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I went to school in Burlington, lived all over, and moved back in 2016.
I've changed jobs/industries almost annually. Worked in a jail for kids, cooked, wrote about fruits and vegetables for a magazine, produced videos, and a bunch of other hodgepodge stuff.
Latest foray is into medicine. I just got licensed as an EMT and have started volunteering with elderly people at the local hospital. Trying to work in the emergency department, or really do anything where I can work with people more than screens.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
It started with a buddy's recommendation before one of my first cross-country road trips. Now most of the best friends I've made after college can be traced back to CouchSurfing in some way: people who hosted me, stayed with me, or were friends with people I stayed with.
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. (I try avoid the free hotel room feel: not what I'm here for)
Really anything outdoors, but lately I have mostly been hiking, indoor bouldering and running . I just moved back to Vermont in winter 2016, and there are a ton of great hikes within an hour or so, and even more in the Adirondacks, which I prefer as a New Yorker.
Agriculture: Up until a few months ago I was I producing videos about the ag industry to show the general public how agriculture works. Lived/worked on a small dairy farm for a while, and farmers are some of my favorite people.
Medicine: This fall I'm getting an EMT certification, and taking FEMA classes to do domestic disaster response work. Figuring out if I want to end up back at school for healthcare within the next couple years.
Gardening, really just flowers and lots of house plants this year.
Fixing stuff: Lately focusing on cars, because mine is getting old. But also learning woodworking--just built some basic bedroom furniture and some other small stuff.
- outdoor activities
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
I've totally blown chunks at reading books in the past couple years, and I think I've had that same list of books as my favorite for like 4 years: most of my recent reading has been technical, like what is this fungal infection on my houseplants, how do I change struts, how do I make an aluminum foundry, etc. The physical condition of White Noise by Don DeLillo has been deteriorating in my backpack for almost a year now.
TV I'm into Walking Dead, Orphan Black (she's such a babe and there's like 6 of her), and Homeland. I just watched my first episode of Game of Thrones. It's really a sustainable balance of nudity and sword death: I need to get caught up.
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. The kid who asked for Gone With The Wind from the library and read it in 5 weeks just finished college.
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.
If you can practice some basic Spanish with me that would be great. I only know very rudimentary farmworker Spanish. The most substantial sentence I know is "Maybe if you let me put you on television, you wouldn't have to pay for sex anymore."
If you have any expectations or priorities while you're in Burlington, let me know and we'll cover all your bases. There's a lot going on for a small city, and plenty of outdoors stuff in reach.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I will fix your broken stuff, cook some night, or take a family portrait for you.