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I hope my friends would say I'm a smart and compassionate man. They might point out my dry sense of humor. I think most of my friends find me to be laid back and easy-going. I also hope they'd say I'm reliable and loyal.
Live and let live.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I'm thinking about a road trip soon and would like to invite people along or find a couch on the road (probably a single Saturday night stay). Once my friend is back on his feet (who is staying with me now), I'd be willing to host in SF occasionally.
Brand new here. I'm looking for people to share experiences on the road in CA. I might just rent a car and be looking to meet people on weekends as I travel. Currently I have a close friend staying with me in SF and so my couch is not available much of the time, but when he gets on his feet I'd like to host. I'm open to meeting all types of people, but I would like to make some new gay male friends especially.
I'm still fairly new to San Francisco (from Seattle), so I like to spend my free time (when I'm not working) exploring my new environs. I have taken to doing urban hikes in SF, The Mission, Twin Peaks, Polk St and Russian Hill, Pacific Heights, Golden Gate Park. There is a lot of California (most of it, in fact) that I haven't seen and I'm looking forward to exploring the gold rush area, Tahoe, the Sierras, and doing the coastal drive to L.A. I am focused on keeping myself fit now (more of a focus than usual, perhaps), which mainly involves working out. I love to dine out and explore new restaurants. Still networking in the city and involved in some meet-ups. Apart from that, I love watching classic movies, I read fiction, something of a gamer (PC games and board games, card games). I love to day hike--I really miss Seattle for the easy access to day hiking, but I'm also excited about finding some new favorite hikes around the bay area. Since I spent a lot of time, money and psychic energy making the move to SF happen, I haven't had the means to travel much in the last couple of years. However, that is changing and as I settle into my job, I hope to spend vacations globetrotting again soon.
- working out
- board games
Music, Movies, and Books
I love both the arts of film-making and writing. What draws me to film is usually good storytelling, plot, and interesting characters (in other words, good writing). My favorite directors are Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, the Coen Brothers and Woody Allen. I can get into foreign cinema, independent film, modern day dramas and action, but my true love is film noir. The only things I don't like in film are comedies (usually too slapstick and obvious for me) and slasher/gore. A few of my favorite films are in no particular order: The 39 Steps, Kansas City Confidential, Born to Kill, Insomnia, Twilight (no, not the vampire flick, the thriller with Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, James Garner and Paul Newman), Annie Hall, The Lady from Shanghai, Double Indemnity, Memento, Blood Simple.
Musically, I tend to like rock, particularly on the indie side and alternative, I like house/dance/electronica. I love jazz, bossa nova, especially more classic jazz like 1950's and I find that I like a lot of older big band stuff although I don't know much about it.
I haven't been reading as much as I used to. I tend to read mostly thrillers and mysteries these days. Favorite authors are Patricia Highsmith, Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, and Jim Thompson. I recently discovered graphic novels and just read the League of Extraordinary Gentleman and love that.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I did a men's spiritual retreat (combining elements of Buddhism and native American spirituality) for a week in New Mexico and it was the most life-changing, positive experience I have had in some time.
I lived in Yakima, WA on May 18, 1980 when Mt. St. Helens erupted and sent volcanic ash raining down on the town (no one knew what was happening at first) and will never forget the drive home in the dark (on Sunday afternoon) from church (I was 11 at the time, no longer participate in religion) and just seeing the town covered in ash for weeks, if not months.
I don't think I'll ever forget the first few moments of stepping into a city that you've heard about all your life, that you're read about and seen in movies and television and then finally discovering it for yourself. I'll never forget that first night in Paris, walking the city, strolling anywhere and taking in the beauty of it all. Also it's hard to forget the first moments in Manhattan looking up the Avenues at the walls and walls of buildings and realizing you're there for the first time, you're really there. It's amazing.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'll get back on this.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In