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Alex Hornstein

Providence, RI, USA

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Overview

  • 79 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Yue (Cantonese)
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Independent Human Being
  • MIT
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Getting onto lawns to give the old men someone to yell at

ABOUT ME

You see, I'm just this guy.
www.artiswrong.com

PHILOSOPHY

I like to DO things. This is harder than it sounds.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I keep an open couch. When I travel, I'll sleep on your couch. hooray!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I started out by unexpectedly hosting a loud guitar-playing green-bearded viking who wound up staying for a month, quickly followed by a couple people who were really quiet, and a cool swiss guy who helped me in my quest to ride crazy bikes through boston, a gaggle of french exchange students from canada, a striking playwright, a busker from texas, an awesome swedish woman traveling around the world and an army of Quebecois that silently appeared, showered and then disappeared two days later. As I traveled around the world, I stayed with wonderful people in Montreal, Joburg and San Diego. I eventually just turned my apartment in LA into a CS pseudo hostel and perpetually had surfers coming, crashing and going. It was fantastic! I recently drove back to Boston and surfed my way across the country, sleeping on desert mattresses under Mexican city lights and swimming in Austin rivers on the way. I couchsurfed all around India recently, and had an awesome time running around with the Ahmedabad CS group and motorcycle gang while I was living there. Hosted a bunch of people in Boston and Hong Kong, surfed with nihilistic russians in Shenzhen and lovely grandparents in Guangzhou. Successfully fended off an armada of couchsurfing spaniards in Hong Kong without being colonized. Shipwrecked in the south china sea with pittsburgh hackers, night swimming with ze germans, crashing on air mattresses covered in accordion parts in Amherst, naked sushi with an awesome dude in Kansas City--I had no idea that they had sushi OR nudity in Kansas. Bob Marley addicts, deported spaniards en route to Europe and yodeling israelis in Manila. Every time something awesome happens to me through CS, I just tack it on here. I want this list to grow!

Interests

To name a few, I like building things, social change, turning everyone into an inventor, making solar panels, living freely and independently, riding 'altered' bicycles, invention, singing show tunes with helium in my lungs, clean tech, running marathons, mopeds and motorcycles, slacklining, dumpster diving, having faith in humanity, hiking, rock climbing, writing, urban climbing, urban spelunking, paragliding, kites, ultimate, indie music, wind-powered land vehicles, incubators, computers and robots, sailing, solar energy, electronics, and saving the world.
My main interest these days is how to become an Independent Human Being, which is a concept that excites me very much.

Music, Movies & Books

lots. murakami, edward abbey, woody allen, HST, neil gaiman, jack kerouac, more jack kerouac, ginsberg, cassady, frickin Bukowski, leonard cohen, Palahniuk, I'm really into indie music, starting to like underground hip hop, and I firmly believe that nothing bad came out of the 80s. The Stars, Unicorns, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Songs Ohia, Stephen Malkmus, Spoon, the Smiths, the Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, the Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, Lovage, Billy Joel, the national, Murs, DJ Z-trip, Paul Simon, Leonard fucking Cohen,...the list goes on. I also have an ongoing love affair with all rock that comes out of canada.Recently, I've been on a fiddle&folk kinda kick--newfie and irish and old-time, anything that gets my feet thumping and your fingers snapping.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I've trusted my life to myself

Teach, Learn, Share

I'll teach you how to slackline like you've got dreadlocks and bake bread from scratch like a badass. Also on the docket is lockpicking, riding motorcycles, rappelling and other fundamentals of life in high society.
I love it when people teach me things about music. I love learning more about singing and playing guitar. And dancing!
And simple tricks that I can use every day are awesome. Ways to fold T shirts and sketch and cut vegetables. Show me what you've got!

Countries I've Visited

Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

China, Eritrea, Hong Kong, India, Peru, Philippines, United States

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