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Home Again

THE SCENE: 42 degrees F, 60% humidity, light drizzle at the end

SSH, Arm circles, Merkins, Low plank, Cherry pickers

Two workout areas set up about 40 ft apart.

Start by doing the following 7 exercises.

Merkins x12, Peter Parkers x12, WWII Sit-ups x12, Inverted Pull-ups x12, Dry Docks x12, Step Ups x12/leg, Dips x24

Lunge to the second station and perform the following 7 exercises with a CMU.

Bent Rows x12, Curls x12, Upright Rows x12, Thrusters x12, Triceps Extension x12, Lawn Mowers x12/arm, Russian Swings x12

Run 1/3 mile on the AO trail stopping midway to perform 3 burpees.  Return to AO, lunge 40 feet, and repeat sequence until “Recover” is called.

Flutter kicks, Box cutters, LBC’s
12 HIMS, no FNGs

The BOM centered around the 4 points of this article with hopes that each HIM will read, absorb, and dwell on the entire piece.


It used to be easier to be a “decent” person. It was easier to come to the end of a life imperfectly lived, in which mistakes were made and convictions shifted through different phases, without being labeled a bad human being. We used to be allowed to think wrong things until we figured out better ways to think. It used to be permissible to say the wrong thing, to do something stupid, to hold a belief that was different from our neighbor’s, without being written off as hopeless, vile, or worthless.

These days, something as benign as leaving a shopping cart in a parking lot or putting a dog in the backyard is enough to make Americans despise each other. It seems that the era of general agreement about what makes a person “good” is over. Can we expect to see funeral crowds dwindling because, in our ultra-sensitivity, in our refusal to see beyond a careless word or deed, in our determination that any belief that contradicts our own is indecent, we will no longer allow people to be honored for the good that God accomplished through their imperfect lives? Are vitriol and mistrust the new languages of humanity in this nation?

It appears so.

How can people who live in the same country have such different and clearly defined ideas of what makes a person “good” or what makes a life worthy of honor? How is it possible that even two people who both claim to be applying Scripture can be so oppositely situated on moral issues?

And, maybe more importantly, what are my responsibilities as a follower of Christ in a time when decency seems completely arbitrary? What are the social standards that “good” people adhere to? Who decides? And how much should I care?

I can’t control how people think, how they speak, or what they think of me. But, there are a few things that I can remember that will make me a better and more God-honoring participant in the culture.

1. No one is good. (Romans 3:10)

The whole concept of “good” people is a secular one. The Bible clearly tells us that we are all bad, much worse than we care to admit.  Maybe it’s time to stop being so shocked when people prove that we are all the sinners that God tells us we are. Goodness is a fruit of the spirit, not a righteousness scale-tipper. If there is any good in me, it is from God alone, and not something that I should try to take credit for.

2. The Bible is my authority, not the culture. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

I shouldn’t get my instructions about how to live a godly life from politicians or movie stars or bloggers. If I am living according to Scripture, I will see the world differently, and that means I will sometimes be misunderstood and considered prudish, judgmental, out of touch, and irrelevant, even by some in the church. I have to learn to be okay with that. Biblical convictions shouldn’t hinge on the approval or disapproval of those who don’t share my worldview.

3. I should live to please God above all. (Galatians 1:10)

As much as I would love to come to the end of my life and hope that people have good things to say about me, my aim is to please God and obey Him, even if it costs me the good opinions of some. Not everyone I know will appreciate or respect my viewpoint, especially given the current hatred of certain biblical ideals. Am I willing to be labeled by the world so that I can hear “Well done, good and faithful servant” from my Lord?

4. As far as it depends on me, I should live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:8)

It is possible to live a quiet life and still stand on biblical truth. Sometimes we are called to be quiet and sometimes we are called to be voices crying out in the wilderness, but we are never called to be cruel.

