It was cold this morning. My phone said it was 46 and the sign at OPES read somewhere in the neighborhood of -150, so I’m reasonably sure it felt somewhere right in the middle…especially after this overdue warm snap we just had. However, it didn’t take long for the small unit of 4 PAX to warm up and have some good times with some good tunes…and learn a little more useless music trivia knowledge from YHC.
Today, we dialed in the wayback machine to 1969. One could spend all day long just reading about this one year alone. It was a pop culture explosion of peace, love, war, protest, and tragedy. Conscientious objectors conscientiously objected. Bras were burned in Berkeley. Charles Manson had Los Angeles sleeping with one eye open. Meredith Hunter was murdered by the Hell’s Angels at the infamous Stones concert at Altamonte Speedway. Jim Morrison was arrested for indecent exposure in Miami. Broadway Joe Namath guaranteed a Super Bowl victory against Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts…and delivered as promised. “The Godfather” was published. John and Yoko got married (and kicked off the beginning of the end for The Beatles). The first artificial heart was successfully implanted. Hamburger Hill, a battle of which my wife’s uncle played a key role, unfolded in Vietnam. A teenager in St. Louis died of an unknown condition that would later be known as AIDS. “Midnight Cowboy,” which would become the only X-rated movie to ever win an Oscar, was released (it has since been downgraded to an R). Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River caught on fire due to such high levels of pollution (the slow song during the intro of “Major League” is about this incident). The Stonewall Riots in NYC kicked off the gay rights movement in America. Ted Kennedy felt like he could drive home from a party in Chappaquiddick and the world found out that he was wrong. Woodstock took place. The first episodes of “Scooby Doo,” “The Brady Bunch,” and “Sesame Street” aired. Willie Mays became the second player to eclipse 600 career home runs. The Boeing 747 made its maiden flight. Both Captain D’s and Long John Silver’s began operations. And, most importantly, Uptown Girl came into the world.
We then moseyed to Christ Church. Actually, it was a slowsey that Uptown Girl and Rosebud tried to turn into a mosey before YHC reigned them in. We don’t do full-on moseys when I Q.
Once there, we did a light stretch…
- Static Lunge + Twist + One-Armed Chinook
- Switch side + Twist + One-Armed Chinook
- Bundy Deep Squat + Moroccan Night Clubs
…before launching into the following series of triplets that hit each of the Big Three areas (upper, lower, core). Each exercise was performed OYO and in sets of 25 because 1+9+6+9=25.
- Prisoner Squats
- American Hammer (4-ct)
- Left Side Lunges
- Flutter Kicks (4-ct)
- Derkins (against the Christ Church wall)
- Right Side Lunges
- WWI situps
- Carolina Drydocks
- Calf Raises (4-ct) (on the Christ Church wall)
- Tricep Dips (on the Christ Church wall)
- Reverse Hypers (w/ partner) (on the Christ Church wall)
Midway through the calf raises, I looked up and noticed that, to any passers-by, it could unfortunately look like we were all dry-humping the Christ Church wall in perverse synchronicity. BUT, there were no passers-by…AND, just as Luke 16:15 attests, we are the ones who justify ourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows our hearts. And our hearts, of course, were focused on building sculpted, bowling ball calves and not on desecrating Christ Church…so, Uptown Girl, you can take solace in the purity of our intent.
After this, we slowseyed back to school. Uptown Girl and Rosebud played ball this time and didn’t try to kill their Q by upping the pace. And Loveseat…well, we’re all thankful Loveseat decided to bring up the rear. I’ll refrain from any Hindenburg jokes here…although, I COULD use it to plug my next Q, which will be “1969 (Part 2), a Zeppelin-only retrospective.”
Once at the school, we did a few mobility things and closed out.
- Cumberland Island ruck/walk. Milkbone will have deets at a later date.
- Golden Isles Ruckers Pillage and Plunder. Deets are forthcoming here, as well. Stay tuned.
“Bundy’s Greatest Years in Music History, Part 2: 1969” playlist:
***each was either released in ‘69 or still lingering on the Billboard Hot 100 when ‘69 arrived***
“Monkey Man” by The Rolling Stones…which some of you might recall from Henry Hill’s coke bender in “GoodFellas.”
“Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones…which some of you also might recall from “GoodFellas.” Scorsese is obviously a Stones fan.
“Bad Moon Rising,” “Down On The Corner,” “Fortunate Son,” and “Born On The Bayou,” by CCR, who released an incredible THREE studio albums in 1969 alone.
“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly…not the face-melting 30-minute version, but the tighter, 3-minute radio edit. Of note, many people consider this song to be the first “heavy metal” song…although one could make a very strong case for “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles, too, which came out in 1968. Also, this album was the first to ever go platinum…not bad for what was basically a one-hit wonder. Also, the title actually came about when the singer drunkenly told other bandmates about this cool song he was writing called “In The Garden of Eden.” The band decided to keep the slurred version as the song and album title. Horror fans might recall this song from “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.”
“Folsom Prison Blues” and “Cocaine Blues” by Johnny Cash. Because, well, Johnny Cash, that’s why. Interesting note: all the cheering prisoners on one of the best live albums of all time were actually added in post-production. They actually were quiet during the performance for fear of the guards whaling on them.
“Pinball Wizard” by The Who
“Whipping Post” by The Allman Brothers…and not the 20-minute Fillmore East version. Just the 5-minute album version.
“Can’t Find My Way Home,” by Zakk Wylde and the Black Label Society. Yes, this version is newer, but the song is originally from 1969, as recorded by Blind Faith, which included Steve Winwood on piano and vocals and Eric Clapton on guitar.