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try to return the kindness shared with us in Europe - summer 2010, summer 2012, 2014, most recently 2017
Originally from Indiana [Dede] and North Carolina [Wayne]. we moved to Greensboro, NC in June of 2015. We live in a kool part of town, 3 blocks from the campus of a major public university, 15 minute walk from downtown restaurants, etc.
Dede taught primary school; Wayne taught economics and history to High School kids
We try to support Kiva, a provider of micro-loans in developing countries. Here's our Lender Page!
Dede's Philosophy: "it is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice." - quote from Sir John Templeton
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(wayne)... still working on it. I seem to have drifted away from the Albert Camus/Jean Paul Sartre existentialism of which I used to be so fond.
Try to be a nice guy. I think that a good philosophy might be "Step on as few toes as possible as you walk through life."
enjoy re-reading the Tao te Ching
from Lao Tzu (below are my three favorite quotes)
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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
we have an informal CS goal; we like to try to host at least one, or two (or three) guests... for one, or two (or three) nights each month. Dede and I typically have one or two bedrooms open for visitors to the (north) Atlanta area
we have hosted surfers pretty regularly since spring of 2010. we ourselves were hosted by fantastic folks in Germany, France, Switzerland... summer 2010, and Germany again in spring 2011. made it back to France and Germany, and southeast England in 2014 ...we hope to be headed back to the Continent sometime in 2017
wow, umm, er... we're interested in lots o' stuff --> history, current economic issues, exercise at the YMCA (surfers are welcome to join us), school-teachin' bid'ness, talking with folks from other places, hangin' out with younger folks, hangin' out with older folks, singin' and dancin' oh yeah - almost forgot, movies
Music, Movies, and Books
Casablanca [wayne LOVES Bogart with Ingrid Bergman] ,
The African Queen, with Katherine Hepburn and Bogie...
anything at all with Lauren Bacall and Bogart...
The Big Sleep, Key Largo in particular
...Dede on the other hand seems to think that
G. Clooney is better-looking than Bogart, Come ON !
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U2, Bowie, "big 80s" music, some music from the 70s, lots of music from the 60s, Motown, Bob Marley ("One Love," "Redemption Song," many, many more. --> Johnny Cash (if you have never heard the Johnny Cash cover or Marley's "Redemption Song" - it is fantastic.
"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery,
None but ourselves can free our minds."
...Johnny Cash's cover of the U2 song "One" is also brilliant.
Lots of different kinds of books - currently trying to get through Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for the 3rd time (haven't read it since 1980 or so)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
(wayne) - This might not qualify as "amazing," but I once got upgraded on a British Airways flight to London. It was just after Elton John had bought a flat in Atlanta.
I was lucky to get to baggage claim very quickly [due to the upgrade], and I noticed five, six, seven, then twelve, thirteen, fourteen matching pieces of designer luggage... Then i saw a short guy in a leather Chicago Bulls jacket. I got to share a couple of laughs with Sir Elton.
(Dede) --> i have been married to Wayne for almost 15 years, and have maintained my sanity for most of that period of time - amazing! ...have yet to be convicted of any charges of spousal assault against my husband
- for not picking up his socks, and other household infractions.
Teach, Learn, Share
Wayne has developed a very broad, and (in some subject matters) deep understanding of stuff in the realm of economics, history.
Dede can teach tolerance to almost anyone, and she can share her ideas about how she gets along with practically everyone she meets.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland
Countries I’ve Lived In