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Week 9: The Countless Push-ups Continue

“Rollin' with the punches”

The Parade Square and RCMP Chapel

2005-08-21

This past week has been physically exhausting: a lot of fitness and PDT classes, and often in the same half of the day. On Monday we started the week off on the wrong foot: showing up late to your first class is never recommended. (By “we” I mean that a select few from the troop straggle and allow the entire troop to take the heat - we're very team-oriented.) To top it off, we had been late for the same class on the previous Friday. So seeing as it was a Fitness class we took our learning assistance in the form of push-ups.

In PDT, we started with strikes, and as practise dummies we have... each other! The way it works is that we all get decked-out in 16-ounce boxing gloves, chest and solarplexes padding, foam helmets and face guards, and let’s not forget the mouth guard (because toothless Mounties probably do not photograph as well) to work on the various techniques to prep for “Rings” next week. More pain and agony but likely just as entertaining as pay-per-view boxing since nobody can really see where they're going with all that equipment on!

In continuing with the theme of pain and agony, the S/M’s Parade at the beginning of the week was a long and drawn-out ceremony due to the fact that the Commissioner was in attendance. The inspection of the ranks took much longer than normal and as a result I stood at attention for what seemed like an eternity. The Commissioner was in Regina for the Change of Command and incidentally caught a S/M’s Parade, as well as the final instalment of the Sunset Ceremonies. Although it involved a couple of dizzying moments, it was an honour to be a part of the festivities with the Commissioner in attendance.

In big brother/little brother troop news, our big brother troop just celebrated its halfway mark. It's hard to believe that they've already completed 14 weeks. Time certainly moves quickly around here. Unfortunately, some people don't move quickly enough. Our little brother troop has already lost a cadet to a case of PARE-anoia: he did not manage to complete the circuit in the required time of 4:45 which is disheartening for all of us.

On a happier note, the weekend was not so busy so it gave me the chance to tour downtown and the shopping mall areas by means of public transit. Regina isn't very big but it seems to get anywhere with the bus, you need to transfer onto a different line at least once. I’ve come to the realization that I miss my car, but of course given the Division I originate from, it would not have been possible to bring a vehicle. All cadets from provinces east or north of Manitoba are strongly recommended to fly! (Incidentals would likely not be covered for someone who decides to drive from say C Division/Quebec.)

Anyway, I must retire now and study for our first attempt at the Blues challenge coming up next week. Although it sounds harmless, it'll likely be more stressful than an exam. The challenge consists of three components: drill movements (all that we've learned up to that point), RCMP ranks (order and insignia) as well as the history of the force, all while standing at attention! We certainly go through a lot of hoopla for a yellow stripe down the side of our trousers; you'd think these stripes are made of gold!