I was once an academic, now I have more of an entrepreneurial spirit. It made sense to me in an evolutionary kind of way. I'm a very social person who likes to laugh and be sarcastic and witty, but sometimes it just comes off as silly and dumb. Whatevs, life's too much fun to worry about other people's summary judgments. Most people who take the time to get to know me realize I'm also a deep thinker. Boy, does that make me think of Bill the Butcher (Gangs of New York).
I've traveled around the country and the world a bit, and have been fortunate enough to live in many different cultures for extended periods of time. I guess that's one reason I was attracted to this site -- hotels are no fun, they are secluded from culture and society in their own little petri dishes. The fact that good people offer up a room in their place or their entire apartment/house is quite amazing and sounds like one of the best ways to travel.