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Gil and Nancy Glass

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Overview

  • 212 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Spanish
  • 50, Other
  • Member since 2007
  • Gil - SW engineer; Nancy - governmen...
  • Masters Degrees (both)
  • From NY, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Find a new place to buy bagels since our neighborhood bakery closed. (As of November, 2011, a new bagel bakery has opened in DC. Our mission is now to come up with a new mission statement.)

ABOUT ME

Gil: I am the oldest of one child, born in New York, NY, USA some time ago. I grew up in New York and the surrounding area until I was 18 when I left for college in the midwestern U.S. I studied electrical engineering in college and have been employed in related fields since graduating. After about a total of 10 years in the Midwest, I returned to the East Coast of the U.S., specifically Washington, DC, where I live with my wife Nancy and our two cats, Dexter and Ike. I like to think of myself as creative, intelligent, articulate, and funny. I don't know whether anyone else thinks of me that way. I like very strong coffee and insanely spicy (hot) food. I like science and technology so I guess I'm a bit geeky. The Simpsons is the best TV show ever in my opinion. I believe that there are two types of people in the world: those that finish their sentences

Nancy: I am the middle of 3 sisters. I lived in Brooklyn and then New Jersey before I left home to attend college in the Washington, DC area - and stayed...and stayed. I love music (we both play a little guitar (Gil sez: actually, we play separate guitars and they're both full sized)), cycling (we met on a trail), skiing (don't get to go much anymore), and good conversation.

PHILOSOPHY

You must experience other cultures to understand your own. You need to know people who are not like you to know yourself. As such, our goal with couch surfing is to promote global understanding and respect, one surfer at a time.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Mostly as hosts, but also as surfers whenever we can. Unfortunately, we don't get to travel nearly as much as we'd like to but we enjoy meeting other travelers and exchanging stories.

Speaking of hosting, click on this link to learn about our hosting of 14 surfers for the inauguration of President Obama: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/01/19/inauguration.couch.sleeping/index.html.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Since July, 2007:

Hosted (running total):