It’s easy to get caught up in the desire to please people. It’s difficult to be THAT person–the one who is saying unpopular things and holding to unpopular beliefs. Yet, didn’t Jesus tell us that we would have trouble in this world? Didn’t He promise that this faith would bring division? For a long time American Christians coasted along, enjoying a culture that said decent human beings lived according to the Bible. Things are different now. Now we will be called wicked for believing God’s good commands. We will be called good if we reject parts of Scripture that conflict with the culture. I guess the question we all have to ask ourselves is this: are we willing to accept the label “bad human” for the sake of the gospel, knowing that living to please the Lord is choosing to be despised by the world?

“And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Mark 13:13

Several fighting cancer including Snorkel’s father-in-law, Fin’s co-worker, and Dreamer’s dad.  Praying for Chaucer’s mom in her personal battle.
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THE SCENE:  40 degrees F, 69% humidity, dark with clear skies.

SSH, Inch worms

30 second planks: High, low, John Trivolta’s left and right, rear

Glute Marches

  • With two CMUs, one held high and the other low, perform reverse lunge to step up (5/leg).  After that perform single leg Romanian Dead Lifts (8/leg).  Do three total rounds and plank until all HIMs are complete.
  • Push – Pull Ladder:  8 to 1 pull ups or inverted pull ups, 16 to 2 merkins.
  • Four Rounds: 5x CMU Curtsy Squats, 4x Burpee broad jumps, 3x grinder laps.

20x Flutter kicks, 20x box cutters, 50x LBCs
11 HIMs including Spooks (Travis Elkins) from Fredericksburg, VA.
Jude 24-25:  Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.

This should be our reason for assurance and hope.  Live it.

Prayers for Fins mom (health) and for Espy’s family (death of his dad).
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12 Daze

THE SCENE: 46 degrees F, 90% humidity,

Mosey to Mt. Crumpit with CMU gift in hand. From the base of Mt. Crumpit run to the first Daze and do the exercise with CMU.  Run back to base and do the first Home Base exercise.  Run to second Daze and do that exercise plus the first one.  Run back to base and perform second exercise. Continue till all 12 Daze are completed (all 12 are performed at the last Daze) and all Home Base is complete.

12 Daze

1x Roll Over Merkin (all sides)

2x Blockies

3x OH Squat Press

4x On the Shelf (4/side)

5x CMU Swings

6x Goblet Squats

7x Upright Rows

8x Triceps Extensions

9x Curls

10x Lawn Mowers (per arm)

11x Bent Rows

12x Dips


Home Base Exercises  (12x Each)

  1. Dry Docks
  2. Iron Mike Squats
  3. Body Builders
  4. WWII Situps
  5. Shoulder Taps (4 ct)
  6. Squat Jumps
  7. SSH (4 ct)
  8. Plank Jacks (4 ct)
  9. Box Cutters
  10. Merkins
  11. Flutter Kicks (4 ct)
  12. Mountain Climbers (4 ct)

(Note:  Most completed the first 10 or 11.  All were gathered together at the 12 Daze and completed the exercises in cadence before heading back to the AO.)
No time for Mary today.  Actually ran 4 minutes over time.
13 HIMs bearing CMU gifts
What does this time of year bring to your mind?  Past gatherings with family and friends? Reminders of favorite gifts received when you were young?  The excitement you had when you saw your wife or children open a special gift you gave them?  I certainly have those memories.

There is another memory I have and it comes to me every time I hear or sing Silent Night.  Back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Bob Hope would take a USO show to the soldiers in Vietnam.  It was his way of bringing joy to a desperate place; his way of giving back to those who were giving so much for us back home. It was about two hours of comedy, song and dance, and beautiful women for the GIs to enjoy.  And did they ever enjoy the time.  The looks on their faces told it all.

As tradition had it, Bob Hope ended each show with clips from the several locations they visited.  That clip was a montage of the singing of Silent Night.  It was hard to keep the tears from flowing – from me or from the military personnel in the audiences.  It is a scene I will never forget.

