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  • 15 References 11 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning German
  • 79, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Musician, writer, business consultant.
  • Degrees in math, music and economics.
  • From Backwoods, Illinois.
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About Me


Play in a blues band.


All day, every day, I follow my heart. Worldly goods don't distract me. I'm never bored as I walk and take the bus, thinking about current projects.

I remember the grownups discussing whether we should be in the Second World War or not after they listened to Hitler's speeches replayed with translations on the radio.


Apparently, I don't need anything I wanted, because I don't have it, and I'm blissful.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I recently acquired a sailboat in San Pedro, CA, where I can host when I'm there.


Since I joined this group, I have hosted several couchsurfers on my boat in Los Angeles, stayed with a host in Germany, helping with her house and garden, and stayed with a host in London for one week. Before the internet was invented, several visitors stopped over at our family farm. Some stayed for years at a time.


Jazz, writing, forthright honesty, self-help peer support, homestead farming, independence, green business, peace, survival (but I'm not hysterical about it).

  • writing
  • gardening
  • homesteading
  • survival
  • jazz
  • piano
  • blues
  • sailing
  • business
  • mathematics

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Toots Thielemans, Bill Evans, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Stan Goetz, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Norah Jones, Steely Dan, Willie Neslon; Debussy, Ravel, Faure.

Movies: About sixty years ago, a movie, Viva Zapata, helped me to become a pacifist. The Fabulous Baker Boys is an accurate depiction of the culture of jazz performance, except that they omitted some of the drug addiction in the original script.

Books: Calvin and Hobbes, Doonesbury, Please Understand Me II, The Trial of Socrates by Plato, Catcher in the Rye. Break a Leg's trail journal at http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=85724
together with later entries.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I rode out of New Orleans on a bike the day before Katrina arrived.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: Math, jazz piano, stand-up bass, English, inspiration of children.

Learn: Sailing. Anything you understand deeply.

Countries I’ve Visited

Costa Rica, France, Germany, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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