1. Mareike (Germany) & Magdalena (Austria) - July, 2007 (2)
2. Matilda, Amélie, & Quentin (France) - August, 2007 (5)
3. Owen & Niall (UK) - August, 2007 (7)
4. Bregje (Netherlands) - August, 2007 (8)
5. Valerie & Sofia (US) - August, 2007 (10)
6. Alex & Kristina (Austria) - August, 2007 (12)
7. Andy & Aaron (UK) - August, 2007 (14)
8. Tarek (Egypt) - September, 2007 (15)
9. Zach (US) - September, 2007 (16)
10. Willie (US) - September, 2007 (17)
11. Migle, Ruta, Paulius, & Modestus (Lithuania) - September, 2007 (21)
12. Jesse & Sven (Belgium) - October, 2007 (23)
13. Emma & Béren (France) - October, 2007 (25)
14. Mike, Kathy, & Peter (US) - October, 2007 (28)
15. Ivana (Slovenia) & Mischa (Germany) - December, 2007 (30)
16. Zach (US) - December, 2007 (31)
17. Marina, Vladimir, Tatiana, & Tanya (Russia) - December, 2007 (35)
18. Melanie (Australia) - December, 2007 (36)
19. Zeeshan & Anoushey (Pakistan) - January, 2008 (38)
20. Jeppe & Michael (Denmark) - February, 2008 (40)
21. Lisa & Patricia (US) - February, 2008 (42)
22. Maria-Lucia & Mariana (Venezuela) - March 2008 (44)
23. Carlos (Brazil) - March 2008 (45)
24. Hakan (Turkey), Yie, Zheng, & Yan (China) - March, 2008 (49)
25. Susana (Spain) - March, 2008 (50)
26. Julie (France) & Elena (Spain) - March, 2008 (52)
27. Hester & Hubert (Netherlands) - May, 2008 (54)
28. Corey (US) - May, 2008 (55)
29. Alex (Germany) - May, 2008 (56)
30. Adam & Nick (US) - May, 2008 (58)
31. Ida (Austria) and Patrick (Netherlands) - May, 2008 (60)
32. Carolin & Annika (Germany) - May, 2008 (62)
33. Kelly (US) - June, 2008 (63)
34. Florian and Ingmar (Germany) - June, 2008 (65)
35. Jane & Jenny (Germany) - July, 2008 (67)
36. Irina (Russia) & Jose (Mexico) - July, 2008 (69)
37. Edward (Jordan) - July, 2008 (70)
38. Ian (Canada) - July, 2008 (71)
39. Gen (Canada) - July, 2008 (72)
40. Matthias & Annika (Germany) - July, 2008 (74)
41. Lisa & Toby (US) - July, 2008 (76)
42. Yanet (Peru) - August, 2008 (77)
43. Pat (US) - August, 2008 (78)
44. Jenny, Claudia, & Christoph (Germany) - August, 2008 (81)
45. Hana (US) - December, 2008 (82)
46. Tal (Israel) - December, 2008 (83)
47. Melody (US) - December, 2008 (84)
48. Aaron (China) - January, 2009 (85)
49. Hee ok (S. Korea) - January, 2009 (86)
50. Susanne (Germany) - January, 2009 (87)
51. Nik & Jose (US) - January, 2009 (89)
52. Michael & Drew (US) - January, 2009 (91)
53. Nisha (UK) & Heath (US) - January, 2009 (93)
54. Mary (Australia) - January, 2009 (94)
55. J.G., Jenny, J.T., & Amie (US) - January, 2009
56. Matt (US) - January, 2009 (98)
57. Val & Maurcio (US) - January, 2009 (100)
58. Peter & Sharon (UK) - February, 2009 (102)
59. Michelle (US) - February, 2009 (103)
60. Alex & Jimena (US) - February, 2009 (105)
61. Veronica (Czech Republic) & Lowell (US) - March, 2009 (107)
62. Nicole (Bolivia) and Olivier (France) - March, 2009 (109)
63. Thomas & Norbert (Germany) - March, 2009 (111)
64. Pete (US) - March, 2009 (112)
65. Sarah & Travis (US) - April, 2009 (114)
66. Herwig & Erich (Austria) - April, 2009 (116)
67. Andrew & Richard (Republic of Ireland) - April, 2009 (118)
68. Regina (Australia) - April, 2009 (119)
69. Elissa (Finland) - June, 2009 (120)
70. Carly & Shirley (Australia) - June, 2009 (122)
71. John, Christina, & Lizzie (US) - June, 2009 (125)
72. Rebecca (US) - June, 2009 (126)
73. Davor (Hong Kong) - July, 2009 (127)
74. David (US) - July, 2009 (128)
75. Anne-Laure (France) - July, 2009 (129)
76. Michael & Laura (US) - July, 2009 (131)
77. Julien & Sonia (France) - July, 2009 (133)
78. Kata & Robert (Hungary) - August, 2009 (135)
79. Marine (France) - August, 2009 (136)
80. Nancy & Jens (US) - August, 2009 (138)
81. Gabriela (Ecuador) - August, 2009 (139)
82. Frank (Germany) - September, 2009 (140)
83. Mara & Mary (Germany) - September, 2009 (142)
84. Marc (Netherlands) & Pavla (Czech Republic) - September, 2009 (144)
85. Peter (Australia) - October, 2009 (154)
86. David & Chan (US) - October, 2009 (156)
87. Michael & Drew (AGAIN!) & Jen (US) - October, 2009 (157)
88. Michelle (US), Zhangqi, & Hongxiang (China) - October, 2009 (160)
89. Carla & Massimo (Italy) - November, 2009 (162)
90. Kristiana (Australia) - November, 2009 (163)
91. Eamon (Republic of Ireland) - November, 2009 (164)
92. Cecile, Madeline, & Jeanne (France) - December, 2009 (167)
93. Erika (US) - December, 2009 (168)
94. Osnat & Sam (Israel) - December, 2009 (170)
95. Peiying & Mingwei (Taiwan) - January, 2010 (172)
96. Marie (France) - January, 2010 (173)
97. Kimbi (US) - January, 2010 (174)
98. Thomas (US) - February, 2010 (175)
99. Lisa (US) (Again!) - February, 2010
100. Sam (UK) - February, 2010 (176)
101. Yolanda, Ana (Spain), and Annie (US) - February, 2010 (179)
102. Spela and Sandro (Slovenia) - March, 2010 (181)
103. Alex, Ella, and Pallas (US) - March, 2010 (184)
104. Jeanne-Mari (South Africa) - March, 2010 (185)
105. Sidney & Made (Germany) - April, 2010 (187)
