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May I help you ma’am? Please.

The pax arrived in a timely fashion this morning and mustered for another humpday edition of Anvil.  No SF, but YHC did remember to wear his watch…though Mermaid still gave me a 3-minute warning as we were in the middle of 6 MoM.  Much obliged.

Anyway, we launched at exactly 0530 and ran around the church to the entrance to the gym building for COP.  Somewhat strangely, some lady was trying to get in the building and was knocking on some windows as well.  Ever the gentleman, Mermaid took a break from COP and walked over to offer his assistance.  Someone ultimately let her in the building, and YHC felt it better to continue COP elsewhere, but we would return towards the end of the downpainment.

COP consisted of some slow squats, H-R merkins, Knee Up’s, IW’s, 6-count burpees and the like…to 15 IC, I think.  Runstopper doesn’t like the 6-count burpee.  Far too slow for him…great equalizer for YHC, and a form policeman of sorts…as are the H-R merkins.

The pax then jogged to the pitch for some 7’s (not Jacob’s Ladder as Purple Haze rightly corrected when YHC mentioned they were synonymous).  Jump squats at the bottom of the hill (with 3 foot tall grass, by the way) and CDD’s at the top.

Mosey over to the pavilion for some People’s Chair with two sets of Overhead Press x25 IC & x15 IC.  The pax also flawless performed 3 BTW’s.  No injuries to report.

We then jogged over to the kitty litter for 3 sets of 15 Donkey Kicks & 15 Squats OYO.  Only 12 swings for the donkey kick’s.  Snowflake availed himself of the short-kid tire swing suspended from 3 chains….more of a goat kick than donkey kick for him…or something like that.  No injury to report there either.

We then moseyed to the rock pile along the road near one of the ball fields.  Partner up with one rock per pair.  A lifting rock.

The pax struggled with the partner up call.  YHC called P1 to do overhead press with the rock while P2 runs down/back to the far light pole.  Only 5 pax ran the first time.  One unwritten rule of F3 is that with an odd number of pax, the Q is the odd man out.  But apparently, Pro & Ickey didn’t want to partner.  It worked out well though as Ickey was apparently modifying or refuseniking, and did no running whatsoever.  Did two sets of overhead press, tricep extension & thrusters.

Redeposit rocks and run back to the gym entrance for 3 sets of 5 downhill H-R merkins on the turf hill semicircle with backwards bear crawl up the hill.  Rather unsavory.  At this point, one of the pax said he thought 2 cats were watching us from a 2nd floor window in the building.  WTH?  Perhaps it was the two ladies who watched a bit of COP?  Odd…on all levels.

We than ran back towards the launch lot where YHC called the pax to plank around the traffic circle with the flower bed in the middle.  At this point, Hopper? or Tagalong? said there were fire ants everywhere, so we didn’t do what YHC had in mind.  Next time. #cobains

Back to the launch lot for 6 MoM:

Flutter x 13 IC

Makthar N’Djaiye x 10 IC

Cumberland County Viaduct x13R IC & x13L IC

American Hammer x 13 IC

At this point, Haze said we’d gone 1.85 miles…sufficient for a bootcamp; but YHC wanted to hit 2 miles…not sure why?  Anyway, we ran down/back the full launch lot with Ickey & Purell out front..and Nemo as I recall.  Reports varied from 1.92 to 2.02 as per Purell.  So we opted for Purell’s tally even though he probably ran more than the rest of us somehow.  Probably got in an extra 100m dash or some such while waiting on the six….which is to say the rest of us.

That’s it for the workout.

Announcements and a great takeout prayer from Haze.



Beer Run (in Southend) – Sat., Aug. 18th – see Slack, Twitter and/or Gummy or Tuck for more info.  It will be fun.  Not to be confused with the beer mile!

Prayers continue for Bout Time and family.  Jennings is home but mold in the home, so they had to move in with family until that’s taken care of.  God is faithful.  Always.  Oops is not in his vocabulary.

Pro asked for prayers for a young little girl named Charlotte who’s facing a scary health condition.  Please read about she and her family at the below link.  Again – God is faithful.  Always.  Oops is not in his vocabulary.


