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Sharing an 18-Pack with Neptunus

Neptunus

Neptunus

Looks a bit like Rutger Hauer, doesn’t he?  I’m thinking of the scene where he’s about to kick Harrison Ford’s ass on the roof, then realizes it’s time to die . . . er, except it’s really Neptunus, and he’ll be around for a long time!

Hans “Neptunus” Dijkhuizen, of course, is Dutch.  He lives and hashes in The Hague, where he’s a member of The Hague HHH and the First Dutch Friday the 13th Hash.  He’s been hashing 16 years, serving at different times as GM, InterSec, haberdasher, RA, and beermeister.  Neptunus founded two hashes in The Hague: the Fully Illuminated Lunartics The Hague (aka F.I.L.T.H.) and the First Dutch Friday the 13th Hash.

I asked Neptunus about his style, or tradition, of hashing.  His answers: mixed, A-to-A, dead hare, singing at the circle.  Another right-thinking hasher!

After interviewing Neptunus, I have only one remaining question . . . what the hell is the underwear trick?

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Neptunus, when did you start hashing, and how did you find out about it?

Halloween 1992. Got married to a Harriet. Now we are divorced but still hashing together.

How did you get your hash name?

Was named on second run because I accused a Hague Hasher for encouraging me to wear new shoes so they would treat me gentle. Was lie of course :-)

When & where was your first away hash?

1993.  EuroHash Germany.

Where have you hashed?

28 countries so far: USA, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK-England, Cyprus, Kazahkstan, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Australia, New Zealand, UK-Scotland, UK-Wales, and Fiji.

Where would you still like to hash?

South America, China, Japan, actually all the places I have not been yet.

Are there places you wouldn’t consider hashing?

No.

Do you have any favorite haring techniques?

Use a bike and set long trails.

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

Me and my son ( now 10) doing The Underwear Trick together.

What is the most dangerous trail you’ve done?

Many! Climbing cliffs in the UK, Ballbreaker in Perth, snakes in Thailand, mountains in Spain, etc.

What has been your most remarkable hashing experience?

All the support I got after winning the bid for EuroHash 2011!

If you could pick the location of a future Interhash, where would it be, and why?

Brussels! Best choice of beers!

What do you most love about hashing? What keeps you coming back?

The atmosphere. Everyone is equal and respects the other.

What part of hashing could you do without (if anything)?

Cleaning up after an event!

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

I am a bit less crazy.

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

Hashing has opened my a eyes about different cultures and the beauty of the world. Hashing brought me to places where I never would have gone if I still was a “normal” civilian. Met so many great characters.

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

I tell a lot of people about hashing, invite a few.

Are there certain things you believe all hashers should believe in?

Just have a free spirit.

What’s in your hashing future?

A lot of hash travels, organizing Dutch Nash Hashes, the EuroHash 2011, promoting and hopefully assisting with organizing Brussels InterHash 2014!
Final: when I die I want to be cremated and my ashes, mixed with flour, used for a trail.

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