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Overview

  • 64 References 58 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Web Designer
  • Graduated from University of Nebraska, Kearney in 2004 wi...
  • From Grinnell, IA, USA
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About Me

To start off, I have a small and friendly dog (a corgi called Xabe), so if you're allergic, you probably want to avoid me. Xabe stays off the furniture, though, and I vacuum often, so I'm generally quite clean. Also, my dog is well-behaved, so I assure you she will not be any nuisance.

I'm pretty easy-going, always looking for good people and good conversation. I try to be as accommodating as possible.

HOSTING CRITERIA

Lately I have been getting lots or requests from travelers who don’t host. Couchsurfing is great for meeting people and finding a free place to stay, but if you’re not going to pay it forward, I'm not going to do you any favors.

Therefore, you can send me a request, but if you don't meet at least two of the following criteria, I PROBABLY will not host you.

• You have a verified address.
• You have several positive references and no (or proportionally very few) negative references.
• You have at least one (just one!) hosting reference.
• You are from Nebraska or Iowa (my old stomping grounds).
• You are from a different country, especially French-speaking (because that’s just interesting).

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I gave a short, fast-paced talk about my couchsurfing experiences at an event I put on, called Ignite Lincoln. You can watch it here: http://vimeo.com/12034266 (It starts about a minute in, if you want to skip the intro.)

I have also been to several couchsurfing meetups, getting to know the local CS community.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've hosted many couchsurfers now, and they've been nothing but great. I'm pleased to find there are different types of people all over the US that have all turned out to be very courteous and interesting.

I've stayed on several couches myself, and they all provided different experiences, all of them positive. It's a lot of fun and I would definitely love to meet you. I'll sometimes travel somewhere for a conference or convention, but I'll end up having way more fun with my host.

Interests

art and design, subculture and pop culture, comic books, DIY and progressive attitudes, climbing, riding my bike, dog parks and walking in parks, hiking, minimal living, and city lights

  • dogs
  • arts
  • culture
  • books
  • design
  • graphic design
  • diy
  • walking
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • parks
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Trainspotting (pretty much any Danny Boyle movie, really), Hackers, Casablanca, documentaries, period counterculture films, the brothers Cohen

Music: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Jupiter, Madeon, Asobi Seksu, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Sigur Rôs, The Twelves

Books: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, The Call of Cthulhu, Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, a few by Kurt Vonnegut.

I'm a big fan of Marvel, too!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Moving to Olympia has been an intense experience for me, and I’ve seen and done some amazing things since I left “home”: traveled around Iceland, summited mountains, hiked through ancient forests, dug for clams in the surf, and so much more. I’d love to share the experience with you.

Teach, Learn, Share

As a designer, I know a lot about web and graphic design and typography. I can teach you the difference between Helvetica and Arial.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Switzerland, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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