15 MARCH 2020
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Uncle, Mr. T
We met as usual at Lily’s Baradise on Sunday, with a slightly depleted turnout apparently due to coronavirus concerns – although Mismanagement had done the right thing and avoided putting Hashers into close proximity of each other by setting a local run instead of the originally planned away trail, where a bus would have been required.
We headed off to Vi Ba Hem 36 via Le Ngoc Han Hem 89 steps for the ‘Chalk Talk’ from Hare Uncle for what he called the “Hem 36 trail”: Up Hem 36 following Bao La restaurant signs, turn off blacktop well before the pagoda onto white concrete road and follow red & white roadside barriers (and red tapes) around the side of the mountain keeping to the lower level, then sharp left up to the ‘big house’. Around the ‘big house’, up steep slope, then left onto clearly marked jungle track heading back around side of the mountain (careful on downhill stretch – very slippery), then down to large pagoda rest area above ornamental steps on upper end of Hem 36, then left down to Vi Ba and reverse route back to Lily’s.
“On On” we went, and it was only when we reached Big Mountain ‘proper’ that sod’s law came into play – with casualties and false trails splitting the pack asunder!
A couple of phone calls later and order was restored, with Hare Uncle getting some additional exercise running between three different groups of Hashers in various parts of the trail (actually four if you count the few inside the ‘big house’ courtyard!), while ‘ailing Hash’ Chom Chom doubled as duty medic.
Everyone eventually made it back safely to Lily’s, where the usual banh mi’s, watermelon and mangos awaited – along with ice-cold Sagota beer, softies and water.
The team photo was taken across the road for a change of scenery, and then the Circle was called by duty Ringmaster Uncle, assisted by Religious Advisor for the day, Mr T.
Various scores were given for the trail, ranging from 10 to 10,000 – with the final score settled at 37! Just one Hash Virgin today: ‘Kiwi/Aussie’ Pete, who was welcomed along with visitor David (Vanuatu Hash, amongst others), and several returnees.
It was decided that chemical imbalance and following bright red instead of pale red (“pink”?) ribbons to forge false trails failed to qualify as punishable sins(!), so we moved right along to the main event – this week’s ‘Namings’ (aka Christenings, Baptisms, etc). Hash names were bestowed upon ‘peculiar writing’ fan Quang Minh Hoang: “Doyle” (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, that is, of Sherlock Holmes fame…); Uncle and Anti’s niece Minh Anh: “Sunny” (for her infectious smile); and Zic Zac and Thoa Tran’s lovely twin daughters Minh Du and An Dy, who will henceforth be known by their preferred names, “Kelly” and “Sally”. Welcome one and all – you are the next generation of Vung Tau Hash!
Moving onto ‘Other business’, it was decided that the most practical way of deciding local or away runs in the current ‘Covid-19’ environment would be for Mismanagement to follow VN government and health department edicts and advise members of ‘next run’ details before the weekend via the vungtauhash.com website and associated mailing list – the only official, fully authorised communication from and about VTH3.
The Circle was then closed and conviviality continued – much longer for some than others, with several of the usual suspects spotted at Lily’s square bar well after darkness fell – On On!
Explainer – Hashing in Vung Tau: VTH3 has recently moved to a new Hash kennel at Lily’s Baradise (formerly Tommy’s), 3 Le Ngoc Han, Ward 1 as a result of securing valued sponsorship from Sagota Beer. Mismanagement continues unchanged: Mr T, Secs, Cleaver, Chom Chom, Zidane, Faulty Brakes. There’s another group in Vung Tau, but it’s a ‘spin-off/breakaway’ with no name as yet, and no official standing.
RUN 928 PHOTO GALLERY
HASH FLASH - CHOM CHOM
HASH FLASH - UNCLE / ANTI