Heavy Going

Posting this on behalf of Bulldog who’s not bothered to get properly credentialed with the F3 South Charlotte IT czars.  I’m sure he meant to do it late last week but was still smarting from Croatia’s handling of Three Lions on Wednesday.
Pax list not included….but there were 18’ish apparently…I was not there.
Warm up – SSH, IW, etc
Partner up and grab KB
Mosey to track and drop off KB at lot.
Track – jog 3/4 and sprint 1/4
jog 1/2 and sprint 1/2
jog 1/4 and sprint 3/4
sprint entire lap
Jog back to parking lot.
1) Partner 1 overhead KB presses while partner runs to first median. Flap Jack. Repeat 2nd median and 3rd median.
2) Same as above with tea bag squats
3) Same as above with bicep curls
4) Same as above with upright rows
5) Same as above with KB Merkins
Mosey back to parking lot.
Jack Webb up to 7 merkins and 28 LBC’s
5 pax made the questionable decision to show up for some pre KB action lead by Bananas (including 2 Twitchers Fletch and Purell).
Little did they know that KB’s would be among their debut at Hawk’s Nest today for a combo of cardio and lifting some iron.
After warming up we hit the track for a quick 4 laps knocking out a mile in the first 10 mins or so. A few groans were heard when YHC called for the final 400m full sprint with Doc McStuffins leading the charge.
This got the sweat pouring as we headed to the KB’s which ended up liked greased watermelons with all the drippage. The partner suicide combos were brutal but the lads dug in and hopefully you ended up with a lighter bell than Beaver’s 45 pounder! Major respect to Beaver by the way for bouncing back from a broken hip and getting back at it.
After gathering the sweaty bells we headed back to the start with 4 minutes to spare. Just in time for some good old Jack Webb much to Fireman Ed’s delight!
Thanks for allowing me to lead! Have a great week.
Bulldog 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
p.s.  Scratch & Win on Q next week.

Who’s in charge here?!

20 pax assembled, including 4.2 pax who did a pre-KB workout and Hollywood who partially fartsacked and missed the Fast Twitch launch.  Glad you men joined us at another edition of Hawk’s Nest.  No SF yet, but YHC is working on it, which is to say I’m trying to commandeer someone to make one for this AO that is fast becoming an Area 51 favorite (bias intended).

The Pre-KB will hopefully be a regular thing; and even the Fast Twitch co-site Q’s Rachel & Purell joined us for 15 minutes.

So the first interesting thing to happen this morning was that our scheduled workout Q was nowhere to be found.

So YHC circled the pax at 5:31.  #cobains Mermaid for the late launch and the anemic disclaimer.  We did some IW’s as YHC’s back was tight from the KB’s…Busch promised they would loosen the back!  We then did some H-R merkins.

Below is the rest of The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

We jogged over to the lot where we launched Hawk’s Nest/Fast Twitch for one day when the construction got all up in our normal business…thinking our absentee Q might have parked there as that one day was the only day he’s posted at Hawk’s Nest.  Alas, he’s fully AWOL and/or fartsacking.  So we partnered up and P1 ran a sneaky painful hilly loop around the lot while P2 did CDD’s.  Flapjack.  Repeato with squats and with flutters.

Mosey over towards the gym but doing a 60 yard? stretch of alterating bear crawls and lunge walks down one of the outdoor corridors.  Reasonably sure Puddin’ did neither the bear crawls nor the lunges. #DBP. Semi-Gloss was up to the same task.

We made our way over to the front of the gym and did 15 double squat step-up’s and 15 Incline Merkins.  Only HIPAA joined me at the high wall….hope Hopper, among others, skinned your knees doing step up’s on the low walled hawk statue.  Just kidding…sort of.

T-claps to our WD Beaver for posting and getting back in the gloom after breaking his hip nearly a year ago #oldmantough

We then made our way to the bridge for some people’s chair and overhead presses…mainly so YHC could think up some other parts of the on-the-fly Weinke.  Shockingly, Spackler shared with YHC how to make people’s chair easier when on one-leg…#professionalmodifier  Congrats on starting the new job today brother – let’s tee it up Friday, shall we?!

