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"Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity."
-Will Smith (as in Big Willy Style, my first CD)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
It started with a buddy's recommendation before my first road trip. Now I have a lot of longtime friends that I can trace back to CouchSurfing– people who hosted me, stayed with me, or were friends with people I stayed with.
I've been a member since 2009, and since then I've seen my CouchSurfing friends get married and have children, and visit me wherever I've ended up.
For me, it's about mutual exchange– you share your culture and ideas with me, and I'll give you the best experience I know how wherever I'm living. Or vice versa. I'll feel like a chump if I stay at your place and don't feed you or take your portrait.
Agriculture--I make videos about the ag industry to show the general public how agriculture works.
Medicine: Also getting an EMT certification
Fixing stuff: Lately focusing on cars, because mine is getting old. But also learning woodworking--just built a bed and some other small stuff.
Cycling / Running / Hiking / Bouldering, and more recently, kayaking.
Music, Movies, and Books
Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
To be completely honest, I've totally sucked at reading books in the past couple years: most of my reading has been technical, like what is this fungal infection on my houseplants, how do I change struts, video editing stuff...
TV I'm into Walking Dead, Orphan Black (she's such a babe and there's like 6 of her), and Homeland.
Movie preferences are mostly more of the same: there's definitely time for cerebral meaning of the world stuff but those are few and far between. Otherwise generally satisfied with mindless violence, predictable hero narratives (Tom Cruise always wins in space), hot girls, wealth porn: probably pretty typical American dude preferences.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Worked as a cook in a jail for kids for almost a year. I've stayed in touch with a few of the good ones and it has been really cool to see them grow.
Teach, Learn, Share
If you care about it, I want to hear about it.
After being surrounded by ski bums and trekking through mountains for most of my life, I still haven't been skiing but would like to learn.
Happy to teach you how to cook, survive in the woods, and use your camera.
If you can practice some basic Spanish with me that would be great. I only know very rudimentary farmworker Spanish. Also trying to pick up some French.