Last night, my wife and I had our first-ever experience as couch-surfers. It was delightful.
Our host, a guy in his mid-thirties, was truly an interesting character. He is acquisitions editor for a university press, a position he has held for several years. He has worked for the press since he graduated from college in 1999. He’s a bit shy, but sufficiently capable of getting over his shyness that he is an interesting and entertaining conversationalist. And he is an adventurous eater, always a good sign in my estimation. After learning of my affinity for spicy foods, he suggested Indian. We with to Ruchi Indian, an absolutely fabulous place in Jackson, MS. I intended to order lamb vindaloo, one of my favorite Indian dishes, but when I ordered Ghost Vindaloo (their menu’s name for lamb vindaloo), I was asked if I’d prefer lamb or goat. Oh my god! Goat! Yes! And it was exceptional.
Our host originally is from Dallas, so I doubt he’ll need a place to stay when he returns to visit, but I offered our home anyway. I’d love to have the opportunity to extend the same hospitality to him that he extended to us.