The Light in the Dark
18 degrees– very cold, 10 men gathered at 0630 to be better for the day as a result of not being defeated by the cotton monster
Warm-o-Rama at OCT:
-shoulder circle action
-burpee native american run (0-3 reps depending on each pax’s respective preference) up to top of old deck and u-turn back to OCT (no stairs). Upon return to OCT, a cycle of thruster plus bicep curls and tricep extensions w blocks (15 reps for little block men like me and 10 reps for big block men like PR), 15 freddy merks slow and 10 real man merkins. After this cycle at OCT, repeato until time called at 0732.
-really good to have Grover back out— he’s almost 300 lbs now, but still moves like a John-Deere w nitro added– hopefully he will revisit us much more often–he crushed this workout and looked hungry for more when time called at 0732– it’s not nearly as good nor the same during workout or at coffee-chat time without him.
-prayers for Mrs Carole Grady and family as she continues to battle through very serious health concerns; also, prayers for those in the cold and dark during Christmas who can not find the light– His light is eternally lit, but let us help lead those to find His light.
-HUGE shout out of thanks/mad-appreciation to fellow pax who helped make a single mother’s Christmas in fact Merry– Silvia Rodriguez Perez and her three children, Nestor, Jocelyn and Jacqueline, will have their single-wide trailer’s $350/month rent paid for five months, were provided supermarket gift cards, basic necessities (toilet paper, toothbrushes,toothpaste, etc) and even some wrapped gifts and stockings. About 3/4 of our regular pax who post gave and gave generously– over $2k in all was given. This mother cried with appreciative tears and thanked God for us giving to her a very small fraction of what He has given to us. I will share more about this via Slack once I can get my head better around it in the very near future.
-Also, big THANKS men for those who went in to buy and set up my beer pyramid full of delicious Sycamore craft beer at my office– very kind, very kind indeed gentlemen and made me feel so warm and loved.
-Men of F3 Concord: your love, care, concern and support has made the last couple months of hospital visits both here and in Pineville alone, holding her hand alone while watching her last breath, my seemingly callous discardment of her belongings to the Salvation Army and various dumpsters around town alone, writing an obituary alone, edging and washing tombstones alone…. not to feel so lonely/it’s as if you guys were with me the whole time/that’s how I have felt— thanks for showing me His light and warmth when I am in the cold and dark and do not wanna move forward at all/stuck in inertia — you all have been better to me than deserved— I will lay to rest my mother, Mary Anne’s remains tomorrow, Tuesday, 27 Dec ’20: RIP Mom, I love you always and forever and miss your smile.