Q: Who are you?
A: I'm Brian, one half of the married couple that uses this Airbnb profile. Katie is my wife. We've been Airbnb hosts in San Francisco for more than three years, and we really like doing it. We also like to use Airbnb whenever we travel.
Q: Are you a hyper-talkative, super-social person? Is that why this portion of your profile is so long?
A: Not really. I'm not much of a partier or talker. Especially when I'm a guest in someone else's house. I don't expect anyone to read everything I've written in this box. But if they'd like to read it, here it is.
Q: Gotcha. When did you become a dad?
A: Late 2008.
Q: Is your son amazing? You have two now, right?
A: Yes, we now have two sons. Both are amazing. The second boy was born in early January 2011, two weeks after his due date. If he'd been born just a few days earlier, we would have received an additional $1,000 break on our 2010 taxes! Oh well....
Q: Are you a tax expert? Is that what you do?
A: No. I work as an art director and editor at a small publishing company in SF's Mission District.
Q: When did you move to San Francisco?
A: 2008. We moved from Brooklyn NY, where we'd lived since '02.
Q: Where in San Francisco do you live?
A: We live in a neighborhood called Bayview that doesn't get talked about very much. Our house is southeast of the Mission, south of the Dogpatch, and east of Bernal Heights. Tourists don't often get out to Bayview, so its charms—playgrounds, restaurants, coffee spots—are more or less undiscovered. Bayview is a great place to live and raise a family. I ride my bike into the Mission for work every day, and the ride is less than 15 minutes. It's a flat ride, too. (In SF, a city notorious for its hills, that flatness is a big deal.) Bayview is the most neighborly neighborhood I've lived in. Many people who live on our street know my wife and sons by name. It's just nice.
Q: Where are you from originally?
A: I was born in Toledo, Ohio and lived there for most of my childhood, with detours in Cleveland and South Carolina. I went to college at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I met my wife Katie at IU.
Q: Did you like Brooklyn? Why did you leave?
A: We loved Brooklyn. We had good jobs and many friends there. At the end of 2007 I was offered a great job, out of the blue, in SF. We couldn't turn it down, even though the prospect of a cross-country move was a bit scary.
A: The idea of going from two salaries to one salary was a little scary. The funniest thing about our move to SF was this: Two days after I quit my job in Brooklyn, we found out my wife was pregnant with our first son! Yikes. In light of this happy pregnancy news, we considered calling off the big cross-country move, but in the end we decided to bite the bullet and jump. I'm glad we did. The move was rough. But we made it through a tough first year and SF now feels like home.