JULY 10 2022
LONG SON ISLAND
Hares: Secs, Have-A-Chat, Chippy
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Have-A-Chat
Report: Faulty Brakes
It was a busier weekend than usual in Vung Tau with Disco and a Light show on the back beach on Saturday night. Time to press the reset button with the weekly ritual of securing ice from Mr Da the local Ice baron, we arrived a little late at Tommy’s due to the dearth of taxis in Vung Tau. No problem, Michael Havachat (The VTH3 Talisman) and Rabbit had prepared the beers and drinks ready for icing and had procured the tasty banh mi for this afternoon’s Down Down. Time being 13.40 hours and still no sign of the refrigerant arriving, the Iceman had Not Cometh. Enter Mr Anh, our intrepid driver who would suggest we could pick it up on the way to Long Son Island, the venue for this afternoon’s odyssey. Leaving Tommy’s we would drive to Vi Ba junction on Le Loi street where we acquired the ice and cooled the beers and softies. Driving through Vung Tau busy streets we were soon at Seaview where we picked up more hashers and it was bus full, standing room only, and on-on to Long Son Island.
The lake area where we parked the bus will be unfamiliar to a lot of hashers, however we had visited here many times in the past and enjoyed a delightful Down Down venue in a local motel. It was time to disembark and await the instructions for today’s run and we are particularly grateful for the Hares who marked today’s trail having given their time on Friday and Saturday free to ensure we all could enjoy our Sunday, take a bow Secs Chippy and Michael Havachat.
Next holding aloft some red tape the instructions for today’s trail were issued by Secs. Follow the red tape, if you go some distance without seeing tape, turn back to the previous red tape and start again. The trail meandered through the hems of typical Vietnamese countryside, barking dogs greeted us and local children continued to look on at these strange people in their village wearing identical T-Shirts. The trail in itself was quite easy and led to the top of a hill with a view of the Long Son Petrochemical facility, a 5 billion dollar investment in the future of Vietnam.
Similar to the children’s nursery rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York, ‘we marched them to the top of the hill and we marched them down again’ and then to return to our Down Down location.
A glitch in our music box meant Michael Havachat had to conduct the circle without any amplification which he did with some aplomb. Sitting in the motel with the lake shimmering in the background the weekly photo was taken and soon it was time to return to Headquarters in Tommy's. The eskies drained and various equipment were stored for another week and now it was time for the sneaky drink at the side of Tommy's, reminiscent of our school days with a sneaky cigarette behind the bicycle shed.
The Wimbledon Mens final was taking place on the television and our thoughts went to Chom Chom back in England, one could envisage him watching this in his smoking jacket and sipping Pimms along with his bulldog “Winston“. The perfect jive duo entertained us with some great music and eventually we to call it a day. The Monday night quiz in the Office Bar was won by none other than Hashliter Stu De Clerks. Well as they say in show business,”that’s all folks”! We will do it all again next week.
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