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Joel Meeke

Ceres, Victoria, Australia

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Overview

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  • Fluent in English
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Previously predominantly in the reta...
  • I'm a passionate student of the Scie...
  • From City of Greater Geelong, State of Victoria, Nation of Australia!
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To keep foreign couch surfers safe from all those nasty li'l critters that call Australia home: Instead of Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My!... Spiders, Snakes Drop Bears and Bunyips Oh My! lol :-P Let us rugged mountain men lead you all the way...!

Aussie life is like a box of Tim Tams, jar of yummy apparently 'Aluminum-salt' tasting Vegemite and a stubby of Victorian Bitter you never ever know, unless you ever ever try...!

ABOUT ME

I'm a bubbly, eccentric and fun-loving 'Aussie larrikin', bursting with energy and a massive dreamer but do'er at the same time.

Very comfy in my own skin, what you see is what you get, I also call it as I see it; But at the same time I believe in keeping an open mind as their is always 2 sides to a coin - usually progression or understanding only happens when both sides are taken into consideration and thought.

I'm a massive nerd as well, just extremely passionately curious and enquisitive about our world and universe...!

I love getting together with mates, or making new ones too, over some drinks.

I would love to make lots of mates from all around the world and maybe even host them at my place with a party as well.

I'm also a passionate sports player and fan - My ultimate sport being Aussie Rules Football or 'Footy', I have quite a very competitive nature but fair about it as well, my family's motto, 'hard but fair'.

My AFL (Australian Football League) Club is Geelong Cats Football Club and my local community grass-roots Club the Grovedale Tigers Football Club.

I'm a lover of all sports though really, sportsman all round.

I'm also a massively explorative, active outdoors type of person rather than home-bodied indoors lazed person.

If you need a 'true-blue' Aussie to show you around town and help you to better understand the genuine Aussie culture I'm very confident that I'm the man for the job, plus its one of my dreams to maybe in the future create a Tour Operating business taking Foreign Tourists around our proud region.

PHILOSOPHY

I'm a gentleman, but young at heart at the same time; full of good-old fashioned values ie. Chivalry, manners, politeness, kindness, equality of all people, friendliness, open-mindedness - there's always 2 sides to a coin no matter how much difference between the 2 sides! I believe that any life form with the intelligence and self-awareness/self-consciousness of at least the novice standard of being able to communicate, tangibly discuss with us and make independent judgement/decisions by themselves let alone in a team/collective context comparable to that human children at approximately the age of 4 to 7 deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and equality!

Another thing to paraphrase one of Einstein's most famous statements of the last century - 'In mankind's current scientific understanding, the only certainty in the universe is uncertainty...

I'm also passionate about and big believer in the sacred 'Spirit of ANZAC' (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Part of Australia's national soul and cultural identity ever since World War 1 where it was forged and born: Mateship, Endurance, Ingenuity, Larrikinism/Good Humour, Courage, Sacrifice, Initiative/Enterprize/Leadership, Compassion and Empathy even for the enemy in times of conflict!

You only live life once, so make the most of everyday, because you don't know what tomorrow holds, plus we weren't born in this world just to serve the big lifeless machine called the global economy, 24/7...Its very important to try your hardest to strike good spiritual, mental and psychological and emotional work/life balance.

I'm also inspired my favourite T.V channels (SBS - Australia's Multicultural T.V. station.) marketing slogan - "16 Billion stories and counting!"

Everyone from every corner of the globe and culture on the globe has a story to tell...I find that idea extremely interesting, intriguing..cool...Its like exploring another world inside another world...enlightening, and COOL! Fuels my inner human soul and explorer!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I'm wanting to host people now that I have my own place, I'm ready and excited to do such a thing.

But also whenever I can I try to attend the weekly Tuesday night, Friday night and Sunday night get-togethers in Melbourne.

Just want to share cultures with foreign people and show them around Geelong and Melbourne - Our history, culture and traditions.

Share some adventurous road trips perhaps as well around the GOR (Great Ocean Road) with these people creating new mates in the process.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

So far just attending, whenever I can, the weekly Tuesday night, Friday Night and Sunday night get-togethers in Melbourne.

I haven't actually hosted or surfed as yet, but looking to change that soon... I'm now ready to host people at my place!

