Brick by Brick – CC’s 1 Yr

AO: Grindstone

When: 01/03/2022

QIC: Crab Cake

PAX (9): Crab Cake, emeril, Mr. Hand, Napalm, Olaf, Snowman, Swiper, Valley Girl, Whiz


Brick = A singular positive Habit that is Advantageous to the individual or others.

It’s been a full 365 since YHC laid down his first F3 Brick

Close to 200 bricks have been laid since then with some lessons gathered

  • Bricks don’t have emotions
  • Bricks can be laid with or without gloves 😉
  • Bricks are small and seem meaningless on their own
  • However, Bricks stacked together form Guardrails
  • And Guardrails protect and Incentivize Acceleration to Advantage.
  • No two Bricks are identical and some Bricks come with special notes.
  • With abrupt Winter Storm conditions sweeping in ITG including 25mph wind gusts, today’s Brick had the special inscription: DO HARD THINGS

9 PAX chose to pick up this BRICK


Short mosey up the long A parking lot. 

Circle up for SSH, Weedpickers, Imperial Walkers, Moroccan Nightclubs, and Michael Phelps.

Mosey to the Football field

The Thang:

THANG 1 – Inspired by Inseam (YHC’s first Q)

Divide into 2 teams for a Plank Hurdle Indian Run race where PAX plank at each 10 yard line 

Down to opposite EndZone, 5 burpees, then Back, finishing off with 5 burpees

Losing team paid up 5 Wolverines while the Winners offered up 5 Hugh Jackmans

Kicker: YHC didn’t wear gloves for his first BD (30 degrees).  Upon hearing this, and to honor this moment, all PAX excitedly ripped off their gloves to perform this THANG.  YHC was moved to tears. And no one ever spoke about this moment again, especially over coffee at Dunkin


THANG 2 – Plagiarized directly off of Inseam

Red Borchetta: Sprint to the 100 and back, 75 back, 50 back, 25 back, 10 back. Perform an exercise totaling the yardage number before running back each time. 100SSH, 75 mountain climbers, 50 LBCs, 25 merkins, 10 burpees.


THANG 3 – with coupon

Curls, OH Press, Skull Crushers, Rows followed by short mosey to stop sign and Bernie Sanders back to coupon

12 (month) Reps with descending rep count each cycle


Finished off with a NEW EXERCISE: CrabCake-verine

Crab Cake per Exicon with an added Dip to complete the rep.


Prayers for Snowman’s co-workers family member struggling with multiple seizures.

Look ahead to the upcoming year with more challenges to conquer

Naked-Man Moleskin:

It’s Hard to Do Hard Things

It’s Harder when the Conditions are Not Optimal

But Brick’s don’t care about the weather outside, they need to be laid down nonetheless

Bricklaying with fellow PAX doesn’t make the job any easier but it becomes a lot more meaningful.


With the wintery mix and howling winds, YHC feared the 1 Year Party would be a washout – No balloons or candles, no stacks of gifts. 

But YHC received lots of Presents..err I mean.. PRESENCE

Presence of fellow PAX doing hard things when conditions suck and that made all the difference.

That’s been my experience this entire first year as Crab Cake and I have no doubt it will continue on for years to come.

If you missed laying a brick today, not to worry – lots more opportunities to lay down bricks with fellow PAX this coming year.

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