F3 Knoxville

Those are a real thing?

The Dog Pound
Workout Date: 27 Dec 2018
QIC: Mayberry

THE SCENE: 37 and clear

IC 4ct Cherry pickers

IC 4ct SSH

IC 4ct Worlds Greatest Merkin
Mosey to Matterhorn IC 4ct Mountian climbers at the bottom

Mosey to the pav-a-lon

Battle Buddy up for Dora

  • 100 Burpee pull ups
  • 200 pistol squats
  • 200 hand stand push ups
  • 100 Turkish get ups
  • BB runs to the top of the hill

BBS-icide back down Matterhorn

Mosey to the AO

Took care of her on the BBS-icide
BOM was given in route back to the AO so that I didn’t get all emo in the circle. I shared about my 99 year old grandfather who was admitted to the ER last night for a minor stroke.  As @La-z-boy said he was a true badass.

He was born in 1919 and immigrated from Italy through Ellis Island in 1928-9.  The family lived in south western PA and that is where he met my very Irish grandmother. He worked very hard to impress my great-grandmother and she did not want my grandmother to marry him because “all Italians carry knives”.  He was drafted into WWII and served in the Army Corps of Engineers in the Pacific theater.  While over seas and because they couldn’t loved ones back home where they were, he and his buddies would make jewelry for their significant others out of coins, airplane parts, and scrap metal and adding in shells, and items they found on the islands.  He survived the war, came home, and went to college on the GI bill.  He got a job at a bank starting in the mail room, and eventually worked his way up to president. They moved to FL when my mom was young because she had asthma and it the doctors told them to “move someplace warm”.  So he packed up his family and moved them around from extended family so my mom could have a better life.  He sacrificed for our country, for his wife, and for his kids.

He taught me to love Jesus.  He was one of the first men I always saw sing at church. (How many do you see not sinigning in church?)  He said “God have us a voice and we should use it to praise him”.

Through him I also have witnessed unconditional love.  He loved my grandmother like no love I have ever seen before. Through lots and lots of good times, some small bad times, and even as she suffered and lost the fight with Alzheimer’s.  He loved and served her like no other love ever. She passed in 2009, but he keeps right on loving her. I feel ashamed sometimes that I don’t treat my wife the same love, care, and service as he treated my grandmother.

Additionally, he also unconditionally loves my mom and uncle, and always gives them second chances even if he didn’t agree with their choices. He loves my sister, me, and his other grand kids, even though our life choices make him shake his head sometimes.  He loves my kids, his first great grandkids, and was so worried this year that his Christmas cards to them didn’t arrive in time.

When I asked him about his health routine he said it is to walk regularly; find things to occupy your mind; a beer for lunch everyday; a glass if red wine with dinner; and always be thankful.

He’s lived his whole life and I’ve never once heard him complain, grumble, brag about himself, or put himself first.  He is always smiling and joyful and always puts other first.

Granted I hope to live till I’m 99, but I really wish I could live with his same attitude.

Go home love your wife, love your family, love others.  And be happy about it.

and as @Bartman pointed out, yes burpee-pull-ups are a real thing.


– Wallball’s wife and baby

– Frosty’s wife’s ankle

– My grandfather