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  • Fluent in English
  • Unspecified age, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Writer, Musician
  • Studied Japanese, Sociology, Nutrition, Accounting, and M...
  • From Austin, Texas
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About Me


Visit new places, meet new people, incite riots


I'm fairly outside the mainstream.

I'm vegan, although I describe myself as vegetarian, because what's most important to me is that I don't eat my fellow creatures. The fact that I don't eat their bodily fluids is more like a detail.

I don't drive, and don't even have a driver's license. I bicycle and walk everywhere. I ran a marathon (26 miles) so nothing seems far.

I'm not a big fan of consumer culture. I rarely watch television, never go to malls, and buy all my clothes second-hand.

I enjoy: Performing music, writing (esp. unique and brand-new reference material), cooking, telling jokes, and traveling.


The qualities I most admire are ethics, intelligence, and action.

Ethics seems sadly lacking. If you left your wallet or purse at a coffeeshop, you wouldn't have an expectation of getting it back, at least not intact. I want to live in the kind of world where you *would* have an expectation of getting it back.

Related to ethics is selflessness which I greatly admire, since the opposite, selfishness, is probably what's ultimately most responsible for all that's wrong in the world, including poverty, environmental destruction, and much crime (especially white collar crime).

I suppose Intelligence is self-explanatory, and if it's not then that one's moot, isn't it? :) As for "action", I mean the idea that people actually do something with their lives, rather than just sitting around and passing time.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've offered my home to travelers for years via a notice on my personal website. When I heard about CouchSurfing.com I thought that made so much sense, to create a centralized hub for everyone to connect. My only disappointment was that I hadn't thought of the idea myself and implemented it.


While I've offered my home to others, I can't say that I've ever stayed with a complete stranger. Of course I've stayed at friends' places when traveling, and hostels, but I don't recall staying with someone I didn't previously know.


Performing music, writing, environmentalism, vegetarianism

  • culture
  • writing
  • ethics
  • cooking
  • vegetarian
  • vegan
  • marathon
  • partying
  • clothing
  • chess
  • traveling
  • music
  • piano

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Spinal Tap, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Office Space, Dr. Strangelove, Star Treks 2, 3, and 6

Books: War Tax Resistance, Diet for a New America, Beatles Recording Sessions, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

Music: The Toadies, Ben Folds Five, The Beatles, The Police, Princess Superstar, The 5th Dimension, Stone Temple Pilots, Filter, Everclear, Queen

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I was briefly in a band with the bassist from Whitesnake, who's quite talented. I sat in for one song with Ben Folds Five at a sold-out show in Dallas. And once King Coffey from the Butthole Surfers sat in with my old band at a party. Perhaps the Pinnacle was recording "Hey Jude" at not just the same studio the Beatles recorded it at (Abbey Road), but on the same exact frickin' Steinway grand piano -- even if I had to pay for that experience.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can show others how to do: website development, playing piano, ceramic tiling, playing chess, speaking Japanese, losing weight

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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