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"To be able to look back upon one's life in satisfaction, is to live twice."
- Khalil Gibran
My wife Angie (https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/2987812/profile) and I are dipping our toes back into Couchsurfing, and are eager to meet some futurefriends. Will we get along? Good question, but I can't ask you because I'm an About Me box. So please take the time to look through my profile, and figure out if we have at least enough in common to enjoy hanging out together.
Me? I'm easy-going, grateful, down-to-earth, and some other adjectives. I'm an import to the U.S.A. from Vancouver, Canada, to be with my beautiful and amazing wife, Angie, and our buddy-cat Pickle. We married in Portland, Oregon in 2013, and then moved to New Orleans a year later so I could pursue work as a public school teacher.
I've recently completed two extremely challenging years as a High School teacher at one of the major charter networks here in New Orleans. I knew very early into my second year that I had to find a different path for myself, and luckily was hired at a public Montessori/French Elementary school for the new year. So far, I feel like I've found a educational system and philosophy that I'm very well suited for, and I'm super excited!
We live in an apartment in an area called Midcity, just blocks away from City Park. It's a great neighborhood with nearby restaurants, bars, parks, grocery stores, and the rest of New Orleans is very accessible. There's a futon and possibly an air bed that we can put in our living room, and you can likely have the room to yourself.
I've loved hosting in past years, as it's made for some awesome lasting friendships with people all over the world. My wife and I will try to spend time with you, but since we'll likely be at least a little busy with life, it's appreciated if you bring a certain level of independence as a surfer/traveler.
Good times guaranteed!*
*Not an actual guarantee**
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've surfed with a few great hosts during a roadtrip across the U.S.A. and back through Canada in Summer 2011.
On the homefront, I've hosted about 35 people since the beginning of 2010, and have had nothing but AWESOME experiences. Also, I was involved with the local Couchsurfing community in Vancouver, and attended events and meetups pretty often.
Traveling (a given), Cooking, Music, Hockey, Permaculture, Green Tech, the Tiny House movement, Reading, Debate, Shaking mah buns, Bears (the animal ;) ), etc etc etc you get the gist
- video games
- eating out
Music, Movies, and Books
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Sublime, Starfucker, Atmosphere, Said the Whale, Aidan Knight, Ozomatli, Feed Me, Jurassic 5, ACDC, Elliott Smith, The Flaming Lips, Rage Against the Machine, Del The Funky Homosapien, Nirvana, Groove Armada, Caribou, Ben Folds, TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene, Neil Young, DJ Shadow, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles Of Death Metal, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Blind Melon, CCR, Ben Kweller, Hieroglyphics, Iron & Wine, Bad Religion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Incubus, Pavement, Radiohead, The Doves, Jimi Hendrix, Green Day, Bullfrog, Tenacious D, Soundgarden, Joel Plaskett, Dead Kennedys, Jeff Buckley, Lou Reed, Velvet Underground, Mason Jennings, Johnny Cash, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Feist, The New Pornographers, Destroyer, The Postal Service, Sufjan Stevens, The Band, Beatles, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Gil Scott-Heron, Van Morrison, The Killers, Basement Jaxx, LCD Soundsystem, Ratatat, Hot Chip, Hall and Oates, Chillin' Room, Deadmau5, MSTRKRFT, Nine Inch Nails, Crookers, Kid Koala, The Knife, Mgmt, Hayden, Dan Mangan, Beck, GZA, Talking Heads, Dada Life, Holy Fuck, Japandroids, Animal Collective, Avalanches, Chad VanGaalen, Fleet Foxes, Little Dragon, Childish Gambino, and so much more
Donnie Darko, Pulp Fiction, Swingers, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Dumb and Dumber, Godfather 1 and 2, Clerks, Mallrats, Requiem for a Dream, Old School, Chasing Amy, Garden State, Anchorman, The Big Lebowski, Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite, Sin City, Total Recall, Kill Bills, Crash, Rules of Attraction, Waking Life, Good Will Hunting, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Borat, The Sandlot, 40 Year Old Virgin, Children of Men, Serenity, Hot Fuzz, The Fountain, Jackie Brown, True Romance, Eastern Promises, Knocked Up, Superbad, The Bourne trilogy, High Fidelity, No Country For Old Men, In Bruges, Slumdog Millionaire, Elling, The Science Of Sleep, The Squid And The Whale
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, On the Road, The Prophet, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, High Fidelity, Life of Pi, Catch 22, Everything is Illuminated, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Last Exit to Brooklyn, 1984, right now pretty much anything by Douglas Coupland, Chuck Palahniuk, and Roald Dahl of course.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
1. Seeing little recently hatched Leatherback Turtles flip their way down the beach to the ocean at a protected hatchery in Gandoca, Costa Rica.
2. Skinny dipped off the wall in Dubrovnik, Croatia
3. Witnessed the first ever Canadian gold medal on home soil during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, when Alexandre Bilodeau won the men's moguls on Cypress, beating out (dickhead) Dale Begg-Smith.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm an English teacher by trade, so I will be annoyingly eager to correct your English if you want me to. I also speak some French and Spanish, and would be happy to practice both.
I LOVE learning. Anything. Everything.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, United States