The Farm – Capture the Light
March 11th, 2022
AO: Sarpy County Fairgrounds
15 degrees, slight wind and chilly
PAX: Levy, Knobs, Icy Hot, Hu Hot (Respect), Bayside, Paramount, Soprano, Black Tuesday, Ferdinand, Sweet Roll, Tony the Tiger, Chernobyl, Baby Shark, Schrute, Fun Dip, Mortar
YHC — Thomas
I had only posted once at the Farm but was excited when Ferdinand asked me to Q. I grew up in rural South Dakota and had fun memories of creating a lot of fun out of nothing in the country, and I was hoping to recreate a little bit of that experience during this Q.
From the one time I posted at the Farm, I knew that there was a lot of space and that the buildings could create a fun little battleground. After seeing my kids playing with some laser tag toys, I had my plan. We’d divide into teams and play capture the light with the laser tags. The specifics played around in my head for a week or two heading into the day, but I decided it was a Friday and we were going to roll with it and hope for the best. Since it was 3/11, my fallback was always to call it a Beautiful Disaster!
The night before I printed out a map and had a pretty good idea of where I would be placing the lights. I pulled into the fairgrounds around 4:55 and saw the shovel flag and a solid line of cars lined up for the pre-runners. That was good as having decent sized teams would add to the fun. I placed the lights around the fairgrounds, parked and waited at the shovel flag. The pre-runners rolled in along with a number of other guys and at 5:15 sharp we were ready to go. I welcomed 16 PAX to the Farm, shared the mission, five core principles, credo and also my standard burpees if we heard any train whistles. With that, we were off on a mosey.
We moseyed back to the north past the line of cars and circled back to the empty grass lot near the shovel flag for warm-a-rama.
Side Straddle Hops – 15 IC
Imperial Walkers – 15 IC
Tappy Taps – 15 IC
Cherry Pickers — 15 IC
I had the PAX number off into three groups, the Blue Team, Red Team and Green Team. We then headed to the fairgrounds.
The Thang: My one fear was realized as we headed to the fairgrounds. The first light I had placed there was not lit, it had succumbed to the cold (the one drawback on these lights is they don’t hold up well to cold weather). But the teams were still excited as I handed out the three laser tag sets and the fairgrounds map. I then outlined the game.
The goal was to capture as many lights as possible. A light was captured by performing the exercises at the light and then switching the light to the flashing pattern assigned to each team. As long as the game continued you could continue to capture a light by running to an open light, doing the exercises and switching to your pattern.
In addition, if an opposing team hit your laser target, your team had to do 5 burpees. The only limitation was you could not shoot a team while they were doing exercises.
I explained that the other 5 lights were spread throughout the fairgrounds, but within the highlighted map. Also, the game would continue until Omaha was called.
We were then off to traverse the playground, and fortunately all the remaining lights were still functional.
Six light stations:
- Merkins – 25
- Monkey Humpers – 15 IC
- Alternating Shoulder Taps – 15 IC
- Carolina Dry Docks – 15
- London Bridges – 10
- Donkey Kicks – 10
- Derkins – 20
- Step Ups – 20
- Dips – 20
- Groiners – 15
- Air Squats – 30
- Bobby Hurleys – 15
After 30 minutes of capturing the light Omaha was called and we headed back to the shovel flags.
The PAX circled up on their six for Mary:
LBCs – 20
Flutter Kicks – 20
American Hammers – 25
There would be a Friday Happy Hour at Kros Strain. Prayers for Paisley and Irish Car Bomb as Paisley recovered from her heart surgery. Prayers for Swiper and his family on the passing of his dad. Prayers for Schrute and his daughter who was undergoing knee surgery that afternoon. Prayers for Ferdinand as his family travels for spring break. Prayers for Al Borland and his family as Callum recovers from his surgery. Thomas asked for prayers as he would be traveling to South Dakota for his grandmother’s funeral.
I shared a story that involved me but was not about me. A couple weeks back Al Borland shared a message on F3 Slack asking for prayers for his family as they had recently discovered that their little boy Callum had a brain tumor. They were meeting with local healthcare professionals and deciding on next steps.
I read that message, and though I didn’t really know Al Borland, I immediately thought of a good friend of mine and the journey they went through about a year ago with their little boy and his brain tumor. I messaged my friend and asked if he was okay with me passing his contact info along, and he said of course.
I reached out to Al Borland and just shared that I had a good friend who had been on a similar journey and I would be happy to put them in touch. The next day he replied back and said yes, he would like the opportunity to chat with my friend. I shared contact info between them and that Thursday they had a call. By the end of the call my friend had put Al Borland and his M in touch with their surgeon in Memphis, and on Friday they were on a call with the surgeon. Long story short, they packed and headed to Memphis on Saturday, had a pre-op appt on Monday and on Tuesday Callum underwent a successful surgery to remove a 2 cm tumor. Praise be to God!
I still get a little choked up thinking about this story and how it all came together. But the message I wanted to share was that for it to happen, Al Borland had to be comfortable asking the PAX for prayers. We are amongst an awesome group of men, but we can only help when we know that someone is in need. And if that someone in need is ourselves, it can be really hard to ask for that prayer. But time and again, I’ve seen that there are PAX that have been through what you’ve been through, or can otherwise provide help or comfort. So please don’t go it alone.
Thomas took us out in prayer.