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  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Danish, Dutch, French
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  • Member since 2009
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  • Bachelors in the Humanities, U of Colorado at Boulder
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About Me


Publish a book


Born to do 3 things: Ski. Write. I forget the third thing. Wrote for big papers on the East Coast for a bit, then moved to the world's greatest town, worked as a mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet (true). Now I'm a reporter for Rooster Magazine, where I write mostly about politics and drugs.


I am a part of all that I have met. -- Tennyson

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I couchsurf, and write about couchsurfing. And I'm pretty baffled by the whole thing. In a wonderful way.


Did an entire year on the couches of strangers, more than 100, in 26 different countries.

- taught me about Native Americans (Lindsay, New Mexico)
- wrote for my online journal, took me to balloon fest (Zoe, New Mexico)
- showed me the Montana U. campus (Carli, Montana)
- took me on a boat in McCall, Idaho (Emily, Idaho)
- taught me how to build a bike wheel (Kent, Utah)
- took me on a bike ride, picked avocados in his front yard (Piaw, San Francisco)
- showed me how hipsters play volleyball (badly) (Whitney, San Francisco)
- showed me how to be good parents, while still being cool (The Cobb Family, San Francisco)
- made me curry and explained to me how karma is a real thing (Anupam, San Francisco)
- drove me around San Francisco on the back of a motorcycle (Whitney, San Francisco)
- showed me some of the best mole from Mexico ... but in California! (Eden, West Marin, Ca.)
- got me into the Sacramento state house after hours, where I rode Ahnold's golden bear (Sarah, Sacramento)
- let me swing on a swing ... inside a house! (Artemesia, Arcata, Ca.)
- Took me dancing with a hilarious Korean kid who says: "I am America!" (Emilia, Ashland, Ore.)
- Made me homemade stew (Ryne, Portland)
- Taught me about getting low-functioning people to be high-functioning (Bron, Portland)
- Took me to the Portland Grotto (Colin, Portland)
- Talked about how rap can be conscious (TravisT, Portland)
- Took me on a bike ride around a lake (Kristy and Dave, Redmond, Wash.)
- Taught me about bridges and Bulgaria (Boyan, Olympia, Wash.)
- Showed me Microsoft, Indian food, and Bollywood movies (Archis, Redmond, Wash.)
- Showed how to lose parts of yourself - appendix, huevo, etc. - and keep kicking hard (Rick and the Hawkins clan, Seattle)
- Showed me how to fall in love. (Whitney again)
- Showed me how to be mellow and still successful. (Travers and Jacey, Ophir, Colo)
- Showed me how to be a visionary. (Kurt and Anne, Ophir, Colo.)
- Taught me about human body suspension (Will and Levin, Amarillo)
- Let me relive my college days (John, Will and Tom, Norman, Okla.)
- Told me his rags to riches tale. (Ankit, Plano, Tx.)
- Shared her history -- and America's (Anne, Dallas)
- Met the daughter of a civil rights legend (Kyle and Daniel, Little Rock)
- Showed me the deep South, and let me see the good work they do teaching there. (Erin, Jeff, Al, Indianola, Miss.)
- Hung out on a porch across from Brad and Angelina's house. (Kandy, New Orleans)
- Told me the secrets of being a beautiful drag queen. (Jerome, New Orleans)
- Let me admire his life as an actor on the set with Marky Mark. (Roland, New Orleans).
- Gave my input on empanadas, and a truck that delivers them. (Eric, New Orleans)
- Learned about war in Afghanistan. (Meagan, Mobile, Alabama)
- Watched comedy. Listened to comedy. (Paul, Tallahassee)
- Made tacos, watched Family Guy, got drunk. (Halef and Michael, Atlanta)
- Learned how to be a SuperFamily. (Matt and Rebecca, Athens, Ga.)
- Saw how urban renewal happens, even far from urban centers. (Patty and George, Greenville, SC)
- Ate raccoon, learned how to tie knots. (Sam and Shamba, Boone, NC)
- Heard horror stories from a Somalian who cannot be killed. (Kat, Danville, Va.)
- Learned about very deep trust by loaning out my car for a week. (Eva, Brooklyn)
- Gays in advertising lesson. (Mike, Manhattan)
- The value of art in life. (Rod, Manhattan)
- How Africa can be helped. (Megan, Manhattan)
- What the scriptures say about hospitality. (Don, the Bronx)
- How traveling abroad can change you. (Deirdre, Vermont)
- How pastors should live simple, meaningful lives. (Ben, Maine)
- how you can heal a chicken by putting next to the wood-burning stove. (Gemma and Anton, Maine)
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Writing, reading, talking to people. Treehouses. Bars that stay open all night. How many dimensions the universe has. LEGOs.

  • arts
  • writing
  • books
  • acting
  • dancing
  • civil rights
  • dining
  • indian food
  • gardening
  • boating
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • cycling
  • skiing
  • volleyball
  • freelancing
  • history
  • journalism

Music, Movies, and Books

American Beauty, Randy Newman, The Thought Gang by Tibor Fischer

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The volcano Arenal in Costa Rica, the glowing red tide in San Diego, the fiery flames at Olympos, Turkey, the baby sea turtle hatch in Campeche, Mexico, the OU/Notre Dame game, seeing Bush pardon a turkey in the Rose Garden, getting roughed up by Britney Spears' bodyguard. Lunch. I tried to get a job as a professional LEGO builder at LEGOland. I didn't make the cut.

Teach, Learn, Share

Can teach writing. Talk in Spanish.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Belgium, Denmark, Spain, United States

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