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07 February 2016
BIG MOUNTAIN - "Chúc mừng năm mới!"
Hares: Flying Finn, Faulty Brakes
Hash Flash: Cousin. Additional photos: Radio Wave
Ring Master: Uncle
Some 25 Hashers met, as usual, at 12 Hung Vuong street: Café Bi Sắt, on a fine day for Hashing - cool and cloudy!
Deputy Hash Cash Cousin did well to round-up some taxi's to convey the pack to 491 Tran Phu, where we alighted and crossed the busy road for a walk up the Hem and a chalk talk by the Hares. Then it was "On On" through and/or past several pagodas (and many pagoda steps!) to eventually reach Ho May Park on top of Big Mountain.
Unfortunately for us, the park was closed for the Tết holiday - but the security guards kindly allowed us to leave this one time, "but no more"!
The pack headed downhill, but several groups decided to add some "spice" to the descent by following the "waterfall" trail instead of Vi Ba - but there was no waterfall, of course, because the rainy season ended a long time ago!
We all eventually made it back to Café Bi Sắt and the eskies full of ice-cold drinks. Guest Ring Master Uncle called Hares Faulty Brakes and Flying Finn into the Circle and invited Mary to rate the trail, with Fot Tret translating. Long Wave invited himself into the Circle and between the two of them we had a score of 9/10, with half a point having been deducted because Mary didn't approve of the smell(!) of the orange paint used to mark some rocks for the trail! Uncle then invited Kojak into the Circle as leader of the "breakaway pack" that followed the waterfall trail on the descent instead of Vi Ba, and that resulted in a score of 9.5/10 - making an average total of 9.25/10!
Only one Hash Virgin today: Mr Duy was welcomed by the Circle; then returnees Ms Linh, Fot Tret, Dumb, Dinh, Long Wave and Radio Wave gave excuses ranging from "out of the country" to "changing job", which all earned the perpetrators a Down Down, suitably "diluted" with a dowsing from Oggy!
Sinners began with Bác sĩ House saying there were no Sinners! Then the two "breakaway" packs who used the waterfall trail on the descent from Big Mountain meant there were more sinners than non-sinners, so everyone was invited for a "group Down Down" anyway!
Uncle then wished everyone Chúc mừng năm mới! (thanks to Radio Wave for the prompt!), and explained that next week's trail would be another local one, because bus hire during Tết is unreliable at best. So we'll meet again on Sunday after Tết at Pétanque Café Bi Sắt, 12 Hung Vuong Street: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.
and here's a link to Radio Wave's photos: