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Overview

  • 1 Reference 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 55, Male
  • Member since 2014
  • Graphic Designer and Trade School Instructor
  • Degree in Occupational Development, Mountwest College
  • From Saint Paul, Minnesota USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To meet people and do things that will nourish our souls!

ABOUT ME

I work at the Univ. of Minnesota as a graphic designer and am also an instructor at a trade school. I am an avid runner and love to get out, explore and try new things. I have 3 adult children, 2 finished with college and independent and one a junior in college) and I am a returning student myself.

PHILOSOPHY

Life is just one big lesson and there really are few things that should be thought of as mistakes or if they are, it shouldn't be thought of as bad thing!

I try to live with the philosophy that the glass is half full.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I like to make new friends and discover new places. I plan to use CS for just that (both as a host and "surfing").

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Somewhat of a greenhorn. Just joined Couchsurfing summer ('14).

Interests

I am really interested in distance running and I would like to add to the single triathlon I completed. I will also admit that I am JUST SHY of being a "self help junkie" and like to talk to others about becoming enlightened, their stories and really just about life itself. I am into eating more nutritiously and love to do physical activities like camping, canoeing and swimming and you can even throw dancing in the mix (not that I am that good!). I really like to get out and just explore the city and don't mind a long run or hike. I also play tennis (really just a hack) and like to swim and bike.

  • design
  • graphic design
  • dancing
  • triathlon
  • marathon
  • running
  • instructor
  • socializing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • canoeing
  • camping
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • swimming

Music, Movies, and Books

For music my interests are more folksie (Simon and Garfunkel) but I also like alternative rock as well as instrumentals (like Zoë Keating on cello). OK, I guess I am fairly eclectic. For books I like to read biographies. I don't watch movies too often but I like a good comeback and movies that make you think about life.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I feel I am just getting started with life and haven't seen or done enough yet (Maybe I will never feel I have done enough however!). I did just qualify for the Boston Marathon and plan to run that in 2015. I am hoping my running brings me to many cool places!

Teach, Learn, Share

I use a running form called "CHI Running" and, although I am not a certified running instructor (yet!), I would love to go for a run with anyone couch surfing and share what I have learned. I have lived in the St. Paul area most all my life so I know it well also would be willing to show people around!

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