Flirtin' With Disaster

It’s Just a Little Mist

With the promise of possibly the first meaningful rain in a few months, I thought I should remind all of our newer guys that we workout whether it’s hot or cold, rain or shine. I mean, you haven’t lived until you’ve worked out in a driving rain or snowstorm. So I posted it on one of the dozens of GroupMe channels. And though it was just a little mist (welcome as it was) apparently that kept some folks at home – or at the gym. Or maybe they all went to Pet Sounds’ Q over at FOD, I don’t know.

Whatever. 12 hardy plow mules showed up to do some work. The boys like to cut it close at FWD. 2 of them were jogging up with 5 seconds to spare.

0545, let’s go. Jog over to the back parking lot circle drive where they’ve strategically placed concrete balls to apparently keep terrorists from driving into the bathrooms. There’s 12 of us and 16 balls, so grab one for the


  • Ball Irkins x 15 IC
  • Ball Plank Jacks x 20 IC
  • Ball Dirkins x 8 IC
  • Ball-Jumpover Burpees x 5 OYO

Let’s roll. “What about those Wacky Inflatable thingies?” Crap, oh yeah. Halt. Next exercise is the Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Tube Man x 10 in cadence-ish. Callahan refused to do them. Booooooooooo Callahan. Boooooooooo!

The Thang

Jog up the greenway to the base of the hill leading to the bridge for a set of B.O.M.B.S.

Run to the top: 10 Burpees
Run to the bottom: 20 Outlaws
Run to the top: 30 Merkins
Run to the bottom: 40 Big-boy Sit-ups
Run to the top: 50 Squats
Plank it out when you’re done. Planak-a-rama while everyone finishes their squats, then mosey to the bridge for

  • BTTW: 10-count down the line
  • Monkey Humpers x 15 IC
  • Homer-to-Marge x 15 IC

Jog across the bridge and down the switchbacks to the bottom of the other side. Escalating Star Jumps

Run to the top: 10 Star Jumps
Run to the bottom: 10 Merkins
Run to the top: 20 Star Jumps
Run to the bottom: 10 Merkins
Run to the top: 30 Star Jumps. Plank it out when you’re done.
Hey we have some time. One more trip down the hill for 10 LBCs then BTTT for 30 Merkins. Squat it out when you’re done.

Jog up onto the bridge over 64 for another set of Monkey Humpers x 15 IC, then jog it back to the concrete terrorist deterrent balls for another set of Ball-Jumpover Burpees x 5 OYO, then circle up for:


Oofta and Joe Smith, lead us in some Mary exercises, a little warm-up for your upcoming AO launch on Friday. They called 2 or 3 exercises each. I can’t remember what they were, but oh the humanity. YHC finished us up with Dying Cockroaches.


Count-a-rama: 12
Name-a-rama: 3 RESPECTS, 9 mehs
Announcements: Slippery When Wet launch this Friday at 0545 at Ritter Park; 9/4 Labor Day Carpex convergence at 0700 at Bond Park; 9/11 Stair Climb at 0515 at Carter-Finley
Prayers: People of Houston and SW Texas; Blue n Out’s daughter.
BOM: YHC took us out


I almost forgot the Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Tube Men. Thanks, Term Paper. Boys, don’t tell me that didn’t add some levity to your day.

Except for Callahan or apparently left his sense of humor at home. Booooooo, Callahan!

The warm-ups were full of comments like “where’s the Good Mornings?” and “why can’t we just do SSH?” And Goose wasn’t even there! Honestly, people, think outside your boxes.

I threw you all a softball when I told you to grab a ball. Nothing? I know it’s early, but really, nothing? Callahan?

So, back to the Oofta / Joe Smith called Mary exercises. It was like a pitcher who’d just pitched 8-1/3  innings of beautiful no-hit shutout baseball, only to bring in a couple of rookie relievers who gave up some hits. Fortunately, we had a big enough lead we still got the win. It was comedy gold there for a while though.

In all seriousness, Oofta and Joe Smith settled in and did great. And they are to be commended for being Freed to Lead and launching an AO on Friday. They will be awesome Site Qs!

Thanks for coming out in the rain/mist, for working hard, and for making YHC a better man.


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