Well there were two options for the naming of this hash but the tribute to the good turn out due to all our visitors and virgins, all of whom we hope to see again, won out! The losing name of the Delights de la Defense was somewhat tongue in cheek anyway, especially as pre-hash this on-sec/ hash casher/ hash trasher/ bouffe buyer got totally lost in la Defense with a bouffe laden bike and spent an equal amount of time trying to get unlost as it took to cross Paris to get there!
After the pre-hash eploration of la Defense and the panic of last minute baguette buying it was great to see such a large group of old and new faces…. which led to post-hash panic baguette and booze buying once numbers were counted!! However, back to the start and the circle where our hare, Bender’s explanation of hash signs and rules (or lack thereof) left Paris hashers somewhat bemused and our Virgins completely confused by the number and complexity of signs they had to look out for and follow. But with shouts of “just follow the pack”, “make it up as you go along” and “OnOn” away the pack went into the wilds of la Defense and its surroundings.
Some of our virgins (naming no names Just Raphael!) hadn’t quite understood the spirit of the hash and seemed to think this was a training session for either their next race or for the group as their personal trainer, so thankfully the trail was littered with checkpoints to keep the group together and slow it down. This togetherness was also much appreciated by the Paris hashers who are well known for being afraid of the “otherside” of the peripherique unless the journey takes them so far to the otherside that they are well past the banlieu and into a greener landscape.
This urban run didn’t take the hash past many of the major monuments or well known sites, but the number of checks kept the hash interesting and the check back definitely caused quite a few laughs. The ladies check was especially amusing as not one of the ladies managed to find the trail and it was left to the men to help out. The beer stop was greatly appreciated and gathered the walkers and runners together for a catch up where Just Vanessa, another virgin to the run enquired if this was the end and nearly fainted in shock when she was told it was only half to two thirds of the way through.. oh how the experienced hashers laughed. And Bender did give us one major monument on our tour with the flour poofs leading the pack up the steps and under the Grande Arche for the finale just before the OnIn.
The down-downs were many and varied so it was a good thing more beer was purchased on the way through….
Virgins – Just Vanessa, Just Raphael, Just Elodie, Just Hanane, Just Nina most of whom were made to come by WTFAMT… such a busy week!
Visitors – Captain Gayhab, Claim to Flame, Cruella, Cooee and Just Stephane
Front Running B*stards – Just Raphael, Just Nina, Captain Gayhab, Claim to Flame, Cruella
Checkpoint Chicks, named and shamed for not actually checking but directing other hashers like traffic police – Naughty Ways & WTFAMT
Confusing Beerstop (well for the walkers.. the runners had no issues I would point out) – Bender.. and of course when 1 Aussie drinks.. so Captain Gayham, Just Stephane and Cruella joined our Hare
The French for the football – Sleeping Sex, Egg Spurt, Just Elodie, Just Hanane
Short Cutting B*stards – Everyone apart from Just Vanessa and WTFAMT who took every twist and turn just before the beerstop up the ramps and steps
Bad lady check – all the ladies… and Just Raphael who had a sexual identity crisis at the ladies check
No hash name knowledge – Whats His Name and WTFAMT whose virgins were not aware of the use of their names
No hash gear – all virgins and visitors (Ma Bouche where were you? you could have sold some patches!)
RA for the weather – Sex Tourist
The Hare – Bender, and of course when one Aussie drinks… see above for his compatriots
Latecomers – Bender, Just Raphael, Just Vanessa, Captain Gayhab
Walkers.. just because – Sleeping Sex, Just Elodie, Just Hanane
A nicely drunken run with a good OnAfter where a mix of Paris Hashers, Virgins and Visitors meeting up in Pigalle in various shades of orange for the Holland match.