Up and Down and Down and Up

Wrinkles the Clown. Just no.

AFAP
10, 9, 8… 3, 2, 1 strict ring dips
Power clean + front squat + push press + 1, 2, 3… 8, 9, 10 back squats + behind the neck push press
~Rest~
50-40-30-20-10
Abmat situps
Run 400m after each round

Thus, 55 strict ring dips and back squats as well as 10 each of remaining movements. Fun! Because running is always fun.

AFAP
5 rounds row 10c & 5 floor presses @ body weight
4 rounds row 8c & 4 floor presses @ body weight
3 rounds row 6c & 3 floor presses @ body weight
2 rounds row 4 & 2 floor presses @ body weight
1 rounds row 2 & 1 floor presses @ body weight

Less rest between floor presses meant the last round was always challenging. Oh, and all reps unbroken.

25 RFT
1 strict 6-count C2B pull-up
1 deadlift with 6-second hold at top and no dropping of bar
15 LBH
1 strict 6-count HSPU

For pull-up, 3-second count to bar & 3-second count to full extension
For pushup, 3-second count from full extension to head to mat & 3-second count back to full extension.

High Maintenance is the best show on TV. Hands down.

We moved to Renick, West Virginia the summer before I began 6th grade. There was no musical instrument instruction at St. Joseph’s, the Catholic elementary school I attended in NJ, so I had no idea if I had any musical inclination or talent. I did, however want to play in the and. We had an old, worn out trumpet and trombone, and I decided that I’d play the trombone, for my father had done so as a child. Our WV home was a mile and a half down a dirt road. To get to the school bus stop, I had to cross the road, climb over the road neighbor’s fence, walk a path up a steep hill to their driveway, and then to the bus stop on Route 219. And that was at last a half a mile if not more. We had two opportunities to catch the bus, as it traveled first north and then south.

Where am I going with this? Remember, I was a slight child, and couldn’t have weighed more than 90 pounds. Yes, a 90-pound weakling. I attempted to carry the trombone to school and, well, it was just too damned heavy. My mother suggested that I talk to the band leader about playing another instrument. The only instrument that was both light enough for me to carry and that the elementary school had was a clarinet, so the clarinet it was! Most of my peers had already started learning to play an instrument a year or two before I did, but I was a natural and I quickly excelled at playing the instrument. I was first chair, first clarinet through junior and high school, and was a clarinet and music major my first year of college. 

I still often play the clarinet in dreams and still recall all of the fingerings. Uhm, and I’ve been know to look for used clarinets for sell.

 

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