Albany, CA, United States

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  • Journalist, writer, imp
  • I've been grandly miseducated!
  • From Washington DC
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About Me


Love and Madness


Urban nomad and not-so-closet basket case.

Not very good at coloring inside the lines but I play well with others.


There's no such thing as too late.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I joined CS in 2007 while traveling through Europe, met up with wonderful CSers in Dublin, Paris, Budapest.. When I returned to the States I became more involved in local groups, events, hosting and logistics.

As to be expected, all of this keeps leading to more new, wonderful people, chats, cocktails and much, much mayhem.


Surfed my way across America, parts of Europe and Central America attending gatherings, meeting up with other travelers and locals along the way.

All of my residences have served as caravansaries for waylaid (and wayward) travelers, even before this site existed. That being said, CS provides a most amazing forum for meeting truly outstanding human beings in a relatively secure environment.

Simply check my friends list for just some of the amazing people I've met through this project.


visited 36 states (16%)Create your own visited map of The World or Free ipad travel guide

Music, Movies, and Books


A very incomplete list of some of my favorite authors:
Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Jorge Luis Borges, T.C. Boyle, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Umberto Eco, John Fante, Gustave Flaubert, Carlos Fuentes, Theodor Seuss Geisel, William Gibson, Herman Hesse, John Irving, Milan Kundera, Madeleine L'Engle, Naguib Mahfouz, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, George R. R. Martin, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Katherine Paterson, E. Annie Proulx, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins, Arundhati Roy, John Steinbeck, Neal Stephenson, Hunter S. Thompson, J.R.R. Tolkein, Alice Walker, John Edgar Wideman, David Williams


'Guns, Germs and Steel' by Jared Diamond, 'The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught' by Marcus Stern (my Dad!), 'Radical Evolution' by Joel Garreau, 'Omnivore's Dilemma' by Michael Pollan, 'The Places in Between' by Rory Stewart, 'Fake: Forgery, Lies and eBay' by Kenneth Walton

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I'm amazed I've managed to live this long!

Teach, Learn, Share

I have so much left to learn - like how to whistle, sail and walk in heels.

As for sharing, well, care to share a meal, pint, hike, anecdote, constructive argument, joke, art project, day in the park, or..?

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.

Countries I’ve Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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