Wilmington, NC, USA

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About Me


To rid the world of ignorant people


Mindless chit chat, all music genres, chronic nite owl, backpacking, drinking good wine on the pier, adventure, taking 'detours', reading page-turner novels, running/marathons (not b/c I'm Kenyan), watching foreign/independent movies with subtitles, laying on the beach after midnight, hanging out with friends, steak enthusiast, being miserly, starting each day anew, balmy carolina summer nights, never again returning to the cold of upstate NY


Don't make someone a priority who makes you an option

Ignore what people say, pay attention to what they do

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Early 2009 was spent surfing and now it's time to start hosting!

I just added this Flag Counter on 12/31/09:


Quebec City; Costa Rica; Argentina; Oklahoma; New Mexico; Peru; Colorado; California; Egypt; Arizona; Minnesota; Texas; Missouri; Nevada; Louisiana; Coachella; Montana; North Carolina; Singapore; Indonesia; Malaysia, Utah, Arkansas, Wyoming,
Turkey, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway

Future hopes - Croatia, Nepal, Mongolia, Iceland, Morocco, South Africa, Burma, Ethiopia, Thailand, Iran, Serbia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Laos, Cambodia, Ecuador, Bolivia, India, Sweden, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Papua New Guinea, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia

Repeats - Indonesia, Hungary, Norway,


Scuba divingHashing (running)Salsa dancing
Watching "Gossip Girl", "Nip/Tuck", "Breaking Bad" and "Family Guy"
Putting curry in almost everything I cook
Burning cinnamon and vanilla scented candles
Shopping at thrift stores
Attempting to whitewater kayak and rock climb
Big blue oceans
Learning other types of skiing (AT, XC, backcountry, etc)
Eating chocolate ice cream when it's subzero outside
Making up and trying new recipes
Watching Korean romantic comedies
Enjoying Indian, Mediterranean, and Thai cuisine
Planning new adventures everyday

Music, Movies, and Books

Independent, foreign, documentary, comedy, animation

Gone Baby Gone, 28 Weeks Later, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Descent, The Namesake, Generation Kill, Monsoon Wedding, Coming to America, Saved!, Latter Days, Bang Bang Your Dead, Jab We Met, Keeping Mum, Hard Candy, A Dog's Breakfast, Kandahar, The Rabbit-Proof Fence, Killing Pablo, After Sex, My Sassy Girl, Table for Three, The God's Must Be Crazy, The Visitor, Le Veuve de St. Pierre, The Cuckoo, Sometimes in April, Frozen River, Lars and the Real Girl, Easy A, A Walk to Remember, Usual Suspects, Wall Street, Kissing Jessica Stein, Fargo, The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas, Cruel Intentions, Atonement, Fried Green Tomatoes, Eden Lake, Big Fish, Sleeping Dogs Lie, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Something Different, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Fido, American Beauty, 9 Songs, The Big Bad Swim, Before Sunset, Garden State, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Windstruck, Persepolis, Coffee Date, Death at a Funeral, Silence of the Lambs, Big Eden, Cherry Crush, Bella, Big Nothing, Something the Lord Made, She Hate Me, Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Wedding, Shrek, Shawshank Redemption, Hot Fuzz, Finding Nemo, Thank You for Smoking, Human Stain, Skin, I Think I Love My Wife, The First Grader, Say Uncle, Mary & Max, Loving Annabelle, Circumstance

Anything and everything except too much techno

Yukimi Nagano, Gaelle, MC Solaar, Angelique Kidjo, Hird, Little Dragon, Buena Vista Social Club, Sade, Esthero, G. Love, Sting, Boyz II Men, Putumayo, Kem, Sia, Santogold, Papa Wemba, Fiona Apple, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Timbaland, Greenskeepers, Ali Farka Toure, Chris Combette, Brooks & Dunn, Metallica, James Brown, Eric Satie, Missy Elliot, Louis Armstrong, Massive Attack, Telepopmusik, Robin Thicke, Habib Koite, Wisin & Yandel, Jay Z, Ceu, EnVogue

The House on Sugar Beach, Child of the Jungle, Courage Under Fire, The Jungle, Our Kind of People, Dreams of My Father, The Pelican Brief, Gotham Diaries, Doomsday Conspiracy, A Season in Purgatory, How to Rent a Negro, One Bullet Away, Lipstick Jihad, In the Time of Madness, The Five Love Languages

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hiking up Misti Volcano and down solo Colca Canyon in Peru. Ran a marathon by mistake. Steered a nuclear powered submarine . . . seriously. Saw presents fall down my parent's chimney one Christmas back in the 80s when I was a kid . . . still have no idea how they did it. Saw the sunset while driving across the desert mountains of southeastern New Mexico . . . just beautiful. Annual inflatable pool parties on mountain peaks of 11,000+ ft (3300+ m)

Teach, Learn, Share

Try not to be a tourist but rather a student of the language, culture, and customs

I'd like to learn Farsi, improve my French and Russian, and get more into outdoor activities like rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and mountain biking

I can teach you how to make Chapati, which is an Indian bread similar to naan and roti

I can whistle with my hands . . . no great feat, but cool to share

What I Can Share with Hosts

Great conversation. Awesome laughter. Cooking chapati.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Singapore, Turkey

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, United States

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