JUNE 21 2020
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Zidane
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr. T,
Looming end of year school exams shaved our junior contingent numbers somewhat, as 40+ registered Hashers plus one cat(!) gathered at Lily’s Baradise on Sunday for a second consecutive away run on Núi Dinh (palace mountain), approx 5 km west of Ba Ria).
No ominous clouds (yet), so wet weather gear was left on the Hashmobile as we dismounted for a 1.5 km hike to the start point and a Chalk Talk explaining some relevant aspects of today’s circuitous A-A route around the lower mountain slopes.
“On on” we went, along a fairly level track until getting close to the halfway point we encountered a very steep section and switched into “On up” mode! We eventually walked through a temple entrance and passed several imposing sarcophagi and hungry-looking monkeys before leaving the sacred grounds. Then we followed a narrow dirt track until a sharp left turn at what looked like a huge dog kennel(!) on the side of the trail. Whatever it was, it now features in many Hash selfies!
We passed more and more temple-like buildings–some quite small–prompting one hasher to comment on the unusual number of monks and monkeys on this particular trail!
We finally found ourselves in more temple grounds, including a giant reclining Buddha–and then spotted our gleaming white Hashmobile outside: complete with ice-filled eskies and assorted banh mi and fresh fruit to quench thirsts and replenish energy levels!
Lots of convivial chatting and snacking later (thanks once again to the volunteer ‘slicers and dicers’ for preparing everything), we lined up for the team photo and then duty Ringmaster Uncle convened the Circle.
The trail was rated a ‘stratospheric’ 1,000(!), so congratulations to this week’s Hares Secs, Mr T and Zidane–it was indeed a delightful trail, with something for everyone regardless of age, fitness level or personal area of interest: even the cat made it around mostly unscathed!
Hash Virgins and returnees were introduced and welcomed–giving HBO an opportunity to show her prowess with “the winner’s tube”–then sinners were punished for misdemeanours real and imagined.
The Circle was closed with a reminder that next week’s trail will be announced on this website when details have been confirmed: so please don't forget to register and make life a little easier for the hardworking MMC volunteers who order the food, drinks and other necessities!
Explainer – Hashing in Vung Tau: VTH3 relocated to a new Hash kennel at Lily’s Baradise (formerly Tommy’s), in February 2020. At the same time, a few malcontents convened an invalid AGM (the main instigator had been banned from VTH3 for anti-social behaviour so had no authority to convene official meetings); they then falsely claimed the incumbent MMC had been voted out–so not true then, not true now! These direct violations of the Worldwide Harrier Organization creed are already focusing attention onto the minority responsible, who still haven’t developed their own identity–instead continuing to copy our VTH3 branding and falsely claiming establishment in 1992 (instead of only 4 months ago)!
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Footnote: We continue to reassess our activities every week to ensure compliance with the VN government’s latest Covid-19 edicts and advice; we wish all friends and fellow residents of Vung Tau a virus-free journey through these uncertain times–please stay safe!
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