We then jogged past the chlorine sauna (aka Swim MAC) and made our way up to the lacrosse field….but one of the Latin staff was setting up something on the field so we continued on to Buttermaker’s for some more work.  Somebody pointed out a boat tucked just on the shore of Lake Latin as we jogged to the far end of the AO…we’ll make use of that some day…or not.

At Buttermaker’s we did some baseball position number theme work (even though it’s a softball field and they probably use 4 or 5 outfielders and facemarks for the infielders – WTH?).  9 H-R merkins in RF, 8 in CF, 7 in LF, 6 at SS, 5 at 3B, 4 at 2B, 3 at 1B, another 3 (for C and P combined as we didn’t want to mess up the groomed MLB quality infield dirt).  Billy Goat and likely several others had no grass nor dew on their shirts, so they obviously modified to some kind of Chelms-like Carolina Dry Merkin.

Schmedium was thankful we didn’t do 100+ burpees like they did at Matrix yesterday.  I wasn’t planning any, but Doc took over the Q at the 0600 mark, and would add some burpees on the track during what he called Ring-of-Fire.

Didn’t hear much from Thunder Road but the man posts 8 or 9 days a week, so he’s got enough on his plate without adding to it.  Speaking of not hearing much – I didn’t hear a lot from Busch either.  Perhaps he smoked himself a bit when Q’ing the pre-KB…probably not.  YHC is old and doesn’t hear well.

Gummy was also a bit quieter than normal though did make the call of “we should probably head back” at about 6:04.

Can’t remember exactly what Doc called except some modified Jack Webb (using 4 MC’s rather than overhead press with the Merkins)….and I pert near fell out during those.

Deep Dish is becoming a regular member of the pax after recovering from a winter shoulder injury incurred while lifting indoors with fake ferns and towel service.  Glad you’re back out in the gloom.  Stay outside.

Bulldog left at 6:08 before the Ring O’ Fire – which was also pretty awful.  To his credit, he did the pre-KB, so he got in 53 minutes of downpainment.  And he had to get home to start preparing for Three Lions’ WC semi-final match….which is tomorrow at 2pm.

Bananas acquitted himself nicely after not posting at F3 in a couple months…the pre-KB’s were especially unkind to you my friend.

We did some Mary here-and-there and some dips on the bridge at Lake Latin… and perhaps another couple things; but that’s enough.

COT with Busch taking us out in prayer.

One more thing – the Fast Twitch pax was about 10 minutes late for COT…something about getting lost in Busch & Schmedium’s neighborhood….though PopTart (aka Tackleberry) somehow made back in time?

Enjoyed it fellas.  Sorry for the impromptu Q, but hope you got your money’s worth this morning.  Keep EH’ing men.  You know lots of guys who need this.  And be especially alert to those guys who don’t know they need it.

See you knuckleheads again soon in the gloom.



What’s that smell?

Goonie planted the SF well before YHC arrived..veteran site Q.  12 pax were disclaimed, and we launched..circling back in the parking lot for late-arriving Bugeater.  Not to be outdone, Floor Slapper wrested the LIFO claim from Bug’s hands a few minutes into COP.  Goonie retrieved him (another veteran site Q move) and met us at Davie Park.

Ye Olde Moleskine & some of the Thang:


H-R Merkin x 10 IC

Slow Squat x 15 IC

Flutter x 15 IC

IW x 15 IC

Head down 51 to Davie Park.

Line up on the field for some high knees & lunge walks – 80’ish yards.

Mosey over to the parking lot & partner up.  Size, speed, age, IQ were of no consequence in choosing a partner.

P1 Carolina Dry Docks while P2 runs to park gate and back.  Flapjack.

P1 Freddie Mercury’s. P2 to gate and back. Flapjack,

P1 Jump Squats.  P2 to gate and back.  Flapjack.

