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Andy Hoffman

Newtown, PA, United States

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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Find intelligent life on earth.

ABOUT ME

I'm just me and that's all anyone will ever need to know.  If you're fake, or use BS to cover up personal flaws or mistakes, or think you might lie to me, don't bother.  I am real, and i demand that you be as well.

I give free NYC tours to all CS members!  This is allowed by CS, and is a not-for-profit Non-monetary activity.  Meal stops where you can grab a bite on the tour are selected by you, (i don't pay for it), and photos taken by me of you to be emailed to you later are an option!  I've invested a great deal in getting a good tour-giving situation set up for myself, so i want everyone to get photos to show people back home, or just for fun.  

I've given tours to native new yorkers and they have loved them, and i've helped people find places also free of charge, so if you just need someone to be a guide, but not necessarily a tour guide i can try and help with that too if it doesn't conflict with my schedule.  Tours can last up to a whole day.  Multi-day tours are fine, however i would ask some advance notice!

You can send me a CS message, text me, or email me at CSmailbox33@yahoo.com to request a tour, or also check out NYC mini-tour group.  I get email from that group instant updates.  I am not afiliated with CS aside from being a regular member.

For folks thinking about going to Revival, that can be fun for some, but it really isn't for everyone, so ask others who have been there from outside of NY/USA before going, because like any activity it isn't going to appeal to everyone.

If you have family they are welcome to come on the tour, if you are staying in NJ i can meet you at newark penn station and we can get into the city from there for the tour.

I am also an avid biker, mac user, internet user, i can fix and repair stuff, i'm into cars, but more for safety, efficiency and not just horsepower, i love electric cars.  I also love water, swimming boats, ships, woods, short hikes.  I also love music and play guitar, bass guitar, violin, viola, recorder and keyboard.  I am also into architecture, engineering, bridges tunnels buildings design etc, old stuff, historical stuff...  i'm really into a lot of things, so if you are curious just ask.

I do not like to be around people while they are smoking or drinking or being around people that use drugs even if its not while they are near me.  I am allergic to cigarette smoke, however its your body your life your choices, so if you wanna hang out just don't smoke or drink around me.

I don't own a car, i might never, i'm all about trains, busses, light rail.

If you're going to go across country, think about utilizing Amtrak, or one of the metro/regional transit systems vs a car.

I want a house made from railcars and another part made from old shipping containers.

I am not a company, these tours are for fun and a large part in how I participate in CS.  Any tips or such are not necissary and i do these tours for myself as much as for anyone who takes them.  A smile and a good tour for you are the only payment I require. I hope that clears up any questions.

- A

PHILOSOPHY

Be the change you want to see happen. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Try to see it from a different perspective.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Free tours for CS members of manhattan, & parts of queens/brooklyn and NJ!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Nothing bad so far in 5 years!

Interests

Photography (photographer), music (musician), travel planning (travel planner & tour guide), trains & rail transportation, etc etc etc!

Music, Movies & Books

I love reading to stay informed. I never much cared for fiction for the sake of fiction. It needs a good plot, such as "the number one lady's detective agency" series byAlexander McCall Smith. I have read gone with the wind, dune, and several other "grand" pieces of literature. One of if not my favorite book/novel has to be stewart little. I wait till i get foggy on the details then i read it again.

As for movies, pretty much the same idea applies. I can accept all kinds of ideas a director or write is trying to toss at me, however, poor acting and serious & numerous plot holes that are obviously "patched" bother me. I have never in my entire life picked a movie that i didn't enjoy watching in the theater. I have seen well over 2000 movies ranging from short stories to epics such as 1984, ben hurr, 10 commandments, and other larger than life cinematic adventures. I have liked all of the movies by pixar studios, and most of them that i've seen by lion's gate, and fox searchlight. One of my favorite movies, that needs more substance, and also needs to be about an hour and a half longer is " a sound of thunder" Also another fun movie, needing expansion and a re-do to give it more flow and grace is "mission to mars". My favorite movie by far is "dune". The De Laurentis family continues to this day to provide the world with exceptional storytelling with such movies as "the last legion" and "sky captain & the world of tomorrow".

As for music, i am a musician with an uncompleted degree in music theory, and i have an ear. When i say i have an ear, it means i can pick out things, instruments, notes, recording techniques etc without any aide aside from just listening. This makes me very picky about the music that i like, because a lot of music isn't that good, in fact most music is repackaged crap marketed as good & original and sung by people who while maybe having an interesting voice, have no other musical talent, and often have no part in the lyric creation or any of it till they come in & sing. People think being a rock star is cool, but being actually talented, sincere, and the actual creator or creative partner in making the finished work is far more cool. In fact the people we see up on stage are the front of a invisible mechanism designed to sell albums in most cases. The only band (and by band i mean group of people) i can say i like & is my favorite is Green Day. I've been listening to their stuff since 1992, and i think they are one of if not the most sincere group of artists out there today who do play the album sales game. The only other person i can say the same about has to be Danny Elfman, who's music has set the tone (literally & metaphorically) to some of "hollywood's" greatest moments on screen. I enjoy music on a per work, per note basis, as in, i may like all of a song except 12 seconds of it where i disagree with what they've done. Don't ask me what music i like.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Live.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach people about NYC, and rail transportation, and some other history of the USA.

Countries I've Visited

Puerto Rico

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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