Shiggy Duster Traditions

Even though they may at first glance appear to be similar to rules, our hashing traditions just traditions. With the exception of having fun, there are no rules at the hash. Traditions are more sacred than rules. Traditions provide the structure that guides hashers through the art of hashing…

Traditions:

1. We hash to have fun. You are welcome to be serious about your running, but the Hash is no place for pace or race!

2. We run as an excuse to drink. We don’t drink as an excuse to run as that would promote running and exercise. It is always better if the exercise happens naturally or by accident.

3. Beer is our beverage of choice. We do not condone driving under the influence but running under the influence is OK.

4. We do not force those whose beverage of choice is not beer, to drink beer.

5. A virgin is someone who has never hashed. If you are visiting from another hash, you are no longer a virgin.

6. A proper hash consists of beer before, during, and after the run.

7. Competitive running is discouraged, and runners regarded as FRBs (ie/ they arrive at the checks and the On-In first) shall be in charge of running down all the false trails for the rest of the pack, and despite rendering this service, will be awarded accordingly during the circle.

8. Other awards may be doled out to acknowledge such things occurring during the hash such as: noble deeds, harrasing the virgins, whinging, hashshit carrying, crazy antics, DFL, or just about anything.

9. When drinking in the circle, your beverage must remain as full as when you received it from the RA until the circled hashers sing a song for your down down. Only then will the hasher in the circle drink his/her beverage. If at any time the beverage leaves the lips prior to its entire contents being drank, then the drinker must dump the remainder over their head. Having finished your beverage, you tip it upside down over your head to show the other hashers your drinking skill and you may exit the circle.

11. The circle will be formed at the end of each run. This is called the down-downs. The events of the down-downs are controlled by the RA in the center. It is proper hash etiquette to refrain from jaw jacking while the down-downs is being conducted. Uncontrolled talking is considered to be a private party and may be rewarded by a trip to the circle. To gain the attention of the RA, place your beverage on your head and say “pint of lager”. This will tell the RA you would like to be recognized and address the hash. Addressing the hash about stupid stuff or wasting the hashes time with ill-timed “pints of lager” may earn you a trip to the circle.

12. The Religious Advisor will receive the report from the gathered hashers as to the quality of the run. Poor quality reports usually result in the hare(s) entering the circle as does good quality.

13. When we find a “beer near” marker we always sing out “beer near” as we are as happy as a pigs in shit.

14. Hashers who have missed more than 3 consecutive runs are considered to be returning hashers and will be asked to enter the circle. Visiting hashers are also accorded this honor.

15. Virgins are normally brought to the hash by a hasher. This hasher is considered to be their sponsor and they are responsible for any stupid acts their virgin may commit up until the time their virgin is named. Virgins will drink at the down-down and their sponsors will normally perform a down-down to educate them on the procedure.

16. Hashers probably won’t be renamed, and we believe that renamings should not be frivolously conducted. Hashers may be repulsed by their new name as it is usually depicting something stupid that they did, or will expound on the name they already find undesirable. A Hash-nick-name (a nonbinding hash name which only has local use and is not officially assigned as a permanent name) may be used to remedy unnecessary renaming situations. 

18. Hashers may petition for a renaming but woe is he that willingly trusts his fate to hasher comrades.

19. At the down-downs, bullshit skills, tall tales, and frame-ups which cause a fellow hasher to enter the circle are considered par for the course.

20. There is no pointing at the hash, use your elbow.

21. Hashers use hash names to communicate with other hashers, no birth names.

22. The Shiggy Dusters H3 is an adult hash where drinking and bad language flourish. We do not contribute to the delinquency of minors so those under 21 need to get their beer from their parents. If you bring children or animals to the hash, you are responsible for them. There are sometimes unscheduled but tasteful displays of nudity.

23. Hashers normally wear outlandish or tasteless clothing to the hash. Hash shirts are preferred. Color coordinated running suits are not and could earn you a trip to the circle.

24. We end each hash with the international Hash anthem, “Swing Low”.

26. Drama is the enemy of the hash.

25. Head, who said head, I’ll take some of that. And I did and it was wonderful. And then we f**ked. We f**ked for hours, uprooting trees, shrubs and flowers. And then we f**ked again, this time like Vikings, with horns on our head. Head, who said head, I’ll take some of that……..

26. Railroad bridges, trestles and other assorted private property is off limits for trail.

(Thanks to PFH3 for the use of some Hash traditions)