Headspace and Timing

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

The Pax: Squirrel, T-Bone, Scout, CPT D, MadBum, Neo, Jeb, Poacher McFly and Aruba

The Scene: As we peeked  at the waning crescent moon we got to it.  Honestly it was a bit warm-ish. Several of us were stripping off layers. (Don’t think too long on that, the image may burn)

The Thang:  Grab a coupon.  Each exercise is done with a coupon:  

1st round; 2 min of: 

  • Mountain climbers
  • Squats
  • Coupon swing
  • Move to shovel flag via: Murder Bunny

* Repeato and return to SP

As you may recall, last week Scout was crooning “I hate yo’ guts” to me.  This week he merely reminded me of the song lyrics.  <sniff> He doesn’t love me anymore…..

2nd round; 2 min of:

  • Merkins *No coupon
  • Lo plank to Hi plank (tricep exercise) *No coupon.  Most of us made a good 4 until we had to move to our knees
  • Alpo’s (shoulder upright row)

Poacher chimed in with a word of Encouragement….”does Squirrel get the most original workout award?”

Move to shovel flag via: Rifle Carry

* Repeato and return to SP

3rd round; 2 min of: 

  • American Hammers
  • Windshield wipers


We finished up with the COT and then took our dates back.

Announcements:  Zoom call tomorrow, Chitwood leads us in Missionaility.

CPT D lead us out in prayer.  We say a special request as we invite God’s steadfast love and righteousness to be with T-Bone trusting that His peace will come.


MOLESKINE:  Headspace and Timing

As I was driving into work last week I saw a bunch of HMMWV’s (colloquial: Humvee) headed out to the range.  On top of many of them sat the M2 .50 caliber machine gun…the Ma Deuce.  It got YHC to thinking of how these weapons and us have a bit in common…headspace and timing.  

In case you’re not familiar with these, let me explain.  Headspace pertains to the bolt and cartridge case of the round for the M2 being in alignment. If they are not in alignment, gases can build up in the chamber of the machine gun and it can prematurely fire a round or cause a round to explode in the chamber. Not a good thing and a bad day for the gunner. 

Timing refers to the adjustment of the gun to ensure that the firing takes place when the gun is recoiling. Both are key for the gun to work properly.  To set the headspace and timing on the .50 cal you have a gauge. So, what’s your gauge? Or better…who’s your gauge? 

In the military, the term has become synonymous with being in sync. If someone says you should, “check your headspace and timing.”  You may want to rethink your idea.

Being in sync is important today, for everyone, not just military folk.  We all need to know what “unit” is moving through our AO, on which routes and exact times.   Anyone who has gotten stuck in a traffic jam of angry Afghans on their way to work and your convoy rolls in at 0500 in Kabul knows what I’m talking about.  For us civilians, if we aren’t in sync with our spouses, our kids, our friends, co-workers…well it’s just likely to end up a crappy day, week, or month.

The Ma Deuce is durable, dependable, and strong. You can drop ‘em, smack ‘em, submerse them in dust and grit, and still they will fire.

Unless the headspace and timing isn’t set right.

I consider our band of F3 brothers to be similar.  You’re resilient, capable and strong. Life can drop ya, smack ya, submerse ya in dust, grit, fire, water, the sun and the snow, and still you come back.  How does this group of men that gather in the gloom do it?  We live with one another, share our experiences, laugh, or seriously talk it out.  

Once upon a time, 100 years ago, upon returning from Afghanistan I was helping put down a brick patio. The guy I was with appeared like nothing was going on in the world.  And maybe nothing was for him.  I was stewing as I leveled the gravel, measuring the distance between the string line and the gravel.  Thinking all the time “don’t you know what’s happening right now? There’s a war going on!”  I wanted him to acknowledge “it”, to ask me about it, to let me share my experiences.  At the end of the weekend we were looking over the patio admiring our work when he asked me, “so what was it like over there?” At that moment, I didn’t want to tell him. I didn’t know how to tell him. I wasn’t equipped to tell him.  So I said, “Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer adrenaline.” That was it. Months of combat summed up in a no answer- answer.  My headspace wasn’t right.  My timing – horrible.

Sound familiar?  Oh, maybe the war part doesn’t, but you have a story find similarities.  Only you know the crap that is going on in your life, at work, at home.  AND it doesn’t have to stay that way.  Find someone to share your experiences with.  Think on it.  Write it out, print it out, give it to someone so they can understand where you’re coming from. Give it to your spouse, or your kids, or your therapist or your friend that is doing freakin’ Murder Bunny’s or Burpees or some other haneous exercise in the Gloom. 

It can set your head-space and timing right or start a conversation and it’s those conversations that can change worlds.


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