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On-On Gourmets Hash House Harriers

After a recent trail, while eight of us were cooling off at a local pub, our friend Master Meat Finder told us about the weekend she spent escorting a cookbook author who’d been a speaker at Tucson’s annual book fair. The author was Hugo Ortega, and he’d given MMF a copy of his new cookbook, Backstreet Kitchen. She had the book with her and we passed it around. Somehow the idea of starting a cooking club popped into our heads.

We decided to call ourselves the On-On Gourmet Hash House Harriers, even though the only trails we follow are culinary ones. We cook and consume dinners together, once every other month.


On-On Gourmets Hot Legs & Pick’n'Flick, making paella

I’ve been posting our cooking club hash trashes on my cooking blog, Crouton’s Kitchen. I realized today I should link to them here, since some Half-Mind Weblog readers may be interested. Here’s a list of links to On-On Gourmet H3 hash trashes:

The names in these hash trashes may be confusing. Every member of the On-On Gourmets is a named hasher, but we use a different set of noms de plume on the Crouton’s Kitchen cooking blog. Pick’n'Flick, for instance, is Ditalini deMenthe. Not to worry, I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

I’ll continue to post cooking club trashes to Crouton’s Kitchen, and post new links here on the Half-Mind Weblog.


Harriers MCH3 Mash Trash: 11/22/15

There were only two of us this morning, but that’s a quorum, right?

Flying Booger and Wankers Aweigh met at Wankers’ house on Tucson’s west side for a loop ride over Gates Pass to Saguaro National Park and on to Four Points, where we turned around for Fred’s Arena, Ryan Airfield, and a return trip over Gates Pass before separating and making our individual ways home. Over lunch at Fred’s Arena, we talked about a post-Christmas Harriers MCH3 ride to Globe, when Nose Candy will be in town with a rental bike. Stand by for announcements.

So that’s what happened today. Fantastic weather and good riding conditions. A shame more of us weren’t able to get out on two wheels today. Here are some photos to make you feel guilty:


Perfect morning for a Harriers MCH3 ride!


Flying Booger & Wankers Aweigh, Gate Pass


Where would we be without iPhones?

Can you tell I got a selfie stick for my birthday? Greatest invention since beer!


HHHistory on Facebook

Shakesprick’s Hashpaedia is no more (boo!). Shakesprick’s A History of the Hash House Harriers is on Facebook (yay!). Here’s a screen grab of the introductory post:

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Actually, the Facebook page isn’t intended to replace Hashpaedia. That, if you read Shakesprick’s post above, will happen in book form, some time in 2017. Meanwhile, the Facebook page is a place for people to contribute HHHistorical facts, documents, and photos to the project, and for Shakesprick to share some of the historical information he digs up himself.

Hashpaedia was brilliant, and I’m sorry it’s no longer on the web. But the book will no doubt be even better and more comprehensive, and I can’t wait.

Meanwhile, how ’bout you visit A History of the Hash House Harriers on Facebook, “like” the page, and contribute what you know of HHHistory. No bullshit, please … but if you have good information on the early days of hashing, whether that be on the world, regional, national, or even city level, your contribution will be welcome, and will most likely go into the book.

By the way, if you want to know a little more about this Shakesprick fellow, here’s a Half-Mind interview with the man himself.


Scheduling Conflicts

schedule_orig_full_sidebarWhen I announced the October Pedalfiles bash to Tucson hashers, I got a couple of emails from hashers telling me the date conflicted with the jHavelina H3′s Hash de Tucson hangover hash. They implied I should have checked the calendar first and picked another day for our event.

I’ll just note for the record that the hashers who complained have never attended a Pedalfiles event, and I suspect never will. Still, their complaint deserves to be aired.

When I started the PISS Hash in 2003, and when Casual Friday & Bimbo by Day started the Pedalfiles in 2006, Sundays in Tucson—apart from two annual jHavelina H3 weekend events—were open. Since then, jHavelina H3 and other hashing activities in Tucson have expanded to fill weekends year-round. And that’s fine. Hashers love to hash.

