ROBSFO

San Francisco, CA, USA

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Overview

  • 93 References 77
  • 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 much more from travelli...
  • From Los Angeles, CA, USA
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About Me

READ THIS please!

DON'T SEND ME "MESSAGES" FOR COUCH REQUESTS! Don't make me hurt you!
USE THE REQUEST BUTTON.

Sorry in advance. It gets very busy here, and sometimes I get 5 requests per day in the summer. I don't always have time to keep up with requests, so if I don't answer right away, keep searching, and please try other hosts.

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.

CURRENT MISSION

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.

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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! Pass it on!

ABOUT ME
I have a big flat to myself at the moment, but I try to keep chaos level low. My cherished flat mates got their own place, which is very good for them, but I'll miss them alot.

I 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 certainly will inspect your luggage, maybe make your clothes into a cat bed.

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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 too 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. "Community building" "Sustainable"

I love traveling, especially bicycle touring, good design, gardening, cooking, all kinds of music, reading, film, country hikes and city walks.

PHILOSOPHY

“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)

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE AREN'T THINGS
Amen!

"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" -- Patrick Dennis (Auntie Mame)

"Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was " --Margaret Mitchell

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Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I've never had a really 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.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

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!

Interests

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 my life for that.... but I've seen some extrordary 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 call it folktronica.
I have taken a few CSrs to the Castro or the Paramount theatres for old movies. Both have big organs (if you're a fan) that get played between films.

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, and California. 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. Any more details would make this an adults-only profile.

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 guys across the street on Grindr, Growlr, or Scruff ! I don't mean to sound sexist, bu if there is such an app for mixed gender coupling, I haven't heard about it. Maybe Tinder.

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

United States

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