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Sleep is overrated...
I am a professional dabbler by nature, and my head is often in the clouds. Sometimes I'm behind the wheel, and sometimes I'm just a passenger. I don't usually know exactly where I'm going until I get there, but guaranteed I'll probably be late.
I like the Chinese proverb which says "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I want to provide wary travelers with a decent place to stay where they can hopefully get an idea of what its like here. I also hope for the same when I am traveling. Or if I can't host at the time, I'd at least like to be able to show someone around the city that I love.
I have done a lot of couchsurfing in the past, whether it was only while in between residences or while visiting another city. I have also hosted many others when I can.
My interests include all types of art, magic tricks, hopping through puddles with galloshes, riding my bike, men in drag, fine cheeses, sustainable living practices, film and viedo making, history, witnessing the world destroy itself, watching my cat go out in the snow for the first time, and riding my bike. Oh, and I really love nature, a lot! But I'm not a hippy.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: All types! But especially indy rock, psych rock, hip hop, blues, classics and oldies, jazz, rock, instrumental, and classical. My favorite bands are Air and Radiohead, but there are so many that I love. And one of my new favorites is a local Portland band called Morning Teleportation, they rock!
I have a lot of favorite movies: Fight Club, The Big Lebowski, Office Space, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Motorcycle Diaries, Some Like it Hot, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Man Who Knew Too Little, just to name a few. I love classic horror movies too.
I have a ton of favorite books too: anything by Chuck Palaniuk, Siddhartha, The Painted Bird, 1984, The Poisonwood Bible, Geek Love, and Watership Down. I also love non fiction books like the People's History of the United States.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
One time in the middle of spring I was sitting outside on a picnic table when I noticed an extremely tiny baby spider crawling across the table. Suddenly it stopped. It did what looked like a couple of small push-ups, then on about the fifth one it stayed crouched down with its butt pushed up in the air. It stayed that way for what seemed like a long time and I couldn't figure out what it was doing. At last it released its grip on the table and began floating up into the air. That's when I noticed a long web strand attached to its hind end. I could see the glimmer of the strand in the sun, and it floated back and forth, caught on the breeze. The spider didn't know where it would take him, it just drifted off to wherever nature intended.
Teach, Learn, Share
If there is one thing I have learned from traveling it is to really keep your mind open to all possibilities. You never know what's going to happen when you travel, and if you aren't open then you're bound to be miserable. Don't fret if everything doesn't go as planned because some other great scenario could come of it. And just know that everything will not always go as planned.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Spain, United States