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I grew up in Michigan, moved away, traveled around and then moved back.
Please don't ask me what I do. I studied engineering in college but it didn't stick. Career passion has sadly evaded me and I've been unemployed for a long, long time.
In 2015 I got pretty fired up about Bernie Sanders and his becoming our next president. I had a fairly right-wing upbringing, but it never sat well with me. After living in progressive San Francisco for eight years and Berlin, Germany, for two, I can very clearly see that the roots of world problems are planted in the American oligarchy that Bernie is fighting. After that campaign ended, I stuck in the fight in whatever other ways I could.
I try to live according to the one incontrovertible truth that nobody in the history of the world has ever had a hand in determining the geographic, genetic, temporal, familial, socio-economic or physical circumstances of his own birth. And for this reason we cannot claim exclusive credit to our lots in life. If we are to survive as a species, we are duty bound to not waste what we have and to share what we can with those of less auspicious dumb luck.
I'm vegetarian too. Moooo!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have hosted and surfed but not much lately.
I've been a couchsurfer in Canada, Mexico, the US, New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
I have had loads of great ones. For example, my host in San Antonio gave me a tour of the town on his tandem recumbent tricycle. Everyone we passed smiled and waved. We were rock stars.
Another time I stayed with a guy who used to be the navigator in a plane flying drugs for the Medellin cartel. He was pretty nice. I'm glad he changed careers.
I did most of my hosting when I lived in San Francisco. That was lots of fun. I had a motorcycle back then and would tour around all the checklist spots while all my local friends were busy at work. Ask me about the time a guest and I were extras in a movie. I can't write about that one here. :)
Music, Movies, and Books
I like funny movies best, books about how people behave and funky music.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The sunrise from Haleakala, the volcano on Maui, was awesome. Burning Man was pretty fun too.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can show you how to make a paperback book by hand.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I like to cook and will happily prepare something yummy.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, United States