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Contemplating my shortcomings and my place in the universe.
"I've zig-zagged all over America, and I cannot find a safety haven."
When people ask me where I'm from, it's difficult to say. By the time I was 15, I'd already lived in four different states and multiple cities in my native California. Since that time, I've continued to habitually travel and relocate under the influence of curiosity, climate, and axiomatic wanderlust. While there remains a litany of travel destinations on my palm--at this point in my life, rootedness is perhaps what I most yearn for. Yes, that, or a vehicle to live in.
"Anarchism is the attempt to eradicate domination. This includes not only such obvious forms as the nation-state, with its routine use of violence and the force of law, and the corporation, with its institutionalized irresponsibility, but also such internalized forms as patriarchy, racism, homophobia. Also it is the attempt to expose the ways our philosophy, religion, economics, and other ideological constructions perform their primary function, which is to rationalize or naturalize --make seem natural-- the domination that pervades our way of life: the destruction of the natural world or of indigenous peoples, for example, comes not from the result of decisions actively made and actions pursued, but instead, so we convince ourselves, as a manifestation of Darwinian selection, or God's will, or economic exigency. Beyond that, Anarchism is the attempt to look even into those parts of our everyday lives we accept as givens, as part of the universe, to see how they, too, dominate us or facilitate our domination over others... Most fundamentally, I would see Anarchism as a synonym for anti-authoritarianism."
- John Zerzan
"Beneath the veneer of civilization...lies not the barbarian and animal, but the human in us who knows the rightness of birth in gentle surroundings, the necessity of a rich nonhuman environment, play at being animals, the discipline of natural history, juvenile tasks with simple tools, the expressive arts of receiving food as a spiritual gift rather than as a product, the cultivation of metaphorical significance of natural phenomena of all kinds, clan membership and small-group life, and the profound claims and liberation of ritual initiation and subsequent stages of adult mentorship. There is a secret person undamaged in every individual, aware of the validity of these, sensitive to the right moments in our lives. All of them are assimilated in perverted forms in modern society: our profound love of animals twisted into pets, zoos, decorations, and entertainment; our search for poetic wholeness subverted by the model of the machine instead of the body; the moment of pubertal idealism shunted into nationalism or ethereal otherworld religions instead of an ecosophical cosmology. But this means that we have not lost, and can not loose the genuine impulse. It awaits only an authentic expression. The task is not to start by recapturing the theme of reconciliation with the earth in all of its metaphysical subtlety, but with something much more direct and simple that will yield its own healing metaphysics."
- Paul Shepard
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've couch-surfed and I have hosted couch-surfers in the past and will surely continue to do so in the future. My experiences both as a guest and as a host have generally been positive.
Yes, I've had experience 'surfing in multiple cities and states over the years. In the past, much less through this site than through networking by other means.
Wildness, anarchy, nihilism, individualism, ecology, animals, death, music, art, literature, history, traveling, hiking, swimming, bicycling, camping, writing, cooking, identity, vagrancy, basketball, chess, avocados, vegan burritos, the sea, space, my friends, punk rock, sharing and reciprocity.
Music, Movies, and Books
I listen to a variety of punk, hardcore, metal, rap/hip hop, rock 'n' roll, jazz, soul, r&b, blues, folk, bluegrass, early country, classical, drone, shoegaze, experimental, synth pop, and more, but mostly MORRISSEY.
Movies: Documentaries, biopics, arthouse, adventure, drama, horror, sci-fi, cult stuff, classics. Whatever's appealing.
Books: Subjects/areas: Anthropology, archaeology, ethnography, history, ecology, mythology/religion, political science, sociology/cultural studies, gender studies, philosophy, psychology, biography/memoir, true crime, classic/contemporary classic literature, zines, field guides, poetry.
Interested in specifics or recommendations? Just ask.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Though I've yet to travel abroad, I've lived in 7 states, and have hitch-hiked and/or bused through most in the country. I've traveled and camped along great distances multiple times with little or no money and have known well the victories and losses, or the highs and lows, that accompany such experiences. Though this isn't necessarily what I'd call amazing, I'm aware that not everyone leads this lifestyle.
Teach, Learn, Share
Circumstantial and individual-specific, to be sure, but I'm always open to learning about primitive living and survival skills, seamanship, knot tying, regional history, and wildlife.
I can teach you a little in the way of desert plant identification & ecology and I'm open to sharing my experiences, perspectives, and cooking.
Countries I’ve Visited
Countries I’ve Lived In