleskine & The Thang:

Actually, we didn’t launch until after the pax failed the first U.S. Presidential trivia question of the morning.  Question:  What 20th century President’s birthday is February 6th?  Can’t remember who answered nor what the answer was, but it was wrong.  Answer:  Ronald Reagan (of Tampico, IL #heartland).  So we did 7 H-R burpees OYO.

YHC threw out Presidential trivia questions throughout the downpainment.  Correct answer from any of the pax meant a reward of 3 H-R burpees.  Wrong answer “reward” was 7 H-R burpees.

We jogged to one of the lots in the bullring for COP.

13 slow jump squats IC

13 H-R merkins IC

13 Flutters IC

Next Trivia Question:  Who was the 16th President?  Somebody guessed incorrectly.  Answer: Abraham Lincoln (also from smalltown Illinois  #heartland).  7 H-R burpees OYO

Jog to the traffic circle with the orb, and the Raven affixed atop.  Plank on the curb and plank walk left while one of the pax AYG runs the opposite direction back to their spot in the circle.  Proceed thusly until all 16 pax ran; we reversed direction at some point meaning when YHC needed to switch.  We also did 10 merkins OYO at one point.

Next Trivia Question:

What famous American poet was born and died the same years as Abraham Lincoln?  YHC gave a slam dunk clue by pointing to the bird atop the statuary in the aforementioned traffic circle.  Not sure who – but some body nailed it.  3 H-R burpees OYO.

Mosey over to the sidewalk that encircles the small pond, and partner up for the following:

P1 AYG run around pond, P2 Freddy Mercury.  Flapjack.

P1 AYG run, P2 Widearm Merkins. Flapjack.

P1 AYG run, P2 Squats.  Flapjack.

Elbow plank and 13 Dancing Chilcutt’s IC

Mosey to the nearby hill below the lot for a little hill work.

But first another Trivia Question:  Prior to Ronald Reagan, who was the longest living U.S. President?  (not including living Presidents, as I think George H. W. Bush has now outlived his former running mate, but somebody should fact-check me on that).  Somebody guessed wrong.  Correct answer: John Adams (2nd President and first to occupy the White House…from Braintree, MA #nottheheartland).

Anyway, we ran up the hill AYG after 7 more H-R burpees & did 5 jump squats at the top.  Mosey back down.

Backwards bear crawl back up the hill & then 5 more jump squats.

Jog over to the fitness trail to the rock pile.

Next trivia question:  Was not entirely sure I was right on this one, but I fact-checked it and I was right.  Who was the only President to serve 2 non-consecutive terms?  Probably the toughest of the morning, and the pax did not come up with it.  Answer: Grover Cleveland (Grover Cleveland, the only President to ever serve nonconsecutive terms, was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States (1885-89) (1893-97).  7 more H-R burpees

We did 4 sets of 13 squat thrusts with rock overhead.

The other trivia question during the rock sets was:  Who are the 2 father-son President combinations.  This was the easiest of the morn, and several pax nailed it.  Answer: Adams (John and John Quincy) & Bush (George HW & George W).  3 H-R burpees

We then jogged to closest lot between fitness trail and the launch lot for some Mary.   Can’t remember exactly what we did, but I think the following:

Dolly x 13 IC

Slow flutter x 13 IC

Makthar N’Djaiye x 13 IC

Jog back to launch lot.

One last trivia question:  How many children did the Father of our Nation (George Washington) sire?

Someone nailed this one quickly.  Answer: Zero. 3 more H-R Burpees.


COT with the Swift Pax.  Name-o-rama and announcements with a takeout prayer from PJ asking for strength and courage.

Great work by the pax.  Good to have the 19 year-old Chunder back out, and he even partnered with the old man Q.  I like backwards bear crawls, but need to find shorter hills so we can repeat but YHC admittedly smoked himself…was planning on 3 sets of that.  You’re welcome fellas.

