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I worked retail for six years. Not because I love selling T-shirts, but because it was easy. Get a job. That’s what they tell you. So I did, and I worked. But in October of last year, I got fed up. I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t pursuing anything even resembling a dream. So I quit, to pursue a career in stand up comedy.
What do I know about making it in stand up? After a few months on the local circuit, it didn’t take me long to realize that to make it, someone else has to say so. But I didn’t have time for that. I didn’t have the money saved to pursue the dream full-time waiting around for someone who may or may not show up.
About three months prior, a friend had asked what I thought about driving cross country. I brushed off the idea at the time, but when I paired it with stand up, the “You Can’t Say That" tour was born.
The mission was simple: travel the country stop to stop, perform stand up comedy at local places, and connect with the people. Learn the regional differences in what was funny and what wasn’t. The idea was perfect, and the timing was right.
And so began the story of how Couchsurfing saved our trip. We surfed all across this great nation. We met countless awesome people. Guys, girls, older, younger, rich, frugal, it didn’t matter. All of them shared one common denominator: their love for connecting with others. We spent two months on the road. We drove through the south west, then the deep south, moved our way up the east coast, going as far north as Toronto. Then we drove through the heart of the midwest, through the Sierras and back into California.
It was everything I wanted it to be, yet nothing like I imagined. It was a reaffirmation of everything that is positive about people. My trip would have been impossible without the generosity of complete strangers welcoming me into their homes, from coast to coast, again and again.
I often find myself explaining the Couchsurfing concept to people, and I have come across more than a few baffled individuals. “You stayed with strangers?” And even as I sit here today, thinking back on my trip, I guess it is sort of unbelievable. I didn’t just get to see the landscape of the USA, I got to meet its’ people. I got to share meals, laughs and more than a few beers with folks who seemed nothing like me, yet weren’t so different after all.
I know I still have plenty more Couchsurfing experiences to come. I can only hope that they’re half as good as the “You Can’t Say That” tour. I don’t have a doubt in my mind that they will be.