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Hi, I'm Scott. I'm a friendly, laid back kind of guy who is generally happy to go with the flow. I enjoy strong drinks and tall tales and, like many people on CS, I'm slightly obsessed with travel. I spend my days hanging out with teenagers, trying to teach them the intricacies of the German language, and have my summers free to explore other passions which include running and writing.
I live to fill my life with amazing experiences so that I may someday retire on the richness of my memories.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I joined couch surfing way back in 2006 when I was single and still living with my dad. My dad and I hosted a lot, and I used the site to surf across America in 2007. In the ensuing years I moved out from my dad's place, got married, had my first child, got divorced, and somehow ended up right back where I started in the house next to my dad. Throughout it all I continued to host and surf as time and conditions allowed. I find staying with strangers on the road an incredibly humbling experience, and love to pay it forward when strangers come to my own home.
Top ten interests, in no particular order:
3. Theater (both acting in and seeing shows)
9. The Great Outdoors (hiking, camping, etc.)
10. Vigilante Justice
- eating out
- outdoor activities
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: I love movies and watch a lot of them. Top 5 films? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Blues Brothers, Wet Hot American Summer, Goodbye Lenin, and The Big Lebowski.
Music: All kinds of stuff. A lot of classic rock, with a little bit of top 40, alt country and indie thrown into the mix.
Books: I read a lot of travel literature. Anthologies and travelogues alike. I love anything by Bill Bryson. I also like mid 20th century literature, like Slaughterhouse Five, Lolita, The Catcher in the Rye, to name a few.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Life is amazing. Let's start with three amazing things:
Summer 2007 = The Great American Roadtrip. Coast to coast, border to border. 10,000 miles. 24 states. All solo. If you'd like to read about it, head over to http://mytravelswithblackbetty.blogspot.com.
Summer 2008 = Mongol Rally. England to Mongolia in a 1991 Nissan Micra bought for $340 on Ebay. All for charity. Read about our adventure on http://mongolrally.theadventurists.com/onesmallcar.
Fall 2010: ran the Philadelphia Marathon and qualified for Boston. Watch my training video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3aW1CGgt0Q
Teach, Learn, Share
I bought a chess board in Poland 17 years ago and have been trying to improve ever since. Anyone who can teach me how to become a better player would be much appreciated!
I teach high school level German, so I can teach you just about anything you need to know about the German language. I've also run 13 marathons with a 3:01 PR, so I could probably teach you a little about the art of marathoning.
I'm all about sharing travel stories.
What I Can Share with Hosts
My knowledge of the German language, true tales of American public education, and beer. I usually try to bring beer for my hosts.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, United States