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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Chin buffet

MM.MM.MMMM.. The Chin Buffet. I won't be eating there but I'm curious what it's abou...wait, what. Oh, my producers just told me it's supposed to say "China Buffet". Thanks, Marty.

So get this. Actually, I'm not sure I quite get the entire picture myself. It's called hashing and there's a New York City chapter. What is it you ask? Well, according to their website:

Hashing . . . it's a mixture of athleticism and sociability, hedonism and hard work; a refreshing break from the nine-to-five routine. Hashing is an exhilaratingly fun combination of r*nning, orienteering, and partying, where bands of Harriers and Harriettes chase Hares on eight-to-ten kilometer-long trails through town, country, jungle, and desert, all in search of exercise, camaraderie, and good times. The trail is set by another Hasher called the Hare. The Hare marks the trail in flour or chalk. Periodically the Hare ends the trail with a "check", and starts the trail again somewhere nearby. The Hashers - called a Pack - try to find the continuation of the trail. The idea is that the fast r*nners will get to the check before the slower r*nners; will expend a lot of time and energy finding the continuation of the trail; this will allow the slower r*nners to catch up; and the whole pack - fast and slow - will finish the r*n at about the same time. There is an explanation conducted by the Hare of the marks used at the start of each r*n. The length of the trail varies from too short to too long. Forty-five minutes for a good r*n, one and a half hours for a lousy one. Bring money on the r*n, you can often get a cab if you're lost or just want to pack it in.

Sounds like fun right? Well after the hash, everyone ends up at a bar for drinks and pizza. Want more information? Check out their website! Thanks to Meredith for letting me know about this.

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