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  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2007
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About Me


You. Me. Everything.


Hi, I'm Mark. Or Jimmy Grits. Your choice.

I'm your average settled-down ex-vagabond-of-sorts. I've traveled a good bit, have experimented with non-traditional approaches to living, am very open-minded and non-judgmental, and I love hyphens ;)

I live in Putnam, CT with my ladyfriend, Jess. We're just hanging out, being happy, hoping some cool CouchSurfers will come through and rock our socks off :)


Quit trying not to die. It's not going to work. Don't worry about it. :)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've been on CouchSurfing for probably close to a decade now. In that time I've hosted many people, I've surfed with many people, I've organized and attended events, was part of the new member welcome team, and wrote an article for a local magazine about the site.


Most everyone I've met through this website has been some sort of otherworldly type of amazing. So many people on grand adventures, so many people drawn to get out and live and explore, people who are just hungry to suck the marrow from the bones of life. When I first joined the site, it seemed very very much about community - people were desiring to engage the locals in the places they went to. Like, it wasn't uncommon to actually utilize the "Meet up for coffee or a drink" aspect of the website, whereas now it seems a lot of people may see this site as a free alternative to Airbnb or something.Now, I'm not saying that's terrible - I'm all for saving money, for utilizing un-utilized couches, for practicing trust toward strangers and seeing how good that feels. Yet I must say that the most fulfilling element of this site, to me, has been the incredible connections I have made with people throughout the years. CouchSurfing, to me, is about so much more than just a free place to sleep, and I think it has attracted many people who feel the same way, and I hope it continues to.


It seems I've always had a love of porches. There's just nothing like sitting on a porch with a few friends and strangers deep into the night and sharing drinks and chitchatting about anything at all.I enjoy playing music, playing card games, board games, sports, going for walks, cooking, thinking, and traveling, of course, as well as many many other things.

  • singing
  • cooking
  • coffee
  • drinking
  • board games
  • chess
  • traveling
  • dumpster diving
  • music
  • scuba diving
  • sports

Music, Movies, and Books

I like tons of movies and music. I'm a pretty bad conversationalist when it comes to this topic, as I'm unable to remember the names of any actor, director, movie, album, or song. I try though, and do okay off of descriptions. :)Far as books go, I'll always love me some Bukowski, Steinbeck or Hemingway.You should read:- Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck- 1984, by George Orwell- Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse- The Garden of Eden, by Ernest Hemingway- Tortilla Flat, by John Steinbeck- The Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac- South of No North, by Charles Bukowski

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I once saw a warthog and a meerkat sing a song that presented a solution for all of life's problems.Also, I navigated my way all over a foreign country whose language I hardly spoke. That was pretty exciting.

Teach, Learn, Share

Whenever you cross a bridge, light it on fire and walk away.Later, if you find yourself back there and the bridge is gone, know that it was a lousy bridge anyhow.Also, it kind of happened overnight, but apparently I'm an alright cook now. I'm good at cooking with others too and teaching, so ya know, if ya wanted to make something, I could learn ya. Or if you want to learn how to play cribbage, it'd be a sweet thing to know forever :) Or if you really wanted to take a little time, I'm a studied chess player and, unless you're a high-level tournament player, I could probably help improve your game a good bit, or teach you how to play if you've never played.I've also been getting a pretty good handle on dumpster diving, and if you were interested in doing that at all, we definitely could.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Costa Rica, France, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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