A considerate guest, first and foremost. Well-traveled, have lived (in order) Albuquerque, NM, Boston, MA, San Francisco, CA, and currently in the middle of nowhere (or everywhere?), Eastern Shore, MD.
A scientist, chemist specifically. Worked as a pharma engineer for 7 years before taking my capital and going abroad, primarily Australia and New Zealand.
Finding myself more concerned about environmental and sociological issues lately. In the process of finding an outlet for scientific creativity, hopefully comingled with the outdoors.
Am a bit of a cook, have taken to baking loads of pies, which is a nice thing to have in one's repertoire. Some that have worked nicely: A bourbon sweet-potato, pear/blueberry/ginger, and apple/raspberry/cayenne.
Do lots of reading, latest books have concerned life in India, Shantaram and A Fine Balance, some Hemingway. Currently reading agricultural studies. Watch some shows here and there, currently Twin Peaks, really enjoying the concept of "Suspense."
While traveling in the southern hemisphere, I honed the skills of being an unobtrusive, but open guest. Staying with a variety of people has helped me read situations fairly well and know when folks are interested in interaction, which like their personal space, so on. When I stay at someone's home, I like to leave it cleaner than I found it, bake something as a token of thanks, that sort of thing. I travel light generally, and when I'm in a city I really like to explore it, by foot or by bike.