Michael Dervin

New York, New York, United States

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  • IT Guy for a non-profit research facility. They do really...
  • Grad School Dropout.
  • From Philadelphia, Pa. USA
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About Me


My current mission is to find my mission.


I hate sections like this - I can't seem to do this without going into major navel-gazing pseudo-emo pretentious twit mode.

I guess I'm your basic, young looking 43 year old guy who likes to travel and meet new people. An ex-girlfriend called me a know-it-all, and I would have to say there's some truth in that description.

I will suffer fools, but not gladly.

I was born in Philadelphia, went to Catholic School for 12 years. And developed an intense hate for Boston and New York City. And I wound up going to College in Massachusetts and living in NYC. And I love both cities now.

I met a girl at the NYC Marathon and followed her to HK, after SARS. I was in HK for three years this killed my IT career. But I got to hang out with a really great girl, meet a really great cat, and traveled a bit. I'm still not sure if I regret going there or not.

Back in NYC for the last five years. I live way uptown. I like it.


Suck it up, take responsibility, enjoy the pathos.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I like to offer advice, this helps in me being a know-it-all.
Would love to meet up with some people.

But I can host friends, so if you are in the city now, and plan to be in the city in the future. Drop me a note and we can meet up for coffee/drinks/dinner/something like that. And if all goes well I might be able to host you.

Right now I can host, but I live, way, way, way uptown. About 45 minutes from anywhere. Over an hour to the cool places in the East Village/Lower East Side. I also wake up at 6:30 am every day to get ready for work.


I met up with two couchsurfers while in Iceland. I cannot say enough about how wonderful they are. My feelings for them transcends my verbal ability. I would take a bullet for each of them.


I do improv, running and playing basketball.

Music, Movies, and Books

I'm a big fan of the Over-educated White Guys - Jonathan Safran Foer, David Foster Wallace & Franzen. And of course DeLillo and writers of his generation. For the women, I like Carole Maso and Joan Didion. Maso's novels read like poetry. And Didion, has that reporter's eye for characters and plot.

Musically, I'm weird - not in terms of my playlist or anything like that, but I love They Might Be Giants, but I never got into Flaming Lips. So just because I like on band doesn't mean that I would a very similar band. But my tastes are diverse, but isn't everybody's?

Movies are simple, popcorn movies must bring the popcorn. Serious movies better not have pensive white women and midgets (The Station Agent represents everything that is wrong in "Serious cinema")

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I was on the 70th floor of 2 World Trade Center on 9/11. I was in the 63rd floor stairwell when the plane hit us.

My personal story was "It wasn't that bad for me." I got out well before the tower fell, everybody who I saw that day got out alive, I was by the east river when the first tower fell, and by the Manhattan Bridge when the second tower fell. I went to work the next day over the manhattan bridge and through a bunch of terrorists targets. I knew one guy who died, but I didn't lose any friends, siblings, lovers, parents or children.

And the only two things that will send me into a rage about this are people who were nowhere near the buildings trying to say how traumatized they were or 9/11 truthiers.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Monaco, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United States

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