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I am moving back home to California this autumn after being out of the country for years. I am basically now a foreigner in my own home :)
Simply put....I want to have fun! And of course while I'm at it, I want to improve myself in any way that I can, be it practicing a hobby, experiencing new places, learning new ways to communicate or just becoming more efficient at boring chores. I want to see, learn, and do more, and share a laugh and a beer with many people along the way.
I think people do the cool things that they do, in large part, because of the inspiration they get from others. I want to both get and give that inspiration.
Travel and language are two of my biggest passions, and I've spent most of my free time and money on them.
Give respect, get respect -- in that order.
Habit is unfortunately stronger than thought.
The world is your playground.
It's better to regret doing something, than to regret not doing something.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Well, I've hosted travelers and stayed with hosts while traveling, and tried to have as much fun doing it as possible :)
Pre-CS, I did some "unofficial" hosting and surfing, with acquaintances and friends-of-friends. Through CS I've surfed and hosted a handful of times -- each unique, fun, and rewarding!
Languages. Travel. Music. Guitar. Food. Passionate people. Hiking. Exploring. Physical fitness. Longevity. Fairness. Software/Programming. The sky. Snowboarding. Inline skating. Experiencing things from new perspectives. Dwelling on things you've always loved. Hanging out in new places. Beer and wine tasting. Nights on the town. Concerts. Dance clubs. Social debauchery in general. Water. And adding things to this list! :)
Music, Movies, and Books
Most often I am into music that is energetic, dramatic, intense, emotional, or deviant. Best is when it's all of the above *laugh*. I love concerts, open air events, and dance clubs. Whenever there's music I like, it usually takes center stage in my attention span. Some of my favorite genres are: metal (especially thrash, groove, and prog), industrial/EBM (especially the really poundy stuff), progressive trance, techno, and various flavors of house music (usually progressive and/or electro).
A few of my favorite artists/bands/etc: Pain of Salvation, Dream Theater, Nevermore, King's X, Galactic Cowboys, Simon Patterson, old school Tiesto and Paul van Dyk, Fear Factory, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, the first few Metallica albums, Front 242...and a bunch of random smaller name DJs.
I also like some rock and some jazz, chill stuff a la Royksopp or Bonobo, and various random other odds and ends.
I'm really not into pop, reggae, indie-rock, hip-hop, or country, though there may be exceptions at some points. (Those points usually involve...energetic people and lots of alcohol aahahahaa)
I used to play the guitar, and the drums, and play around with computer-based sound processing (usually direct waveform manipulation, or arrangement using cubase/cakewalk/etc). But I don't seem to do that very much anymore...
Movies...I like movies almost at random, sometimes having more to do with my mood at the time than the movie itself. I often like things with some elusive mix of sinister, sweet, sarcastic, and/or silly. Some that pop to mind: The Princess Bride (of course....is there really anyone out there that does not love this movie??), The Matrix ("too bad they never made sequels..."), Up, The Crow, Silence of the Lambs, Inception, Natural Born Killers, Se7en, Idiocracy, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, El Secreto de sus Ojos, Lola Rennt, Das Experiment, O Homem do Futuro.
Books....I am horribly, horribly under-read, especially these days. I'll leave it at that for now.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Wow. Depending on what the bar is, anywhere from "nothing yet" to "too many to list" :)
I've hiked up two active volcanoes and watched them erupt.
Recently: Earlier this trip I was in Badlands, SD, USA, at evening twilight. There were lightning storms on the horizon, and the overall effect was COMPLETELY AWESOME.
More subtly: I've had a tight band of close friends for 20 years. From what I've seen in the world...that's pretty amazing, and I feel pretty damn lucky for it.
Teach, Learn, Share
Hmm....languages/linguistics, guitar, coding, running, massage, acro-yoga?
Basically, I enjoy learning from anyone with passion, anyone good at what they are doing, and certainly anyone who can give me pointers. And I enjoy teaching anything I know, to anyone who asks. Especially about the stuff listed under "Interests" :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Antarctica, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Germany, Russian Federation, United States