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Only the Curious have Something to Find.
Half my time is spent in Massachusetts and half my time is spent in NY.
While I'm in NY, I live on Long Island but work in NYC and Huntington. I can't host in NY but I can certainly go on an adventure with you while your here! Hiking, scotch, coffee, I'm open.
My father taught me the art of the pun the moment my lips were able to make a sound. People who pun are as important to this world as peanut butter and jelly. And I love peanut butter and jelly (triple decker, of course, with 2 kinds of jelly, chocolate chips, honey, cut diagonally). And coffee is one of the most appreciated substances in my life. Did you know that it is the second most legally traded commodity in the world? The first is oil. But coffee tastes better.
I usually exist in my apartment in Arlington, Massachsuetts. I'm in a great spot, close to some good food, coffee roastery, drum shop, and about a mile from Alewife (the top of the Red Line). For a week or so per month I'm in Long Island and New York City, and I'm always down for some mischief. And sometimes I'm in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, often a weekend or two per month (I drive a lot!).
Life is very exciting to me. I would not be as happy as I am now if I were not able to climb, scuba dive, sing, hike, bike, stroll, construct, run, float, design, or drive. To quote my Mom after I described one of my weekend adventures, "Darren, every time you talk to me you give me diarrhea."
I wish I can have a rooftop deck in every home I sleep in. I believe it would increase the quality of my life tremendously. And I wish I could fly... really bad... diving is the next closest feeling to flying so I'll have to settle for that until I get a paraglider...but I'd really rather have a hanglider...it's just that hangliders are really really big. I will be getting tattoos of 4 birds soon. We'll see...
44 States conquered and definitely counting!!
The greatest unhappiness in life
Comes from people
Not going straight at things
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I am here to learn, listen, teach, host, do, taste, listen some more, exchange, display, walk, live, and learn some more... and other verbs that would fit nicely onto that list.
As I was travelling through Montana I stopped at a bar in Missoula for a game of pool and a drink or seven. A guy named Mike shot a couple of games with me. It turned out that he was the brother of the bar owner and for the rest of the night I got free drinks, free pool, free conversation, and a free couch to sleep on. I woke up in the morning, Mike and his family cooked me pancakes and crispy bacon, drove me back to my car and left me only with awesome memories and a picture of Mike with his thumbs up. Mike, if you ever see this, THANKS!!
Thus, my unofficial couchsurfing adventures officially began. And still continuing...
Scotch. Lots of it. I also walk, run, rock climb, hike, scuba diving, drink the world's greatest coffee, bike, climb some more, drink more scotch, meditate, fly through the air for frisbees, consume quality beer, nap for approximately 40 mintues for optimal rejuvination, etc etc etc.
Music, Movies, and Books
Mario Salvadori. He was an amazing man with Doctorates from Rome in Civil Engineering and Pure Mathematics. His books are poetic, structural, realistic, educational, social, ecological, interesting, and beautiful.
I like the histories of things.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Rock climbing with a blind person.
Carving a pumpkin 20 feet under water at night.
Mushing on the Yukon RIver in Eagle, Alaska during February 2012. Truly Cold & Truly Amazing.
Mushing for 3 weeks above the swedish arctic in 2013. Incredible.
Watching the sun come up at the summit of Mauna Kea.
(That was cold, too!)
Biking, WWOOFing, coffeeing, Hashing, CSing, camping and hostelling around Hawaii for a year in 2008.
After my college graduation, I hopped in my car and drove 13,228.1 miles by myself around the country. The basis of my trip was working on organic farms as a WWOOFer however, all I really wanted to do was drive and experience as much as I could. I have hiked to an isolated Indian Tribe in the Grand Canyon. I have urinated on the geographic center of the nation in South Dakota. I have seen the most beautiful sunset in Joshua Tree in Southern California. I have taken the world's largest free ferry ride in Canada. I have had my car broken into in Vancouver, my laptop stolen in San Francisco, dropped my camera in the water in Arizona and got lice on a kiwi farm in northern California. I met the most amazing people. And I got 1 speeding ticket outside Cleveland.
Teach, Learn, Share
I used to live and volunteer on an organic coffee farm in south kona on the big island of hawaii. I can teach you all you need to know about coffee: from growing to processing, roasting to packaging, drinking to love. And if you're really interested, we can chat about the political and economic side behind coffee.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In