San Francisco, CA, United States
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An old short-documentary made by some of my Couchsurfers! STARRING ME!
I am a terribly charismatic perfectionist, self-proclaimed philanthropist, and an existential enthusiast, with empirical introverted analytical tendencies--all qualities that could possibly be used to describe a fanatic dictator. I'm the most indecisive person you'll meet, and somehow also have this ability to lead armies. I've been told I give the BEST hugs. By nature, I'd say human contact is one of the best gifts any human can receive; without it, I'd be a train wreck. I'm a walking contradiction. Most arguments I make are usually rebutted by a completely opposite, yet, just as valid, truth. Apparently, I'm an actor, too. I am, however, NOT a hispter, and far from it! I tend to think of myself as a "fairie in training." I'm that weird guy that's able to remember the most arbitrary things in a conversation. I'm now a pseudo vegetarian/veggie monster that eats meat, and yes, the joys of environmentalism pretty much dominate my life--organic food, biodegradable soap, compostable/recyclable materials, etc. Oh, and I'm also a 24-year-old college student, living off the will of my own accord with a slight tweak, promoted by fate's godly-given gifts. I spent most of my childhood in Greater Houston--the Houston--Sugar Land--Baytown Metropolitan area of Texas. Originally from New York City (Manhattan born, with blood of a Bronx native), I definitely grew up with a city mentality. Somehow, I gravitated back, moved to San Francisco where I lived for two years--going on year four after a hiatus year in Paris, France.
Currently, I would LIKE to believe my goals have extended beyond school, yet it seems to keep weaving its way back into my life. I am just graduated from undergrad in San Francisco. Previous education includes studies abroad at La Sorbonne in Paris, The City College of San Francisco, and SCAD (The University for Creative Careers). I have studied Sound Design, Art History, Fine Art, New Media Art (Game Design and Film), Women Studies, Sociology, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies, Psychology and Anthropology. As an a-typical student in my 20s I have flipped, turned, quit, bolted, and jollied my way through 5 years of studies that have led me to absolutely NOTHING---except for the few life lessons that have surprisingly brought me to the wonderful place that is my life now.
In my professional life, I currently work as a gardening assistant. I love being and working in nature. Combined with a bit of EDU, I'm reading up on the science of plants so I can better understand them. Plant design to installation work.
A year ago before Paris, I worked as a Crisis Counselor for a suicide prevention and crisis intervention phone line, and non-profit organization, named The Trevor Project, previously in San Francisco. I also worked as the Staff Supervisor for my previous college's LGBT Center, a job I still hold dear to my heart; it will be forever remain with me as a stepping stone towards my input into full equality for all.
My current Goal(s): Find New community
Most recent goal(s) achieved: Gradaute from school.
My ongoing goal: As an aspiring artist and activist I want to create my own network of connections to help the world reach an all-inclusive, ever-accepting community. With this goal in mind, I have incorporated as much of CouchSurfing into my life as I can, hoping to bring out the best in others as I find the best in myself.
Life is amazing! In every crevice is a new branch of understanding and joy. Time allows for endless possibilities. We continue to breathe with glimmers of hope for a better world, and as we grow, we get closer to paradise.
Give yourself credit for the accomplishments you have made, for the challenges you have overcome, for the rough times you have made it through!
It's the little things that often matter most.
People are innately good.
TO BE CONTINUED...
I have been a member of CouchSurfing for five years now. I started hosting couch surfers the summer of 2010, in Savannah, GA. I continued most of my hosting in San Francisco, where I still host now, and I hosted for a year in Paris. Now, I'm trying to pick it up again and surf more of the US.
*~*HOW I EVALUATE REQUESTS FROM SURFERS*~*:
1. Substance of request
2. Profile information
3. Order of requests
4. Number of people
Below is the survey I usually ask couch surfers to fill out before their stay with me. Please fill this out if you wish to be considered for staying on my couch.*
Why couch surfing? (AKA, why not a hotel? hostel?)
Why my couch?
What would you expect out of me as a host?
What does "good host" mean to you?
What does "good guest" mean to you?
