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Ray Young

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Overview

  • 33 Positive References2 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Swedish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Entrepreneur
  • Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering
  • From Bay Area, California, United States
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Experience: People, Places, Things, Ideas

ABOUT ME

Fun, humorous, spontaneous, friendly, open, curious.

I'm usually up for almost anything whether it be dancing, walking around the city, grabbing a beer, going swimming in freezing cold water or hitting up a museum.

I like to laugh and I like to have fun. I try to be laid-back and learn what I can from the people and places around me. I'm trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and the more people I meet and the more places that I go, the closer I get to the answer.

Queer, Trans, 420 Friendly.

PHILOSOPHY

I wouldn't say I have my personal philosophy quite figured out yet but I try to take most things from a big picture perspective, i.e. when I'm on my deathbed, will I be proud or ashamed that I did this?

I guess I'm just trying to make most of my actions things that I would be proud of rather than ashamed of or regretful.

Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' is a nice song that speaks to this philosophy.

I like to challenge myself to do more, think harder, be the best I can be. But at the same time I believe in self-acceptance and finding your own happiness.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I drove up to the very first Montreal collective for the weekend and brought them a ton of food.

I tell lots of people about couchsurfing and try to spread the couchsurfing spirit.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

(From most recent to oldest)

Surfed: Jacob Atkins in Portland, Maine (2/2011)

Surfed: Amsterdam Eaves in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Surfed: Harmjan Oldenbeuving in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Surfed: LATINOCOOL in Paris, France

Surfed: Isis Ramisse in Ales, France

Surfed: VITAMINE in Nimes, France

Surfed: Eugenia Ferreira da Silva in Valence, France

Surfed: Rusty Stegeman and Ugo Berray in Lyon, France (twice)

Hosted: Johnny Stovall from Texas in Needham, MA

Surfed: Julien Gauthier in Montreal, Canada

Surfed: Vince "Peiro" in Gossau, Switzerland

Surfed: KNIGHTSOFCLERIEU in Romans, France

Surfed: Iboh in Barcelona, Spain (hc)

Hosted: Andreas Botterweck from Germany in Stockholm, Sweden

Hosted: Marcus Eder from Austria in Stockholm, Sweden

Hosted: Iboh from Spain (hc)in Stockholm, Sweden

Hosted: Salvo from Malta (hc)in Stockholm, Sweden

Surfed: Whox in Goteborg

Hosted: Annelise Fauvet and friend from France in Stockholm, Sweden

Hosted: Francesca Cestari and Andreas Ravasio from Italy in Stockholm, Sweden

Surfed: Montreal Collective

Interests

Drumming, Rock climbing, Yoga, Softball, Gastronomy, Learning about wine (and drinking it too), Glassblowing, Improv Comedy, French Language and Culture, Poker, Social Dancing (Swing, Tango, Salsa), Discovering new music, Feminism, Queer/Transgender Issues, Marijuana Policy Reform, Design, Martial Arts, etc.

Music, Movies & Books

Here's a sampling of some of my favorites...

Movies: 300, A Good Year, Amelie, Bend it Like Beckham, Boys Don't Cry, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Dreamers, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Freedom Writers, Fried Green Tomatoes, Little Miss Sunshine, Lord of the Rings, Misery, The Notebook, Notes on a Scandal, Paris Je'Taime, Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Shortbus, Sideways, Sister Act, To Wong Foo..., Triplets of Belleville, The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

Music: Alanis Morissette, Bob Marley, Buena Vista Social Club, Diam's, Dixie Chicks, Goran Bregovic, Lauryn Hill, Lionel Ritchie/Commodores, Mariah Carey, Manau, Melissa Etheridge, Michael Buble, Nas, Nelly Furtado, Pat Benatar/80's, Sugarland, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Books: 1984, Animal Farm, Anthem, American Gods, The Bluest Eye, Brave New World, Catcher in the Rye, Chronicles of Narnia, Ender's Game, Fahrenheit 451, The Giver, The Handmaid's Tale, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Lord of the Rings, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Memoirs of a Geisha, Of Love and Other Demons, Rubyfruit Jungle, Saving Fish From Drowning, Slaughterhouse Five, Stone Butch Blues, Things Fall Apart, Tuesdays with Morrie.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: Yoga, Cooking, Writing, Math, Physics.

Learn: Everything. Healing methodologies. Art. Science. History. Culinary. Erotic.

Share: Conversation. Hugs. Music. Art. Adventure.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Sweden, United States

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