10/05/2021 - Dark Tower - Around the World in 45 Merkins

AO: Dark Tower

When: 10/05/2021


Number of Pax: 11

Pax Names: Ann Arbor, Blueprints, Columbus, Dingo, Harbaugh, Indeed, Malort, Room Service, Sparky, Squeaks, Unicycle,

DR Names: N/A

Number of FNGS: 0

FNG Names: N/A

QIC: Blueprints


PRE-BLAST — DARK TOWER — Tuesday October 5, 2021 — Blueprints 45/300/45
That’s right @channel 10/5 has come again, this day is important for a couple of reasons. Those who were with me last year for this event may remember. If you weren’t there you can learn about them if you join me at DT tomorrow. We will be celebrating my 300th post, my 45th Q, and much more with all of my favorites. You’ll need a coupon and shoes for grass. So HC in the thread and let’s ring the bell together.


5:15 – Circle Up / Disclaimers

This is F3

  • Free of charge
  • Open to all men
  • Held outdoors, rain or shine, heat or cold
  • Led by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion, with no training or certification necessary
  • End with a Circle of Trust

I am not a professional and am not aware of any injuries you may have.

Modify as necessary 

5:16– Baseball Warmup

  • High Knees
  • But Kickers
  • Karakoe
  • Shuffle
  • Arm Circles
  • Walking toe touch

The Thang

5:24- Warmup lap around all 5 stations

5:28 – Coupon Mosey to Station 1

5:30– Thang 1 – Star of Merkin — Ladder  (cusack to next station)

  • 09 – Skull Crushers
  • 18 – Blerkins
  • 27 – American Hammers w/ coupon
  • 36 – Curls
  • 45 – Coupon Hop Overs

5:45 – Thang 2 — Escalator (no coupon)

  • 45 – Monkey Humpers
  • 36 – Rows
  • 27 – American Hammers
  • 18 – Merkins
  • 09 – Carolina Dry Docks

5:50 – Mosey to Station 5 – pick up coupons, 

5:52 – Coupon Mosey to Flag

5:54 – 6 MOM

Freddie Mercury’s (45 IC)

Heels to Heaven (45 IC)

American Hammers (45 IC)


6:00 –  COT

Circle of Trust

So people have often asked me why I like Christmas Music so much and I don’t know that i have ever really given it that much thought until recently.

As I began to examine my love for Christmas Music it seems to stem from fond memories of Christmases past, sitting around the record player playing all of Dad’s albums. Of Christmas Eve Dinner at Grandma’s and Candle Light Mass before going to spend time with all of the cousins. Memories of a simpler time, a happier time. A time… before my life changed.         It was December 23, I am not sure of the year but ’86 or ’87 if math serves me. My brother, my sister and were are sitting in my sisters room working on a puzzle. when we hear the shouting, I don’t know for sure but I think it was my mom first then my dad. Shouting back and forth. This was not the first time but it was different, something was different. After what felt like hours but may have only been 30 minutes, my Dad left…. Just like that he left.  I would see him again, he would stop by every now and then, he even came back for a week once. But it was never the same again.

And Christmas would never be the same.

So for me Christmas music is about a simpler time, a happier time. ……………….It is about the hope of better times yet to come………………….It is a Christmas wish for my kids that they never have to experience what I went through that night…………….That I……… I never cause them the pain my dad caused to my brother, my sister and I.

I want you to know that I love you guys. And my Christmas which to each of you is that you too can  experience a Happier, Simpler Christmas and this year and every year.

Naked Man Moleskin

As I tend to do, I did not prepare this message in advance, and i did not record it. So as I sit here trying to recall what I said (8 days later) I have full confidence that this is not exactly the same as what i said in the gloom that day. But I sit here struggling to see the screen through my tears, just like i struggled to wipe away tears while telling this story to 10 amazing men. So I must be pretty close.

Thank you men of F3, thank you for keeping me accountable, for making me a better man, a better friend, and hopefully a better father.


I don’t hate my father for what he did that night, and I know he was not the only one in that fight. But I  think I have ever forgiven him and I am not sure if I can.



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