Carl Carpenter

New York, NY, United States

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  • Teach For America (NYC public school teacher), America SC...
  • Graduated from the U of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • From Stints in Fergus Falls (MN), Minneapolis, London, and NYC.
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About Me


Meet as many people and learn as much as I can.


I'm a friendly guy who rarely if ever gets angry, like the Big Lebowski, but with much better hygiene and far more ambition.


I love music, fruit, football (soccer), dancing (if you can call it that), travel, film, music videos, literature, the news (BBC and NY Times), writing, drawing.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I host and surf


I've had very few, but they've all been wondeful.


I spend my time playing and watching and coaching soccer and basketball. I love watching, reading and listening to the news (NY Times, BBC, PBS, WNYC). I love going to concerts and watching and making music videos.

Music, Movies, and Books

I love: Any Foreign Music, The Stones, Dylan, All Motown & Stax, Strokes, Outkast, Prince, Mos Def, MNDR, The Hives, Junior Senior, Radiohead, Beck, Neptunes Ant RZA Quincy Jones Kanye and Dre beats, Beach Boys, The Small Faces, Rick James, T. Rex, Sly and the Family Stone, Paul Simon, Mandrill, Roysopp, N*E*R*D, Bill Withers, Flying Burrito Brothers, New Music (which I consume like a fiend through a rabid RSS feed, blog tracking regimen)

TV Shows:
Futbol, 30 Rock (Tracy Jordan), British Office, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (Frank Reynolds), East Bound & Down (Kenny Powers), Freaks and Geeks (Bill Haverchuck), The Simpsons (Ralph Wiggum), The West Wing (Toby Ziegler) Mad Men (Don Draper), South Park (Randy Marsh), The Wire (Bubs), BBC News, Frontline, Chappelle's Show, Newsroom

Favorite Film:
"Foriegn Film", Bottle Rocket, Beat Street, Paris Je T'aime, New York, I Love You, Soul Power, Waiting for Superman, Tree of Life, Cyrus, By The People, any Documentary, Rock My Religion, We're Into Soul, The Big Lebowski, Y tu mamá también, La Haine, City of God

favorite books:
How Soccer Explains the World, Short Stories from Mark Twain, Hot Flat and Crowded, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Pearl, A Passage to India, Jack Handy works, Giants In The Earth, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Things They Carried, Harry Potters, A Confederacy of Dunces, Main Street, All The Kings Men, Audacity of Hope, Under the Net, Freakonomics, Wierd English, Drown, Inequality and Prosperity

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I was once detained by the Venezuelan military for taking the daughter of a government official salsa dancing in Caracas. Completely worth it... Live music in foreign countries is life altering

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela

Countries I’ve Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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