27 AUGUST 2023
AN NHẤT - BA RIA
Hares: Bull Ant, Mr. T, Secs, Chippy
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Chom Chom
Ring Master: Chom Chom
Report: Faulty Brakes
This week’s run to An Nhat saw a bumper crowd anxious to visit the rice paddies near Ba Ria. A full bus with standing room only whisked itself to Ba Ria to visit the production of Vietnam’s most famous agricultural product. The bane of the hash reporter is the weekly description of the climb and the descent of the run, which is identical for nearly every trail. Today’s trail was much more sedate with no climbing and a gentle stroll through concrete paths similar to the office yearly outings of the past when ‘team building’ was seen as an important part of employment. We welcomed back Pineapple Bill after a short illness, Bill who hails from the city of literary giants such as Joyce, Shaw, Yeats, and we are delighted to have Pineapple Bill back on board the Good Ship VTH3. Negotiating the Ba Ria countryside it was easy to comprehend the importance of the role that rice plays in the Vietnamese economy and being the second largest producer after India in the world.
We arrived at Ban Hoi An Nhất some 45 minutes after leaving Vung Tau, this was to be our temporary home for this Sunday’s hash and our excursion into Vietnamese cuisine. What an excellent choice by Chippy as many locals verified this choice by partaking in the local cuisine and hashers licked their lips in anticipation of the forthcoming feast. The start of the hash was called and to demonstrate the paths to be taken when Secs (complete with red ribbons) to show the pre marked trail. Sacks of harvested rice dotted the trail and farmers still worked the paddies while observing the unusual visitors from Vung Hash. The mountains of Ba Ria could be observed in the distance and seeing the small canals dissect the rice fields to supply the essential water for the production of the rice was extremely interesting.
One hour later everyone straggled back to our temporary home to avail of the waiting necessary coolants and thirst quenchers. The usual pan-global nature of the hash was demonstrated by Irish, English, Scottish, Australian and New Zealanders along with our Indigenous partners from Vietnam along with the diverse demographic, from Mr Chom Chom’s new addition of one month to let’s say + 70 years old. The Down Down is always the hashers favourite time, a time to relax and eat, a time to enjoy the gourmet experience of local cuisine. The Down-Down was orchestrated by the new Hash Daddy, Chom Chom, where newcomers were welcomed, sinners were chastised for some heinous Crimes as wearing new shoes, and future events were planned that were to be put in one’s diary .
Looking around at our intimate gathering I pondered to think how hashers in future generations would observe the reports we keep for posterity, although hashing is not unique to Vung Tau, let’s hope they would look kindly on the nature of our diversity. Run 1075 was another great run in our long history and would never have occurred without the sterling work of our selfless committee. Alas, it was time to depart for home with drinks trolley in premium seats and the music playing what a great way to end the annual works outing, sorry something went wrong there, it was our weekly hash. Trundling into Headquarters in Le Ngoc Han the naughty smoke behind the school bicycle shed i.e a few swifties of Saigon Chill were put to the sword prior to eskeys being stored for another week. Further fun was observed later in Mr C’s with Pizzas and those who have no home to go to were spotted later in the Red Parrot..
RUN 1075 GALLERY
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