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About Me


To explore and create more meaning in my life and others


My daily photoblog will probably tell you something about me through my photos that I wouldn't be able to put as well into words.Since March 2004 I've been on the go, be it on my motorcycle, truck, of with my thumb, with the goal of sleeping on at least one couch of a stranger in every state in the USA... yet somehow I ended up in Montreal for three months, New Zealand for four months (back again for another 3 and then again for another three), Holland for a while, Thailand for another summer, Costa Rica for a bit, Alaska, etc, etc, etc and then blissfully (and quite loosely) based in the SF Bay area. For awhile I even brought along my own couch. Hmm....I'm almost always on the go. I like new places and new things. It's a big world and I'd like to live in a little bit of all of it, even if just for a while in most of it. I absolutely love traveling and plan to keep on going for a long, long time. More than seeing new places I love meeting new people and experiencing a new perspective at least every day when possible.Oh, and I tend to take a lot of photos of people jumping.


"If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things." -Henry Miller

"You only live once, and the way I live, once is enough." -Frank Sinatra

Here's another: "Make every day your masterpiece." I find little reason to live wholly for tomorrow when today is right here. If today can't count to the fullest then what's the point with worrying about the next one? I'm a big fan of living in the moment and learning more about how to "be here now."

The 9-5 "American dream" just isn't for me. I like to enjoy my life as much as I can and make my own path. I love just seeing as much of the world as possible while meeting the good people who inhabit it.

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I love CS and enjoy helping make it better every day.


I spent many years sleeping on someone else's couch almost every night. Lately I tend to host more than I surf, although I do a mix of both fairly frequently. I've gotten to know so many amazing people from Hawaii to Prague to New Zealand to Amsterdam. I've shot skeet in the backwoods of Georgia and attended a royal wedding of a prince in Denmark - all because of the people I met through this organization. Some of my best friendships and connections have sprung up as a result of CouchSurfing but I still can't shake this feeling that I'm just getting started.


I'm seeing the world while meeting as many new people as possible. I also bike (motorcycle and mountain bike), bang on my drums, shoot a lot of photos, and hitchhike in foreign countries. Also: worldwide travel, finding the apex of life's moments, new connections, a fine whiskey or scotch and tequila-tonics, reconnects with old friends, greener pastures, what's around that corner?, oceans, photography, people that are smarter than me, delicious beer, driving fast, old motorcycles that reek of gasoline (mine is a '81 Silverwing), cross-country hitchhiking, strong independent women who also like being taken care of now and then, great wine coupled with tantalizing conversation, finding the full beauty of "right now", discovering more of what i don't know or understand, erotica, surrealism, sensuality, fresh perspectives, inflatable couches, couch lovers, small towns, strong communities, New Zealand, non-traditional relationships, open roads, one-on-one, group dynamics, siestas and fiestas, great storytellers, people waving their freak flags, the great unknown, vagabonds, seekers, intimacy, nostalgia, hope, open minds, celebration, intoxication, inspiration, motivation, and, of course, adventure!

Music, Movies, and Books

I usually buy way more books than I finish. A Chinese proverb says "it's better to travel 1,000 miles than read 1,000 books." That being said I read a lot of travel-related books (Tim Cahill, Bill Bryson) and dig Alex Garland and Tom Robbins among others. I buy books MUCH faster than I read them. Most of them have a bookmark somewhere near the halfway point and I'm usually reading four or five at a time. Current favorite book: Jitterbug Perfume. I read that book at JUST the right time (thanks to N. in Kentucky). I love maps and planning new adventures, even if only in my head. Whenever I can I bang on my drums or any other set that's handy I'm a happy boy. I love discovering new music and trading mix CDs with strangers and friends. I've been in a few bands and would love to get involved in another one day, hopefully much sooner than later. Pearl Jam, Pulp Fiction, Six Feet Under, Deadwood - all brilliant.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've been invited to (and attended) a 50th anniversary party in Denmark with people I just met, spent Christmas with new friends from all around the globe in the Australian outback (and twice in New Zealand), hitchhiked thousands of miles on 4 continents (once in a Winnie The Pooh outfit, of course), and filled in as a last minute sound board engineer at a concert in France (also for someone i had just met). Every day is truly an adventure.

Teach, Learn, Share

I want people to understand that there IS an alternative to the consumer-driven lifestyle most of us (Americans, particularly) are conditioned and expected to settle into and be smothered by. Most people don't realize how easy and FREEING it is to take off and blaze your own trail. My "job" now is to teach and inspire others how to step over that line and find your way, all along while i'm finding my own. I'm on the hunt for a method of the self-sustainable perpetual road trip, or at the very least a lifestyle that affords the same sense of extraordinary adventure and intrigue that i've quickly grown accustomed to and know I don't have to settle for anything less. I'm getting better and better at it as I keep on truckin' and I love to share the tips I've picked up along the way. You can learn probably a lot already on my website but many more juicy tidbits are on the way. Keep checking back - this is only the beginning.

I'd also like to learn more card tricks.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, United States

Old School Badges

  • Vouches
    140 Vouches
  • Pioneer
    Pioneer Badge
  • Montreal
    Montreal Collective
  • New zealand
    New Zealand Collective
  • Thailand
    Thailand Collective
  • Alaska
    Alaska Collective
  • Base camp
    BaseCamp Collective
  • Costa rica
    Costa Rica Collective

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