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Nullius in verba
I often start laughing for no reason, or at least not one I could easily explain to anyone including myself. I think I'm confused a lot of the time, though probably not as confused as I think I might be, but more confused than I think other people think I am.
I like spring training (MLB) more than the post season, and the winter solstice more than the summer solstice. In spring training everyone has a chance, a clean slate, and everything gets brighter after the winter solstice.
I never feel I have a grasp on who or what I am, or what to or ought to be doing, so pegging myself to a philosophy seems silly. The world changes. Life changes. So it makes sense that a philosophy on the world or life would change as well, yes?
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've hosted friends, family and CSers.
I've surfed the US, some of Canada and a bit of Europe while staying with friends, friends of friends, parents (and step parents) of friends, a godson of the husband of my mother's friend, the parents of a guy my dad worked with, and CSers.
Pittsburgh Weekenders '08 '09.
baseball in a thinking, see-on-the-radio, nostalgic way; trees and mountains in a comforting way; good beer in a not pretentious way; travel in a somewhere-else sort of way; ...
Books, movies, music, sports, the environment and being outdoors and stuff, driving, tech stuff, good conversation, and just hanging out. I'm sometimes a bit of a news/politics junkie. I like to build/create things sometimes. I enjoy beer but wish I could articulate flavors better. I've helped several folks brew and it is/was great fun. I like food too. I will eat most anything and will try anything once, though I may ask you to eat it first. I definitely like spicy dishes but really everything from vegan smoothies to steak, frog legs or fermented shark (maybe with Brennivín?).
Music, Movies, and Books
For books and movies, I generally go for Humor, Sci-fi, and Classics. Sometimes fantasy and documentaries.
-Books: My favorites are the "Hitchhiker's Guide" series, "The Sun Also Rises" and "A Clean Well Lighted Place", but really all Douglas Adams and all Hemingway. Jasper Fforde is cool, so is Mark Twain. Frank Herbert's "Dune" series is great. A lot of Terry Pratchett's "Disc World" books are as well. George Orwell is scary because it could be true, along with Ray Bradbury. I've been more non-fiction recently.
-Movies: Lucky Number Slevin, Clue, Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, O'Brother Where Art Thou, Office Space, Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, Kung Fu Hustle, Eddie Izzard Dress To Kill, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Fifth Element, Supertroopers, Shaun of the Dead, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Thin Man, and so many more. -People should see 'Songcatcher' if they have any interest in Celtic, folk or bluegrass music etc. It describes some of the heritage in Appalachia (sorta where I'm from) as well.
I went from alternative, ska and punk (Catch-22, Goldfinger), to more jamband and bluegrass (Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon), to now more blues, jazz and 'classic' rock but still like the rest sometimes. I have been listening to more podcasts (Thrilling Adventure Hour, Freakonomics) than music though lately.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I tried to explain gravity (Newton's version since it's simpler) to a five-year-old. 'The Earth is really big, you're small. When you jump up, the Earth pulls you back down.' He just said 'OK'
Teach, Learn, Share
I could probably teach someone how to drive a standard shift car, do a reasonable job of describing Mountain Top Removal type coal mining in Appalachia and explain a bit of how beer is made. I am sometimes full of other useless info, but it doesn't come out on demand which is really disappointing on trivia night..
"million-to-one chances happen 9 times out of 10" Terry Pratchett
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Iceland, Jamaica, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In