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wloundy

Emeryville, California, United States

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Overview

  • 26 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • No occupation listed
  • University
  • From Island Heights, New Jersey, USA
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Living to learn & learning to live

ABOUT ME

First thing's first: I was born and raised at my family's small business - a small liquor store on the Jersey Shore. As such, I spent a lot of my childhood in the shop -- pricing bottles, stocking shelves, cleaning the store & clerking customers.

I've always been interested in computers, technology & the internet, but in college I studied English (language, literature & creative writing) and Earth Systems (environmental science). For a while I was enthusiastic about environmental law, but more recently decided that law school & life at a firm isn't for me. I'm still very much a nature person (see interests below), and I can be an activist when the time calls for it.

PHILOSOPHY

A few of my favorite quotes:

"Treat everyone you meet like God in drag." - Ram Dass "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Wilde "Be excellent to each other & party on, dudes!!" - Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I'm relatively new to the CouchSurfing Org but have done plenty of hosting & traveling over the past several years. I've done several backpacking adventures and longer-term homestays in the US and around the world.

I'm very eager to do more hosting (especially with people who are new to CS!) so please do send a request.

Interests

I'm an active student (& certified teacher) of yoga - various practices, but particularly Vinyasa. I also love being outdoors: biking, long motorcycle trips, hiking. I have said that I'm going to start swimming more in the SF Bay, but that's yet to happen. Maybe this spring/summer. I'm definitely a barefoot enthusiast and have been running sans-shoes for almost half a decade. And rock-climbing at the gym.

But I'm certainly not a very dedicated fitness person. If there's ever a choice to go out with friends (new or old) - that's always my preference. :)

Music, Movies & Books

I'm really into lost generation & beat writers, poetry by Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Jeffers, Whitman & Blake. I've been passing great poetry back and forth via email with some friends and hopefully that will start turning into a forum for sharing our own writings. I wish I had more time to spend with heavier stuff - Eliot/Faulkner - but these days I'm happy to get through the New Yorker on a weekly basis.

I love the music that my friends make: check out The Amboys, Emma Tringali & The Walk-Ins, Midnight Poncho. When I'm working/cooking/chilling I'm more into jazz, bluegrass & folk. And, of course, I'm into festivals & popular (yes, pop) stuff. Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young have been duking it out for top spot for several years.

Not much to say re: movies, but the last three I caught in smaller SF theaters were all great: Melancholia, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, & Biutiful.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

So many beautiful people and beautiful parts of the world. In particular, experiences in Southeast Asia, China, & Australia.

In remote Australia, I lived with a nomadic indigenous tribe. On that trip, I helped to hunt, cook, butcher (and eat!) a wild desert camel, in addition to kangaroo, lizards, and other staples of the bush.

Teach, Learn, Share

TEACH - you how to ride my motorcycle! I've now taught a few roommates/friends and so if you've always wanted to get on a (small & not intimidating) moto, I'd be happy to give a lesson.

LEARN - Spanish - I had it a while ago and desperate to get it back. Also - cooking. I have a pretty solid portfolio of simple dishes, but want to bulk up on veggie & gourmet recipes.

SHARE - Everything. Always. Gaining more confidence (slowly!) with sharing more creative things: my own writings & poetry, for example.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Cambodia, China, Greece, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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