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i (am): [profile-fatigued! lol] friendly, honest (no poker face!), both naive & skeptical, generally straight-forward (cuz i'm not psychic and i don't take hints, so i need people to be straight-forward with me, too), make good cookies once in a great while, like to try new things, ovo-lacto vegetarian, animal lover, low-maintenance, drama-intolerant, shy/quiet except when i'm not hahha, impulsive on occasion, patient until i'm not, a procrastinator, not religious, but still feel very blessed with the wonderful family & friends & opportunities i've been given in life, believe in the 'pay-it-forward' philosophy~~
try to remember the golden rule, to treat others the way i'd like to be treated. pay it forward. laugh alot. smile alot. accentuate the positive (one of my favorite songs, too!)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
by osmosis~~ don't really have a place to host anyone currently, haven't stayed with anyone yet, i've just been to a few lovely couch-surfer gatherings :)
i met/made several new friends at Joshua Tree Music Festival in Joshua Tree, California this past May, and while at the weekend festival an amazing couch-surfer Charles invited us to his home for a delicious breakfast, then took us to the local hotsprings, then gave us a tour of local landmarks, and then invited us back to watch the eclipse that evening! he was the epitome of a great host!
i love: a good story, the color red, seeing new places, trying new foods, making new friends, getting enough sleep, walking/strolling/eeeasy hiking, camping, stopping and smelling the flowers, stand-up comedy, animals in general (cats & dogs in particular), independent &/or non-U.S. movies, laughing til my sides ache, singing, reading (mostly fiction, Piers Anthony, Mark Twain, John Irving, Amy Tan, ... i need to read more--been watching too much tv lately!!), energy efficiency and renewable energy and environment-improving things...
- emergency services
Music, Movies, and Books
Gadjo Dilo (the Crazy Stranger)
I Like It Like That
The Quiet Man
Little Shop of Horrors (Rick Moranis version)
The Neverending Story
Joy Luck Club
Being John Malkovich
The Dark Crystal
The Blues Brothers
Follow Me Home
Fried Green Tomatoes
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
Stand By Me
Hero (Jet Li & Maggie Cheung--VISUALLY AMAZING)
Fave music: bjork, spearhead/michael franti, ani difranco, mix tapes/cds my friends make me, beatles & oldies, some rap (beastie boys, immortal technique, q-tip, eve, ...), some country (johnny cash, willie nelson, dolly parton, patsy cline, ...), a little techno/electronica (at events, yes, on my own, usually not much), a little classical (nutcracker suite, a little beethoven, whatever was in fantasia, ...), flamenco guitar, and just started to get into a bit of world music--groups new to me that i like: Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars, Delhi2Dublin, Cumbia Tokeson...
A few books/authors that i like:
Mark Twain, Stephen King, Piers Anthony, Amy Tan, John Irving, David Sedaris, Dr. Seuss; Dune series, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, Arabian Nights, Norwegian Wood, Saint Maybe,
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
--in Pai, Thailand, 3 volunteer guides/companions who happened to be dogs showed me the way to the waterfall i wanted to see, stayed with me when i got there, and escorted me back when i was done--they were amazing!
--in Jakarta, Indonesia, i went for a walk one night and got lost. i found some kind police officers who drove me across town to an internet cafe to look up the address of my friend's aunt's house, then drove me back to her doorstep. i didn't speak their language and they didn't speak mine, but smiles, laughter, body language, and their kind hearts were all i needed! :D
--in Seoul, South Korea, i was moving (via subway) from my old apartment to my new one, and a woman on the subway thought i was carrying too much stuff, so she told a man on the subway (who didn't know her, either) to help me, and he did--he carried the heavy stuff for me through the subway station, to a cab, then to my doorstep! i was blessed many times by the kindness of strangers while i was in korea, often when we couldn't speak eachother's language
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
China, South Korea, United States