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Overview

  • 1 Reference 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Writer, Photographer, Videographer.
  • High School, with a touch of College.
  • From Aromas, Ca, USA. Think Mayberry, but a tad less quaint.
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Love the Lord my God with all my heart & soul, mind & strength; and love my neighbor as myself!

ABOUT ME

Four years ago, I felt the sudden urge to see the world and experience new adventures. I got a passport, visited San Luis Obispo, and never left.

Now, I am trying to travel more, and I'm finding that the most enjoyable experience I have when I travel is meeting new people. An ancient landmark is interesting for a moment, but when that moment is shared with others, it becomes something so much more.

I recently returned from a 36 day European adventure, where I made new friends and saw interesting places in England, Holland, France, and Italy. Since then, I have been visiting friends and family up and down California, and am planning to return to San Luis Obispo.

While I don't have an available couch, please let me know if you are in San Luis (or wherever I happen to be)! I would love to hang out.

PHILOSOPHY

I am a Christian, and I'd love to share the gospel with you if you're interested, but if you're not, I'll understand.

That said, I'm a very down to earth fellow with friends from many different walks of life, and I'm not quick to judge. Please show me the same respect.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Haven't had a chance to, but I'm looking forward to it.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Well, I have yet to use this couch surfing network, but I'd say I've got a good deal of experience:

For the past year I've been sleeping on a couch in my own apartment. I opted to save money on rent, and my roommates said, "Fine by us."

Before that, I've slept on friends' couches as I waited for leases to begin, as I traveled on road trips, mission trips, and potato chips.

It's gotten to the point where I often prefer a couch over a bed!

Interests

Writing; I have so many stories to tell, but time has a way of slipping by.

Photography; I used to be a professional, but now it's just for fun.

Movies; If we don't get too artsy, I can keep up with the best of them.

Travel; I love meeting new people.

  • dogs
  • writing
  • photography
  • movies
  • traveling
  • surfing
  • road trips

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off / Romeo+Juliet / A Life Less Ordinary / Wristcutters: A Love Story / OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies / Death at a Funeral (UK version) / Into the Wild

Music:
Vampire Weekend / Mutemath / Cake / Caravan Palace / Squirrel Nut Zippers / Katie Herzig / Kye Kye / Silversun Pickups

Books:
The Scar - China Mieville / Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon / Dune - Frank Herbert / Through Painted Deserts (and) Blue Like Jazz - Donald Miller

In the Bible:
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
The Book of Acts
Ecclesiastes
Genesis
Jonah

Also:
Self Editing for Fiction Writers (2nd Edition) - Renni Browne & Dave King [If you write, read this. It's a time saver.]

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've driven a car, backward, off a cliff, and survived.

I've also saved a shark.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm jealous of dogs. I don't like them so much, but they got the right spirit.

Two dogs see each other on the street. They can't wait to make friends. Two people on the street? They won't even say hello.

I used to think that this was a California thing, but as I travel, I realize that California may be friendlier than many other places! What a drag.

Personally, I want to greet strangers with a smile, not ignore them like they don't exist. I want to learn a lesson from the dogs.

Countries I’ve Visited

France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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