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I was born and pretty much raised in Portland, OR. At age 27 I joined the navy. I served 5 1/2 yrs. active duty and retired out of the reserves in 2003. When I was discharged from active duty, I worked in IT. I am now retired and from 8/12 to 9/13 I fulfilled a longtime dream of leisurely traveling the US on the back highways, meeting locals and taking time to get to know them and what their lives are like. Met wonderful people and developed some lasting friendships.
My newest plunge is visiting Spain, Portugal, Southern France and Northern Italy.....solo! For the first time I will not have a vehicle and will be dependingn on trains and buses/whatever other means of transportation there are. I'd like to visit smaller towns as well as the larger cities. I much prefer meeting and interacting with locals as opposed to sitting in a hotel room. I'd like to get a real taste/feel for the local daily living.
I'm congenial, accommodating, easy to get along with, respectful, clean and honest. I do not use drugs and do not wish to be around them. I drink very little alcohol and I do not smoke. I hope we meet and enjoy each other's company.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I surfed for a full year (8/12 to 9/13) in the U.S. before returning home (CA home) to finalize my divorce. I temporarily settled back in my home state of OR for a year during which time I hosted several surfers. I am "hitting the road" again in October 2016 for about 2.5 months in Portugal, Spain, Southern France and Northern Italy. I enjoy hosting considerate, respectful and clean surfers and pointing them in the direction of all that Portland has to offer. Sometimes I enjoy being their personal guide. I look forward to meeting new friends from all walks of life.
I spent a year traveling the U.S. ('12-'13) and surfed with 35+ hosts. The majority of them have been positive experiences. So many hospitable, welcoming hosts out there, and I've enjoyed meeting them. After a 9-month hiatus to help family with medical issues followed by over a year of divorce legalities, I was ready to hang out my shingle and welcome others to my home. Now (10/16) I'm ready to hit the road again! :o)
I enjoy easy-to-moderate hiking, bike riding 3 miles or so (my butt gets sore), walking, spending time w/friends, and reading. I love to sun bathe. I'm drawn to both ocean and mountains. I like Christian fiction, true military books as well as biographies and auto-biographies. I'm a Christian. That doesn't mean I'll preach to you or question your beliefs. :o)
Music, Movies, and Books
Too many movies, but generally action, comedy and romance. THE FAULT OF OUR STARS, most definitely!! The Sound of Music is my all time favorite.
Classic rock and roll/old school, easy listening , and jazz.
Books by Francine Rivers, Terri Blackstock, Neta & Dave Jackson, Karen Kingsbury, Lori Wick, James Patterson....
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Giving birth to two healthy boys. Driving and shopping along the Amalfi Coast in Italy, walking the Acropolis in Greece, visiting the ruins of Pompeii in Italy, spending six weeks in Yokosuka, Japan visiting Tokyo and seeing Mt. Fuji, short military stint in Songkhla, Thailand, a week-long mission trip in Puebla, Mexico and my unforgettable year of traveling the US by car.
Teach, Learn, Share
I've learned quite a bit about relationships in the past 8+ years and find conversation on this topic interesting. I'm open to learning most anything that isn't illegal or immoral. Traveling tips and tricks are of particular interest to me.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Life lessons and experiences. I don't consider myself as having any talents to share or teach. I've dabbled in a few things , but never stuck with or mastered any. I enjoy listening to other's talk.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In