Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?  Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.
Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.
YHC awoke this morning around 3:00AM in a slight panic. Upon realizing that I had not accidently fartsacked and missed my obligation to the PAX, my mind drifted to the coming down painment I planned to share with my brethren in a few short hours. Arriving in the wet 34 degree gloom, adrenaline pumping for a maiden Q, nine PAX assembled for yet another confusing Spring day. Had the weather resembled this past Saturday’s, no doubt more would have joined us. As no FNGs tested us today, the only disclaimer was YHC has been at this for only about four months, so don’t over anticipate the fun. Let’s do this.


The Thang


Brisk jog around the upper level Greenway to Captain Kangaroo’s field for some COP. Side straddle hops x21. Windmills x21. Good mornings x21. Mountain climbers x21 – hold it – Ski abs x21. With the slick, semi-icy conditions of the field, it just seemed appropriate. Sir Fazio Arm Circles x7 forward, x7 reverse and x7 forward again.


Long way around jog to the picnic tables for jump ups x21, irkins x21 and leisurely dips x21. Repeato x14 and again x7. Les Nessman provided a 10 count between the first set of exercises. Then an anonymous PAX let out a Dead Elvis after the second set that caused another brief pause and considerable mumble chatter.


Long way around jog to the tennis courts. Balls to wall with a seven count per PAX. Bear crawl to the opposite side and repeato balls to the wall with seven count per PAX. Crab walk back to start with people’s chair and a seven count per Pax.


Mosey over to the rock pile and select one of suitable size. Then carry your rock on a fellowship jog to the short track. YHC was impressed with the choices made by Cinderella and Man Ram, especially given that there was no notice that these rocks were made to move. Curls x21. Presses x14. Tricep extensions x7. Drop your rock, run a lap and return. Repeato curls x21, presses x14 and tricep extensions x7. Drop your rock, run a lap backwards and return. Grab your rock and return it to the pile and meet at the tennis courts for some Mary.


Mary consisted of LBCs x21, heels to heaven x21, Superman with seven count per PAX, and Freddie Mercury x21.


So why 21? Well, for no other reason than Nigel Tufnel’s amp goes to 11. “It’s one louder.”




Thanks to all the PAX that have run ahead of me and beside me. We do not run this race (whether in the gloom, among our family and friends, or in our professional settings) alone. God has promised us a Helper and blessed us with other men to share our burdens. YHC is grateful and humbled to be accepted into this fine brotherhood. I am much the better for it. Aye!


A quote from C.S. Lewis that YHC recently came across reads, “Of 100 unsaved men, one will read the Bible and 99 will read a Christian.” We witness by what we do. I have read the best of all of you and will join you in the gloom or any of life’s struggle shoulder to shoulder.


Stealing from Countrywide, please sign up for the Arena if your able, a 3rd F opportunity in a 1st F setting.


3rd F Dinner tomorrow at Tylers Tap Room Seaboard Station.