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  • 19 references 16 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 49, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Technical Writer & Professional Editor
  • Master's Degree in English and Critical Theory
  • From Louisville, KY, USA
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About Me

Tidy, respectful, open-minded. I make friends easily. Vegetarian, but I do sushi now and then. Which is ironic because I own fish as pets. I promise to never eat them. I love animals. I play basketball almost every day, and weight train afterward. Also, I’m a writer. Music, comedy, and literature are passions of mine. Two truths: Hate never dispels hate. Inclusion prevails exclusion.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

As a kid, my peers and I were ingrained with the safety concept of “Don’t Talk To Strangers.” Past age 12, this lost power on me. I have every reason to believe that people are good, honest, helpful, and friendly. So now I want to share what I’ve learned from 45 years on Earth, from my travels, and to learn as much as possible from like-minded people.


Music. Travel. Writing. Evolution and anthropology. Warm weather. Exploration in various forms. Vegetarianism and good nutrition . Weight training, running, basketball, camping/hiking, swimming in clean streams, if there are any. IPA beers. Club soda.

  • writing
  • running
  • drinking
  • traveling
  • music
  • hiking
  • camping
  • basketball
  • swimming
  • anthropology

Music, Movies, and Books

Artists, writers, and inspirations...

Steven Morrissey. Henry Miller. Hunter S. Thompson. Ernest Hemingway. Albert Camus. Jarvis Cocker. Bruce Lee. Raymond Chandler. Cormac McCarthy is one of the most talented writers alive and publishing... Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert. Louis CK. Jim Gaffigan. Patton Oswalt. The Office(!). Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele = genius.

Oh: Karl Pilkington. The epitomal "whinging" traveler...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

First thing that comes to mind--because I would compose an encyclopedia here if I thought about it--is that I was proud of hiking out of the Bright Angel trail in the Grand Canyon in the same time it took me to get down (1.5 miles). I don’t know how I managed, but they recommend taking twice as long to climb out as to descend; I made it out in the exact same duration. Weird. The Canyon is, of course, too awesome for pictures. All those strata of millennia shorn off right in front of your eyes, like a diorama of time itself...

Teach, Learn, Share

Always during my travels I’ve made friends; I’ve written stories about them. Probably my travel journals represent the most beneficial thing I could pass on—if anyone’s interested.

What I Can Share with Hosts

While it's never been a problem for anyone I've hosted so far, I should mention that I have two cats--twin brothers--Kandahar and Steeve. (See pic in my photos.) They are 16 years old. I clean my apartment pretty much daily, but if allergies are an issue... This is my disclaimer.

They will not mess with you because I always give my guests the king-size bed in my bedroom... and let the cats mess with me on the couch when I sleep.

Also, my apartment complex does have a pool for summertime use.

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, France, Jamaica, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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