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Twenty Questions: Codpiece

Readers who follow these Half-Mind interviews are probably starting to wonder why so many of my subjects hash near the Arctic Circle. Sea-Xplanation is a Dane. Vodka Splite’s a Norwegian. Rose eh & MTM are Canadians. Legs, from snow-covered Sapporo, is the Japanese equivalent of a Viking. And now we present Eyðbjørn “Codpiece” Augustinussen, from the Faroe Islands.

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I’ll be honest with you. I interview so many hashers from northern climes because I’m desert bound and can only dream of snow. As to why so many northerners hash, who knows? Maybe the exercise helps them stay warm during walrus season.

Codpiece is from Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands. He lives in Denmark, where he hashes with the Copenhagen HHH. He’s been hashing for 13 years: in that time he founded the Lyngby New Moon HHH, established the Haffniae Annual Red Dress Or Nude (H.A.R.D.O.N.) HHH, and served as Copenhagen HHH’s GM and MC (RA).

Codpiece comes from the mixed hash, dead hare, singing, A-to-A trail hash tradition, which makes him a wimp like me, which is probably why I like the guy (even though we haven’t met yet). Here’s what he had to say to my list of questions:

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Codpiece, when & where was your first hash?

My first hash was in October 1994 in Lyngby, just north of Copenhagen.

How did you find the hash?

I was bartender at a student bar, and there were these two teachers who kept telling me stories about their strange running club. For some reason they didn’t know of each other until one day they were both sitting at the bar at the same time. It turned out they had both been members of Copenhagen H3 at different times so they decided to start their own hash for the students at my business college. In the end I turned up late and missed the inaugural hash, and since I was drafted to co-hare the second hash, I was a hare before I was a hasher.

How did you come to be called Codpiece?

After four hashes my GM, Sodbuster, still had problems pronouncing my real name so he named me Codpiece: Coming from a fish-exporting nation, and not being that tall.

Do you have a hashing mentor?

GM Sodbuster told me all the basics, and introduced me to hash-l back in 1994 and I’ve been hooked ever since.

When & where was your first away hash?

During Easter 1995 we made a trip to the Warsaw 666th hash. It was a great opportunity to put a face on people I only knew from hash-l. And it was also a great way to get to know my fellow hashers from Copenhagen.

Where have you hashed?

Mainly Europe, plus the Interhashes in India, Thailand and now Australia.

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

Canada, Iceland, Africa and more of Asia.

Are there places you wouldn’t like to hash?

Not really, but I guess I’ll never make it to the US.

What are your favorite haring techniques?

97% of my trails are dead hare so I like to use double and triple checkbacks. And I like to have a loop just before a drink stop to give me time to catch up with the frontrunners.

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

I can’t put my finger on a single event, just the feeling of meeting old friends at big events.

What’s the worst thing?

Apart from the beer and food lines after Perth Red Dress I can’t really think of anything really bad. And even that wasn’t catastrophic. . . .

What’s the most dangerous trail you’ve done?

Can’t think of a dangerous trail. Denmark is flat as a pancake, but I once went scouting for a trail on a stormy night and when we got back the following day some of the trees had been up-rooted.

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

Definitely Brussels in 2014 . . . Eurohash in 1997 was my first regional away hash and it was just perfect!

What do you most love about hashing?

It’s the instant network of friends you have when you get to a new town, plus the opportunity of seeing some hidden aspects of your own area that you would never see normally.

What don’t you love?

Elitism, the notion that some hashers or hashes are better than others. And to some extent the commercialization of the big events.

Has hashing affected your personal or professional life?

I guess that planning my holidays around the hash calendar puts me in the hash-affected category. But I see it as a good thing.

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

I tell potential hashers about it and leave the others alone.

Are there certain fundamentals you believe all hashers should embrace?

We’re all in this for the fun, so keep an open mind and cut the organizers of any big event some slack when things don’t work out perfectly.

What do you think you’ve contributed to hashing?

Hmmm, I once brought a rubber chicken on a trip to Belgian Nash Hash. Higgins hasn’t been quite the same since.

What’s next for you?

To fill in some of the white spots on my hashing map. And perhaps one day to lead a small hashing expedition to my ancestral home of the Faroe Islands (not good hash potential – no woods and very expensive beer!).

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