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To make a recognizable mark on the world of which I can be proud.
Georgia is the 9th state I've lived in and now officially the longest (10 years!). I'm getting an itch to be a moving target again. I'm interested in all sorts of topics and spend almost all of my time learning.
I'm always trying to figure out how something works and how to make it work better, no matter the scale or practicality. This could be in cooking, cleaning, coding, buying something, life, business, politics, or macro econ. I like to make use of my OCD-like tendencies to serve a purpose.
I could add pictures of my travels but have very few of myself. The places, culture, and oddities are interesting; not my presence or what I'm wearing.
Utilitarian, making the most of what I have.
Minimalist, making do with little.
Meliorist, optimistic we can improve the world through conscious effort.
Working, to be part of the solution.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Mostly attend meetings and events, here in Atlanta and around the world. Have hosted a few.
So far I've made a lot of friends through CS, gotten a lot of advice, taken a couple rideshares, gone to many CS events, and organized a couple.
Sustainable living, electric & autonomous vehicles, economics, engineering, science, history, technology, politics, debate. People. Street art. Walking/exploring. Nature.
I'm not interested in celebrities, sports, TV (although I do watch a bit online), or status symbols.
Music, Movies, and Books
My favorite book is Crime and Punishment. Also love James Clavell's historical fiction.
I like classic movies and ones that make you think about life and society. I can't really discuss many TV shows because mine's been unplugged for 6 years.
For music I like Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and classic rock. For live music I prefer jazz.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Climbed a cliff near the middle of a town and found a massive, hidden waterfall that 'no one' knew about (except the power company :P). Got into a scuffle with a pimp. Broke my leg walking in Russia. Successfully smuggled 4.5L of rare beer and .5L of liquor back to the US (from Belgium & Ukraine respectively) in my single checked bag (that qualifies as carryon) used on a 6 week trip. Camped on the beaches of the Yucatán in August (sweltering heat) and managed to find craft beer in areas without simple infrastructure. Drove my electric vehicle with EPA range of 73mi ~106mi a few times without inciting road rage before there were charging options.
Teach, Learn, Share
I know most of what there is to know about electric vehicles. I can teach you how to eat healthy on a dollar a day, money mechanics (historical or modern), foosball, rainbow kicks.
I'd love to learn how to live sustainably: farming/gardening, terracing/irrigation, construction (especially using alternative materials), and PV systems. At the moment I'm very motivated to learn how to renovate my house and build/grow an impressive garden.
What I Can Share with Hosts
My passion in understanding the world and finding creative solutions to problems. My broad (albeit not always deep/consistent) knowledge of technology, science, and the trivial that allows me to be conversant on most topics. Good stories that tell people who I am and give them a sense of my humor without the need for familiarity.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In