Friday, December 31, 2010
1) It wasn't.
2) Even if they'd wanted it to be, they didn't have a zero
Anyhow 1/1/2011 has the look of a new decade to me, so here are a few thoughts on the last one and the new one to come.
Cast your mind back exactly ten years, to New Year's Day 2001, and you may remember a very different Songkhla Hash. Well I don't, because I didn't even start running here till six months after that, but I think we can safely say that:
• We were a much larger hash, with a steady stream of new runners, returnees, and visitors.
• We had many more active hares, and few if any of them set (or needed to set) more than a handful of runs per year.
• We still had a real hash bar, the late lamented Parlang, and regularly practiced that grand Hash tradition of the on-after.
• We were generating new breakaway hashes. Our first offspring, the Hatyai [Sunday] Hash, was already in the process of establishing itself, to be followed a couple years later by a second one, the lively little bastard known as Sadao H3.
In short, we were a big, active group still pretty much in the mold of the classic 1980s and 90s' SE Asian international hashes, as still found today in places like KL, Singapore, and Phnom Penh.
Well, we're not that anymore. We're much smaller, we get disappointingly few new runners and visitors, we're largely dependent on just four or five superhares, and for all purposes we've become reunited with what remains of Hatyai Hash. (And Sadao Hash? Who knows, but let's hope it carries on in some form, if only once or twice per year.) On the other hand, consider the upside:
• We may be small but we're more dedicated than ever. As you'll see below, almost two dozen people came to 40 runs or more this past year. Whatever the weather, wherever the runsite, whatever the reputation of the hare, we can always count on the hardcore turning up and going out.
• Ditto with our hares. They're fewer in number but they're there when we need them. And one result of fewer people setting more runs is that they're now generally far more experienced and skilled than the average hare a decade ago. Together with GPS, that means a better standard of runs (uh . . . usually). In fact I can't remember a year more filled with good to great runs than this past one.
• We may seldom meet up anywhere after runs, but we now bring our dinner party with us, every single run. No one seems to know of any other hash anywhere that has food of the quality and quantity that we do. We should be hugely grateful for the generosity of our food providers.
• Songkhla-Hatyai have in effect become a single hash offering up two good runs every weekend. Many of us always run both whenever we can, and the styles of the runs and the circles are just different enough to keep things interesting. Plus our partnership has led to some really good extra-hash activities, notably the treks up Khao Luang (2008) and Khao Jet Yawd (2010), a revival in outstation runs, and even a few sleepover hashes close to home.
So it seems that for each thing we've lost, we've gained something else. Even the new roads that have cut into our running country have opened access to new areas and runsites. Really the only big question for the coming years is whether we can maintain enough critical mass to carry on at this level. Oh, and how long we can continue to sneer at the physical limits of geezerhood. Ten years ago most of us were in our 40s (OK, late 40s, but still). By the end of the decade that begins tomorrow most of us will be pushing 70. The only rational response? Ignore the calendar, continue the stupidity, and redouble our efforts to grow old disgracefully.
Now the drumroll please . . . courtesy of Egghead, the godhead of all Songkhla/Hatyai hash data, here are stats on the top SH3 runners and hares in 2010 (dogs excluded, sorry). No big surprises, though we would note that Stick Insect, with more runs than anyone else including even the Beer Truck Driver, clearly wins this year's "Get A Life" honors. In addition to the usual suspects, we also note the strong haring performance of R2D2 and The Pussies, the latter of whom continued to go well above and beyond the call of duty in the food arena as well. And is it possible that Knob Goblin has run with us only 69 times, and has set just 3 Songkhla runs? It seems far more traumatic than that. (Apologies for the crap formatting -- if this site does columns I certainly can't figure them out.)
