Berkeley, CA, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning French, Hebrew (modern), Spanish
  • 113, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • ER/trauma doc, professor, hack writer
  • MD
  • From Berkeley, Ca
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About Me


What do we do tonight, Brain? The same thing we do every night. Plan to save the world!!! bwahahahaha!!!


1) I really feel like I was put on this Earth to do something important. I just have no goddamn clue what it is.

3) I always land on my feet. You could drop me in the middle of the Sahara with an electric toothbrush and a copy of Long Days Journey into Night and three days later I'd be sipping tea in a cafe in Milan. I'm good like that.

10) What I do is more important that who I am.

14) Grey hair. I need more. I'm a little tired of looking like I'm twenty five. Everyone tells me how wonderful it is. It isn't.

15) For some reason, I still feel a pudgy ten year old. I have no idea why. Maybe I ate my inner child, and he's trying to get out.

17) Everything you ever need can be carried in a backpack, or doesn't need to be carried at all.

20) I'm really looking forward to being a crotchedy old man. I want to say 'when I was your age' more often. I'll be the kooky old grandpa that everyone in the family smiles and nods when I tell the absurd and highly unlikely stories of my youth.

22) I talked to the Universe once. Just once. I was meditating, and I I reached the most blissful, enlightened state I have ever achieved. I asked it what I should do with my life. It said 'Get over yourself'. I was bitch-slapped by the Universe.

23) I think constantly about women, memory, experience and freedom. And coffee.

24) Teaching is one of the most important things you can do. I used to be a good teacher. I'll be one again, hopefully.

25) If you stay quiet enough, you can hear the music all around you. Inside you. I'm listening.

I started out life as a dreamer. Then i became a priest. Then I was a writer. Then I became a teacher. Then I was a doctor. Now I'm back to being a dreamer again.

I work as an ER doctor, but I'm going back to grad school again soon to write and do research, traveling a fair in between.

I've been backpacking my entire life, lived in Israel, Mexico, France, Japan, Korea and all over the states, and now I'm trying to merge it with my career.

When I'm in country I like to meet funky folks and do funky things. Adventures. Not much into the tourist stuff, although that's fun every once in awhile. I like meeting people, experiencing new food and drink and lifestyles.

I've been very fortunate, so I also like to help out.

If you host me, I'll cook for you. I love to cook, and I'm pretty good at it. Also like to learn new recipies.


Experiences and friendships are more important than stuff, passport stamps or photos.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


If you're coming into town, I can show you around. If I'm new in town, you can show me around.


I participate in many CS outings/gatherings.

I live in an apartment with three other students so I can't host, sorry!


Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics/Critical Care/Ultrasound
Writing (science fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry)
History of Medicine
Learning new cultures

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: live jazz, classic/alternative rock, folk

Books: Hunter S Thompson, Neil Gaiman, Arthur Clarke, Hippocrates of Kos, you name it

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Saw Angkor Wat alone, in the predawn light
Saved a young mother's life - one less orphan every Christmas
Sunrise over Mount Zion
Published a book in Korea
Officiated a wedding ceremony
Produced a film that went to the Cannes film festival
Got arrested for espionage in Israel
Gave up the cushy job to chase the dream

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach:
Jujutsu (black belt's a little rusty)

I want to learn:
Everything but especially new languages/cultures
New ways to help

Countries I’ve Visited


Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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