I discovered the pre-requisite 'Farm Gym' comprehensive graded exercise program with added leadership modules earlier this year, and described it in a previous post. But I didn't realise then that it was just the beginning!
SO … enter 'Shack Attack'! This package upgrade moves from the farm to the seaside where as we (figuratively) speak the moist, salty air is quietly working its magic on any non-moving metal surface. Happily, 'Shack Attack' counteracts this through a comprehensive rust removal and repainting program!
So what new skills does 'Shack Attack' bring to the table?
I'm glad you asked!
Also offering a blend of exercise and management skill development, 'Shack Attack' fine tunes the skill groups honed by 'Farm Gym'.
Activity modules include the ladder multiple climb - with added grades of balancing on uneven ground; then a further upgrade to balancing on multiple surfaces ie various combinations of sand/concrete/dirt. Advanced upgrades building on these include 'reach for the sky', with a paintbrush in one hand and paint can in the other and 'remove one foot from the ladder', allowing a full stretch to reach inaccessible bare spots! A 'pass' is only given for this module when all the above are achieved while simultaneously fending off approximately 1,000,000 flies crawling into nearly every orifice …
'Fun' game modules hone the valuable situational leadership skills developed during 'Farm Gym' participation. These include 'Coordinate This!' - where the participant is given the following:
- a shack with 3 levels and several different surfaces;
- several preparation products (eg sugar soap, sandpaper, wire brushes)
- 3 ladders and several other climbing devices;
- 5 paintbrushes in various sizes;
- several paint products (eg rust converter, red oxide base, undercoats, top coats) in both water and oil bases.
AND … if anyone cares, the rigours of this challenge rendered me temporarily incommunicado!!
Was it worth it?
Well … when I wake up in the morning, this is what I see!
In my defence, I submit that LOOOOONG before Twitter's arrival tacitly sanctioned use of inappropriate abbreviations, I saw it spelled 'thanx'!
I admired this spelling's a) brevity and punchiness; and b) it's inclusion of the under-used letter 'x'. I was outraged and appalled to find the relatively small amount of space allocated to the 'x' words in the dictionary – a wrong I now seek to redress!! I've been encouraged in this goal, most recently by a younger co-worker who, when I shared these thoughts with him, replied 'Red, you are SO COOL'! Now how can a girl ignore that kind of feedback?
So … apologies in advance if it offends you – but it's now a habit that I'm likely to continue. I leave it to you to decide if it's a sentimental affectation, a sign of wilful ignorance or an ingrained blip in the spelling bee of life.
Feel free to call me on any other spelling/grammatical errors you find!!
Till next time!!