This week’s bash trash was scribed by Redheaded Woodpecker.
A great way to recycle (get it?) old hashing shoes!
Sunday arrived as another beautiful day in Tucson. RHWP, aka the hare for today’s bash was ready and departed Fort Lowell Park promptly at 10:04AM. Hare departed after chalk talk, hare lies and skirting a dust devil which whipped thru the parking area. Appendage was heard to say her sandles where full of dirt and grit. The pack consisted of Deep Dish, Yoda and Appendage, Master Meat Finder who called to say she would be late to the start. Also there in spirit was our RA and web master, Flying Booger, recovering from a severe cold. We wish him a speedy recovery.
The trail ran north and on to the Rillito bike path going west. Nice and flat, no hills. A quick CB-3 and on though George Mehl park and out onto River Rd. and on to Brandi Fenton Park and back on to Rillito Bike path, west again. On for a mile and then damn the hare, CB-20. Back to Brandi Fenton park, searching for trail. Trail was finally found again out on the bike path where per the hare there was an obvious powder(?!) and TT mark. The hare stood accused but was quite sure the pack could not count to 20. Although in the pack’s defense, it seems the little four legged furry rodents really, really like all white bleached flour and were seen enjoying a mid-morning feast. The hare had proceeded to R-Place on Dodge for a well needed respite and a Bloody Mary for nourishment. Sensing the pack must be lost, the hare began to mount up when 2 of the 3 pack members arrived. Master Meat Finder fearing there had to be hills to climb ahead (a reasonable thought), had proceeded back to the start. Deep Dish was all for having a beverage but Yoda committed the ultimate HASH sin by indicating he was hungry and needed to go back to the start thus denying the pack from a needed cold beverage. This act let to a unanimous awarding of the SH!T award. The pack joined the hare and rode together back to the start. On-afters were held at Kappy’s on Wilmot. We were joined by Men at Work and Illegal Entry.
Next month’s bash is on June 16th. Deep Dish has volunteered to host an on-after’s pool party. The co-hare’s will be Deep Dish and RHWP.
It was agreed by all present that the Booger’s will host an on-after’s pool party for the July 21st Bash. It was also decided that Flying Booger will be the hare.
Every wish Master Meat Finder a speedy recovery from gall bladder surgery on the 6-3.
Last week, on my way home from an 11-day, 3-state solo motorcycle tour, I stayed over in Las Vegas an extra day and was able to ride with two other Harriers H3MC members, Nose Candy and Have Shit Will Travel, both of whom have been members almost since Harriers MCH3′s founding in July 1998. Two of us, me and HSWT, are also members of the Knuckledraggers MCH3, and it just so happened we were wearing our colors: me, my KDH3 shirt; HSWT, the new KDH3 patch on the back of his vest.
We rode through Red Rock Canyon, on-on past Bonnie Springs and Blue Diamond, then up the hill to the Mountain Springs Saloon, a great local biker hangout. Here are some photos to prove it (click on any of the thumbnails to see the originals on Flickr):
Flying Booger, Nose Candy, HSWT
HSWT flying his colors
HSWT & Nose Candy
Flying Booger & Nose Candy
Nose Candy, HSWT, Flying Booger
HSWT on the PBR bike
Y’know, it’s like I’m always saying, Harriers MCers … when you’re on the road and you manage to get together with other Harriers MCers for a ride, it’s a mash, and I know that goes for the Knuckledraggers too, so I’m calling this one a twofer!
Forward your mash trashes and photos to me and I’ll put them up here at the Half-Mind Weblog!
Oh, I almost forgot: Nose Candy took a video of me in Red Rock, wearing my KDH3 shirt!
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Antigua Hash House Harriers
Casual Friday flew in from Tampa last week for the Phoenix Red Dress Run. She stayed with us in Tucson, driving up to Phoenix for the RDR with local hashers.
