Himalayan Mixed Hash Run No.1216
13 April 2002
Hare: The Fox Location: Godavari Road
Where was Ms. Mutt? The course generally avoided villages and passed super streams where she could have played freely saving her master's arms Despite her absence, 31 harriers including one newcomer, Hash Who? from the Dhaka Hash, but whose home is in Pokhara, braved the elements to run.
Apple having arrived, it was time to get moving a little late. The pack scampered east across the road and down to an irrigation ditch which took them south and back up a new road to check one, near the Godavari road and a busted bus, an apt symbol for the last year (B.S.2058) and the day's run. Paper wandered down to the river, but our typical "downhill checkers" ignored that and went their own way on a short jog to holding check 2 at the Godavari River. Sanjiv took the walkie-talkies in tow, and despite orders to follow the motor road anti clockwise around the hill and up to Bishanku Narayan Temple, he took them to holding check 9, from which they wandered here and there during a long wait for the more faithful runners. They picked up paper along the river and worked their way upstream to a confluence and little bridge,and then past the burning ghats and up on the trail to Man Dhara. Backcheck 3 got the pack heading east again, skirting a pig farm and continuing along an irrigation ditch. The leader missed paper heading right and down to check 4, but no matter. The gang soon found themselves at check 5 in the midst of ripening wheat fields. Paper then wandered to the base of the last climb to the temple, with a back check up a gully fooling no one except the GM. A long staircase got them to holding check 7 below the temple. Grumblewald explored the temple while others passed up the chance to have their sins forgiven by climbing through the temple tunnel - probably just as well, for if a fat hasher were to get stuck in that tunnel, all would KNOW that there were still non-forgiven sins to deal with. The local devotees provided inspiring music to help the pack up that long climb. Sanjiv and party were not to be found, so off we went down the motor road to Godam Chaur and holding check 9. The more spirited among us did a loop to check 8 on the way down. Again paper took us on the road to the Godavari River where the short cutters headed up to the chariots while the rest scampered through more wheat fields and eventually climbed home.
Rotter slowly got the pack organized and the Deserted Fox Hat awarded the run with a 9.5 score - fine for now, but work needs to be done on the scoring system. We welcomed Hash Who? and hope to see more of him on his travels through the Kathmandu Valley. Many harriers snuck away BEFORE THE OFFICIAL DISMISSAL! This SERIOUS breach of Hash Etiquette is to be dealt with in future. New Year's dances, families, and new marriages pale before the GRAND MASTER's circles. Various complaints yielded free beer for the complainers. Hash Horror Hus Kumar HAPPILY drank from his new shoe. Apple accepted the Hashit for bringing the Kathmandu Post reporter to the March 31 run hours after the harriers had dispersed.
Something MUST be done to put some order into the Deserted Fox scoring system. When the Desert Fox was with us there was no problem, but no-one has been able to imitate his complicated intuition. Perhaps we should put our empty heads together and come up with some scoring criteria. Some suggestions follow. A "yes" answer to the questions would RAISE the score:
1. Was the highest point in the area reached?
2. Were the walkie-talkies happy but still somewhat exercised?
3. Could Ms. Mutt run a good deal of the trail freely and get a swim or two in?
4. Was there wildlife for the same Ms. Mutt to chase?
5. Were the Hash Horrors able to get into SERIOUS trouble?
6. Did the front runners get REALLY angry?
7. Did Grumblewald complain even more than usual?
8. Did the Fox get to more than 50% of the checks?
9. Did the runners get their shoes wet?
10. Did the runners get their shoes muddy?
11. Did the runners get their shoes shitty?
12. Did more than half of the pack collapse on their return to the chariots?
13. Did a local mutt bite someone?
14. Were there cliffs to walk along?
15. Were there exciting hash crashes?
16. Was there a holding check near a bathing area?
17. Did any of the harriers promise never to run a hash again?
18. Did anyone get back to the chariots after dark?
19. Was anyone arrested on the course?
20. Did the hash lose anyone for good?
You are welcome to add more important criteria.
Perhaps the score, on a scale of 1 to 10, should have only whole numbers. The spectrum might be as follows:
0. No run because of a Maoist inspired strike (Shame on the HMH!)
1. A day of pouring rain in January. Only the hare shows up.
2. A day of pouring rain in January. The hare and the GM make up the pack
3. A run of less than half an hour.
4. A run in vehicle exhaust pollution.
5. An average run of 45 minutes to an hour, with nothing exciting happening
10. SERENDIPITY! The perfect run with all the above criteria fulfilled. You might want to suggest descriptions of the other four run scores.