My partner Stay Puft was getting after it – a very “respectful” effort today…as was that of our WD Boomer who re-EH’d his long lost son-in-law Far Side.  Far Side still looks to be one of the fittest pax in all of Area 51. Some guys just have it.  Kotters to you and Boomer….and why don’t you make this F3 thing a habit again?!

Jet Fuel was up front much of the morning, and rightly asked YHC why I no-showed after convincing him to post at Hawk’s Nest last Tuesday.  Wasn’t feeling well.  Speaking of not feeling well – Bugeater torched the Davie Park woods with shrapnel during the partner work.  Get up 10 minutes earlier, drink black coffee.  #cobains for not being on campus, thus, Gloss’ office was not in play for you.

Costanza is a constant at Base Camp, and always puts in a yeoman’s effort as evidenced during the work on the playground which consisted of incline merkins, step up’s & double squat step up’s.  Don’t remember how many we did, but it felt like a lot.

Thunder Road, not often heard but always seen all over Area 51 putting in 4-5 downpainments per week.  T-claps brother!

Moseyed back to the field for some karaoke and then back to the COP lot at the Kindercare or Somesuch? Daycare.  Did some plank work there including the obligatory Southern Gentleman & Yankee Aggressor. What was not obligatory, nor welcomed, was Goonie’s 37 second 10-count while we were at 6 inch hold.  Thank you very little. #notveteransiteQ

Pele, YHC’s backdoor neighbor, put in a strong morning’s work as well.  Sorry for not Q’ing up the clown car for you and Bug….but glad Bug drove separately….mercy!

Thumper was leading the pack in the partner work, and he’s definitely ready to post 4+ days a week.  See you at Hawk’s Nest tomorrow.

Sardine and Slumdog were right there with the rest of the pax all morning, too.  Great work men.

We finished with 6 MoM in front of SCMS including the following in cadence to 13….of course:

Makthar N’Djayie, American Hammer, Full Slow Flutter, Rosalita

…not quite finished so over to Gloss’ Office for some People’s Chair w/overhead press and a BTW for good measure. Always good to remind the pax of the disclaimer when calling BTW’s…so YHC did so.  Mermaid would have been proud.

We finished with 6 Count Burpees x 5 IC

Some of the pax asked what’s a 6-Count Burpee?  Well…it’s a burpee with correct form.  Do them IC, and you virtually exterminate all the flying squirrels.  You’re welcome.



Always thankful to be asked to Q the pax at any AO.  Much obliged Goonie.  Sorry I forgot the CCV’s.  When are you going to Q for the pax at Hawk’s Nest?

Good crew this morning.  Great to meet some new guys and see some old friends.  Keep EH’ing your friends, neighbors, etc.  Men need this, especially those that don’t know they need it.  Aye?!

Gummy on Q next week at Base Camp – you should post if only for the unparalleled mumblechatter when Gummy’s among the pax.

Iron sharpens iron,
So one man sharpens another.  Proverbs 27:17




‘Cause I’m mighty proud of that ragged old flag

“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”

Noodling is a Dangerous Craft

Noodling is fishing for catfish using one’s bare hands, and is practiced primarily in the southern United States. The noodler places their hand inside a discovered catfish hole. Many other names are used in different regions for the same activity.

The term noodling, although today used primarily towards the capture of flathead catfish, can and has been applied to all hand fishing methods, regardless of the method or species of fish sought. Where the name noodling originated is not actually known, but the name is not at all illustrative of the dangerous craft.[1] Noodling as a term has also been applied to various unconventional methods of fishing, such as any which do not use bait, rod and reel, speargun, etc., but this usage is much less common.

Due to concerns over the safety of noodlers and sustainability of fish populations, the technique is illegal in some states where it was once traditionally practiced. As of 2002, it was legal in some form in twelve states, sometimes with restrictions on the species or sizes of fish, and on the specific methods that may be employed: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,[2] Maryland,[3] Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.[4] It has since been legalized in Texas.[5]


So the above is from Wikipedia…unsubstantiated or unverified of course.  Good news is noodling is still legal in North Carolina.  A couple of things that took place this morning, however, should be illegal..but we’ll get to that in a minute.

