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Neil

Hey, I’m Neil!

Detroit, Michigan, United States · Member since January 2014
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Greetings!

I travel frequently for work -- and I'm convinced that I'm missing entirely too much when flying. So... I end up driving thousands of miles per year to all corners of the US (and -some- corners of Canada, too!)

My employer is cool with it -- the deal is, they give me the extra time to travel this way, but I'm on the hook for accommodations along the way.

It's an ideal way to explore cities commonly written off as "flyovers". I've met great people and discovered great places in Kansas City, Houston, Des Moines, Little Rock, Spokane, you name it! And, as this land is so vast, I rarely cover the same route twice and I'm always thirsty for more!

I'm the definition of low-maintenance. I don't smoke and I travel light. I prefer to take showers in the morning -- I suppose that figures into accommodations. I'm a generally outgoing guy -- but I have a good sense of when to be talkative versus when to stay quiet. I'm more sarcastic than I even realize and I'm chock-full of eye-rolling references to pop culture nonsense.

I have been to 47 states (Hawaii, Alaska, Maine... you can't hide!) and I've had more jobs than I can count. Waiter, bus driver, mapmaker, graphic designer, public transit planner/scheduler. Can I say 'male model' because a Swiss photographer once plucked me out of a coffee shop to snap pics of me? He said I had "intense" features; he posed me in front of dramatically steaming manhole covers and took 100 shots while I tried to keep a straight face...

I am a lover of cities, food, walking, cycling, food, culture, food, history, high-quality graphic design, food, typography... and public transit (it's part of my job...) And food.

Yes, I really do have ridiculous sideburns. Yes, I really did opt for a photo that shows me in sunglasses -- my single-most important accessory when driving 900 miles a day on a crazy road trip. (my one-day record is 1,070 miles -- Detroit to New Orleans. It sets you up perfectly for a lunch stop at Pancake Pantry in Nashville...)