VD Boot Camp at Footloose

An extra special Valentines Day boot camp written, produced and Q’d by YHC

Total of 19 PAX , several of whom ran

Warm Up

LSS, SSH and High Step Marching!

The PAX moseyed to a church parking lot to work through some very bad Valentines Day poetry.  Two groups were formed with two groups of exercises  separated by 1) power skips, because you make my heart skip and 2) the stairway to heaven between all of the following stations.

  • Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Plank Punches I’ll do for you . . . Round one – 20, Round two – 30
  • Together we reach for the STARS . . Round one – 15 Bombjacks, Round two – 20 Bombjacks
  • When I hear your voice . . . I sit up and listen – Round One – 20 BBSU, Round Two – 30 BBSU
  • Together we climb every mountain . . Round one – 20 MC, Round two – 30 MC
  • My tummy goes tight when I think if you  . . . crunches Round one – 20 Round two – 30
  • You are  my Super Girl . . . Round ONe – 25 Superman Claps, Round two – 30 Superman claps

All this followed by a tunnel of love courtesy Dungaree, AKA Jack Jones

The PAX then moseyed up and back to 160

We  closed with :10 of Mary, in rhyme!

Awesome work by all the PAX

 

The moleskin:  Mathew 6:34

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FACT: The human body will not melt in the rain

9 strong at The Ballroom, a place that typical brings crowds in the 20’s. I can’t explain the low numbers, I love my BCs.

I can only assume it was one of 3 things:
1. Hatred for the Copa Cabana
2. Rain
3. Blame it on Lola (she was a showgirl)

The thang:
mosey to the lot on the other side of the track, line up on the side of the lot
10x weed pullers, 10x SSH, 10x windmills
back and forth across the lot
high knees, butt kickers, soccer knees, squat walkers, windmill walkers, toy soldier, karaoke L, karaoke R, knees to chest, imperial walker walker, power skip x2
mosey to the track, 50% down the straight away, 75% around the corner, sprint down the straight away

mosey to the gym wall
wall sit, ends bear crawl to end of curb and LLS, all 2 at a time, then bear crawl back to the wall.
pop out burpees x2 from both ends
plank on curb, walk left, walk right, merkins and 10x plank jacks
wall sit w/ overhead claps
pop out burpees again

mosey across the bridge for some cover next to the field
Matt Foley, 1 animated squat, 4 dying cockroach, 2-8, 3-12, 4-16, 5-20
10x LBCs, 10x SSH, 10x hello dolly, 10x seal jack, 10x dips, 20x line hops, 10x freddie, 10x merkins

mosey across the bleachers, the wet, slippery bleachers, 10x dips along the way, and back to the front of the school
PAX blind picks 4 of 1-6
5. 10x hillbilly walker
2. 10x mahktar n’diayes
3. 10x donkey kicks
1. 10x shoulder taps
(jump squat and MNC not picked)
10x LSS, 10x CDD, 5x burpees, 10x monkey humpers, 10x donkey kicks, 10x burpees, 10x Travolta, 10x bombjacks … COT

looks like we made it,
Barry Manlow

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We’ll Make It Breathable

I know Beacon had this idea in mind but as you’re reading, think about an area of your life where you can push yourself just a little bit more. Not in the sense of looking to DO more but rather, looking to BE more. This comes from pushing yourself. Push yourself to meet guys at another workout, push yourself to be present for others, push yourself to be more engaged. When you get comfortable with your routine, you coast rather than accelerate.

23 was the number at Footloose this morning and evidently, not everyone knew who was on Q. Once they learned, I was happy that nobody left. We started with 23 and we finished with 23. My ask of the PAX was this: I don’t know what you’re carrying on your mind as you roll in here at 0515 but as you’re here for the next 45mins, be HERE, be present, enjoy the guys to your left and right.

Once we were disclaimed, we took a long mosey over to and up Main Street to the Methodist Church to circle up in their parking lot.

Wind Mills

Imperial Walkers

Hillbilly Walkers

5 Burpees by special request

Squats

Moroccan Night Clubs

Carolina Dry Docks

5 more Burpees by special request

Mosey over to behind the Baptist Church

Switzer to explain the deal. Partner up while partners start on opposite ends of the large parking lot.

