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A Short Visit with W.E.N.D.Y.

In my line of work I don’t run across many Afro-Zealanders, so I was excited when W.E.N.D.Y. responded to my request for an interview.

A bit of background: born Marina Adams in Salisbury, Rhodesia, W.E.N.D.Y. now calls Wellington, New Zealand, home.  She hashes with the Marlborough HHH, which she capably serves as Joint Master and Religious Advisor.  She’s been hashing for 18 years.  In W.E.N.D.Y.’s storied past, she served a term as Wellington Ladies HHH Grand Mattress and RA, and from 2003 to 2005 was New Zealand Grand Master.  Wow.  How many other countries can you name where they have a GM for the whole enchilada?  And how many hashers do you know who have been one?

A (not so rare) shiggy sighting of W.E.N.D.Y.

W.E.N.D.Y. in her environment: hashers, beer, shiggy

What branch of hashing does W.E.N.D.Y. come from?  Her words: “Mixed hashes, setting trails by live hare or dead hare, with a mix of A-to-A trails or A-to-B trails, mostly off road hashing. Singing in the circle is a must, with a crowd that respect & listens to the GM & RA.”

Let’s listen to this GM & RA:

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Where was your first hash, and when?

Marlborough H3, New Zealand in 1991.

Did you find the hash, or did the hash find you?

My husband started hashing & I got sick of picking him up & hearing all those cool stories & didn’t want to miss out!

What does W.E.N.D.Y. stand for?

W.E.N.D.Y. is short for ‘Welcome to Jamaica and have a nice day.’ I’d love to give you a really cool story about how I got it, but . . . I can’t, my maiden name is Da Cruz, the boys were being a bit abstract that day & came up with cruising round the islands . . . islands, Jamaica ( I know a joke about that!  If you don’t know the joke ask someone) . . . so I was named W.E.N.D.Y.

What was was your first away hash?

Interhash Rotorua, 1994.

Where have you hashed?

I like to think I’ve traveled a lot with hash.  We try to visit the area we travel to for Interhashes: NZ, Australia, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, India, Afghanistan, UK, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland & Soweto.

Are there places you haven’t hashed but would like to?

I am about to travel to the UK & Europe, which is definitely a place I would love to hash, so that is going to happen.  More hashing around central Africa would be awesome!

Are there places you wouldn’t consider hashing?

No there isn’t, you should hash whenever there is an opportunity.

Do you have any favorite haring techniques?

As 5-foot-nothing female, I try to make my runs as challenging as any guys’ runs. The best compliment I have had is half way up a bush clad hill was this really fit guy confirming that I actually had been the hare . . . you can’t pay for that sort of compliment!

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you at a hash?

Being voted to be NZGM in 2003.

What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you at a hash?

Breaking my elbow after the 100 up club . . . yes I was a bit pickled.

What’s been your most remarkable hashing experience?

Hashing in Africa: running through a game park in South Africa & running a finz session in Mozambique as the dolphins swam past us in the sea.

If you could pick the location of a future Interhash, where would it be, and why?

Africa! The environment is amazing, it challenges all your senses & would be new to most hashers & yes it does take you out of your comfort zone. Bring on Kenya!

What do you most love about hashing?  What keeps you coming back?

Friendships & meeting more people keeps making me come back.

Editor’s note: I’m still puzzling out how “welcome to Jamaica and have a nice day” translates to W.E.N.D.Y. and not W.T.J.A.H.A.N.D., but maybe it’s a Kiwi thing.  Other Kiwi (or possibly African) things apparently include “100 up” clubs and “finz” sessions.  Someday at an interhash, I’ll meet W.E.N.D.Y. in person and ask her what those things mean.  And then I’ll buy her many beers!

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