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commercial photographer and SCUBA/Emergency First Response instructor
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Hey, I’m Lou!

ASTORIA, New York, United States · Member since March 2013
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We are one of those couples who actually had success with online dating. Go figure, right?

Emily is from Buffalo, NY. She works as an insurance underwriter and is preparing to apply to a masters program in speech pathology. She majored in English.

Lou is a freelance photographer and SCUBA/Emergency First Response instructor. Simultaneously, he is doing a photography book and working toward becoming a PADI Master Instructor. He hails from Los Angeles.

Emily has lived in Astoria for eight years and knows it phenomenally well. Lou has lived throughout Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and even Jersey City Heights. He has been in New York City for 11 years.

Both of us are very much into going to museums, cooking together (we are vegetarian and very health-concious), going on cemetery walks, bowling, kayaking, cycling, picnics, and, among many other things, binge-watching television shows. We are also into panda and shark videos.

Of course, we have things that set us apart. For example, Emily loves playing Scrabble on her smart phone (even though she routinely loses to both her sister and best friend), reading fiction, and spending what seems to be 20 percent of her paycheck on cosmetic supplies. Lou is into softball, burlesque shows, and juvenile pranks. Neither one of us can agree on the best pizzeria in Astoria.

We do not see hosting as a business. We see it as an experience. We want to meet wonderful people and introduce them to "our New York". We are big advocates of this so-called sharing economy. The improvements and growth of a city are directly correlated to the involvement of its inhabitants. That is why we recycle, compost, support local businesses… and host. We do as much as we can and look forward to learning how we can be part of this great city's ongoing growth.

We pride ourselves in being excellent hosts. As a result, we are very picky about who we let into our apartment. This, after all, is not a hotel but our home. We get an overwhelming amount of requests per month but we can only host a a very select few. Those who get the nod are the ones who (1) read our entire listing, (2) communicate well and politely, (3) are verified, and (4) meet all of our requirements (see: listing).

We both travel. Emily's way of traveling is a bit more traditional: hotels and whenever she is with her budget-minded friend, hostels. Lou has gone on some adventures in developing counties and is not a stranger to cold showers or sleeping on hammocks. Hospitality has nothing to do with glitz. We like clean and safe places. Everything else is negotiable and part of the experience.