Fourteen years and 86 days ago, Army Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin went missing in Iraq when his fuel convoy was attacked by Iraqi soldiers. Soon after, Arab television stations aired footage of him kneeling in front of his captors, and subsequent video appeared to show them shooting him to death.
Four years later, acting on a tip, the U.S. military found his remains, and his devastated parents were able to finally bring their boy home.
To show respect for Sgt. Maupin, this morning I did the CrossFit workout named after him:
“Maupin” – Four rounds of: run 800 meters, then do 49 pushups, 49 sit-ups, and 49 squats.
The 49 represents the date he went missing – 4/9 – and I guess the 800 represents the year – 2004, which maybe converted into 200 meters x 4? Or
maybe CrossFit people are just crazy. Regardless, I did this. And it was hard. I was the last one at the gym to finish, about which I care not. You might be interested, however, in knowing that halfway through the workout, the skies opened up and tried to drown me. But still, I persisted!
So yeah, I have lots of patriotic bones in my body. I love this country, and get terrible feels when I think about all who suffer on behalf of it. I pay taxes. I vote. I obey the law. I know the words to the National Anthem. Also, I hate this administration because it’s deliberately trying to ruin many of the things I love – like clean air, clean water and clean elections, for starters. I can love this country and live in this country and hate the people running it. That’s the goddamn law.
I’d like to kneel with Colin Kaepernick when the anthem is played. I want to Occupy Wall Street. I believe we should find a way to help people so desperate for a better life that they risk death to get here. I’m an American – a very strong American – and regardless of how I think, I’ll be one until I die.