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Trying to figure out how to live when we are governed by a system whose only 'ethic' is greed
I live in San Francisco, and I have traveled to Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central (and now) South America. I have lived in Japan, written travel guides to seven destinations (and apps to three) and have explored remote areas of Asia. I can speak English (obviously!), Spanish, Indonesian, and Japanese.
Enlightened self interest, e.g. the common good is in my benefit. Try to control what I can influence by contacting my political "leaders" etc.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have hosted couchsurfers and met with several abroad. I have participated in events here in SF.
In the past, I have had many experiences being invited into peoples' homes, especially in Southeast Asia.
Since joining Couchsurfing, I have stayed with hosts in Tunisia, Cape Town, Amsterdam and Chicago. I find that one has to send out an enormous number of queries to get a positive response, whether that be to stay or to try to meet.
Politics, world music, history, linguistics, painting, photography, computers (Mac), graphic design, food, anthropology, social change, economics, philosophy, nature, ecosystems, printmaking, ceramics, architecture, archaeological sites, ancient art, rainforests, mechanisms of social control, cults, religion, theater, dance.
- graphic design
- world music
Music, Movies, and Books
I like independent films and documentaries, including ones from Japan, Korea, China, Iran, India, the US and Canada. Samples: Darwin's Nightmares, all Adam Curtis documentaries, Fish Tank, Ozu, Bergman, Kore Eda, Wiseman, Miike, etc.
I read both fiction and nonfiction, esp. Indian authors (largely Parsees), Anne Tyler, John Updike, V.S. Naipaul, Arundhati Roy, Okky Madasari, Yan Lianke, Alejo Carpentier, Anne Smiley, Kurt Vonnegut, etc.... Too many to name!
I like jazz (Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Matthew Shipp, Charles Mingus, Chris Potter, Eric Dolphy and innumerable others), salsa, African music (Mali, Zimbabwe in particular), folk music and some blues, rock and R&B. I don't like heavy metal or hiphop....
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Hiking up Gunung Penanggungan in East Java after sleeping with Hindu pilgrims halfway up.
Hitchhiking around Hokkaido.
Traveling by boat (cargo/passenger) around Eastern Indonesia.
Hitchhiking across the United States.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can cook (but no meat or fowl; I do eat fish) spicy food very well. Graphic design, writing, editing, knowledge about the arts.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Information about someplace they might want to travel.
Political and social conditions in the US.
Countries I’ve Visited
Barbados, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British
Countries I’ve Lived In
Japan, United States