106. Luke (Australia) - May, 2010 (188)
107. Andreas & Peter (Denmark) - May, 2010 (190)
108. Claudette (US) - June, 2010 (191)
109. Rob (US) - June, 2010 (192)
110. Eunhye (South Korea) - July, 2010 (193)
111. Rebecca (Australia) & Andy (Ireland) - July, 2010 (195)
112. Clara (Spain), Aymeric (France), Nico (France), & Davide (Italy) - July, 2010 (199)
113. Rebecca & Adam (Israel) - July, 2010 (201)
114. Jim & Chris (US) - July, 2010 (203)
115. Evan & Alex (US) - July, 2010 (205)
116. Imre & Ibolya (Hungary) - July, 2010 (207)
117. Jerry & Susan (US) - September, 2010 (209)
118. Nancy (US) (Again!) - October, 2010 (209)
119. Kike & Reme (Spain) - October, 2010 (211)
120. Paul & Charlotte (UK (Scotland)) - October, 2010 (213)
121. Rachel & Anthony (US) - October, 2010 (215)
122. J & Amie (US) (Again!) - October, 2010 (215)
123. Ralu & Michal (Czech Republic) - November, 2010 (217)
124. Chris (US) - November, 2010 (218)
125. Knut (Norway) - November, 2010 (219)
126. Richard (US) - December, 2010 (220)
127. Stephen (US) - December, 2010 (221)
128. Juliana, Gilson, & Tiago (Brazil) - December, 2010 (224)
129. Tanja (Sweden) & Max (Germany) - January, 2011 (226)
130. Theresa & Daniel (Austria) - January, 2011 (228)
131. Fabien (France) - January, 2011 (229)
132. Darryl (US) - January, 2011 (230)
133. Jeff (US) - February, 2011 (231)
134. Mia (US) - March, 2011 (232)
135. Kate (UK) - March, 2011 (233)
136. Chi Hong (China) - March, 2011 (234)
137. Daniel (Germany) - March, 2011 (235)
138. Zeeshan & Anoushey (Pakistan) (Again!) - March, 2011 (235)
139. Darwin & Ingrid (Colombia) - April, 2011 (237)
140. Bradley, Angela, Caleb, & Tessa (US) - April, 2011 (241)
141. Somsiah & Rezuan (Malaysia) - May, 2011 (243)
142. Marty & Laura (US) - May, 2011 (245)
143. Franciscus, Frederik, Carika, & Charlotte (South Africa) - May, 2011 (249)
144. Marten (Belgium) & Aline (Germany) - June, 2011 (251)
145. Daniel (Ecuador) - July, 2011 (252)
146. Carrie & Phil (US) - July, 2011 (254)
147. Leandro (Brazil) - July, 2011 (255)
148. Tom (US) - July, 2011 (256)
149. Gordon & Linda (US) - July, 2011 (258)
150. Ricardo (Nicaragua) & Jennifer (US) - July, 2011 (260)
151. Olesya & Nadezhda (Russia) - July, 2011 (262)
152. Jerome (Canada) - July, 2011 (263)
153. Tara (UK) - July, 2011 (264)
154. Luisa (Italy) & Raphael (France) - July, 2011 (266)
155. Lisa (US) (THIRD TIME!) - September, 2011 (266)
156. Toby (US) (Again!) - September, 2011 (266)
157. Danny (Ecuador) (Again!) - September, 2011 (266)
158. Gabrielle (Italy) - September, 2011 (267)
159. Gianna & Aleksandar (Bulgaria) - October, 2011 (269)
160. Toke (Belgium) & Jenni (Finland) - December, 2011 (271)
161. Hooman (Iran) - January, 2012 (272)
162. Nicolas & Jeremy (US) - February, 2012 (274)
163. Courtney (US) & Nico (France) - March, 2012 (276)
164. Martina, Gabriela, Blanka, & Zdenek (Czech Republic) - March, 2012 (280)
165. Jade (US) - April, 2012 (281)
166. Gustav (Germany) - July, 2012 (282)
167. Bastien & Lucie (France) - July, 2012 (284)
168. Mark & Scott (US) - July, 2012 (286)
169. Lorenz & Thekla (Austria) - July, 2012 (288)
170. Kelsi & Sean (US) - August, 2012 (290)
171. Yuliya (US) - September, 2012 (291)
172. Galena (Russia) - September, 2012 (292)
173. Heidi (South Africa) - September, 2012 (293)
174. Jess & Fred (France) - September, 2012 (295)
175. Lynne & Gina (US) - November, 2012 (297)
176. Florence, Cyriaque, & Tristan (France) - December, 2012 (300)
177. Abood (Jordan) - January, 2013 (301)
178. Macarena & Nicolas (Chile) - January, 2013 (303)
179. Michael & Drew (US) (THIRD TIME!) & Meg (US) - January, 2013 (304)
180. J.G. & Jenny (US) (Again!) - January, 2013 (304)
181. J.T. & Amie (US) (THIRD TIME!) - January, 2013 (304)
182. Tom (US) (Again!) & Camille - July, 2011 (305)
182. Juliette & Kris (US) - February, 2013 (307)
183. Tracy (US) - February, 2013 (308)
184. Jade (US) (Again!) & Jhancarlos (US) - March, 2013 (309)
185. Yochay & Michal (Israel) - April, 2013 (311)
186. Shell & Sam (UK) - April, 2013 (313)
187. Robert (Australia) - May, 2013 (314)
188. Chelsea (US) & Jaime (Colombia) - June, 2013 (316)
189. Eugene & Vassilisa (Russia) - June, 2013 (318)
190. Alice & Yoann (France) - August, 2013 (320)
191. Rick (US) - August, 2013 (321)
192. Heloise & Florian (France) - August, 2013 (323)
193. Anne-Claire & Maxime (France) - September, 2013 (325)
194. J. & Amie (FOURTH TIME!) & Lauren & Lynn (US) - September, 2013 (327)
195. Kristen (China) - October, 2013 (328)
196. Greg & Jodi (US) - October, 2013 (330)
197. Chris, Violet, Wu, & Jing (China) - October, 2013 (334)
198. Karyn (Israel) - October, 2013 (335)
199. Mary (AGAIN!) & Adrian (Australia) - June, 2014 (337)
199. Pablo (Spain) - August, 2014 (338)
200. Chad (U.S.) - August, 2014 (339)
201. Paul (U.S.) - August, 2014 (340)
202. Alayne & Alex (U.S.) - August, 2014 (342)
203. Al Abbas (Saudi Arabia) - August, 2014 (343)

