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I'd like to cozy up in a charming and stimulating town for awhile, taking time to educate myself in a few areas of interest, and develop my plans for galactic domination.
I've always tended to go about things my own way. This has lead to me learning many things the hard way, but also sooner than most. I am definitely one with a mindset of "a place for everything and everything in it's place". I function best when my life and stuff is organized and minimized. My health precedes all other priorities, complimenting all other aspects of life in, both, quantity and quality. Knowledge and experience are most valuable to me. I'm an extroverted introvert, a walking contradiction. I love to socialize, but can go long periods of time on my own and be quite content. I would have made a great caveman, pirate, knight or gunslinger, but I was born in this technological age and am learning to adapt.
Keep your cool and count to ten... Seriously, count to ten.
Life is too short to be a jerk. Plus, Smiling and good manners will get one a long way.
I've been humbled by many of my own mistakes and have learned that anyone can change who they are at any time they choose to, for the better. Most people, given enough empowerment and inspiration can completely transform their situation and path for the better.
It's in my nature to give others the benefit of the doubt, but true trust still must be earned.
I used to be quite pessimistic over the state of society and the future of our world. I've come to see things differently, focusing on the improvements and possibilities that human ingenuity and imagination are capable of creating.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've traveled and enjoyed the culture and support of the CS community. I've recently moved to Portland, Oregon, to lay down some roots in the North West. Once I am settled, I would love to host some surfers.
While waiting on a sailing opportunity to solidify in San Diego, California, I spent 4 months hopping between a fantastic group of friends', old and new, couches. I would cook big meals and clean house to repay them for their great generosity. It became this huge family, each of which was always wondering when I was going to come spend another few nights at their place. I truly fell in love with some of those people.
While traveling in the EU/UK, at one point I found myself stranded and parting ways with a travel companion. I was worried about how the rest of my time abroad would play out, but I discovered Couchsurfing, gaining a fantastic support system and many new friends over the remaining month.
For me, nutrition and fitness come first. I thoroughly enjoy understanding and taking care of my body. This is not only for the health benefits, but for the increased performance and confidence it allows me in all other pursuits
I've always loved the solitude and freedom of exploring the outdoors; backpacking and snowboarding since grade school, and rock climbing in more recent years. I am inspired and intrigued by many physical skills: hand-balancing, dancing, jiu-jitsu, slacklining, parkour, free diving. I'm always looking to learn from and share with others.
After years of stubborn technological pessimism, I recently underwent a transformation in my outlook on the future of technology and humanity. This sprouted from an increased interest in mathematics and computer science (subjects I had never paid much mind to), and the discovery of new and very enlightening ideas. At 24, my scientific curiosities have peaked relatively late, but I am now thoroughly entranced with the world of science and technology, and the many wondrous possibilities it might offer. Once a pessimist, I am now a futurist and techno-optimist. All of these interests are rooted in the great joy I get from learning and understanding new ideas and concepts.
I also, sporadically, enjoy writing, playing the guitar and singing, even making little films with my iphone. Storytelling, in all it's forms, has always captured my attention.
- performing arts
- outdoor activities
- scuba diving
- rock climbing
- computer science
Music, Movies, and Books
I love fantasy books, especially series, but you would never guess it. Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire and The Ender Saga are some that come to mind. I also love non-fiction science and technology books that take my mind to hopeful places, introducing new concepts and possibilities.
I listen to all types of music during different times and moods. Rock and roll classics or flamenco for breakfast, techno on the train, blues or jazz at the cafe, folk in the evening. You get the idea.
Don't even get me started on movies. I worked part-time at a video rental once, and my already hefty list of favorite movies only grew exponentially. A quick sample: Hook, Benny and Joon, The Professional, Garden State, Fifth Element, Amelie, True Romance, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind... It goes on and on.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Admitting that I hadn't been true to myself for many years and deciding that it wasn't too late to turn everything around.
Teach, Learn, Share
My skill set and interests are quite broad. I've been a certified strength and conditioning coach for many years. I have also worked as a snowboarding instructor. Between those, I've had jobs ranging from banker to carpenter. Now, I am interested in information technologies and biological sciences.
I'm always teaching myself new skills (hand-balancing, chess, computer programming, etc.) and believe that constant and continued education is the antidote to mundanity.
I would love to become competent in a new language, play some new card games, pick-up some cool dance moves, collaborate on a song, share great ideas and learn more about anything technology/science related. Also, I'm always looking for others to share rock climbing, snowboarding and backpacking adventures with.
Sailing, spearfishing, paragliding and BASE jumping are some future.
Countries I’ve Visited
Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In