The day dawned bright and sunny and this encouraged a good number of hashers out of their winter hibernation to meet up at Balard in order to experience the delights of the old Paris train-line and many many parks (counted by Bender in search of the beerstop) in the 15th Arrondissement.
Our hare Running Commentary started the hash in the traditional way by explaining the lack of rules, lack of flour (excuses such as wind and street cleaners) and as you can see from the photos… a slight lack of interest by some of the group – you can spot the old hands by the facial expressions (is Seven taking a cheeky nap??)…
Though some old hands seem to be listening intently… well ok, it’s only Just Stupid.. to be expected…..
So the first challenge was the lack of flour at the start (damn those street cleaners!) so the more intelligent hashers took a guess based on the location, the name of the hash, the elbow pointing of the hare and a keen sense of direction to head directly for the stairs up onto the old elevated train line.. our FRB, French Kiss led the way. Though most of the regulars didn’t even recognise him as he appeared in disguise as French Kiss with beard. The jury is still out on this new look…
The run took the hashers up and down and round and round, every park that was passed the cry of ‘beerstop’ by Bender could be clearly heard, and this started only about 15minutes into the run.. someone was obviously a bit thirsty.
However before the beerstop the hashers had an interesting tour of a part of Paris most didn’t know that well, passing interesting buildings and over various bridges over the non-elevated part of the line and our cunning hare managed to plan both the runner and walker routes to cross at various locations making it more fun for everyone.. even if it was only to shout abuse at each other in passing!
The run also took us through the many aforementioned parks and past a few useful pavement furnishings, which Nice Bit of Skirt decided to make good use of to top up his tan.
To Bender’s delight we finally made it to the beerstop where once again runners and walkers converged, and all sorts of crazy things happened where walkers desperate for beer were seen running (Sleeping Sex no less!) and quite a few runners slowed to a walk when they realised Bender’s 5th call of ‘beerstop’ was before he’d even seen the BS sign and about 2 parks too early!
After the beerstop where more beers had to be purchased to keep our thirsty runners and walkers happy, off the hash went again, with some runners getting confused thinking they were walkers, but a quick telling off by French Kiss made WTFAMT realise the error of her ways and off she dashed, leaving the planned gossip with Sleeping Sex till the beer and bouffe after the circle.
The post beerstop run was all a bit confusing with all the runners following the route in reverse along that island in the middle of the Seine that leads to the Statue of Liberty that this hasher can never remember the name of…. however our hare was with us and gave us the choice of following the short or long route back. French Kiss was on form as chief FRB and without consulting the group gave a manly yell and headed in the direction of the long route, what could the pack do but follow!? or lose all self respect… so we followed!
Finally the hash reached the final park, Andre Citroen and the On-In. where the theme of crazy and mixed up continued as having lost Shaggy, Bender and potentially a couple of others, the walkers and runners decided that they’d dive into the food and beer while waiting for the lost runners. Again necessitating another beer run to the shops to keep everyone well hydrated… what can we say, it was a hot day!
So the down-downs, of which the list is long and long-winded…
Our Hare – Running Commentary for a run with so many checkpoints we lost count
Virgins – Just Maria, Just Lindsey and Just Catherine who all had spurious connections to regular Paris hashers
Visitors – now this was just damn confusing because not only was Paris French Kiss in disguise but it turned out we had a Mexican French Kiss in our midsts! So of course both French and Mexican French Kisses had to drink! And we had a random and very pleasant visit from Ma Bouche from our sister/brother hash Sans Clue.
Retournees – WTFAMT, Shaggy, Nice Bit of Skirt, French Kiss the French version, Bender, Just Vladimir
Technology on Trail – The Anarchist and Just Maria for photo taking (see above delightful photos) and WTFAMT for trying to take the elevator to the elevated railway rather than taking the stairs.
Eating in the circle – Just Vladimir who couldn’t down his pint due to the huge chunk of bread and cheese he was eating….
Corrections, Long trail and confusing arrows at that island that remains nameless – Our Hare Running Commentary
Leaving Paris – Nice Bit of Skirt who will be sadly missed by all.. sob sob
Runners who walked and walkers who ran – Sleeping Sex, French Kiss, Saving Ryan’s Privates, WTFAMT and maybe one or two more that i currently can’t remember
Wedding celebrations – Saving Ryan’s Privates and Just Lindsey
FRB’s – Saving Ryan’s Privates and both French and Mexican French Kisses.. however the bearded French one was on a beer run at the shops so sadly missed out on this down-down
New shoes – WTFAMT for wearing not only new but barefoot weird shoes about which she constantly complained
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