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I CAN'T HOST ANYONE ELSE IN OCTOBER. Please try other hosts. San Francisco is very popular and sometimes answering couch requests seems like a full time job :^(
If you send me requests anyway, I'll wonder why I would want to host you.
If you are having trouble finding a place in SF, be sure to check out Oakland and Berkeley. Both are close, but on the other side of the bay. There are frequent BART trains that go under the Bay to San Francisco and both the San Francisco and Oakland Airports, and they're both nice places on their own.
Love, health, and happiness for all, with no one left out. Create livable cities with thriving communities, and sustainable transportation systems. Eat good food! Art will set you free.
Use this link: https://www.uber.com/invite/jg80w to set up an UBER account and we'll both get $20 uber/taxi credit. Great deal! Take taxis for free! Pass it on!
I have a big flat and 3 flat-mates (an adult couple and their child) so I try to keep chaos level low. We're all very friendly and love meeting travelers.
We also have 2 very active and gregarious young cats that we rescued from the animal shelter. They were born April first, 2014 (Poisson d'Avril!) They are lots of fun and will probably sleep with you, and inspect your luggage.
I'm a non-practicing artist and an architecture wonk. I love to learn about almost anything. I'm kind of a hedonist. I like things stimulate my brain and/or my senses: food, wine, art, sex, music, the sea, massage, art, smells, views, flowers, poetry, umami, power tools, etc.
I'm friendly and laid back, and have a "mi casa es su casa" philosophy. We'll get along best if you relax and get comfortable here, and ask for anything you want or need. I'm gay (most of the time) but I don't care what you are into, or what gender you are. All good and interesting people are welcome.
I'm not much of a nightlife person, so if you want to go out to clubs/parties/etc. you may have more fun staying with twenty-something hosts who can take you out to places that I don't know much about, or I'm just tooo coool to bother with :^)
I work as a Transportation Planner. I like what I do. I use my job to promote good projects that will give people more places to live that are walkable, bike-able, and sustainable, and more choices about how they get around.
I love traveling, especially bicycle touring, good design, gardening, cooking, all kinds of music, reading, film, country hikes and city walks.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
What is in your head - throw it away!
What is in your hand - give it up!
Whatever happens - don't turn away from it.
-Abu Said ibn Abil-Khair (10th Century Sufi Master)
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE AREN'T THINGS
"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" -- Patrick Dennis (Auntie Mame)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've never had a bad guest!
WHAT MAKES YOU A GREAT GUEST?
A certain kind of maturity and generosity. Communication. A good sense of humor. Shared interests. Thoughtfulness and mindfulness.
If your main motivation for couchsurfing is a free place to crash, you're missing the point!
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've met amazing folks from around the globe. My guests have run the gamut from great to extraordinary.
I like to take photos of my guests losing their burrito virginity in public. You can see some of them in my photo files. Burritos are more popular than hamburgers here in SF, and certainly tastier. Wrap both hands around it and open wide.
I have had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful people. Most brought with them unexpected generosity, warmth, intimacy, camaraderie, humor, good music, and great fun.
I just returned from a month in UK and France, and was able to stay with CSers who I hosted in the past. All were FABULOUS hosts, and knowing them made the trip magic. Thank you all!! I love you! You are awesome!
Bicycling, bike touring, art, architecture, cities, urban environment, travel, collecting modern art, nature, beaches, wilderness, hiking and walking, reading, gardening and gardens, good wine, reading more, films, flirting, live music. Suggestions?
WE HAVE A COUPLE GUEST BIKES IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE SF ON 2 WHEELS.
Music, Movies, and Books
Books, they're so decorative! I also try to get through the New Yorker magazine each week. I like to read. I recently bought a TV so I (or we) can watch movies in bed. Reading less, watching more. I hate myself for that, but I've seen some good shows.
I'm Mr. Eclectic when it comes to music: Everything from Bach (Glen Gould on piano of course), Chopin, Brahms, Bjork, Blake, Shostakovitch, Fever Ray, Fuckbuttons, etc.
I love vocal jazz, and piano jazz. I have a huge man-crush on Brad Mehldau.
I like Bon Iver, Department of Eagles, Megafaun, Animal Collective, Iron and Wine, etc. Bring me music, and I'll give you some.
I have taken a few CSrs to the Castro or the Paramount theatres for old movies. If you're a fan of the mighty organ, let's talk.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have spent months touring Morocco on a bicycle. It was like living in a dream. The same for Turkey, France, Spain, England. My favorite way to travel is by bike.
I once stayed in a very old chateau in France with a working dungeon, and a real live dungeon master. He was there to "show me the ropes" as it were. The experience left a very nice impression on me.
I have cooked dinners for Hunter S. Thompson, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs. Only Bill survived, unfortunately.
Teach, Learn, Share
First, I will teach you that if you buy a remarkably cheap go-phone or sim card (available at almost any drugstore, supermarket, etc.) and get an American phone number, you will have more fun, and your hosts will appreciate being able to keep in touch. If you invest a bit more in a smart phone, you can actually find out where you are, or hook up right now with the cute guy across the street!
I can teach you how to cook a lot of things. I love to learn to make things from the cuisine of your country, even this one. I can take you on a beautiful bike ride. I can teach you the names of some plants. I can preach about planning, design, and sustainability until my face turns blue, or green. I can listen without judgement. If we go to the museum, we can talk about art, historical context, symbolism, and zeitgeist.
I'd like to learn to knit, and finish remodeling my kitchen. Carpenters get breakfast in bed. I also love to learn about what you do, what you're passionate about, what you'd like to try at least once.
Each day, and night is a new future, an opportunity. What will you do with it?
What I Can Share with Hosts
Anything you want. I'll be your slave :-)
I'll cook you a meal or two, or take you out.
I'll regard you as a deity.
XXL Gratitude, a multitude of Thanks
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In