I grew up in Kansas, went to school in Arizona, and settled down in San Francisco. I love hiking, beachcombing, karaoke, exploring new neighborhoods, and talking politics. I used to travel constantly, but family life has kept me closer to home these days. When I do travel, I like to blend in and be as much of a local as possible. My favorite travel experience? When someone stops me on the street to ask for directions -- mission "blending in" accomplished!