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Bryan Kwee

Walnut Creek, California, United States

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Overview

  • 9 Positive References
  • Fluent in English
  • 37, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • professional bicycle mechanic
  • BA in humanities with a focus on cul...
  • From anaheim, ca, usa
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

to actualize my intentions

ABOUT ME

a straightedge vegan with a strong passion for preserving cultural arts, industrious trades, upholding social and environmental justice & simply put life in general. a firm believer in self-redemption through self-reflection. a lifetime student & a proponent of all education & equal rights. a graduate of New College of California's Ecodwelling program. a history buff on inane facts. a kook about finding offbeat attractions in little-known towns.

PHILOSOPHY

i am not a victim of circumstance, but i am a proponent of change.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I hope to facilitate open dialogue and awareness through common space. I think that it is through these chance encounters that we actually challenge our personal conceptions of the world. It is my desire to
understand the world on an experiential level rather than on an academic note.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

hosting:
mostly friends and second degree friends visiting from out of town.

sporadic couchsurfing with amazing people in Seattle & Boise... I hope to do more soon

Interests

veganism, anarchism, straightedge lifestyles, queer politics, critical self-theory, zines!, environmental justice, permaculture, biking, kayaking, sailing, hiking, bouldering, parkour, the post-hydrocarbon movement, earth survival skills, industrial arts, reclaimed art, appropriate technology, deep ecology, cultural anthropology, holistic idealogy & practices, thriftshopping, all things DIY, self-sustainable living, alternative energy sources, eco-villages, co-ops, earthships, treehouses, bicycles, critical mass, vespa & lambretta classic motorscooters, cafe racer motorcycles, old volvos & volkswagens, body piercing, tattoos, bass guitar, drums, ethnic musical instruments,

Music, Movies & Books

Movies:
peaceful warrior, what the bleep do we know?, vannett's historie of water, the future of food, the corporation, the end of suburbia, fat of the land, we aren't blocking traffic, we are traffic!, tibet cry of the snow lion, the greening of cuba, dark days, the crushing blow, brotherhood of the wolf, starman, sixth sense, stir of echoes, drunken master, edward scissorhands, bone collector, highlander, hellraiser, lord of illusions, the others, freaks, the stupids, rushmore, the saint, sleepy hollow, lady in white, 12 monkeys, jacob's ladder, road warrior

Music:
third wave ska, melodic punk, old school straightedge, screamo, progarock, experimental, indie.. slapstick, the broadways, the scholars, rise against, mu330, shelter, all, the clash, pain, fugazi, one eye open, organic junk fude, mr. bungle, faith no more, new model army, streetlight manifesto, sonic boom six, king prawn, capdown

Books:
ecofascism - janet biehl and peter staudenmaier, driven out- jean pfaelzer, one straw revolution- masanobu fukuoka, a new covenant with nature - richard heinberg, days of war/nights of love- crimethink, fast food nation - eric schlosser, becoming vegan- brenda davis and vesanto melina, homework handbuilt shelter - lloyd kahn, ten minute mysteries, the old farmer's almanac, thomas guide maps, guinness book of world records

One Amazing Thing I've Done

working as a expedition leader for the nation's only lesbian gay bisexual transexual and questioning youth offroad bikecamping nonprofit known as Bike Out. I lead bike handling skills and preventative maintanance workshops for inner city youth. I ran a recyclery to benefit Bike Out's programming, and supervised two youth trainees on outreach, bicycle restoration, and customer service.

Teach, Learn, Share

-professional bicycle mechanic
-former professional body piercer
-natural home/ structure builder
-creative reuse craftsman
-former habitat for humanity construction lead
-certified in permaculture, and wilderness first aid
and cpr
-bass guitarist / drummer
-novice inkle loom weaver
-novice yarn spinster

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