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meet people whose perceptions and experiences exceed my own, or just have some really good stories to share.
they need a Shower Surfing module/subsidiary to CS! i'd hit ppl up for showers when i want to hang out in a city but camp vs surf. of course there are plenty of freely accessible jacuzzis, pools, rivers, and lakes the world over, but then you dont get to see what hair products everyone uses hehe
somewhere in the above is a deep, metaphysical, subtle yet piercing metaphor disclosing all about me. if you find it, pls tell me.
this begs but an endless series of missives. rather, i would like to know what philosophy is there that is not "personal" such that beseeches CS to distinctly ask for our "personal philosophy?" commercial? public? are our philosophies community property of some sort which we have no individual claim to?
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
depends entirely on the others involved.
met some rich souls, from both sides of the couch.
few of us can limit ourselves to a list short enough to fit inside a box. i used think it was an attribute; now i know tis more a burden than a benevolence. (one of my interests is answering mundane, cliche questions with the irreverence they merit. big surprise!)
but i can share an entirely different, certainly more useful list. namely, my list of things to indulge in when visiting TX:
-TCs on wed or mon nite. check it out on yelp. its a byob blues/funk dive bar where they feed you!!! but sadly i think its gone now. you missed out! sahara lounge replaced it, & its quite good too.
-cathedral of junk (beyond words, beyond expectations).
-barton springs, which is free after 2100 or before 0900.
-bunch of stuff on soco (s congress, s 1st, s 5th, s lamar ... south! get the trend?).
-see the bats fly at sunset on congress st bridge.
-bouldin st coffeeshop for ppl watching/meeting.
-spiderhouse cafe for same.
-anything any night/day at ruta maya (music, yoga, tai chi, art, chill, esp open mic tues nites). sadly this too has gone the way of the dodo.
-home slice pizza in soco.
-hai ky = great thai/vietnamese food on se side.
-blackswanyoga = donation only yoga studio (how can you pass on this? try the thai massage class). commercialized egocentric bs now (like burning man).
-any of the nearby natural getaways (hamilton pool, krause springs, enchanted rock, etc).
-treasure city thrift!
-taco trailer park any evening (cheap, tasty food + byob + great hang out/chill place).
-continental club upstairs has great free shows + ping pong table! def chk out ephrem owens on tue eves; dude even yells at the crowd when it gets too loud for the music. only in austin, baby.
-e 7th st bars (shangri la, diplomat, etc - true aus crowd, very chill, some even have couches!).
-kayak the lake westward, past the fork in the lake, taking the path not necessarily lesser traveled, but the lesser traveled by you.
-chicken shit bingo on sundays at ginny's bar, another great little laid back byob dive bar but on the west side ... and who else has chicken shit anything?! (its more like chicken shit lotto than bingo though.)
-mckinney falls which is almost in the city camping/waterfall/swimming hole!
-yellow bike project (learn to work on bikes for free! even earn your own bike by doing so!!).
-just cycle everywhere and get fucking lost.
and, far far more. not to mention music everywhere, every night practically!
-king spa. it is god. yelp it. get groupons.
-grocery discount clearance store. stock up for your rd trip!
-1st tues films at UUCOC.
-3rd fri late night arts district block parties.
-bishop arts district + barbara's pavilion for gay karaoke!
-chat room bar.
-kalachundjis or however the hell u spell it. temple beside it is a trip.
-dan sung sa = late nite korean joint w/ open kitchen till 0300 near king spa.
-kasbah grill, esp if u have a layover @ DFW.
-SMU always has great stuff during the school yr. (music, theatre, opera, dance, lectures, films, all free or cheap)
-speaking of yoga, karmany yoga = yet another donation only studio!
-cosmic cafe is ok but if u want the real deal go to taj chaat house.
-deep ellum, rahr, franconia, lakewood, community (free on eventbrite) breweries have great "tours" aka ways to drink good stuff on the cheap & meet ppl.
-Valhallaaaaaaaaaaaaa! the 2nd best gem in TX!
-st arnolds brewery.
-the heights area.
- dinner parties
Music, Movies, and Books
i watch, i listen, i read. 3 out of 3, yet i dont feel so distinguished for scoring so highly.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
being saved by an Irishman (youngest descendant of michael collins, ireland's founding father) from certain doom as the misty "tablecloth" rolled upon and over us over table mtn (south africa). sprinting into the wee hours of the night and across turkish border taking with us our freedom and relief. shaken awake by police in an argentine hospital spewing questions in spanish all the while wondering what are they asking me, where are some of my teeth, and why are they operating on some guy in the same room as me?
Teach, Learn, Share
i can teach you that the only thing worth learning is the benefit of sharing moments with souls who harbour likewise disposition.
What I Can Share with Hosts
everything. i'm an open book ... but no guarantee it's written in a language u speak.