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Learning to become an expert in living more fully (especially since you only get to do it once).
(As I suspect the question will be raised, yes, I live in Utah, and, no, I am not LDS. I was 10 years ago. Then I began the long journey of starting to really figure out what I really think and feel.)
Play is what keeps my energy up. I admire the traits which most dogs seem to share: the to-the-brim-and-more enthusiasm and elation for life. I absolutely want to be more like that! The trait about myself that frustrates me the most is over-thinking, and my sometimes lack of focus and structure in schedule to get things that I want to get done or pursued, done. I am VERY reliable whenever it comes to a commitment that is shared with others, but just not as much when that commitment is just with myself.
I enjoy traveling, but have rarely been able to afford it time or money wise. I enjoy music and making CD mixes with a theme for my friends. Themes have ranged from getting over a broken heart, horror, silly, and hearty jazz/blues theme.
I am beginning to take lessons to learn how to dance tango, but I've got a *long* way to go to being able to dance decently. I was raised ultra-conservatively, and dancing is one of the few remaining taboos I want to overcome.
I am pretty laidback and don't require constant entertainment.
I like to do social activities, not because they are fun (and they are), but because they are an excuse to spend time with people.
I don't see a necessity for myself to believe in anything supernatural. I strongly oppose all systems that defend injustice because one party is more powerful or claims to be superior than the other. I believe in being happy without making others miserable, and reduce one's harm to others, humans or other animals, more and more.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've just joined! My studio is the size of most 1 star motels, so I don't have room to host currently. But I am absolutely open for a coffee or drink.
Conversation, meaningful or interesting conversation, is very important to me. People, living life more fully, growing as a person, science, veganism, ethics, bicycling, tango, blues, living life MUCH more fully, reading, history, being silly, and increasing how much I laugh or smile -- and helping others do so if I can.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Earthlings, The Edukators, Clerks 2, there just isn't a lot of movies that I remember liking very much, but I am a documentary geek and love documentaries in general.
Books: Eternal Treblinka, Ishmael, Powers, Fables, The Sandman, The Grapes of Wrath, Catch-22, Perdido Street Station, Dictionary of the Khazars, The Dispossessed, Animal Liberation, Why Does He Do That?, Living My Life, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Sexual Politics of Meat, Beyond Bullets
Music: Mostly Blues, Tango, Jazz, Underground Hip-Hop, and a little bit of everything else. Specifically, my favorite artists would be (Blues) Big Walter Horton, John Lee Hooker, Leadbelly, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Tango (classical, fusion, and alternative), Jazz (big band, swing, old school jazz): especially Asylum Street Spankers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald, (Underground Hip Hop) Sage Francis, Saul Williams, Sweatshop Union, Eyedea & Abilities, Solillaquists of Sound, (a little bit of everything else) Hank Williams III, Devo, Edith Piaf, Tricky, Wax Tailor, The Bug, Dead Kennedys, Dead Milkmen, Moby, Jolie Holland...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
My current trip in France and Italy.
Teach, Learn, Share
Photography, blues harmonica basics, biocentric philosophy, commuter bicycling, and activism.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In