06/23/2023 - The Outpost - Wauconda Fest! (Where you from? And having an open mind)

AO: The Outpost

When: 06/23/2023


Number of Pax: 22

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Number of FNGS: 0

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QIC: Blues Clues


Beautiful fricken Dr. Feelgood Friday with the sun up at the OP!



Tappy Taps

Tie Fighters

Side Straddle Nots

W-A-U-C-O-N-D-A SSH’s in cadence spelling out the letters then drop to a burpee to finish

Mosey to East field by sprinkler area

The Thang

THANG #1 WAUCONDA FEST! (My hometown festival and today, we recognize this with a mix of workout sets related to Wauconda, IL)

  1. High Roller (10 Rolling Burpees AKA Burpee then roll to right, Burpee, roll back to left, repeat.) *10 Reps
  2. Lindy’s Landing (Restaurant in Wauconda on Bangs Lake with docks into the water. 20 Carolina Dry Docks and 20 Hand Release Merkins.) *20 Reps
  3. Bang’s Lake Anchors (30 Coupon Swings. Bring that anchor up to the chest!) *30 reps
  4. M-80 (Wauconda likes to blow stuff up. 40 Wide Merkins + 40 Narrow Grip Merkins. 80 Reps. Blow up that chest!) *40 reps x 2
  5. Purple & Gold (Home to the Wauconda High School Bulldogs, purple & gold! 25 OH Press + 25 Shoulder Taps) *50 reps
  6. Swimmers! (Get back across Bang’s Lake! 60 of em!) *60 Reps
  7. Sleeve Rippers (Got Damn this one! AKA Woodchoppers with coupon, 35 each side. Let’s see those guns) *70 Reps
  8. Blues Brothers (Filmed at Phil’s Beach in Wauconda…40 Irkins + 40 Derkins for both Jake and Elwood Blues.) *80 Reps
  9. Raul’s Burrito Express (Best burrito joint probably in the world. 90 Code Brown (get low) air squats) *90 Reps
  10. Wauconda Warrior (100 Seconds of Warrior II. Wauconda Middle school, one time home of the Wauconda Warriors. Shout out to Mr. Barry our PE teacher who taught us to “Never step on the Warrior”. The Warrior logo at center court in our gym. Respect.) *100 second reps

BONUS: The Zipper

  • 10 Chest Press
  • 10 V-Ups
  • 3 Summer Salts
    • Dizzy yet? Repeat 3 times and try not to fall down or puke.

Circle of Trust

We collected a list and shared where all 22 PAX were from today…Naperville, IL, Wauconda, IL, North side of Chicago, South Side of Chicago, Iowa, New Hampshire, Missouri, Kansas, the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, and more…very different places.

I shared more about growing up in Wauconda and how my best friend and family could not have been more different than me at the time. They were just interested in different things like dirt bikes and 4-wheelers and Motley Crue and sleeveless shirts, etc. (I learned to love most starting with the Crue.)

Yet, I got along with them all extremely well.

I moved to Wauconda around 1989 at age 8 and by age 12 my best friend and I were sledding one Winter. I got pushed off a cliff and broke my right leg in half, my tibia, and fibula. I thought I was paralyzed.

Out of nowhere, my best friend’s dad showed up, he picked me up and carried me to his truck, and drove me straight to the hospital where I got help.

I’ll never forget that.

Ironically and unfortunately I learned my friend’s dad had a bad accident a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been asking for prayers this whole week as I learned he is going to lose both his feet and get prosthetics.

The man who came running to help me some 30 years ago or so will not likely be able to run again. His feet are gone now at 67 years old.

Again, while this man and family could not be more different in many ways, their difference sure as hell didn’t matter to me when my leg was broke in half on that sled hill. Their difference never mattered to me…the connection and care did.

This comes from an open mind.

When you have an open mind, you can both give and receive help when you least expect it.

That’s the message I left behind today…we ALL come from different backgrounds, different cities, towns, and countries and we were reminded today.

Keep an open mind as you never know when you might need help or you never know when you can help someone else.


Naked Man Moleskin

How about Cropduster telling me he’s driving to Wauconda today. Stay for Wauconda Fest! It runs usually the last weekend in June before the 4th every year. Going on right now til Sunday.

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