Always enjoy the camaraderie of the the Bagpipe pax.  Thanks for tapping me Tagalong, even if it is due to Ringer bailing on you.  #planb

Don’t forget to EH someone, and then keep EH’ing until they come.

CPR class on Saturday, Feb. 17th – see Madison for details, or Twitter and/or several Slack channels.

2nd or 3rd Brolympics coming soon at Weddington HS – see Wild Turkey for details or someone(s) else?

See you at DaVinci Saturday for more trivia — this time it will be sports trivia.



Time to Make the Donuts

Rumor has it that someone planted a shovel flag or VSF in the Episcopal church parking lot across Independence Park?  Either way, after 7 or 8 pax moseyed over to the launch lot from the aforementioned Episcopal church – 21 total Monday morning donut-makers set out for a DMZ-goes-to- Metro downpainment at the friendly confines of Ranger/Indy.

Here’s The Thang (or something like it) & Ye Olde Moleskine:

Jog to the baseball field next to ETES for a brief COP.  At this point, Bushwood said something to the effect that no one from Ranger had ever stepped foot on the baseball field.  #blazingatrail. He actually might have said no one at Ranger had ever stepped on a blade of grass?

We did 6-count burpees, Squats and a few IW’s IC to which Dock sounded the obligatory “wheelhouse” comment

Then off to the CPCC parking deck (forgot the nickname?) for some catch-me-if-you-can partner work — 10 H-R merkins while partner backward runs; 5 times each.

Apparently we stopped one level short of the roof according to Mutiny.  #cobains.

We did Dancing Chilcutts IC, everyone except Kirk, that is.  He apparently does nothing on his elbows…..

We then ran down the stairs, did a brief squat hold with some overhead press IC.

Next we ran over to Indy Park, through some more grass #ohthehumanity for some wall work

One-legged squats x 13 IC L & R

2 sets of 13 derkins OYO and 2 sets of 13 incline merkins OYO

Jog over to the kitty litter for some more partner work: P1 bear crawl down & lunge walk back while P2 does jump squats. Flapjack. 3x each

P1 crab walk down & backwards lunge walk back while P2 does Freddie Mercury. Flapjack. 3x each.

Jog over to ETES for some people’s chair with a few variations.  During the jog, Rock said something to the effect that this old school bootcamp stuff is really throwing guys for a loop…. #missionaccomplished

We then ran back to the launch lot for 6 MoM with flutters, Makthar N’Djaiye’s, protractor and something else I can’t remember.


Final thoughts:

We did the DMZ field trip to Metro (Ranger/Indy) so that our brother Bout Time could join us.  His son Jennings is at Hemby (Presby) Childrens Hospital for his 2nd round of chemotherapy to knockout this a$$hole named leukemia.  DMZ Site Q Aquafresh gave YHC his blessing to audible and launch from Independence Park so DMZ-regular Bout Time could join us.

The donut reference is due to the fact that Jennings woke up this morning when his dad was heading out, and Bout Time told him he was going out to get him a donut and would be back in a little while.  And Bout Time did, of course, run to get his sweet boy a donut after the workout.

For those reading this who are also inclined to pray, or perhaps even if you aren’t normally inclined to pray – I’ll leave you with this and challenge you to do exactly as the writer of Hebrews states on behalf of Bout Time, M. Bout Time and their entire family, most especially their little boy Jennings:

So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”



Moving at half the speed of smell…

Councilman & Site Q Dumpster Fire drove The Big House shovel flag into the ground, YHC disclaimed the Monday morning pax, and we headed to the nether regions of the AO to begin our week-starting downpainment.

The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

I’ll do this with random observations, some true and some fabricated, and sprinkle in what we actually did during the workout, though some of that maybe false as well, but not by design.  The last word of the backblast is the surest truth.

Scabby showed up well before 5:30 #noteworthy  Glad YHC wasn’t the last one to arrive, and I remembered my watch; so some early encouraging signs.

