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Twenty-One Questions: Sea-Xplanation

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Medoc Hash in 2006: Sea-Xplanation is second from right
(photo presumably taken before the 21 wine checks on trail)

Back in the early 1990s some character with two hash names, Per Manstrup Kristensen and Sea-Xplanation, started posting these terribly interesting messages to hash-l. Each message was titled “Hash Events on a List” and everyone loved them because they were the first on-line international hash calendar any of us had ever seen. I eventually learned that “Per Manstrup Kristensen” was his mortal name, and that “Sea-Xplanation” was his hash name, and went on to steal his idea and turn it into the Half-Mind Calendar. Sea-Xplanation is a Dane (you’d never guess it from his mortal name, would you?) from Aalborg who works in Copenhagen but actually lives in Malmö, Sweden. When he’s not fishing for eels or whatever, he hashes with the Copenhagen HHH, Copenhagen Howling HHH, and H.A.R.D.O.N. HHH in Denmark; the Westra Aros Gurka HHH in Sweden; and the Medoc HHH in France. He’s been hashing for 17 years.

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When & where was your first hash?

February 1991 with the Aalborg H3, Denmark.

How did you find out about hashing?

A friend of a flatmate had told us about hashers, so if we ever found one locally we should join, he promised great fun. Then a month later I saw a poster at the university with a contact person, I called him, and 4 days later I attended my first run. Simple, really.

How did you get the name Sea-Xplanation?

Christened by Wanker in Aalborg H3 1992-08-03. “Once upon a time in a region of Denmark far, far up north a brave young man one Monday evening decided to go hashing. As he was a bit late that day, and as the run was set way out of reach of public transportation, the young hopeful yet unnamed hasher had to make a run for it just to make the start of the run. As it happened, the to-be athletic youngster overtook a rather large pack of serious runners from the nearby serious running club, leaving them wondering what passed by. A few seconds and several kilometers later our young hero made the hash, only to find that the run this day was started with a beer race, just to warm up. Well, not much reason to be in a hurry then, but at least the fast run was rewarded somehow. As our hero found the episode with the serious runners quite amusing, he told it to Homesick very illustratively (hands, fingers, obscure gestures, sound and blackboard). Almost at the end of the story, after the main point had been made out to Homesick, CandySwing interfered, feeling that he had missed a great story. Without hesitation he started asking about all the details he had missed, picking up on the bits of the story in a weird sequence. Our young hero was still trying to end the story for Homesick while fighting back CandySwing’s questions when Wanker interfered, trying to find out what went on. As it can be a bit difficult telling the same amusing story in three variations at the same time, the point of the story for Wanker’s part slipped away slowly. Now, Wanker was not an MC to mess around with, and as he for a long while had been looking for a good excuse for a naming of the young hero no mercy was given. The result? Well, after the run the young hasher was called forward. At this time the young hasher had never seen a naming yet, thus in no way prepared for what was about to happen. In good Aalborg tradition the hasher to be known as Sea-Xplanation was called to the middle of the circle. Wanker explained that the messy story he overheard earlier that day had given him the idea for the name. In good Danish tradition it was a mistranslation of the Danish word for a long rambling story… So now you know!”

Who taught you the most about hashing?

Hard to say, really, but in the start I guess I got most information from Wanker and Homesick, then later on I had a lot of contact with Periodical from West London, and Likk’mm from Bern.

When & where was your first away hash?

Must have been Copenhagen 666, as I recall it this was in ’92 or ’93, this weekend was held north of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Where have you hashed?

I have hashed in USA, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK-England, Cyprus, Russia. Within USA I have hashed in California, Maryland, New York, Virginia.

What do you most love about hashing?

Getting around on a good trail, seeing spots of a town I’ve never seen before, from another angle than normal, or enjoying great nature, a bit of shaggy and having a ball with the others on the same trail.

What, if anything, don’t you love about hashing?

Sometimes some people fall a little too deep into stereotypes (“you have to drink most beers to be a true hasher,” “you need to run the shaggiest trails to be a true hasher,” “you need to travel around all the time and party to be a true hasher.” Sometimes I like the party, sometimes I like the traveling, sometimes I like to visit a small non-posh family-hash and just have a good time for an afternoon with these people.

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

I don’t want to answer this question, as there has been so many good memories, and I don’t want to make anybody feel they fell into second place if I chose something else.

How about the worst thing that ever happened to you at a hash?

Seeing somebody feeling personally injured when I as an RA/MC tried to give him a name. Between the two of us in the circle I got the option of “leaving him alone, or giving him a name and that would be the last any hash would ever see of him”. I backed out and gave myself a down down for mismanagement without letting the circle know what had been going on.

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

I still haven’t been hashing in Africa or the Far East, or down under (for me it’s down under anyways), so that’s on the planning list somewhat in the future.

Are there any places you wouldn’t like to hash?

Areas where poverty is too obvious around you, with a threat of being attacked by criminals or a military regime not sharing my world view.

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

I’ve found the interhashes to grow a little too big nowadays, so I’m not that keen on joining them for a while. Africa would be an option, Europe again would be nice. I don’t think North America would be an option, so I won’t even wish for it, just enjoy some of the smaller scale bashes I can attend around there.

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

Yes, of course. I started young at heart, and have grown older. You change as a person, and sometimes you get tired of certain elements, then give it a break for a while, and return and enjoy it again. You also learn that you do not need to enjoy ALL parts of hashing, as we as a group differ too much. I’m just hoping I’m getting better at giving other people the space the hash allows for.

What are some of your favorite haring techniques?

Using flour for the markings. J I like to get the group to have a good run with some good views, interesting landscapes if possible, trying to add a little for the fit, and still make it good for the back pack.

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

In the start I told a lot of people about the hash. Nowadays it’s only once in a while, and only to people who might be good hashers.

Have you founded any hashes?

B.A.L.L.S. H3 in Aalborg, Denmark; a bar-crawl hash inspired by T.W.A.T. in London,
Co-founder of H.A.R.D.O.N. H3 in Copenhagen, Denmark; a red dress hash inspired by Cumming Mutha and On All Fours from California, USA. They did a red dress run in Copenhagen, and Codpiece and I made a tradition of it. Co-founder of Medoc H3 in Pauillac, France; I was one of a group of hashers that thought it to be a great idea to do the Medoc wine-drinking marathon as a hash. We agreed to start the hash, and I think I’m the only one who has attended all the runs since. I didn’t found it as such, we just agreed that we needed the hash there, and started it as such.

What do you think you’ve contributed to hashing?

Back in the early days (’91-’93) I helped Periodical running a list of upcoming hash events around the world, gathering the pieces here and there and mailing out a list once a month or so. Some of this work was taken over by Likk’mm, Prof, and Flying Booger in the later stages, as they had better connections around. In the meanwhile Higgins had started a European newsletter which I took over when Higgins ran out of time. I think I ran this magazine/newsletter for a couple of years, probably ’95-’98, doing my best with the spare time I had, doing it on as low a budget as possible. The internet started to come strongly into play by then, with hash-l as the main source, and the purpose of the magazine dried out. Besides this, not much to mention, helping arranging a few big events here and there, now and then.

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

Enjoy and respect people around you, but don’t accept everything thrown at you.

This one is actually three mini-questions. Your vote:

- Kegs or cans: Cans, it’s easier on a daily basis at the runs.

- Live hare or dead hare: I’m mostly into dead-hare haring.

- A-to-A trails or A-to-B trails: A-to-A!

What’s in your hashing future?

I don’t know, but I’m looking forward to see what hashing will bring me!

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