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Twelve Questions for Swamp Bitch

Elaine “Swamp Bitch” Davis has been hashing for a long time. How long? She won’t tell me! A native Bostonian, she now lives and hashes near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her hashing career she’s filled every mismanagement position there is and founded a few hashes along the way, most notably the Baltimore (now the Baltimore/Annapolis) HHH.

Swamp Bitch’s druthers, when it comes to hashing, are mixed kennels, A-to-A or A-to-B trails, and singing. As for live haring versus dead haring, she describes herself as “metabolically challenged.” I can certainly relate to that!

Swamp Bitch

Swamp Bitch

Full disclosure: I met Swamp Bitch at a Colorado InviHashional in the early 90s. We rode down a mountain in a gondola with legendary hasher Stan Nats, and the three of us have been friends ever since.

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Swamp Bitch, where was your first hash?

Singapore.

How did you find the hash?

My brother decided it was easier to bring me to a hash rather than entertain me himself.

How did you get your hash name?

Ten minutes on trail with me and it is apparent why I am named Swamp Bitch.

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

I haven’t hashed in Africa or Antarctica. I hope to cross Africa off the list soon.

Do you have any favorite haring techniques?

Finding places hashers have never seen before, and usually never want to see again.

What do you most love about hashing?

The social aspect of hashing. It is inclusive of anyone as long as they show respect other hashers. I know wherever I travel in the world I know that I can easily find like-minded people who want to have fun just by contacting the hash.

What keeps you coming back?

Seeing all the people I have met over the years, even the ones I can’t remember meeting.

What part of hashing could you do without?

Hashers who believe they know the one true way of hashing and try to impose their traditions on other hashes they visit. I find it so much fun to sit back and see how different hash traditions meld to make the hash world so individual yet still a tight community.

Has hashing affected your personal or professional life (for good or ill)?

My graduate school advisor saw more of me than he wanted to on the Jumbo Tron at a baseball game the hash attended. But on the flip side, my husband saw similar body parts at a hash which probably brought us together.

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

Only when I find a kindred soul do I inform them about hashing. It isn’t for everyone. I prefer not to expose either individuals or the hash to situations which make them uncomfortable.

What are the basic things all hashers should believe in?

Trail, shiggy and beer.

What’s in your hashing future?

Trail, shiggy and beer.

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