Affairs in order

During announcements, Chicken Wing mentioned a friend who has stage 4 cancer. Today, he finds out how much time he has left. Likely between 2 months and a year. Next, John Deere mentioned a friend who recently went to bed and didn’t wake up.


For some, it is ‘get your affairs in order’. But for most, it is ‘keep your affairs in order’. If today is the last day you meet someone, what will they remember about you?


About two years ago, I retired. We had a ‘going away’ reception at work. One person told me something I had forgotten about, but he had not. He was transferred into my department. I was ‘told’ that he was to be laid off because he was ‘excess’. We already had someone else who could do what he could do. I was able to keep him on, partially because without that backup, we could have been in a world of hurt. And frankly, I don’t like firing people!


He told me that he was in a tough spot in his life. Going through a divorce and (I think) he had some health problems as well. He knew he was supposed to be let go and he thanked for keeping him on. He was able to finish his career there. Hearing that was the highlight of my last day at Duke Energy.


Some things are easy for me. I get up in the morning, go to an F3 workout and push myself. It’s a habit. It’s virtually automatic.


Other things? Not as easy. If today is the last day I meet someone, what will they remember about me? Will I have made their day better? Frankly, I have days when it takes some real effort, and I know I fall short. Fortunately, I can look around at my F3 brothers and find a lot of really good examples on how to do better. ‘So I go that goin’ for me, which is nice.’


I got there a little late but Herr Holzkohle got it started. Then I butted in. We had agreed yesterday to Double up on the Q. I was to take the first ½ and Charcoal the second. I said I would take the stadium and he would take the astroturf.



Calf Raises, SSHs, IWs, Sharon Tower, Squats, 5 minutes of Burpees


Now that we’re warmed up: up against the wall!


BBTW hip slaps, People’s Chair air press, 15 Donkey Kix OYO

BBTW Australian Mountain climbers, People’s Chair air punches, 15 Donkey Kix OYO

BBTW toe taps, People’s Chair LaLanne’s, 15 Donkey Kix OYO


To the Stadium for:

7s with Merkins and Heels to Heaven


At this point, I turned it over to Charcoal.


We went to the football field and lined up on the goal line. Let’s do a Burpee ladder! Bear crawl to the 10 and do 1 Burpee, Bear Crawl to the 20 and do 2 Burpees (at this point, I’m thinking, ‘the other goal line is 10 burpees. I’m pretty sure my Burpee quota will be reached before I get to the other end.’) But then he said, at the other forty, do 4, then 3, etc. I felt relieved. Until I did the Burpee ladder. With the exception of Skoal and John Deere who didn’t seem to be bothered, I think the rest of us were wiped out.


So: to the center of the field for a ring of fire. Two times around. Charcoal added a ‘do 20 of whatever you got the rest of the Pax to do while you ran around the circle’ which provided some accountability. For some strange reason, no one picked Burpees.


Then back to the start.



HDHH at Providence Road Sundries. Next week, HDHH at Suffolk Punch.


Man in the Mirror: Saturdays at 9:00 AM at the Salvation Army on Central and Louise. Please support Charcoal and the people of Salvation Army. Let’s get this thing going!


Blue Tornado with the Q next week!


Retired from Duke Energy after 40 years as an accountant.

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