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  • 63 References 50 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Swati
  • 54, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • math teacher
  • Learning something new everyday.
  • From Great Neck, New York, USA
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About Me


To reach Nirvana (their CD Nevermind)


Juggler, puzzler, writer, entrepreneur, Dad, all-around Good Egg. I teach mathematics to 13 year old kids. At least that's what I try to do.

I guess I'm middle aged now. Holy shit! But crashing out on a couch still seems quite natural.

My Puzzle Blog:
(I need more people to follow my blog - it's free!)


1. Zen.
2. Time Is Short. You must act today! Don't live life with regrets. Remember the past, don't dwell on it.
3. Travel is important & necessary for the soul. But don't forget that home is more important.
4. Keep learning and having fun but don't forget to share & teach!
5. A smart man learns from his mistakes. A wise man learns from the mistakes of others.
6. Making lists seems bizarrely fun. I've heard that we Americans tend to do this.
7. Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Active host and occasional surfer.


I've been hosting travelers for ages. I was in the Peace Corps in Swaziland and Papua New Guinea and welcomed any and all backpackers.

Being in NYC, I've hosted a lot. And I've surfed too.


Brain teasers, juggling, string figures, documentaries, books. Oh yes, good food!

  • writing
  • books
  • documentaries
  • beauty
  • beauty pageants
  • dancing
  • dining
  • movies
  • traveling
  • puzzles
  • juggling
  • blogging
  • entrepreneurship
  • mathematics

Music, Movies, and Books

Great Books:
Count of Monte Cristo by Victor Hugo
A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
King of the Hill by A. E. Hotchner
Bound for Glory by Woody Guthrie
Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman
Tales of an American Hobo by Charles Elmer Fox
Growing Up by Russell Baker
The Great Shark Hunt - Hunter S Thompson
Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the Durbervilles
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
A Kiss Before Dying, Boys from Brazil - Ira Levin

Great Albums
Blood on the Tracks & Desire - Dylan
Jumpin Jive - Joe Jackson
Who's Next - The Who
There Goes Rhymin Simon - Paul Simon
Dark Side of the Moon&Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Horses - Patti Smith
Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf
Sgt Pepper, Revolver, White Album - Beatles
Armed Forces - Elvis Costello

Great Films. For a film to make it on my list, it either made me laugh, scared shitless, or cry. Watching films many times also is a requirement.
Il Postino
Life is Beautiful
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Lorenzo's Oil
The Graduate
The Godfather I & II
Modern Times, City Lights, The Gold Rush, The Kid
The Italian
Fiddler on the Roof
The Exorcist
Raiders of the Lost Arc
Planet of the Apes
Cool Hand Luke
I Am A Fugitive
Best Years of Our Lives
20001 A Space Odyssey
Clockwork Orange
Shawshank Redemption
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Rosemary's Baby
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I was a judge for the Miss Swaziland Beauty Contest.
I had a summer job as a film projectionist during college. I showed 2 different, old films each day.
Can solve Rubik's Cube in 2.5 minutes.
Hiked for 6 days in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
My puzzle books, Lab Mice Puzzles, have been printed in Singapore, Italy, France and the USA.
5-ball juggler - on a good day.
I can break-dance with 2 fingers.
However, my greatest adventure is being a Dad to a cool little boy.

Teach, Learn, Share

Expert juggler, I can teach anybody to juggle 3 balls. If you want to learn simple/complicated string figures - I'm the one to teach you.

Another hobby is Mechanical Puzzles. I write about them for Games Magazine - published in the US. Mechanical puzzles - think Rubik's Cube as an example.

I've been working on doing cartwheels. Not going well. People on the subways can be so rude. It's a shame.

Now you can follow my every thought & action about puzzles:

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Canada, China, Congo, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Tanzania, Togo, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, United States

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