Cleo McDowell: Look… me and the McDonald’s people got this little misunderstanding. See, they’re McDonald’s… I’m McDowell’s. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds.

Credit goes to Higgins for this idea, but the name is found in the quote from John Amos’ character in “Coming to America”…a movie worth a revisit, because it was from a time when Eddie Murphy (and Arsenio Hall) were actually funny, and Samuel L. Jackson makes an early career appearance.

Tangent complete.  17 PAX, including 1 FNG entered the gloom for a parking deck audible (let the hazing begin) that involved a new exercise that generated a fair amount of grumbling.

Escaping the unannounced (also unexpected and tardy) arrival of a WRAL news crew, we moved to the Thang:

Jog to the back of the parking lot and through the back entrance of parking deck and up to the front of the garage (after dodging a very late (for pilates class), self important and safety-ignorant woman in a luxury station wagon) to circle up for: 

SSH x26, Windmill x15, Mountain Climbers x15, Good Morning x12, High Knees x 15, Sir Nigel Edgar Fazio the 3rd Arm Circles x10, Reverse x10

Partner up for size and speed to the best of your ability and jog to the bottom of the ramp for partner carry to top of ramp, jog down, flapjack for same, 5 burpees OYO at bottom, plank and wait for everyone when done.  Repeato.

Jog to back corner of bottom level for the Higgins Special or the Big Mic(k): Merican Indian Crawl – PAX line up head to toe along JCP Wall and go into plank.  Last PAX in line Bear Crawls to front.  Second PAX calls 5 count cadence of ‘Mericans, then proceeds on his bear crawl to the front.  Continue process until everyone has bear crawled to the front.

Immediate jog to the bowels of the deck and find same partner as before, line up along wall:

Partner 1 People’s Chair, Partner 2 sprint down & back, flapjack. Partner 1 BTTW, Partner 2 sprint.

Jog to rail for Dips x 20.

Meander through the deck for an Indian Run back to ramp, up and meander around the perimeter of the deck to the most rickety part from about 1960.  LIne up on wall for:

Partner 1 People’s Chair, Partner 2 sprint down & back, flapjack. Partner 1 BTTW, Partner 2 sprint.

Circle up for Prisoner Squats x 25 then Mary:

LBC x 25, WWII situps x 10, PAX Choice: (Friar Tuck) American Hammers x.20, (DREDD) Rosalita x 25, (Slash, I think) Hello Dolly x 20, (Captain Kangaroo) Homer to Marge x 30, Six Inch Leg Hold for 5 count around the circle.


YHC apologized for taking out work frustration on the PAX, prompting DREDD to point out that an angry Q is the best kind of Q.

Dufresne is home, but not up to working out.  Visits will occur on Hopebuilder schedule (TR will post google.doc in comments) and continued prayers are appreciated.

Thirsty Soul Thursday 3rdF now every other week, so not tomorrow (1/23), but on 1/30 at Larry David’s office on Marriott Drive.

New workout beta testing on Monday at Williams Park (Lead Mine and Lynn Road) at 5:45. Intended to take some of the pressure off of NH and begin connecting the dots toward Brier Creek.  See Wilson or ManRam for details.

Prayers for Orwell’s Mom, Slash’s Mom and one I request I cannot recall…please comment if you want it listed.

Phenomenal work by the PAX.  We may have been under cover, but we were not under worked.