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  • 50 references 45 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 79, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Teacher/mechanical designer/truck driver/retired
  • 4 year college plus
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


Enjoy life and contribute to the improvement of the planet.


Mark--I grew up on a farm and then a small town in the Midwest. I spent a lot of time by myself working on hobbies. When I went to St. Olaf College, I decided to spend time with classmates. Now, I feel comfortable either way but prefer to connect with others I find interesting. When I graduated in Industrial Education at the U. of M, I spent two summers hitching around Europe. Since 1988, Ihave traveled in Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Guatamala,Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and all over the United States. I now spend about half the year in Florida and half in Minnesota.


I believe that people basically live up to the expectations of others. Given the chance, almost everyone wants to contribute.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING I've attended some local gatherings besides hosting and surfing.

It's been really great to meet and get to know so many really fine and fun people, not to mention saving money for accommodations.


Steamboating, tennis, pickleball, bicycling, motorcycling, traveling, discussion of human behavior topics, designing, problem solving.

  • education
  • traveling
  • surfing
  • hang gliding
  • tennis
  • teaching

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Those with strong charactors battling the odds.
Music: piano, folk music.
Books: Steinbeck, Mitchener, Frank McCourt.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hang gliding, building a steamboat

Teach, Learn, Share

I like to learn from others through discussion and shared experiences.

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