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Atholton High, Landmark College, Howard CC, Franklin & Marshall College, National Outdoor Leadership School
Swim team coach and ukulele player
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North Laurel, Maryland, United States · Member since July 2012
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I'm Mike, an environmental activist taking a break from college to travel and get further into activism. My hobbies include hiking up mountains to see sunrises, picking blueberries while eating more than I put in my bucket, and mountain biking on a Franken-bike that's about to fall apart. The last semester I was in university I camped in the woods instead of living in a dorm.

I love astronomy, paleontology, marine biology -- ANY science! It's amazing! Anthropology, culture, language, and social constructs are extremely fascinating to me -- why do we do the things we do?

I'm extremely patient, in that I can remain very calm in the tensest of situations. I have an extremely high tolerance for even the worst people: I can deal with shitty people. I'm very culturally tolerant too, and I love learning about new cultures, people, and perspectives.

And for the Carl Jung fans, I've gotten different results each of the three times I've taken the MBT. Consider me an extrovert trapped in an introvert's body.

Music, Movies & Books

Noam Chomsky is at the top of my bookshelf. And Franz Kafka! Metamorphosis pales in comparison to his novels, you've gotta read The Trial for a real heavy dose of existence. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, anything bell hooks has written, everything Douglas Adams, Calvin and Hobbes, Animorphs, Watership Down, The Giving Tree, A Wrinkle in Time, The Little Prince, Dracula, Skippy Dies, The Book Thief, Holes, Stargirl, Amusing Ourselves to Death, A Brief History of Time, and The Simon and Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures... I don't like listing favorite books because there's soooo many more books out there that I will probably love more than the ones I've read before, thousands of titles yet to be discovered, so why should I think these are my favorite?

There's too many movies I haven't seen, I'm quite deprived. Anyways, I've enjoyed Harold and Maude, Wes Anderson's works, Love Actually, Brothers Quay films are über trippy, Safety Not Guaranteed, Dragon Heart, August Rush, Pan's Labyrinth, Kinsey, The Princess Bride, Good Will Hunting, Fight Club, Short Bus (I *need* to find someone else who's seen this), Almost Famous, and way more that I'm forgetting. I gushed over Toy Story 3 -- I cried several times. Lately I'm more into indie flicks.

Bill Nye the Science Guy. Ok, I need to admit I don't really watch TV, I instead waste away my life on reddit. I hate it.

I love all kinds of music yet it doesn't mean as much to me as it does for most other people: I prefer silence more often than not. I can't stand listening to the same genre over and over again -- it's gotta switch from classical to indie to celtic to punk to a cappella to heavy metal to ska to acoustic to the most avant-garde sounds you can think of. Lately I've been listening to a lot of The Jezabels, Amanda Palmer, and Björk. I love live music, even if they're shitty musicians -- it's the people that matter.

Parsnips, pecans, persimmons, and anything pumpkin flavored particularly appease my palate. And green olives with pimentos! Food I don't like doesn't exist. Given the opportunity to try something new I will seize it, even if it's svið (sheep's head, an Icelandic delicacy).

Above all, I like being creative, making my own art. I'm not that great, but I like piano, writing, and simply being creative. I crave learning guitar like one craves chocolate cake, I wish to bring a travel guitar wherever I go.