German student looking for a Host in Bellingham

Dear Bellinghamsters (or other Washingtonians that live in a place as cool as the Ham),

Let’s give a kid from Germany a warm welcome to America, through the lens of our Bellingham bubble!

Caspar M. lives in Odenthal, Germany and would like to be a high school student in America this fall. His dad thinks that Bellingham would be a great place for him to have an international exchange experience.

Caspar’s dad, Stephan, is a friend of mine from high school. Stephan participated in a student exchange with my close friend, James Hanusa, in high school and visited me and Violet with his family four years ago.

The family is coordinating this through the International Student Exchange program. Here’s a page with FAQ’s for host families:

If I had the space in our house, I’d do it!

We hope you can find the space in your home and hearts to welcome Caspar into your ‘Hamster home this coming fall.

Please email me at if you are interested, have questions or you’d like to connect with the family to get this going!

Thank you,


ps- Here’s the bio that Caspar wrote:

Caspar M. Odenthal, Germany

I want to spend one semester at an American High-School, to experience the lifestyle and the culture. I would like to see if it really is like in those movies to go on an American High School and I would love to try out leisure and sports activities that you cannot easily do in Germany. Another reason to spend one semester in America is to make new friendships and experiences that I would not be making in my every day surrounding living in small village near Cologne. I am also really looking forward to spend time with my host family. My father did an exchange during his High School too and he is still in contact with his friends and host family from that time. I would love to make the same type of friendship during my time there. This is also an opportunity to enhance my English vocabulary to potentially study in an English speaking country later. I am learning English since I am 4 years old and made vacation in America twice. In that time my English made good progress and I hope for a similar progress during my High School semester. I also want to get more independent from my parents during the time without them.

Description of myself and my Hobbies
I am a silent person but still very thoughtfully and inquisitive, I am open for many things and very enthusiastic. My Hobbies are motorsports (especially kartracing), athletics, skiing and reading books. Next to these interests I am open to try typical American activities in my time there.

Bellebrity for 15

Marla Bronstein dubbed the name, Bellebrity- aka, local Bellingham celebrity. We’re a relatively small town, when you get at the heart of it and I’ve had my hand (and mouth) in enough projects that it caught the eye of a student from WWU, Yvonne Worden. It also helped that we were named the Grand Marshal and (first ever) Marshalette of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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You Heard it Here First, Folks!

Here’s some early Violet TV. We had gone up to “Mountain Baker” for some backcountry sledding (full story). When we got back, the hot chocolate was, well, NOT. To the ski area we went! Violet was warming up to the camera and getting her lines down.

“You heard it here first, folks!”

Chummin’ up Chuckanut Creek

Laid to rest
atop a rock
last words
cycle continues

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Life in the Slow Lane

Slug cruising along in the slow lane on Highway 20 Westbound.


Ladder Creek Falls Colors


Potty Mouth

Daddy’s Girl. We (Me & V) are constantly evaluating the language we use to communicate with one another (and the rest of the world).  I encourage Violet to embrace the nuances of writing, reading and speaking. And swearing. There’s a time and a place for everything. I’m currently working on explaining the power of the “F word”. If you don’t know what the “F word stands” for it’s FUCK.The nice thing about he “F word” is that it doesn’t really attack anybody like the “N word” and other “inappropriate” references. 

Enough about ME & V. This is about GIRL POWER. Equality YO!

Girls Just Wanna Have FUNdamental Rights.

Go Girls!

BTW- My favorite polite swear word currently is Shuksan. It merges two of the best into one, while also calling out a cool peak.

The Tonight Show – 2015 Mancuso Christmas

People in our family like to entertain. Sometime we entertain others, but mostly we enjoy amusing ourselves. We’ve been doing it since we were kids, gathering together for the holidays and putting on shows for our parents. In 2015, “The Cousins” decided that we wanted to get the “Mancuso Kids” on the stage- it was also a great way to document some of the stories in our family tree.

Thank you to “Bob the non-blood” for filming.

The Lone Ranger’s Creed

The Lone Ranger’s Creed.

I believe…

  • That to have a friend, a man must be one.
  • That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
  • That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
  • In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for what is right.
  • That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
  • That ‘this government of the people, by the people, and for the people’ shall live always.
  • That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
  • That sooner or later…somewhere…somehow…we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
  • That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.
  • In my Creator, my country, my fellow man.[15]

GO Green! Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 12th
12:00 pm
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Bellingham, WA

Start: 1821 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

Finish: Boundary Bay Brewery

I was bestowed the honor of being selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Violet is being honored as the first Grand Marshalette!

You are invited to join us on Saturday, March 12th walking the parade route.

Please join me and Violet as we GO GREEN and celebrate BELLINGHAM, walking in the 7th Annual Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12th at high noon.

Plan to wear fun costumes and bring the bling! Hand out candy, ride your bike, bring an instrument and make some noise! Follow our Rules: Be SAFE, Have FUN & Show RESPECT.

BhamPaddyParadeThe parade is Saturday, March 12th at noon. Lineup will start at approx. 11am in the parking lot in front of Woodsmiths at the corner of Cornwall and Ohio St. Kitty-corner to Bellingham High School. 1821 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

The length of the parade is expected to be around 45 minutes.

Parade organizers are welcoming all businesses, as well as community groups, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, sports teams, bands, etc. Participation for any business or group in the parade is FREE.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event sponsorship levels start for as low as $100. Sponsors will be recognized on the website, via facebook, on event posters and ads for the parade. We appreciate all the support we can get to pull off this fun community event. If interested, email

Please help us plan ahead by registering your group HERE.

See you on March 12th!!