Runner -- Runs (2010/Lifetime)
Stick Insect 51 926
Buk Toy 50 772
Egghead 50 548
B. T. Driver 50 362
Only a Yolk 49 509
Peppered Pussy 49 434
Nosin 46 944
Crackwurst 46 701
City Tits 45 1002
Knackerwurst 45 936
Meals on Wheels 45 264
Sex Sprinter 45 195
R2D2 44 193
Temporary Relief 44 164
Tutee Fruity 43 326
Chao Ngor 42 544
Solong 41 777
Ram It In 41 444
Safe Sex 41 356
After Ours 40 642
Softcock 40 311
Beavershot 36 292
Knob Goblin 33 69
Palm Job 31 423
Phone Sex 31 97
Self Pumper 30 458
Yardstick 30 342
Hare -- Lays (2010/Lifetime)
Egghead 16 131
Only a Yolk 15 93
Sex Sprinter 9 31
Buk Toy 8 63
Beavershot 7 55
R2D2 6 15
Hand Job 6 8
Stick Insect 5 68
Crackwurst 5 53
Meals on Wheels 5 13
Peppered Pussy 4 35
After Ours 4 23
Temporary Relief 3 12
Tutee Fruity 3 28
Knob Goblin 3 3
Yardstick 3 23
Roadrunner 3 30
Khii Leum 3 22
1 lay each in 2010: Ram It In, Softcock, Palm Job, Gaseous Clay, Gan Yao, Phuk, Schmuckme Witherspoon, Dung Beetle, Rotten Johnny, Last Lover, Wet Spot, Smeghead, Pig Porker, Yolk's Polk
Kurt Vonnegut in one of his books claimed to distill the ultimate wisdom about life into three words: "It goes on." For Songkhla Hash, past, present, and future, it's even simpler: On on!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Two runs this weekend. The trouble is they both take place on the same day at about the same time but about 80k apart!
If you are not going to HH3's outstation run then you are in good company because a number of people can't make it; so SH3 will be running as normal and details of the run are:
SH3 run #1541; Saturday 18th December 2010: 4:00 p.m.
Hares: Softcock, Temporary Relief, Phuk, Softdog, Korean Barbecue, Illegal Beagle
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the new Hatyai road for 8k and turn left for 1.2k then left again for 500 meters to the run site.
If you are going to HH3's New Year outstation run, it is at the Klong Pa Bon reservoir in Phattalung province. Follow the map above: head North from the end of the New Hatyai road for 43.6k, turn left at the Pa Bon Intersection and follow the road for 10.7k, then turn left for 2.9k then follow the right fork for 3.5k. You need to be there by 3:00 p.m. and you would be well advised to take a tent, although there is some more permanent accomodation available about 1k away from the main run site at an additional cost of 400 Baht. Otherwise, regular runners pay 100 Baht and guests 300 Baht, with the run, food and beer all thrown in.
Finally, all being well there should be a Full Moon H3 run next week and Tuesday (December 21st) is the suggested day. So far there are no suggested hares and no suggested run site, so if you feel like suggesting either then please let the GM'ette (Only a Yolk) know on Saturday or any other day that is convenient.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
There's a CHANGE OF RUNSITE for Saturday's SH3 run, and we will now be running from behind Prem's Place. This is to accomodate the Full Moon run and campout mentioned below. So the details now are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers run #1537, Saturday 20th November 2010; 4:00 p.m.
Hares: Sex Sprinter and Buk Toy
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the new Yala road for 800 meters and turn left. Follow the road for about 1.2k up the hill, 400 meters past Prem's place. Park on the LEFT hand side of the road then walk across the road to the run site on the right
Please don't try to park on the right as there is very limited space and it is difficult to turn round once you are in. There is plenty of space to park on the left of the road but if you are not intending to stay overnight or you don't fancy driving up the hill, you might want to park in the car park at Prem's Place and walk up or catch a ride with someone else to the actual run site. If you are intending to stay overnight then it is probably a good idea to get there early to grab a decent tent site!
Some time after the SH3 circle there will be:
Hatyai Full Moon Hash run #72, Saturday 20th November 2010; 7:00 p.m.
Hares: Sex Sprinter and Buk Toy
Misdirections: Stay at the SH3 run site!
Following the Full Moon run there will be over-night camping across the road from the run site. As usual contributions of food will be welcome and there will be a BBQ available. We will be selling beer in the normal way at the SH3 run and there will also be a limited supply of Full Moon beer on sale for the Full Moon run, but it is suggested that everyone intending to stay overnight should bring along most of what they want to drink.
Just to add to the fun, we're expecting about 20 guests from Malacca H3 on Saturday for the Songkhla Hash run so if you see anyone who looks like a hasher wandering up the hill, do stop and pick them up!
