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EARTHLARK

Fergus Falls, MN, United States

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Overview

  • 38 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Japanese, Korean
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • EMT / JET Participant (English teach...
  • BA in International Business (French...
  • From Fergus Falls, MN
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Learn to overcome my laziness - 'No man has the right to be idle [when there is so much] misery to alleviate.' -Wilberforce

ABOUT ME

I very much enjoyed my youth in the small Minnesotan town (13,000) 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.

PHILOSOPHY

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." -Shel Silverstein

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.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Well pretty much all my couch surfing so far has been done 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.

Interests

My Faith, Adventures, Travel, Philosophy, Soccer, Music, Reading, Computers, Cooking, Dancing (Swing, Salsa, etc), Philology, Mountain climbing, Hiking, Rock climbing

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: 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

Music: 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

Books: 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

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, France, Japan, Korea, Republic of, United States

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