Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Softly Call The Muster

Muster weekend started with Josh and I venturing out to VA to dog sit. Whenever his coworker and his wife go out of town Josh and I have the honor of taking care of their precious Westie, Molly!

Josh made us an incredible dinner of stuffed peppers while I drank wine and hung out with Miss Molly!
Miss Molly and me

The next morning we woke up bright and early to go to Crossfit. It was the hardest workout I have had yet. Saturday's WOD was called the Lumberjack:

“Lumberjack 20”

20 Deadlifts 
Run 400m
20 KB Swings 
Run 400m
20 Overhead Squats 
Run 400m
20 Burpees
Run 400m
20 Chest to Bar Pull Ups
Run 400m
20 Box Jumps 
Run 400 m
20 DB Squat Cleans
Run 400m

I was exhausted after the WOD, but we had to quickly go back to Molly's house and get ready for the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.

The National Capital A&M Club lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every year on Muster. Usually I am not able to attend because it takes place while I am at work. I was so excited that Muster was on a Saturday this year so that I could finally participate in the event. It was a beautiful day, and the ceremony was breathtaking. 
Presenting the wreath
Our Muster Speaker (Mr. Harold Adams), Colonel Coffman, Emmanual (Muster Chair) and Neal (Alum Club President)

Gig 'Em

After the ceremony some us went over to our friend's, The Stapleys, house for a scrumptious barbecue. I was starving from my workout earlier and really chowed down!
Grilled Corn and Pork Chops

That night was the actual Muster Ceremony. It was held at the Army Navy Country Club in Virginia and the turnout was amazing. Close to 400 Aggies from across the DC area showed up for the event. As I have mentioned before, Muster is my favorite Aggie Tradition and this year was one of my favorite Musters yet. Mr. Adams' speech was even better that I expected. He told stories about his days at A&M, reminisced about when he first moved to DC and met with Presidents Truman and Kennedy, and most importantly talked about the power of the Aggie Spirit. I teared up several times. 
Mr. Harold Adams
Class of '61

As always Roll Call was beautiful and moving.
Remembering those who passed on

The program concluded with an older woman reading a poem she wrote for her husband who had died this year. It was all about Muster, her love for her husband, their over 50 years of marriage, and the spirit of Aggieland. There was not a dry eye in the house. 

Here is a detailed explanation about Muster. Check it out to learn more about the tradition.

Aggies w/ Mr. Adams
Me and Mr. Adams

After Muster a few of us went and grabbed some beers at a nearby Irish Pub.
Great Friends
Funny Josh
The next day Josh and I were bums. I was so exhausted from the day before and the weather was rainy and dreary....the perfect excuse for a movie day. We ordered pizza and caught up on all of our shows. 

The perfect end to a perfect Muster weekend!

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