After some confusion as to who had the Q this morning, Wirenut backed down and deferred to his elders and allowed YHC to take the Q downtown. Downtown was on the normal schedule for years so it was great to be back.
As usual, there was a lively crowd. Downtown has changed a lot in the almost 7 years of the AO. F3 helped raise funds for the bathrooms beside the Pavilion. More people live work, and play downtown now than before. You gotta love it!
There were no FNG’s so we started with a brief warmup of 10 Squats, 10 Merkins, and 10 Big Boi Situps. We started with an Indian run around the lot but the message to go to the bridge wasn’t passed down so we took another lap in the parking lot and it was pandemonium. YHC got back in front and led us to the Bridge. We bear crawled the bridge together and ended at the light on Long Avenue. Waiting to cross, Broke made the claim that “he has a red light, let’s go!” As soon as a few PAX took their first step the light turned green and we risked our lives by dashing across the intersection. It was at that time that someone said, “you have to Commit!”
We moseyed to the lot near the ATM across from the Sheriff’s office for the main event. 30 merkins at the bottom, bunny hop all the stairs on the way to the upper lot, 5 burpees at the top, mosey down the other stairs and descend the merkins by 5 but keep the bunny hops and burpees. It was hot, humid, and this was a gasser. We “recovered” by doing 3 calf raises on every step back to the top level.
Next we went down the steps with squats on each level 25-25-5 with 50 LBC’s at the bottom. We then moseyed to the top of the deck, this time doing a better job of committing to crossing the street as one group at the appropriate time. Leadership takes practice!
Once at the top, we did a few minutes of Mary before returning to the Pavilion. Along the way, some PAX decided to run through mud since it was a shorter route. We were witnesses to a female berating a male on the street. Someone said he may have thrown something at her. YHC doesn’t know who she was, but heard her tell the male who was likely homeless, “you need to take responsibility for yourself!”
Boom! There I had my COT message. Taking responsibility for yourself and not blaming other people or circumstances for your problems is a surefire way to continue to have problems. It is the victim mentality. Through faith, hope, and grace, you can overcome a lot by taking responsibility for your situation.
When we returned to the Pavilion, we did a stretching exercise until time was up.
Announcement: Convergence a week from Saturday…F3 Dads the week after at the Gashouse and Tubing on the 30th.
Prayer Requests: PAX and families travelling, Children dealing with abuse, law enforcement
After the workout got a chance to speak with Camellia. Said he was a newer PAX who was friends with Sister Act. In spite of that he seems like a great HIM. Great to see and meet new PAX as you post in the region. As 1FQ, I encourage you to visit some of the AO’s you don’t normally attend and meet new PAX.
Always a pleasure to be downtown. Love that AO!