What it comes down to is that Sunday is the only viable option for our two small hashes. We weren’t going to compete with the jHavelina H3′s long-established claim to Saturday, so that leaves Sunday. The PISS Hash is a family hash and occasionally people do bring kids, so hashing at night on a weekday is out. And no one in their right mind would do a bike hash on a weekday night. As for changing from a regularly-scheduled Sunday to another Sunday, we try to recruit hares months in advance, and that would only screw them over. Sorry, folks, but our two little once-a-month Sunday hashes are going to have to stay with the days they originally staked out many years ago.

It’s good that hashers in Tucson have choices. I’m not asking anyone to change what they’re doing. If hashers are in the habit of going to jHavelina or Honey Badger events on Sunday, that’s what they’re going to do. I hope PISS and Pedalfiles regulars will continue to come out for our events. I hope hashers who normally go to other Sunday hash events will, one of these months, give the PISS or Pedalfiles a try instead, just to see whether they like the change.

The PISS will continue to schedule hashes on the second Sunday of the month. The Pedalfiles will continue to bash on the third Sunday. I’ll continue to post announcements to our Facebook pages and cross-post them to the jHavelina page. Come if you can, it’s a lot of fun.


Pedalfiles Bash Trash: 10/18/15

Ten-mile trail (twelve with BTs) on the east side, hared by yours truly with logistical help from Pick’n'Flick, H.M.Ho, and Capt. Einstein. Who says you need a big pack to have a good time? Hash Jive, Pearl of the Andes, Loose Nut, and Pick’n'Flick were good company. Here’s a photoblog from yesterday.


The wily hare at MacDonald Park


H.M.Ho & Capt. Einstein, beer angels


The pack: Loose Nut, Pick’n'Flick, Pearl, Hash Jive


Loose Nut & friend at the Arthur Gash Memorial Camel Check


Great Expectations, Revisited

Several years ago, this bit of nastiness showed up on a hash club’s email list:

Ok, I missed my first hash run in Dallas over Thanksgiving and now I’ve heard enough stories to peak my interest. Actually I’ve heard enough stories to make me puke. Running naked through bushes, getting pulled in the middle enough times to incapacitate my friend, nipple to nipple rubbing, beer shots off some dudes ass into some girls mouth, macking and more. Both my friends could barely walk or talk, but all the talking they did sounded pretty damn funny. I live in Newport Beach so hook me up.

I wrote a rant about it, titled Great Expectations. My feeling then—and now—is that we should choose our words more carefully when telling outsiders about the hash, lest we attract the kind of “hashers” who turned out for the Washington DC Red Dress Run two weeks ago.

From a good friend in the DC hashing community, who contacted me last night:

Hey FB. I haven’t seen this discussed on hash-l yet or your blog. don’t know if it’s been a problem elsewhere or just a unique thing to DC. We had several harriettes roofied over DC red dress weekend. really makes me want to avoid big events … from what I know, one confirmed case of the date rape drug was found.

She forwarded the following message, sent to the DC hashing community by the DC RDR organizers:

Fellow Hashers,

We want to thank everyone who attended this year’s Red Dress Run for helping make this a very successful weekend. We had planned to take a few weeks off to recover and then check back in after the dust settles. Unfortunately, a very serious issue has come to light and we feel it necessary to address it with the entire hashing community at this time.

Multiple hashers have come forward and informed Red Dress and Full Moon Mismanagement that they believe they had been drugged. These separate incidents occurred both at BLT on Friday and during Red Dress Run on Saturday. Thankfully, all hashers that have come forward have reported that they are now safe and recovering, but that in no way diminishes the anger and disappointment everyone on Red Dress and Full Moon Mismanagement feels right now. We are devastated by this news and appreciate the bravery of the hashers that came forward to share their stories with us. We also
want to thank the hashers that helped those affected get the care and help that they needed.

