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Born in New Orleans, I’ve taught literature at three universities; published children’s and scholarly books, novels and poetry; bartended in 3 states; hitchhiked through 35 states and 12 countries; run two marathons; and once, due to a series of misadventures, spent six months as the chef at a French restaurant.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
My daughter now grown, I just quit my day job (15 years as senior technical writer for an engineering company) to revert to my old bohemian ways. I hitchhiked over 50,000 miles in between 1974 and 1994, hosted many travelers before couchsurfing existed, and now I've begun hitchhiking the world again, with the same old backpack from the 1970s.
Reading and writing, theater, arts, cultural and political history, long walks around any city or small town or forest.
Music, Movies, and Books
Books are endless: Shakespeare, Plato, Gandhi, Virginia Woolf, Dickens, Toni Morrison, Richard Brautigan...
Movies: Golden Age Cary Grant/Hitchcock stuff or more modern European stuff (like the French "Betty Blue" or the Italian "The Great Beauty." Also, anything quirky (Napoleon Dynamite, Sideways, The Big Lebowski, Andy Warhol's Dracula).
Music: Mostly classic rock (1965-1977), but also much from the 1990s and 2000s (Kurt Vile, Alt-J, Iron and Wine). Classical as well. For going out, I'm mostly up for folk rock or 3 or 4-piece classical strings or piano, or anything with a sax.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I guess that would be hithchiked 50,000 miles through 35 state and 12 countries.
What I Can Share with Hosts
My published writings include a picture-book (Spaghetti and Peas), novels (Hippies, Mr. Robert's Bones), poetry (Year of the Butterfly), a 360-page book on Henry Fielding's novels, and various journal articles. Mostly I can share these interests, my background as a traveler to over 20 countries and a teacher of literature and of English as a second language, and a general good humor to get out and about.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States