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Elaine Gonzalez

Bronx, New York, United States

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Overview

  • 10 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • 6th Grade Math Teacher
  • Manhattan Center for Science and Mat...
  • From NYC
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

All good things are wild and free. - Henry David Thoreau

ABOUT ME

Hello fellow CouchSurfers! I'm a NYC public school teacher. Have been a math teacher for the past 10 years and I love my job because I get so much time off!

I love foreign films, music, reading, museums, running, walking into random places for no given reason. Basically I love excitement and of course I love to travel.

I love watching the BBC News, drawing (although I'm not very good at it), shopping, going out to eat, trying new types of food.

I am the type of person that helps people carry groceries across the street. Very generous, honest and giving. I also love to learn about different cultures.

I am excited about seeing all of the beauty and excitement the world has to offer!

PHILOSOPHY

"I have found that one of the commonest causes of unhappiness among my patients is that they are attempting to live their lives on the deferred payment plan. They do not live, nor enjoy life now, but wait for some future event or occurrence. They will be happy when they get married, when they get a better job, when they get the house paid for, when they get the children through college, when they have completed some task or won some victory. Invariably, they are disappointed. Happiness is a mental habit, a metal attitude, and if it is not learned and practiced in the present it is never experienced. It cannot be made contingent upon solving some external problem. When one problem is solved another appears to take its place. Life is a series of problems. If you are happy at all, you must be happy-period! Not happy "because of."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I will participate by being a great guest/host to everyone I meet!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Am trying to create some as we speak!

Interests

Music:
New Wave/80's: The Smiths, Depeche Mode, New Order, A flock of seagulls, U2 and so many more.
Britpop: Blur, Oasis, Pulp, Keane, Coldplay, Radiohead, London Suede, Travis.
Oldies: The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Led Zep, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and so much more.
90's grunge/Alternative: Green Day, Weezer, Nirvana, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam.
Spanish Rock: Zoe, Lucybell, Soda Stereo, Caifane/Jaguares, Los Enanitos Verdes, Gustavo Cerati, Babasonicos, La Ley.

Music, Movies & Books

MOVIES:

Bridget Jones's Diary
Avatar
500 DAYS OF SUMMER
Real Women Have Curves
Food Inc.
Amelie
Life Is Beautiful
Lost In Translation
Sicko
Bowling For Columbine
The Color Purple
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Ever After
The Pianist
City of God
Shawshank Redemption
Crips and Bloods: Made in America
50 First Dates
Schindler's List
The Wedding Singer
The Joy Luck Club
Sabrina
The Notebook
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood
Milk
Marie Antoinette
Fahrenheit 9/11
Dumb and Dumber
Apocalypto
The Nanny Diaries
Selena
All Jason Bourne Movies
Persepolis
Supersize Me
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
Life and Debt
All Spiderman films

MUSIC:

The Smiths
Anything from the 60's
The Beach Boys
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Depeche Mode
Death Cab For Cutie
Led Zeppelin
Thievery Corporation
The Beatles
Zoe
The Radio Dept.
Keane
Sigur Ros
Radiohead
U2
Pulp
London Suede
Los Enanitos Verdes
Shakira
Soda Stereo
Gustavo Cerati
Bjork
Caifanes
Jaguares
Astrud Gilberto
Bebel Gilberto
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Stan Getz
Jeff Buckley
The Cranberries
The Cure
The Police
Billy Joel
Marc Anthony
Juan Luis Guerra
Lucybell
Mana
Peter Gabriel
Aterciopelados
La Ley
Mikel Erentxun
Tears for Fears
Joe Jackson
Blondie
Duran Duran
New Order
Pet Shop Boys
Flock Of Seagulls
Coldplay
Travis
Oasis
Robbie Williams
Cesaria Evora
Seal
500 Days of Summer
Regina Spektor

BOOKS:

Too many to list. Usually non-fiction.

The Audacity Of Hope
The Diary of Anne Frank
Night
Fast Food Nation
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Life of Pi
Jemima J.
Making Faces
The China Study
House of Bush, House of Saud
Goodnight Bush (a parody)
Stupid White Men
Dude, Where's My Country?
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hiked and skied over glaciers (over 100 miles) from Juneau, Alaska to Atlin, British Columbia for 2 months of my life (summer of 96).

Teach, Learn, Share

The best thing you could do is to give without expecting anything in return.

Countries I've Visited

Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Iceland, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Dominican Republic, United States

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