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Ten Questions: Legs

For many years, I’ve shared an e-mail friendship with Tomomi “Legs” McDowell. One of these days, I hope, our paths will cross at a hash. Legs is from Sapporo, in Hokkaido, Japan. She became an American citizen 20 years ago and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she hashes with Music City HHH.


I like to know which of the many hash traditions hashers come from, because it tells me what they might be like to hash with. So where does Legs come from? She likes mixed, live hare, singing hashes, and doesn’t really care whether the trail is A-to-A or A-to-B. See? Right away you know she’s fun!

Legs has been hashing since 1980 and is the co-founder of three hashes: Huachuca HHH (Arizona), Ozark HHH (Missouri), and Mannheim HHH (Germany). A hasher after my own heart, she also has a blog!


Legs, when & where was your first hash?

Saturday, June 14, 1980, at Naha, Okinawa, Japan.

How did you find the hash?

I thought HHH was a joint training for Japanese Defense Forces and the US Military. I was just helping out for beer at the finish point.

Why do they call you Legs?

I don’t know. Only I can think is I’m a tall Oriental person.

Where have you hashed?

Okinawa, Tokyo, Asahikawa, Seoul, Warsaw, Heidelberg, Ramstein, Bonn, Mannheim, Worms, Bern, Paris, Istanbul, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, London, and Puerto Vallarta. In the USA, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

What’s the best thing about hashing to you?

Learning non-textbook English and behavior.

What’s the worst thing about hashing to you?

Being chased by policemen.

What do you most love about hashing?

When hashers wear “beer goggles,” I’m still looking good to them.

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

At Okinawa, it was a family hash. In the US, it has been mostly for adults only. West London, there were some kids. I like to hash with kids.

How has hashing affected your personal or professional life?

I keep learning from hash and hashers to this day. Without the hash, I wouldn’t have so many friends in the world, and I’d probably still be in Japan.

What do you think you’ve contributed to hashing?

My accented English has been entertaining hashers. Many hashers try to copy my accents.

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