Just a little wet…..and we are shining brightly

The weather in the Gloom was a bit humid this fine start to March.  56 degrees, so the temp wasn’t too bad.…. and so it began.

QIC: Squirrel

The Pax:  Colt, Flying Tomato, Hammerhead, Sprocket, Vault, Waldorf, Chitwood, Klinger and FroYo


Due to the rain we relocated from the normal gathering spot and sauntered down to the train station.  We began with 21’s, 2-count Side Straddle Hop (SSH), the QIC starts the count through 5 the rest is mental; goal – everyone stops together on 21.

  • Penalty 1 – 21 Burpee’s
  • Penalty 2 – 21 Burpee’s
  • Penalty 3 – 21 Burpee’s
  • Finally the people all came together, and a loud AMEN arose….in YHC head anyway!!

So, a few rounds of penalties and laughter we figured out who can count and keep SOME level of mental agility.  The pax finished the warm up with: Pogo hops, High knees run in place, and 4-count plank jacks.

Now Squirrel was concerned about the pax and had seen, or maybe predicted, their misery as the pax bent down (kinda like in Exodus 4:31) and did:

  • Walking Merkins for a distance of three poles under the train station awning

The next wanderings on the platform wilderness had the pax doing:

  • 20 Squats at pole 1
  • 20 lunges at pole 2
  • 20 high jumps at pole 3
  • 20 Iron Mikes at Pole 4
  • 20 squats at pole 5

To keep the pax close to their challenges we did 26 – 4 count American Hammers, 10 second rest, 26 4 count American Hammers, 10 second rest, 25 IC Long Slow Flutter, 10 second rest, 50 – LBC’s OYO, another set of 25 Long slow flutter and finished it off with three sets of nine 4-count American Hammers.

Being as we were all friendly with the poles by now we sidled up to one, moved to a People’s Chair position and did:

  • 20 Air Presses IC
  • Full set of 1 through 10 Merkin Seal Claps. And all the people said AMEN…ok not really.  To reward their valiant efforts we finished things at the station with
    • Another round of People’s Chair Air Presses

QIC and pax then hobbled over to the wall for:

  • 20 LBD’s
  • 20 Incline Merkins
  • 20 – LBDs
  • 10, Er….5 decline Merkins


In YHC travels I was fortunate to travel to Japan and was exposed to Kintsugi, AKA ‘golden joinery’.

This “art” was started in the fifteenth century, likely out of necessity.  Now society views the practice not as frugality or done out of need but as art.  Kintsugi does not hide the ugliness and brokenness of a busted pottery piece but instead uses gold between the cracks to make it useable again and often even more beautiful than if it remained unblemished.

Each of us have our damages, our cracks.  God….if we let him….seeps in through these cracks and uses the Holy Spirit to illuminate and expose the damage, repairing it with ‘gold’.  If we allow God to seep in and the Holy Spirit to shine out through our cracks we become more beautiful that before we were broken.  When we don’t turn to Him – we remain….broken.

Thanks men….for picking up my pieces these past few years, for helping your brother so the creator can put Humpty back together again….this time even better, stronger and (I hope) brighter. I continue, especially in this season of Easter, to pray that, as President Lincoln so eloquently put it, “our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of my bereavement, and leave only the cherished memory of the loved and lost….”

If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

2 Corinthians 4: 7-12 (The Message)

Prayers for those pax that are travelling to the marathon this weekend, give them strength to finish well.  Continued prayers for Aruba’s grandson, for Colts wife and Neo’s children whom are battling the latest round of Flu or bug of some kind.


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