I had signed on as a department supervisor with a defense contractor in 2005, and Casual was one of my graphic designers. I was cautious about talking up hashing at work, but had a feeling she’d like it, so I invited her to a red dress run in Bisbee, Arizona. I didn’t really think she’d show up, but she did, and she’s been hashing ever since. And not just hashing, but haring too. We’ve set a lot of trails together. Sometimes you’re right about people.
Pick’n'Flick, Didya Bite My Penis?, and Casual Friday at the Hotel Congress in Tucson, 4/22/13
Last weekend’s Phoenix RDR was also a send-off for the Lady in Red, and Casual told us there weren’t many dry eyes in the circle. I’ve heard it suggested that hashers start a new tradition for RDR on-afters, setting a place at the table for the Lady in Red. I approve … anyone who ever met her would approve too … let’s do it.
Phoenix RDR, 4/20/13
We had a great turnout for today’s Pima Independent Sunday Social hash at Greasewood Park on the west side:
PISSers at the start
And that wasn’t even all of us, because as soon as I put the camera away Cuntographer and Cum So Hard Me Die pulled up with their young son, making us Tucson’s official family hash once again.*
Yoda and Zorro led us on a prelaid trail through the shiggy on the western side of Greasewood Park, through washes, cholla, and saguaro, an A-to-A loop that brought us back to a ramada near the parking lot, where, as it turned out, we had no beer.** Having no beer, we held a short circle in memory of our dear friend, the Lady in Red, honoring her many contributions to hashing and singing her a hymn, which I know she would have appreciated. After a short moment of silence, we adjourned to on-after’s at Rusty’s sports pub, where we welcomed our newest named hasher, Charley Bravo, aforesaid son of Cuntographer and Cum So Hard Me Die.
A few photos (click on the thumbnails to see ‘em bigger):
PISS hashers on trail
Park known for its clientele
On-afters at Rusty’s
*The original purpose of the PISS hash was to be a family hash. Understandably, some think of us as the “old timers’ hash,” since most of our adult members are older. Still, we remain a family hash. Half Hash brought his sons today, and every now and then we get really young kids too (my apologies for forgetting kids were present when I sang Lady in Red a hymn today, but I think everyone understood).
**The PISS Hash is BYOB. Over time we got into the habit of going straight to on-afters, so most of the original members stopped bringing coolers of beer for the end. This is hard on newbies, who don’t bring anything because they’re expecting a normal hash where you pay a fee and beer is provided at the end. I guess we need to do a better job getting the word out. Or maybe I need to bring an emergency 12-pack to tide the newbies over!
We’re looking for a hare for next month’s PISS on Sunday, May 12. Any volunteers? As you can see from today’s trail, pre-lays are okay with us, so it’s not a high-pressure deal. Contact me if you can.
Wankers Aweigh & Hot Legs will be haring the June PISS on Sunday, June 9.
Donna Rhinehart, the Lady in Red, passed away last night in Phoenix. Everyone who knew her loved her: she was a kind, generous friend to every hasher she met, including me. She made a huge impact on hashing through her campaign to make red dress runs the signature event of the Hash House Harriers, and to convince kennels to contribute money raised from red dress runs to charities in our communities. I don’t think she’ll ever be forgotten. She’ll certainly be missed.
The Lady in Red at a jHavelina H3 RDR in Tucson, Arizona
Here’s to you, Lady in Red!
Have you heard the latest news from Stray Dog’s World Hashspace InterHash Facebook Hash-L “G”-for-Gispert Global Central™?
