September 30, 2021|AO- The Battlefield|70 degrees but not raining

9 PAX: Hat Trick (Respect), Flowers, Spacebar, Convoy, Sweet Roll, Samples (Respect), Bonnie, Deep Fried (FNG), Mother Goose (QIC)

5:30 AM- Recited meaning, principles and mission of F3 and gave disclaimer; one FNG named John.  Took a little mosey around the far goal post and back to the north endzone for Warm-o-Rama

Warm-o-Rama:

  • YHC played “Wild Side” by Motley Crue and performed some warm-up exercises throughout the song, stopping to do a burpee every time Vince Neil sang “wild side.”  It ends up being 25.  We moved through SSH’s, Goofballs, Imperial Walkers, Hillbillies, Tappy Taps, Big Ones, and Cherry Pickers throughout the song.

Pre-Thang- Ladders

  • Ran from the endzone to the 5 yard line and back, 10 yard line and back and finished through the 15
    • 10 hand release Merkins
  • From the 15, ran to the 10 and back, 5 and back, and finished through the goal line
    • 10 hydraulic squat right leg leading
  • Ran from the endzone to the 5 yard line and back, 10 yard line and back and finished through the 15
    • 10 hand release Merkins
  • From the 15, ran to the 10 and back, 5 and back, and finished through the goal line
    • 10 hydraulic squats left leg leading

The Thang- Pain Stations *called an audible and kept the group together rather than splitting into 4 groups*. 17 was the number of reps to celebrate the Cardinals’ 17 game winning streak which secured them a wildcard spot (also the reason for Wild Side!):

  • Station 1 (north 20 yard line)
    • 17 Merkins
    • 17 Copperhead Squats IC
    • 17 Big Boys
    • 17 Overhead Claps IC
    • 17 Johnny Dramas IC
  • Station 2 (50 yard line)
    • 17 Dying Cockroaches IC
    • 17 Carolina Dry Docks
    • 17 Apollo Ohno’s IC
    • 17 Rosalita’s IC
    • 17 Ranger Merkins
  • Station 3 (south 20 yard line)
    • 17 Bonnie Blairs IC
    • 17 LBC’s IC
    • 17 Werkins
    • 17 Jump Squats
    • 17 Alt Shoulder Taps IC
  • Station 4 (was planned to be push group)
    • Run up the east stairs and across the top, stopping halfway for 17 Monkey Humpers IC before coming down the stairs and back to Station 1
  • The PAX completed the full cycle twice before Omaha

Mary on the W:

  • 17 Heel Touches IC
  • 17 Flutter Kicks IC
  • 17 Hello Dolly’s IC
  • 17 Box Cutters IC
  • American Hammers Rancid-Style 2x (18 total)

Name-o-rama

  • The FNG, John, said he operated a food truck.  YHC threw out “Deep Fried” but he said his truck actually didn’t fry anything.  Regardless, Deep Fried it was.

Announcements/Prayer Requests:

  • Third F opportunity at Heartland for Hope on 10/9… check Slack or connect with Wentworth
  • Support our man Escobar with his Project Pink fundraiser in October
  • Prayers for Convoy’s brother Tombstone who is approaching his wedding and experiencing some heart complications
  • Prayers for Spacebar’s son on his birthday as he enters his teens

COT:

As I approach of the birth of our third (and final) child, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my role as a Dad.  Our oldest is 5 and is very aware of all things going on.  She has asked questions about 9/11, dying and going to Heaven, and other things I wasn’t prepared for.  She’s experienced bullying.  She is at an age where she will remember some aspects of her life forever now.  Meanwhile we are potty training our near-3 year old and doing all the nesting activities as we prepare for another newborn.  For some reason I have spent a lot of time reflecting on how I’m doing as a Dad and also being grateful for F3’s role in making me (hopefully) a better one.

I recently watched a documentary on Apple TV called “Dads.”  It is directed by Ron Howard’s daughter and I highly recommend it!  Both hilarious, heart-warming, and heart-wrenching.  She interviews her Dad and other actors and comedians about fatherhood.  Naturally, comedians have a way of speaking truths in a humorous way.  Between that, they highlight families from round the world with fathers that wouldn’t exactly fit into the “traditional” father stereotype, whatever that is.  It was enlightening.

Anyway, at one point Ron Howard is asked “What is a father’s job?”  His answer resonated so much with me and I wanted to share it.  Paraphrasing… he said that we are surrounded my so much stuff… details, to-do’s, and other minutiae.  That is all just filler, it isn’t really what the job of a Dad is.  Quoting now, he said “Make sure they know that they are loved.  Make sure they know that they are safe with you.  Make sure you are trying to be the best example you can be.”  It was both reassuring and a challenge to be a better example.  If you’re doing those things, you’re doing your job as a Dad.  Keep it up.

I led us out in a prayer of gratitude.

Here’s to good days and better tomorrows!

Cheers and SYITG,

Mother Goose

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