Each partner bear crawls to their respective 1st island then run to meet their partner in the “middle” of the lot. 20 Single count merkins, run back to that previously-mentioned island and crawl bear back to your starting point. Remember, push yourself just a little bit more.

Rd 2 was crab walk to that island, then run to meet the partner, 20 Wide Arm Merkins, run back to the island and walk crab back to your starting point. Remember, push yourself just a little bit more.

Mosey back to our starting parking lot for a little plank work.

20 Mountain Climbers

10 Peter Parkers

10 Donkey Kicks

10 Parker Peters

2min plank hold

2min Al Gore

1min Burpees

Remember, push yourself just a little bit more.

1min Side Straddle Hops

7min of Mary

WWII Sit-Ups

Flutter Kicks

Freddy Mercury

Heels to Heaven

Protractor

Remember, push yourself just a little bit more.

And that was it…well done.

Announcements:

  1. Mini-convergence at Slow Burn tomorrow to pray for and send Wegmans off on his F3 mission trip to Peru. (Broga will be at 0500 at Slow Burn AO)
  2. Engage in the running training plan that Anchorman and Barry Manilow are leading guys through
  3. Read your newsletter b/c I forgot the remainder.

Prayers:

PRAY

 

Until next time.

Maximus

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Keep Moving to Get THROUGH It

15 pax shook off fears of rain & cold to post to The Fort, seeking a jump start to the MLK weekend.  All veterans this morning so Anchorman checked the Disclaimer box in brief fashion and then offered a preview with comments about avoiding the pit of “getting stuck” and embracing the opportunity sharpen yourself by “going  through it.”  Oh yeah, he also made a reference to 100 burpees coming over the next 60 mins.

The Thang

Run to front parking lot between WEP and Springs

COP — SSH, Burpees x10, IWs, Merkins, Flutter kicks, Burpees x10 (count=20), Morrocan night clubs, Overhead claps, Morrocan night clubs

Run to Pike’s front lot

People’s chair, Burpees x10 (count=30), people’s chair

Run to bottom of Massey St hill

1 Burpee at bottom, run to top, 2 Burpees, continue down and back up adding 1 Burpee on each end until 10 Burpees at the top. Result: 55 total Burpees (count=85)

Handoff to DD

Mosey to memorial park

Makhtar N’Dyae

Knee-tar N’Dyae

Mosey to parking lot grass

Tunnel of love

Mosey to Pike’s front lot

People’s chair on wall / Donkey kicks x10 on wall
Rinse & repeat

Bear crawl across lot / crawl bear back
Rinse & repeat

Mosey to Springs side lot

Plank it up shoulder to shoulder for bunny hops through the pax to the end of the parking lot.

Freddy Mercury / Hello dollies

Move to wall

Wall pull-ups x10

Sprint to curb and back

Wall pull-ups x10

Mosey back to WEP

Burpees x10 (count =95)

Box cutter

Rosalita

4 Minutes of Burpees

COT

NMM

We had a great morning at WEP with a lively group of mostly veteran pax.   Cool and damp, but no rain until COT.  Thank you to all the pax present, to Bonsai for the invite to Q and to Anchorman for sharing the lead in High Impact fashion.

T-claps to X-Ray and Slash for consistency in their first 30 days since their initial post at The Fort. And t-claps to Esso for their EHs and encouragement.

The theme for the day was about not getting stuck when facing adversity and instead going THROUGH it.  Anchorman referred to an article by Jalen Hurts (Alabama QB transferring to Oklahoma) where he describes his faith through the experience of the January 2018 National Championship game and the following season in Fall 2018.   Hurts said, “This isn’t something you’re stuck in,” I’d tell myself. “This is something you’re going through.” And one thing I can promise you is that I’m better off for having gone through it. Everything I dealt with at Bama: I’m stronger for it. I’m wiser. I’m a better man.” You can read the article here.

Anchorman didn’t waste any time delivering extended pain during the opening COP with his shoulder series of Moroccan night clubs and overhead claps…drawing much mumblechatter.  The move over to Massey Street triggered even stronger mumblechatter.  The pax rose to the challenge despite the grumbles.  They got THROUGH it.

