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  • 64 references 37 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning French, Portuguese, Russian
  • 55, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Media Producer
  • The Navy, some college.
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


I have had this site off my radar for a while, particularly with the pandemic. I am going to want to travel again soon so I'm opening my couch back up for a few travelers.


I'm a low key laid back guy, uncomplicated, and any other euphemism for boring. I do love traveling and trying new things. I love meeting fellow travelers even though I most likely will never see them again.


Living today makes for more interesting reminiscing tomorrow.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've lived in New York since 1998. I´ve been on CS since 2006. Since '98, I've spent 10 months in Paris and 3 years in Los Angeles but managed to come back to NY each time.


After I signed up, I became host to a large number of travelers that came through New York. It wasn't until mid 2008 that I started using it to travel myself. As a host or as a guest my experiences have been very positive. I hope that anyone that has stayed with me has taken something home with them. I know I have brought something back from any home that has allowed me to with them.


I love to read, write, travel, play pool and roll my eyes at bad movies. Lately, I've taken to subscribing to online courses to learn as much as I could about nerdy things like Arduino, programming, photography and art. I'm also studying Russian though it is quite bad still.

  • photography
  • movies
  • traveling
  • billiards
  • photoshop

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: The Departed, Last King of Scotland, City of God, The Lives of Others, Üntergang.

Music: Kings of Leon, Eels, Gorillaz, Imogen Heap, AC-DC, Alt-J

Books: Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Vernon God Little, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Instance of the Fingerpost, Murder Bot, Sea of Rust

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I once was recording wild sounds in the ruins of Palenque around 1AM in the morning. While I was packing, I saw the most amazing meteor shower. The INAH guards say they happen relatively frequently.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach anyone curious to learn what I know about film making, photography, how to become an excel master, billiards. I can also tell them all about local New York or American culture and what makes us tick.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can share the futon in my living room, a walk through the local park, some local knowledge.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, England, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Thailand, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Mexico, United States

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