• Post Type: Backblast
  • When: 10/08/2022
  • AO: Gashouse
  • QIC: Dredd
  • FNG's:
  • PAX: Whoopee, Roscoe, Tube, Voodoo, Maybelline, Short Sale, Blart, Def Leppard, Slaw, Brutus, Amazon, Watts Up, Rhino, Doodles, ToolTime, Sargento, Broke, DOM, Tricycle, Spiderman, Oompa Loompa, Mayor, Gumby, Gumball, Bedpan, Ranlo, Nutria, Geek Squad, Ginger Beard, Stogie, JJ, Linus, Pizza Man, Noisy Cricket, Pockets

Today was a great day. I really hoped it would be. I sometimes think about “things.” It’s usually when I am off work for a few days and my mind starts to wander and I start dreaming about things that I could be doing better at work or home or with the family. I guess when I slow down enough to consider what is going on around me, I think of ways to make changes hopefully for the better. Although I didn’t have time off to do that, this whole week I was a little excited and nervous about the weekend. Think about all the things that have happened to you over the last few years since you joined F3. For me, it was thankfully early in the forming stages of GasHouse in 2015. Sure we had some guidance and people giving us advice, but we were really just hanging on trying not to let the wheels run off the track as we grew into a region. F3 has been a huge part of my life, and not just from 0530-0615. I’ve met some great guys. I’ve gotten in better shape. I’ve read more books and listened to more podcasts than I ever imagined. In a word…..I have matured. That is a big thing for me and I don’t say that lightly. I could not have done that without a lot of you and most importantly, I could not have done that without Dredd. This is a guy that I have had less than 2 hours of total conversation with in my entire life. Despite this, he has changed my life, possibly more than any other man outside of my family. That really sounds strange when I read that now. His vision for F3 and who he has inspired to be better men can never be understated. Think about that for a minute. When you think of a high impact man, his image needs to consume your thoughts.

I remember running 1 time a few years ago with Tooltime (AKA Bolt) and he got this funny look on his face and said something about how cool it was that we had been a part of building this “thing” in Gastonia. I didn’t want to let it get to my head (don’t think I need any help with that) so I just kind of laughed it off and changed the subject quickly. I know a lot of guys played a role in starting F3 in Gastonia and even more are still playing a role in keeping it going. Just remember, it takes all of us but it probably started with a little spark of a thought from Dredd at the right time with the right people around him and see what F3 has become? Things like this really confirm to me there is a God, there is a plan, and sometimes I need to just hang on and try not to let the wheels run off the track. We have a great group of men with F3 here in GasHouse. Every day you don’t post, you are missing out on that gift and maybe missing an opportunity to be that spark that makes a difference for another guy. That difference might be as simple as sticking with F3 just to exercise or maybe as big as deciding it’s time to make a change in his life for the better. Think if Dredd fartsacked on 1/1/2011? What would you be doing right now? Who would you be right now? More importantly, where would you be headed?

Dread delivered in GasHouse…..in a big way. It’s not too late to reap the benefits. If you were not there at GasHouse, you missed out. We had a great time and got better. Thanks for helping to keep the wheels on the track.