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I was born and raised in the frigid Midwest, where I met my beloved life-and-creative partner LeeAnn. We have been preparing for an exodus not just from the creativity-stifling below-zero landscape, but from the clock-punching hum-drum of normalcy. Instead, we have embarked on a storytelling journey to both kick-start our creative endeavors and jump-start our life experiences. After this, we plan to move our worldly possessions into a land-ship and sail across the country, self-publish, and stay involved in festivals of music and spiritual growth.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I have a profound trust in the world that I wish to explore. I have only just begun to travel, and I wish to see the world, but not only through the eyes of a hotel, or the recommendations of Yelp. I want to meet people wherever I go, connect with them, and expand my awareness and friend group.
Ever since I was very young, I have poured my heart into my art. I have a special affinity with comedy, having written comics since I was a child of 8. Likewise, I have been pursuing caricature since I was 12. I find that laughter is not only powerful medicine, but effective at breaking down walls as well. Though I generally find them frightening in the conventional sense, I am myself a clown at heart.
I am always at home in my sketchbook. Which is good, because as a traveler, it is sometimes difficult to establish just what 'home' means. For this reason I am primarily an illustrator, though I have refined skills in painting and sculpture as well, and a deep unending love for puppets and costumes. Talk to me around Halloween-time, and you'll see what I mean.
This is most definitely linked to my love of theater, particularly what is called 'suspension-of-disbelief'. I have been involved in theater both on and off the stage; acting, singing (I love karaoke,) dancing, script-writing, set-and-costume design and construction, and so forth, and take great joy in the Magic of Imagination accomplished through such an endeavor.
Outside of my artistic interests, I also enjoy cooking long-winded breakfasts that last well into the afternoon, building forts out of literally anything, and staying by the campfire well beyond bedtime-- reminiscing, storytelling, and connecting with those other souls who feel inclined to watch the embers fade.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Aurora, Aloka, Trevor Hall, Rising Appalachia, Medicine for the People, A Hope for a Golden Summer, Fleet Foxes, Dawes, The Decemberists, the 1900's, Of Monsters & Men, Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps, Beck, The Presidents of the United States of America, Gorillaz, Deltron, Flight of the Conchords, Weird Al, Mr. Scruff, Earth Wind & Fire, Hall & Oates, Sam Cooke, Harry Belefonte...
Books: The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy, A Christmas Carol, all Roald Dahl, Animal Farm, The Hobbit, Calvin & Hobbes, every graphic novel published by First Second I have come across, graphic novel continuations of epic TV programs that were either cancelled too soon or simply deserve more story, anything 'intended for kids' which would also qualify as 'all-ages' entertainment...
Movies: The Secret of Moonacre, The third Harry Potter, the first two Back to the Future's, Pleasantville, The Truman Show, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Point, the Toy Story trilogy (all Pixar movies, actually), Dexter's Lab: Ego trip, What Dreams May Come, the Matrix (especially the Animatrix), The Lord of the Rings trilogy, every Miyazaki film, all of Terry Gilliam's work (especially the Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen) ...
... I mean, really, we can go into this in detail when we meet :)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Traded any semblance of a so-called 'normal' life to live free with my partner in pursuit of the grandest vision of our greatest versions. --with our awe-inspiring cat. (she has her own mobile palace, so there's no need for her to go indoors.)
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: Vanlife hacks, Art Troubleshooting, Traveling Cats Primer...
Learn: Interested in Anything that Fascinates You,
... Auto Mechanics, Bike Mechanics, Folk Hacks Across Categories,
Your Insights Into The Changing Condition of Our World
(What We Can and Are Doing About It),
Recommendations for Authors, Educators, Artists & Philosophers to Research,
Share: Life, Truth, Love, Fellowship, Recipes, Meals, Ideas & Stories...
What I Can Share with Hosts
Happy to help my hosts with anything at all! (I love to cook, storytell, draw out ideas, design, home decorate & costume)
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