Dude Time
2/25/22 Oracle/Boys Town, NE – 12 degrees, wind 8 MPH, windchill 0 degrees, no snow
24 PAX: Wait Time, GTA, Tater Tot, Slow Pitch, Doggy Paddle, Patton, House Party,
Skipper, Vandalay, Rollbar, Pot Hole, Barbershop, Hey Hey, Doppler, Cheap Seats, Z-bo,
Lansbury, Stitches, Da Vinci, Khakis, FNG Red Ranger (Welcome!), Wentworth, BetaMax,
QIC: Oompa
Oompa welcomed the PAX to F3 Omaha at 6:00 AM. The Mission Statement, Disclaimer,
5 Core Principles, and modified motto, “leave no man behind AND leave no man where
you found him”, were given. An inquiry about FNGs was made, and we had one FNG in
attendance. FNGs that start in the cold stay in the fold I always say.
Prior to launch, YHC asked the PAX to think about an activity that they enjoyed with a
father figure in their life and asked them to think of a corresponding exercise (more on
this later). The PAX then moseyed to Father Flanagan’s front yard for warm-a-rama.
Warm-a-rama (~10 min)
YHC noted that we were standing on the lawn of Father Flanagan, who was a father
figure to so many boys. And that during WWII, hundreds of young men listed him as
their “next of kin” when they entered the armed services. YHC asked the PAX to think of
something they really enjoyed doing with their dad or father figure when they were
younger, and call out the following:
What was one activity that you enjoyed doing with your father figure when you were a
Lead us in an exercise with the same letter (get creative)
Oompa started this walk down memory lane by noting that he loved playing Catch with
his dad. He then led the PAX in 25 Control Freak Merkins. He also liked Fishing with his
dad. He then led them in 25 Flutter Kicks IC. Barbershop played basketball with his dad,
so he led us in some Bobby Hurleys. Doppler did dirt biking with his dad, so we did
some buddy squats (new exercise!). Patton did water skiing with his dad, so we did
water ski squats (also new!)
After Warm-a-Rama concluded, Oompa led the PAX in a mosey over to the Boys Town
memorial marker adjacent to Dodge Street
Thang 1 (~25 mins until 6:35AM)
Oompa explained Thang 1, and the fact that he stole it from a somewhat recent Q by
Firewalker, AT ORACLE NO LESS (what brazen thievery!)
PAX counted off in groups of 4. Number of reps was always 15. Complete first exercise
together, run down the street/around the lantern and back, complete first and second
exercises together (15 reps each, again) before a run down and back. Keep adding a new
⁃ Incline Merkins – Single Count
⁃ Monkey Humpers – IC
⁃ Dips – Single Count
⁃ Carolina DryDocks – Single Count
⁃ LBCs – IC
⁃ Groiners – Single Count
⁃ Sumo Squats – IC
⁃ Heels to Heaven – Single Count
⁃ Side Straddle Hops – IC
Oompa then called 1st Omaha at 6:35AM and rounded up the PAX. We then moseyed to
the baseball field setup near the shovel flags.
Thang 2 (~15 mins until 6:50AM)
Home Run Derby:
PAX numbered off into two teams:
● Rules:
○ Home Runs
■ HR = Over the wall
■ Inside the Park = Run around the bases before fielder returns the
ball to the bucket
○ Outs
■ Fly Out
■ Ground Out = Fielders return the ball to the bucket before the
batter rounds the bases
● Bench Exercises:
○ ½ Inning 1: Imperial Walkers OYO
○ ½ Inning 2: Sun Gods OYO
○ ½ Inning 3: Squats OYO
○ ½ Inning 4: Cherry Pickers OYO
○ Repeat
The competition was tough and lively. We didn’t see any HRs over the snow fence, but
Doppler came closest with a towering fly to right center field that came up just short of
the warning track. There was a play at the plate at almost every other at bat and the
PAX enjoyed themselves while completing the bench exercises. Oompa called Omaha
again at 6:50 and PAX moseyed to the shovel flags.
We audible out of Mary, due to time constraints and that Oompa had a characteristic
10-minute (actually 6:45, i timed it) COT planned.
24 PAX in attendance, including YHC.
Announcements and Prayers
Many PAX were struggling with issues related to cancer. Friends, relatives, and PAX
members’ families were mentioned.
Polar Plunge 2/26, Mufasa Poker 7pm 2/26
Buckle up: This is gonna be a trademark 10 minute Oompa COT
I would like to thank you all for coming out this morning, sharing a little about the father
figures in your life, and working out with me. Today is a very emotional day for me, my
mom and my sister. As some of you may know who’ve worked out with me this week,
today marks six years since my dad passed away from blood cancer at age 63. Anyone
who’s lost an important person in their life knows that, no matter how good your
memory is, it’s ultimately faulty. And when that person is gone, they’re gone. That’s it,
there’s nothing more. So we tell others about them to try to remind ourselves.
My dad Keith was my favorite person. There’s no other way to say it. He relished our
time together and always sought out ways to be relational to everyone, but especially
his kids.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that our bond was so strong because of what I call
“Dude Time”. Dude Time is when men relate to each other the most. We don’t relate by
sitting around telling each other our problems, hell no! We have to have a mindless
activity, right?. We have to go fishing, we golf, we workout, we work on projects around
the house. How often do you do those things and then, during the drive back to the
clubhouse, a guy say “I really needed this today. I’m so stressed about work but this
really helped”.
My dad intentionally spent a lot of Dude Time with me. We went on long car rides, just
me and him. He was a teacher, but we painted houses during the summers together,
just me and him, for years. We played hours and hours of catch in the evenings.
So I’m giving you an assignment: spend some Dude Time with those you love. It’s the
best way for you, as a man, to bond with them. Guess what, you’ve had an hour of Dude
Time practice here today. Now it’s time to get in the game. If you’re anything like my
dad, you don’t always have the words to tell those around you how much you love them
and how proud you are of them. Dude Time is the remedy.
I’m going to conclude today by reading a poem by Rudyard Kipling entitled “If”. These
are some of the words I imagine my dad was trying to say to me, and I’d like to share
them with you.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Go spend some Dude Time, men. Go call your dads. Thank you for being with me today.

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