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Overview

  • 108 references 44 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 41, Other
  • Member since 2005
  • Union Pipefitter and influencer of young minds
  • College + Trade School
  • From Minneapolis, MN, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To help travelers navigate this frozen tundra.

ABOUT ME

We are an easy going couple who were joined by our son Hank in Decemeber of 2009. Until his birth we were very active in CS, but decided to take a year off to learn and get used to our new life with him. However we are now returning to CS, so that our son will be able to experience the great people and experiences that we have.

PHILOSOPHY

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
- Mark Twain

"Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow." Woody Guthrie

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Chicago City Ambassador June 2005 through June 2006

Minneapolis City Ambassador June 2006 through April 2009

Many years of hosting and surfing

Interests

Rollerderby, Gardening, Movies, Baseball, Functional Art, Puppetry, Settlers of Catan, Upholstry, Music, Cow Creamers, The National Park System, Cowboys, Craft Beer, Fender Musical devices.

  • arts
  • theater
  • design
  • beer
  • gardening
  • movies
  • traveling
  • cars
  • knitting
  • painting
  • music
  • baseball
  • drumming

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies and Stuff: anything Wes Anderson, anything by Danny Boyle, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Arrested Development, The Godfather trilogy, Big Lebowski, Fargo (and most Coen Brothers Stuff)

Music lately: The Mars Volta, Buck Owens, Bruce Springsteen, Ennio Morriconi, Ani Difranco, Slobberbone, Mike Doughty, Beck, Motown, Johnny Cash, Explosions in the Sky, Son Volt, Beatles, Counting Crows, Simon and Garfunkel, Prairie Home Companion, Sloan, and Dan Wilson

Books: Mark Twain, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy, Akashic's "Noir" Series, Baseball Prospectus, and Jon Krakauer

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

One of my greatest memories was in Wind Cave National Park, watching a herd of Buffalo play in a pasture. It seems minor, but so beautiful to watch such a magnificent creature.

Teach, Learn, Share

Justin can fix almost anything including: cars, boilers, air conditioners, furnaces, washers, dryers, toasters, lights, stoves, fridges, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and much more. He can spew baseball stats like a sprinkler. Vonny is very creative and enjoys painting, puppets, paper mache, upholstery, jewelry making, sewing, knitting, crocheting, calligraphy, beading, stencils, and theater set design.

Vonny would like to learn how to surf someday. I think it looks fun.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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