While driving home from @F3Ricochet this morning, word comes that Dos Equis has made the decision to “retire” one Jonathan Goldsmith, who is, in fact, the Most Interesting Man in the World.  How can this be? Is nothing sacred?  Who’s next on the Madison Ave hit list – Flo from Progressive, the GEICO gecko, those two guys in a car who always eat at Sonic, Alex from Stroh’s?  OK, bad examples, but you get the idea.  Anyhow, in the wake of this most unfortunate news, today’s installment of Ricochet is brought to you ex post facto in honor of the loss of a beloved corporate icon.

The Thang:

Exchange of pleasantries and quick warm-up on the hallowed grounds of Roanoke Park

Mosey down Aycock to Glenwood, follow Glenwood past Fletcher Park, hang a right on Wills Forest, quick left on N. Boylan Ave.  Take Boylan all the way to Morgan, right on Morgan to Hillsborough, cross Hillsborough to W. Park, take W. Park up to the steps of Needham N. Broughton High School – pause to soak in the majesty – and circle up for COP:

  • 5 burpees OYO
  • merkin pyramid (Egyptian style):  5 diamonds, 10 stagger left, 15 wide grip, 10 stagger right, 5 diamonds
  • lower body pyramid (Aztec style):  5 star jumps, 10 sumo jump squats, 15 prisoner squats, 15 alternating jumping lunges, 10 sumo jump squats, 5 star jumps
  • LBC pyramid (Countrywide style):  up to 20 in increasing sets of 5 and back down in decreasing sets of 5

Take off on the run and head left down St. Mary’s to Nichols, right on Nichols and quick left on Washington, circle around Washington until it dead ends into . . . Washington (wait, what?), left on Washington to Glenwood, left on Glenwood back to Aycock, right on Aycock back to launch point, end with a loop around the park.  5 miles round trip.


Reflection on James 1:19-20: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”  Or as The Message translation says:  “Post this at all the intersections, dear friends:  Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.  God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger.”

NMMS – an homage:

  • Easy Bake:  “His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man’s entire body.”  Welcome to Oak City, brother. BTW, you have some serious chin curtain game. Strong.
  • Myrtle:  “His blood smells like cologne.” (but apparently not his hands)
  • Munson:  “He is allowed to talk about fight club.”
  • TARP:  “His business card simply says ‘I’ll call you’.”  Truth.
  • Fava:  “He once got pulled over for speeding, and the cop gave himself a ticket.”
  • Mr. Hand:  “His sweat is the cure for the common cold.”
  • Velvet:  “He gave his father ‘the talk’.”
  • Lamp:  “Once a rattlesnake bit him.  After 5 days of excruciating pain, the snake finally died.”
  • Fannie:  “Time waits for no one, except him.”
  • Layover:  “Mosquitoes refuse to bite him purely out of respect.”
  • Joule:  “He has won the lifetime achievement award . . . twice.”

Announcements:  sign up for MudRun, Arena this Friday (and every Friday), McGriddles may or may not be awarded tomorrow.

Prayers:  Orwell, others unspoken but not unheard.

As always, an honor and a pleasure.  Aye.