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Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again. That is why every man's story is important, eternal, sacred...Each man's life represents a road toward himself, an attempt at such a road, the intimation of a path. No man has ever been entirely and completely himself. Yet each one strives to become that.
Odd that I quote someone I've never met in MY self-description? Meh.
Not I -- not any one else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself. It is not far -- it is within reach; Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know; Perhaps it is every where on water and on land. If you tire, give me both burdens, and rest the chuff of your hand on my hip, And in due time you shall repay the same service to me; For after we start, we never lie by again.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've had the pleasure of surfing throughout Europe and the US, and hosted a handful of surfers in Boston and Montana! I try to make it down to a meeting once a year or so, but prefer to meet one on one via hosting and surfing.
Things I love:
Any combination of the above
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Wes Anderson, Hayao Miyazaki, Darren Aronofsky
Music: The Decemberists, Stars, The Faint, Jurassic 5, Cake, Andrew Bird, Ben Folds, Pedro the Lion, Interpol, The Mountain Goats, Mulgrew Miller, RATATAT, The Hold Steady, etc etc etc...
Books: Herman Hesse, Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway (when I can stomach his misogyny, which isn't always), Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Steinbeck, Italo Calvino, Jack Gilbert, Charles Wright, Tony Hoagland, Wallace Stevens, and, I have to admit, Michel Foucault.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Climbed the Basilica of Maxentius/Constantine at 2 in the morning to see an incredible vista of Rome from the top of a 1700 year old building, all thanks to Roberto and CS
Teach, Learn, Share
I spent a few years working at a small wine and beer shop, so I know a fair amount about fine wine and craft beer, which I'm always more than happy to share. I also have a master's degree in the history and philosophy of religion, so I can ramble for a while about history/philosophy/religions/the (arguably ineluctable) ills of global capitalism and technocracy, but I think wine and beer are more fun, don't you?
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, United Kingdom, United States