I was lying on this couch in the TaiwanMex Taipei Taiwan Hostel appreciating what a fine couch this was, when I started to think about CouchSurfing.com.
Mimi the cat has trying her best to be a good photo model, I am sorry the fluorescent lights have not assisted these photos well.
FIRST FEAR “Geez, have you seen the couches of the world?”
The USA has great couches, I truly enjoy lying around in the USA on a couch, however since I have left the USA about 10-11 years ago, I cannot really say I have seen many couches. I see some highly uncomfortable benches they call couches, however relatively rare to find a good lie down and sleep for a couple of hours couch.
SECOND FEAR “They will make me eat their food.”
I have this uncanny ability to get asked into the homes of people, I love to enter homes and visit, see how other cultures live their lives. I truly am appreciate that something about myself that enables people to feel comfortable enough to ask me to their home.
I almost religiously say. “NO thank you.”
Well, the reason is this, if you are invited into a home, what is the first thing they want you to do? “Eat.”
I am the most persnickety eater on the planet, I cannot eat a new food until I nose around if for at least a week. I have to look, examine, probe, ask a few questions and then finally if nobody is looking, I will try it.
Strange I know, but is like this, I could easily start to vomit the food if I did not like it, I mean I can have such a revulsion to most foods that it embarrassing.
What do people do when I am invited into their homes, they say, “This is a popular food of our country, you have to try it.”
I want to say, “You do not know me, I will not try it, even if I was an Ambassador of the USA in you country visiting your ruling King, Chief or Dictator.”
So, the idea of getting invited into home is a nerve wracking for me, I want to have my friends sign a written document. “I will not try to make you eat.”
THIRD FEAR “Endless tours of the city and country.”
I am not a tourist, I do not enjoy looking at tourist attractions 24/7 and really do not want to be given an endless tour of a city, country or all the Bars they know, a couple is ok, but truly some people never give up.
FOURTH FEAR - I end up being the Rich American that gets to pay for every persons meal and all their friends.
FIFTH FEAR Scare the people, maybe I will scare them so much they throw me out of the house. I am a little over the top mentally, I overwhelm the majority of people that are near me, I may be too intense.
SIXTH FEAR Hmm, maybe I get addicted to Couth Surfing because I like it so much.
SEVENTH FEAR … hehehe and probably will stop me. I do not want to put my photo on any web site.
Well, I think CouchSurfing.com should be good fun, I hope the world enjoys it, I need to see if I can do it without using a photo. It would be nice to sleep on a couple of couches in Korea and Japan.
Now, truly folks, I have been couch surfing for years even before it became fashionable. Like I said, I have this uncanny ability to get invited into the homes of people, and they often offer me a bed. I suspect you will never read about it on a this blog, I try to keep friendships at a distance in case they go bad, I find is bad form to go around chatting about people who are generally nice, however have their days of being complete jerks.
Wade of VagabondJourney.com has been enjoying couch surfing in New York City, he got to sleep on a girls couch, seems like a good idea, I am not always sure about the new male gender on the planet, seems less annoying if I would go couch surf on a girls couch. CouchSurfing.com by Wade