As I write the title, it prompts me to start singing “I bless the rains down in Africa, I bless the rains down in Africa, Gonna take the time to do the things we never had.” Dang, TOTO was a cool band at one time. Alexa – play some TOTO. Any how, I digress…..
Back to the F3’s TOTO’s original. Another beautiful morning in the gloom. 18 posted for a VQ hosted by TOTO and TurtleMan. This included two FNG’s – Jerry Best and son Samuel – welcome to F3 guys. Tuesday night TOTO and I were texting to develop a game plan. I mentioned to him, let’s use an Animal Kingdom theme. It was more jocular being that a dog and a turtle were going to be Q’ing. TOTO said he was going to write down what he wanted to lead and send it to me. I looked at it late and said to myself, whatever works. Editor’s note – remember to always read the disclosures and fine print details. So we start sharp at 5:30am, welcome the FNG’s, Disclosure (I am an idiot), Whoopee assist’s with the 5 principal’s of F3 and then pledge.
TOTO provides a few words, mentions the animal kingdom theme and sternly shouts “we are going Beast mode”. What we didn’t know, couldn’t hurt us…. right? He jumps straight into warm up
Mountain Climbers x 20 IC
Merkins x 20 IC
Side Straddle Hops x 20 IC
Down the parkway stop at first intersection for 50 LBC’s OYO
Mosey to the back lot of the doctors office. Beast mode begins
Shuttle merkins x 12 OYO
Calf raises x 12 (front, side, back)
Hindu merkins x 12 OYO
Rinse and repeat x3. At some point Sargento shows up, followed shortly by Hippa. Have no idea how they found us. We could of been any where.
Line up back of parking lot, lunge walk across to the other side
Mosey towards Gastone’s hill, stop at next intersection for 50 monkey humpers OYO
Continue Mosey, stop at bottom of hill
TOTO leads us through
Archer merkins x 12 OYO
Squat jumps x 12 OYO
Pike press merkins x 12 OYO
Rinse and repeat x3
Bernie Sanders up the hill to the cul-de-sac at the top
Plank waiting on the six
50 flutter kicks OYO
Mosey down hill, plank for the six
Mosey towards Snoballs
Stop for 50 squats OYO
Jail break to finish
Great to have FNG’s Jerry Best (Honey) and son Samuel (Cheerios) join. F3 Gastonia continues to grow and expand. Results are clear and word is out. Everyone is playing a key role. You may not realize it, others are watching or listening. It’s due to efforts such as TOTO. He randomly shows up two weeks ago, stops his truck in the middle of the road, asks if he can join us (sure, come on) and has hit it hard daily. And already jumping into VQ his first post. Within 2 weeks! It takes each of us to make this work. If you haven’t Q’d lately, follow TOTO’s lead and jump in full beast mode. I may just fartsack the first time he carries his first solo Q.
We had a strong turnout. Good work guys. It’s a privilege and was an honor to partner with TOTO to lead. Think the shoulders and arms will be sore for a day or two.