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08 December 2013
"MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR"
Two dozen eager Hashers and Hash Virgins gathered at Offshore Bar 1 with no idea where the bus would take them - because today was a "mystery run" which had been requested by popular demand. And our Hares have said they will welcome more requests if anyone would like to repeat a favourite trail from time to time (Hares usually have very big ears, so they'll always hear you!).
Before today's departure, all "Christmas Charity Run" envelopes were collected and opened, with the many generous donations openly counted and checked. One thing is certain, there will be lots of happy little children next week when Santa and his helpers (all of us!) hand out the presents!
We loaded the Hashmobile and headed unerringly(!) to - you guessed it - everyone's favourite mountain: Nui Dinh (5 km west of Ba Ria).
Conforming to VTH3 by-law 101, a run briefing was delivered to the assembled throng - which included returnee and founding "Re-Hash" member Calamity Jane, who was designated Hash Flash for the day as a reward for being so enthusiastic and infectiously happy! Another welcome returnee was our favourite K9, Hashputin, accompanied by popular Hare Mountain Goat to help him over the tricky bits!
Leading the way by example, Hashputin wore a very stylish "jingle bell" that gave a lot of us some fresh ideas about what to wear for next Sunday's Christmas Charity Run with Santa and the Reindeers (if you still need any help, see "Hot News & Events" on this website under "VTH3 Home" drop-down menu - ed).
In the meantime, today's run was through the Forest of Dinh - conjuring many a vivid image of Bilbo Baggins and The Desolation of Smaug!
It was another "beautiful" run through various types of vegetation, gradient and track (see photos below) - but everyone eventually made it back to the bus, thanks at least in part to volunteer "sweeper Hash" Taffy.
We soon began to make short work of the "Hash crisps" and delicious Russian bread and salted pork - washed down as usual by silver and gold nectar courtesy of our generous sponsor San Miguel.
Hash Virgins Jeff and Panpan (Thailand) had been surprised to discover such a world of wonder in the Forest of Dinh, and they were now exposed to another Hash tradition - that of "Down Down'ing" their introductory drinks in the Circle!
Frequent Hasher and generous representative of silver sponsor SEC (Star Engineering JS Company), Walter, has somehow escaped a 'baptism of fire' for many months now - but today was finally his 'day of reckoning'!
In 'the way of the Hash' - and following the precedent set by arguably the quietest guy on the planet being named Ivan Grozny ("Ivan the Terrible") - the equally quiet and unassuming Walter will forever more be known in Hash circles as Clint Eastwood (that swashbuckling 'bad guy' of Dirty Harry fame)!
Lots of Sinners today as well - thanks to many volunteer Religious Advisors for 'pointing the dreaded finger'. "Sex on the hash" was quickly followed by "No sex on the Hash", and even an entire family of "new shoes" (well they were clean shoes - and that's close enough to being new for most of us!).
Sadly, the forest light eventually began to fade and it was time for the homeward journey - accompanied, as usual, by VTH3's version of mobile karaoke. We learned today that they actually have songs in New Zealand - well at least one, anyway - thanks to Hard Drive.
But perhaps practising for next Sunday's Christmas Charity Run & Party, a few carols were also heard above the general hubbub - with that old favourite Jingle Bells leading the way.
Thanks to all for a terrific day - and please don't forget to BOOK EARLY for next Sunday evening's Christmas Party to help with the catering. Go to "Contact VTH3" on this website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org - and let us know how many will be in your party (see "Hot News & Events" on this website for all the details).
Report: RW, Uncle. Hares : Mr Son, RW. Hash Flash: Calamity Jane
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