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Matt Kocek

Chicago, IL, United States

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Overview

  • 48 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Czech, Spanish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Gymnastics Coach, Writer, Distnace R...
  • Bachelor's in English/Creative Writi...
  • From Downers Grove, IL
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Find out why people still believe in God.

ABOUT ME

I make my own adventure, anywhere I am.
I am everything that one might predict I am. People fall into obvious stereotypes with so much ease. We're all different and we're all "that guy" or "that girl" I'm totally in love with my girlfriend, Stephanie who lives with me. Meet me and you'll soon label me:
vegan
environmentalist
feminist
hipster
punk
rebel
sokol
hippie
freak
avant-garde
vanguard
drummer
organist
writer
runner
marathoner
gymnast
cheapskate
anti-war
anti-globalization
anti-imperialism
anti-racism
anti-sexism
anti-longlists

PHILOSOPHY

...and the road becomes my bride, I have stripped of all but pride. So in her I do confide and she keeps me satisfied-gives me all I need. And the dust in throat I crave. Only knowledge will I save, to the game to stay a slave. Rover, wanderer, nomad, vagabond-call me what you will, but I'll take my time anywhere. Free to speak my mind anywhere, and I'll redefine anywhere. Where I lay my head is home, carved upon my stone. My body lies but still I roam.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Before my family was on couchsurfing, we housed a blind homeless man in our garage for two years. We later housed two Slovakians in my sister's room for a year untill they found jobs and an apartment.
I have hosted many. During Lollapalooza I've had 8 surfers at once. But usually just a single traveler for one night.
I have been hosted very kindly all during my cross-country bicycle tour, but I don't get out much to be hosted a lot.
~Meeting locals and getting regional flavor is better than expensive hotels with limited human-to-human connections. Recently, I have been hosting, hosting and hosting a lot of travellers as they come to Chicago. I do more hosting than I do surfing, but I will take a trip of my own again soon, I hope.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I know my couchsurfing lineage:

I got into couchsurfing from...
1)Matt Kocek from Elizabeth Kocek
2)Elizabeth Kocek from Aleksstar
3)Aleksstar from Sheila Satin
4)Sheila Satin from "hospitality clubs" found on google in 2004.

Interests

interests???
i love
my lover, stephanie
i am
gymnast
gymnastics coach
marathon runner
proud to be vegan
I play in a band
called Jewsus
best ever
enjoy-
loving stephanie
sexual times
rocking hard
dreaming large
helping out
wannabe -
mountaineer
alpinist
ironman
ultrarunner
music-
lots of cds
love em
concerts
love em
festivals
what's so funny bout
peace
love and
under
stand
ding!

Music, Movies & Books

I have studied a lot of Russian Literature in college classes and I really liked it. We read Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Gogol. I also like Kafka and Kerouac and Vonnegurt. Of course there are many, many bands and films that I love, but I cannot list them all here. There are also many things that I enjoy that virtually everyone also enjoys, so it would be pointless to list those items here. I love Jarmusch, Gondry, Almodovar, and Kaufman films. I fell in love with brit-pop music when I was 13, and eventually worked my way towards an interest in most forms of of modern rock music. I collected over 500 cds of Alternative, Grunge, Metal and classic rock in the days before file-sharing software.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

-i run marathons...26.2 miles baby.
-i finished a 50 mile ultramarathon.
-i rode my bicycle to texas, 1200 miles in 11 days.
-i rode my bicycle all around Spain for 3 months.
-i once walked 70 miles to valparaiso, IN from DG, IL
-lived out of a car in northern minnesota in the middle of winter for 10 days.
-drove around the western US for 3.5 weeks in a van with friends, no money, few hotels, few showers, great time.
-i was arrested while protesting at the 2004 Republican National Convention in NYC. They held me for 20 hrs in a chain-link cell inside a bus depot with oil and brake fluid stains to sit on and nothing to eat, 20hrs. "Disorderly Conduct" was the charge.

Teach, Learn, Share

for every job that must be done, there is an element of fun...you find the fun, and snap! the job's a game!

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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