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Belgium, Luxembourg & Strasbourg -- 1-16 August 2017
Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise -- Autumn 2017
Since I host far more often than I surf, most of my profile is about hosting. So here's a quick precis about me as a surfer:
-- I do not surf to save money. I surf to meet awesome locals.
-- I am not on a tight budget. I'm perfectly willing to go to places (e.g., museums) that have admission fees.
-- I'd rather buy you dinner than cook you dinner.
-- Your dog is my host the same as you are and will be respected as such.
-- I do not smoke. I do not drink hard liquor ... only beer. Having said that...
-- I like beer. I really like beer. I really really like beer. But I don't drink to get drunk.
-- Your house, your rules. I will not ask for any exceptions or special accommodations.
-- If you host me, I will host you back. Any time!
My upcoming trip is mostly about Renaissance and Baroque period Flemish art & architecture ... and beer. Chcocolate, waffles and fries are of course also on the list. I've heard that Strasbourg is, "the most German city in France" and am really looking forward to seeing it. And everyone knows Luxembourg is just plain awesome, right?
I'm an attorney, financial planner and business consultant living in Glendale, Arizona. I also occasionally teach economics, finance and business law at the University of Phoenix.
Before that I was an investment banker living in Manhattan.
I have a B.S. in Business & Economics, an M.A. in Economics, and a J.D., which I earned at age 36.
"Try to be the person your dog thinks you are."
Libertarian, atheist. (Believe it or not, libertarian atheists can be nice, fun, social people. Try us out...)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've had the pleasure of hosting 102 CouchSurfers (95 male and seven female) from 19 foreign countries and 17 U.S. states. They have ranged in ages from 18 to 47 and have come as 65 solo travelers, 14 pairs, one foursome, and the Swedish Invasion (five). Several were not fluent English speakers.
Three guests were volunteers through HelpX and five through Workaway.
Find me on Workaway: https://www.workaway.info/967695273928-en.html
Find me on HelpX: http://www.helpx.net/host.asp?hostid=55436
Find me on TravBuddy: http://www.travbuddy.com/CMTinPHX
I am also an Airbnb Superhost.
As for surfing, in 2013 I completed a four-week car trek with my dog around the Southwest U.S. and California. We found dog-friendly CouchSurfing hosts for 23 of 27 nights, and it went very well.
More recently I've been hosted by wonderful folks in Seattle, Edmonton, Denver, London, San Antonio and San Diego.
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I'm more than happy to play tour guide to the extent my schedule permits.
If you're in Phoenix with something specific planned, then I'm usually willing to join you if you invite me. (This includes Diamondbacks or Cardinals games, but not the Suns or Coyotes.)
I have a year-round national parks pass, so if I have the day off, then I can take you to the Grand Canyon. (If so, then I ask that you either pay for gas -- about $30 -- or earn the trip by doing work around the house or something like that.)
If you're just passing through, then we'll find something to do, whether it's out-and-about or just staying in and binge-watching programs on the Roku. I also have an Xbox 360 with a very modest selection of games (mostly shooters).
I prefer "pub grub" and beer to exotic dining and cocktails. I especially like comedy clubs, and there's a fun free pub trivia contest Sunday nights that I often take surfers to.
For cultural types, I can point you toward Phoenix' rather modest selection of museums. I can't offer much guidance on private art galleries or musical venues.
For outdoor types, there are two charming recreation preserves within 10 miles of my home with easy-to-moderate hiking trails that I can gladly escort you through. If you want to try our area's more challenging trails and peaks, then you will need to make your own arrangements.
I'm a recreational (i.e., not very good) oboist. I play in the local community college's "night band."
I enjoy craft beer and brewpubs (I thought about taking up home-brewing but decided against it, as I'm primarily a pilsner-lager man but it's hard to home-brew those.) I'm always eager to sit and have great beer with good friends, or good beer with great friends, or new beer with new friends, or whatever.
I try to stay informed on politics and constitutional law issues (especially those concerning individual rights). Always into science, history, and philosophy. (I've been known to suddenly stop whatever I'm doing and look something up on Wikipedia.)
My indoor preferences are museums and comedy clubs. My outdoor preferences are scenic drives and easy-to-moderate hikes.
Note: If you speak German, then expect me to ask for help with my vocabulary.
Music, Movies, and Books
Currently Reading: "Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World" (https://www.harpercollins.com/9780060935726/empires-of-the-word)
Last Movie I Went To: "Wonder Woman"
Music: Classic rock, Romantic-period classical.
TV: Comedies, sci-fi, historical dramas, legal dramas, historical documentaries.
Favorite movies: Immortal Beloved, Excalibur.
Books: history & economics (e.g., Niall Ferguson), historical fiction (e.g., James Clavell).
Here are some more favorites that might help spark a conversation:
Favorite Painter: Albert Bierstadt
Favorite Zoo Animal: Red Panda
Favorite Chess Opening: Ruy Lopez
Favorite Twilight Zone Episode: The Invaders
I have also recently developed an unhealthy addiction to "FailArmy" videos. ;-)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Machu Picchu was pretty amazing. So was Andermatt in the Swiss Alps.
I recently caught* a foul ball at a major league baseball game. (*Okay, not so much "caught" as "picked it up as it slowly rolled toward me.")
For over 12 years I had the privilege of caring for the best dog in the world.
My Travel Map: http://www.travbuddy.com/maps/6989059
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: Law, economics, politics.
Learn: Music theory, more German words,
Share: Traveling tales, new experiences.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Besides my home? Well, I can share:
--Where to have your picture taken standing next to a giant cactus.
--Best trails for a summit view of the Valley.
--A good place for fajitas.
--A leisurely game of chess.
--How to get cheap seats to Diamondbacks games.
--How to play blackjack.
--An answer to, "What the heck is an oboe?"
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In