JULY 19 2020
Hares: Anagram,Bull Ant, Secs
Hash Flashers: Secs, Uncle
We gathered in bright sunshine at Lily’s (formerly Tommy’s) for this week’s local run on Big Mountain, with numbers predictably depleted by end of school excursions.
Co-Hare Secs explained the route and “On On” we went: down to Tran Phu, along to the cable car station then a right turn to take us on a new and novel route up the mountainside to Vi Ba.
We stopped for photos at the Chùa Bồ Đề (Bo De pagoda) just below Vi Ba, then up the sealed road past the nuoc mia stalls to the turn-off for our popular Waterfall trail. Most elected to keep going to the Ho May Park gates and then return to the Waterfall turn-off, with many photos along the way.
The smaller than usual pack were bunched together along the Waterfall trail and back via Hem 89 steps and Le Ngoc Han to Lily’s (Tommy’s), which was a welcome ‘first’ that made it easier to check no one had gone missing along the way!
Then it was into the eskies as the banh mi and fruit were shared around– with bonus ‘thank you’ plates of sausage rolls courtesy of mine host Rob! Lots of animated chat later, we gathered outside for the group photo by Mr T and then the Circle was called by duty Ringmaster Uncle.
‘Bidding’ for the trail score started at 7.5/10 but quickly rose to full marks: 10/10; so congratulations and “Down Down” to Hares Secs, Anagram and Bull Ant!
Hash Virgins and returnees were introduced and welcomed, including Knob Doctor(!) ex-Nha Trang Hash, who was giving an old back injury another tryout. Then a special ‘family Hash’ event as Anagram and Snowball were presented with a painting of themselves hashing by Junior Hasher Sunny, as a “Thank you” for their kindness to her in recent weeks.
The Circle was closed with another request for everyone to remind their friends to wear sturdy shoes when joining the Hash–especially juniors–because our trails are mostly mountain tracks with plenty of rocks to cause problems for the unwary and/or inexperienced.
As usual, next week’s run details will be advised via the website and mailing list when confirmed (just before week’s end); please make sure you register, so the hardworking MMC can ensure sufficient food and drinks for everyone!
Explainer – Hashing in Vung Tau: Earlier this year, a Hasher who had been banned for anti-social behaviour convened an invalid AGM (he had no authority to convene anything!), and elected a ‘new’ committee by falsely claiming the incumbent MMC had been voted out–which was as untrue then as it is today. Predictably, that breakaway group 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–you need only perform due diligence to ensure the branding you’d like to use is not already in use by someone else (as ours has been since 1992!).
Meanwhile, the real VTH3’s storied history 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 an infection-free journey through these still uncertain times–please stay aware, avoid complacency and, above all: be safe!
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