What to expect on your first “hash” with POHO H3

First off, everyone is welcome*.  We will have people of all ages and fitness levels.  Some serious r*nners (that’s a bad word in hashing.  It’s racist), and some folks that just walk.

*The only people shouldn’t come are those with sticks up their a$$es.  You WILL be offended.

I want to hash! Where do we meet?
The location is currently TBA.  Will will post the location one week before the TrAIL. Not unusual for hashes.  We generally meet in parking lots and places like that and go from there and usually a different place each time.

What to expect:  (borrowed from About.com and slightly edited)

Don’t Be Suprised by Their Names
Whether your greeted first by Pissonya or Social Retard, don’t be surprised that no one goes by their real name. If this is your first hash, you will be addressed as Just (your first name), as in Just David. In other words, you don’t have a hash name yet. You’ll also probably be called a virgin or new-boot.

Hashes give names to the hashers in different ways. In some hashes you remain unnamed until you do something worthy of a naming. In other hashes, you get named on a certain hash, say your 5th hash. Expect most names to be of a devious or sexual (at least implied) nature. (If you’re easily shocked or offended, hashing might not be the pastime for you.)

Borrowed from Blooming Fools Hash House Harriers
Borrowed from Blooming Fools Hash House Harriers

Start the Run

So now you’ve stood around, met a few crazies, and perhaps had a few beers. The hare has probably shown up and conducted “Chalk Talk” (explained the marks you’ll find on trail). (If there was no Chalk Talk or virgin explanation, you may want to ask some people to run/walk with you so you don’t get lost.)

Basically, for most hashes, you’re following a bunch of blobs of flour (or possibly chalk marks). Checks (big X’s) mean that trail can go in any direction from there, so you have to run around different ways to resume finding the blobs of flour. There are other marks that mean other things as well (falses, backchecks, arrows).

Borrowed from Memphis Hash House Harriers
Borrowed from Memphis Hash House Harriers

The Beer Check

Somewhere along trail, you are likely to hear calls of “beer near”. This means you are approaching the beer check. Here you can refuel with beer and rest. We will always have cider and water for those that can’t/don’t drink beer. Some hashes wait for everyone to get there before sending the pack off again, some have a drink and a breath and are off again.
More Trail
After the beer check, there will be more trail. On longer trails there may be several beer checks. Eventually though, you’ll make it (hopefully) to…

The On In
The On In is the end of the running part of the hash. Don’t think, however, that the end of the run means the end of the hash. Actually, the on in usually includes some munchies, more beer, and lots of talk. Once the pack is in and fed, the RA (religious advisor) takes over.

Borrowed from Chicago Hash House Harriers
Borrowed from Chicago Hash House Harriers

The Circle
If you thought the names were bad, you’re in for real trouble now. The circle brings 3 things to most hashes: bad/naughty/bawdy songs, down-downs, and violations.

Circle may start with a song or a toast to G (the founder of hashing). Then the RA will probably start doling out down-downs for virgins (people who are hashing for the first time), six week wankers(hashers who haven’t showed up for 6 weeks or more), and many more categories. As people get called into the circle, they may plead their case or just accept their beer, then, as the rest of the group sings a song to them, they chug their beer until it’s empty (or pour it on their heads) and exit the circle.

This is followed by violations. Someone raises their beer (usually resting it on their head) to be called on and, when they have the floor, they can accuse other members of offenses on trial. Violations are varied and get crazier as more beer is consumed. (The RA’s job is to keep some semblance of control in the circle.) The accused, usually found guilty, will then enter the circle and drink as the crowd sings for them.

The On On On, or On After
Sometimes at a bar, someone’s house, or continued at the On

In, the on after is just an extension of the party. There’s no need to stay, but it can be a lot of fun and a great way to get to know other hashers.

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