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ALMOST ANY HOW — WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 8/30/07

Aug. 30th 2007

The play was coming fast to my side of the field.

I started rolling to my right and could see the tailback with the football and the three or four blockers in front of him. They were heading around their left end toward the sideline, sprinting my way.

As a defensive back, I was intent on the ball carrier as I shifted to my right and started to run toward the play. I was pretty sure that I could out maneuver the blockers and make the tackle. This became more and more clear as one by one my guys eliminated the blockers. The tailback had only one blocker left. That last guy protecting the ball carrier was a pulling guard who wasn’t very agile.

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CURRAHEE! — Important News 8/24/07

Aug. 24th 2007

In the critically acclaimed HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers,” we learned of a small mountain in Georgia called “Currahee.” It was made famous because the first generation of paratroopers had to run from their base to the top of that mountain and back as a part of their daily training. “Three miles up, three miles down!” they chanted.

Currahee is a Cherokee Indian word meaning, “We stand alone together.”

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BE ALL YOU ARE! — WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 8/22/07

Aug. 22nd 2007

Mark Twain once told this story:

“Saint Peter, I have always been interested in military history.” said a man who’d died and met the Saint at the Pearly Gates. “Who was the greatest general of all time?” the man asked.

Saint Peter quickly responded, “Oh, that’s a simple question. It’s that man over there.”

“You must be mistaken, ” said the man, now very perplexed. “I knew that man on earth, and he was just a common laborer.”

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CONGRATULATIONS STEVE JACKSON!

Aug. 15th 2007

Congrats to our own Corporal Steve Jackson on being recognized as one of Memphis’ MOST “Principled Principals!” Steve is a 0530 BOOT CAMPER and the Headmaster of Christ Methodist Day School! Here he is with The King!! Steve is on the right!! hahahahahaha
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C’MON JOHN!! — WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 8/15/07

Aug. 15th 2007

The PGA was held last week.

The PGA is a big golf tournament.

I don’t play much golf.

I watch it on TV even less than I play.

But just in case you missed the PGA, Tiger Woods won it. yawn.

But the real story was Arkansan, and sometimes Memphian, John Daly.

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GET UP!!!!!!!!!! — WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 8/8/07

Aug. 9th 2007

During this EIGHT YEAR anniversary month, I’ve been sharing some of the highlights and low-lights of the past eight years of USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP! This morning I told the story of Gary Gardia, the first success story of BOOT CAMP! Gary moved to Las Vegas a few years ago to continue his career as a bereavement counselor, but not before he’d left his mark on the program.

Briefly, let me tell you Gary’s story.

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SERGEANT TONY, IS IT TIME FOR ME TO REENLIST? — Accounting as of 8/8/2007

Aug. 9th 2007

Theresa Andreuccetti, FIRST SERGEANT (7 YEARS): (First Enlistment: September 1999) (Enlistment status: One Year Tour of Duty, renewal date: January 1, 2008)

Ron Ayotte, GUNNERY SERGEANT (5 YEARS): (First Enlistment: October 2001) (Enlistment status: Three Month Enlistment, renewal date: August 1, 2007)

Hank Hill, GUNNERY SERGEANT (5 YEARS): (First Enlistment: January 14, 2002) (Enlistment status: SIX Month Enlistment, renewal date: January 1, 2008)

Nikki McVean, GUNNERY SERGEANT (5 YEARS): (First Enlistment: April 2002) (Enlistment status: Three Month Enlistment: September 1, 2007 )

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OCOEE RIVER TRIP DETAILS — NOW HEAR THIS, RIVER PIRATES!

Aug. 8th 2007

YO HO, YO HO, a pirate’s life for me!

Now hear this, ye olde Ocoee River Pirates!

Our mission of plundering and pillaging the Ocoee River lay fast upon us. As members of this band of rascals, scoundrels, villains and knaves you’ll be needin’ some information and direction for this weekend, so listen up!

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TURNING WATER INTO WINE … — Important News

Aug. 3rd 2007

Most of the time you guys are the best resource for new ideas. Your suggestions have led to some fun events and some cool things that have made Boot Camp a more fulfilling activity and a real community.

It was a Boot Camper who suggested the first anniversary party.
It was a Boot Camper who suggested other classes besides 0530!
It was a Boot Camper who suggested the first rafting trip.
It was a Boot Camper who suggested the first half marathon training session.
It was a Boot Camper who suggested the first triathlon training session.

See what I mean? You guys are like the Brain Trust of Boot Camp!!

The core of what we do in USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP, regarding the exercises themselves, are primarily determined by what the Marine Corps does. Even though I tweak the program here and there, my commitment to the Corps’ approach won’t change. Not only am I a Marine through and through, but the Marine Corps trains Marines for victory and survival in combat, making Marine training second to none.

If it’s good enough for Marines battling terrorists, it’ll more than do the job for us here in Memphis battling the bulge.

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GLOOM, DESPAIR, AND AGONY ON ME! — Weekly Newsletter

Aug. 1st 2007

Yesterday the “Today Show” reported that antidepressants are the most prescribed drug in the United States.

Say WHAT???

When I walked off the airplane in 1998, after spending a decade in Japan, I discovered that I had become Rip Van Winkle. You’ll remember the story of Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving. Poor hen-pecked Rip wandered up a hill one day, sat down by a tree, and fell asleep … for 20 years.

When he woke up he found that his whole world had changed.

America changed a lot in the 10 years I was overseas. There were huge changes in language, culture (both pop and classic), slang, TV shows, music, mores, norms. In some ways I’m still playing catch up.

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