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  • 88 References 74 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Latin, Spanish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2007
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  • I never let schoolin get in the way of a good education
  • From Port Jervis, NY, USA
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About Me


Get published. But in the meantime, traveling and taking pictures is nice.


Some of my most fantastic experiences have never even happened.And some pretty fantastic ones have:


It has generally been my experience that pineapple improves everything.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

PLEASE DO MESSAGE ME: if all you want is a free hotel. I'm serious. I don't want to be responsible for your entertainment, nor you for mine.

PLEASE DON'T MESSAGE ME: about how we can spend whole days together playing the guitar, exploring San Francisco, practicing Latin, and skipping into the sunset. I've got sh*t to do. I'm offering you my house, not my life.

PLEASE DO: keep it short. 4-5 sentences. Who you are, how long you're in town, what you need from me. You're asking to sleep on my couch, not marry my sister. You don't have to prove yourself. This isn't a job application. If I can host you, I will.

BUT, preference given to cyclists, traveling academics, emergencies, and interesting folk just passing thru. If the only reason you're in the Bay is to snap a selfie with the Golden Gate Bridge, I admit I'm less excited to host you.


professional surfer - occasional host


Couch-surfed, lawn-surfed, barn-surfed, bridge-surfed; I've had a fair stretch of the planet beneath my backside.


writing, reading, photography, walking the sorts of distances most people would take an airplane for, scrabble, newspapers, rust belt cities, stubbornly resisting the 21st century, backpacking, philosophy, Thai life insurance commercials, Northern New England, tea, classical music, napping in public places, live music, California, crafting elaborate scenarios, milling around hospitals guessing the illnesses of outpatients, doing things in places where they were never intended to be done, Tom Petty music videos, Iowa, found poems

  • writing
  • poetry
  • photography
  • walking
  • reading
  • traveling
  • knitting
  • music
  • live music
  • classical music
  • guitar
  • backpacking

Music, Movies, and Books

Let's keep this simple. I like:- colorful or bold movies where each shot could stand alone as a composition- music where the artist has done something genuinely musical and original- books with pages that I have to physically turn

maybe this will help:

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Went 8 months without riding in a motor vehicle.

Teach, Learn, Share

Among the many services I offer, I can:
~provide vaguely witty French banter
~wittily provide vaguely Spanish banter
~make toasted flour-bacon shortbread
~forage for wild edibles in your home community
~rig a backpacking stove out of two pop cans
~converse on major world authors
~serenade you on the flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, ukulele, harmonica, jaw harp, kazoo
~get maximum efficiency from two sheets of toilet paper
~carve a spoon
~skin a porcupine

What I Can Share with Hosts

I don't want to promise anything that you don't want. So I'll just say that I will respect your hospitality by honoring the rules of your home.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, United States

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