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Work a little; travel a lot
A couple years ago, I had an awesome job working in TV. But when the day came where I started to hate it, I quit and went backpacking through Europe. That's when I discovered couchsurfing. I still work in TV and film and love every minute of it.
My favorite things to do in the city are go to concerts, run (half and full marathons), try new foods and see new things. I also love to read, see indie films and drink lots of coffee.
It's hard for me to host at the moment with so many roommates and a busy work schedule, but I make an effort to meet up with CSers and show them around as much as I can. I have actually hosted a lot more than you'll read about here, as many people I have met on CS have become friends and stayed with me on their next trip to NYC.
Success is never final; failure is rarely fatal.
Remember, even in the future, the sweet is never as sweet without the sour.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Surfed all over Europe and will be back. I've backpacked through SE Asia and met a few cool locals there as well. Right now I will host when I can.
Surprisingly normal. But NYC by far has the creepiest and rudest message board of anywhere I've seen. It's really a shame. There are plenty of cool NYC CSers though!
Travel (surprise!), Music, Coffee, Writing, Running, Movies, meeting new people and taking chances.
Music, Movies, and Books
Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights), the Coen Brothers (Fargo, Raising Arizona) and Wes Anderson (Darjeeling Limited, Grand Budapest Hotel). Other favorites include Almost Famous, Blow, Tropic Thunder, A History of Violence and American Beauty
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Feet Under, Rescue Me, Ricky Gervais' series, Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bojack Horseman, Orphan Black
I appreciate all genres from hard rock and metal (in all its wonderful forms), punk, house/electronica, folk, bluegrass and classical. My favorite acts are Muse, Flogging Molly, Social Distortion, Foo Fighters, Kamelot, Green Day, The Decemberists and Daft Punk.
I used to be obsessed with pop music because it was literally part of my job. Thank God that's over.
My favorite Scandinavian artists are Nightwish (the Tarja Era), Sonata Arctica, The Rasmus, Opeth, Korpiklaani and Turisas. Once you meet me, you will understand why this section is important.
My favorite authors include Hunter S. Thompson, Hubert Selby Jr (Requiem For A Dream, Last Exit to Brooklyn), Milan Kundera (Unbearable Lightness of Being) and Miranda July.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I went to Kolkata (formerly spelled Calcutta), India for work on a travel show. Being in such a poverty stricken area was a humbling, eye-opening experience that I will never forget. I now have a greater appreciation for my life and truly feel blessed.
Myanmar (too much to write here).
Locally, I ran a race to the top of the Empire State Building. After 86 flights of steps, I reached the top, received a medal and looked out over New York City feeling stronger than ever.
Teach, Learn, Share
I know a lot about music, movies and Brooklyn. I'm also an outrageous coffee snob and proud of it.
I'm also a photographer so if you have a camera and don't know how to use it or want to know more, I can help.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I will absolutely offer hosts a place to stay in New York City anytime they want to come. I have done it before and look forward to doing it again.
I have plenty of stories and insights which I promise will not be terribly boring and know a lot about music and movies and have plenty recommendations there too. I always buy my host a drink or two and sometimes a meal for their generosity. I full believe in giving back as much as I can to anyone gracious enough to host.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In