When attending a hash weekend every hasher at one time or another has come to a point where they are running ragged and need a little pick me up. We've all been there and a while back my pick me up of choice was the Yellow jacket which could be purchased at almost any convenience store or gas station. Those bad boys would do the trick, but coming down off of them was no joke. You feel like you just drank a bunch of caffeine, smoked some crack, and did a couple lines (not that I know what doing any drugs like that is like) then you crash and burn. That coupled with being hung over can be a very painful experience.
Exibit A: A couple years back Espn, NBN, and I went to the Virginia Interhash. It was your standard hash weekend with camping and lots of beer as you can imagine. Well day two came around and NBN, Espn, and I were sucking all motivation had left our bodies. Then we told ourselves No!!! We will not let or hangovers conquer us so we busted out the Yellow jackets. We each took two, which in hind sight was pretty retard considering we already knew the after affects of booze and those crack pills. All I can say is by 10 pm Espn was dressed like a pimp, I had a red wig and strapless dress on and NBN was dressed in blow up ballerina outfit (he looked like he was pushing about 400, it was hot). Regardless the evening continued and we played every drinking game known to man, participated in a talent show, watched some topless boxing, saw a Hasher named Buck-a-fufalo try to hump numerous people while butt naked(normal behavior for him), and ended by a camp fire, bullshitting, and passing liquor around. All in all it was great night that would not have been possible with out the help of Yellow Jackets. Espn and I retired around 4am and NBN crawled into the tent about 6am, but we had to be up 830am because NBN had a flight to catch and that is when the wrath of the Yellow Jacket finally took its toll. I wasn't feeling great but I could see my partners in crime were hurting pretty bad.
We packed up and were set to hit the road when ESPN looked up me with that special look and blew chunks at my feet. That was our queue to get going. Now the first 10 mile of this trip took forever because of multiple puke stops for Espn, then NBN started feeling left so he began contributing. The second stop the car hadn't even come to a complete stop when ESPN began puking out the window. Seconds later NBN threw himself half way out the window and started yelling for his buddy Ralph. For the next couple mile they alternated yakking then we were off and moving. That was the last time we took Yellow Jackets and drank heavily. Lesson learned. Now it's time to move on to greener pastures.
This is where energy drinks I have used energy drinks many times to keep me going and I have never had symptoms like when we used Yellow jackets. Now I am not saying you don't feel it the next morning, but the after affects are nowhere near as fierce. This is why I believe energy drinks will be helpful for this coming BFE. NBN won't take anymore 4 hour naps, ESPN won't need some "alone" time which is code for a nap, and I won't get tired. So people, for right now energy drinks are a go for BFE. What does everyone else think? Which is better?