Frosty’s 12-Days of Christmas//December 14, 2021//Stinson Park//AO-Cornhusker Handicap//If You Only Read One Backblast This Year . . . .

22 Pax: Patton, Tater Tot, Dome, Buns of Steel, Greasefire, Retween, Mmm-Kay, Lansbury, Peak-A-Boo, Othello, Blue Chip, 2-Step, Touche’, Selleck, Stitches, Fester, Khakis, Polaroid, Doll Face, Gunner, Biff, Slow Pitch

Q: Frosty

If you only read one backblast this year, please read Wide Right’s Backblast from The Oracle.

On this day, we gathered at Stinson Park. Some Sugar-Ray’s took Shirley, some Clydesdales kept it smooth . . .like we always do. The pre-run was over and it was time.  5:30, Frosty welcomed the Pax, listed the 5 core principles, gave mission statement and reviewed our creedo and disclaimer. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND WELCOME TO FROSTY’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!!!!

Immediately overwhelmed by the attendance, YHC kept his cards pretty close to his vest when he exclaimed, “Shoot, I really planned for only having 12 – 15 guys here. . . . Let’s mosey”.

We moseyed to the back corner of Stinson Park so Frosty could take a couple minutes and consider just exactly what we were dealing with. This would be considered Warm-O-Rama

Warm O’ Rama

  • A carefully thought out group exercise where one man runs up the hill and back while the rest AMRAP’d mountain climbers began. . . It took forever – Audible 1
  • “Let’s have . . TWO people go in the next wave”! . . . You see, there were just more people than I expected.
  • “THREE, THREE men go next time. Ah-ha-ha-ha”!. Seriously, we weren’t even halfway done. “I love this”, exclaimed Tater just turning out mountain climbers. “This is way better than changing to a different exercise”. . . Noted. By now we still had 4 or 5 PAX who hadn’t ran the hill. They just went without being asked. 
  • “Let’s move on. . . . That was dumb . . . Sorry”

The next mosey would take us around the Christmas Tree obelisk to the benches. The PAX noticed the pile of presents under the tree, but they would have to wait until the end of THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS to get their presents

The Thang: FROSTY’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

We lined up 2 to a bench for the Thang. The 12 Days of Christmas. We would be singing the song and the song would tell us what exercises to do. 12 soloists were selected and we began. Some benches decided to sing duets when it was their turn and this made me very happy. . . Sharing. . . Just like Christmas.

Here is how the first 11 verses went. The song was modified to make the beatdown a little better. Each Verse would be sung, “On the ____ day of Christmas, F3 Gave to Me” and the card holder would lead ALL exercises on the card.

  1. One Delightful Burpee
  2. 12 Bobbie Hurleys and One Delightful Burpee
  3. 12 Bobbie Hurleys, 11 Big Boy Sit Ups and One Delightful Burpee
  4. 12 Bobbie Hurleys, 11 Big Boy Sit Ups, 10 Merkins Merking and One Delightful Burpee
  5. 12 Bobbie Hurleys, 11 Big Boy Sit Ups, 10 Merkins Merking, 9 Monkey Humpers and One Delightful Burpee
  6. 12 Bobbie Hurleys, 11 Big Boy Sit Ups, 10 Merkins Merking, 9 Monkey Humpers, 8 Alternating Step-ups and One Delightful Burpee
  7. 12 Bobbie Hurleys, 11 Big Boy Sit Ups, 10 Merkins Merking, 9 Monkey Humpers, 8 Alternating Step-ups, 7 Dips for Shoulders and One Delightful Burpee
  8. 12 Bobbie Hurleys, 11 Big Boy Sit Ups, 10 Merkins Merking, 9 Monkey Humpers, 8 Alternating Step-ups, 7 Dips for Shoulders, 6 Side-Straddle Hops and One Delightful Burpee
  9. 12 Bobbie Hurleys, 11 Big Boy Sit Ups, 10 Merkins Merking, 9 Monkey Humpers, 8 Alternating Step-ups, 7 Dips for Shoulders, 6 Side-Straddle Hops, F-I-V-E S-L-O-W DE-CLINES, and One Delightful Burpee
  10. 12 Bobbie Hurleys, 11 Big Boy Sit Ups, 10 Merkins Merking, 9 Monkey Humpers, 8 Alternating Step-ups, 7 Dips for Shoulders, 6 Side-Straddle Hops, F-I-V-E S-L-O-W DE-CLINES, 4 Moroccan Nightclubs and One Delightful Burpee
  11. 12 Bobbie Hurleys, 11 Big Boy Sit Ups, 10 Merkins Merking, 9 Monkey Humpers, 8 Alternating Step-ups, 7 Dips for Shoulders, 6 Side-Straddle Hops, F-I-V-E S-L-O-W DE-CLINES, 4 Moroccan Nightclubs, 3 Bonnie Blairs and One Delightful Burpee

