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  • 16 References 9 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • English Teacher
  • University of Iowa
  • From De Kalb, Illinois.
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About Me


To be honest, happy and healthy. Forever.


Hey. I'm an American living in Taiwan. I love it here for the following non-ranked reasons: The garbage trucks play music; People are really really nice; You can eat out every day and not break the bank; People tell me, as a compliment, that my nose is very tall.

I'm been a teacher here for a couple of years. I enjoy learning Chinese, being in nature, eating, experiencing new cultures, reading, and playing table tennis.


Living in a housing co-op taught me that nearly all domestic disputes are based on the choice of an individual to leave their dishes in the sink rather than doing them right away.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I'll be happy to share my space and resources with you. Just don't be creepy.


I've surfed on a few couches so far, and really had fantastic experiences. I've hosted a few as well, and had a really great time with those surfers as well.


playing sports: basketball, Soccer, table tennis; traveling, reading, walking, food/cooking, doing crosswords, people watching, eating things, playing word games, reading the newspaper

  • animals
  • dining
  • cooking
  • walking
  • reading
  • traveling
  • eating out
  • music
  • camping
  • sports
  • basketball
  • soccer
  • tennis
  • table tennis
  • teaching

Music, Movies, and Books

I love books. They make you smart. Fiction, non-fiction, anything! I love movies, though they usually make you less smart. I'm sure I've seen your favorite, and if I haven't, I'll add it to the list. OK, i haven't got a list. But if I did, yours would be on it. Music is great but I appreciate it more as an ambient thing while doing other stuff rather than the thing itself.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

A few years back I saw a squirrel and a robin locked in mortal combat. This occurred outside of a family pizza shack in Door County, Wisconsin, whilst on a camping trip with my parents. We had a booth by the window, and the action was taking place in a bush located about 15 feet away. What precipitated the encounter will always remain a mystery, but it must have been something really, really important. (Was it dishes-related?) The animals fought pretty hard for about a minute, rolling around on the ground and clawing at each other. The robin seemed to be holding her own against the squirrel as they rolled underneath a shrubby yew. For about thirty seconds we saw nothing. Then the robin limped out, alone. She stood there, in front of us, seeming a bit dazed. . Then--with the quickness of a squirrel--the squirrel pounced out from under the Yew onto the robin's back and dragged her into the bushes.

Then it was quiet.

We went out to get a closer look, and saw the robin dead on the ground.

A note on the above story: I really like animals, and I include this because it is so very rare to see two such friendly creatures so angry at each other.

Teach, Learn, Share

In person this is easier, no?

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Israel, Philippines, Puerto Rico, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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