Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

SWAMP DONKEY: the latest love child of Moist Knolls & Stink Hill


A whopping 15 studs of the gloom rang in the Forge new year with the enthusiasm of kids racing out of class for recess (or maybe racing out of holiday fat pants into new years resolutions). As our local weatherman Snuff predicted, the Forgecast did indeed include merkins…



  • 0530:  Brief Welcome & Disclaimer
  • Short Mosey to KNOLLERCOASTER
  • Bear Crawl to top of each Knoll
  • Run down hill to bottom of Knoll & back to top
  • Crab Walk down back side of each Knoll
  • Curb Plank for the SIX

COP #1:

  • Moseyrama back around to Stink Hill
  • x3 Merkins ea light pole all the way down to the Culdesac
  • Circle up for a few stretching IC Reps

COP #2:

  • Moseyrama the straightaway back to the tennis courts
  • Bear crawl between corners, adding reps each corner in escalator fashion
  • Corner 1 – x10 WWII
  • Corner 2 – x10 + x20 Chainsmokers
  • Corner 3 – x10 + x20 + x30 Oblique LBC’s (split x15 ea side)
  • Corner 4 – x10 + x20 + x30 + x40 Flutters (2-ct)

COP #3:

  • Mosey around to handicap rails
  • Line up for OVER-UNDERS half way up
  • INDIGENOUS JERKINS – last man completes x3 Jerkins, then runs to front while rest of PAX hang out in jerkin position

COP #4:

  • Mosey back to base of Stink Hill and partner up
  • P1 begins POLAR BEARS up the hill (bear crawl, stopping to merkin every 5 paces)
  • P2 runs to SF at top of Stink Hill, then back down to switch 
  • Progress as team until flag reached

Mosey BTTF:

  • Brief IC Squats & Lunges
  • Elbow Plank to run down the clock


  • Counterama # 15
  • Namerama
  • Announcerama (see Below)
  • YHC took the PAX out in Prayer

NMS:  First Forge of 2023 saw big numbers with guys coming off the IR bench (Lumberg and Nails), a couple old Forgers ready to start the year fresh (Greenbow, Fiona), an FNG brought by Rosie – hilariously nicknamed Swamp Donkey, and a couple brothers from North of the river (Otis from Daville who attends YHC’s church, and Hitchhiker who was sore for a good 2nd F Coffeerama). And YHC can’t exclude a shout out to the most faithful Forge brothers a man could ask for – Snuff, Last Call, Chaplain, Dealer, House Party and Machismo. You guys MAKE the Forge great every week, and YHC has been immeasurably thankful to regularly kick the gloom in the teeth with you studs. YHC announced at COT that after almost 4 years as the Forge Site Q, YHC is excited and proud to hand the reins to SNUFF for 2023. Hip Hip Hazahhh!!!! Can’t wait to see this AO grow and embrace the community impact YHC knows we have the potential for. AYE! ~DTH


  • SOJ Leadership Mtg – this Friday 1/6 starting at 6pm at Diamond Billiards – all SOJ PAX are welcome to attend while we organize a Shared Leadership Team, ensure all our AO’s have Site Q’s, and everyone participates in sharing vision for 2023. Aaaaand we’ll play some pool too.
  • Frozen Triangle 1/21/23

Prayer Requests:

  • Last Call shared about a JRHS kid who just took his life, and another local college kid who did the same. With the dark winter months here, and in a culture that fosters isolation and embraces evil, its no surprise young people feel lost. Let us pray for these families, our communities, and seek opportunities to lift others up – we can’t always know who’s struggling so best to assume everyone we encounter could use a good word! 
  • Hitch also shared again about Swipe Right, and said Flatline is working on creating a 2nd F opportunity with CPR training included. You never know when you may need to save a life! 

About Author

Joined F3 at NoToll 9/25/18. Started The FORGE 4/4/19. Fealty to SOJ. Follower of Jesus Christ. Pediatrician. Missionary. Husband to the M since 2005. Papa to a couple awesome 2.0's "Oreo" & "Banjo".

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