Date: January 31, 2023
PAX: Irish Car Bomb, KOA, Low Flow, H-U.P.S., Black Tuesday, Magnolia, Gunner, Schrute, Swiper, Farva
Pre Run: Razzle Dazzle, KOA, Low Flow, Swiper, Farva, (ICB & H-U.P.S = Run/Burpees)
AO: The Catamount Complex
Q: Farva (Beans)
Conditions: Partly Cloudy, 6 degrees F, Feels like -3 degrees F, Humidity 68%, Wind 4.4 mph from SSW.
At 5:15, YHC welcomed the PAX to the Catamount Complex and recited the 5 core principles, mission statement, credo, and disclaimer.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional, modify as necessary. The exercises are simply a suggestion.
Warmarama: No warmarama…. we got right to business.
Pre-Thang: Nope…. see above.
YHC had been thinking about and looking forward to finally leading at the Cat house. The PAX were given a tour of the QIC’s neighborhood that he grew up in. We ran up and down the many hills on 43rd street, this street was not paved, nor did it have speed bumps in my day. I am lucky to have survived multiple jumps over the blind peaks of these hills. The group stopped in front of 6807 Sunshine drive and completed 21 monkey humpers. This is the house I grew up in and lived for 21 years. The House is not being taken care of as nicely as my dad used to and it makes him very sad when drive by the house now. Next, we ran to 6619 Sunshine drive, which was an empty lot where I used to play sandlot baseball with my neighborhood friends. We practiced our best swing and sprinted past centerfield. Schrute displayed his soccer sprinting prowess here. Originally this lot was a grocery store called Veys food store. This store was owned by a former Omaha mayor with the last name Veys. The grocery store was there in the 70s and early 80s and my mother worked there when she was pregnant with me and my twin brother. There was even a “twin” alcohol sale printed in the newspaper ads when my mom gave birth to us. Foreshadowing? No, it was not a Crown Royal sale. Next stop was 6503 Sunshine drive, this is the neighborhood bar called Darby’s. I spent my 21st birthday there and many nights thereafter. We completed 21 ranger merkins because had I not been hired as a police officer as a 21-year-old, I would have most likely joined the military. We continued on to Morton Park at 5724 S. 41st street. At the intersection of 41st and “W” street we encountered a driver who was not happy we were running in the street at 530AM. We were blessed with a 2-minute-long car horn for his inconvenience. I commented on how there is no longer a swimming pool at the park and it made me sad because I learned how to do lots of sweet dives there (like the gainer and forward one and a half). The pool was replaced with a splash pad and these splash pads make kids soft IMO. We completed one lap around the park. We stopped in front of 4120 “V” street and I instructed the PAX to hold a silent plank for 97 seconds. This was my Nana’s house and she lived to 97 years old. No such thing as silence with this group. We chatted about my favorite dish that Nana made for me while I swam across the street at the pool. Burgers and pizza. Like it usually does, a moment of reverence turned inappropriate with talk of what we could or could not do for 97 seconds. KOA is the usual source, but I will not confirm or deny that…. sorry Nana. We finally started back towards the AO, but stopped one last time at 4207 Harrison Street. Along the way, we passed a building that was a video store called Captain Video (which had a certain section that will remain nameless, but also where I rented lots of Nintendo games) and also another building that was a Goodrich ice cream and Breadeaux pizza. At 4207 Harrison Street we performed 7 “Slurpees” (Slow burpees) in the parking lot of the business. This building was a 7-11 when I was growing up and I drank many slurpees there. We took another trip up and down 43rd street and arrived back at the site with over 3.5 miles under our belts. Everyone did great and we arrived back at the cat house right on time. Shout out to Low Flow for being “with” the 6 on this run. HIM doing HIM things.
See above for PAX present
Announcements and Prayers:
Nugent Community Leaders Scholarship Event
3 VQs This Week
Farva’s Sister Jenny
Monroe Evans III
The DUX ESTO award was presented to Gunner…distinguished catamount alumni. H-U.P.S. was also presented with one because he completed an almost 4-mile beatdown and it is only his third week!
I discussed how 01-30-17 was a significant day in my life as I was involved in an officer involved shooting on that day. I shared the details of the incident and having dealt with PTSD afterwards. As I type this, our department has experienced two officer involved shootings in 16 hours. These new incidents always bring a flood of emotions and add in the anniversary of my shooting and it could be easy to be overwhelmed by emotions. The week o’ Farva is my way of ensuring I will have support and will be around my brothers during a week that is always difficult for me and now I am extra grateful to have made the choice to Q all week. Exercise has always been what has helped me deal with stress and anxiety and this group has truly been life savings so I am thankful for all of you. I think about the chain of events that the SKY Q put in motion to put me in that place that day. I decided I wanted to be a police officer in kindergarten and worked till my 21st birthday to make that happen. Always remember where you came from because it shapes who we are and always remember that sky Q (Jesus) has a plan for all of us and will put us right where we need to be.
Prayer – Farva