Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Human Intelligence

Home made flotation device – $3.50

Electronic grilling element $59.00

Watching your husband hosting a “Death by BBQ” in your pool for his mates – priceless.


Teenagers in the News

Kiddies plastic coloured glasses $16.99

Community Fines to repair the damage $50,000.00

Knowing your son is a Bogan and has reached his life potential - priceless!

Thursday, 10 January 2008

The trick is to keep the pack together

There are too many Harriettes (old and new) that are forgetting that we come to a run to socialise. A strung out pack makes for a tiering and uneventful run. I find I can run further and easier when I have a lot of Harriettes with me to talk to. A pack running together will come back to the bucket smiling and praising the hare!

A gentle reminder:

First, recce the run. Find a location that would work for the time of year of your run – bush runs and runs off the beaten track work better during daylight savings, well lit suburban runs are better suited to the winter months. The On-On should be within walking distance from the bucket.

Look at the location on a map – work out roughly where you want the pack to go. Then you should run it once or twice to get the feel for the possible positions of on-backs, checks etc.

You may have heard of “Keeping the pack together” – How you ask?
Lots of On-Backs, Views, Hold-Checks, Checks and looped trails:

Use an on-back after a long run or single file track where the pack is likely to be spread out.
Loop the trail where you can during the run – that way the walkers seeing the front runners along a connecting street will be able to meet up with them (be careful you won’t have runners seeing another part of your trail by mistake). It is up to the Trail Mistress to help with this process.
Use a view for the pack to have a rest and look – asking for a hold on the view will also help
Lots of arrows – lots of them – if it is well marked it will keep the pack happy.

The pack is happier when they can finish together (1 hour max.) and get on with socialising at the bucket.
Don’t over stretch the run – better to have a well set shorter run than one that is too long just to include an interesting feature. A trail that loops and doubles back in a smaller area is better than a long run out and back in a single direction.

Remember - use lots of on-backs and even more checks, when you think you have enough - add one more check and on-back.

The Map:
* Please enlarge it
* Don’t draw the trail in black ink over the names of the roads (highlighter may be better)
* Try to keep your Checks on the map to correspond with check circles on the ground. If while setting the run you need to change the checks – then change it on the map. Have a few blank maps ready to re-draw the trail
* I would recommend a running cue sheet in addition to the map - it is especially helpful in winter when it is hard to read the map and street signs.
* Arrive early to show your map to the Trail Mistress and talk about it before the run.

For your first run, make friends with a seasoned Harriette in your area and ask her to be your co-hare. If you have chosen wisely, you will learn some of the fine points of setting a great run.

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Hashers were arrested for bioterrorism - uptight cops thought flour trail was anthrax

August 2007 two hashers were arrested and were on a felony charge facing $50,000 fine and goal time after laying a flour trail near a shop in New Haven, Connecticut.

By September the charges were reduced but they were still required to do community service as punishment.

This has left a dust cloud of anger and trail of confusion. Read the article and comments: http://newhavenindependent.org/archives/2007/09/city_wont_make.php
Other news articles: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/24/america/NA-ODD-US-Beer-Run-Arrests.php and a wikipedia mention: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburger_Hash_Affair would this happen here?

Back to work

7th Jan 2008
Well first day back at the desk and so much to do. Dust off my work space, toss the old chrissy cards and mouldy tea I left behind (yeuck). I try to get myself in the right mood to cope with my emails, maybe a coffee with work colleagues will help. Well now I'm too hyper to focus - damn. Water - that's a better idea, so to the kitchen for a refill (bugger the toxins in the plastic bottle).

I catch up with the crowd at the kitchen - loads of people managed to get away so it takes me a while to hear about everyone's holiday. Back at my desk I delete a few spam emails. Someone sends me a joke email - I have to open it and send back a thank you email. Now I need to go to the toilet (too much water....). I bump into someone who needs to tell me about their holiday. At my desk again and I get a few calls - two of them were for forgotten password - holiday was too long. I send them the info. I see someone passing by me with a few envelopes and realise that will probably have some snail-mail, so I go to the mail room and sure enough there are two christmas cards and a few bills. Oh Shit! they are overdue. I set up to pay them. I look at my watch, what do you know - its lunch time.

OK, I catch up with some colleagues for lunch. It wakes a while for everyone to get organised and fed so it is well into the afternoon. It was not a waste of time there were a load of good ideas expressed. No pen and paper with us so at my desk I try to write down what was said - then I send it to everyone for points that they remember, I re-edit it and this takes the rest of the afternoon. Some key people were not at the lunch so we really can't do anything with this until they get back from their holidays which will be next week. Now I am depressed so I go for an afternoon snack to cheer me up. I get back to my desk and get a call that our team afternoon tea to welcome everyone back to work is about to start. I schlep to the kitchen and tuck into another cake. Back at my desk - I have so much sugar in my system I can't see my computer screen.

That's it! I give up. I get on the bus and head home, I write in my diary.... "Well first day back..." - ONON Nympho