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Personal descriptors: short, determined, funny, loyal, occasionally tactless, really really earnest. Sense of humour rather dry, and further soured by a love of puns.
I'm in love with cheese - when I'm richer than poorer, which is not so often these days - I always have several different cheeses in the house. Stilton, real french camembert, soft white sheep's cheese, extra-old cheddar, anything very very smelly. Coffee is also deeply important to me (which is why I spend a lot of time designing cappuccino, espresso, and latte cups). Other than that, food keeps me from dying, although I do eat regularly. I do have a couple of meals that I do fairly well - breakfast, pizza, and sushi - if I'm either your host or your guest, it's a good bet that one of those things could happen to you.
I may or may not be able to host you - I love hosting, but it can be exhausting, and I'm becoming more of an introvert in my old age. Request away, but please know that I'm happier with lots of notice, and I'm a fan of the cultural exchange part of CS.
So stay for a couple of days, let's eat together and make friends. If you're passing through town on your way to someplace bigger and brighter, and just need a place to crash, ask someone else.
NB two things of note: 1. I have a cat. If you're allergic, she will make you sick. 2. I have only one twin-size guest bed. Okay? Okay.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
It's all a learning experience, and provides opportunity for real growth - mentally, emotionally, culturally. My very first CS experience involved going on a last minute vacation to Mont St. Michel with two terrific boys that I'd never met before, and it only got better from there.
making music, spinning, knitting, sewing, ceramics, reading, weight lifting, contra-dancing, waltzing, chess, clever people, making pottery, travelling the world!
Music, Movies, and Books
Some (certainly not a comprehensive list) of my favorite books/authors: T.H. White's 'The Once and Future King'; Ursula K. LeGuin; any and all of Dennis Lee's work; T.S. Eliot; Margaret Drabble- 'The Red Queen'; Jane Urquhart- 'Away'. The Harry Potters Nos. 1 through 3. Umberto Eco. Barack Obama's 'Dreams from My Father'. William Gibson. China Mieville.
Music- mostly country, alt-country, appalachian, cajun/zydeco, bluegrass, roots blues. With a hefty dose of Cyndi Lauper. Also, swedish electro-pop.
Movies? I confess, I don't watch many. But I do have a secret thing for schmaltzy 'chick' flicks. Moonstruck (with Cher) is one of my alltime favorites.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Three amazing things: Have steered a helicopter, and camped out in a July snowstorm (an oddity for Canada).
Also, took Carsten Holler's Unilever from the third level of the Tate Modern. Would not recommend doing this with hangover.
Teach, Learn, Share
Hmm. I could teach/share a little bit about knitting, pottery, sewing, or basic wound care.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In