Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

Happy Birthday Pops


16 fine men joined Gumbo in the soupy gloom to celebrate what would have been my dad’s 82nd birthday. It went a little something like this:

Mosey tot he back lot and circle up – no FNGs so let’s get right to it…COP (all IC):

  • DQs x8
  • Helicopters x20 (YHC’s mind was in the clouds and we almost overshot 20)
  • Imperial Walkers x19
  • SSHs x37
  • LBCs x82 – thanks for keeping the count strong PAX

6 Burpees OYO


Field of Dreams Buffet – Two of Phil Goldman’s favorite things were baseball and a buffet, so YHC tried to combine these into one routine. The Field of Dreams involves breaking into 4 groups – one at each “base” (or in our case corner). Exercises at each base were as follows:

  • Group 1 (First base) – Squats AMRAP (YHC equates AMRAP to Phil Goldman at a buffet…it was a sight to witness!)
  • Group 2 (Second base) – Merkins AMRAP
  • Group 3 (Third base) – LBCs AMRAP
  • Group 4 (Home) – Burpees — this was the trigger for switching – when all members of the Burpee group were finished – call switch — run to next station.
    • Round 1: 15 Burpees
    • Round 2 (second plate): 10 Burpees
    • Round 3 (dessert): 5 Burpees

PHIL-Check – Stay in your groups of 4. Phil Goldman was NOT a runner, so this PHIL-Check would not involve any running. In your group of 4, rotate through the 4 following exercises 4 times:

  • P – Plank-jacks AMRAP — keeping that “all you can eat” theme alive
  • H – HRMs x20 (this was the switch trigger)
  • I – Imperial Squat Walkers (AMRAP)
  • L – LBFCs (Little Baby Flutter Crunches — real thing, look them up) – Flutter kicks while intermittently performing a crunch with your upper body.

Al Gore and Plank-o-rama for the SIX

Native American Run back to the basketball courts (sort of). This went haywire and YHC just called a jail break.

5MOM, including:

  • Freddie Mercuries
  • Hello Dollies
  • Louisiana Prom Dates (APDs but with your arms hugging your plus-sized date)
  • Rosalitas
  • Superman to finish

Back to the Flag for COT, Number-rama, Name-a-rama and YHC took us out.


  • Puppy Pile Saturday
  • Convergence Labor Day 0700 at Timerwolf
  • Summer Tour patches available – see Shakedown
  • DTH Poker Night – 9/7
  • Continued prayers for lots of folks – Helix’s daughter, Wojo’s sister/family, TYA’s brother, OC’s son, Doozy’s job prospects and others I am sure.
    • If you want to contribute to the fund for Wojo’s family – see Vinny with cash/check or Venmo money to me (Goldman-MP). I will be delivering a check to Vinny on 8/26 at Batteau.


It is amazing how you look back at 6 years that have gone by and it seems like yesterday. Its downright scary sometimes. This November, it will be 6 years since my dad passed away. Today, he would have been 82 and man it would be cool if he was still here to celebrate with and to talk about how big my kids are and about how good LSU’s football team will be but they still won’t beat BAMA and Saban dammit. Today was a great opportunity to give a shout out to pops all while sweating our asses off and pushing each other to be better and stronger today than we were yesterday so that hopefully we have as many tomorrow’s as we possibly can.

I did think “darn, why couldn’t his birthday been in November like mine. It was nasty sticky.

Thanks for following along today and thanks for putting in the work with me. No better way to start the day!

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  1. Great job fellas. Great to partner with Tobit, Bullseye and Flange — you guys destroyed the PHIL-Check.

  2. Awesome ground and pound tribute to your dad, Gumbo!

    The PHIL-check was brutal…but as you said, it pushed us to be stronger than we were yesterday. Enjoyed partnering with you, Bullseye, and Flange. ….Flange is a burpee and hand-release merkin machine.

  3. Great tribute to your dad, Gumbo. I am sure he is proud of the man he raised.

    I was thinking during the end of the LBCs that the 37- [70, 71… wheres he going here…82] part of COP was some terrible baseball team’s current record, and I was like ‘oh is Gumbo an Orioles fan or something?’ You let us in on the real meaning soon after, well done.

  4. Awesome tribute to you pops! I’m wiped after that one, great to work with Garbage Plate, Sugar Sock and Don Draper! Way to push fellas!

  5. What a tribute Gumbo. I can only imagine how proud he must have been of you. Way to make it happen today!

  6. Great Q and glad to be part of a great tribute to your Pops! It’s clear he was a positive influence in your life. Well done today.

    Always good to partner with you men. Have a great day, gents!

  7. Great tribute Gumbo! It was great working with DTH, POG, and Sonic. The PHIL check was brutal!