giving back

A few weeks ago, I got a very random phone call just as I was leaving school – someone named Heather O’Brien from CouchSurfing was wondering if we’d be willing to host a reporter from St. Louis. After checking her out (legit!), we agreed. A few days later, Ann and Andy from KSDK arrived in the pouring rain.

Both of us were interviewed on camera, where we were asked about our experiences hosting and surfing. I talked up the trust-building aspects, while Shane talked about how it was “kind of like going to a bed and breakfast but you’re not staying with 80 year olds”, which just might be the best thing he’s ever said on camera. I said again and again that CouchSurfing has been an overwhelmingly positive experience, and that we’re hoping to be able to host and surf more when we’re in our new location (at that time totally unknown). We gave Ann and Andy a brief tour of downtown – Boltini wouldn’t let them film, but they treated Shane and I to drinks anyway (and we got to hang out with my friend Mary, which was cool). Basil very helpfully monitored the inflation of the air mattress, and Ann was filmed getting ready for bed. In the morning, I had to split early for a dental appointment, but they had breakfast with Shane and hit the road not long after.

Long story short, we’re famous! Well, kind of. The story aired last weekend, and is now online for your reading and viewing pleasure. I had problems with the video on my Mac, but it should be solid on a PC. Check us out!

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