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  • 13 references 10 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German, Spanish
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Writer/Schoolteacher
  • B.A. in History from McMaster University
  • From Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
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About Me

Hello friends!

My name is Andre and I live by the following three phrases which I repeat over to myself like mantras as necessary:
-Hell yeah!
-Cool, man
-Keep it movin'

Beyond that, I am an immigrant from Canada chasing my own American dream here in the US. I am living in Downtown Phoenix currently with my wife waiting for a visa application (and a permanent resident application) to process so I can begin work as a schoolteacher (hopefully by end of October at the latest).

I love playing guitar, hiking, mountain biking, physical work, and creating in general. I have been hitch-hiking and backpacking for many years, and after all that gathering I am looking to build.

I studied history in university and deployed to Afghanistan with e Canadian army in 2008.

"Always outmanned; never outgunned."

God bless, namaste, and keep it gangster!
-Andre

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I like making new, like-minded friends (veterans, burners, musicians, writers, etc.) wherever I find myself, and depending on which city I'm in, the meetups and hangouts can be really useful. I surfed a few couches over the years as well and recently started hosting (2020).

Interests

I have been playing guitar since March 2018 and have probably gotten about as good as one can get in that time. I jam with others and play on the street often.

Creatively, I am figuring out how to marry my music, my writing and my images in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. Of late, I have been tooling around in the VR space a lot, trying my hand at world-building as I believe that will become a standard means of socializing in the next few years.
I am also really excited about the potential which AI text-to-image platforms present.

  • writing
  • yoga
  • guitar
  • skateboarding
  • rock climbing
  • mountain biking
  • performing
  • hiphop
  • jewelry making
  • drumming
  • public speaking

Music, Movies, and Books

Music:
Tupac, Motley Crue, Van Halen, Wu-Tang, Steve Winwood, Gordon Lightfoot, QotSA
Stoner/Desert Rock, 90s east coast (boombap) grimy hip-hop, metal, psychadelic

Films:
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Mad Max: Fury Road, MCU, The Shining, Goodfellas, John Wick series, Simon Pegg films, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (and most Tarantino stuff), 40 Year-Old Virgin, Orgazmo, Tombstone, The Dirt (Motley Crue biopic), Bohemian Rhapsody, Gran Torino, The Gentlemen, Delerious (Eddie Murphy)

TV:
Archer, The Wire, Sopranos, Better Call Saul/Breaking Bad, Mandalorian, Walking Dead, Beast Wars, Seinfeld, Frasier, Grth Mareghi's Darkplace, White Gold, Cyberpunk 2077, True Detective S1, Downton Abbey,

Books:
Aztec (Gary Jennings), The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean, The Kybalion, 1984 (Orwell)

Comics:
Spawn, Venom, X-Men, Wolverine

I don't play video games often but Hideo Kojima's 'Metal Gear Solid' series has done a lot to shape my outlook on life over the past 25 years.

Podcasts: JRE, Hotboxin, Flagrant

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I circumnavigated the globe back in 2011-2012.
I got robbed four days into it and after I got over feeling sorry for myself I decided to soldier on despite having lost all of my equipment, documents, etc.
It was amazing. No longer encumbered by a heavy bag and lots of gucci gear I didn't need I moved a lot quicker and I realized that ‘he who wishes to travel happily must travel lightly.’

Teach, Learn, Share

I love playing guitar. I would be happy to teach and learn. I have met many phenomenal players in my travels and each has imparted something of value.

Also I teach jewelry-making, yoga, breathing exercises, improv, etc...

I worked with children in Germany, Honduras, Nicaragua and Canada so very often I have to break new skills down to their core teachable components.

Some kids at the last place I crashed taught me how to ‘loon whistle’. I’m not good at it but I would be happy to ‘learn you all I know.’ 😜

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can certainly share my love of music and conversation. I clean up, I cook, I garden, etc.

In conversation, I listen actively, stare deeply and speak truthfully.

I’m strong, competent with tools, and helpful.

Countries I’ve Visited

Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Monaco, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Afghanistan, Canada, Germany, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, United States

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