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  • 53 References 40 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning German
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Sometimes with words, sometimes with hands
  • Master's Degrees in Monsters and Dust
  • From Appleton, WI, USA
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About Me

Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again. That is why every man's story is important, eternal, sacred...Each man's life represents a road toward himself, an attempt at such a road, the intimation of a path. No man has ever been entirely and completely himself. Yet each one strives to become that.
Odd that I quote someone I've never met in MY self-description? Meh.


Not I -- not any one else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself. It is not far -- it is within reach; Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know; Perhaps it is every where on water and on land. If you tire, give me both burdens, and rest the chuff of your hand on my hip, And in due time you shall repay the same service to me; For after we start, we never lie by again.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I've had the pleasure of surfing throughout Europe and the US, and hosted a handful of surfers in both Boston and Montana. I try to make it down to a meeting once a year or so, but generally prefer to meet one on one via hosting and surfing.

If you are requesting to stay with us, PLEASE send me a personal request that shows you've actually read my profile. I understand planning travel can be stressful, but when I have 10 messages every day that are clearly copy/pasted, it gets frustrating; if your request is obviously copied and pasted, I will decline it. Couchsurfing is about making connections with people, so please, show me that you are not a copy-paste-spambot, bur in fact a real person, who recognizes that I, too, am a real person.


Things I love:
Riding Bicycles
Football (Soccer)
Any combination of the above

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Wes Anderson, Hayao Miyazaki, Darren Aronofsky
Music: The Decemberists, Stars, The Faint, Jurassic 5, Cake, Andrew Bird, Ben Folds, Pedro the Lion, Interpol, The Mountain Goats, Mulgrew Miller, RATATAT, The Hold Steady, etc etc etc...
Books: Herman Hesse, Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway (when I can stomach his misogyny, which isn't always), Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Steinbeck, Italo Calvino, Denis Johnson, Jack Gilbert, Charles Wright, Ocean Vuong, Wallace Stevens, and, I have to admit, Michel Foucault.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Climbed the Basilica of Maxentius/Constantine at 2 in the morning to see an incredible vista of Rome from the top of a 1700 year old building, all thanks to Roberto and CS

Teach, Learn, Share

I spent a few years working at a small wine and beer shop, so I know a fair amount about fine wine and craft beer, which I'm always more than happy to share. I also have a master's degree in the history and philosophy of religion, so I can ramble for a while about history/philosophy/religions/the (arguably ineluctable) ills of global capitalism and technocracy, but I think wine and beer are more fun, don't you?

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, United Kingdom, United States

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