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I moved to Austin this past Saturday, Halloween, from L.A. I'm searching for a roommate situation in a house central to Austin (prefer East Austin). Ultimate mission is to get certified to teach high school English.
My creative production probably works best here:
I want all the brothers and sisters on this planet to stop killing and start loving just a little bit more. Mutual respect for other viewpoints/religions/cultural directives. We've got to stop digging holes and dumping our crap into them. If reincarnated, I plan to be a waste engineer and/or a solar energy development genius.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I'm brand new to the couch surfing project. A friend of a friend had a good experience with it here in Austin, and recommended I sign up. Like most, my money's tight at the moment. But I do see CS as a possible way to get more reconnaissance on Austin and maybe a lead on a viable roommate situation in the short term.
I have never formally couch surfed, but informally have done so many times in many places. I've also returned the favor many times to friends or friends of friends.
Chess. Identification of trees by Genus and species. The de-militarization of America; specifically, a complete withdrawal from the Middle East. Secular Humanism. Buddhism (largely via Alan Watts). Fiction writing (currently trying to write short stories). Socialism as it pertains to the subjugation of capitalism, e.g., the current public option being tossed around in the health care reform effort. "House" TV series. Camping. Australia. Composting.
Music, Movies, and Books
David Mamet's "Red Belt" continues to be a favorite. "Galaxy Quest" endures as a work of genius. Trans Am's "Future World" album still rocks, but was disappointed by the subsequent "Red Line" album. Currently reading George Orwell's "Collection of Essays": "Shooting an Elephant" easily qualifies for the Nobel Peace Prize (unlike Obama's award). Philip K. Dick sure does continue to satisfy.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I climbed Enchanted Rock last week. Predawn. It was freezing up there and I had under-dressed. I was walking around in a circle to keep warm until the sun could get up. In the first light I saw how sick the view was up there. Fantastic. But I had Alan Watts' Buddhist lectures in my head--all these self-awareness ideas and notions of Maya, the veil of illusion. People climb picturesque rocks/mountains like Enchanted Rock to access some epiphany, but I realized in that moment that you can have a life-changing epiphany anywhere, anytime. The scenery/elevation has nothing to do with it.
Teach, Learn, Share
Socrates said, "Knowledge is the only good, and ignorance the only evil." I used to be a complete idiot; now I feel I'm only half of one. It's good to keep trying. "The writing on the wall is not for you." --anonymous "Here one moves in stylized pantomimes of innocence."--William S. Burroughs "You are an aperture through which the universe looks at itself."--Alan Watts "O.K. You killed someone. Let's fix it."--a friend's mother who's a defense attorney.