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  • 79 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning English, French, Spanish
  • 113, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Urban/Transportation/Land Use Planner
  • a bunch of college but I learn so mu...
  • From Born in Los Angeles, California
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About Me

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use the "SEND REQUEST" button for couch requests! It makes keeping track of guests much easier for me and for Couchsurfing. You're welcome to send me a message, if it's not a couch request :-)
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 downtown SF and SFO.


Love, health, and happiness for all, with no one left out. Create livable cities with thriving communities, and sustainable transportation systems.

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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!

I'm hosting a bit less b/c I don't always have time, and I want to host the hell out of you. We have an active child in the house, so I need a little more down time. Her name is Olive Mayhem.

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.

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'm very easy going, I love design, gardening, cooking, bicycling, all kinds of music, reading, film, country hikes and city walks.

I love hosting and I love traveling. I've traveled to every continent save Antarctica. I'm holding out for a Club Med, or a couch.


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
-Helen Keller

“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)


Why I'm on Couchsurfing

I GET OVERWHELMED WITH REQUESTS and I don't have time to check messages every day. Please forgive me if I don't get back to you, but figure that I'm already hosting.
I'M BOOKED UP UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST AND A FEW DAYS BEYOND! SO SORRY. I wish I could host everyone. I love all my guests, and I hope you have a great time in SF wherever you end up. Be sure to also search in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville. All are close, and the BART train comes directly in to San Francisco.


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.

SF is a very popular destination. In the summer, which is usually rather cool, couch requests can be overwhelming. Book early, and wear a sweater, and forgive me if I don't get back to you right away.


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?


Music, Movies & 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'm Mr. Eclectic when it comes to music: Everything from Bach (Glen Gould on piano of course), Chopin, Brahms, Shostakovitch, etc. I love vocal jazz, and am constantly discovering great new music. I made up a name for my favorite new music genre: Folktronica. Think Bon Iver, Department of Eagles, Megafaun, Animal Collective, Iron and Wine. Bring me music, and I'll give you some.
I have taken a few CSrs to the Castro or the Paramount theatres for movies. Always fun. They both have mighty organs.

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. Any further description would likely be censored by the webmaster, but I will say that the experience left a 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 (available at almost any drugstore, supermarket, etc.) and get an American phone number, you will have more fun, and your hosts will like you much better! They cost less than one night in a very cheap motel, and won't give you bed bugs.

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 :-)

We can redecorate, build something, cook something, have conversations as if we have been friends forever.
I'll certainly share my curiosity about almost anything, which can be boundless.

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

United States

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