The Steele Creek mafia of Udder & Flipper were there, and they are planning to bring their brand of pain to a Steele Creek AO soon (Olympic HS) – stay tuned for details on launch & logistics.  T-claps fellas.

We ran to the back of the AO for COP and some wall work.  H-R merkins, Slow squats, plank work of various sorts, box jump burpees, Wall-tar N’Djayie’s, and some other stuff.  Count was in cadence for the most part and up to 17.  No idea why, though Flipper did point out it was the 18th, not the 17th….cobains.

We did some people’s chair with overhead press, too.  We then ran off campus for a short tour of the hamlet of Pineville.  Dumpster was the tour guide of sorts.  But first we stopped at his new office for some Mary.  Udder pointed out the distinct smell of beer, suggesting it was coming from Pintville and/or Kit’s Trackside….though it may have been coming from Dumpster’s desk in town hall?

We moseyed on towards the park, though we would never get there.  We did pass a Pinevillian’s domicile that was clearly in need of some septic attention…sweet mercy.  We did not return that way despite Udder’s suggestion #whatiswrongwithyou. Dumpster needs to bring this up at the next council meeting…I pity the fool who lights a match within 50 feet of that structure.  The pungency was so pronounced that on the way back, 2 or 3 blocks away, Flipper suggested we had run back by that home.

We did some partner work in a church parking lot…shades of Anvil though a tad smaller lot.

When we got back to the pokey, we circled up and the pax took turns leading 10 count IC Mary.  Cadence count needs some work, but we’ll get there fellas.  Apparently Private Benjamin’s call was as expected, though I can’t remember what he called.  I called Makthar N’Djaiye’s….of course.  We were in the grass, so you’re welcome gentlemen.

Really do love the privilege of Q’ing.  Hope it was worth more than the price of admission.  And I will say that The Big House is one of the best kept secrets in SOB/Area51.  Let’s not keep it secret.  Private and Dumpster said they are closed for business for the next two weeks – Christmas and New Year’s.   But keep your eyes out for convergence(s) on New Year’s.

And my final rumination has to do with the fact that I was WD this morning.  50% pain & 50% pride.  Alas, Snowflake was Q’ing DMZ, and I’m pretty old.  Just grateful to still be posting after six years of this life-changing fellowship in my life.

My prayer is that there will be a growing realization that Christmas was the earthly beginning of “The Great Rescue”.  There is good news and bad news at Christmas.  The bad news first: we are all in need of rescue.  The good news: the Rescuer came, and He’s still at work.  Emmanuel.


Refuseniks in the Mist

15 of Area 51’s heartiest lads suited up for another Friday edition of Kevlar…and then Joker arrived to make it an even 16.  YHC was woefully sleep deprived after watching the Cubs advance to their 3rd straight NLCS, so included that in the disclaimer and off we went.

The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

Jog over to the field hockey field for COP

IW x 20 IC

H-R Merkin x 20 IC

Slow Squat x 20 IC

Dancing Chilcutt x 13 IC

Slow Flutter x 20 IC


Partner up for alternating AYG runs across the field by one partner while the other does the following exercises…flapjack:

Carolina Dry Docks x 2

Jump Squats x 2

Alternating Lunges x 2

Jog to the main church building between the outdoor staircases.

Partner 1 runs up/down the stairs while partner 2 does following exercises…flapjack:

Jump Ups

Incline Merkins

One-legged squat L

One-legged squat R

Mosey over to some other sets of benches for 10 box jump burpees.  12 of us did those while Spackler, Bulldog, BLC and Joker (I think?) stood around and talked. #unnecessarymodification

Spackler, true to form, did about 44% of the called exercises or exercises of his own choosing.

The pax then jogged back to the small field near the launch lot for 12 or 13 minutes of Mary, including but not limited to the following x 13 IC

LBC, American Hammer, Barishnokov, 6-count burpee, Protractor, Makhthar N’Djaiye, Slow Dolly

We finished with a bear crawl the length of the field with 13 H-R Merkins at the other end, and so not to offend anyone’s sense of protocol — we finished with 13 SSH’s.