    Now Pay attention, the last one is a little different
  12. 12 Bobbie Hurleys, 11 Big Boy Sit Ups, 10 Merkins Merking, 9 Monkey Humpers, 8 Alternating Step-ups, 7 Dips for Shoulders, 6 Side-Straddle Hops, F-I-V-E S-L-O-W DE-CLINES, 4 Moroccan Nightclubs, 3 Bonnie Blairs, 2 Stupid Burpees and A LAP AROUND STINSON PARK!

We took a lap. A Christmas Victory Lap. When we got to the Christmas tree, YHC encouraged the PAX to each take a present. The only problem, there were 15 presents. Luckily, I had a 6 pack of Diet Pepsi, 3 pair of new gloves and some H&H Detail Department T-Shirts in the truck, so . . . 

EVERYONE GETS A PRESENT! Khakis got socks, Touche’ got a 2nd Edition Freed To Lead (featuring an essay by our own Slow Pitch – check it out, this is a big deal), Othello got gloves, Mmmm-Kay got gloves. Heck, Retweet left with 3 gloves! YOU GET IT, EVERYONE GETS A PRESENT . . . BUT THERE’S A CATCH!

There were exercises listed on the back of the tags, so everyone concluded by cranking out a set of whatever was on their tag. No tag? Exercise with your neighbor. Work it out. You’re grown. Just kidding, there was just so much Christmas Spirit!

Then I belted out that all too familiar Christmas “Ho-Ho-HOmaha-HOmaha!”

Mumblechatter: It was great to see a lot of my F3 heroes out this morning. 

Announcements/Prayer Requests: 
Tons of 3rd F, please call Greasefire directly, I believe he had one or two more thoughts on the matter.

COT:I’ve been feeling very reflective this month. I’ve had such a great year. I can’t think of a better way to end it than when Do-Re-Mi and I get married later this month. I’m so grateful. Maybe its the upcoming wedding, maybe its just normal for December but I’ve been reflective.

We talk about acceleration here. When I think about accelerating, its toward something. Acceleration has purpose. I wanted my reflection over the past year to have the same kind of purpose, so I wanted to approach it intentionally

Reflection doesn’t mean to throw a spotlight on all your mistakes and beat yourself up. Very little growth comes from that.

Reflection doesn’t mean throw everything that happened in the same bucket and just repeat the exact same behaviors next year. I feel like that is where my reflection might have lead me. I had such a good year.

  • I started back at the best job I ever screwed up and lost, only at a better dealership
  • I started driving again
  • I bought a house and moved in with my girlfriend
  • I helped start an AO
  • and finally, I’m getting married.

If I left everything big picture, I would just call it a win and move on repeating ALL the same behaviors and choices. If I cultivate ALL my behaviors and actions, I end up “Watering The Weeds” as much as I’m “watering the flowers”, making it impossible to separate the weeds from the flowers. 

I would encourage us all to reflect on the last year. What is there to rejoice about. Personally, professionally, spiritually, romantically, physically, socially, intellectually, etc. Give yourself praise.

What’s one thing different about you this year that you like?

What 3rd F action did you take that you’re most proud of?

What was the best compliment you received last year?

What made you cry? Be grateful, because you’re human

Next, isolate your weeds: I’m too impulsive. I’m losing to the Queen. I’m impatient. I’m socially needy. 

Don’t dwell on them, just isolate them and remove them, then go back to the positives: I’m so caring, I’m open-minded enough to change the way I think and act, I’m good at my job and I can do way more merkins than I ever could!

We all have the opportunity to keep accelerating. I promise you if you go through your reflection like this, you’ll accelerate with more purpose and less distraction

PRAYER: Polaroid took us out in prayer.


Aye- Frosty

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