"Holiday Safety Brief"
When you volunteer to serve there are so many things provided for you .  Some of theses things are a given like food, medical, fitness, and the opportunity to travel the world imposing your will on those who get in our way. 
But there are some other things that we are provided with and are not so well known.  I am talking about something we call a "Safety Stand Down".  For many young service men/women it seems to be nothing more than a huge inconvenience or a PITA! 
It is usually a 3 day period every 6 months and before the holiday season starts.  It’s command required training and breifings on suicide prevention, sexual harassment dos and don’ts, drugs and alcohol, and so on.
But the big topic is SAFETY!  We (Military and Civilians) all get too damn busy for no reason.  Think about the hussel and bussel and stress the holidays bring on.  It is all self induced.  So what do we do?  We talk about RISK FACTORS and how to control and or avoid them.
Where am I going with this…. Well in the last week we have had a few of our CFW family have some close calls.  Tony’s injury (which was just one of those things that comes with age.  Sorry bro but your now in the club ha), Matt and Mere’s close call with the motorcycle crash, and Scott S. scuffing of his Vespa made me think I would be could for everyone to get a safety reminder.
I personal laugh any time I can cheat death! Ha.  If you survived whatever incident, be happy.
SERIOUSLY… I just want to put this out to you all.  As we start this holiday season, we all have so much to be thankful for.  We also have lots we hope to do in a short amount of time.  Take that extra second to put the seat belt on before you put the car into drive, put the cell down while you are driving (I am personally working on that one), take an extra second to look before you pull into traffic, or a parking lot.  Open the door for someone who is not as relaxed as you.  Become more aware of your surroundings.  Try not to over task yourselves. It’s better to be late than be never!
We are all important to someone.  I know a lot of us have been guilty of a cocktail or a beer and driving.  As cheesy as the billboard is, it’s right… "Buzzed driving is still Drunk Driving".  We all are close enough that we could call someone for a ride.
I want to put this out there…  if you want to go out and party and wind up needing a ride, call me.  I will come get you and take you home. 
SAFETY, its up to you to do the right thing.  Control your day, don’t let your day control you! Stay alert and you’ll be surprised at how much more you get done by doing less.  Have a safe start to the holidays season.  God Bless America, Happy Holidays!
-From your friend and brother MSgt Ron "No GOOD" Holmes

Crossfit Wilmington - Workout Of the Day picture

You don’t know what you’re missing out on when you take the
core day (Thursdays) off.  Dawn demos and teaches basic gymnastics and
tumbling last Thursday night.  It’s a lot of fun to just work on the new 
skills or on the stuff you’re weak on…  and we’re all weak at something!  
 2009 CrossFit Games Women’s Competition Footage:

4 thoughts on “Posted: 11/22/2009

  1. Scott S says:

    As usual, Ronnie is right on point. Once you drink the kool-aid and become totally committed to the CFW family, you do begin to think you nearly invincible. Underneath those street clothes, we all feel just a little smarter, a little stronger and a little bit mora in control of our destiny than we used to. It's like we finally "figured it out". Man, what a feeling! And to share it with others of like mind makes it even more glorious. But, as much as we would like to, we can't defy gravity (well, maybe a few of you can), we have to pay our bills and there are still some bad folks out there. So make smart decisions, stay out of bad situations and, as I say to my children, " Don't do anything stupid!"
    Take time to enjoy this hectic time of the year, cherish friends and family and make your world a better place. As for me, I am going to tell everyone how much I appreciate them. And, I am starting with each of you. Thank you all for all the smiles, cheers and dog-cussing when I slack off. Pass it on.

  2. Abby says:

    Yah Thursday was a great time and my abs and back were sore on Friday! always an added bonus! Dawn you amaze me! I will be in the box tomorrow but that will be it until next Monday! going to visit family for this holiday! We are excited as we have not been able to spend a holiday with extended family in 4 years! I will miss you all for the week..keep kicking ass…enjoy Turkey day and know that I am thankful for CFW and hope you all have openly welcomed me to the box and to the AMAZING coaching staff you have! I learn everyday and i improve everyday and I credit a lot of that to YOU that I see everyday!

  3. Angela says:

    Thanks for the Holiday reminder Ron (FBF). Scott, you totally nailed it with your post. "we all feel just a little smarter, a little stronger and a little bit more in control of our destiny than we used to…" I'm glad to be a part of this family that is more than just "working out". You are all mentally strong and insightful people. I love to read these posts and see how much compassion each of you truly have for other human beings. It's refreshing. Positive energy is contagious

  4. Maria says:

    Abby, Have a great holiday – I am SO glad that you're a part of our team. I'll be out the week you come back, but… how about we meet in Durham??

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