THE SCENE: Humid, temp in low 70’s.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
20 Plank Jacks, Plank arm and leg raises, 10 Cherry Pickers, Michael Phelps, Little of This and That.
Mosey to Southern Ball Fields Parking Lot. Do 20 Hello Dollies, four count.
Mosey to perimeter trail near the Pavilion of the south ball fields. We will do Nickel, Dime, Quarters (run one light do five of exercise, run two lights do ten, run five lights and do 25 of exercise) all the way to the beginning of Cardiac Hill. These will be the exercises we will go through:
- Star Jumps
- Big Boy Sit-ups
- Squat Jumps
- Dive Bombers
- Imperial Walkers (four count)
At Cardiac Hill we will run up the hill, stopping at each of the turns and finally at the benches to do the following exercises:
- Turn 1: 20 American Hammers
- Turn 2: 20 Flutter Kicks
- Turn 3: 20 Decline Merkins
- Benches: Bench Dips
- Rinse and Repeat
Mosey to parking lot where we keep CMUs.
We will go around the parking lot, stopping at each corner to do exercises. We go around the parking lot four times, doing the following exercises at each corner:
- Corner 1: 20 Carolina Dry Docks, 20 Shoulder Taps (both shoulders = 1), 20 Squats, 20 Diamond Merkins (sprint to Corner 2)
- Corner 2: 20 Mountain Climbers (four count), 20 Smurf Jacks, 20 Iron Mikes (four count) 10 Burpees (bear crawl to Corner 3)
- Corner 3: (with CMUs) 20 Overhead Presses, 20 Curls, 20 Rows, 20 Coupon Swings (Bernie Sanders to Corner 4)
- Corner 4: 20 Bicycle Kicks (four count), 20 Box Cutters, 30 Baby Crunches, 40 “Mississippi second count” Boat Canoe (Lunge to Corner 1)
Mosey back to AO.
30 Baby Crunches
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Ten Men, No FNGs.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
As HIMs, we desire to help others. But how to we handle people that are difficult to help? Who resist or slap down our offers of assistance with “yes buts”, turning their backs to you, snide remarks, or an attitude that says either that “people aren’t no damn good” or “to hell with you and your advice.” In my last message I talked about the need to resist the urge to strike back with caustic words; the need to be patient with such people; and, the need to stay Strong with them hanging in there with them.
One thing that can help you is to try to understand where the person is coming from. These are often folks who have been hurt in their pasts. Because of that, they lack trust in others and also lack trust in themselves to overcome difficulties. There is a song by Nick Cave that, I believe, captures well how past painful experience can lead to a tragic attitude of “people ain’t no damn good.” Ironically, the name of the song is “People Ain’t No Good.” I don’t think this is Nick Cave’s stance on life although I am sure that, like all of us, he has certainly felt this way. Rather, it is the stance of the narrator of the song.
Throughout the song, the refrain is “people they ain’t no good.” Then we find out more about the narrator. We find out how he married his love under cherry trees and under blossoms they made their vows. We hear how the sun would stream on the sheets of their bed, how they were awoken by the morning bird, how they would buy Sunday newspapers but never read a single word due to their love for one another.
But, then we hear about how the winter stripped the blossoms of their love. How like a fist, the difficulties hit them. How his wife drew the curtains, made of wedding veils, on the narrator. And, so the narrator cries, “to our love send a coffin of wood. . . to our love a valentine of blood. . . to our love let all the jilted lovers cry “that people just ain’t no good.”
Then, we hear how others may have tried to help this narrator but how he (and, this is the gut-wrenching tragedy of the story) bitterly turned down their help. Here are the tragic lines about the people who tried to help him:
It ain’t that in their hearts they’re bad
They can comfort you, some even try
They nurse you when you’re ill of health
They bury you when you go and die
It ain’t that in their hearts they’re bad
They’d stick by you if they could
But that’s just bullshit baby
People just ain’t no good
Through the song, we come to understand the stance of the narrator. It is a tragic stance but we have empathy for him because we can understand the reason for his pain. Let us, as HIMs, be patient, be loving, be kind, be strong. Work to understand those who turn away our attempts at love. Help those who are bitter to learn that, although all of us screw up, some people are pretty damned good.
Prayer of thanks that Mr. Jinxy received good news from the cardiologist.
The REWARD at Panera!