Date: Wednesday August 28, 2019
Location: Wreck Center – Oak Park
For my VQ this Wed 8/28 the theme will be 42! – which if you’ve hitched hiked around the galaxy you know is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything (and as of last Friday the number of trips i’ve completed around the sun). Come find out more on Wednesday and let’s take out the Red Barchetta for a spin!
9 PAX met in the gloom beneath the horns of a crescent moon for Sheriff’s VQ!
The group started with some warmup exercises: Flying Sun Gods, Annie, Imperial Scout Walker, and SSH+Burpees (6 sets of 5-SSH + 2 Burpees).
Then we destroyed our legs with 42 lunges (the Zombie Walk!). We followed this up with a modified Red Barchetta (aka Hitch Hike Around the Galaxy!): we sprinted 100 Yards and did 42 SSHs, ran back and planked for the six, sprinted 75 yards and did 42 mountain climbers, sprinted back and planked for the six, sprinted 50 yards and did 42 little baby crunches, then sprinted back and planked for the 6 and lastly we sprinted 25 yards and did 42 merkins and sprinted back to the started and planked for the 6.
Even though Q was ready to stop for the day after that, the team was still going strong… so we mosied over to the benches in the track field and did two reps of 10 Russian Dips. Q was merciful as we were shooting for 42 total.
Then we followed up with Partner Plank Curls (a total of 42 curls for each team).
After this we mosied back to the Wreck center and paired up for wall sits, while the partner did burpees (10 in the first set followed up by 11 for a total of 42 for the team).
Then we did 6 minutes of Mary (Box Cutters and Flutter Kicks).
With the last few minutes we did the Merkin doomsday clock until everyone was beat down).
For the COT, Q read from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot reflection (Earth as seen from the outer solar system) in honor of the 42 anniversary of Voyager I’s launch (which went on to capture the famous Pale Blue Dot image in 1990):
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
— Carl Sagan, speech at Cornell University, October 13, 1994