The Hatyai H3 run on Sunday (21st November, 4:30 p.m.) will be set by Nichaeow and will be from somewhere down Poonakan Road in the vicinity of the Gam Ling Reservoir (from the Ko Yo Intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k; turn left for 8k then right at Wat Keow Kloy for about 8k and look for a sign on the left.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
He was atop Beaver Manor and here's what it looked like. That's chin-high water in most places, and probably about five meters deep in the center of the photo, which normally is the Mae Rian Klong.
In his defense, Beaver was reported to have said, "I always thought bio-degradable dams were a good idea."
Quote Beavers are known for their natural trait of building dams ... also build canals ... Beaver dams are created as ... protection ...and to provide easy access to food ... Beavers always work at night and are prolific builders…Beavers can rebuild ... primary dams overnight…unquote
So where was the Beaver last Tuesday then?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Basil tells Manuel how to get to Saturday's SH3 run
Manuel: Hhwater Tank?
Basil: It's not difficult Manuel.This is not a proposition from Wittgenstein.Go to Ko Yo intersection, turn left; go 6 kilometers; turn left; go up track - 150 meters; park near water tank.
(Ok, Ok! here are the official misdirections:
SH3 run #1536, Saturday November 13, 2010; 4:00 p.m.
Hares: Stick insect and Kii Leum
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the new Yala road for 6k and turn left up the track for 150 meters. Park near the water tank.)
P.S. Sunday's HH3 run is from the Old Hatyai road, 9k on the left near the former gas station and is being set by Vazzerlean.
"In 2004, the most recent year for which there are final figures, life expectancy at birth in the United States was 77.8 years. That’s 75.2 years for males and 80.4 years for females. But if you’ve made it to sixty your life expectancy is 82.5 years: 80.8 for men and eighty-four for women."
-- from Mine Is Longer Than Yours, by Michael Kinsley, New Yorker magazine
Friday, November 5, 2010
You would have thought that the Biblical tempests and floods, power and water outages, plagues of locusts, etc. descending upon all of us this week would have suggested to Egghead that maybe the heavens were aligning against his birthday celebrations tomorrow. But no, he claims it's all going ahead as scheduled. With one special request: BRING BEER! We'd hate to run out while celebrating such an august occasion.
Songkhla Hash House Harriers Run #153-something or other
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Hares: Egghead (& dogs & relatives?)
Misdirections: Chez Egg (from Koh Yaw intersection take the Old Hatyai Rd. 4km, turn left and go 5.2km, turn right and follow the curvy road around the righthand side of the wat)
It's an A-to-B run, with transport to the A site leaving Egghead's at 4 pm. sharp.
From Songkhla you can catch a ride on the beer truck, leaving the Hot Bread Shop at 3 pm.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Yes, it's October again and as I'm sure you all know, tomorrow, 26th October is SH3's birthday, and Saturday's run will be a special celebration of our continued tenuous existence, against all odds, for another year, our 29th to be precise.
So the misdirections for this week's run are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers run #1534, Saturday October 30th 2010; 4:00 p.m.
Hares: R2D2 and ....
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo Intersection take the new Yala road for about 8.5k to the Tung Jaeng restaurant on the right hand side. Park considerately!
There will be a run or two, free beer before and during the circle (and for as long afterwards as the beer lasts) and the restaurant are laying in extra supplies of cheap beer for when ours runs out. So anyone who feels the need to offer some sponsorship for the event might want to chip in a bottle of wine. Then there will be the usual sumptuous Southern Thai style buffet dinner after the circle, and despite the games master's continued absence in Fort Worth, some light entertainment to follow including some modest, low volume Karaoke for those who are of a mind to sing.
Everyone is very welcome. For active runners and recently lapsed returnees with a reasonable excuse, the price will be the usual 60 Baht. For genuine returning runners and guests the price will be 200 Baht. Kids will be 30 Baht as usual.
Now this is a biggie:
IF YOU DIDN'T COME TO EITHER THE SONGKHLA OR HATYAI RUNS LAST WEEKEND (23/24TH OCTOBER) PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO COME TO THE SH3 BIRTHDAY RUN BY THURSDAY EVENING (28th OCTOBER)
as we have to commit on numbers to the restaurant on Friday morning.
Either e mail to email@example.com or phone R2D2 (081 9908482) Only A Yolk (089 6542351) or Egghead (081 9691227). Ta!
Sunday's Hatyai run (October 31st: 4:00 p.m.) is being set by Off T and the run site is likely to be from about 13k down the old Hatyai road on the left hand side.