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Shorting the dollar . . .
Economically conservative, socially liberal, Christian Libertarian / wannabe professional poker player!
I love traveling anywhere I haven't been before, eating new foods & seeking out new & unusual experiences. Part of me wishes I was still wandering the world & following the path of serendipity, but my current reality makes living such a life unrealistic.
I live in south Florida & own a silver jewelry store. Thankfully I have very responsible employees, so I still get to travel a fair amount, just not as much or as often as I'd like.
Don't give until it hurts--give until it feels good!!
Live simply, forgive quickly, love genuinely, speak kindly, kiss slowly, laugh frequently, sing daily, & dance madly.
"Success means having the freedom to do what you want. The perfect amount of money is when you hardly have to think about it at all. The poor have to think about it all the time, as do the super rich. I'm not in love with money--I'm in love with freedom." Author unknown
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
As someone else wrote: "Hosting is like traveling without leaving home! When I can't travel the world, hosting brings the world to me!"
I am often available to host & almost always available to meet for coffee, drinks, or dinner.
My primary passions are traveling, scuba diving, listening to live music, playing poker, & eating good food.
I also work a lot . . .
Music, Movies, and Books
MUSIC: JGB, Old & In The Way, The Band, U2, R.E.M., 10,000 Maniacs, CSN, Neil, Dylan, Santana, Springsteen, The Beatles, Bill Withers, Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles, Satchmo, James Taylor, The Radiators, Counting Crows, The Samples, Wilco, Assembly of Dust, Railroad Earth, Papa Grows Funk, Yarn, The SteelDrivers, New Mastersounds, SRV, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, James Brown, Johnny Lee Hooker, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, John Denver, Bob Marley.
Rock, Reggae, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, Jam, Soul, Folk, & Funk.
I am turned on by musicians with soul & bands that can lay down a deep groove or rock a funky beat.
MOVIES: Pulp Fiction, Braveheart, Usual Suspects, Almost Famous, Dazed & Confused, Forrest Gump, The Pianist, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, The Shawshank Redemption, Goodfellas, Rounders, Little Big Man, loads of others.
BOOKS: I'm an armchair-traveler & love reading about other people's travels. Shantaram, Video Night in Kathmandu, Dune, Jupiter's Travels, A Land Remembered, Liar's Poker, The Professor, the Banker & the Suicide King, The Gospel According to Jesus, too many others to mention.
FAVORITE TRAVEL QUOTES:
"Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled." Mohammed
"He who would travel happily travels lightly." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake." - Robert Louis Stevenson
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - St. Augustine
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, & narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
OTHER FAVORITE QUOTES:
"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try." - unknown
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw
"We act as though comfort & luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about." - Charles Kingsley
"What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. Thatâs all - in the material sense - and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, & play-things that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade. In the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine â and before we know it our lives are gone. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. So which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim, where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed." - From THE WANDERER, by Sterling Hayden
"Money is a good servant but a terrible master." - unknown
"You have to sow before you can reap. You have to give before you can get. Success is the result of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." - Robert Collier
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Thoreau
"Don't be squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experienced you are the better." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are" - E.E Cummings
"Don't gain the world & lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver & gold . . . Open your eyes, look within . . . are you satisfied with the life you're living?" - Bob Marley
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort & convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge & controversy." MLK
"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lives a great street sweeper who did his job well." - MLK
"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny." - Author unknown
"A drunk man's words are a sober man's thoughts" - Unknown
"If...the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law." â Henry David Thoreau
"You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it." Malcolm X
â"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship." - Alexander Tyler
"Although gold and silver are not by nature money, money is by nature gold and silver.â - Karl Marx
"Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value - zero." - Voltaire
"If the door's of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is--infinite." - William Blake
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Spent 9 months circumnavigating the United States & living out of a van.
Spelunking in Tennessee.
Shark dives in Bahamas & Hawaii.
Cavern diving in Mexico.
Solo night diving
"Pelagic Magic Black Water Night Dive" in Hawaii http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsUnxYNwJBE.
Snorkeled with dozens of Whale sharks in Isla Mujeres.
Snorkeled with manatees in Crystal River, Florida.
Snorkeled surrounded by a pod of Spinner dolphins in Hawaii.
Listened to Humpback Whales sing to one another.
Solo caving in Thailand.
Jumped out of an airplane.
100+ Grateful Dead shows.
Spent several years backpacking throughout Asia.
Tripped the light fantastic with a green-eyed Angel . . .
Teach, Learn, Share
Five Simple Rules for Happiness:
1) Free your heart from hatred.
2) Free your mind from worries.
3) Live simply.
4) Give more.
5) Expect less.
I would like to learn to:
1) Play a musical instrument
2) Hang Glide
3) Practice yoga
4) Speak Spanish
5) Dance salsa
I have traveled in every state in the U.S.A. except for North Dakota, so perhaps am a good source to help others plan their cross-country travels.
My opinion: if you have limited time, stick to the west coast &/or the Mountain states. Or just blow off the mainland entirely & spend all your time in Hawaii!
Good advice no matter where you're headed: pack half the clothes you think you'll need and double the amount of money!
Also: Never pass up the opportunity to fill the tank with gas, go to the bathroom, wash your hands or drink a glass of water.
Travel slower & see more.
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If you're visiting south Florida & want to experience the funky side of Miami's music scene, check out Miami's hottest Afro/Latin/Jazz/Fusion/Funk band Suenalo!: http://www.suenalomusic.com/home
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I have nearly a terabyte of live concerts which I share freely with others--send me a 1,000 gig hard-drive & I will fill it with a lifetime's worth of amazing music.
Countries I’ve Visited
Anguilla, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In