11 Pax of F3 Jacksonville, that included 1 FNG, cautiously posted in the gloom at Boondocks for YHC final “regular” Q. Although leaving to launch F3 Fleming Island in July, YHC does plan on coming back to visit and be a “guest” Q. Things started out innocent enough, however, as the Pax began to mosey, the discovered that these country roads led them to the home of the berm.
WV Fact #1: West Virginia became the 35th state in the union on June 20, 1863. It is the only state in the Union to acquire its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the United States, and the only state to be developed from another existing state. When, in 1861, 40 delegates of the western counties of Virginia opposed Virginia’s secession from the union and formed their own government.
- SSH x35 IC
- Hillbillies x15 IC
- Don Quixotes x10
- LBAC forward/backwards x15 IC
- BAC backwards x15 IC
- Mosey to the far berm for…
WV Fact #2: Coal is one of the main industries in West Virginia. Unfortunately, with the development of alternate forms of energy, this has caused economic hardship in the state. Mining for coal often requires the use of dynamite, hence, the PAX partnered up for an explosive first exercise. For their listening pleasure, the PAX was treated to multiple versions of John Denver’s Take Me Home Country Roads.
- BOMBS: Partner 1 runs to, up, over and back from the berm, partner 2 performs exercises, switching when partner 1 returns. Prescribed reps performed as a team
- B: Burpees x50
- O: Overhead clap in air chair x100
- M: Merkins x 150
- B: Big Boy Sit Ups x200
- S: Squats x25
WV Fact #3: The mean altitude of 1500 feet, giving it the highest average altitude east of the Mississippi, hence the WV became known as the Mountain State.
- Mountain Climber Suicides: 10, 15. 20, 25 (count one leg)
- Running to first cone and back- 10 MC
- Run to base of berm and back- 15 MC
- Run to top of berm and back- 20 MC
- Run up and over berm and back – 25 M
WV Fact #4: Famous people from WV: George Brett, Jerry West, Randy Moss, Don Knots, Mary Lou Retton, Chuck Yeager, Steve Harvey, Nick Saban, Michael W. Smith
- Mountain Climber Merkin Suicides: 5, 10, 15, 20 (count the merkin)
- same sequence as above
WV Fact #5: State tree: Sugar Maple, State bird: Cardinal, State animal: black bear.
- 1 burpee : 4 bear crawl steps, continue to first cone
- 2 burpees: 4 bear crawl steps, back to baselin
WV Fact #6: The Hatfield-McCoy Feud- This feud was between two families along the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River: the Hatfields of Mingo County, WV and the McCoys of Pike County, Kentucky. The fighting started when a member of the McCoy family who fought for the Union during the Civil War, was killed by a group of Confederate Home Guards led by a member of the Hatfield clan. Dispute also erupted over the ownership of a hog. More violence occurred when a McCoy married a Hatfield and their relationship went sour. The feud lasted for 28 years (1863-1891), although an official truce was not declared until June 14, 2003. More than a dozen family members on each side perished in the feud. In such a fight, remember, never turn your back on your enemy…
- Corner-2-Corner/Face the Flag- Run to each cone, constantly facing the flag and performing the following exercises
- Merkins x12
- Flutter kicks x28 (4-count)
- Squats x12
- SSH x28 (4-count)
- Rinse and repeat, well because there were two families involved, and we had the time!
- Mosey back to the flag
YHC has been pondering on a response to the controversial events these past weeks in this country. He has been listening to different pod casts, watching various social media posts, reading others. Extinguisher’s message a few weeks ago was another eye opener. Thank you, brother. The biggest part of all of what YHC has done was listen.
YHC has never considered himself a racist. Anyone reviewing my hiring practices cannot see any ounce of prejudice when it comes to race, religion or even lifestyle, because I base my opinions on a person’s character and their own merit. YHC never thought that being “color blind” was a bad thing. However, YHC has come to realize that while forming an opinion on someone based on their merits, etc, isn’t a bad thing; but not recognizing their cultural background/upbringing limits one from seeing the whole person. Case in point- in this country, when people look at me, they think, Filipino. When in the Philippines, when people look at me, they think American. I am proud to say I am Filipino-American. Having been born and raised in the USA, I know more about this “culture” than I do the Filipino culture; however, I am very proud of where my parents came from and in the past, I have made efforts to learn more about my family’s heritage. It doesn’t define the whole me, it is, however, a part of me.
The mission of F3 is to plant, grow and serve, small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership. The issues we have today is a result of poor leadership at all levels of government and on both sides of government. We have an opportunity to make change by our vote. When you vote, YHC endorses reviewing the issues important to you and not the R or the D next to a candidate’s name. The other thing we can do is be the leader we are made to be to our family, and especially our kids. Talk to your kids about race relations. Encourage them to see a person for their character and merits, and to recognize and ask questions about their background. Learning about our differences will help us grow as community instead of being divided by those differences. You may also set an example to those within your sphere of influence, and potentially have them follow.
Men of Boondocks, thank you for letting me lead you today.
- Lord’s Prayer