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  • 17 References 8 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Thai
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • water and sanitation in humanitarian contexts
  • undergrad at Fairfield, MS at WEDC-Loughborough
  • From Northfield, IL, United States of America
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About Me

After working for 2 years at a high school in the US, I taught in Thailand in Japan for nearly 4 years. I loved the work, the students and the vacation time, but decided to move away from teaching. Recently I finished my MS in water and environmental management and now have the honor and pleasure of traveling about connecting pipes and digging latrines. This will keep me moving and working all over for a few years to come. I'm enjoying myself thoroughly. I guess I have hope about many of the big problems, though I'm not without a bit of cynicism and a lot of skepticism. I'm humorful, interested, detached, warm, have cold hands, drinking beer... have a sarcasm problem; I should work on this but in the mean time bear with me and understand that I'm probably joking.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I had a great bunch of people come through my tiny room in Tokyo, met some people in Germany 06(!), and have had a few people come by our school here in Mae Hong Son. I met a great family in Loughborough that took me in for a bit and we're still in touch. I've also gotten to meet some couchsurfers for meals and drinks as I've traveled or they've visited. I like that you can just reach out to people on CS to go to a concert, have a drink, ask for local information or whatever strikes. Great community.


talking, friends, laughing, music, Chicago Cubs baseball, Liverpool Football Club, enjoy a few drinks (related to talking, friends, and laughing), ...

  • concerts
  • beer
  • drinking
  • clubbing
  • traveling
  • music
  • baseball
  • soccer
  • swimming

Music, Movies, and Books

books: Murakami Haruki, Graham Greene, catch-22, 100 years of solitude, the sun also rises, Bill Bryson....

movies: bottle rocket, city of god, groundhog day, my blue heaven(anyone?), the Lebowski, and so on

music: phish, Duke Ellington, mogwai, garage a trois, jimi, beatles, james brown, coltrane, medeski martin and wood, miles davis, radiohead, bjork, james lavell, sven vath, fela kuti, paul simon, django reinhardt, charlie hunter, charlie parker, James Zabiela, Sven Vath, Sasha, thelonious monk, tortoise, dylan, theivery corporation, air, leonard cohen, dj logic, dj shadow, soulive, mouse on mars, yanqui uxo, godspeed you black emporer, the bad plus, nusrat fateh ali kahn, squarepusher, beck, drew sabetti.....

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

was threatened by an irate man with a machete while swimming/standing in a pool fully clothed

Teach, Learn, Share

i can teach you how to make very simple/basic bread as i'm just starting to learn myself!

What I Can Share with Hosts

i am up for sharing toast or any kind of bread/butter

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, France, Germany, Guinea, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Zambia

Countries I’ve Lived In

Central African Republic, Japan, Myanmar, Netherlands, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

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