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Travel more, create more, learn more, and just be. Enjoy the short time we have on this great planet with amazing individuals who bring joy.
I'm a typical Pacific NorthWester: relaxed, outdoorsy, a bit artistic, open minded, and think the rest of the country has gone crazy. I love our corner of the world, and I welcome visitors who want to experience it. Otherwise I'd say I'm funny toward the sarcastic side, willing to try most things once, cherish friendships, a bit skeptical - yet hopeful.
I work as an engineer, but would rather be making movies. I've directed 8 short films, and am always thinking of the next project.
I volunteer as an instructor for a local mountaineering club, and I get out into the amazing Cascade Mountains as often as I can to clear my mind and enjoy the company of good friends.
I want to travel more...only by seeing the world and meeting people, can we really understand it.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming..."Wow, what a trip!" --author unknown
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Being honest, searching for a host while traveling can be time consuming, so in recent years I've used couchsurfing to meet fellow travelers to share the journey and share costs. Surfing and hosting has been a great experience. When I can host, I prefer travelers from other countries versus fellow Americans.
Met many couchsurfers for good conversations and drinks during my travels. I was hosted in Bratislava, Budapest, Turkey, Scotland, Ireland...and have hosted several times in Seattle. CSurfers are usually like me, open-minding, fun, travel thrifty, and always up for trying something new.
Travel, filmmaking, caving, climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, photography, martial arts, karaoke, tea(not coffee), cats, 80's rock, and restore my first home. I enjoy good conversations about life, love, film, politics, just about anything as long as everyone is open minded.
- film making
- martial arts
- rock climbing
- drinking tea
Music, Movies, and Books
Comedy, Action-Adventure, and Sci-Fi movies: Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
I enjoy good documentaries that take risks to present truths: Why We Fight, How Killed the Electric Car, Capitalism a Love Story, Inequality for All, Where to Invade Next.
Musically I'm all over, it depends on the day and the Pandora channel.
Books: A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson Most of my reading is on-line, newspaper, or magazine articles.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The view from the top of Mount Rainer. The repel & climb out of the 510' Ellison's pit cave in Alabama. Hearing everyone at Oktoberfest in Munich sing John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads". Sailboating 3 days in south Turkey. Sitting at the mouth of a Guatemalan cave as millions of bats whooshed past into the evening sky.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: Climbing/Mountaineering, Filmmaking (writing & editing), home renovation, self defense
Learn: Language (I only have rudimentary Spanish), filmmaking, DYI-ing
Share: The Pacific Northwest, both city and the mountains
What I Can Share with Hosts
Conversations about life, love, travel, and our place in the world. A song, a hike, a beer, a tea, and laughs.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Panama, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In