Date: 26 May 2023
AO: The Combine – Aldrich Elementary School, Omaha, NE
Weather: 58°, 4 mph SE wind
PAX (15): Kryptonite, LPC, Bubbles, Arm Bar, Juke Box, Rebate, Bouncer, Schnitzel, Truant, Kill Switch, Superfly, Dash, Nailed It, Papa Smurph, Stripes
FNG’s (1): Srini Vasthutika (Bollywood)
YHC arrived to the AO at 0443. Bouncer and I altered the normal prerun route so I could drop a couple cones at the area where we’d be completing the thang. We got in 3-ish miles and made it back to the flags just in time for me to grab my speaker for some Memorial Day-themed tunes and kick things off at 0515. I welcomed the PAX to Omaha’s hardest working AO, stated the three F’s, mission statement, five core principles, credo, disclaimer, and asked if there were any FNG’s. There was one FNG, Srini Vasthutika, who would later be named Bollywood. We then proceeded to the basketball court for the warm-o-rama.
Big Ones (10)
Tappy Taps (10)
Cherry Pickers (10)
Sun gods (10 forward/10 reverse)
Seal Claps (10)
Motivator (10 descending to 1)
11s – Merkins and air squats on the basketball court. Pax started at one endline and did 1 merkin and 10 air squats then ran to the other endline and did 2 merkins and 9 air squats and so on and so forth until getting to 10 merkins and 1 air squat. At the conclusion of the pre-thang, we took a slow mosey a little less than a half-mile to the open field south of Dodge Street. Two cones were set up roughly 50 yards apart for The Thang.
Black Jack 21s – Merkins and LBC’s. Pax started at one cone and did 20 merkins then ran approximately 50 yards to the other cone and did one LBC then ran back to the other cone and did 19 merkins then ran back to the other cone and did two LBCs and so on and so forth until Omaha was called at 0548. We picked up the cones and slowly mosey’d back to the flags. Upon returning to the flags, we did American Hammers rancid-style, name-o-rama, named the FNG, announcements, prayers, and finished with the COT.
Prayer Requests and Announcements
- Announcements: Brick Builder June 3rd, 2.0 beatdown tomorrow at 7AM at Oracle, next week Superfly’s son Dash’s VQ at The Combine
- Prayer requests: Arm Bar’s Uncle-In-Law John as his cognitive skills are fading, Truant and his dad for the passing of Truant’s grandmother, Kryptonite’s M
COT – Memorial Day
Memorial Day is a very emotional holiday for me due to the time I spent in the Marine Corps, in particular my time in Iraq. Sadly, I experienced far too many fallen Heroes during that time firsthand. I refer to every Friday as Freedom Friday; I intentionally try to take time to appreciate the many freedoms we’re blessed with living in America and thus my headgear goes from zebra stripes to Stars and Stripes. The expression Freedom isn’t free has a very deep meaning to me as it comes with the cost of so many brave men and women who have laid down their lives in the line of duty. I asked the Pax to remember what the true meaning of Memorial Day weekend is. While it’s known for being the unofficial start of summer, pools opening, BBQs, lake parties, etc, all those freedoms we enjoy come at a very high cost. Amidst all those things we’ll enjoy this Holiday weekend, I asked the Pax to remember the fallen Heroes as well as the loved ones they left behind and keep them in our prayers especially this weekend. I meant to end with a quote from General Geroge S. Patton but forgot, so I included it in the Twitter name-o-rama post and will end with it here, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God such men lived.”