10 Pax posted to #THEBallroom for another chapter in Redwood Originals month. This was YHC’s first Q (or even post) to the not-so-new site now at Pleasant Knoll Middle School. Prior experience the past 18 months as Site Q at #BlockParty prevented earlier posting. Great AO# — @Ginsu should give this one consideration for future Convergences.
Site Q request was for me to cover a bit of “history” of The Fort as part of the workout and message. It’s a story that truly reflects God blessing men who step into the unknown with faith, which is what every FNG does the first time he posts. The history of The Fort is really the history of every member of the pax, from 2012 all the way to April 2018 and beyond.
Mosey around to back of school
COP — usual IC warm up routine, particularly important on a 30 degree morning in mid-April!
Mosey across bridge to breezeway leading to athletic fields
It’s not too impressive in a BB to talk about the fact we did “a whole lot of sitting around” but that’s what transpired. Of course it was in the People’s Chair while each pax recounted the story of his initial post, which AO, who EHd him, who Qd, etc. Each rendition was interspersed with some form of merkins, CDDs, balls-to-the-wall, monkey humpers, squats, bombjacks and/or burpees. We covered stories of 9 pax and then moseyed to the football field.
Circle up for some Mary — a rundown of the familiar but effective Hello Dollies, Freddie Mercurys, Flutters, Superman and Penguin (including reference to Burgess Meredith for the #Respectables among the pax)
Line up for suicides across the football field
Pause to recount YHC’s EH story and honor OBT for that gift.
Another suicide sequence
Another plank sequence, topped off (for Longshanks) with Mahktar N’Dyae
Thanks to Short Sale for the invitation to Q at The Ballroom. It was a great morning with a lively and dedicated collection of the pax. Truly an honor to lead on this day.
Short Sale posted to S2S last week when I had the privilege of leading the discussion that day, and he heard me talk about the launch of The Fort as being one of many instances where God showed up in amazing ways during a period of life transition to bless those who move forward in faith. Too often I try to seize CONTROL when facing transition periods either out of PRIDE or in response to ANXIETY. Reflecting in prep for S2S on my experience amid life’s transition points proved to me that God has repeatedly come through every time (!) in ways I could never have imagined and on a scale I would never have asked for. And yet, I tremble each time I see a transition on the horizon. Oh ye of little faith!
Upon reflection, the story about the launch of The Fort is a powerful one for me and the pax who experienced those lean early days, but for the rest among us, it is just names, places and dates. Kind of like my history classes back in high school. I had a hard time connecting to them because they were foreign to my experience…I had no immediate way to connect so history classes became all about pure memorization for me.
But, in the recounting of the history of The Fort at The Ballroom, we heard it from the mouths of those who lived it. We heard about pax who’ve moved onto other pastures (Howitzer, Bing, Red Eye) who had EHd one of those present, leaving behind a legacy of their contribution to The Fort’s history. We heard about workouts where present-day pax swore to God they’d never return if he let them survive that first day (Anchorman). We heard about pax who did not return for YEARS, waiting until scores of pounds were shed and cigarettes were sworn off (Culture Club), only to be remembered upon later return by CSPAN who disallowed a name change. We heard about AOs that don’t even exist anymore (the sandbag workout — can’t recall the name). This was history that each man connected to, because it was HIS STORY.
And that is true for each day. God willing, we are given a new day each morning to make a choice, to lay another piece of our history in place. A piece of The Fort’s history. A piece of the history of God’s people. No, I don’t feel worthy to receive this daily gift. But God sees that I am worthy of it. And he sees you’re worthy of it, too. So, go ahead, take the DRP and go make some history.