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Nineteen Questions: Kitty-Kitty

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Several years ago I put together some hash history for the Half-Mind Catalog. One of my most valued sources was Kitty-Kitty from San Diego, a hasher who’d gotten his start in Indonesia and who’d been at it a long time. Known to mortals (and many hashers) as Mike Collier, Kitty-Kitty lives in Encinitas, California, and runs with North County HHH, La Jolla HHH, and Iron Rule HHH. He’s been hashing for 26 years.

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Kitty-Kitty, when & where was your first hash?

July 7, 1982, with the Jakarta HHH.

How did you find the hash?

The Marine I was replacing at the American Embassy told me about the Hash while I was attending Indonesian language school.

How did you get your hash name?

I’ve had more than one. I was Uncle Sam while running with Jakarta HHH; however, Jakarta didn’t bestow names . . . it was a nickname thought up because of my connection to the U.S. Embassy and the fact I was a Marine. North County HHH gave me my current name, Kitty-Kitty. In the North County HHH, names are given after six runs and everyone with a Hash name participates in the naming. I happened to be wearing a Rumbai Sumatra Hash T-shirt the day I was named. It was a tiger-themed shirt and on the back it said “A tiger can kill you but a little pussy never hurt anyone.” There was evidently some reluctance to use the word “pussy” in my Hash name so Kitty-Kitty was chosen. It is a name I’ve carried proudly since December 1988.

Who taught you the most about hashing?

John “Wrong Way” Moe, Jakarta HHH, ex-Tehran HHH, ex-Puget Sound HHH.

When & where was your first away hash?

Sydney, Australia, April 1983.

Where have you hashed?

InterHash ’82, ’88, ’94, ’96, ’98, ’06, and’08. I’ve Hashed in Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Greece, Cyprus, and Japan.

What do you most love about hashing?

Seeing the countryside, seeing the local people/places along the trails. Beer.

What don’t you love about hashing, if anything?

The homogenization of the Hash. Many seem to want every Hash to be just like all the others (with emphasis on their home Hash) without regard to local customs and traditions. Pale yellow fizzy stuff called “beer.”

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

One day to the Hash there came a beauty
A thing most unusual to do
Something made me think this girl was different
It must have been the tattoos on her boobs
She wore hot pants and a see-through t-shirt
Sipped her beer through rosy choo-choo lips
All the Hashers became excited at the sight of her swollen tits
Hash Master got his horn out, everybody else put theirs away
Then I got myself into position
Where I could see her lovely buttocks sway
She shortcut, I shortcut behind her
Wondering if today I’d be in luck
I heard her calling “On-On” from the bushes
And I knew right then that we were going to fuck.

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

Off trail, in the rain, after dark, in the jungle. Lost!

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

South Africa, DPR Lao, Cambodia, Argentina, Viet Nam.

Are there any places you wouldn’t like to hash?

Big city streets.

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

Yes, since I can’t run faster I have to run smarter.

What are some of your favorite haring techniques?

Do-Loops, water crossings, frustrating short cutters.

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

I tell anyone who is interested. Most recently (March 2008) I’ve introduced two Taiwanese Marines and a Singaporean sailor to the Hash. All three can’t wait to return home and get in touch with a local Hash.

What do you think you’ve contributed to hashing?

A helping hand to new Hashers. I’ve helped many new Hashers lay their first trail.

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

Develop and embrace traditions within your home Hash. Make it distinctive from other Hashes. Be amenable to change, but don’t lose sight of where you came from.

Kegs or cans? Be honest.

Kegs of IPA, cross my heart.

What’s in your hashing future?

After IH 2008, on-on to IH 2010 (with a couple hundred runs in between).

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