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Travelling on the cheap and meeting tons of people.
I can be both really easygoing or what some might consider to be uptight and stubborn. But usually I'm trying to have fun with whatever I'm doing -- and trying to make you laugh.
Be the kind of person you want your children to be.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Other than surfing on couches while I travel, I tell other people about Couchsurfing.com and I encourage them to give it a try.
The usual stuff: visiting friends in other cities. I've even snagged some stays with my drivers when I hitchhike and a few hours of sleep on the couch of a new friend I met at a train station.
I love talking about politics and world affairs. I'm also a "research geek," which means I spend a lot of time in bookstores and libraries looking for books and reference material. It might sound odd, but it's to teach myself how to find information -- especially if it's considered "hard-to-find" -- and then use that skill on the job.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Wilco, Son Volt, Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown, Ryan Bingham, Shooter Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, The Highwaymen, Kid Rock, Hank III, Merle Haggard, Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy, The Who, Hank Engel & the Hoosier Daddies, The Eagles, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Bob Seger, Rodney Crowell, Alabama, Tim McGraw, The Road Hammers, Steve Earle, John Fogerty, CCR, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Kenny Chesney, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Brandt, Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, Randy Travis, Dale Watson, Dwight Yoakam, Delbert McClinton, Neko Case, Ghostland Observatory, Polyphonic Spree, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Guided By Voices, The Zit Remedy, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Mondo Idols, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Conway Twitty, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Preacher Hopkins Speed Disorder, almost anyone who's appeared on Austin City Limits
Books: P.J. O'Rourke, Mark Steyn, George Orwell, Winston Churchill, Dale Carnegie, Martin Gilbert, Simon Winchester, Michael Palin, Daniel Defoe, Dave Barry, Carlo Levi, Peter Jenkins, William Least Heat Moon, American history, British and British Empire history, biographies of great men, travel literature
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Pearl-farming on the Indian Ocean
Teach, Learn, Share
If you're looking for some hard-to-find information (e-mail address, phone number, postal address), give me a try. I like a challenge.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In