The suspense of reaching the 100 burpee mark carried us through the final 30 mins of the workout.  With about 6 mins left, we chinned up close to the bar, reaching the 95 mark.  Anyone who expected YHC to stop at 100 surely won’t make that mistake again.  Everyone lost count of their total during the 4 mins of burpees wrap-up.  But they all got THROUGH it.

We paused after the Tunnel of Love to reflect on a tragic example of getting stuck instead of getting through it.  I learned last week about a 53-yr old Chicago father of four who committed suicide.  His name is Tim.  Tim was a year ahead of me at ND in the late 1980s, and we lived in the same dorm for three years.  I don’t recall having any contact with Tim after he graduated in 1988.  But, certain of my classmates from the Chicago area did have contact with Tim.  In fact, some lived nearby, attended the same church, had kids in the same schools and the same sports leagues.  Looked at in some ways, Tim appeared successful — professional career in the financial sector, home in a sought-after suburb, four kids, private schools, etc.  At the same time, Tim battled alcoholism…maybe all those achievements weren’t truly fulfilling for him…maybe he was stuck…maybe he wasn’t getting through it…maybe he couldn’t get through it, at least not without help, not without a partner, not without a group.  The most chilling comment in many emails I read about Tim and his situation was when the email sender said “…then I lost touch with him.”  The challenge this week is to consider someone you know who’s facing tough circumstances, someone at risk of getting stuck and reach out to that person.  If you’re in the unfortunate place of being stuck or at risk of being stuck, identify someone who can help you start moving.  That’s the essential action to getting THROUGH it.   If you need two names, put Anchorman and Double D on your list.

SYITG

 

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Slowly we Burn

11 plus 2 runners at Slowburn. A bit light eh? Too cold? or you just too fit already? Whatever, you only get me every so often …. if you weren’t there, you missed it.

Welcome, Intro, Disclaimer, Mosey

Warm up; 15x OH Clap, 14x Windmill, 13x LBCs IC, 12x Morrocan NC, 12x LSS, 11x Hello Dolly, 10x CDD, 10x Imperial Walker, 10x Freddie M, 10x Scorpion DD (this is the first time AM tried to Q jack), 10x Hillbilly Walker, 10x Dying Cockroach

Mosey, 4 corners; 20x Mt Climber, 2 burpees in the middle, 20x LBCs IC, 2 burpees, 10x Squat Jumps, 2 burpees, 15x Flutter IC, 2 burpees (this is the second place AM tried to Q jack)

Mosey to the back of Lowes 10x3x Calf Raise, 10x Dips, 10x incline merkins

Mosey around Lowes and back out the other side for the Greatest Hits
10x Mahktar N’Diayes
1-4,2-8,3-12 Matt Foley
10x Travolta
5x Richard Simmons (on request from Wide Right)
10x Monkey Humper
10x Shoulder Taps
49x OH Claps IC

Mosey, 4 corners; 10x HR Merkins, 2 burpees, 10x BB situps, 2 burpees, 10x bombjacks, 2 burpees, 10x2x Scorpion DD

Circle up, cool off; 15x Morrocan NC, 15x LBCs, 10x OH Claps, 10x Freddie, 10x Air Press, 10x Rosalita, 10x LSS, and finally 10x SSH

Than you Hootie for the opportunity to lead

Looks like we made it,

Barry Manilow

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Always Play the Hits at Footloose

18 at Footloose on a cool morning.
Welcome, intro, disclaimer, lets go
Mosey down the hill to the lot across from FM Church of God

Dynamic warm up back and forth across the lot, exercise 1/2 way, jog it out to the other end; butt kickers, high knees, toy soldiers, squat walkers, windmill walkers, soccer knees out, backwards run, powerskip, bear crawl, crawl bear, 50%, 50%, 75%, 75%, 100%, 100%

Jonah Hill (3 broad jumps, 3 merkins, 7 times)

Suicides across the lot, LSSx10x3, CDDx10x2, BB situpsx10x1
Suicides across the lot, Imp Walkerx10x3, Merkinsx10x2, LBCsx20x1