We want to emphasize that we are vehemently opposed to all predatory and malicious behavior. As Hashers, we come together to have fun in an atmosphere that not only is welcoming to all, but is also safe and secure. Anyone who drugs another person without their knowledge and consent is committing a crime. “Roofies” lead to sexual assault and kidnappings. Any Hasher found to use, provide, or possess any form of a date rape drug will be permanently banned from our hashes, and more importantly, will be reported to law enforcement. We have a ZERO tolerance policy on this.

We have strived over the years to make Red Dress and all of its surrounding Hashtivus events a safe and welcoming experience for all harriettes and harriers alike. We work hard to make sure our venues provide event security, and that we ourselves look out for our attendees. We ask for your help in stopping any events of this nature in the future.

We want to take this opportunity to remind all hashers of some the resources available to you in the unfortunate event something like this ever happens to you, or someone close to you. Date rape drugs are commonly known as Rohypnol (hence”roofie”), GHB, or Ketamine. These drugs often make users appear very drunk, so victims may think they’ve just had too much to drink and may not want to report that they’d been drugged. For more info on these drugs and their side-effects, please follow this link: http://www.medicinenet.com/date_rape_drugs/page2.htm

Lastly, people who prey on others rely on shame and secrecy. Please understand, being a victim carries no shame. By exposing this horrible behavior, we hope to expose those who would perpetrate it on others. We want to thank those who came forward to shine some light on this. If you have any further questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to us. You can reach us at dcreddressrun@dchashing.org

Red Dress and Full Moon Mismanagement

Some will say the guys putting roofies in harriettes’ drinks were outsiders. Outsiders do show up to Red Dress Runs, especially big ones like New Orleans, San Diego, and Washington DC. But over the years I’ve heard too many stories of attempted rapes at smaller hash events, from campouts to away weekends, and I suspect the roofie assholes in DC were hashers. They’re among us, and we brought this upon ourselves.

As I’ve said before, please look out for one another, especially when the alcohol is flowing. And quit giving outsiders false expectations about the hash!


Harriers MCH3 Mash Trash: 9/27/15

One could argue I shouldn’t write this up as a Harriers MCH3 event, but hey, I was there–the founder and GM of Harriers MCH3–and I did send invitations to all the local members beforehand, so the hell with it, I’m counting it as a Harriers MCH3 event!

What “it” is is The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, an annual motorcycle event. This year there were Distinguished Gentleman’s Rides in 401 cities and towns in 79 countries. As with our own Hash House Harrier Red Dress Runs, Distinguished Gentleman’s Rides also support a charity, in this case by helping to raise awareness of and fund research on prostate cancer. Riders sign up to raise funds or donate directly, and on the day of the ride everyone wheels their classic rides to designated locations, dressed as gentlemen.

I signed up to raise funds, and donated some of my own as well. I also took a stab at dappertude, as you can see here (by the way, you can click on any of the photos to see the full sized originals on Flickr):

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Other riders got into the spirit of the thing as well, especially the guy with the Groucho Marx tux! I’ll try to do better than just putting on a tie next year.

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Some of the rides were pretty sweet. That BMW K100, by the way, is a first year bike from 1982, the first motorcycle to have anti-lock brakes. We started the ride with 20 motorcycles and riders, a respectable group.

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There were two pit/bar/regroup stops along the 70-mile route. The first was at Hot Rods in Vail, and since we got there ten minutes before opening, everyone occupied themselves in the parking lot by checking in on social media (I was no exception). The second stop was a taco bar at La Encantada, the upscale mall at Sunrise & Campbell, where we took over the designated motorcycle parking area.

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I split off after the second regroup. The final destination was a bar on South 4th Avenue, and we had already made two bar stops. Since I quit drinking, bar stops have lost their appeal, and in fact I don’t go on poker runs or toy runs any more because all anyone wants to do at those events is drink. This event, however, was different: although a few riders ordered beers at Hot Rods and the taco bar at La Encantada, most just asked for water. It was a riding group, not a drinking group, and I’ll definitely be back for next year’s ride. I hope next time some other Harriers MCH3ers turn out with me!