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  • 10 References 5 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning German
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Cook, Musician
  • Graduate, University of Minnesota (Bachelor's Degree in H...
  • From Denver, CO, USA
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me


Merely to entertain


I live in the coldest possible climate in the universe. During our 6+ months of winter, I'm often caught wondering, along with all other Minnesotans, why I live here. WHY? But, seriously, I always come back here, there's probably no better place on Earth...although I have a lot more places to try out.

In April, I'm heading to Eastern Europe to roam around for two months. I have a few contacts here and there, but I'm really looking for a friendly face to show me around. Could it be you?


The only thing that matters is the stories about yourself that you can tell before you die, and the ones people tell about you after you're dead. Money, possessions, your ceramic nesting doll collection...these things mean nothing on your deathbed.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've surfed a lot of couches around the USA. I've also hosted and co-hosted several guests, especially at my current house.


Music. Really, that's the big one. I play drums in the Chickadee Mountain Martyrs here in Minneapolis ( I used to play in an Americana/Folk unit called The Blackthorns (, but we're not around anymore.

I love playing really technical, challenging music, music that's actually frustrating until you get the hang of it. On the other hand, I also enjoy really sparse, emotive music, with lots room to maneuver. Wow, describing music is weird, huh?

Oh, and bikes (bicycles). Love 'em. I ride one, every single day. I don't have a car, there's just no comparison. And Minneapolis is such a great city for bikes, you can go anywhere, year-round...which means that winter biking is a common lifestyle around here.

  • cooking
  • music
  • guitar
  • piano
  • drums
  • cycling

Music, Movies, and Books

- Nick Cave
- The Birthday Party
- The Fall
- Crime and the City Solution
- John Coltrane
- Shellac
- Swans
- Horace Silver
- jazz-fusion and prog rock
- mid-60s Motown, esp. The Four Tops

- Flannery O'Connor
- H.P. Lovecraft
- Thomas Pynchon
- Franz Kafka
- Cormac McCarthy
- Nikolai Gogol
- (early) William S. Burroughs

- Combetbus
- Burn Collector
- Snake Pit
- Dream Whip

- The Watchmen
- Top 10
- Optic Nerve
- Powers

Teach, Learn, Share

- I can play a lot of instruments...I'm most proficient at drums and percussion, but I'm also pretty good at bass, guitar, and piano. I even used to play saxophone, although I've probably forgotten how. I would love to teach anyone who's interested
- I've worked as a cook for the last 4 years, and I could also teach people a little about cooking. Nothing fancy, just practical things.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Mexico

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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