Special Dispensation Turkey Style

The Pax: CPT D, Roadhouse, Chitwood, Squirrel, Flying Tomato, Froyo, Scout, Jeb, Poacher and Neo

The Thang:

  • 15 – Butterball bumpovers (Burpees & jump over the bag)
  • 50 – Hand release Merkins
  • Long jump 10 yards & back
  • 14 – Butterball bumpovers (Burpees & jump over the bag)
  • 50 – Pecan pie squats
  • Long jump 10 yards & back
  • 13 – Butterball bumpovers (Burpees & jump over the bag)
  • 50 – “Momma can I have seconds?” Leg Lifts
  • Long jump 10 yards & back
  • 12 – Butterball bumpovers (Burpees & jump over the bag)
  • 50 – Hand release Merkins
  • Long jump 10 yards & back

Prayer Requests:  Scout lifted up Scott Henkle who lost his son in a car accident.  We say prayers for all those traveling.  We honored God by giving Thanks to Him and all He has given us.  

Squirrel prayed us out.

MOLESKINE:  Just  Showup

The below is from F3’s Paper Jam out of the SOB AO

I received the call from my dad, my mom had stopped breathing and he had called 9-1-1.  

When I arrived at their apartment in Blakeney, NC I could see the ambulance and fire truck we’re still therenot a good sign.  I walked into the apartment to find a number of EMTs performing CPR desperately trying to revive my mom.  There was my dad watching…watching it all in disbelief.  They had just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on November 1st.  They hadbeen together for nearly 60 years my dad adored my mom!   But I saw my mom’s color, I saw the laptop that showed no pulse and I knew she was gone.  Maybe I wasn’t seeing something right maybe they could bring her back but it never happened.

I had to comfort my dad, make the calls to the family, manage the medical personnel and police officer who in the living room of their apartment and the rest of the day was spent trying to figure things out. I wanted to isolate, I wanted to hide my grief and sadness but that was not really an option anymore.

The Sad Clown slowly went away after my first post at SOB.

Over the next five years I developed authentic relationships with other men.  It allowed me to walk with them through some tough spots. It would be selfish of me not to provide them the opportunity to do the same.  Let me say that again, “It would be selfish of me not to provide them the opportunity to do the same.”  

So I began to reach out and the pax responded with a type of support you would expect from F3 three brothers.  The next morning I posted at the Black Overly AO because I needed to feel like things were normal. A hug from one of the Pax and comforting words from others greeted me as I got out of my car. At the COT Flipper talked about the importance of the Shield Lock. Little did he know there was a tangible example happening right before him.  

On Tuesday I didn’t want to post but it was Rousey’s VQ. I don’t know him but I wanted to provide him support. That is what we do. Instead Rousey help me. His energy and enthusiasm made me smile. The mumblechatter that ensued allowed me to laugh a little. Sometimes all it takes is to show up. That could be in the form of a fellow Pax member or in the form of a Shield Lock.  

Today was different.  After launching from Devil’s Turn my legs felt like concrete although the rest of my body felt good. I stopped and started to walk. The Pax running with me circleback to make sure I was okay. There was nothing wrong with my body, but my mind just was somewhere else.

In the gloom I realized it’s been so hectic since Sunday I had no time to grieve.  So, on a dark, rainy morning I found the space to grieve. My F3 brothers recognized I needed time alone. A Shield Lock takes many forms. One size does not fit all.  

To the men who have provided direct support, thank you. For all the men who have provided support by just showing up, thank you.

So I post.  I show up and intentionally develop relationships with other men so I can be part of this group that means so much to me.  My hope is that you will do the same, because what we do makes an impact in the lives of others!

Because sometimes, I don’t realize the importance of just showing up.” ~Paper Jam

There it is men.  If that isn’t proof of why we post, why we call one another, why we care then I don’t know how better to put it.  For those who haven’t posted — reach out to them!  God knows we need our brothers…and when the defecation hits the oscillation that is when we REALLY need our brothers!

Great to be with each of you this morning


Cpt D








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