COT with a great takeout from the Greatest Criminal Mind.

A couple random observations:

  • Pretty sure Joker shat himself a couple of times.
  • Rhapsody and Fletch could have lapped the other 7 partner pairs many times and may have done so.
  • An attempted coup to rename BLC was thwarted by YHC…Big League Chew, and its derivation, is one of the finest nicknames in all of F3.
  • The Cubs won the NLDS
  • Horsehead did Cumberland County Viaducts for large portions of the workout…he loves them so.


Please be in prayer for The Shore and his family as his son Nathan has run away from home and been missing for 4+ days.  May God be merciful and gracious in every way in this situation.

Charity 5K at Kevlar/Skunkworks AO site on Saturday, Nov. 4th at 8am.  Connect with Madison or Tackling Dummy for more information.


What time is it?

YHC pulled up and several pax were in their cars as if it was winter and 20 degrees. Eventually, they emerged from their “fartmobiles” as Horsehead calls them; 29 pax mustered (thought it was 28, but I counted 29…might have been 30?).  YHC gave a barely adequate disclaimer under the watchful ears of A51 Nantan Mermaid, and 29 converged Anvil & DV pax launched a humpday assault.

The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

We did several things, some of which I’ll accurately describe below.  Most of the pax did most of the exercises…but some pax were their usual refusenik selves.  It is always interesting to hear the talkative DV pax during the downpainment.  They’ve got a lot to say, so please sound off on this backblast with ruminations and recollections of this morning’s proceedings.

Run down & around to one of the oversized lots that are used once per week for a few hours (and for aspiring drivers like YHC’s 2.0 who now has permit #stayoffthesidewalks).

Did a number of things x13 (YHC’s favorite #) IC

Slow Jump Squat, CDD, H-R Merkin, Slow Flutter, 6-count burpee, perhaps something else?

YHC then handed off to Header

We ran back to the launch lot, broke into groups of 3 and did 2 or 3 rounds of Dips, Hairburners and Down/Back runs.

Then  we Indian Ran? in groups of 3 over to the rock pile.  Everyone then grabbed a “running rock”, and we did alternating 15 reps of curls & tricep extension at each speed bump along the western road at Anvil.  YHC grabbed probably the smallest rock because running with rocks is just offense Header.  Alf told me I was out front only because of my small rock…darn skippy!

Lorax was setting pace, as usual.  Mermaid was conserving energy for his fishing trip.  Rachel & Lobsta must have been injured, and the young ‘uns like LaRonda, Jock Strap, Sweeney Todd & Dollywood must have been modifying as they were not out front. #modifyonlywhennecessary

Header then handed it back to YHC to finish things up.

Tried to do some squat hold overhead press, but the Calvary preschool staff was coming through so we moseyed to a nearby lot for some Mary and core work and such.  Pretty sure we did the following, finishing with Cumberland County Viaducts at Horsehead’s request.

American Hammer, Flutter, Alt. Shoulder Tap while in Plank (somebody please name this!), a bit of protractor work, and something else maybe?

AYG run back to the launch lot with lots of pax mailing it in as no one passed the old & slow Q.


Count off. Namearama. COT.

Thanks to Lorax for taking us out in prayer.


F3 Golf – Friday, Oct. 27th.  Please sign up so we can raise money and give this thing we all value to other cities/states.  And we all work plenty, take a Friday afternoon off in the fall…you’ll be glad you did.

SFN race in B-tyne on Sept. 30th – Isabella Santos 5K/10K.  Sign up – awesome to see SFN in action, and Tolkien will market the $#!1 out of you if you don’t.

Grateful for all you jokers.  This brotherhood is a blessing to me, and I know it is too many others.

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”  Proverbs 17:17