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Live and continue growing, traveling, and experiencing
Toronto > Memphis, TN > Urbana, IL > Portland > and now, Vancouver. Life has been a journey!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Back in 2007 I lived in a collective house where we hosted over 250 couchsurfers. We had one night where we had 15 couchsurfers staying. So I've been heavily involved with couchsurfing for a while, but didn't actually get to surf much until my HUGE road trip from June 15th to August 10th, 2012! For posterity's sake and for my own recollection, these are the cities I visited:
Dallas, TX (couchsurfed)
Austin, TX (couchsurfed and friends)
San Antonio, TX
Albuquerque, NM (friend)
Flagstaff, AZ (couchsurfed)
Sedona, AZ (couchsurfed)
Las Vegas, NV (couchsurfed)
Los Angeles, CA (couchsurfed)
San Jose, CA (couchsurfed and stayed with my brother)
San Francisco, CA (could not find a host here, I actually just stayed in Oakland)
Oakland, CA (friends [one of whom is also on Couchsurfing])
Salinas, CA (couchsurfed)
Arcata, CA (storytime)
Portland, OR (couchsurfed)
Seattle, WA (couchsurfed)
Salt Lake City (couchsurfed)
Moab, UT (hostel)
Las Vegas, again (couchsurfed)
Breckenridge, CO (friend)
Denver, CO (friend)
St. Louis, MO (friend)
Chicago, IL (friends)
With the exception of one surfer, everyone I have met through CS (and every couchsurfer I have had the pleasure of crossing paths with outside of couchsurfing) has enriched my couchsurfing experience and my life in one way or another.
Peace, vegan cuisine, love, collective effort, long-distance biking, finding use for other peoples' usable waste, poetry, Food Not Bombs, inclusiveness, music.
Music, Movies, and Books
I like lots of things. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it is a giant wall of text. 2007 me was really into all of the following:
Movies: 28 Days Later, Office Space, Igby Goes Down, Sideways, Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream, Spun, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Waking Life, Wristcutters, Rules of Attraction, Go, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Donnie Darko, Yellow Submarine, American Beauty, Clerks, Chasing Amy, Kids, What the BLEEP do We Know, Pulp Fiction, Clockwork Orange, Dazed and Confused, Kids, School of Rock, Pi, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Crank, Grandma's Boy, Outsourced, The Fountain!
SO much. Way too much to list here but I have compiled a partial list:
1200 Micrograms, Adam Wiggins, Aesop Rock, Alice In Chains, Allman Brothers Band, Ambitious Pie Party, Amon Tobin, Ani Difranco, Aphex Twin, Apollo Project, Armin van Buuren, Astral Projection, Babylon Circus, Basement Jaxx, Beatles, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Belle and Sebastian, Ben Folds, Black Sabbath, Blackalicious, Blockhead, Bluetech, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Bone Thugs & Harmony, BT, Charlie Daniels, Coolio, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Cursive, Darude, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Deltron 3030, Disco Biscuits, Distant System, DJ Shadow, The Doors, Dr. Dre, The Eels, Entheogenic, Eminem, The Faint, Fleetwood Mac, Four Tet, Franz Ferdinand, Gentle Waves, Gift of the Gab, Gorillaz, Gov't Mule, Grateful Dead, Green Mountain Grass, Hallucinogen, Hot Hot Heat, iikah, Infected Mushroom, Isobel Campbell, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, Lake Trout, Led Zeppelin, Looper, Lyrics Born, Madvillain, Man With No Name, Manu Chao, Matisyahu, MC Lyte, Medeski Martin and Wood, MF Doom, Norah Jones, Moby, Modest Mouse, Murder by Death, New Deal, New Monsoon, Nirvana, Of Montreal, Outkast, Ozric Tentacles, Particle, Patrice, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Simon, Paul van Dyke, Phish, Pigs in Space, Pink Floyd, Pleiadians, Prefuse 73, Primus, Prometheus, Quagmire Swim Team, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, RJD2, Robert Randolph, Rusted Root, Shpongle, Signal Path, Simon and Garfunkel, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Sufjan, Steppenwolf, String Cheese Incident, Sublime, System of a Down, Talking Heads, Tenacious D, Tilt, Tribe Called Quest, Tryo, Twista, Umphreys McGee, Ween, Widespread Panic, Yes, Yonder Mountain String Band, Younger Brother, Zero 7
Books: The Illustrated Man, R is For Rocket, S is for Space, Golden Apples of the Sun, Fahrenheit 451, loads more by Ray Bradbury, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Rules of Attraction, Go Ask Alice, Basketball Diaries, Howl and other poems, everything by Charles Bukowski (really, I've read almost all his stuff), Ender's Game, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Animal Farm, 1984, Anthem, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Golden Compass, All the Xanth books by Piers Anthony, Breakfast of Champions, Slaughterhouse 5, Cat's Cradle, and more by Kurt Vonnegut, The Little Prince, Julie of the Wolves, Dr. Seuss, Smack (or Junk in Canada), The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques, Endgame and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Shakespeare, especially Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night's Dream, The Giver, The Highwayman (Alfred Noyes), The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Of Mice and Men, Howl and the Indian Journals by Allen Ginsberg, The World According to Garp, Labyrinths by Jorge Borges, Dancing Naked in the Mind Field, The Rum Diaries, A Million Little Pieces, Clockwork Orange, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Harry Potter, Naked and Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris, Candide, Call of the Wild, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Running with Scissors, Catcher in the Rye, the Odyssey, Charlotte's Web.
TV: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Pushing Daisies, Adventure Time, Walking Dead, Whites, Californication, Hung, South Park, Futurama, The Guild, Wonderfalls, Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, Hemlock Grove, Halt and Catch Fire, Sherlock, Silicon Valley, Orphan Black, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I love traveling to see the music I love and I suppose some of the most amazing experiences I've had have been at music festivals.. I've been to Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Moogfest, Shambhala, as well as many smaller festivals, underground psytrance festivals, and massive raves. Ultra Music Festival 2011 was probably still the best in terms of music, but definitely Shams for the vibe
Teach, Learn, Share
I love to try to figure out how to veganize vegetarian and even meat dishes!
I know a thing or two about computers and would most likely be happy to share what I know, whether there's something you want to learn or something you need help with.
I can also share travelling stories.
Countries I’ve Visited
England, India, Israel, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, United States