August 5, 2022/Stinson Park/AO – The Brickyard/Temperature: 70 degrees
Pax: Smashmouth, Spacebar, Bloodshot, Black Lung, Vanilla Ice, STELLA, Betamax, Gipper, Paramount, FNG Drew (F3 Fly-By), Technic, Honey Stinger
Q: Safe Ride
Safe Ride welcomed the Pax of F3 Omaha to The Brickyard, Omaha’s coupon-featured AO in Stinson Park at 5:30am. The Mission Statement of F3 was flawlessly recited. Then suddenly, Safe Ride noticed a familiar face… Fly-By. Today, however, he would be FNG Drew. Safe Ride continued by explaining that the mission of F3 is to plant, grow, and serve small men’s workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership. The 5 core principles were recited: 1) it’s free; 2) open to all men; 3) held outdoors rain or shine; 4) peer led in a rotating fashion; 5) and ends in a circle of trust. Safe Ride is not a professional. There is a real risk of injury, so the men were instructed to modify as needed.
The PAX left their coupons at the playground area and moseyed from the shovel flags around the Stinson Park and circled up on the grassy knoll outside of Genesis Gym for WAR:
- Side Straddle Hops
- Moroccan Nightclubs
- Tappy Taps
- Goof Balls
- Monkey Humpers
The PAX moseyed back to the playground and were instructed to partner up. One coupon per group and then we moseyed west to parts unknown where a steep hill may or may not have been present. Once at the undisclosed location, Safe Ride instructed the PAX that they would do 75 combined reps of a list of exercises. One partner would run up the hill and back while the other performed the exercise. Then switch. Rinse and repeat until OMAHA. The list of exercises was as follows:
- Coupon Curls
- Coupon overhead presses
- Coupon Squats
- Coupon Swings
OMAHA called at 6:05am. Mosey back to the shovel flag with your coupon.
- American Hammers
“You’re a dick” – Spacebar to Safe Ride.
The Battle of Mobile Bay of August 5, 1864, was a naval and land engagement of the American Civil War in which a Union fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David G. Farragut, assisted by a contingent of soldiers, attacked a smaller Confederate fleet led by Admiral Franklin Buchanan and three forts that guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay. Farragut’s order of “Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!” became famous in paraphrase, as “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”
The battle was marked by Farragut’s seemingly-rash but successful run through a minefield that had just claimed one of his ironclad monitors, enabling his fleet to get beyond the range of the shore-based guns. This was followed by a reduction of the Confederate fleet to a single vessel, ironclad CSS Tennessee.
Tennessee did not then retire, but engaged the entire Northern fleet. Tennessee‘s armor enabled her to inflict more injury than she received, but she could not overcome the imbalance in numbers. She was eventually reduced to a motionless hulk and surrendered, ending the battle. With no Navy to support them, the three forts also surrendered within days. Complete control of lower Mobile Bay thus passed to the Union forces.
Mobile had been the last important port on the Gulf of Mexico east of the Mississippi River remaining in Confederate possession, so its closure was the final step in completing the blockade in that region.
This Union victory, together with the capture of Atlanta, was extensively covered by Union newspapers and was a significant boost for Abraham Lincoln’s bid for re-election three months after the battle. This battle concluded as being the last naval engagement in the state of Alabama in the war. It would also be Admiral Farragut’s last known engagement.
- First Friday Lunch
- Shovel Flag pass tomorrow for Oscar Mike
- Brush Up Project
- Freed to Bleed Blood Drive
- Prayers for Black Lung who is presenting at York University today
Honey Stinger took us out in prayer.