Circle up for the GREATEST HITS
Mahktar N’Diayes x 10
Matt Foley (1 x animated squat, 4 x Dying Cockroach, 2-8, 3-12)
Travoltas x 10
Monkey Humpers x 10
Shoulder Taps x 10
OH Claps x 49

Split the group, 1/2 snake the church stairs, 1/2 do the exercise, flip flop x 3
inchworm merkin squat jumps (that’s one thing)
merkin clock
bombjacks

Mosey back to First Baptist lot, Dynamic cool down, squat walkers, soccer knees out
Final exercise: SSH x 10

Thank you Beacon for the opportunity to lead

Looks like we made it,

Barry Manilow

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The 2018 Fort Clave Boss 5k & Christmas Convergence

0545 – Arrive at Palisades Elementary School AKA The Abyss where Bear Grylis is tailgating like its the Summer Concert tour and he’s at FORT-A_PALOOZA.

Ruckers and Runners were gathering and getting ready for a full morning of all 3 F’s. The Pre-Ruck led by Bonsai (as Worldwide Leader was MIA) got together and away they went.

YHC gathered all of the Clave Boss 5k runners and gave the instructions for the course. Signs were posted however it was still difficult for some to follow (Royale, Funhouse and some others) and they got 3.5mi surprise.

0605 – The 4th Annual Clave Boss 5k launched and 32 runners hit the hills of Palisades. This year we awarded Bundt Cakes to the first runner at various paces.

  1. MacGyver flew in at 20:47 6:60/mi and then went back to encourage other runners – True #HIM
  2. Sharkbait came in at 24:43 7.88/mi
  3. Islander rolled in at 27:10 8.74/mi
  4. Twister with a 31:25 10.08/mi
  5. Smuggler wrapped it up with a solid 34:11 11:00/mi

Appreciate all the participants. Next Year’s 5th Annual will be a special event for sure!!

0700 – Preruck has returned, Clave Boss has wrapped up and now more cars have entered the parking lot with PAX gathering all around. It was time to launch the convergence. YHC ask if there were FNGs, and we had 4 in attendance, gave the disclaimer. YHC then gave RUCK crew green light to jet with a 0750 COT. The remaining 75 or so PAX had YHC and Maximus for the next 50minutes

The Thang:

Mosey parking lot….20 SSHs, Go to other end of lot, Merkins, go to other end of lot for squats, back to other end of parking lot for LBCs

Line up in 6 lines, each line goes to a cone and each cone has exercise on it

  1. Merkins
    1. Bearcrawl
  2. Leg Lifts
    1. Lunge walk
  3. Wide Arm Merkins
    1. Run
  4. Donkey Kicks
    1. Bearcrawl
  5. Spider-man Merkins
    1. Lunge walk
  6. Sumo Squats
    1. Run

3 rounds of above, 5 reps, then 10 reps, then 15 reps

The mumble chatter was classic and the fellowship as always enjoyable

Handoff to Maximus

Mosey to back of School and line up in 6 lines for Pain Platoon

  1. Santini led squat routine that is always a crowd pleaser
    1. Burpees
  2. Pusher led Lunges
    1. Burpees
  3. Double D led Mc-tar-Ny ??
    1. Burpees
  4. Bubba Gump led SSHs
    1. Burpees
  5. 4 lines – turn to face one another – then Seal Team Sit ups–always a big crowd pleaser

Mosey to front of school for COT:

Plank while waiting on RUCK crew and 6 inches with Walker…..always fun!!

  • 93 was the count with 4 FNGs
    • Bo Knows
    • Ferris
    • Gaylord
    • Doubtfire

 

  • We Switzered to gather around and listing to Mr. Clean give a message and challenge to the PAX
    • I’m honored to speak with you today;
      Tomorrow (Christmas night) is the 1 year anniversary of me and the kids finding Cindy (my wife) unconscious. She was immediately put on life support
      Cindy died 3 days later from complications of MS and an addiction to alcohol
      I thought our life was on cruise control. I was being non -purposeful and non intentional. Being a single parent and grieving thru the tragic death of a spouse has been unreal.A few things I have learned from this that I would like to share.

