Q) Why we are called the Border Jumper H3?
(A) When we were created, we decided to name the group after something that referred to El Paso. There are buses that give tours into Mexico and are called the Border Jumper Trolley's. Plus, it also gave us a cool nickname that is easy to remember: BJ HASH!
Q) Do you go into Mexico during one of your runs?
(A) Not usually. Actually, not ever unless it says so on our Calendar. There was this one time that we did cross, but the Border Patrol stopped us on the way back and arrested the illegal immigrants we had recruited in a visit to a local Juarez Brothel. Seriously, the BJ Hash tradition is to honor our namesake by crossing some sort of barrier, boundary, or fence by hopping over or negotiating the obstacle. Usually some sort of boundary marker.
Q) How do I join the Hash?
(A) Just show up to one of the runs that are listed in the calendar. On your first run, you will be a considered a virgin. Once you complete 5ish trails and get a hash name, you become a true hasher from that point on. At the BJ Hash, you will usually get a hash name on your fifth run, though it may be sooner or later.
Q) How do I know where to meet every week?
(A) Just click here
(Q) If I attend a hash, do I have any obligation to show up regularly or pay dues?
(A) With BJ Hash the $3 you pay at the beginning of each run is the only money we ask you to pay. The $3 is for the privilege of spending time with us derelicts. The Beer, sodas, wine coolers, and chips are on us. We have people who show up once a week/every other week and we have people who show up once a year (or less). If you had a good time, come back. If you decide that hashing is not for you, just stop showing up.
(Q) What exactly is a "Hash Name"?
(A) A "Hash Name" is the name that hashers go by during hash events. That's in order to keep the anonymity of the groups' members. However, by being anonymous, you don't have to worry about us selling your name to telemarketers and getting harassing calls at home. Every hash member receives a hash name by the other hashers after about his or her fifth or sixth run. Usually this name has some connection with a personal embarrassing event, or may have sexual implications. In any case, it is usually a name that you don't refer to in public, sign on your e-mails, or put on your resume. The more embarrassed or dissatisfied you are with your hash name, the more likely the hashers will keep it.
(Q) So what's the deal with the term "Hash"?
(A) Okay, here's the basic story: The Hash House Harriers phenomenon began in 1938 with an Englishman named Albert Stephen Gispert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He gathered together a group of British expatriates to play a variation of a game known as the "paper chase" or "Hares and Hounds", an English schoolboy's game. The group got its name from their hangout, The Selangor Club, which was commonly called the "Hash House" due to its barely edible food. Check out our History page for more information.
(Q) I'm oversensitive and easily offended. Is Hashing right for me?
(A) No. Check your ego at the door! We do not appreciate Whiners. However, the better you can take a joke or double entendre, the more comfortable you will be. You should find a different hobby (suing people, tree hugging, protesting, etc.) We are a group of people who are very open-minded and do not judge anyone, but then again, we can be real Jerks!
(Q) Is there cursing involved?
(A) Fuck Yes!
(Q) So why all the songs?
(A) It is a tradition and a custom to sing these songs world wide. We honor those traditions be singing a song to honor the person being recognized.
(Q) What kind of people attend the Hash?
(A) People from all walks of life, from Professionals in our community, to average citizens, Even some Girl Scouts. You'll find hard core runners, non-competitive runners, walkers, and those that just like to get out and get a little exercise. In all cases, they are people that enjoy a good laugh, and can have some fun socializing while still getting some exercise.
(Q) Can I bring my children to a Hash event?
(A) It's not recommended unless you're setting aside money for psychotherapy. Spend a little money on a baby sitter. However, we occasionally do family hashes where the entire family is invited and these will be identified on the Calendar.
(Q) Can I participate in a Hash event without being forced to drink alcohol?
(A) Absolutely. Unlike other hashes, you are not forced to "drink it or wear it". Whatever you are drinking during the Down Down, is what you drink in the circle. Although a healthy tolerance for people who drink is desirable, the point of hashing is to have fun and socialize.
(Q) I want to be a hare. What do I do?
(A) First, attend a few runs so that you get the idea of what hashing is about. After that, see our Hare Raiser. They are usually looking for people to set runs. You will probably want to have a co-hare the first few times to help out and show you the ropes.
Just remember one thing - If you have a half a mind to hash, that is all it takes!