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Nathan Taylor

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Overview

  • 14 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • Filmmaker, photographer, writer, spr...
  • University of Calgary gave me a Ba. ...
  • From Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

See and do it all, except jail. Okay one night in jail.

ABOUT ME

I'm beginning a new chapter in life (again), maybe its the quarter life crisis chapter, maybe its something else. All I know is that change is in the air.

I'm living in San Francisco having moved from Montreal a few months ago and found myself landed in a couple of great jobs, one as an administrative assistant for the regional network at Burning Man and the other at Adolph Gasser's - the oldest photography store in SF. I'm also freelancing in video and photo work. I'm suddenly very busy after being FUNemployed for the better part of the past year!

I travel a lot since I used to work for an airline and got let go in exchange for cheap flights for 3 years. That's expiring soon but I'm taking advantage of it while I can with short trips here and there in North America.

http://personalmutations.wordpress.com for all the icky gooey dirt on me. Dare you? DARE YOU?

In a nutshell I'm a freelance videographer, video journalist, filmmaker, photographer and explorer. I love to learn, challenge myself and experience new things.

PHILOSOPHY

Giving people moments of enlightenment, eureka, aha! is the greatest gift you can give.

"Say yes more often than no." and "Never do tomorrow what you could do today."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I host when I can. Moreover I tell anyone I know who travels to try CS.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Couches in Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, San Fransisco, Fort Lauderdale Florida, Quebec City, Yellowknife as well as benches, playgrounds and beaches at various points in between.

I have yet to have a bad experience with couchsurfing. In fact you've all been some of the most amazing people I've ever had the good fortune to meet.

Interests

Filmmaking, photography, culture jamming, urban exploration, circus, capoeira, climbing, hiking, writing, parkour, installation art, history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, kitsch, Burning Man, music, so on and so forth...

Music, Movies & Books

Fight Club, Apocalypse Now, Moulin Rouge, Memento, Waking Life, The Big Sleep, The Take, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Coen Brothers, etc...

Here's the fun alphabetical list of bands I enjoy, which is only a sliver of my eclectic music mix;
Alabama 3, Buck 65, the Clash, DJ Shadow, Electric Six, Frank Sinatra, Gogol Bordello, the Herbaliser, Iggy Pop, Jamiroquai, Kris Demeanor and his Crack Band, Lou Reid, Marlena Shaw, Nick Cave, Orbital, Pink Floyd, Queen, Regina Spektor, Simon and Garfunkel, Timo Maas, United Future Organization, Velvet Underground, Wall Flowers, XPandora and the Handsome Strangers, Yusef Lateef and Zero 7.

Gravity's Rainbow, Sewer Gas & Electric, The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Which Lie Did I Tell?, Skin, Edgar Allen Poe, Kafka. Basically I like stuff that's a bit twisted yet linguistically delicious.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge untethered at night and watched an electrical storm roll in. Ahhh those wacky Aussies...

Participated in a "houseboat crawl" in Yellowknife - Elvis tunes in a canoe, fresh fish on the grill, songs around the campfire - a pretty fabulous time.

Teach, Learn, Share

If you catch a cab before it gets to the airport you can usually save a couple of bucks "airport pickup fee" by walking for a few minutes.

Rather than using expensive baggage storage services slip the hotel porter a few bucks if he'll watch your bags for you. Wink wink.

Try to avoid checking baggage on flights, I've worked down there, believe me. Bad. If you must, don't pack anything valuable or breakable. If you're going to a poorer country pack some candies, chances are if someone breaks into your bag they'll take the sweets forgetting the $2000 laptop. Seriously. It works.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Thailand, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Canada, United States

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