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Michael Rilke Obadaih

Boston, MA, United States

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Overview

  • 37 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Arabic (Egypt), Spanish
  • 43, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Occupation depends on Situation.
  • University of Minnesota
  • From Minnetonka, MN.
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. - Frank Tibolt

ABOUT ME

More quiet than loud. More polite than rude. More art than practicality. More tattoos than my mother cares for.

My friends call me Appleseed. You, therefore, may call me Appleseed.

PHILOSOPHY

Remaining true to the spirit that separates me from the dead.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

My housemates and I try to share our home with as many couch-surfers as is practical. We enjoy meeting people and enjoy it when travellers meet over dinner at our table. That, and we love to confuse the hell out of our cats. They're like, "Now who the hell is THIS human?!"

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

So far, so good. Just one kind of creepy guy and one girl who didn't feel safe around "black people."

Interests

Chess; Art of all kinds; stand-up comedy (of which I'm awful); history; adventure.

I wish I could play guitar. I try! And yes, I fail.

Music, Movies & Books

Magnetic Fields, Devotchka, She & Him, Hotel Lights, Coldplay, Bishop Allen, They Might Be Giants, Bon Iver, Built to Spill, Red House Painters, Mountain Goats, Morcheeba, Blitzen Trapper, Wilco, Sigur Ros, Julian Cope, Sea Wolf, Rammstein (I know, go figure).

I'm also a season ticket holder at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, classical concert series. Favorite composer: Josef Mysliveček.

For authors: Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Raymond Chandler, Dashell Hammett, HP Lovecraft, Douglas Adams, Stephen Sears, Dorothy Parker, Veronica Geng, Alfred Bester, Tim O'Brien, Oscar Wilde. And corny as it sounds, William Shakespeare.

For movies/directors: Any Wes Anderson film, Casablanca, Double Indemnity, Brokeback Mountain, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Crumb, Brick, The Dark Knight, Shoot the Piano Player, Momento, Pulp Fiction, Lost in Translation, Reservoir Dogs, True Romance (no other Tarantino film makes the cut, unfortunately), Naked Lunch.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I will do my best to describe this:

I grew up in a place called Minnesota. It's in the middle north of America. The word Minnesota means "the land of sky blue waters" in the Dakota language, and rightly so. There are lakes everywhere, surrounded by old green forests (the one thing I miss in city life is the sound of wind blowing through hundreds of trees).

In the fall of the year, the leaves turn every imaginable shade of red, orange and yellow. Aside from the green of the pines, the entire landscape brightens into these heraldic colors.

One night, many years ago, it became very warm and a heavy dew settled until the evening. As the temperature dropped, the dew froze to ice.

I awoke for school the next morning, very early, just as the sun was rising. I stepped outside and was stunned into motionlessness. Every fiery leaf, every majestic tree, even the green grass glistened in frozen stillness. The new dawn illuminated a world made of colored glass.

It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

Teach, Learn, Share

At the time of this writing, I have 25 positive references: 22 from "Surfers", 1 from "Traveling", and 1 from "Host." That's 24. WHERE IS THE MYSTERIOUS REFERENCE COMING FROM!? Conspiracy theorists, help me out.

Countries I've Visited

France, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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