9 pax met in the gloom to celebrate fellowship, leadership, and life.

Pax: Sub Zero, Mad Bum, Poacher, Flying Tomato, Neo, Chitwood, Stitch, McFly, Dos Equis


  • Good mornings
  • Windmills
  • Side straddle hops
  • Windmills

BEAT DOWN & DOWN PAINMENT: (Cinder block coupons)

Station-o-Rama (6 min 15 sec rounds, 30 seconds rest)

Station 1:

  • Jump rope x 100
  • 100 m run
  • 100 m side-step

Station 2:

  • Blockies x 15
  • LBC x 30
  • Duck walk 25 m
  • Long jump 25 m

Station 3:

  • Block swings x 30
  • WW II sit-ups x 30
  • 50 m sled pull / 50 m ride

Station 4:

  • 30 x block squats
  • 15 x block overhead press
  • 15 x block curls
  • 50 m karaoke
  • 50 m backward run

Station 5:

  • 30 x lunges
  • 30 x merkins
  • 25 m bearpees
  • 25 m crab walk

 Announcements: Chitwood announced that there is an opportunity to build a house for a deserving family as a part of Habitat for Humanity Mar 25-27 in Carthage, NC. We reminded the pax of an opportunity to clean up Highway 705 on March 20th. Squirrel leads that effort.

Prayer: Dos Equis led us out in prayer.

Moleskine: As most of you know, I recently lost a brother-in-arms, Dave, due to suicide. Dave led a highly imperfect life, one that challenged his morals, values, and commitment to family. He struggled with mental health. He demonstrated his personal courage mentally and physically multiple times. He consistently demonstrated leadership by example, empathized with those he led, cared about his team, and sought to improve his team. He touched many people, including me, who honored his life in his death. Dave’s decision to choose a long term solution to an acute problem leaves his friends and family with many questions that they can never answer. With his pain and anguish gone, his family’s pain lingers and will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

     I also heard from another brother-in-arms last night. Dan recently lost his mother and needed just to talk. Dan struggled a couple of years ago with anxiety and the transition from military to civilian life. On the surface, he had a golden opportunity. He survived the trials of combat and a long military career. Nonetheless, he was troubled by the transition, his family, and his own demons. He came to dinner at our house and unloaded a ton of baggage. I had no idea at the time, but he was in an equally dark place and this visit helped keep him from the tipping point.

     Men – if you are struggling, know that you are not alone. Struggle is a part of life…all life. There is always something better on the horizon, even if only for a fleeting moment. In many cases, others simply need somebody to listen and empathize…not to talk or judge, just to listen. US Prisoners of War in Vietnam never gave up, despite extreme duress. Why? Life’s instinct toward self-preservation and the hope that they would see freedom and their loved ones one more time. We all go through challenges, ideally not as brutal as these heroes. However, there are people, who can and wish to help us through it. We just have to check our ego to ask for help when life seems tougher than we can handle.

     “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” 
― Theodore Roosevelt

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