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I am recovering from knee surgery to repair a torn tendon so I use a walker outside and often use a cane indoors. Contrary to rumors out there, it was not a snowboarding accident in Calgary while practicing for the Winter X-Games. What it does mean is that I'm not always available and I'm sometimes limited in mobility. Last minute requests are particularly subject to being refused if the house is not in good shape. Nevertheless, the couches are still comfortable, the shower is still warm (or hot) and the food is good (I still love to cook). I might need more assistance than usual (like bringing things up or down the steps and helping with the meals). If you are coming this way, ask. If it works out I'd love to have you.
To meet as many people from as many cultures as possible
I'm a middle aged single male. I love to meet new people and help however I can. It has been said of me that sometimes I'm so open minded that I'm in danger of my brains falling out. I am both gay-friendly and straight-friendly, and can put up with almost any proclivity, kink or quirk (playing bagpipes or trombone at 2am being just two notable actions that are not acceptable).
I strive to live my life by Christian principles without getting preachy. If you don't ask, I won't tell, but we will say a blessing over the meal. I believe in karma in that what you sow you shall reap. I also believe in "paying it forward". I have been very blessed and want to share my blessings with others so they too can be a blessing to the next group of Surfers.
Although it's better to be safe than to wish that you had been, almost anything is possible as long as "(comma) Defendant" won't appear after my name.
One of my favorite quotes that I have adopted for my life comes from the comedian Buddy Hackett: "I've had a few arguments with people, but I never carry a grudge. You know why? While you're carrying a grudge, they're out dancing."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I follow some forums and belong to a few eclectic groups to keep my finger on the pulse of what's happening. However, mostly I'm here for folks who need a quiet, warm, and dry place to sleep with a nice hot shower and friendly conversation. I also like to cook so you'll most likely get a good meal (or two, or three if you stay long enough.) If you are in the middle of a long trek, you are welcome to do your laundry here as well. Many a Surfer has spent an extra day (or two) just relaxing or waiting for bad weather to pass, so extensions are possible.
I host as part of my social interactions. It is not my intention simply to be a free bed and breakfast. I expect that you will spend some time socializing, even if you are here primarily to visit other people.
With appropriate safeguards, I generally welcome new Surfers who don't have references yet. You have to get your first one someplace, right? Of course, being verified never hurts.
I actually heard about this site from a guy from Michigan who was biking through the east coast area. I hosted him before I sent him on his way. I decided to join in the hopes of meeting more travelers. So far just about everyone who has visited or stayed has been a delight and I doubt that if you stay with me that you will break that streak. I hope to meet others often.
But note. I wrote, "Everyone who has visited". There are some who have accepted invitations or sent couch requests that I accepted and then they simply disappear without any notice or explanation. I find that to be very rude and it would definitely deserve a negative reference. Plans change. Just let the other parties know when they do. I hope they don't because I definitely want to meet you. However, I do get pretty ticked off if I've done the shopping and preparation for dinner and you simply don't show up when you said you would.
Since I'm currently mostly home-bound, I love just hanging out with friends and chatting over dinner and/or drinks at home. Movies and dinner out are also fun. Music is a pure joy as well. I also like to get my Couchsurfers well lubricated with adult beverages (if they are of age and do drink) because then you hear better stories (evil grin, I suppose). Actually, that's not completely true. Often the stories are not better but the "adult beverages" have been known to flow freely at times anyway. Do note, though, that although they are offered, they are never required and you are expected to behave yourself, even if you choose not to drink responsibly (and pay the price if you don't).
- computer science
- learning new things
- hanging out
- sustainable living
- computer programming
- teaching english
- gay friendly
- carpe diem
- straight friendly
- peach cobbler
Music, Movies, and Books
I love all things computer, science, SciFi/fantasy, history, and pop culture. My TiVo is full of CSI-type, Mythbusters (looking forward to the new series) and other great shows (if you consider forensics and science "great"). My tastes run from "Doomsday Preppers" to "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and from "The Expanse" to the various Sherlock Holmes/mystery shows. I adore comedies (even Big Bang Theory) and satisfy a guilty pleasure with watching "Angie Tribeca" .
My favorite movies are "The Matrix" (only the first one, of course), "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Galaxy Quest". I love comedies and action shows/films. I don't like reality shows. If I want reality and drama, I'll just go to work or get some in-laws.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've had the opportunity to spend most of a winter in Siberia. I remember seeing "high noon" on the Winter Solstice from just a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle. The sun was up for a whole 2 hours.
I also got to shake the hand of Pope John Paul II once when I visited the Vatican.
(OK, that's two.)
Teach, Learn, Share
I am a plethora of esoteric, weird, and potentially useless information. I'd love to experience new massage techniques and cooking recipes. I can teach my guests some cooking skills if they're interested (or they can just enjoy mine). I'm a computer professional so there's help or advice available there as well.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I have not yet had the pleasure to be a guest but I suppose I could share with them what I share with my guests.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In