Exxon Valdez….(AMRAP whole body)

Eleven Pax, took the Daily Red Pill (DRP) this morning and got better because for it.

QIC: Squirrel

The Pax: Welcome to Hampton Roads’ Priorities!, MeatSweats, Scout, Poacher, Black Pearl, Beano, Napalm, FroYo, Roadhouse, and Josey

The Scene: Great morning to me out in the Gloom

The Thang:    

Belly-Aiken Abs

  • The 100
  • 10 Xs & Os
  • 20 Heel touches
  • 30 Freddy Mercury’s In cadence
  • 40 Flutter kick In cadence
  • 40 Side leg raises (ea side) In cadence
  • 30 LBCs In Cadence
  • 20 Heels To Heaven In cadence
  • 10 Peter Parkers In cadence
  • 30 Sec Low Plank
  • 30 Sec High Plank

Aiken Legs – 4 Minute AMRAP

  • 20 Squats
  • 20 Lunges..10 each leg
  • 20 Right Leg step Ups
  • 20 Left leg step down
  • 20 Right Leg step Ups
  • 20 Left Leg step Ups
  • 20 Right leg step down
  • 20 Left Leg step Ups

Aiken Chest – 4 minute AMRAP

  • Mucho Chesto (10 x Merkin / 10 x Wide Merkin / 10 x Ranger / 10 Stagger Merkin Left / 10 Stagger Merkin Right)
  • Rest 1 minute
  • Mini Chesto

Down to the Fire Department Hospice care for some Bruce Lee. 

  • 30 Reverse Crunch
  • 30 Freddy Mercury’s
  • 30 Heel touches
  • 30 LBCs
  • 30 Peter Parker – Parker Peters IC

Black Pearl led us up the hill and back to the wall

Aiken Legs – 4 Minute AMRAP

  • 20 Squats
  • 20 Lunges..10 each leg
  • 20 Right Leg step Ups
  • 20 Left leg step down
  • 20 Right Leg step Ups
  • 20 Left Leg step Ups
  • 20 Right leg step down
  • 20 Left Leg step Ups

Aiken Chest 4 minute AMRAP

  • Hand Release – release Merkins – 1 min
  • Rest 30 sec
  • Wide arm Merkins – 30 seconds
  • Rest 1 minute
  • Merkins – 30 seconds

We finished off with a bit of Broga.

Announcements/Prayer requests:  Beer pouring next Friday…First Friday!  Starts at 5 (show at 4:30pm).  Continued prayers for Neo’s mom, Roadhouse & his healing, Squirrel’s 2.0 Annina (knee).

Scout reminded us to lift up those service men and women that have given their lives in service to this country.  As General George Patton said, “It’s better to fight for something in life than to die for nothing.”  We build better men, better communities to make it worth fighting for!

Squirrel lead us out in prayer

MOLESKINE:  Not that Presidential / VP stories are going to become a thing….and the recent gas “shortage” around the Sandhills and across the East Coast it brought back memories of a time where YHC lead a radio team when the Exxon Valdez sprang a leak.

History lesson – The Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989. It was the worst oil spill in U.S. history until the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.  In May 1989 Vice President Dan Quayle was dispatched to go see the clean-up efforts.

What?  You don’t remember or haven’t heard of Vice President Dan Quayle?  Chitwood?  I mean, while he wasn’t an Indiana native, but he owns a home in Huntington.  Maybe this will jog your memories…how do you spell potato(e)?

The mission – to set up radio communications for the trip.  Easy, we did it all the time.  Oh, I forgot…Alaska is HUGE.  We had to provide radio coverage for the VP’s helo ride (100 Mi) as well as from various contingency places in case they had to move to vehicles (roughly 400 miles of highway).  What took a week to set up normally we had to put in 8x the amount of sites/radios in the same timeframe.  I know, boo-hoo right?

We were given lemons and decided to make (spiked) lemonade.  One foggy day we decided to take a breather and drive to see Mt. McKinley (Denali).  We’d been going 18 hours a day and figured let’s see it, we’re this close.  After driving for an hour we stopped off for a bourbon…or too many.  When we asked the barkeep for a round of Jim Beam we were met with, “Got no call for Jim Beam here. We got Yukon Jack or nothin’.”  So, Yukon Jack it was.  By the way….you can see Denali from Anchorage if it isn’t foggy…or you’re not seeing through half-lidded eyes.


As we put in radio site after radio site and plugged away hour after hour we would often travel by Chinook (twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter).  From above you could see the crystal blue of the glacial waters stand in stark contrast to the oily blue-black of the spill.  We interfaced with the fishermen who lived inCordova whose lives had been drastically changed by the Exxon oil spill. We talked to the crew on board the USS Juneau. We saw first-hand the crude-smothered rocks, birds, and marine mammals.  In the 32 years since several species haven’t recovered substantially at all, including marble murrelets and pigeon gullemots, and particularly, herring. 

At the time money was scarce, people mentioned to us they were spending less time visiting with friends and less time on community activities.  They retreated into themselves.  When we were there I saw a few fishermen who stepped into the breech and took the reigns of leader.  They took the bold steps needed to move from Survivor to Servant.  Even though they were still grieving and didn’t know what all to do they were moved into action.  Some fishermen got booms, some buckets. These were true servants.  Servants to the people and to nature.

We know that loving someone has power and can change everything.  Yet, we act as if loving the land is an internal affair that has no energy outside the confines of our head. 

When you step outside today take a good look at all that God has put on this great-good Earth.  View the land, the trees, the bugs and animals and know He put us in charge to tend it.  Let us be good stewards of this Earth and all that walks and swims and flies.  Be the leaders God made us to be.




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