- QIC: Maximus
- When: 04/21/2018
- Pax: Anchorman, Asphalt, Assasin, Backdraft, Barry Manilow, Bassomatic, Bonsai, Bubba Gump, Bubka, Cable Guy, Cake Boss, Cha Ching, Change Order, Cheddah, Chicken Hawk, Cornhole, Crab Cakes, CSPAN, Cyclops, Dark Helmet, Double D, Flat Tire, Fratboy, Funhouse, Geronimo, Gilmore, Gleek, Jiffy, Lug Nut, Main Frame, Maximus, Minute Man, Mr Clean, Nemo, Old Bay, Quack Attack, RBG, Rebel, Reborn, Repeat, Santini, Sasquatch, Sawdust, Senator Tressel, Shady, Shakespeare, Spark Plug, Spitz, Straight Up, Sugar Daddy, Tesh, Trucker, Weezer, Wegmans, Whiskers, Wild Thing, Wolverine, World Wide Leader
- Posted In: Alcatraz, Convergence, The Deep, The Fort, The Yard
Several weeks ago, it was announced that our region, THE FORT, would be closing all Saturday AO’s and holding a convergence at FMHS to get the PAX together as we thank Rebel for his leadership of Whetstone and relaunch it under Repeat and World Wide Leader (WWL). I was excited to hear we’d be getting many of the region together but I wasn’t expecting what came next. It was a text asking if I’d Q the workout.
Q, like part of it, half of it or …? The response was, THE WHOLE THING. I love to Q every chance I get but to do so on a day like this, well, I better make sure it includes a little something for everyone. Or, almost everyone.
And this is where I let life get the better of me. I try to follow the 48hr rule on posting a BACKBLAST, especially when they’re significant but I let life and travel get in the way. It is now Saturday, one week later, and I’m just finishing this BB. Life can get challenging, it can get stressful, it can get you riding the highs or down in the lows. And this past week, our family has experienced some of each. Maybe this was the week where I really came to realize how valuable having a Whetstone partner can be. Someone that I can share the highs with and someone to help get me out of the lows; or to keep me honest when it’s my own doing that has me on the outside looking in on the joys of life.
That said, I’ll take you back to last Saturday, April 21 where we had a a few pre-ruckers and a total of 58 PAX converge to re-kick off this critical program.
We got ourselves into an odd-shaped kidney-like shape for the disclaimer, the announcement of why we were there this beautiful morning and to acknowledge our 2 FNG’s in the PAX. We counted off in 4’s then took off toward the big parking lot for a warm up jog in 4 lines. This jog included some karaoke’s and 4 lines doing an indian run which was way harder than it appeared on paper.
In these last 2 years, Whetstone has brought together some extremely HIM. One of those men has gone through a tough 18mos and he was gracious enough to share some of his story to include the impact Whetstone had on his life as we circled up to hear his words. I know he wouldn’t endorse this comment but anytime Mr. Clean wants to share experience or wisdom, the PAX listens. And listen we did.
After backing the group back out to a circle-like shape, I was giddy to honor Santini in the only way I knew how…with a deck of cards. However, on this day we utilized 1/2 the deck and considered it our warm up:
Hearts = Side Straddle Hops
Diamonds = Carolina Dry Docks
Spades = Squats
Clubs = Merkins
Then a little action from the Burp-Merk: Standing, we then dropped to a plank, did 5 merkins then jumped up. That equals 1 and we did 5 total.
This was when we got to listen to our very own Nantaan, Cake Boss, as he shared the impact Whetstone has had on him. Yet again, another powerful testimony.
Then off to do 4 corners in the lot with:
Corner 1 = Dancing Crabs x 15ea and Dips x 20
Corner 2 = Dying Cockroach x 15ea and Flutters x 20ea
Corner 3 = Burpees x 10 and Jump Squats x 10
Corner 4 = American Hammers x 25 and Freddie Mercury x 20ea
Mosey over to the wall for B2W while doing 5 “push ups” followed by 15 calf raises. We did this 3 times.
To close out our testimonies, my man Chicken Hawk laid it down for us. He shared the impact Whetstone has had on him, his marriage, his family…his life. Life isn’t meant to be traveled alone. Well said brother.
6ct Burpee which I needed a little help from the Helmet of Darkness to remind me the steps. Remember the line, “If you can’t Q it, don’t do it?” Yeah, me too but I obviously didn’t follow that too closely here.
This is where the cat-herding became evident. The PAX exhibited patience with me as we attempted a modified DORA series consisting of:
50 Flying Squirrels, 50 Diamond Merkins and 50+ Flutters
We then took off for the main entrance to the football stadium and lined up in 4 lines facing down the hill. Once everyone readjusted, it was 15 American Hammers, 15 Flutters and 15 Hello Dollies. This was done several more times.
Well, that put a bow on the workout portion of this convergence and after the COT, FNG naming of RBG and Whiskers, we then handed it off to World Wide Leader and Repeat to lead the Whetstone discussion.
Announcements: The relaunch of Whetstone. Thanks to Rebel for getting this off the ground 2 years ago and to Repeat / World Wide Leader for taking the reigns.
Prayer Requests: Badger. Camp Care 5K. Jennings Palmer’s transplant. Olive’s 8K in memory of Sweet Tooth. Elmer.
Honored and appreciative of your patience.