• When: 2017-12-26
  • QIC: Socrates
  • The PAX: Scarlett, Smokey, Enos, Loose Screw, Lock Box, and Socrates

The StrutBrigade pays homage to The Silver Fox and Celebrates Box Day

Conditions: 31 degrees; 51% humidity, dark, did feel as cold as it was

6 members of the StrutBrigade gather on this morning, looking to get better and shake off the cheer from yesterday. The first step in that process, which is the most difficult, is done, that being parting oneself from the warm fartsack.  Now, it rests on the shoulders of YHC to aid the lads in their efforts.  So, let us get this party started with a disclaimer, opening prayer and off we go.

But first, YHC, feeling the spirit of this special day (Boxing Day), would like to share a family holiday classic (abridged version), a story we all know well, that being the timeless classic, A Boxing Day Carol.

The hero of our story, Eddie Luge, a Canadian of moderate wealth, struggled with the Boxing Day tradition. When greeted in the streets by merry townspeople and their wretched, “Happy Boxing Day,” Eddie would always respond, “I don’t know what that means!”

After an eventful Christmas Day, Eddie, whom had that day given his assistant, Tom Hatchett, the day off, went to bed muttering about his disdain for Boxing Day. However, later that night, Eddie was visited by his deceased partner, Jerry Barley, who foretold of the coming of three spirits who would visit Eddie that night, starting at the clock strike of 1:00. Eddie, attributing the ghost of Barley to a bit of undigested moose, laughed and drifted off to sleep.

Then, at the strike of 1, the Ghost of Boxing Days Past appeared, he took Eddie back through his life, noting the Boxing Days of his past and Eddie’s frustration with his not knowing what the day meant, returning Eddie to his bed as confused as ever. Two more spirits visited that might, at 2:00 the Ghost of Boxing Day Present, and at 3:00 the Ghost of Boxing Days Future. The Ghost of Boxing Day Present showed Eddie the family of his assistant, Tom Hatchett, and Eddie learned they truly had no clue what the day meant, nor did Eddie’s nephew.  The Ghost of Boxing Days Future foretold the story that no one will ever figure out the meaning of the holiday, then returned Eddie to his bed.

Eddie awoke with the rising sun, jumped from his bed, and flew to his window! Spotting a young boy he shouted, “What day is it, boy?!”

The boy replied, “Monday.”

Eddie shouted with glee, “You mean its Boxing Day?! The spirits did it in one night?!”

The young boy replied, “What the hell is Boxing Day, you idiot?!”

Realizing he was not the only one who had the vaguest idea what Boxing Day is, doing like all Canadians did that day and every day, he went and played hockey.

Anyway, back to the Backblast…… with a stop box the Socractic jukebox. For today’s music, I choose my hometown favorite, The Marshall Tucker Band, ( I mean how many bands can include a flute and still kick ass?):

Mosey to the upper parking lot of the rec center via the stairs and circle up for COT – in the dry parking lot.

  • 12 windmills (IC)
  • 22 SSHs (IC)
  • 19 squats (IC)
  • 34 plank jacks (IC)
  • 12 windmills (IC)
  • 22 SSHs (IC)
  • 19 plank jacks (IC)
  • 34 squats (IC)

Mosey to the football field for the start of The Thang:

  • Starting at the point of beginning, mosey at your pace to the first corner, here do 25 merkins;
  • Mosey at your pace to the second corner, here do more 25 merkins;
  • Mosey at your pace to the third corner, here do more 25 merkins;
  • Mosey at your pace to point of beginning and do more 30 merkins.

Plank and wait for the 6.

Mosey to the base of Mount Seven Oaks and line up.

  • Bear crawl to the top; do 3 burpees;
  • Crawl Bear down to the bottom; do 3 burpees.

Rinse and repeat for a total of 3 trips.

Mosey to the rock pile and grab a rock, circle up.

  • 28 Curls for Jeff Gordan (IC)

  • 28 Tricep Extensions (IC)
  • 28 Bent-over Rows (IC)

Finish up with 83 overhead claps.

Replace rocks and mosey to the concession stand for Mary:

  • 30 LCBCs (IC)
  • 30 Ray Charles (IC)
  • 20 Hello Dollys (IC)
  • 20 Freddie Mercurys (IC)

Mosey back towards the SF, jail break once you reach the parking lot.

Rally round the flag for COT, BOM and closing prayer.

Naked Moleskin:  Great work by the StrutBrigade again today.  Today’s Q is dedicated to one of my childhood and hometown heroes, David Pearson aka “The Silver Fox,” who celebrated his 83rd birthday on the 22nd.  Pearson is arguably the best driver in the history of NASCAR.

COT numbers were the date of his birth (12/22/1934), we did 105 Merkins round the school celebrating his 105 Winston Cup victories (nka Sprint Cup due to NASCAR’s pansie-ing of the sport), we had 3 trips up Mt. Seven Oaks for Pearson’s 3 Winston Cup Championships; 28 reps with the rocks represented Pearson’s 28 years in the Winston Cup series; and closed with 82 overhead claps in honor of his 83rd birthday.  For most of us, our childhood heroes always hold a special place in our hearts, and to this day I am and will always be a Pearson fan.  For more info, see this:


For further interest, here is a video showing the final laps of Pearson’s victory in the 1976 Daytona 500, one of the most exciting finishes in the history of the 500 (quality of the video stinks, but you get the idea):


Praises and Prayer Requests:

  • Traveling PAX
  • Unspoken prayer requests


Devotional: (from Our Daily Bread)

What on Earth

My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

When Andrew Cheatle lost his cell phone at the beach, he thought it was gone forever. About a week later, however, fisherman Glen Kerley called him. He had pulled Cheatle’s phone, still functional after it dried, out of a 25-pound cod.

Life is full of odd stories, and we find more than a few of them in the Bible. One day tax collectors came to Peter demanding to know, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” (Matt. 17:24). Jesus turned the situation into a teaching moment. He wanted Peter to understand His role as king. Taxes weren’t collected from the children of the king, and the Lord made it clear that neither He nor His children owed any temple tax (vv. 25–26).

Yet Jesus wanted to be careful not to “cause offense” (v. 27), so He told Peter to go fishing. (This is the odd part of the story.) Peter found a coin in the mouth of the first fish he caught.

What on earth is Jesus doing here? A better question is, “What in God’s kingdom is Jesus doing?” He is the rightful King—even when many do not recognize Him as such. When we accept His role as Lord in our lives, we become His children.

Life will still throw its various demands at us, but Jesus will provide for us. As former pastor David Pompo put it, “When we’re fishing for our Father, we can depend on Him for all we need.”

Lord, teach us to bask in the wonderful realization that You provide everything we need.