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To see as much of the world as possible while not getting dysentery.
Photographer, writer, music lover, indoorsman, outdoorsman, art lover, reader, likes to cook, fun loving curious type.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've both hosted and been a guest.
Things you look through and that go "click" (I'm referring to cameras, not shallow, vapid people who suck their teeth), all kinds of art, reading books, playing guitar, listening to music, films and film making, indoors/outdoors, laughin', livin', lovin', photography, travel, people and their stories, red wine, cooking, not being in a hurry, Sierra Nevada, mountain climbing, backcountry and cross country skiing, sea kayaking, travels far and wide, exploring the inner and the out there, scratching my chin, leaving point A without there being a point B..., stretching my legs, walking the tightrope betwixt clean/healthy and dark/filthy.
Music, Movies, and Books
Jacques Tati, Robert Bresson, Preston Sturges, The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz by Luis Bunuel, Luis Bunuel in general, Le Trou by Jacques Becker, Fellini, Orson Welles, Hitchcock, Kurasawa, Keaton, Kubrick, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Lee Marvin, Peter Sellers, W.C. Fields, Diabolique by Henri-Georges Clouzot, anything with Buddy Hackett, Jim Backus, Jim Jarmusch, Robert Mitchum, Werner Herzog, Robert Newton as Long John Silver in Treasure Island, The Party, Sterling Hayden, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter by the great Frank Tashlin, Sam Peckinpah, anything with Walter Matthau, David Lean's Oliver Twist, David Lean movies in general, Jerry Lewis - especially The Errand Boy, The House of Yes, Face in the Crowd, Elia Kazan, Night of the Hunter, I Am Cuba, Pecker by John Waters, Russ Meyers, Errol Morris.
Black Ajax by George MacDonald Fraser, Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky by Patrick Hamilton, any James M. Cain, Charles Bukowski, some Joan Didion, Jim Thompson, every syllable of S.J. Perelman, Nathanael West... Missy Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust, Low Life by Luc Sante, James Agee, Lolita, The White Spider by Heinrich Harrer, Saul Bellow, O. Henry, James Ellroy, Dorothy Parker, Never a Normal Man by Daniel Farson, dirty pictures from the '20s with spanking, Charles Dickens, Dashiell Hammett, John Muir, The Total Film-Maker by Jerry Lewis, Cormac McCarthy, My Last Sigh by Luis Bunuel, Brassai when he writes about Paris...
Blues, R&B, soul, jazz, the rock and the roll, big band, OLD country, '70's punk, Tom Waits, Noel Coward, Bob Dylan, Jimmie Rodgers, The Ink Spots, Gene Austin, The Swan Silvertones, The Beatles, Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies, The Five Royales, Johnny Cash, Nick Lowe, Big Star, Daniel Johnston, Raymond Scott, Pretenders, Howlin' Wolf, Everly Bros., Benny Goodman, Pixies, Woody Guthrie, X, Faron Young, Mickey & Sylvia, The Gun Club, The Kinks, Percy Mayfield, Eddie Lang, Nick Lucas, Louis Jordan, Mingus, VU, Babs Gonzalez, Buzzcocks, Golden Gate Quartet, Waylon, The Clash, Dean Martin, Django, Elvis P. and Elvis C., Thelonius Monk, Thelonius Monster, The Hold Steady, White Stripes, Captain Beefheart, Louvin Brothers, The Cramps, Television, Desmond Dekker, Slim Smith, Dock Boggs, Eddie Cochran, Iggy & The Stooges, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Cowboy Jack Clement, Don Gibson, Ricky Nelson, Dexter Romweber, Blossom Dearie, The Minutemen, Neil Young, Hoagy Carmichael, Del Shannon, The Blasters, Arthur Alexander.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Too many to list. Sea kayaking in the Atlantic off of Galicia Spain was nice. Finishing alpine climbs in the Sierra Nevada under a full moon is always memorable. I'm coming close to publishing my first book of photography, that'll be nice when it finally happens.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I'd like to think that I'm a clean, quiet and respectful guest. I'm a decent cook.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, United States