David Graves

Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality, China

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  • Learning Chinese, Indonesian
  • 37, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Musician by night, photographer by day. And sometimes vic...
  • Fairly standard 4-year degree from San Francisco State
  • From Probably Portland.
  • Profile 75% complete

About Me


In SE Asia until probably mid-2016. Goal is to climb mountains and see old temples and burial sites.


Grew up poor, fought my own way to a somewhat "normal" life, but am kinda bored by it. Did a bit of hitchhiking in my early twenties, have lived in at least a dozen cities since that time. I'm interested now in walking/biking/training across America and meeting some good people. I figure the not-so-good people will come along without my looking, so I won't include them as an interest.


I'm agnostic about pretty much everything. I generally feel sad for a great number of people that seem to trudge thru life like it's some punishment, rather than an adventure. I do best in sad situations. It brings out the cheerleader in me.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Well, if I have a couch that's available, I'll generally offer it up. But currently I don't.


Previously my couchsurfing experience has been out of necessity. I had lost my job and my apartment. I was young and easily won the sympathy of (sometimes not so trustworthy) people, so I rarely had to stay on the street. Things are different now, of course. I could afford a hotel when I'm traveling, but I doubt I'd have many good conversations with the wall.


I write music. I like hearing people's life stories. I am still trying to figure out a non-hypocritical way to be an American and an environmental crusader.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Well, it was pretty amazing that I convinced a guy to let me live when I was hitchhiking at 3am and the guy took me to a remote location, put a gun to me and told me to jack him off. But by "amazing", I assume you'd prefer a positive experience.

Well, I always come across interesting homeless people to talk to. I generally get the most from those people that were cast out because of mental illness caused by drug abuse. You can't always follow their thinking, but they have some interesting perspectives.

Teach, Learn, Share

Photography, photoshop, music, piano.

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Taiwan, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United States

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