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Posted July 29th, 2010 - 2:21 am from Memphis, United States
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Posted July 29th, 2010 - 11:29 pm by from Maplewood, United States (Permalink)
Hi,
I am a 57 years old retired HS teacher and College adjunct professor. I have hosted several people, here, in NJ and I love the idea of CS. I also have used it twice. I have a very simple apartment and provide the very basic for the CS. However, I am a formidable host; which is the spirit of CS.
Please, keep up the good work and let us know how your CS experience is coming along.
Take care,
Rosine

Posted July 30th, 2010 - 12:31 am by from Hudson, United States (Permalink)
Hello,

I am also VERY new to CS and have not yet had any surfing or hosting experiences. I live in a little town in Ohio, so it is not the most attractive destination in the country. In addition, you need to connect with people in order to build your references. Most of the CS gatherings in the Akron/Kent/Cleveland area have fallen on days when we had conflicting plans, so we haven't had the opportunity to meet others. However, when checking out the active CSers in our area, most are young people and I understand what you are saying about 'accommodations'. I have grown kids and am quite comfortable 'hanging out' with their friends, but I probably would not want to stay with people who are into 'partying' to the extent (and hours) they do! lol

I would just stick with it, as I have seen many older singles/couples on the site who seem very interesting and who could probably provide better sleeping arrangements than a 'ratty' couch.

I am intrigued by the prospect of traveling and hosting when our lives and budget allows for it. As far as finding possible hosts, I think it depends on what area of the country you are in. Unfortunately, I think many people in the over 40-50 age group are leery about letting 'strangers' stay in their homes or already have friends/family and don't feel the need to reach out. I would try visiting more liberal/urban areas and seeking out CS gatherings. I would also suggest asking some of your friends to sign up and give you references to help build yours!

I'm sorry I don't have more suggestions, but I am a newbie, too! So, best wishes and if I ever get to Memphis I will look you up!

Peace,
Suzanne

Posted July 31st, 2010 - 8:15 pm from Memphis, United States
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Posted September 25th, 2010 - 8:13 pm by from Dallas, United States (Permalink)
Mila I agree.

I just completed a month long travel/lecture gig and sougth mature hosts for resaons you mention and many others. We are sadly in short supply compared to the teaming ratty couches u describe. [One, just rolling my suitcase out revealed pet hair clinging to it. I quickly turned around to notice same clinging to the back of my outfit I was lecturing in].

I champion CS to all mature friends, family and even passing acquaintences. Had the taxi driver fascinated w/ my surfing tales...he signed up! Score 1 more for our group. It is up to us to promote the idea to our community.