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Louis Schleifer

East Brunswick, NJ, United States

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Overview

  • 1 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 53, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Business Analyst for a bank.
  • Master's in Mechanical Engineering (...
  • From Ruxton, Maryland, USA (a suburb of Baltimore)
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Enjoy meeting others, hosting/entertaining others, learning from others, and getting the chance to explore the world via simpler travel arrangements, and with the knowledge that a friend (or friendly person) will be waiting for me when I arrive.

ABOUT ME

I am almost always upbeat, easygoing, inquisitive, and love a good conversation. Anyone want to discuss the inevitable financial demise of the Western world? :)Also like to challenge myself with new things; examples: cooking a new dish, repairing something on my bicycle, mastering a new maneuver in my kayak (a new Eskimo Roll, perhaps?), or fixing something in this old home. Examples: I solder copper plumbing lines, and extend/add electrical circuits. Yes, these skills comes in handy, and NO, I have not burned down the house yet. ;)

I'm presently trying to improve my Spanish, for a second trip to Spain. First trip was just this month (June, 2011), and it was fantastic!

PHILOSOPHY

You can never be too inquisitive. You should never limit yourself--in your mental view of yourself and the world--to what you can achieve. One of the hardest and most valuable skills is to be able to identify stuck-in-the-rut type thoughs that you harbor, and challenge and/or re-evaluate them. This is hard to do, though, as they always seem like common-sense to their owners!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I haven't participated yet, because I wasn't quite certain how to begin when I first joined, a couple of years ago. That, and I was busy with work and with my children. But now that they are out of the house, I see what a waste it is to have such a nice little home, within striking distance of NYC--not to mention some beautiful NJ/Pennsylvania lakes--and not put it to good use helping others, as well as helping myself.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

None yet. All I've done is joined, made a donation, and not much else! I'm now looking to make up for lost time! :)

Interests

I love getting outdoors, whether it's bicycling alone or with a group along country roads (typically 30 - 50 miles), or kayaking big lakes, or hiking woodsy trails, especially ones that lead to mountain-top views or lakes.

Music, Movies & Books

American Beauty, The Matrix Lord of The Rings (book and movies) The Source & Hawaii(both by James Michener) -- didn't finish the latter, though!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

It's hard to name just one. Here's a few: 1) Seeing the Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park. 2) Viewing the Grand Canyon, either from the South Rim, or from Phantom Ranch (at the bottom), looking up. 3) Paddling Lake George, NY, in a kayak. 4) Gazing out for miles over the landscape, from the top of one of the towers in the Alcazaba, at the ancient Moorish outpost in Ahlambra (Granada, Spain). 5) Looking down upon the straits of Gibraltar, from high atop the Rock of Gibraltar.

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