We're a couple based in Austin, Texas. Michael is a writer and Masami is a registered nurse (though she's not working now, so she can spend time with our kids (14-year-old twins, boy and girl) and manage our Airbnb rental). Our first experience with AirBNB was renting a lovely condo in Los Angeles when we were traveling, which sold us on the idea. Our listing used to be a long-term rental house, but we're seeing if we can make it work as a vacation rental. (Conveniently, it's just two houses down from our own residence.) Masami is native Japanese, but Michael speaks some Japanese too, and it's fun when we're able to help Japanese travelers who speak little English.