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Learn to overcome my laziness - 'No man has the right to be idle [when there is so much] misery to alleviate.' -Wilberforce
"Je m'en vais chercher un grand peut-être..." [I go to seek a great perhaps...] -Rabelais
I very much enjoyed my youth in the "small" (13,000) Minnesotan town where I grew up. I was blessed to be surrounded with good friends, a myriad of close family, lakes, rivers, woods, great soccer and hockey mates and a good deal of youthful exuberance. During that youth, in some glade in the woods no doubt, I became Adventure's playmate and we have been good friends ever since. We've been to quite a few places together, gotten ourselves into precarious situations, enjoyed different cultures and different foods, but we still have a ways to go before I understand some of what there is to understand. Along the way, I've met so many wonderful and gracious people that this meeting of people business has really become an enjoyable activity. I think I shall continue for some time.
I guess I had such a wonderful experience growing up that I never really wanted to finish growing up that badly; in a way, I still don't. But I'm beginning to see that growing up is not about letting go of youthful joy; it's about letting go of childish selfishness and taking part in the responsibility of each other's well-being. I'm not always the best at these things, but hey, I'm learning.
"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I offer the use of a couch or bed or yard and try to match the hospitality of a hobbit. I also look forward to being a respectful and enjoyable guest in someone else’s country and home.
I began my CS life mostly surfing with friends, though not all of it has included couches. I’ve found myself sleeping behind shrubbery, at abandoned metro stations, on a meter of snow high in the mountains, in my car in the woods, on a catwalk above a gym, etc. Hey, I get sleepy a lot. The longest stint of couch surfing was with six wonderful girls at college. They let me stay on their couch in the basement for a couple months when I didn't feel like living in my camper any more. Since then I've had the opportunity to host quite a few people as well as surf with a few hosts I've met on CS. Every experience has been fantastic and I've met so many interesting people, so I'm really happy to have this fantastic resource available. Plus, it keeps me off the hard, cold ground. ;-)
Adventures, Travel, Philosophy, Soccer, Music, Reading, Technology, Cooking, Dancing (Swing, Salsa, etc), Spirituality, Philology, Mountain climbing, Hiking, Rock climbing, Language learning, Cycling
- swing dancing
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Amelie, Harvey, Fight Club, Life is Beautiful, Dark City, Moulin Rouge, 12 Monkeys, High Noon, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, I.Q., The Hudsucker Proxy, X-Men, Back to the Future, TMNT, Singing in the Rain, Aladdin, Pi, Pete's Dragon, Empire Records, Jeux d'Enfants
Collective Soul, Sloan, Marvelous 3, Wilco, Eels, dc Talk, Arlo Guthrie, Carla Bruni, David Garza, Thomas Fersen, Yann Tiersen, Martha Berner, Norah Jones, Our Lady Peace, Moulin Rouge Soundtrack, J. S. Bach, Radio On
Le Petit Prince, The Hobbit, War and Peace, The Great Divorce, Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Lilith, In the Hall of the Dragon King, The Color of Magic, The Tombs of Anak, Lord of the Rings, Door in the Dragon's Throat, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Maniac Magee, The Brothers Karamazov
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
In 2005 I had the opportunity to climb the tallest mountain in Montana, Granite Peak (12,799 ft), with two good friends. We hiked 30 miles in about 30 hours and climbed up and down about 6,000 ft. On our way to the top, we hit a couple other mountain peaks, hung out with some mountain goats and nearly got struck by lightening. By ordinary mountaineering standards it may not be much, but I was fairly exhausted after our expedition and have never been so happy to sink into a hot tub.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: a bit of swing dancing, cooking and French. (I want to learn more of the same things though!)
Learn: other languages, new dances, how to draw and how to do flips… :)
Share about: our cultures, our religions, our adventures, philosophy, la vie!
Countries I’ve Visited
France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Turkey
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, France, Japan, South Korea, United States