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AROUND The WORLD IN 80 DOGS -- 10 Years, 5 Continents, 25 Countries, and 1 Very Bad Dog
For 10 years, Monster (my dog) and I had floated around this world (5 continents, 31 countries) making friends and seeing amazing sights! Now Im continuing my travels with my chinese soul-mate and our kick ass daughter!
Buddha said practice compassion for all creatures.
Jesus said Love thy neighbor. Is there a difference?
I have been truly blessed in my life, and I have
always tried to take advantage of the opportunities
which I've have. During my travels, I have seen many
wonderous things, and made some good friends. But as a Buddhist I cannot ignore those less fortunate than myself, and so, I have done extensive volunteer work with a variety of NGO's around the globe, including animal shelters, Indigenous rights groups in Mexico, environmental groups, and an organization that sheltered homeless Gypsy children in Romania. In the Philippines, I took just a few hours to go down to an orphanage to hand out stickers and play a few songs for the kids there. It was enough to bring some smiles.
In keeping with this theme, I want the band to be continuously connected with one good cause or another. I have zero interest in getting rich, but only to help others through my music. It is not my ambition in life to have 2 fancy cars or a life size TV. I want to act help those in need, promote peace and religous tolerance, and work to save the environment. I want to leave the world a little better off when I leave it, than it was when I arrived here.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
We've been hosting these years and met some very cool folks who wrote some nice things about us below. Now it's our turn!
I want to see the wild elephants in Kruger National Park in South Africa(before theyre gone) and I also dream to check out the Pyramids in Egypt. (Though I suppose those aren't cs experiences yet)
My main interest is spending time with my wonderful family. Besides that I like reading and being in nature. I've been studying psycho-analysis for many years and can sometimes interpret dreams with great accuracy. And,... I developed a new type of therapy called Travel Therapy (couch surfers outta love that!)
The ROBOT BUDDHA ROCK OPERA
(this part is just about my band, for those interested)
i wrote the story and am directing it (even though i dont know how) my songs are based in rock but combine all forms of music (Latino, country, jazz, traditional, opera, rap, world music, punk, the blues, experimental, heavy metal, folk etc.) I am a Buddhist, and my music reflects my views of tolerance and peaceful co-existence. The stage show is multi-media and includes shadow puppets, dancers, and audience participation-
-folks must step over an actor playing a vampyre in order to enter (as if to challenge death or there own dark nature.)
-We project the Mona Lisa onto a screen and audience members are invited to paint over it as they like. Later we remove the original and see what's left when a single artistic concept is replaced by a group vision.
-Similarly, we pass out mints at the start of the show and instruct people not to eat them until we give the signal. So what is usually a isolated personal event becomes a group experience.
-Each show we use someone's dream as the lyrics to a song, so that at least for one night their dream becomes more real
- the story told by actors and shadow puppets, is about a rich, powerful man who is unhappy with all his women, wealth and power and builds a giant robot which everyone is afraid of. He becomes king of the world but still isn't happy until a faerie comes to him in a dream and he gets the idea to program his robot with ancient Buddhist wisdom. A happy ending as it changes from a weapon to a teacher of non-selfish lifestyle. During the stage show an audience member can ask the robot a question or advice etc and the answer is some piece of wise philosophy, anecdotal story, or from the bible or a sutra.
Music, Movies, and Books
the Interpretation of Dreams - Sigmund Freud
(the most important book ever written!)
Harlot's Ghost - Norman Mailer
(the best book by my favorite author)
the Deer Park - Norman Mailer
East of Eden - John Steinbeck (best of the best!)
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding (funny!)
The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
(I didn't like his others books much but this ones great)
the Arabian Nights
On the Road n Dharma Bums-Jack Keroac
Tao of Physics
Thich Nhat Hanh
Krishnamurti (the man was a genius!)
My favorites - Janis Joplin, Joan Jett n the Blackhearts, Betty Davis, ACDC, Deer Tick, Jenni Rivera, Dick Justice,
Hootie n the Blowfish, Bobby Brown, the Tower of Power, Edith Piaf, Sum 41, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Rush, Wolf Mother, Metallica, Mozart, Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony, Hector Lavoe, Ritchie Valens, George Strait, George Jones, Eddie Rabbit, Eric Clapton, Allison Krauss, Neil Young, & yes, Diana Ross (she rocks!)
also: Bruce Cockburn, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Buffet, Johny Mathis, Carla Bruni, John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf, Louis Armstrong, New Order, Faith No More, Fall Out Boy, L.L Cool J, Blink 182, Van Morrison, Paula Cole, the Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston, Avril Lavigne, Black Uhuru, Sammy Hagar, the Scorpions, Steve Winwood, the Allman Bros, ZZ Top, Tool, Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, Nat King Cole, Herbie Hancock, cool jazz music and on and on...!
My own songs include all styles, but are sharp towards Nirvana, Linkon Park, Jay Z, the Doors, the Cranberries, the Beatles, etc.
Gone With the Wind
Into the Wild
Dances With Wolves
As Good As It Gets
Theatre: The Importance Of Being Ernest- O. Wilde
Anything by Moliere
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Ive had some great experiences - Skiing in the Rocky Mountains, Escaping from Bandits in Mexico, Burning arrows in a Shinto Temple in Japan, Riding a camel in Morocco, White water rafting down the Missouri River, Lodging next to a couple of murderers as the police raided there flat in the Philippines, Seeing the Big Buddha in China, Cruising the Black Sea on my friend's yacht, Kicking back in Colombia, Nannying in Europe, Living with Buddhists in Tibet, Pumping air into a man's lungs with a bicycle pump until the doctors returned with equipment, Visiting the spectacular Grand Canyon! But having a daughter tops them all!
Teach, Learn, Share
I can tell you about buddhism or interpret your dreams according to Freud's method Ha!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, France, Greece, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Romania, Ukraine, United States