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I am something of an urban monk. I live simply and quietly by myself in a busy city. I'm a strict vegetarian, I don't smoke or drink, not even coffee, and I generally try to be kind to my environment. I've never been much of an extrovert, in that I avoid loud, crowded scenes, but I enjoy meeting new people for conversation and just hanging out. My favorite thing to do is go out for dinner, whether alone or with a couple of friends.
I got a B.S. in Linguistics & Computer Science in 1991, which led to a career as a technical writer and software engineer up to 2011. I am now involved in movement and somatics, including aikido, tango, and acrobatics. I also do somatic education & bodywork, including Feldenkrais Method, Reembody Method, Simple Contact, Dermoneuromodulating, and others.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Although I haven't traveled much in recent years, I hosted people when I was in an apartment that allowed for it, and stayed with people in Finland and France.
As a Host
I try to make time on weekends and evenings to show my guests around. If you like to go out on your own, though, that's fine too! I have a car and can take you to the Golden Gate Bridge or up to Twin Peaks, the tallest hill in the middle of the city, or maybe even someplace farther away. Just ask!
As a Guest
I make sure I don't take up much space, and I keep my things packed together. I don't smoke or drink, and I don't stay out late without letting my hosts know. I'm not much of a partier, but I enjoy good conversation and company. I'm just as comfortable being quiet, though.
I am very independent in terms of going out and finding things on my own, but I have to admit that I always have a rough first day after a long voyage. :-) I may just crash for a few hours while I recover.
In my previous apartment I had a few borderline incidents with guests, but no negative experiences. I haven't been able to host in my current apartment, and with rents as they are in San Francisco I won't be moving to one that allows for it any time soon. :-(
I stayed with folks while travling in Finland, and was for the most part it was COMPLETELY AWESOME. I used to hate to travel, because I never really got to know anybody. On this trip I made friends everywhere I went.
Also, I found my long-lost relatives in Finland with the kind help of surfer Sanna Tukia. Thanks so much!
I surfed on a trip in 2009, to Paris. It was harder to find hosts there; back then CS didn't have the filtering it does now, so I had to send a lot of requests. The one host I actually managed to stay with while in Paris was very nice. I managed to hang out with other CouchSurfer though, and greatly enjoyed the experience.
I've been digging into somatic work since an encounter with the Feldenkrais Method in 2012 freed me from recurrent, debilitating back pain. Since then I have trained in, read about, and practiced a variety of methods and approaches, and been able to resume strenuous physical activities such as aikido, acrobatics, and weightlifing. During my Feldenkrais Method training I constructed an articulated skeleton model that every practitioner I meet wants, and so I am developing it into a product.
- indian food
- board games
- outdoor activities
- thai food
- role-playing games
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Matt Alber, Midlake, Holcombe Waller, ABBA, Ultra Bra, Scandinavian Music Group, others obscure & foreign artists.
Movies: I'm pretty much done with movies.
Books: The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd; Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais, The Body Moveable by David Gorman—you get the idea. :-D
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Hm. One morning when I was a teenager I hopped on my bike and rode 55 miles through the hilly woods to the nearest city. No training or anything, I just rode on up. Made it halfway back too, before a friend of my parents passed me, pulled over, and insisted I get in the car. :-)
Teach, Learn, Share
Language is one of my major interests, and I'd be happy to share/speak the handful of langauges I'm good at.
I live in a pretty cool city and can show you around, or at least point you toward things you might like that aren't on tourist maps. If I don't know about something, my friends will!
• I know where most of the vegetarian restaurants are, and several of the good Indian & Thai places. Also, if I don't know about it myself, I can find out about it; San Francisco is a great foodie town in general.
• I know a number of good used bookshops.
• I live near the big gay center of the city (the Castro), but there are other areas to check out, such as SoMa (South of Market, where most of the dance clubs are) and Polk Gulch (smaller clubs & bars). I can fill you in on major queer events or find out for you.
• The Haight has a lot of interesting shopping, lots of counterculture & scenester stuff going on.
• Several neighborhoods have weekend street fairs: The Castro, The Haight, SoMa/Folsom, and more. The Folsom Street Fair is all about kinky sex, but most of the others are about crafts, music, & food.
• There's some great hiking to do inside San Francisco and not too far outside. The Marin Headlands has a great view of the city from across the Golden Gate Bridge.
There's tons more, of course. If there's anything in particular you'd like to ask about, send me a message!
What I Can Share with Hosts
I am happy to treat my hosts to meals out or contribute to meals in. If you're interested in my somatic work, I can also treat you to sessions while I am visiting.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, Thailand
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, United States