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Published: August 10th 2007
Rick and Dorathy at home
My good friends Dorathy and Rick relaxing at home in Shanghai.
After the celebrations in April and the adventures of my May Day Holiday week in Gansu (blogs still to come!), it was time to say good-bye to my good friends Rick and Dorathy. Rick & Dorathy and their two children Tara and Shane are relocating to the USA after eight or nine years in Shanghai.
I first met Rick & Dorathy in Cardiff, Wales in 2004 during an international hashing event. (Hash- an international group of social running/walking clubs) Hashing, as people who know me well are aware, has been a large part of my life for the past 25 years or more. I even had a niche merchandising business for hashers for 8 years.
While in China, however, my hashing has been severely curtailed for a number of reasons. That is, until I met the Drunken Dragon H3. The D2H3 (it’s shortened name) is a newly formed club, whose members run bimonthly on a Saturday afternoon in the countryside outside of Shanghai. Rick and Dorathy, together with good friends Cathy & Mark formed the club last July and have been encouraging me to attend the runs as often as I can. I try to make it once a
Drunken Dragon H3
Some of my hashing buddies from Shanghai on one of the bimonthly country runs.
month and am now considered a regular! I have even “commandeered” my friend Stef to join me on some occasions. Needless to say she absolutely loves it! Great bunch of people, a bit of exercise in the countryside, charming small villages and a socialize afterwards. Finally for the stalwarts, we head out to a local restaurant for dinner once we are back in town. Who could ask for more?
The move to the US is the beginning of another adventurous chapter in the lives of this dynamic family. For Rick, the first time living and working back in his home state of Ohio for about 25 years; for Dorathy, who hails from Penang, Malaysia, the first time to live in the USA and without ayis (maids) to assist her with the children and the daily routine involved with running a family household! She had three in Shanghai! Finally, Shane (6) and Tara (5), born in Shanghai, amazing kids who speak English, Chinese and some Spanish, who will be without their beloved ayi. She has been with them since the day they were born. I believe it was probably even harder for her to say goodbye to “her” children.
From left to right:Dorathy, Cathy, Mark & Rick, the founders of the Drunken Dragon Hash.
So goodbye and good luck! We all wish you the very best and miss you dreadfully already!
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