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To live the paradox: travel the world but do so as lightly as possible. Last year, I spent most of eight months living and traveling and writing with my girlfriend in Istanbul, Beirut, Durban, Valencia, Berlin, and other places...I continue to be impressed with the amazing generosity and kindness of so many in the CS community!
Looking for the real, the joy, the meaning of it all. I am a teacher, which means I get paid to talk and read and write (and grade). I love to: travel (in US and across the planet); bicycle (road, commute, mtn); eat and cook vegan, local, fresh, organic food; climb; ski; paddle; swim; run; read; attend live music concerts; oh, and I can't wait for the Revolution b/c this world could be SO much better, fairer, more just, more fun!
I religiously attend the Church of the Blue Dome as frequently as I can. That would be spending time out of doors, with the sky above.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I intend on building the human community by meeting other folks on CS and offering my humble abode.
Before a website like CS ever existed, I happily engaged in the practice. Some years back, I stayed w/ a friend in Johannesburg for a month. In my early twenties, on my first cross-country roadtrip, I split my nights b/w camping in parks and surfing on friends' couches (Boston, CT, Seattle, SF, Marin, Boulder).
Sorta summed it up in "all about you," I mean "all about me."
- organic food
- live music
Music, Movies, and Books
The Late Greats: Cash, Miles, Coltrane, Jerry G/Dead, Fela, Duke, Mingus, Beethoven, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Miriam Makeba, Velvet Underground.
The Live Greats: Wilco, Neko Case, Dylan, Ben Harper, Vusi Mahlasela, Radiohead, Decemberists, Sonny Rollins, Stevie Wonder, Andrew Bird, Salif Keita, Manu Chao, Iron & Wine, Antibalas, Sigur Ros, Oliver Mtukudzi...
Bookish but mostly academic histories. For instance, books on the epic/tragic Staley lockout in Decatur, IL; a comparative history of black women's activism in Alabama and South Africa; collection of oral histories w/ the awesome US Pacific coast longshore union.
For pleasure books: on people pushing the envelope, esp. mountaineering; David Byrne's memoir, The Bicycle Diaries, and sci fi, of course. Lauren Beukes' first two novels on near-future, kinda dystopic South Africa are amazing!
Still trying to figure out how to teach The Wire but have written about it.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
One amazing thing I've done? I've been fortunate enough to do lots, IMHO. But the story that other folks seem to find most engaging is the time I was attacked by a pack of semi-wild, possibly rabid dogs in the mountains of Bolivia while the government was collapsing...and lived to tell about it.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach all about the history of the USA; some of it even is "true"!
When I was about 40, I decided to start surfing as it seems like such an amazing sport! I wasn't wrong but don't get to do it nearly enough. So, I'm learning to surf.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I claim to be an excellent vegan cook, can tell tall tales, am a fine companion for hiking, biking, drinking and the like. I'm good at editing but please don't ask me to do so.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bolivia, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, United States