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  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, German, Japanese
  • 115, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • musician, photographer, writer
  • BS Math, BA CS, MS EECS
  • From San Jose, California
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About Me


hang around the greatest city on the planet, in the greatest planet in the universe


[Travel: Beijing/Nanjing/Shanghai China Oct. 2012]

I am a photographer, bass player (electric and acoustic), singer, writer, and world traveler.

If you would like to have professional portrait photography done or need a bassist please feel free to contact me :-).


Golden Rule + Karma. Pay it forward.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I hang out in the SF Bay where I live and pay it forward.

I joined just prior to traveling to NYC in Sept. 2010 (n00b alert :-). I just returned from NYC where I stayed in Manhattan.


In Sept 2010 I visited NYC where I actually succeeded in surfing my first couch and I stayed on budget but never had to leave Manhattan.


Music, esp. guitar, folk and electric / acoustic bass, classic rock, R&B. Singing, karaoke. Photography, portrait, model, glamor, travel, event, wedding. Videography. Travel. Mountaineering. History. Philosophy. Economics. Politics (!). Religion (!!).

  • writing
  • singing
  • photography
  • dancing
  • wine
  • beer
  • modeling
  • politics
  • traveling
  • music
  • guitar
  • karaoke
  • mountaineering
  • surfing
  • economics
  • history
  • religion

Music, Movies, and Books

Casablanca. Citizen Kane. 12 Oclock High. Lawrence of Arabia. The Longest Day. How the West Was Won. Von Ryan's Express. Ordinary People. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. The Magnificent 7. Rashomon. Chelsea Girls. Monty Python Holy Grail. Princess Bride. Pay It Forward. Lost in Translation. Inception. Red Dawn. Donnie Darko. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Hot Tub Time Machine. Escape from New York. Clint Eastwood, Arnold Swarzenegger - all. Haskell Wexler. Hitchcock - all. Ken Burns. Charley's Angels is the quintessential movie-- girls, guns and car chases. Lucy Liu. Sinatra. Elvis. Buddy Holly. Motown - all. Beatles. Stones. Jefferson Airplane. Jimi. Joni. CSNY. Eagles. Siddhartha. Heinlein - all. Asimov - all. Aristotle - all. Plato - all.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

At age 21 I almost died on my motorcycle due to my own stupidity, but I did not. So live life to the fullest without hurting others. You never know when your time is up, and every moment counts.

Teach, Learn, Share

teach: guitar, singing, karaoke, photography, mountaineering, travel, philosophy, beer, wine, politics, religion. learn/share: ditto, plus dancing (salsa, etc.), Mandarin (普通話 / 普通话 Pǔtōnghuà; 國語 / 国语 Guóyǔ; 華語 / 华语 Huáyǔ), and 二胡. And of course Ebonics.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico

Countries I’ve Lived In

Japan, Switzerland, United States

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