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I'm an always happy, smiling guy with a sharp wit. Generally easy to get along with. Usually quiet, until actually sitting down to talk about things. Generally will try new things, provided they're not life threatening. I'm independent and can get around by myself, wherever I am. While I don't mind doing things on my own, I enjoy the company I encounter in couchsurfing and the like and am always up for a good conversation over coffee or drinks.
One thing money can never buy in life is experience. Experiencing different things, culture, opportunities. I mean, of course, it often takes money to experience things, like a trip to Europe or dining on Kobe beef. What I mean is that when one takes a step in the direction of something new and unusual, that choice to take that step cannot be bought with money. It has to take one's initiative to make the step, and to do so is often worth more than any amount of money in the world.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Right now, I'm an infrequent traveler (because I hate the TSA so much), but definitely seeking out CS-based places to stay mainly for the interesting interactions I get to have with people. Hotels and motels are rather stale and sterile. That venue clearly has missed out on the human element.
So far, my CS experience has been two stays in Santa Barbara. Just got online and found one. Then decided to stay another night, so got online again and found another one. Both stays were excellent experiences.
I guess pre-CS experiences include:
* Hostel stay in Germany. Wicked cool to sit and chat with people at the dining table. They spoke English better than I spoke german, so it didn't help my language practice, though.
* Crashed at my cousin's place in Hawaii (the CS-part was that there were several other guests there at the same time, so we got to talking and such).
* For a while, I had been an Airbnb host. While that included the exchange of money, the best aspect had been meeting interesting people. Several standouts include a guy who came over to SF to meet with angel funders for his non-profit: training rats to sniff out land mines (and tuberculosis, a different training regimen, I'm sure), a lawyer working with online gaming industry who told me of an online gaming exec who "played" both sides of an online and Brick-and-mortar casino and ran away with several million dollars. That guy's got a price tag on his head.
I have a varied list of interests. Right now, I'm working with start-ups to help them get moving along. I'm also part of the supernumerary for the SF Opera's production of The Magic Flute. I am a fencer, so fairly athletic, although the old bones don't let me do some super athletic things as much as I used to be able to do 20 years ago. I also enjoy dancing (partner dancing), listening to music, and reading various historical or business-related topics.
I also love to (partner) dance and feel the music under my feet.
Enjoy dining. Can be classified as a foodie, but not so obnoxious about it like some others.
Enjoy dancing, primarily in the partner dancing style.
Also currently volunteering on the Obama 2012 reelection campaign.
Music, Movies, and Books
My musical preferences range from late baroque to current pop. I know that sounds like a cop out, but I'm equally "in the groove" with Bach or Beethoven or a Wagner opera or Celine Dion or Sugarhill Gang, or Madonna. That doesn't mean I like everything that's written. But my tastes aren't restricted by genres. Rather, they're restricted by "good" versus "uck". There are crappy music and there are music so great that they lift the spirits of the world with just one chord.
As for books, I've been reading a lot of non-fiction of late. Mostly about human psychology and how we do things based on what we see, what we know.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I would say the most awestruck moments have been from traveling, primarily to Europe. The few times I've been there, I have always been amazed at the history, the richness of the culture and the ability for all that history and culture to seamlessly blend in with the modernity.
Teach, Learn, Share
This section is what is getting me really revved up about CS. I love this idea that we can interact more than just a monetary transaction for a place to sleep.
Right now, as I said above, I help people connect for start-ups. (The construction management is basically one such, where I'm also working there.) I love to hear about other people's ideas and plans and, from talking with others, perhaps see if I can help make some matches.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, United States