“Due to the childish nature of the current people in the Heidelberg hash towards Global Interhash, we plan on cancelling the event for this year in Europe and holding it the first weekend in August in Birmingham, Alabama. Those who have paid may opt to attend in Birmingham, Alabama, USA; apply their fees towards full registration in Okinawa for 2014 or get a refund. To make your preferences known, contact StrayDog [at] worldhashspace.com. If you do not respond on this by end of June, your fee will apply towards the Birmingham event. However, Okinawa is still happening on 11 to 14 October 2014, after which we plan to continue the event bienially, rotating once again afterwards. Heidelberg not only failed to see the honor bestowed on them in being chosen, but promised to do everything in their power to challenge it, including holding their own event that weekend. Sadly, it was approved by their own founder and I, myself, attended the Heidelberg hash from the second run and was a member for another four years afterwards. Sad thing hashes are coming to nowadays – as Orlando did the same thing, offended to have hash visitors in their town without their permission. Former members of Heidelberg not only were looking forward to a reunion, but more than that Europe can thank them and them alone for preventing another world event from hitting Europe. Those of us who are former members of Heidelberg, myself once the German On-Sec for the entire country, find the current bunch running things there quite a bit strayed from the friendly hash behaviour we knew when we were there.”
This message showed up in my Yahoo inbox yesterday afternoon. The event it refers to was scheduled for the weekend of May 24-26, less than two months from today. I don’t know what your lead time for overseas hashing trips is, but if it were me I’d have reserved a hotel room and paid for airline tickets by now. Some hashers, I fear, are out serious money, money they’ll never get back.
The thing you have to realize with Stray Dog-sponsored events is that he doesn’t actually organize them. He “volunteers” other hashers to do it for him and then dumps the hard work in their laps. Without asking them first.
Stray Dog is not in Heidelberg, and the few hashers who are still there did not ask to be part of SD’s plans. Last year Stray Dog announced a similar event to be held in Orlando, Florida. At the time he was living in China. He picked Orlando in the same way you might stick a pin in a spinning globe, put the word out, and fully expected central Florida hashers and hash clubs to pick up the ball and run with it. They waved the bullshit flag and sat it out. Apparently a couple of area hashers, friends of Stray Dog, took it upon themselves to organize the event, and a few hashers did attend. This time around, even that minimal level of cooperation was absent. I will not be surprised if Stray Dog’s Okinawa event, scheduled for the spring of 2014, goes the same way.
In light of Stray Dog’s management of events, and in particular his last-minute cancellation of an event hashers may have already spent money on, I’ve decided to quit listing Stray Dog-organized events entirely. He’s not trustworthy.
If you’re a friend of the Dog and you want to keep up with World Hashspace InterHash Facebook Hash-L “G”-for-Gispert Global Central™ events, you can access his hash calendar here. Oops, you can’t … it’s down. Okay, then, you should be able to find out about events through Stray Dog’s own social network, World Hashspace. Oops, that’s down too. Well, damn, how does one get in touch with Stray Dog these days? I guess you can try emailing him. Good luck with that if you’re one of the unlucky few who registered for Heidelberg and now want your money back. Based on the experiences of other Stray Dog patrons who didn’t get what they paid for, I’d say your chances of ever seeing that rego money again are “slim” … which, as we all know, sits between “shit” and “syphilis” in the Hash Dictionary.
Wankers Aweigh and Hot Legs led a ride this morning to the Clovis Site near Sierra Vista, followed by a short ride to Tombstone for lunch. Flying Booger showed up along with a friend of the hares, NHN Kirk.
Clovis site near Sierra Vista, Arizona
The Clovis Site is near a tributary of the San Pedro River, an area that during the last ice age was green and lush, home to large mammals like the wooly mammoth and smaller two-legged ones today known as the Clovis people. They didn’t leave much behind: the bones of some of the mammoths and bison they killed, along with the occasional obsidian spearhead. The park service recently dedicated a 0.3-mile hiking loop through the site, with plenty of signs to show you where archeologists found relics.
So much for ancient history. We spent the next hour exploring a more recent historical era in Tombstone, the town that refuses to die, having lunch at Big Nose Kate’s Saloon.
Wankers, Hot Legs, NHN Kirk outside Big Nose Kate’s Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona
The boys & their toys: Booger, Wankers, NHN Kirk in Tombstone, Arizona
Lessons learned from today’s mash: spring is perfect riding weather in southern Arizona; there are plenty of cool things to see and do here; life is good.
On-On to next month’s ride. Who’s up for a Kitt Peak run?