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Half-Mind Interview: Nut N Honey

boogersbagThe hash has its share of creative people, and one of the most creative hashers I know is Southern California’s Nut N Honey, who several years ago designed this flour bag logo for me, a logo I proudly used on the Half-Mind Catalog and continue to use on this little hashing blog. It’s perfect!

Nut N Honey, aka Randy Salisbury, is the artistic side of a partnership with another SoCal hasher, Whack. Together they created Hash Boy, the hashing world’s own comic strip. Hash Boy continues to entertain us, but if you haven’t seen the strips, you’ve surely see his artwork on posters for the annual Orange County Hash House Harriers’ Betty Ford Rehab Hash. Most recently, he did posters and flyers for this summer’s Belgian Beer Odyssey.

Nut N Honey is from Long Beach, California, and currently lives nearby in Seal Beach. He started hashing 23 years ago with Long Beach HHH, where he helped mismanage things as brewmeister, trailmeister, and grandmaster. These days he hashes with Orange County HHH, and has been an OCHHH GM. When I asked him to spell out his general hash philosophy, he gave me a two-word response: “Live hare!”

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Hash Boy & Foamy

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Nut N Honey

Let’s hear what else he has to say, shall we?


How did you find the hash?

My first hash was in Long Beach, California in Summer of 1990. A hasher (Hash Gash) was living in the apartment below me who had hashed in Senegal and was looking to get back on trail. She knew that I was a runner, so thought that might like to try it. She also warned me about “salty language.” Hashing involved two of my favorite things: beer & running. I thought combining them was dangerous, so I didn’t hash again for a year.

How did you get the name Nut N Honey?

When I came back to the Long Beach Hash in 1991, I balked about going up for a down-down as a new boot. My wife, who WAS a new boot, tried to coach me up by loudly calling me “Honey” in the circle. The Kellogg’s cereal commercials were popular at the time and the pack began chanting “Nut N Honey, Nut N Honey.” A hash name was born.

Did you have a hashing mentor?

There were quite a few in the early days – Piledriver (my first co-hare), Darktanyon & Wild Bill in Long Beach. Walking Small, Whack & GIGO in Orange County. Fungus & Hash Bum were good amigos from the Los Angeles Hash and always supportive.

When & where was your first away hash?

It was See More Buns’ sponsored Honolulu Hash/Marathon Couch Potato adventure. 1992, me thinks. That’s where I met POM for the first time. With all the hashing and debauchery, I managed my worse marathon time ever.

Where have you hashed?

All over California, most of the western states (Hawaii included), Toronto, Virginia, Austin & Mexico.

Do you have any favorite haring techniques?

HA! I like dribbling a little flour in the wrong direction from a check. Am also inclined to lay long back-checks.

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

Getting to play the Ozzy Osbourne character at Betty Ford Rehab in 2003. Doing the artwork for Betty Ford since 1997. Also, producing a lot of art for Higgins’ Brussels Beer Odyssey last Summer, is right up there as well. All honors!

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

Having hashers get injured on a trail that I laid. Wasn’t necessarily my fault, but I still felt responsible.

What is the most dangerous trail you’ve done?

I’ve hared and hashed some pretty harrowing things outside Palm Springs, on the Betty Ford Sunday run. Mostly involving, cactus, sharp rocks and steep cliffs. The usual.

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

I’ve always thought that the San Francisco Bay area or Las Vegas would be great venues for InterAmerica’s hash.

What keeps you coming back to the hash?

I love growing old with my hash friends and reveling our shared misery. The beer’s not bad either.

Has your attitude toward hashing changed over the years?

Our hash isn’t quite so boisterous and crazy as they were back in the early 90’s. Probably an age thing. We politely refer to it as the “graying of the hash.”

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

Sometimes the way of the hash comes up in civilian conversion, and may seem vaguely intriguing to some people. But it’s a whole other level for someone to show up. Everyone that I’ve ever brought to the hash never came back. So, I don’t try very hard to be a “pied piper” for the hash. The hash appealing to such a narrow segment of the population is part of its attraction.

Are there certain things all hashers should believe in?

I do believe that all hashers should do whatever it takes to insure that everyone on a run makes it to the end safely.

What have you contributed to hashing?

The obvious answer is the shit-ton of hash designs and the Hash Boy comic character (with Whack). That is also probably the best answer. I’d like to think that I’ve hared some memorable runs as well.

What’s in your hashing future?

Portland! America’s Interhash next year. Long term? To make it to the end before the beer is gone.

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