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08 January 2017
LONG SON ISLAND - "Oyster farms and a bit more..."
Hares: Mr Kim, Ice Water. Additional Hare: Basil
Hash Flash: Shaky. Additional photos: Ms Hang
Our second 25th year run attracted 37 Hashers to Hon Ru Ri at 2 pm, including lots of Hash Virgins who came with their friends.
We loaded on to our Hashmobile and off to Long Son Island; on the way, we noticed a lot of traffic policemen doing their duty on the highway (which will get very busy soon in the lead-up to the Tet holidays).
We stopped at Son Thuy local restaurant near the oyster farms, and Mr Kim gave the chalk-talk; however, it seems the trail might be a bit short, so Basil stepped in to “save the day” and extend the trail as a live hare.
Hashers followed Basil’s live hare trail past a few open areas, then a dirt road through the village with barking dogs. We kept shouting “On On” to keep everyone on track, and passed a few village kids playing hide and seek who stopped to watch the Hashers going by.
We finally came out the dirt track to the cement road, then all the way down to pass our Hashmobile and turn to the “Down Down” restaurant and our ice cold San Miguels waiting.
After refreshments and some tasty local chicken, Basil started the team photo and then called the Circle. After a welcome message, he brought in the Hares, Mr Kim and Ice Water, and “Grandma Rita” rated Basil’s trail as 9/10 and Geoff rated the Hares 9/10 for the confusion.
We welcomed Hash Virgins, Ms Kieu Anh who read the Hash Flyer at her language school; Mike, Valentina and Lela from Russia (both ladies work at Vietsovpetro); Ms Diep’s brother Mr Trinh and his son Lam; and Ms Hang who joined the Hash because of Returnee Robert. “Welcome Hash Virgins” song was sung by Basil.
Then we welcomed Returnees Tiger with excuse: “Work”, Ms Loan: “Holiday”, Geoff: “Jail everywhere”, Robert: “Holiday”, Titanic: “Lazy”, D&G: “Injured leg”, Geronimo: “Working” and, last but not least, Shaky: “New born baby”!
And Vagabond charged Ice Water as a Sinner for confusion with the trail; but Shaky took the Down Down because the last time he got lost on the trail with his group at Monkey Pagoda and they missed the Down Downs!
Also, Mr Kim was called to the Circle for his Hash name given for setting the trail. But most in the Circle thought “Mr Kim” is already his Hash Name, so we finally decided his Hash name is “Mister Kim”!
Announcement for Lunar New Year on Saturday 28/1 and Basil have to ask the Circle that any Hasher that didn’t go on holiday must keep the Hash running, even with less people. But the trail must be a local one since it will be difficult or impossible to hire a bus during the first three days of the “Tet” holiday.
And finally, Vagabond wanted next week’s trail to be an away run, but Basil couldn’t promise anything until he’s checked for bus hire, and might also need someone to give him a drive to set an away trail unless he can make it another Live Hare run. Mr Kim volunteered to give Basil a drive if needed. So please check the NEXT RUN box on our website for updates.
We’ll meet next Sunday as usual at Hon Ru Ri, 2 pm for 2.30 pm start!