9 not so grumpy men mustered for the first ever June edition of The Fishing Hole.  6 Respects, 1 that is perilously close, and 2 young’uns.  Quick disclaimer for the veteran pax, and off we went.

The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

Note: All exercises called were to 13 IC or OYO, except for the Moroccan Night Club

Jog over to Tartarus, enter at middle stairway

Escalating COP:

Up one ramp – H-R merkins, Slow Squat, Slow Flutter (Chopper tried to give this one an unsavory name…nothin’ doing)

Up next ramp – CDD’s, Standing Lunges (Q fail on the cadence count, but righted the ship eventually on the restart), Freddy Mercury’s

Up next ramp – 6-count burpees

Down the stairs to the ground level, and over to the wall for the following:

Peoples chair w/overhead press and Frankenstein’s

Walthar N’Djayie’s – 2 sets (Frehley nearly had to activate his dental plan on these)

Donkey Kicks – 2 sets

Jog to the benches near the main entrance to the school for the following:

Double squat step up’s – 2 sets

Shoulder Tappers – 1 set

Dancing Chilcutts – 1 set

Mosey over to the walled shrine to the Sisters of Mercy for the following:

(Note: Shoe asked the pax to look for the Hubbard family brick that helped pave the shrine…alas, we did not find it)

Incline Wall Walkers Left with 3 wide arm merkins in between each of the 4 walls.  Repeato but 2nd time to the right.

Seal Jacks

Jog back to launch lot for 10 1/2 MoM


Morrocan Night Club x 45 IC (ask someone who was there; these came courtesy of our NoCoTope brothers, namely Swing State).  Why 45?  YHC’s age and my 2nd favorite number, after 13 obviously.

High Flutters

American Hammers

Protractor – each pax called a degree, and we held for a 13 count…of course.

Chopper and Frehley’s exploits during the Mary session were reminiscent of the campfire scene in blazing saddles….sweet mercy!  We actually moved the circle about 10-12 feet, but unfortunately Frehley moved as well.

COT w/takeout prayer by Snowflake (Snowflake was going for the Teacher’s Pet award today calling out 13 degrees in the protractor…appreciate it brother).  Strong work by all the pax.  YHC keeps hoping for his first ever War Baby status in 6+ years of F3….but the last two times at The Fishing Hole, 43 year-old Cadillac steals that title from me!  Chopper was WD, by the way.

Not really any announcements but more importantly – continue to pray for Jennings Palmer (Bout Time’s 3 year-old son fighting cancer) and for Kevin O’Donnell (Utah’s father/Hightower’s grandfather) who is in hospice care.

One other thing: Don’t think I’ve ever put this in writing but 2 reasons why I often choose 13 for the count when I’m on Q.  #1: My mom’s birthday was the 13th of April. Long story but God used her life & death at age 54 to rescue me.  I’d love to share more about this if anyone’s interested.  And #2: Most of you know I am a follower of Christ.  In my Twitter “bio” – I describe it as a “follower of the Way”.  “The Way” was how the early followers (meaning right after Jesus’ death/resurrection/ascension) were referred to.  The 13 significance here is that I feel that anyone after “The Twelve” (meaning the original 12 disciples) is “next” if you will.  Next in the sense of continuing to share the good news.  Sharing the hope.




“We will learn to use our voices with authority!”

Still waiting on the Hawk’s Nest shovel flag….clowncar’d it with Lewinsky & Leprechaun, arrived on time which was nice.  21 pax, including one FNG – “Hightower”, mustered for a Tuesday downpainment at one of Area 51’s best AO’s; even if the Q/Site Q still isn’t familiar with all it has to offer. More on that later.  A fairly weak disclaimer (#cobains Mermaid) was given, and the pax launched into the gloom.

the Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

We jogged through the Latin Labyrinth of porticoes, covered sidewalks, ill-placed walls, etc. and made our way in front of the gym for COT

Low Slow Squat x 15 IC (might have been 20 IC, but already can’t remember)

IW x 15 IC

Slow Flutter x 15 IC

H-R Merkin x 15 IC (pretty sure Gummy was already complaining at this point)

Rockhopper x 15 IC

There was some mumblechatter about no SSH’s.  That was not an inadvertent omission men.  They’re terrible for you.

Jog down to one of the front lots near Providence entrance.

Lunge walk 30 yards, Burpee Broad Jump 40 yards

Jog over to the new field hockey (I think?) turf field.  Split into 5 groups.

One group runs perimeter of field with 5 Carolina Dry Docks at each corner while the other 4 groups do a smorgasbord of plankorama, Al Gore’s w/overhead press, Mary, etc.  Much mumblechatter about this is going to be a lot of plank work.  What they were really saying is: “Where is my 3+ mile bootcamp with way too many bad form merkins?!!!  We got through that with Bulldog leading the final group while YHC ran the CDD circuit.  By the way, be sure to wash all the carcinogenic astroturf pellets off fully.

At this point, we ran over to what I thought would be the high terraced wall & steps outside the auditorium.  Despite my 2nd Q at Hawk’s Nest and the fact that I’m a site Q as well….I couldn’t find that particular building.  Drat.  So we found some walls and did Walthar N’Djaye’s x 13 IC.  We then did some People’s Chair, except for Bulldog, Thunder Road and a few others who either were refuseniking fully or too lazy to find an adequate wall?

Dollywood & Hollywood.  Just wanted to say both those nicknames in succession.  Try it.  It’s fun.  And they were both part of the pax this morning…both in really good shape, too.

Another observation: the # of Clemson alums among the pax seems to be increasing or perhaps Hawk’s Nest is becoming somewhat of a fan club meeting every Tuesday morning.  Not only do they seem to post  as a group, they all seem to wear orange….a lot.  Today’s Clempson orange-wearing pax were: Busch, Lewinsky, Revlon (full Tiger paw).  Marge & Gummy were more understated in their allegiance.  That’s a lot of Clemson “nowledge” in the gloom, some might say too much…

Ok, what else did we do?  Did I mention the Q got lost?  So we moseyed to the “middle school”/”recess” field for some work. Incidentally, I think this is the field where our hosts thought we would do all of our workouts, in their entirety.  Negative.

We did some down & back AYG runs with H-R merkins, CDDs, Jump Squats & LBC’s at the far end.  We then did 10’ish minutes of Mary, finishing with 13 6-count burpees in the parking lot.

We did a lot of plank work throughout the morning’s downpainment.  Good form plank work is some of the best exercise you can do.  You can thank me later.

Some other sundry obervations before I list a couple announcements and prayers lifted this morning:

  • Dollywood was sporting the Albert Pujols Angels jersey…solid though he was clearly embittered with Pujols’ less-than-memorable stint in Anaheim.
  • Gummy’s mumblechatter never gets old…and I seemingly respond to every question he throws out whether they be his acid-laced sarcasm or sincere questions borne out of fatigue or frustration with the wandering site Q
  • Hightower was named by 9:30pm last night when Mermaid gave me some intel.  Former college football player now entering the police academy.  For those of you who don’t know the Hightower character from the original “Police Academy” – you owe it to yourself to google it….especially the young pax like Hightower himself.  He’d never heard of Hightower or Police Academy.  #shameful
  • Utah is Hightower’s uncle…but not a former college footballer nor policeman, but he probably does know “Police Academy”
  • Puddin’ Pop did not reactivate the necessity for the disclaimer & waiver…it was pretty much light by 5:50ish, thus, none of the aforementioned ill-placed walls got the better of him
  • HIPAA can rival Gummy for wittiest pax member.  Listen carefully to his mumblechatter next time you post with him…it’s worth your while.

Love Q’ing the pax.  I’ll do better next time….but you loved the burpee broad jumps and Walthar N’Djaiye’s…plenty more where that came from.

Announcements & prayer concerns:

Sat., May 26th – 7am Area51 & SOB (DaVinci, for sure) Memorial Day convergence at RockZero (Calvary Church) — Q’ed by Purple Haze and Rachel (Marine veteran).  Be there – the best convergence workout of the year.