What kind of traveler are you? i.e. tourist, nomad, etc.
Feel free to add any additional information you'd like. :) The more info, the better (preferably not information I have read in your profile already)!
Questions for me? Ask away. :)
*Why is this important? My view of CouchSurfing involves us all having an equal opportunity to travel, be hosted, and have our own personal and unique experience with our host. In order for this to stand true, some values of the site must be upheld. These including:
1. This website not be used as a hotel service. Couch Surfing is a good way to budget travel, but not a place to find a storage closet for a couple of days. Make known why traveling via CouchSurfing is important to you, and what you hope to gain out of it.
2. A host and guest must meet each other half way. Although, a host may be in their comfort zone, they too must adapt to a stranger in their home. Being different than each other is inevitable, being open-minded is not. Stay true to yourself, and be creative—expect endless possibilities, not a perfect experiences.
3. Respect the website. CouchSurfing is a place to build connections with those you may not otherwise meet. Allow for there to be room for both your traveling needs and your host's. Write a reference!
NOTE: YOUR REFERENCE IS IMPORTANT TO ME! I encourage every surfer who stays with me to write a reference as soon as you can. Good, bad, neutral - these references are not only for me, they are for future surfers who are trying to make their search easier. Please, help the couch surfing community by providing a story of your experience every time!
Please rate responsibly. ;)
I appreciate all references, and I cherish your opinions. Learning from my surfers' experiences will help me grow as a person.
My first experience couch surfing was in June 2010. I went on a cross-country adventure to the West Coast of the U.S. with my friend and our wonderful puppy dogs (4 of them) from the East Coast - Savannah, GA! We traveled via car the entire way via car, and stayed with multiple hosts along the way!
Thereafter, I have hosted a multitude of traveling souls from all over the world in both San Francisco and Paris.
Many people I have hosted, and a few I have surfed with, have not posted a reference on this profile! If you check my references section and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, you can see I the references for those guests/hosts I have interacted with.
My biggest interest is getting to know new people! I love experiencing life with new individuals and getting a chance to learn about people's backgrounds and aspiring goals. Being able to connect with someone through conversation is probably the best thing in the world!
I write pros about my life experiences, and poetry. Words are phenomenal.
I love to sing and dance! Music is definitely an unmatched joy in my life! I cherish my ability to express my feelings through movement and sound, and I plan to continue giving to the atmosphere for many years to come!
MUSIC: QUADRON, TEGAN AND SARA, IMOGEN HEAP, THE POSTAL SERVICE, MGMT, MIA, KIESZA , ALUNAGEORGE, SAM SMITH, BEYONCE, EZECHIEL PAILHES, THE DRUMS, ADELE, LAURYN HILL, PAUL KALKBRENNER, ROBYN, PHOENIX, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
To name just one amazing thing would be a betrayal to all the other wonderful things I have seen in my life!
Euro Trip 2013 > SCOTLAND, IRELAND, ENGLAND, GERMANY, FRANCE, SPAIN, ITALY, GERMANY AGAIN, POLAND - Ask me how that went;)
I've traveled cross the United States from EAST to WEST and WEST to EAST quite a few times now. I'd say, that's pretty amazing.
I've also driven NORTHBOUND to SOUTHBOUND and vice-versa via the East Coast of the Unites States a few times, as well. Quite quite quite amazing!
In 2012, I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba. A place where people would think is filled with individuals living bound by a country that governs havoc. In actuality, I'd say people are very happy. Whether it be their will to stand up in a world they've known their whole lives, fighting for the right just to live, or because innate happiness is driven by the course of those around us, these people are quite the happy bunch. Immersion in this culture has placed a new road ahead of me. I have decided to find my roots and move towards learning more of my own culture. My goal is to speak Spanish fluently by the beginning of next year, so 2013 can be my "New World" of success.
CouchSurfing will forever remain the MOST amazing thing I've done. There has been no greater gift than to learn and experience the life and culture of multiple people from around the world.
Teach from your personal experience. Learn from differences. Be open-minded.
Albania, Bahamas, Croatia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, U.S.
France, United States
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