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Overview

  • 103 References 67 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Spanish
  • 44, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • No occupation listed
  • engineering
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

I grew up in Michigan, then moved around a bit and now I'm back taking care of my dad.

Lately I've become 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.

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.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

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. :)

Interests

beach volleyball
human behavior
opening minds
information technologies
politics
movies - action, sci fi, mind-bender
camping
Car Talk
riding motorcycles
fixing motorcycles
running, yoga
cooking
traveling
data visualization
Indiegogo stuff
snowboarding
Photoshop
board games
taking pictures
cleaning
fixing things
farmers markets
coffee
bright colored paintings
bean bag chairs
museum toy stores
hardware stores
auto parts stores
Costco
projectors
Ted Talks
Intelligence Squared debates
Flight of the Conchords
Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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

If you're really interested, I could show you how to do some web development stuff. Otherwise, I'm sure we can find something new to learn.

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

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