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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Spanish
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  • Member since 2005
  • I am an ex corporate design slave turned slacker when THE...
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  • From We both grew up in Arlington Heights, IL a suburb of Chicago
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About Me


Planning for the amazing future while remaining in the moment.


The short form or... My blog has about three books worth of information about us. It's more day to day info. I'm always surprised when people read this and know everything about our lives when we meet face to face.
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I always try to be mindful that my words and actions have an effect on things. Being spontaneous, having fun and going off the beaten path doesn't mean being reckless, especially with people and their sensibilities.


We are perpetual travelers. I (Cindy) like to dance, but I don't go as much as I would like. We like to go out and have a drink or two, but unfortunately and fortunately, (most of the time) we don't party like rockstars anymore. We like to hike, and do just about anything outdoors. We have our own climbing gear and would be interested in taking travelers climbing. It doesn't matter if you're a novice or an expert. I'm a novice, Andy's an expert (like Spiderman).

  • books
  • dancing
  • cooking
  • partying
  • drinking
  • blogging
  • survival
  • poker
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • baseball
  • rock climbing

Music, Movies, and Books

This is one of our favorite radio shows. It's called This American Life. You can listen to it for free via podcast or download.
I had trouble trying to describe it. Apparently, they did too. Here's a link to a description of it:
Bands in no particular order (from Cindy). All links either go to myspace pages or youtube videos:

The Gossip, Sia, Cat Power, Tegan and Sara, Le Tigre, Pink Floyd, Electric Six, Tricky, The Crystal Method, Peter Gabriel, Cake, Dolly, and one more Dolly . Colin Hay front man from Men at Work. The Postal Service and judge me if you will, but I (guiltily) like the hot mess that is Britney.
I've almost never met a book I didn't like. Andy is a especially big Vonnegut fan. I can't think of any one writer that is my favorite, but I did just finish World War Z and really liked it. I loved Atlas Shrugged even though it was painfully dense at times. I think the entire book could have been summed up in a pamphlet. I probably didn't even like the book that much. I think I just like the whole idea of a Utopian world of smart people living in harmony raising chickens.

What is the What is a beautiful, funny, tragic moving account of refugee of the Sudanese civil war. I think this one is going on my top ten.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Driving from Vegas to Kansas just behind or in front of a tornado the whole way. The sky looking like something that belonged over the gates of hell. The quiet, green and electric air. Pulling into Kansas to the sound of air raid sirens.
In the middle of the night, Andy and I hiking alone a total of nine hours in Volcano's National Park. We struggled through sharp and rugged lava rock in Hawaii to stand feet from flowing, splashing lava and burning falling trees.

Alas, we didn't plan and only had a camera phone.

Made it 850 miles of the PCT (a 2600 mile hike from Mexico to Canada).

Teach, Learn, Share

Andy will teach you how to climb things and the best things to gamble on. Baseball handicapping and poker are his specialties.
I'm a great cook and like to throw things together that never get created the same twice. I would love to learn how to swing dance, wilderness survival skills.

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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