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Married - happily!, for 30 years.
Two kids - pretty much grown. One has flown, one still in the nest.
We love to travel to meet new people, experience the culture, and of course eat the food!
One or more of has either lived in or visited Colombia, India, Puerto Rico, Belgium, USA, Haiti, Ireland, UK, Canada, Belize, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand -- which leaves 200 or so countries left to visit.
Work life has been eclectic to say the least. Really enjoyed my copywriting and marketing gigs and especially enjoy what I'm doing now: coffee roasting.
Actually the lady in the picture - The Lovely & Talented Roast Mistress (TL&TRM) - does all the roasting while I drink all I can and sell the rest.
To describe us in a nutshell I'll steal two lines from Jimmy Buffett songs to describe us ---- We're 'growing older but not up'. And 'the wrinkles only go where the smiles have been'.
Write if you want to know more.
Oh, one last thing . . . while I love cats I'm crazy allergic to them.
And finally, I've got a ton of personal and past landlord references but being a bit technically challenged can't quite figure out how to upload them here but happy to email you copies.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To us travel is, hands down, the best education. People and culture are what make the world go round - not more Radisson Blu and Hilton hotel rooms.
So we like adventure, new experiences, new friends, new culture . . . . oh, and new food too!
Family is #1 -- obviously. Then comes a host of other things I couldn't fit in to 8 lifetimes but here's a quick list . . .
Travel (again -- obviously)
Food experimentation (I'm getting rounder, maybe I experiment too much)
Scuba Diving (absolutely love it but haven't experimented enough)
Sailing (haven't done enough)
Pottery (never done it but want to, came close to buying a kiln recently)
Drinking copious amounts of coffee
Creating new coffee blends
Rotary dial phones
Not shopping on the High Street
Mexican food (oh, did I mention that already?)
Good design (function and form is beautiful!)
- mexican food
- scuba diving
Music, Movies, and Books
Our music tastes run from Mozart and Handel to Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett, Manic Street Preachers, Bob Wills, Mikey & the Scallywags, Willie Nelson, Stan Getz, Dan Fogelberg, Moody Blues, Green Day, Sons of an Illustrious Father, Adele, Pink Floyd, and a host of others.
As to movies we've grown bored with most new ones. The sex, violence, and graphic language -- what's the point? What ever happened to suggestion? Much better to let the mind fill in the blanks than show it all on the screen. And every other word being f*** this and f*** that . . .!?! Comon' anyone can say that, but how about using our rich language to express yourself. Instead of saying someone is a ***** say they are acerebreal. Say callipygous instead of ***.
Ah, but I digress. So Casablanca is at the top - bar none. Others for TL&TR are most any period drama. Action adventure is great. Campy comedy - think Dumb & Dumber - hits the spot. Sleepless in Seattle always works. I love a lot of the old Ealing Studios movies. Kind Hearts & Coronets, few people know of it but it is a winner. And I recently saw The 100 Foot Journey. A beautiful flick, sweet story, everyone is happy in the end.
Books -- wow, all over the place with that. Both of us love to read the dictionary (go figure!). Quirky summer novels are a good escape with authors like Carl Hiaasen, Laurence Shames, Tim Dorsey, etc. TL&TRM likes the classics. Pride & Prejudice is always right. History and biography -- William Manchester's A World Lit Only by Fire and his two volume Winston Churchill biography come to mind as quite satisfying . Travel memoirs, not travel guides, are really enjoyable -- McCarthy's Bar, Driving Over Lemons, stuff like that.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I could say being an astronaut or helping to map the human genome were amazing things we did, but then I'd be lying. But since family is the building block of society I'd have to say the most amazing thing we've done is stay happily married for 30 years and raise two good kids who have the backbone to blaze their own trail and not worry a whole lot about pleasing the masses -- although, I must say, mainly due to the efforts of TL&TRM, they have impeccable manners and do their best to apply the Golden Rule.
Teach, Learn, Share
We can certainly teach you how to roast coffee. -- and we're happy to share it too.
And as to learning, when we meet new people from new cultures we love to learn about the everyday hum-drum facets of life. That's really where the rubber meets the road. Why you use this olive oil instead of that one. Why this newspaper has the slant it does. How things used to be versus how they are now. The challenges people deal with on a daily basis that we've got no idea of.
What I Can Share with Hosts
We can certainly share a positive attitude, child rearing wisdom, entrepreneurial wisdom, and the world's best guacamole recipe. Oh, coffee too. Did I mention that?
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Belize, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, Colombia, India, Ireland, United States