- 75% response rate
- Last login about 5 hours ago
Join Couchsurfing to see Matthew’s full profile. It’s free!
I want to work on the most interesting problems I can find, while globetrotting, having adventures, and recording them.
I am an engineer. I used to travel quite a bit for work, seeking interesting assignments in interesting places. Now I have a desk job that eats my time from 8-6 every day.
Engineering from the Dionysian perspective! Change the world for the better. Whimsy is always appreciated.
You always make a choice. You are responsible for your own greatness.
Life is what you make it.
Go devote yourself to the most important problem you can think of.
Don't forget to be kind.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I want to meet interesting people with a diverse set of experiences and ideas.
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I am able to host when at home, but I do live in the Plano suburb of Dallas. Still, I live within 1 mile of the DART light rail, and I can drop you there.
I have hosted a lot (over 25) and I haven't surfed much.
I am a member of the new community of Makers. I like playing with electronics, micro-controllers, and oscilloscopes.
I cook Louisiana and Provencal cuisine, and if we share a kitchen (mine or yours) I will [attempt to] cook almost anything you like. I can cook or eat meat but prefer otherwise.
I love chatting interesting people with compassion and a sense of humor, over tea.
Bicycling, lifting weights, canoeing, hiking, camping, and ping pong are my sporting hobbies.
I enjoy teaching what knowledge I have to a good listener: math, physics, problem solving, programming, and vegetable gardening especially.
I like to dance, even though I don't know how. Salsa, bluegrass, and funk are fun to dance to. I love to fall in love, not just with people but also with ideas. I believe in making my own way and existentialism.
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: Mostly nonfiction. Popular engineering titles like Robot Building and Evil Genius books, popular mathematics like Martin Gardner and Douglas Hofstadter, Environment and Ecology
Music: Widely varying.. Blues, Bluegrass, Metal, Indie Disco, Alternative, Classic / Alt Country, Classical, Soul
Movies: I don't have attention span for most movies. I watch a lot of documentaries. I also like ridiculous post-apocalypse action like The Terminator and Mad Max. Comedies, too.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Nearly got lost without water in the desert in White Sands, NM.
Rode across the state of Alabama on a bike, including through the I-10 tunnel under Mobile bay.
Saved someone from a severe allergic reaction following hurricane Katrina.
Teach, Learn, Share
gardening, programming, circuits, mechanical design, fabrication, woodworking
What I Can Share with Hosts
RULES TO BE UNDERSTOOD
You should provide one of the following for each surfer: a 12 pack of quality toilet paper, or a 12 pack of soap bars (This is not a hotel and I have to make up for what my surfers consume). Also dinner, a six pack of beer, or a bottle of wine are appreciated.
You must do the following:
Be out when I say you must be out (on weekdays sometimes this is as early as 7 am). Be in when I say you must be in. Clean the bathroom before you leave. No weapons, notable intoxication, or drugs allowed in the house.
You must indicate that you have read through this by including the word "ciao" in your request message and you must send a "request" not a mail..
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Mexico, Panama, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In