      1. I have a much deeper awareness of emotional health. I have been humbled. Being humble creates avenue for change and growth. My question to you is…are you vulnerable and humble enough to let brothers in to help you?? Are you humble enough to ask for him if you are escaping reality w addictions? Alcohol, porn, etc
      2. I have a more real relationship w Christ.At a time when I doubted Christ care for me and my children and his desire to help our family Christ stepped in and answered a very exact prayer request. If you have doubts about Christ, speak to me please. I would love to share with you what He alone has done.
      3. I am thankful for the suffering. It has brought our family closer together. Even though I and the kids are miss Cindy everyday, we have so much to be thankful. I am thankful for the life that we had w Cindy. I am thankful that she is suffering no more. I am thankful that Cindy is made as new. Most importantly, am thankful for the birth of Christ. He gives us HOPE for a better day.
    • My Challenge to you is Love Deeper and Speak Sweeter. — too often people speak disrespectfully of their spouses and children and parents. Words matter and we all need to choose them wisely. We need to hold each other accountable and “get our heads out of our asses” as you never know when that person will be taken from you.

YHC can’t thank Mr Clean enough for this message and his friendship. over the last 2 years we have grown together to be better Christ followers, better husbands and fathers. He is such a great leader and I’m blessed to have him in my life.

If you need someone like this in your life, reach out to me and we’ll get you set up as there are a boatload of HIMs in the PAX

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It was time for some major announcements in leadership. YHC has led as NANTAN for The Fort region for about 15months. Prior to that I was Weasel Shaker and prior to that 3rdF Q and in-between Site Qs of Ranch, Ballroom, Crossroads,, ChicknWizdim, and led CSAUP teams at P200, Kiawah and others.

It was time to hand over the keys to this well oiled machine to a new leader. A man I’ve watched grow and lead in all 3 F’s and lead well. First got to know him well on the 2014 BRR 9 man team. I was asked to attend Colombia mission with with him in 2015 that he led. Have Qd many times with him and attended a retreat in Boone with him in 2017 and saw his heart for God, Family and the PAX of The Fort. In 2018 he led BEYOND and pushed men to not only dig deep physically but to stretch themselves emotionally and spiritually. This sealed it for me that this man understood leadership and that men needed to be Freed to Lead.

MAXIMUS is the new NANTAN of The Fort!

I personally am excited for this next chapter and look forward to more men being Freed to Lead by his example and inspiration. With this change, some other leaders have stepped up as well.

  • Weasel Shaker = Funhouse
  • 1stFQ = Royale
  • 2ndFQ = Wegmans
  • 3rdFQ = Gecko

I personally want to thank Old Bay for years of leadership and more importantly friendship. I true HIM who makes so much happen behind the scenes that there is no way The FORT would be where it is today without him.

Also, want to thank Anchorman for 2nd F Q during my time as Nantan, as well as all his leadership at Footloose, encouraging guys to push themselves and the many great ideas and ways to challenge the PAX. Appreciate you brother!

BOM – Gecko had great words to close out this convergence. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus and all of the Holidays, I pray we find JOY in everything and not take anything for granted. I appreciate all the PAX and my brothers of THE GLOOM.

Cake Boss

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The Cornerstone – Challenge ( One Year Long )

To all the Pax of F3 Nation

Are you prepared to challenge your self for 2019? I am challenging all Pax’s to join me for 2019 we will take on one exercise for January (merkins single count) 100 reps every day. Then in February we will add another exercise which will be done every day on top of the 100 merkins and so on and so on. We will increase by adding one exercise each month.  These exercises will be above and beyond when you post. So by the end of the year there will be 12 exercises that need to be done everyday at the reps set.

Do you accept the challenge? Do you want to get better?

I will set the next month exercise and reps the week before to keep you on your toes

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Movement keeps one warm

21 gathered at Laces Out and Laces In – 8 and 13 respectively – to prove the theory that movement keeps one warm in chilly December temperatures.

YHC had promised site Q for months that I would take a Laces In Q and it was great to finally fulfill that with such a strong group of PAX and make it through with good fellowship, a little mumble chatter and 45 minutes (or an hour for the 8 runners) of getting a little better than we were the day before.

