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Adventure. I want to experience new stuff, and staying in new places is a good start. I'd also like to travel the country one couch at a time.
I'm an 18 year old (as of 121207) computer nerd. I like to be spontaneous and adventurous. I love to do new things for no reason, and gather as many experiences as possible. I've traveled to Arizona and South Carolina and back to Michigan by hitching and driving and by train. I love to do things on the fly and on the cheap. I travel well-equipped but light. Anyone that hosts me will have access to fairly competent computer and electronics repair skill, as well as at least passable manual labor or housework. I'm polite, intelligent, and quirky. Thanks for reading about me.
I'm a quiet atheist. I don't believe in a higher power, but I'm also not going to try and change your beliefs. I believe in the self-sufficiency of people, I believe that no one should be tied to routine, and that everyone should step back and take a good objective look at their life once in a while. If you don't like what you see, don't be afraid to change it. A huge percent of the time, the consequences of things like quitting your job or starting a new relationship are much less dire than people think, if people realize that then they 'go for it' more often.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
If I had a steady place to stay, I'd gladly offer a couch up to anyone visiting. As it is, I'm perfectly happy to show anyone around Wayne County, Michigan, or even accompany someone on a road trip. My main contribution will probably be whatever work I'm put to when I stay with someone.
I have no official CouchSurfing experiences, but I have hitched a lot and played on the generosity of others. On my trip to Arizona, I took a train most of the way and hitched the rest. I stopped at small places on the way and worked for a few bucks to buy food and souvenirs. I keep a steady job when I'm home, so I always have reserve cash, but I like to keep that as a backup and travel on what I can earn. For me, it's the experience that counts, not the comfort of the journey.
I like computers, electronics, and reading. I work at a Radio Shack in Westland, Michigan, and I have a second job as an A/V technician for a college. I like driving, talking, reading, and fixing things.
Music, Movies, and Books
So many of everything. I'm an eclectic guy, I'll watch almost anything except romance, romantic comedy, chick flicks, and stuff by M. Night Shamylan. I most like to read SciFi or FanFic, but I also love informational text and nonfiction. I especially like reading philosophy. As far as music goes, I like everything except country and opera. Classical, rap, rock, blues, chill music, I like it all.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The most amazing thing I've done (and seen) is to go to the Grand Canyon. A few days after I quit my very first job, I got a little existential and, spur-of-the-moment, hopped on a train with a friend. We changed a couple of trains, trying to ride on the cheap because we were short on cash, and ended up in Kansas. I can't remember if we didn't have the money to go from there or we didn't have the means to go from there, but we ended up spending three days with an unofficial CouchSurfer host that we met at a diner. We were wary of the kind stranger, sure, but he seemed nice and put us up for a few days while we washed dishes at the diner for five bucks an hour. We didn't need too much, so we thanked everyone and hitched with some couple in their van to New Mexico, and then found another train into Arizona. After getting hopelessly lost for a couple of days (by the way, we'd been spending our roofless nights in the train stations or, in one case, in one of those all-night truck stops with a sympathetic owner) we made it out to the Canyon. We spent almost twenty hours there, marveling. Getting back was slightly easier. We decided to say "Screw it!" to our "travel on the cheap" philosophy and got plane tickets into Detroit. I've always kinda regretted getting back that way, but we got there the right way, which I suppose is good enough. I've done the same kind of traveling since, but nothing on that scale, and without the amazing climax.
Teach, Learn, Share
The best way to learn anything is to jump in and do it. I don't teach anything, I just tell people that they should go do it. When people ask me how I manage to just drop everything and go on a road trip, or sit down to learn a programming language, or familiarize myself with a new place, I tell them to get in the middle of it and they'll learn just as quickly. Mistakes are inevitable and excellent learning opportunities. With the right amount of preparation, dropping everything to try to hitch across a few states is easy. You'll be amazed at how fast you learn which things work well and which don't. The best way to learn a language is to go to a place where it's spoken exclusively and stay there, that's how you learned your language as a kid. Bottom line is that you shouldn't be afraid of failure. Go out and DO things, mess up a couple of times, and you'll be a master before you know it.