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Twenty Questions: Vodka Splite

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Terje Eriksen, aka Vodka Splite, aka Oslo Fuckin’ Ere, is a Norwegian hasher. He hashes with the Oslo and Oslo Full Moon Hashes. He’s been hashing for 20 years. Unlike most of us, Vodka Splite has a life outside of hashing, and these days you’re just as likely to find him at a Rolling Stones concert as at a hash.

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Vodka Splite, when and where was your first hash?

Pattaya Hash, Thailand.

Do you remember how you found out about hashing?

Friend of mine living there. “Hey, found this great ‘thing’ . . . every Monday they do this . . . let’s go. It’s a run . . . then fun.” Probably why I skipped the first one and lost the opportunity to be a ’87 hasher.

How did you get your hash name?

Dead boring. Drinking too much Vodka & Sprite in a Thai Hash Bar over the years. Everyone there just called me “Vodka Splite,” with the lack of the “R” among the employees. The RA (Sir Airhead) of the Pattaya Hash hated it. When I later reached enough r*ns, because I was a nice Viking, I almost ended up with Oslo Buccaneer, but quickly got the circle into Oslo Fuckin’ere. So I have two names – one in Oslo, one in Pattaya.

Who taught you the most about hashing?

The Wolf (Old Farts Interhash Survivor and Frankfurt Hash these days), also known as my unwanted father (or is it that I am his unwanted son?).

When and where was your first away hash?

Manila Monday HHH on the way to Interhash 1990.

Where have you hashed?

Hmm, think I have hashed with around 63 chapters at last count. No Africa nor South America. Missed everything in the US except for the Gypsies in the Palace Hash in lovely San Francisco. Four to five walks and r*ns Down Under including the fine gentlemen of the Hamersley Hash. The rest is Europe.

What do you most love about hashing?

The people. When I tell non-hashers about it I often use Interhash Rotorua as an example. Not the Interhash but what the press wrote. The locals where shitting their pants when thinking about 4000 people drinking the place dry. Then the papers arrived on the Monday with the interview of the head-police-something. It was something like “Yes, we had to help a few finding their hotels but absolutely nothing to write home about. Well, one thing, we had to stop this couple that were doing ‘it’ in the roundabout. They are more than welcome to come back.” Great bunch of nice people is the short version!

What don’t you love about hashing (if anything)?

Can’t think of anything except for long runs without warnings. It keeps the newbies away.

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

Finding the trail at a Manila run, see below . . .

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

Totally lost in the dark in Manila. Totally lost the trail. Never felt more alone in the bush/jungle in my life. Never do those runs without a flashlight.

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

Budapest, Africa, South America and Russia.

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

Not really. Of course a few places have problems at the moment. In a decade or so it could be fine.

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

Yes and No. I feel it’s a bit more serious these days. Longer r*ns.

What are some of your favorite haring techniques?

Must be my infamous loops. Hated by the Oslo FRBs, loved by the walkers.

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

Got to know them for awhile. Too much struggle to explain everything.

Have you founded any hashes?

Oslo Full Moon Hash.

What do you think you’ve contributed to hashing?

A few good laughs maybe? Proud ‘Drunk of the Year’ twice in the Oslo Hash!

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

Keep the run length suitable for everyone or warn them.

Kegs or cans?

Cans.

What’s in your hashing future, Vodka Splite?

After Interhash in Perth, we’ll see. I’m not that active these days.

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