After a disclaimer and delegating the assumption of risk to all gathered, we moseyed to the FMHS Band parking lot for COP:

COP: Moroccan Night Clubs IC x 20, arm circles – forward and backward in varying quantities, SSH IC x 30, Merkins IC x 12, Windmills IC x 15

Mosey back to the Stadium entrance for Jacob’s Ladder.  Since our workout was 12 days before Christmas, it only seemed fitting that the exercises add up to 12 instead of 11.  YHC, therefore, modified the ladder, given the date on the calendar.

Burpees at the bottom – 11, 10, 9, 8, etc.

Lunge Walks uphill to the 2nd lightpole (crowd pleaser )

Carolina Dry Docks at the 2nd lightpole – 1, 2, 3, 4 and mosey back down

Mosey to the main parking lot for a little partner Dora

100 merkins total – Partner 1 starts, partner 2 does a roughly 120 yard shuttle run  – switch until 100 is reached.

200 squats – Partner 1 starts, partner 2 runs, you get the idea

Had a plan for 300 as well, but YHC was compelled to call an audible at 5:57 (time ran short) to head back for a little ab work…..but just a little.

Boxcutters IC x 30, American Hammers IC x 15, and a body destroyer promptly executed at 5:59 AM.

There was much movement, a little chatter, varying amounts of sweat and a few comments in the days that followed relating to the amount of lunge walks – complimentary of course.

Announcements – Christmas Eve convergence – 12-24 at the Abyss – Palisades Park Elementary and Q source begins on Saturday 1-5-19.

Prayers for all traveling for the holidays.

Relatively new to leading workouts, it was great to see some #HIM’s who, years ago, were encouraging of this serial runner guy to get out of his comfort zone and go do something else.  You each know who you are.  Thank you.

My thanks to Lil’ E for the opportunity to lead.  It was a privilege.

Cyclops

 

 

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The Ballroom: Picking up the 6…..all 6 of us!

1 is the loneliest number…. but then there were 2 and eventually 6 of us came to the Ballroom for our daily red pill.

Was a cool morning but not crazy cold. The Ballroom is usually loaded with PAX but i guess the school delay and ice took their man cards……YES I said it. Haha!

The Thang: Everywhere we went, we carried our friend “The 6”

Line up at end of parking lot:
· Sprint 20 yd
· Shuffle 20 yd
· Karoke 20yd
· Sprint 20yd
3X

COP:
SSH x 15
CDD x15
Mtn Climber x15
IW x15

Jog to Corner of building:
Indian Run to each Corner of building
1st Corner – Seal Team Sit Ups x20
2nd Corner – Partner Derkins x 10 each

7’s on the driveway between schools

  • Bombjacks
  • Squats

3rd Corner – Partner Leg Raises x 10 each

4th Corner – Spiderman Pushup x 10

Jog to front of school:
Circle Up for Mary:
Member of PAX runs to far island and back
Rest of PAX performs Ab routine—-we did 2 rounds of abs

COT:

I spoke to the PAX about my childhood Christmas and how on Christmas eve we would hang stockings and put cookies out and go to bed. The Tree was not decorated and nothing else in the room looked like Christmas. When we woke up on Christmas morning the Tree in all its glory was decorated, Christmas town village with train set was running with lights in each house. Gifts spread across the room and stockings full.  I use to watch that train under the tree for hours and even today when I see toy trains or electric trains it takes me back to the magic of Christmas. Funny thing with trains is that wherever that engine goes, the cars follow. straight, turn right, turn left…. the cars are right behind it. I challenged the PAX on what is their “engine”? Is it the worldly success and a facade or something more substantial? Ask yourselves what are you following and what is your motivation in life……what is your purpose??? Are you following it closely and step by step?? Is it rewarding or fleeting?? My personal engine is my Lord and Savior  Jesus and my motivation to be better today and tomorrow than I was yesterday. This is the case at home, work and community. It gives me fullness of life today but I also know it will for eternity. My purpose is HIS purpose. What is your ENGINE???

Thanks Short Sale for the lead. Appreciate all the PAX!!

Cake Boss

 

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