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Overview

  • 13 References 11 Confirmed & Positive
  • No languages listed
  • 63, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Retired
  • by teachers and professors
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Live one day at a time and get the most out of each

ABOUT ME

I'm an easygoing guy (some say too much so.) I grew up in small suburban towns in Northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I retired early to have some fun, relax and enjoy life. Work wise...I was an autoworker, pipe-fitter with a little bar tending thrown in. I do most mechanical things. I need to be to work on this old house. I've been living in Buffalo for 11 years now after a plant closing in NJ forced me to move to a new area and new job. I go out and party a bit too much sometimes, mainly to a local music bar. It's close enough to walk to in a minute. There are 7 bars within 2 minutes walking so there is always something going on. Not to mention during the summer each week there are free concerts, festivals etc. Just look up what's happening in Buffalo NY. So basically I'm just having fun at the moment!

PHILOSOPHY

To each his own sums it up quick and easy! As you get older you realize that each and every person is "made" waaay different. From the obvious looks, likes and dislikes to the not so, as in observation and recognition skills. The only way for me to live is to embrace and celebrate the differences. To live and let live.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I met a great CS member by accident and had a wonderful experience hosting him at my home for several days while he explored Buffalo and all it has to offer. That turned me onto the surfing experience and I have hosted on and off since.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I sat next to a guy in the local pub listening to some live jazz music. There was a spider on his arm and we knocked it off. Started talking. I didn't notice the backpack until he asked if I had a place he could stay the night. I waited a bit and thought it over and invited him to stay the night and have breakfast. To which he promptly said now I can have another Guinness! I guess giving breakfast increased his budget by a few dollars so he could afford another. He stayed 4 nights, went to local are museums, parks, used bookstores and one day I took him to Niagara Falls. It was a wonderful experience for both. I'm also Dutch as he was but 3 generations away from speaking the language, but now I have an invite to see my ancestor’s homeland. How can you beat it! I know not all experiences will be the same but I’m willing to try again.

Interests

I am one of those proverbial "Jack of all trades" types. I have done lots of things during my years on this planet. I have flown airplanes, been a scuba diver, kept bees and did a lot of biking. I've spent some time restoring antique cars (I own a '53 MGTD) and from that I can rebuild the older engines, weld, fabricate etc. If there was only enough time in the day... Currently I mainly work on my home and garage/carriage house, with a 1880's home there is always something to do. And I love to brew (and drink) beer. I usually have at least 4 styles on tap.

  • concerts
  • festivals
  • breakfast
  • beer
  • instructor
  • walking
  • partying
  • drinking
  • pub crawls
  • flying
  • cars
  • music
  • jazz
  • cycling
  • backpacking
  • surfing
  • scuba diving
  • parks

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've done plenty of amazing things. One of the best was to fulfill a childhood dream of flying an airplane. My goal was to fly an airplane solo. The day that I accomplished it I almost crashed on a landing with my instructor on board. We did another landing and she asked for my logbook and signed off on my solo "ticket." She said it's all yours have fun...one of the most exhilarating and scariest experiences of my life.

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