All of this reminds me of the verse in Luke that captures the feelings of Mary on that first night of Jesus as a baby.  The shepherds had appeared at the manger and told Mary and Joseph all that the angels had told them about the child.  Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”

We need to do the same. We need to ponder the beauty of God’s gift of His Son.  The gift that is our only way to everlasting life with God.  And if we haven’t done a good enough job of it, we need to provide those experiences with the ones we love so they can treasure up and ponder for years to come.

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Breakfast at Drifter’s on Saturday, December 28th.

Checking In

THE SCENE: 33 degrees F, Partly Cloudy

SSH, Cherry Pickers, Inchworm Merkins, Little Baby Arm Circles

Jog across grinder, skip across grinder, bear crawl to CMU storage and claim one.


Mosey with your CMU on the Block Party circuit while stopping at the following 20 stations:

    • Bent rows x24
    • On the shelf x6 each side
    • CMU toe tap x67
    • Squats x24

    Road Block merkins, x18

    • Clean and press x12
    • Roll over merkins x6 each of 4 CMU ends

    Run to Springbrook fountain w/o CMU and then return to retreive CMU

    • Dead lift x6 per arm
    • Triceps extensions x12
    • Dips x24
    • Straight arm overhead lift x12
    • Upright rows x24
    • Burpee press x12

    Interlude: Mt Crumpet count off by 2’s.

    #1 run up, #2 farmer hold – switch.

    #1 Bernie up, #2 farmer hold – switch.

    #1 bear crawl up, #2 farmer hold – switch

    • Curls x24
    • CMU swing x12
    • Overhead press x12
    • Lawn mowers x12 per side
    • Squat press x12
    • Lunge to grinder with CMU

Box Cutters, Floor Wipers, Flutter Kicks, LBCs to cash out.
Total of 15 HIMs including Knoxville visitor Umbro.
When I first started with Alcoa, Inc in 1974 the Engineering and Maintenance Manager was Dick Taylor.  In his late 40’s, Dick was three levels of management above me and reported to the Operations Manager.  Dick was sharp, energetic, smart, confident, experienced, driven, and demanding.  He was also introverted.  Like many of us, we are often required to function out of our personality comfort zone.  Dick did and he did it well.

Dick had the habit of touring around the plants to maintain a pulse on things.  Often he would show up in an engineer’s office, say hello, and take a seat.  And he would be quite.  We have heard of the pregnant pause.  This seemed longer.  When it happened to me the first time, I was taken off guard.  What did he want?  Why was he in my office?  What should I do or say?

In short order I started telling Dick what I was into from a work perspective.  I talked about the projects that were consuming my time.  I asked for any advice he might have.  After that we might get into a little conversation about life things outside of Alcoa, Inc.  Dick used these impromptu meetings to touch base, to learn some details, to connect with his entire staff.  Over a period of 5 years, Dick probably stopped in 3 or 4 times.  Each one got easier and more beneficial to me.  Perhaps for Dick also.

Years later I looked back at the time spent with Dick and it hit me that this is a good way for me to spend time with God.  Instead of Dick sitting across the room from me, what if it was God that just came in and sat down.  I know, He was there all the time, just like He is here as I type this.  But the difference is that I act like He is in front of me.  There are certainly things I need to tell Him; not for His sake since He already knows it, but for my sake.  By telling Him, I can bounce things off of Him, ask Him for advice, and understand His will for me.  I need that kind of relationship with God and I know He wants that from me.

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40 Years

THE SCENE: 28 degrees F, 92% humidity

40 yard Jog/butt kicks/high knees/skip
7 cherry pickers (to remember the sabbath and keep it holy)
Grab a block for a trip around the park. Stops along the way.
40 Decline Merkins
40 Dead Lifts
With block, Crawl Bear / Bear Crawl / Crab Walk / Walk Crab
With block 40 step ups (20 each leg)
40 4ct Mtn Climbers IC
40 left side crunch / 40 Right side crunch
40 curls
Side lunge 40 yards / other side 40 yards
40 burpees
40 box cutters
Circle up, hold Al Gore, pass block 40 times

Super man / banana 40 sec
Shoulder taps til time
8 HIMs
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