With the Boston Hashers promising to reclaim him at a Halvemein Hash on January 31st the skull took the opportunity for an extended Xmas vacation to the Pacific Northwest and Montana.
Despite the many attractions available in that part of the country, the Trailblazers, rain, big sky, ice fishing, rain, more ice fishing, militia groups, more sky, more ice fishing and the freakin' Jailblazers the draw of the Northeast where the sports teams win and there is a summer prevailed: the skull returned to Albany.
There was also the attraction of more winter sun with a trip to Grenada. After checking out the Patriots win in the AFC title game the skull settled down for a week of sun, sea and beer. He may not have managed to tan his porcelain complexion, but he wowed the ladies with his fine physique on the beach and met many new friends over a beer.
Suitably rejuvenated the skull flew back to Albany, with only an unfortunate baggage delay causing him to spend 24 hours with his head in close proximity to a bag of dirt underwear. Then more bad news greeted his return, the Boston Hashers had once again found a lame excuse to delay their journey to Albany. He would have to watch the game with a neutral New York audience rather than his fellow Patriots fans.
With victory secured the skull discussed "return to Boston" options and decided on a trip to scout out the city and the quality of the hashettes, followed a week later by a plunge in Burlington and a tearful reunion.
Disappointment greeted the skull in Burlington when he discovered that in a bout of penny-pinching worthy of the Red Sox (you didn't think we could resist an A-Rod blast did you?) the tight fisted Bostonians were keeping their money for beer and no-one would be plunging with their skull. A worthy band of Burlington hashers would accompany Dr Queer and the skull however in team "These Bunny Ears Do Not Enhance My Manhood".
There are advantages to being plastic, for soon after the plunge a delighted No Vacancy was finally given the skull, and he was very relieved that the reunion was not spoiled by having to explain any embarassing shrinkage. No Vacancy was taking no chances and after appearing at the Hash rendezvous bar he was kept under lock and key so nothing would interupt his triumphant Beantown return.