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Overview

  • 2 References 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, English; learning Japanese
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Grad Student
  • Too much, is what
  • From Hood River, OR
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Get my Chinese fluent! Not go insane. You can see the problem.

ABOUT ME

I'm torn between my desire to make the world a better place and my laziness. Also, I have a terrible weakness for pandas.

PHILOSOPHY

I think we're always learning, whether we know it or not. So if you're traveling the world, meeting great new people, having a great time, you're learning how to do all that better. And if you're sitting around being miserable, then you're getting really, really good at being miserable. Let's be good at the things that make us happy!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

That's a good question. How do I participate?

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

None as of yet!

Interests

I like thinking about things--politics and philosophy, good books and neat ideas, great movies and trashy TV. I like to travel not to see the famous sites, though those are neat enough, but to get a sense of what the place is like for the people who live there. I also play a mean game of Catan.

  • books
  • flowers
  • politics
  • movies
  • tv
  • traveling
  • economics

Music, Movies, and Books

Too many to count! I grew up reading copious amounts of SF and fantasy, and now I watch too much TV. But it's art now, isn't it?

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

In the spring in Kyoto, the cherry trees go explode with flowers, sprouting blossoms before they even have leaves. The trees turn white and the branches sag from the weight of them. Then, as quickly as they come, the blossoms start to fall in great drifts on the ground. One spring day, as I walked to the train station I passed through a child's playground. As the wind blew, it picked up the fallen petals and tossed them around like a snowstorm, piling them up in drifts against the equipment and swirling them up into the sky in momentary whirlwinds. It was like winter had come again, but with cherry blossoms in the place of ice.

Teach, Learn, Share

I study politics and economics, which basically means I try to figure out how society works. Most of my thinking over the past few years has been about nationalism, so if you are interested in learning how that all works then I can guarantee I will tell you all you want to hear about it and more. And more. =)

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