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Seventeen Questions: MTM


For years now we’ve been reading MTM’s well-written and interesting letters to the hash list (she also wrote one for this blog, which you can read here). I feel I know her through those letters, but we haven’t met in person. MTM is a Canadian hasher with one of those jobs . . . no one knows what it is, exactly, but it has to be an important one . . . that should be the envy of every hasher, a job that takes her all over the world, a hash road-tripper’s dream. She’s on the road now, as a matter of fact, jumping between work and hashing assignments in Switzerland, Canada, the UK, Georgia, and other locations. Her current home hashes are the Zurich HHH and Tbilisi HHH. I was delighted when MTM agreed to participate in the interview project. Now that I know her better, I want to meet her more than ever. So will you.


MTM, when & where was your first hash?

Berne, Switzerland, in June 1992, a couple of months before Likk’mm joined.

How did you find out about the hash?

The hash had to find me: I have a vague memory of someone asking me to join when I lived in Wellington, NZ, but I don’t like running, can’t sing and hate the flavour of beer, so I was not interested. In my next city, Berne, I knew about the hash long before I joined but still was not interested. I was finally convinced to go by my ex-boyfriend’s best friend when he was hosting a hash in Berne. So I was dragged into the hash.

How did you get the name MTM?

My hash naming is the most boring hash naming story I am sure you will have the misfortune to hear. At that time Berne HHH named virgins at their first hash. I told my host, Full Bodied Condom, that if I was given a rude name I would not come back as Berne was a small conservative city and it could have affected my career. FBC manipulated the proceedings so I got my boring name. Since then I have been renamed eight times partially because my name is so boring. Last time was by Sarajevo HHH last year. After I told them my name and the whole boring story, at my second hash with them, they renamed me Begging for It. For simplicity’s sake, I use MTM except when running with the hashes that have renamed me.

When & where was your first away hash?

Italy, 1996. Actually I was really dumb about it because I lived in Gdansk, Poland for a year in 1994-95 where there were no ex-pat women at the time and I really missed normal female company. I stupidly did not make the three-hour train ride to Warsaw for a hash although I did go to Warsaw for weekends sometimes. As well, my contract (best contract that I have ever had!) at that time flew me out to any European city every other weekend so I could have just hopped all over the continent attending hashes.

Where have you hashed?

Too many places to list: see Ra’s Where Have You Hashed list at the Half-Mind Catalogue. (Can’t believe I signed up to do that but being neck and neck with Higgins motivated me.)

What does MTM most love about hashing?

Inclusiveness, openness, friendliness, generosity and irreverent sense of humour. Don’t know if I would do my job without the hash. To give an example, in 1997 I moved with a team of six co-workers to Singapore, and after two weeks my co-workers were asking how I knew so many people there. When they overheard me phoning Brendan telling him that I had forgotten my running shoes at his place the night before they refused to believe that ‘he was just a friend.’

What doesn’t MTM love about hashing?

Gosh, it’s about time someone asked me that. Basically, I don’t think we should impose ourselves or our outrageous behaviour on others including:

  • Hashers being rude and offensive in public
  • Crude t shirts (worn in public)
  • Hashers insisting on other hashers stripping down
  • Hashers who that think being crude, and only crude, is the same as being witty

As a non beer drinker, the prevalence of beer is annoying.

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

Can I tell a story about another harriette? She wore a hash t-shirt when she went on holiday alone in Hanoi for Christmas and New Year’s. On a day trip, a harriette from somewhere else saw her shirt and invited her to a New Year’s party. From that she traveled south through the country with people who became friends and with whom she still keeps in touch, years later.

Okay, what’s the worst thing that ever happened to you at a hash?

Having two serious allergic reactions to pollen or something in the air in Texas when I went there for IAH. Between that and my first wasp sting in 21 years, I was really looking forward to leaving Texas as I waited in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport the morning of Sept 11, 2001. The silver lining is that by coincidence, the fabulous Beaver Breath of DFW HHH came to my rescue all three times (including picking me up from the airport and having me stay with him until flights resumed).

Where are some places you haven’t hashed, but would like to?

Antarctica, Iceland.

Have any of your attitudes toward hashing or hashers changed over the years?

There was a dominant clique of hashers in Berne when I joined that were pretty snotty, which, in fact, is why I did not join earlier nor was very motivated at the beginning. Going to Eurohash in Brussels changed my mind completely. I saw a completely different social dynamic.

What are some of your favorite haring techniques?

Convincing other people to hare; I unfortunately only know runner’s lows and not runner’s highs. Also, I have the world’s worse sense of direction so when the hash gets lost on trail, as a hare, I am no help.

Do you tell everyone you meet about the hash, or only people you think might become good hashers?

Only those I think will become good hashers.

Have you founded any hashes?

I re-founded the hashes in Sofia, Bulgaria and Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Both, now a few years later, still going strong I am happy to say.

What’s been your most notable contribution to hashing?

As a non-beer drinker who brings my own alcohol to most events, I have subsidized the beer swilling of many, many other hashers.

Are there any core fundamentals you believe all hashes and hashers should embrace?

Inclusiveness and a sense of humour.

Seriously, I ask you as a harriette: kegs or cans?

Bottles of cider, wine or coolers.

What’s in your hashing future?

Just finishing my booking of Perth Interhash and prelube travel right now. Trying to figure out if I can make it to Tel Aviv HHH next week when I go to Ramallah. Organising a hash version of the traditional Georgian drinking horn. If I can fit it in, I will do the Dalmatian Hash Cruise in September. Just today, I checked the hash calendar to see if I could fit my work calendar around hash events (might be able to make the Belgian Nash Hash).

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