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To see how much trouble my "but you're an adult, what do you think you're doing?" body will let me get into. But without the actual getting into trouble part.
Once I become interested about something, I will research that something to death in an effort to satisfy that curiosity.
I spend an inordinate amount of time researching and planning vacations. This includes the history of the intended location for the past millenia. Having every detail of the day mapped out is not my goal; rather, I want to have a menu of options available to me for when I'm getting lost on purpose.
Frak and snap are part of my vocabulary. As is y'all, unless someone can explain to me why english has no better answer to the second plural requirement than "you guys, youse or you."
I have the equivalent of a fangirl crush on MIT's Media lab.
Owning a Nook has changed my life in oh-so-many awesome ways. This has not eliminated, however, my immense love of libraries.
I'm a huge media consumer. Of all types. This includes terrible, terrible television.
Former Peace Corps volunteer.
"Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature." Tom Robbins
"True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Mostly... hanging out at parties.
My favorite was when I stayed at this amazing B&B on the Isle of Mull. Mostly though, I've just been privileged to meet surfers when they stayed with friends. This year in Budapest is the first time I've got places where people can actually stay with me.
I like reading a good book in one sitting. I feel like the emotional impact is greater that way.
I like to find the tallest building that has a restaurant in whatever city I'm in - and having a drink there.
I'm into fireworks and carnival rides. The scarier the better.
I'm interested in quantum theory, and have a natural tendency to try and find a unifying theory toward all aspects of life.
Music, Movies, and Books
Sigur Ros, Manu Chao, Django Reinhardt, Radiohead, Nina Simone, So bad its good 80s, Billie Holiday, Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab for Cutie, the Postal Service, Stars
Favorite TV Shows:
current: The Colbert Report, The Daily Show
former: Buffy, Firefly, West Wing, Veronica Mars, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica
Favorite Movies: Amelie, Three Kings, City of Lost Children, Rocky IV, Serenity, A Little Princess (1995)
anything by William Manchester, Runciman, Uris, Vonnegut, Donald Harington, Orson Scott Card... and... LBJ: Caro, LOTR, House of Leaves, The Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman, The Source by Michener, Gunslinger series by Steven King, The Hyperion series, The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper, The Dune series, The Time Traveler's Wife, Tom Robbins, City of the Century, Brothers K, In the Time of Our Singing, Neverwhere, Good Omens
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Sunrise over Machu Piccu? Sunrise over Valley of the Queens? But really, driving through South Dakota listening to the Amelie soundtrack was pretty damn awesome. Yes, the Corn Palace *is* amazing.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Hungary, Moldova, United Kingdom, United States