Mon., May 28th – Patriots Day Festival in SouthPark.  Charlotte F3 convergence workout (NoCoTope, Fort Mill/Rock Hill, Metro, A51, SOB, UC, Gastonia, etc, etc) followed by 5K with 8 SpeedForNeed chariots carrying veterans.

Continue to pray for: Utah’s father to heal & Jennings (Bout Time’s 3 year old son) battle with cancer

Thanks to Haze for taking us out in prayer and giving thanks for the friendship that exists among the pax.  I’m thankful for you men.  This fellowship is a gift that I didn’t even know I needed until it found me.

“Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.’… It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision it is then that Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude.”   – C.S. Lewis in “The Four Love”


Less than 2 miles? What is this?!

Wherefore art thou Shovel Flag?  Under the somewhat approving eyes of our N’antan – YHC delivered an average disclaimer and 16 men launched into the humpday gloom at Anvil.  Runstopper fully secured the morning’s LIFO title and joined us as we circled around for him.

The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

The pax ran over to the front of the gym building for COP and did the following:

Slow squat x 20 IC

Imperial Walker x 20 IC; Had to remind some of the pax to match my cadence count; if I were naming names I would list Snuka as one of the offenders….

Slow flutter x 20 IC

Carolina Dry Dock x 20 IC

Mosey to the adjacent lot nearest Rt. 51.  Partner Up.

YHC, as is the fate of all Q’s, was without a partner with the odd #, so partnered up with the diminutive duo of fellowship runners – Turkey Leg & Purple Haze.  Both can run quite well; however, while YHC did called exercises they moseyed about 40-50 yards behind the rest of the pax.  Some partners!

P1 runs 72 yards down & back while P2 did called exercise.  Flapjack.  Called exercises were:

H-R Merkins (Had to explain H-R Merkins to Leprechaun; he was doing something akin to exploding merkins.  He was very coachable.)


Jump Squats

Plank hold

Jog over to the pavilion for some people’s chair variations including overhead press and 2 BTW’s and 10 burpees OYO mixed in.

YHC, underscoring the importance of the disclaimer, lost footing on one of the chairs and shredded my left forearm on the pumice stone.  #doasisaynotasido

We then headed around the building to the picnic tables in the hotbox for the following:

Double squat step-up’s x 20; Military Press Incline Merkin x20; Repeato but with 15 reps of each, then 10

Run over to the rockpile for the following:

Overhead press x 13 IC

Teabag squat x 13 IC

Thruster x 13 IC

Run back to launch lot.

6 MoM, including the following…I think:

Freddy Mercury x 13 IC

Shoulder Tap Plank x 13 IC

LBC (with a form tutorial, Champagne would have been so proud) x 13 IC

American Hammer x 13 IC

6-count burpee x 10 IC

Flutter x 13 IC


COT with takeout prayer from Hammer.  A brief prayer but directly from Psalm 19:14- “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Sundry Observations:

YHC had his feelings hurt when the neighborhood clown car of Lewinsky, Leprechaun and Bugeater failed to extend the invite.

Curd, Smoky Mountain Mauler that he is, was a late HC to Anvil in his first foray out since the weekend’s relay deep in the heart of the Smokies.  Fellow team-member Ickey also back in the gloom for the first time.  Thunder Road also getting back into the gloom this morning after returning yesterday from a visit to his Old Kentucky Home.  T-claps to the lot of you.

Alf was unusually quiet.  Expect more heckling and mumble chatter from you my friend.  Please do better next time.  Grateful, however, that you, Purell, Lorax and Brilleaux didn’t Larry Bird the Q to death.

Site Q McGee actually sent me a reminder Tuesday that I was on Q…..just kidding.  You guys know better.  It was an auto-reminder from Sign-Up Genius.  Speaking of Sign-Up Genius, who’s going to re-EH Go Daddy?!

It really is a good thing for me to Q.  I enjoy it, and sometimes get it right.  And every time I post, I am reminded how much I need you fellas.  So thank you.




