Holiday Merlot at the Rube

AO: Rubicon

When: 12/28/2021

QIC: aflac

PAX (4): DIY, lumbergh, Special K


It’s been a while since YHC Q’d the Rubicon, and an open spot over the holiday week presented the perfect opportunity.  Now, it goes without saying that you never want to disappoint when Q’ing an AO that you haven’t been to in a while, so YHC made sure to plan accordingly to ensure that PAX got their money’s worth.  He did NOT count on inducing Merlot spillage – more on that later.


With 4 PAX in attendance and shrugs all-around as to the whereabouts of the regulars, Q led the skeleton crew on a slow mosey toward the upper parking lot for the following warm-ups:

  • SSH’s
  • Abe Vigoda’s
  • Hillbilly’s

The Thang:

To get things moving, Q headed toward the fully-lit FOD to loosen the PAX up a bit with a couple rounds of Catch Me If You Can.  Instructions were given to pair-up and perform the following:

  • Partner A would do 3 Burpees while Partner B ran backwards around the perimeter of the field.
  • Partner A would run forward to catch Partner B, at which time roles were switched.
  • Rinse/repeat for 2 full laps.

Next up, time for some coupon work.  Lumbergh directed YHC towards the pile of top-shelf coupons by pool, where instructions were given to fetch a lifting variety and assemble at the end of the first row of parking across the way.  Upon initial inspection, Q noticed that the surface resembled that of the moon, so coupon shape would be pretty important for what was about to happen.  A couple audible groans as it was announced that PAX would be pushing coupons as they progressed down the lot.  The pattern was simple – push the coupon for 2 parking spots, then perform a specific number of exercise repetitions.  Continue the push/reps pattern until finishing the entire lot.  PAX survived 4 rounds, as follows:

  • First lot – start easy with 15 Curls every 2 parking spots.
  • Second lot – 10 Thrusters every 2 parking spots.
  • Third lot – 15 Romanian Deadlifts every 2 parking spots.
  • Fourth lot – 15 Sumo Squats every 2 parking spots.

Plank for the six at the end of each parking lot, Cusaking between lots.

With 4 rounds under the belt and plenty of time remaining, Q directed PAX to Cusak back towards the coupon pile, stopping just short for an abridged version of Jack Webb’s (with coupon).  YHC always enjoys this variation – especially so with coupon rotation to see who chose poorly.  PAX made it through 8/32 before calling it a day.

A quick time-check suggested that we could squeeze in one more exercise, so Q led PAX toward the playground for a few lightning rounds of the following:

  • 10 Pull-Ups
  • Run towards/across the bridge, then perform 20 Merkins.
  • Rinse/repeat

T-minus 3 left on the clock, so Q instructed PAX back to the flag.  Now, normally I’d keep any mentions of Merlot spillage out of the BB, however, a certain PAX provided explicit permission so here we are.  We’ll split the difference and keep it anonymous – as we approached the flag, Q noticed a PAX starting to drag and looking a bit ill.  As time was officially called, said PAX was making guttural emanations similar to what a cat might sound like when coughing up a hairball.  Unsure if this would be classified as a true Merlot spillage event, or the outcome of a caustic mix of exercise and season cold/virus.  Nonetheless, it was notable and affirmed that Q may have pushed things a bit.


  • TAP’s for the Roper family in Roswell.
  • TAP’s for Wide Right and his family.
  • Make a point this week and look for an opportunity to make someone’s day a little better.  In fact, carry that into 2022.

AFLAC out.

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