THE BLOCK PARTY
The Grove Park
December 2, 2022
“Old School” (2003) dir. Todd Phillips and starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell,
and Vince Vaughn
Weather was perfect for an early morning in December.
At exactly 5:30AM, The Q hit “play” on this playlist.
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by the Dan Band
This is F3.
This is the Block Party.
F3 Mission Statement
Today’s featured movie is “Old School”
Not a professional. No FNGs.
Cheap Seats reminded the Q that he forgot to cover the 5 core principles! Aye!
5 Core Principles – F3 and Old School
- Like tickets to Mitch-A-Palooza, we are FREE
- Like the fraternity in Old School, we are open to all men
- Like a streaker running to the quad, we are always outside
- Like the Charter Review tournament in Old School, we take turns leading
- We always end in a COT – not a KFC. They are closed. I checked.
The sound of the Bill Withers signaled it was time for WoR
Rifle Carry Coupons to baseball field for WoR
SSH x 15IC
Tappy Taps x12IC (led by Cheap Seats)
Big Ones x 20 seconds each side
The Sound of Silence meant it was time for…
Public Access, Channel 72’s 5:35 a.m. time slot show:
“Broga with Gator”
Plank / down dog / pigeon / runner’s lunge
Burpee Trivia #1:
Q: In the movie, Frank re-gifts a wedding present he got from Mitch.
What was the present?
There were a few PAX that got this one correct, but Cheap Seats was first off the line:
A: A bread maker. With 3 speeds.
He led us in Bobby Hurleys x 7
Pre-Thang: “The Red Dragon”
With the sound of Whitesnake’s “Here I go again on my oan” playing, We all lined up facing east with each PAX displaying a coupon at his feet. We would do three merkins on each coupon (Right hand elevated; Both hands elevated; Left hand elevated) and then move to the left while staying in plank. When a PAX reached the end of the chain, you run to the back and keep going until the anchor PAX (played by Kryptonite) completed the chain.
36 merkins later, we were finally finished. I noticed some fancy painted coupons, but I think my favorite was one that had very simply, but effectively, written on it with a black sharpie: Tball
Burpee Trivia #2:
Q: In the movie, Jeremy Piven plays Dean Gordon Pritchard. What is
the Dean’s childhood nickname?
Kryptonite did a super job with this one and correctly answered:
Kryptonite led us in Bobby Hurley’s x 7
We went back to the ShovelFlags and counted off into groups of 3 while listening to Snoop Dog
4 teams with 3 PAX each. I was on a team with Cheap Seats and Boji – nice! Teams held two coupons and Rifle Carried to the west end of the park to the instrumental sounds of “Chariots of Fire“
Tha Thang: THE DEBATE
1 – Team Frank
2 – Moderator (farmer carries two coupons between the two sides)
3 – Team Carville
AMRAP 2nd F style: Discuss the role of Government in bio-tech
TEAM: FRANK “THE TANK” RICARD
TEAM: JAMES “THE RAJIN’ CAJUN” CARVILLE
Alternating Shoulder Taps
Little Baby Dips
This was some solid Apex training as the double-farmer’s carry coupon is a featured part of the Sprint, Hop, Carry. The Q saw that Hard Hat was dominating this event as the farmer’s carry is his forte. He must have been thinking about breaking our man Griswold’s record of 1 minute and 31 seconds (You serious, Clark? Yes, yes, I am.)
Team Cheap-Gator-Boji just started to rinse and repeat when the Q called Omaha.
Burpee Trivia #3:
Q: “Old School” is directed by Todd Phillips, who is known for
directing Road Trip, Starsky & Hutch, and The Hangover. In 2019, he
was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for what film?
This was a tough one, so the Q gave a hint. That was all Ozark needed to get this one right!
A: “Joker” (He lost to Bong Joon-Ho for Parasite)
Ozark led us in Bobby Hurley’s x 7
Beast Mode x 30 seconds
Alternating Knee Taps x 20 IC
Plank 30 seconds
Gator Spears x 20 IC (R&L)
Chilcut x 30
Gator Tails x 20 IC
COT: Phi 3?
The Q began with a light-hearted warning on discussing things outside the Circle of Trust.
I remember watching Old School in the theaters in 2003. I was a senior in
college at Florida State University. (Go Noles!) I was in a fraternity at the
time and saw the movie with many of my brothers.
I remember thinking that 20 years from now I would not see myself wanting
to still be in a fraternity. I imagined that I would have a wife, children, and a
job that would take up all my time. I thought of my fraternity as something
temporary that happened at the end of childhood and graduating would
mark the beginning of adulthood.
Almost 20 years later, I found F3. I quickly realized that I hadn’t had that
sense of brotherhood and friendship I found in F3 since I left FSU. I was
very focused on my career and starting a family. And one day I realized I
really didn’t have the kind of close friends I once had. As Freed to Lead
notes, there a “man dates” between men attending spouse or children
focused functions. There are work friends. Legacy friends. But without
seeing a group of people on a daily basis that really know what’s going on
in your life, the real bonds of friendship do not form. There is no
vulnerability. No accountability. And no fellowship.
I am grateful for my brothers of F3. Thank you all for being there for me in good times and bad.