JUNE 28 2020
Hares: Mr. T, Secs
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom
End of year school exams continued to reduce our junior contingent numbers, but we still had 50+ registered Hashers at Lily’s Baradise on Sunday for a local run on Big Mountain–which is extremely encouraging!
Co-hare Mr T said we should head up to Vi Ba for the Chalk Talk, so “On On” we went. And what a surprise for everyone as we eschewed the usual Hem 89 steps and literally climbed out of the back of Lily’s (on a ladder!) and spent the next 15-20 minutes scrambling up and around the dirt and rocks to finally reach Vi Ba. It was especially good to see Hashers jumping in to help with hand grips, rope grips and the reliable ‘hand carry’ finally getting everyone over the obstacles and onto the sealed road in one piece: definitely a tough start to today’s trail!
The Chalk Talk told us which way to go and emphasized “follow the tapes”, so off we went on a fairly challenging climb to reach the top of Big Mountain (many in raincoats by this time) and enjoy the fabulous views of our fair city before heading around the side and eventually down onto Vi Ba via some new and innovative turn-offs, then a couple of options to finish the A-A trail back at Lily’s.
Our hardworking MMC and helpers had ensured all drinks were ice-cold, and Aqua and her foodie helpers sliced and diced while we chatted about today’s trail as head chef Leonardo did his ‘whirly’ thing with the pizzas–and we were definitely not disappointed when they arrived!
It had been a long’ish trail today, and we just managed to squeeze a team photo in before the live music began, courtesy mine host Rob and The Perfect Jive Duo, so today’s ‘Circle’ was restricted to a fond and enthusiastic “Bon Voyage” to VTH3 stalwart Golden Fish and son Robin, off with their family to enjoy a new life in Singapore. “Good luck, you guys–our loss is definitely Singapore’s gain!” And confirmation that the trail had been voted 27 (out of 10!)–so well done to ‘Hares extraordinaire’ Mr T and Secs! Apologies to Hash Virgins, visitors, returnees, sinners et al–your turn will hopefully come next week!
And without more ado, the Hash Circle became a circle of Hashers, showing remarkable resilience to keep ‘shaking a leg’ after all the earlier efforts climbing Big Mountain the hard way!
Next week’s run details will be announced when known–and please don’t forget to register online to help MMC manage the logistics.
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 Hasher who had been banned for anti-social behaviour convened an obviously invalid AGM (he had no authority to convene anything!); that meeting voted in a ‘new committee’ by falsely claiming the incumbent MMC had been voted out–which was wishful and surprisingly creative thinking on their part, and a direct violation of the World Harrier Organization creed. Predictably, they still haven’t developed their own identity–preferring instead to ‘copy and paste’ our VTH3 branding and history, when all they would need to start a valid alternate Hash is to think of a (different) name and launch it!
*Hint: there’s no legal requirement to register names, logos, trademarks, etc for clubs or hobby groups–the only stipulation is performing due diligence to ensure the name you’d like is not already in use!
Meanwhile, the real VTH3’s ongoing story continues on this site and social media, and we also communicate via our official mailing list–to which all friends of VTH3 are welcome:
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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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