I grew up in Oregon, attended school in New York City, and now live in California.
Landes is a good dude. I've had the pleasure of knowing Landes for seven years. I would trust him with my cat -- and I don't trust many people with my cat. Landes is an upstanding citizen, member of his church, and engaged scholar in all things unusual and weird.
I wholeheartedly recommend Landes as a traveler, host, or cat-sitter.