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Ask Doctor Down-Down: July 2006

Dear Doctor Down-Down,

What’s your prediction for InterHash 2008? Who do you think will win the bid to host it?

On On,
Curious Interhasher

Dear Curious,

What a great question! Certainly, it’s the question that’s on every hasher’s mind as we get closer to October and InterHash 2006 in Chiang Mai. Let’s see, the bidding venues are:

  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Penang, Malaysia
  • Perth, Australia
  • Singapore

Normally, I’d say Kuala Lumpur would win as a matter of course. Mother does have prerogatives, after all. But KL’s hosted InterHash twice, in 1980 and 1998, and the voters at Chiang Mai may not want to return to KL just yet.

So what about Bali, Perth, Penang, and Singapore? Bali hosted in 1988. While Perth is virgin territory, Australia is not: Sydney hosted in 1984 and Hobart in 2000. Penang’s a new bidder, but it’s a Malaysian hash, almost a neighbor to KL. And Singpore? Yes, a new and different venue, but is it different enough? I’m not saying these considerations necessarily work against these bidders, just asking you to keep them in mind while you reflect on Nairobi.

Nairobi. Kenya. Africa. Virgin. Different.

When I attended the GMs’ meeting at Rotorua in 1994 and Cyprus won the bid for InterHash 1996, it was clear to me Cyprus won on the novelty factor. InterHash had, up to that time, never ventured beyond Asia and Oceania, and hashers were ready to try another part of the world. Then, when I was at the GMs’ meeting in Hobart in 2000 and Goa won the bid for 2002, it was deja  vu all over again – hashers were ready for something entirely different, so off we went to India!

InterHash stayed in Asia and Oceania from 1978 to 1994, then went to Cyprus in 1996. After Cyprus, InterHash returned to Asia and Malaysia, then, in 2002, went to India. After India it went to the UK, another historic first, then returned to Asia (this year’s event in Chiang Mai, Thailand). Do you see the same trend I see?

Yes, dear Hashers, Doctor Down-Down predicts Nairobi for 2008!

On On,
Doctor Down-Down

Dear Doctor Down-Down,

I know you don’t approve of children at the hash, but what are your thoughts on dogs at the hash? I’m really getting fed up with them. The dogs and their owners!

On On!
Curb Your Dog

Dear Curb,

I used to feel the same way. Dogs on trail didn’t bother me too much, but dogs before and after the hash - especially after, at the circle - were always underfoot, chasing after each other, sticking their wet snouts up hashers’ shorts, eating the snacks, and leaving messes to clean up. And their owners! Control their dogs? Heaven forbid!

But a few months ago my Holistic Healing Hospice staff adopted a puppy, and one day I took it to the hash. Now she’s a hash dog, and my entire outlook has changed. I now believe dogs enjoy hashing as much as people do - I know it for a fact when it comes to our hash dog - and I simply can’t deny her the pleasure of hashing every week.

Still, in the interests of keeping the peace with my fellow hashers, I keep her on a leash, both on- and off-trail, and I don’t let her run around underfoot when hashers are socializing before and after the hash.

I still take issue with hashers wasting the circle’s time giving hash names to dogs and children, but my piss boy Flying Booger spirited our puppy away to another hash and asked the circle to name her. Since she’s a dachshund, and since everyone assumed she belonged to Flying Booger, they named her Low Flying Booger. Great. Now I have to clean up after two Flying Boogers.

On On,
Doctor Down-Down

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