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âImperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.â
Let's make the most of this great cosmic accident that we exist, eh? :D "Get busy living, or get busy dying."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I just joined, so none yet! I heard about this site from a friend who said he couchsurfed through Europe and met a lot of awesome people, so I'm excited to (hopefully?) hang out with y'all.
I am a sipper of tea, skater of boards, connoisseur of memorable ideas/people/quotes/moments, slightly irrational taker of risks, avid petter of cats/ferrets/rabbits, addict of chocolate, hiker of hikes, and lover-hater of politics/philosophy.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies? I'm kind of a sucker for historical dramas that address social/political issues. I appreciate sad but realistic endings. Favorites: Three Idiots, Amadeus, Memoirs of a Geisha, Midnight in Paris, The Pianist, Avatar, The Separation. Romantic comedies are my pet peeve; if you force me to watch them with you, you'll have to suffer through my cynical commentary where I complain about how none of that would happen in real life. (It wouldn't. Who are they kidding.)
Books! I'm kind of an extreme bookworm, but for the most part have only been exposed to English literature. (Show me something new?) Favorite classics include "Beloved" by Toni Morrison, "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros, "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. Similar to my taste for movies, I enjoy books that attack modern or historical social/political issues. And make me shiver and cry with their poetic use of language. :') The Harry Potter series and Warriors series (you know, those books about the cats with funky names who live in the wild together...) were childhood favorites. I'm currently reading "Spirits Rebellious" by Khalil Gibran.
MUUUSIC! Unfortunately, I'm only really familiar with English music (introduce me to something new?!), but I love most genres -- especially indie, alternative, jazz... most things sound better acoustic. Please oh dear god no dubstep. I would admit that I also occasionally enjoy listening to Gregorian chants for like three minutes per month but you would think I'm really weird. But I do. Please still be my friend haha. ^__^ I'm not great, but I love to sing -- so if anyone has a guitar around here, let's jam!
Why isn't there a spot here for ART? Banksy is basically my hero in life for using art to call for peace and political change. Speaking of street art, I also really like Shepard Fairey's style. Ai Weiwei I have mixed feelings about, but he's pretty clever and I respect that he has guts. In regards to old dead peoples' art, I love Van Gogh, Degas, Dali... post-impressionism and expressionism are probably my favorite movements. (Do I sound like a snob right now? But really, let's talk art!) I used to think buildings were just utile chunks of rock and steel you can eat and sleep in and whatnot, but I've been gaining a taste for architecture too. Stained glass windows are the shit.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've gotten lost in the Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA) at age 7 (when they found me they had to broadcast over the canyon for my parents hehe whoops), touched a dolphin, cruised in the back of a pickup truck with the wind in my hair (ok maybe this isn't that exceptional but it was an awesome memory!), biked 220 miles in three days through rural China, bungee-jumped over a river and hang-glided off sea cliffs, picnicked on an abandoned amusement park tower, camped on the wild Great Wall, ridden a six-foot longboard...
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
China, United States