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  • 46 References 40 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Spanish
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Reliability Engineer
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
  • From St. Louis, MO, USA
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About Me


To never be complacent.


I'm very level-headed, which may sound like a lame thing to say, but it's true, and I believe a strong suit of mine. I'm generally on the quiet side, but very much enjoy a good conversation. While music and urban planning are two of my greatest passions, I am currently building a career in the San Francisco Bay Area's medical device industry.


A few words that could hint at my personal philosophy: pragmatism, science, probability, and compassion.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I initially joined CS to find hosts in Japan, which was absolutely incredible. Now that I have my own place, I've enjoyed playing the other role in the CS Community. Welcoming all you beautiful people into my home lets me sate some of that craving for travel and new experiences endemic of the couchsurfer right in my own living room!


My experiences with couchsurfing are unparalleled. From my first two hosts in Japan to my dozen or so surfers here in Santa Rosa, there is an element of genuine, open, kindness that primes any two people to click from the first "Hello!"


Listening to music, playing music, sharing music, travel, urban planning/design, cooking knefla soup and enchiladas (and more of course), making bubbles (especially giant bubbles), snowboarding, being outside, hiking, camping... skateboarding, biking, sipping beer, pouring over maps (not the beer)...

  • design
  • cooking
  • recipes
  • beer
  • traveling
  • music
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • camping
  • snowboarding
  • skateboarding
  • cartography
  • science

Music, Movies, and Books

Hmmm well here's an attempt at some top five lists... Not ordered.

The Shawshank Redemption
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Blues Brothers
V for Vendetta
Pan's Labyrinth
The Color of Paradise (or any other Majid Majidi film)
Zwarteboek (Black Book)

Music: I'll list some specific songs...
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock (Headhunters version)
It Gets Funkier (I, II, and III) - Vulfpeck
Autumn Leaves - Cannonball Adderly
Moanin' - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Love You Madly - Cake
Cars Hiss by My Window - The Doors
The Bizness - De La Soul
Wax - Lotus
The World Softly Lulls - Hiatus Kaiyote
Inside Voice - Joey Dosik
Peace on Earth - Ebo Taylor
R6 Interlude - Henry Wu

A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R Tolkien
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
Roughing It - Mark Twain

If there are more than 5 or 10 items on these list, it's because I try to update them but can't bring myself to remove anything, so they just get longer!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I survived a five day backpacking trip through Yosemite where on the third night we got caught in a snowstorm on the north side of Red Peak Pass at 10,500' as the sun went down.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can share my knowledge of giant bubble juice recipes, among other things.

What I Can Share with Hosts

A space, a meal, a conversation, a tune, and as any of my previous guests would know, lots of maps! If you bring me a map of your home, I will carve a special place for you in my heart!

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominica, England, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Russian Federation, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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