Can’t read the Weinke without my readers

While waiting for Cheddar and other late-comers including Private Benjamin who had just woken up…after getting out of his car — YHC did not leave adequate time for suitable disclaimer, but Tool Bag did plant the shovel flag, and off went 15 hump-day warriors for another assault at The Maul.

Below is what the pax did with some other commentary interspersed.

The Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:

Before we launched, War Eagle asked if he needed gloves since YHC did not have any.  I said ‘no’, but after seeing most of the pax with gloves, he went back to his vehicle.  His indecision may have been due to the fact this was the first Wednesday post for War Eagle since joining the F3 pax?  M. was out of town on spring break with the kids, thus, FiA did not take precedence.  Good to have you brother.  Seems to me an HDHH of some kind is in your near future.

The pax jogged over to the lot in front of Firebird’s for COT.  On the way, I explained to Chunder how Merlot is the F3 synonym for his Scottish nickname meaning vomit.  Young and willing to learn – thanks for listening.

Slow squat holds x 10 IC

IW x 15 IC

Rockhopper x 15 IC

Carolina Dry Dock x 15 IC

Flutter x 15 IC

I think that was it, but not sure.

Partner up.

P1 does jump on wall with 2 squats while P2 runs a lap around the lot. Flapjack. Repeato.

P1 does H-R merkins while P2 runs a lap.  Flapjack. Repeato.

YHC changed the lap distance 3 times during this segment.  Why?  Because I was already ad libbing the Weinke.  That’s why.  I also had no partner.  The Q is the last kid picked.  Always.

Enron, Frasier and Squid were flying around the circuit runs.  Hadn’t seen Enron since meeting him at my only Donut Run post several months ago.

Pax then jogged over to the far back corner of Target.  Cheddar and Frasier were making sure the six was well secured.  Team players.

More partner work.

P1 runs up the hill for 5 jump squats while P2 does LBC’s.  Flapjack.  Repeato but with 10 jump squats.

P1 runs up the hill for 10 jump squats while P2 does Dolly.  Flapjack.

At this point, The Commish complimented me on the Q thus far, but I think he was really giving me grief.  He has coached football before, and it was obvious I was audibling everything.  Nothing but “Omaha’s”!

Mosey to back of Target for some wall work.

People’s Chair with overhead press x 25 IC.


More People’s Chair.

More BTW’s.  Mic Check said he had to get closer to the wall for his BTW’s….who was I to argue…or anyone else for that matter.  Yikes.

We then did some lunge walks for about 45-50 yards; and Fredo explained to YHC why it was not a good idea to cry during a downpainment.  Quite certain I’ll be crying during some workouts if the good Lord still enables me to do this after age 50!  Fredo, on the other hand, still crushes these workouts.

Various plankorama throughout the workout including the always-effective Dancing Chilcutt’s.

We did one 50’ish yard sprint, and No Show, Mic Check, Chunder and several others took off like they just shoplifted electronics from Target.

We made our way back to the front of the multiplex for some burpees.  5 at each of 4 lampposts on the way back to the launch lot.  You guys didn’t think this would be a burpee-free beatdown, did you?!

Chunder was mumble chattering something fierce at this point.

We got back in time for 6 MoM including (maybe?) the following x 15 or 10 IC:

American Hammer, Freddy Mercury, Rosalita, and we moved over to the grass (You’re welcome!) for Mahkthar N’Djaiye’s.


COT w/announcements including Richard Sheltra 5K/10K in Pineville on 4/28 and Savage Race on 5/19 somewhere in the nether regions of Cabarrus County.

Also Cheddar and Zeke Face told us the derivations of their nicknames.  I think a rename is in order for Zeke Face as it’s too kind for a Cowboy/Duke fan.

Thanks to Squid for taking us out in prayer.

…..Shrink Wrap was there, too….and while I didn’t see him refusenik anything, I’m confident he did…especially the burpees.

That’s it fellas.  Thanks to Tool Bag and No Show for giving me a slot to Q at The Maul.  Solid pax this morning.  Good work men.  And it is a privilege to Q.




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”