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I am an artist and musician. I like to make things. I learned a while ago that what I am best at making is friends. So I use my art and music to make friends and enjoy the incredible bounty of humans in my life.
I'm a musician. I play samplers and synthesizers. I am currently in several bands. None of which play live often. Two bands are in Chicago. One is in New York. One is in LA. Three are in San Francisco.
I am an artist. I currently make large-scale installation works.
I eat yogurt and granola and fruit for breakfast most mornings.
I really like spicy food.
I love music.
I love reading.
I love the sunshine.
I love Winter when it's crazy cold and brutal (hence my 2008-2009 trip through the Northeast and Northern US in December, January and February.)
Do unto others.
Sounds corny, but, the greatest joy is being kind to others. There's good evolutionary and chemical reasons for that, too.
So, umm, yeah, I like being nice.
My favorite quote is from inventor Dean Kamen:
"You know, you have to be optimistic. If you weren't, you'd never start a really difficult project. That's why other people didn't start it - they're rational. So I start these big projects. And in my heart of hearts, I know, boy, a lot's going to go wrong. You just have to be willing to fail a lot and somehow keep your optimism."
My second favorite (paraphrased) quote is from Gorgias:
Even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and
Even if something can be known about it, knowledge about it can't be communicated to others."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I just discovered the cs community.
I've been couchsurfing since November, 2008. And I've been a member of CS since then, as well. However, I am blessed to know a lot of people in a lot of places, so I generally am moving around between bandmates and friends and collaborators homes.
Once I'm settled, I'll open my home to couch surfers. In the past, I've generally had an open door policy for friends and bands.
I'm excited to open that policy up to travelers, as well.
My family never stayed put. I started couch surfing with my grandpa when I was 7 or 8. He would take me and a cousin along on months-long trips around the US picking up old car parts on a homemade trailer. We traded them all over the country with other old car buffs. We stayed wherever we could find a place. Often in the back of the truck.
Since then I've never stopped traveling. Usually staying on friends' floors and couches.
I love washing dishes (which I learned from Dishwasher Pete in the 90s). I like cooking, but am pretty out of habit.
- dumpster diving
Music, Movies, and Books
I have several terabytes of mp3s.
I used to have thousands of CDs.
Before that 7000 records.
So, I pretty much love ALL music.
I read the New York Times and the Economist. I read sci-fi occasionally, to relax. I try to read art and music criticism, but generally prefer science books. Currently I am enamored of V.S. Ramachandran.
I don't see too many movies. I watch things on hulu or netflix once a month or so if I'm lucky. I am always trying to catch up with my friends who see pop movies and my other friends who watch art and foreign films.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I worked as a vegan chef on a research vessel in the gulf of Alaska for 5 weeks.
Teach, Learn, Share
The best couchsurfing advice I ever got was from Dishwasher Pete. We swapped zines in the early 80s. He taught that if you washed the dishes wherever you couchsurfed, you would always be welcome back.
Truer words were never spoken.
Also, buy groceries, if you can. Or help dumpster dive, if that's the community's vibe.
Travel with two pair of shoes, never wear the same pair two days in a row. Your feet will never offend this way.
If there's no laundry, wash your socks and underwear in the shower with your body. Never smell bad, if it can be avoided.
Remain contained. Keep your mess confined to your suitcase or backpack.
Share whatever you have. if you're a musician or artist, offer every host a gift, and don't ever take offence if what you offer isn't to your host's taste.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
United Kingdom, United States