Interests

I'm a very sporty and athletic person; very competitive...I come from such an Aussie family background so cant help it, hehe - Our motto: Hard but fair! We are also just as passionate sports spectators as well...!

My No.1 sport of choice being Footy as noted previously as well as my other sports

I'm also a massive Buff of most Academia in the fields of Science and Fringe Sciences as well as Humanities,World History and Social Sciences...!

I'm into T.V. shows like Fringe, The X-Files, The Americans, The newly refreshed versions of Doctor Who, Star Trek - The Next Generation, Rude Tube, The Footy Show, Before The Game, South Park, Catalyst, World News Australia, Foreign Correspondent, Embarrassing Bodies, Arthouse/Short Films, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, T.V. AFL Coverage, Al-Jazeera News, Friends, Mock the Week, Big Ideas, Globe Trekker, Man Vs Wild, Evolution etc.

For nostalgic purposes He-Man and the Masters of The Universe, The Smurfs, The Jetsons and Scooby Doo.

I love Documentaries relevant to all fields of academia as I noted previously, plus Biographies If they are relevant to World History in a significant way.) and Footy documentaries.

I'm into movie genres, such as Comedy, Horror, War, History, some Science-Fiction, sports, some thrillers, some Dramas; classical and retro-inspired ones too.

I'm a massive eclectic lover of music...Classical: Edith Piaf, Arethra Franklin, Louis Armstrong, Petula Clarke, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Kole, Beethoven, Mozart, Fats Domino, Gregarian and world indigenous cultural music.

Retro/Rock: Nirvana, Ozzy Ozbourne and Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Cher, David Bowie, Buzz Cocks, Darryl Braithwaite, Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel, Def Leppard.

More Rock: Metallica, Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Marylin Manson, Linkin Park, Limp Biskit, Emenim, ACDC, Guns n Roses, Tool, ABBA, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Earlier years of The Offspring, Pearl Jam, Live, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Crowded House, Korn, Wolfmother, Powderfinger,...The list goes on.

I love folk music and folk festivals as well especially Celtic Folk like - Beeaaauuutiful; now that's what I call soul music...Soothing, kicking back with a few drinks with a few mates, music - whether it be at a pub or an Celtic Folk Festival...!

I'm also passionate about - 'the hairs on my neck stand up more alarmed than a cat on a hot tin roof' and 'I get goose bumps whenever I hear' kind of very tangible feelings for - massed Pipes and Drums Bands along with Brass Bands - especially when they're parading in a military ceremonial context!!

I also like stand-up comedians like Arj Barker, Carl Barron, Jimeoin, Adam Hills, Will Anderson, Billy Connelly, Ross Noble and Mick molloy.

World travel and experiencing/living, in a genuine grass-roots fashion, different cultures from all around the world...Getting to know and understand them, enriching my travelling and enlightening experience as well as learning more and more about myself along the way; But when I have the money and time to do it is the only catch there.

Music, Movies & Books

Just to name a few from a massive list Movies: Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, Born on the 4th of July, The Patriot, The Hangover, Armageddon, Deep Impact, Father Of The Bride, He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword, Terminator Series, Rambo Series, Star Wars series, Pride and Prejudice, Police Academy Series, American Pie series, Clerks Series, Kokoda, Vietnam, Channel 9 mini-series ANZAC's, The Dish, Deuce Bigalow 2 Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, Home Alone Series, The Mask, The X- Files Movie, Lethal Weapon Series, Forrest Gump, Apocalypse Now, 13 days, The Sum of All Fears, Top Gun, Oh and People please don't laugh at this one - Superman Series Lol, THOR, Tomorrow when the War Began, Red Dawn, Sherlock Holmes Persuasion, Jane Eyre...etc.

Books: Anything to do with the patterns of genres/themes that are becoming apparent above...But at the same time I'm not much of a book reader; I prefer to take in information from T.V. or Video, however I can tend to get a bit more stimulated by university text books relevant to the apparent fields of Academia.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Been to south Vietnam 2004 for 5 week voluntary expedition to participate in some community service.

Had a holiday in the South Western Part of America and Hawaii with my older brother and our parents in 2006.

