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I'm in crazy love with my adopted city of Melbourne. It's grungy, old, progressive, creative and beautiful. I grew up in Perth and love and miss it only for nostalgic reasons.
I am very sociable. My ideal way to spend my free time is a good mix of alone time to read, cook, garden and listen to music; with plenty of social outings and innings involving eating, drinking, listening or just being in the company of others/another.
"Just kind of leave it grooving, by itself. Let it groove on its own thing. You know. Then when it gets… then you can put in some fills. But don’t do it at the beginning, it’s holding it back. Can we start again?"
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've hosted a handful of really awesome people, attended some fun CS meetups, and made new friends by opening up some of my dinner parties to all and sundry.
Cooking for my friends. Listening to Radio National in the afternoon. Drinking wine and peaty whisky. Swooping through the streets on my bike.
I read a lot. Seasonal changes make me giddy with happiness: one of the reasons I love Melbourne. I have had several epic vegie gardens, and have plans for one in my current place.
Camping, bushwalking, and swimming in the ocean; all things I have not done enough of in Victoria.
Music, Movies, and Books
Some books and authors that have loomed large in my reading life and helped shape my perspectives:
Non fiction: George Orwell (especially 'Wigan Pier' and 'Down and Out'). Christopher Hitchens, Peter Singer, Raj Patel, Sam Harris, Michael Pollan. On a different, less big-picture scale, 'The Secret Life of Wombats' and 'The Wollemi Pine' by James Woodford. Oliver Sacks. And the food writing of MFK Fisher, Elizabeth David, Nigel Slater, Fergus Henderson, Anthony Bourdain, and A.J. Liebling.
Fiction: All of Roald Dahl's short stories. Everything by Geraldine Brooks; 'Disgrace' by J.M. Coetzee; 'Canticle for Leibowitz' by Walter M. Miller; all of Pratchett's Discworld.
Music: Mostly folk, blues, and music to dance to. Some favourites: Bill Callahan/Smog; Sam Amidon; Mountain Man; Tom Petty; The National; Billy Bragg; Warren Zevon; Neil Young; John Lee Hooker; Howlin' Wolf; Jolie Holland; Nina Simone; Bonnie Prince Billy/Will Oldham; Dylan; Iron & Wine; Sufjan Stevens; Joanna Newsom; Martha Wainwright; Joni Mitchell; Devendra Banhart; Cat Power; Mountain Goats; M.I.A; The Organ; Camera Obscura; Daughter; Austra; Sylvan Esso; Electrelane; The Black Keys; Mos Def; The Blow; Calexico; Miles Davis.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Very recently I witnessed a quiet and unassuming man transform into an angel (still quiet and unassuming, but now at the centre of everything) when he got out his Nechville banjo and sang. That was a really nice thing to watch.
On the train once, I was reading 'Caleb's Crossing,' which has a passage about a Native American ceremony being witnessed by the green daughter of a preacher. I was also listening to the album 'Feel It Break' by Austra. And all at once as I was reading a description of the chieftain's transcendental, core-shaking howl to his spirits, the music in the last song matched the sounds on my page. That was a perfect and startling congruence and the most spiritual experience of my life.
So that's two things.
Teach, Learn, Share
If you talk to me about plant biology, neurology, psychology, your favourite city, your favourite music, ethics of the modern world, your WWOOFing experience, linguistic evolution, or permaculture, I will try to learn from you.
Things that I would like to learn: Better woodworking skills; pottery; better German and French, conversational and written.
I am quite good at food.
Countries I’ve Visited
Malaysia, Réunion, Sri Lanka
Countries I’ve Lived In