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Satisfaction of obsession
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
- Robert Heinlein
."To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen, who play with their boats at sea - "cruising," it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.
"I've always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.
What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense. And we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade.
The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it the tomb is sealed.
Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? "
-Sterling Hayden, actor, sailor, wild man
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
The small man
Builds cages for everyone
While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
I've done plenty of "couch surfing", though not through this networking website. My traveling experiences have reinforced my faith in humanity because of the random generosity of strangers.
Simple, sustainable lifestyles
Wooden boats and boatbuilding
Long distance hiking and hitchiking
Dancing around bonfires, preferably naked
learning more musical instruments, juggling tricks, bad jokes, etc.
Music, Movies, and Books
Last zany film I enjoyed:
Last book I enjoyed: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Last album I stomped to: The Steeldrivers
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I once walked 1300 miles in 4 months.
Teach, Learn, Share
"Instead of going to Paris to attend lectures, go to the public library, and you won't come out for twenty years, if you really wish to learn."