Went for a tour of mainland Europe, then up to Scotland to participate in another organized tour, then across to Ireland to do the same thing in both versions of Ireland - the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland or the Province of Ulster.

Some of my favourite cultures are American and Celtic culture, therefore love those trips to the 2 Irelands and Scotland, as well as Part of America.

Would love to go back to the Celtic countries again - Ohh Yeah! (Got a decent amount of Celtic heritage in my blood! But love the celtic culture personally a lot anyway!)

Same thing with the States - would love to go back again in the future - But next time on a more extensive and truly immerseful fashion...Really experience the States first hand and make lots of American Mates - I'm actually currently a member of the Australian American Association (Victorian Sub-Branch).

Seeing my beloved Geelong Cats Footy Club finally arise from their 44 year slumber/Premiership drought in 2007 to regrow as the one of the AFL Powerhouses with Premierships in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and the club is not stopping there, ours is now one of the most professional and greatest 'inner-sanctum' cultures, so its likely to only go from strength to strength!

I was recently a member of an organization called Rotaract International - a Young Adult Subsidiary of Rotary International, they basically did similar things to what rotary does...Just opening the opportunity to people between the ages of 18 and 31 years! Made a lot of good mates out of that! Participating annually since I can remember in our Geelong ANZAC Day Parades and services/Ceremonies (ANZAC Day is basically Australia's version of say America's Independence Day and Veterans Day all rolled up into one!); I have a lot of ANZAC heritage in my blood too! For our family ANZAC Day is a very sacred and proud occasion!

Again I get pumped/excited feel an immense rush whenever ANZAC Day comes and whenever I hear massed Pipes and Drums Bands and Brass Bands Performing.

Another thing is when I was a RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) Cadet in my mid-teens; to this day I'm very proud I participated in that Australian Defence Force Program.

I have also previously met people from abroad too, whether whilst on my travels overseas or when meeting fellow University students from abroad...At all times it was another dream come true, but don't want it to end there I want to keep on meeting new people and especially ones that are from abroad and different cultures - my inner 'The Culture Vulture' (A term phrased for global travelers who love to taste/experience different cultures and make new mates with different cultured people too.)

Joining the Australian American Association and getting heavily involved with that too!

I have also previously been a member of the AIIA (Australian Institute of International Affairs); and thinking about maybe getting heavily involved them again.

Now getting heavily involved with Couch Surfing as well - Absolutely great concept for like minded 'Culture Vultures'; making new mates with people from abroad, and the pride and honour I will also feel taking and showing International Couch Surfers around Melbourne and the Geelong Region which also includes the Surf Coast Shire (Which is also the gateway to 'GOR' the Great Ocean Road and Bells Beach - Home of the Professional World Surfing Tournament the Rip Curl Pro.)

Giving them a local's guidance to the tourism of the regions and what makes Australia - Australia; and what makes Australians, Victorians and Melbournians just that too...Helping them to immerse themselves on a more genuine grassroots type level of our people, culture and land. But also sharing their accounts of their culture, people and land too...Which for me would again be a very humbling, lucky, and exciting experience both by them telling their stories and in the future when I am able to travel the world again and their lands!

Teach, Learn, Share

I believe as humans we learn something everyday in our lives:

I also believe that 2 of the best forms of learning is when you make a 'blue'/mistake...Because we can only learn from that experience how to improve and be the richer/mature person for it.

The other being: Putting ourselves into 'sink or swim' moments as much as we can depending on the situation...

Challenging ourselves, making ourselves explore out of our comfy 'familiar' zone to learn: - More about selves

- Build more of our character and make-up

- Personality

- Our interests and passions

- Our strengths and flaws

- Our dreams and senses of directions in our life charging towards our futures

- Skills for surviving out in that big rough universe...!

I Also believe in the other powerful tool to learning, growth and communication - Listening as well as listening to other's views: Its one thing to teach and share your views, knowledge and wisdom to enrich other peoples lives, its another to try having your fair share of being on the receiving end too...Everyone can grow so much more by having a two-way chat.

Interestingly to note as well: This is also one of the ways that mankind's progression of our science, technology, culture and fabric of civilization has occurred by communication, Socializing, gossip, discussion, think-tanking, learning and interpreting and so on.

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