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Welcome to Miami Beach, where corruption is king and the law of the land is comply or die. I’m unlikely to be able to host for a while as I’m literally about to be homeless - all as a result of speaking up for bike safety
Leaving my status set to ‘hosting’ on the slim chance I find something, and as a warning for potential victims... I mean visitors...
I hope you survive and enjoy your visit!
I insisted that local police should actually document when cyclists and pedestrians are hit by cars (they routinely refuse - yet we are still one of the most deadly areas statistically)
Cops violently and unlawfully arrested me to shut me up (indisputable proof that my arrest was unlawful)
City refused to do internal affairs investigation
Shortly after, I was nearly killed in a (potentially intentional) hit and run - on video and with witnesses
Cops refused to investigate
Brain injury cost me my livelihood and health insurance denies treatment
When woman was located by my efforts, authorities made sure she walked free and i shouldered burden
Lawyer I hired to sue her turns out to be friends with mayor... and sues me to block me from suing her
Court ignores all evidence and rules against me, leaving me with no options for compensation and all responsibility for damages driver caused, plus legal bills
Still unable to pay rent, family kicks me out of home
Credit ruined, no employment - I’m on the street
Welcome to America - home of the free /sarcasm
*** I am not a free hostel, hotel or airBnB. If that is all you are looking for, i am not the host for you. I also have an issue with those who confuse couch surfing with tinder. ***
I'm a tech geek, runner and aspiring world traveler. I love meeting great people and finding ways to do my part to make everyones lives a little more rewarding
Traveling to support the football, basketball and hockey teams at Boston College awoke a passion for travel that unfortunately was dormant for many years once I hit the 'real world'. I worked for Apple for a few years, then started an IT consulting business that is still my primary business. The hours are crazy, but I get to work with great people and cool toys - can't ask for much better than that
After years of work, work, work in Miami, I finally committed to getting back in shape in late 2012 and started running regularly again. Everything was going great until April 2013. After just completing the Boston Marathon for the 12th time I was trying to get a photo of myself at the finish line. And then my whole world came crashing down. I swore then that my having been there would result in some good, and from that came OneRun - a charity designed to provide long term care for the marathon bombing victims. It's still a young charity, but I'm committed to making the vision a reality
This was a wake up call about my own mortality as well - and I promised myself that I was going to stop saying "some day"… that day was now, because there may not be another chance. So now, despite having two essentially overtime jobs, I still force myself to get out and travel. It's a great big, beautiful world out there and I intend to experience as much of it as possible
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Even if I had all the money in the world, I'd still couch surf and hostel! I want to travel and experience the world - not just see it. I could travel with the same small group of people, and stay at an American chain hotel and sit around drinking at the hotel bar. But I could have that exact same experience at home, so whats the point of being on the road?
No, I'd much rather be immersed in the places I visit with new likeminded people. Couchsurfing offers a great opportunity to do that. No one can tell you better what the local experience is like than a local!
And when I'm at home in Miami, couchsurfing does two things for me: it gives me the opportunity to meet some great people and share my little piece of the world with them and in doing so, helps to make sure I never take home for granted. It's too easy to get caught up in life and miss the wonders around you. Spending time with travelers at home is a great way to keep that adventurous spirit even when I'm not on the road
Obviously travel is way up there on this list or I wouldn't be here
I'm also an alpha geek - I love talking about and playing with the newest technology and finding ways to integrate that with all other aspects of my life
Fitness is another huge part of my life. I'm an avid runner and a bicycle commuter. I love exploring places on foot and by bike
I love animals. I've got cats, and would love to have a dog but it wouldn't be fair to the pup that I'm often on the road
And certainly can't forget the people! I've met so many awesome people on my travels and always looking forward to meeting more
Music, Movies, and Books
I good soundtrack makes a great backdrop for just about anything in life. I like all kinds of music, depending on the mood and company.
While curling up with a good book or relaxing and watching a movie is a nice chance to unwind, I usually prefer getting out there and living life! So I work my tail off and then travel, not leaving much time for reading and tv
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Just one? Amazing can mean so many different things
Survived being hit by a speeding motor vehicle while riding my bike... I'm still recovering from a fractured vertebrae, traumatic brain injury and other things... but I am ALIVE!!! (Miami roads are not safe)
On the travel side of things, my month of backpacking through Romania (my longest trip) was an amazing experience
But if I really had to chose just one thing, I'd say hands down that being a part of the #BostonStrong response was and is amazing. People thrust into such a horrific experience who responded with such love, light and passion. Although I wasn't one of the marathon heroes that day, I'm proud that my long term response reflects that amazing spirit that I witnessed then
Teach, Learn, Share
Running is the solution to all of life's problems. Lace up your running shoes and just let go...
What I Can Share with Hosts
Good company, good stories and hopefully a lasting friendship and the opportunity to return the favor of hosting. Miami is a great place to visit!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In