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Sixteen Questions: Tongueless

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Tongueless (left) & Mooze

California hasher Burt “Tongueless” Greenspan drinks and runs with the Gypsies in the Palace HHH in San Francisco and the Marin HHH in Marin County. He’s been at it for 20 years, and I’ve known him, off and on, for almost 15 of them. The Gypsies consistently put on one of the more elegant hashing experiences around; you owe it to yourself to hash with the Gypsies. Tell Tongueless I sent you.

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How did you find the hash, Tongueless?

The hash found me. Fits In and I were on a pub crawl by bus around the Bay Area and I was lying face down in a pool of beer on the bus when the then-GM of the San Francisco Hash, Medusa, lifted my head and asked if I liked to run as well as drink. I must have said yes.

And how did you come to be called Tongueless?

I got my name in a really stupid way. On an early hash I was changing shoes and the tongue fell out of my running shoe. I had a spare name for awhile as well, Buttcake. I got that one when after a birthday run for me some of the pack shoved a chocolate cupcake up my butt and I let some of the hash dogs lick it out. Periodical from West London HHH took a picture and I have it on a t-shirt. People ask would I let the dogs do it again and I say “No, chocolate is bad for dogs.”

Who taught you the most about hashing?

He probably doesn’t even remember meeting me, but Mr. Jackson [of the Rumson HHH – FB] at the Calgary InterAmericas Hash gave me the best advice when we were first forming the Gypsies.

When & where was your first away hash?

The Texas Interhash in El Paso, I don’t remember the year.

Where have you hashed?

All over the US, St. Kitts, Finland, England, Brazil, Malaysia, Germany, Belgium, Turkey, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Cyprus.

What do you most love about hashing?

The camaraderie.

Is there anything about hashing you hate?

The idea that the bigger the hash the better the hash and that just because someone is a hasher they’re okay.

What are the best and worst things that ever happened to you at a hash?

Best was being so drunk at the first Latin Americas Interhash in Brazil that money changed hands on the fact that I was alive the next morning. Worst was that I think my survival was undervalued.

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

Norway, Spain, France, Switzerland.

What are your favorite haring techniques?

Pre-marking checks to fuck with FRBs and not marking trails as false, allowing the more foolish to continue running even though they haven’t seen a mark for hours.

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

Everyone . . . no problem since most people still find it stupid.

Have you founded any hashes?

I was one of the four people who founded the Gypsies in the Palace HHH April 1, 1993. Only Fits In and I still run with the Gypsies.

What do you think you’ve contributed to hashing?

Nothing compared to what hashing has given me.

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

We’re a drinking club with a running problem, not a running club with a drinking problem.

Here’s a tough one: kegs or cans?

Kegs.

What’s in your hashing future?

A lot more hashing.

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