Surfed:

1. Anat & Uzi (US) - September, 2007 (Gil only)
2. Jason (US) - February 2008
3. Mike (US) - May, 2008
4. Tarek (Egypt) - November, 2008
5. Raphael (Israel) - November, 2008
6. Uzi & Ilana (Israel) - November, 2008
7. Rebecca (Israel) - December, 2008
8. Anthony (US) - February, 2009
9. Anat & Uzi (US) - September, 2009
10. Jim and Chris (US) - September, 2009 (Nancy only)
11. Yolanda & Alejandro (US) - October, 2010
12. Paul (US) - June, 2011 (Gil only)
13. Elana & Gil (US) - July, 2011
14. Michelle & Thanh (US) - August, 2011
15. Alex & Jimena (US) - September, 2011
16. Nancy, Miles, & Maya (US) - September, 2011
17. Tom & Candy (US) - September, 2011
18. Michelle (US) - October, 2012
19. Rick & Linda (US) - September, 2013

Interests

Among our interests and hobbies are traveling, urban living, cycling, playing and listening to music, digital photography, sailing, and the cameraderie of friends. We have lately been experimenting with urban gardening.

Music, Movies & Books

Nancy's pick for best movie: "Casablanca". "The Triplets of Belleville" is a hoot. Most recent amazing movie is "Pan's Labyrinth". We both love blues, rock, classical, and jazz.

Gil: Best movie? Hard to say. "Casablanca", "Harold and Maude", "American Beauty", "Sixth Sense", "Dr. Strangelove", "Pi", almost anything by the Coen brothers, and many more that I haven't thought of. And, of course, the all-time classic, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" which I have memorized. For music: same taste as Nancy (fortunately). Favorite band of all time has got to be Pink Floyd.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Gil: The Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Breathtaking!!

Nancy: 1) Seeing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina up close. 2) Getting lost in the desert

Both: Hosting 14 surfers at our house during Inauguration Week, 2009.

Teach, Learn, Share

We each dabble in a few things and are certainly willing to share what knowledge and expertise we have. Nancy and Gil both play guitar. Nancy is a skier. We both sail. Gil knows a good deal about science and electronics. Finally, we both love to talk about politics.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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