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New York, New York, United States · Member since February 2011
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My name is Sam Tarakajian; I'm a software engineer living in Oakland CA. I've been bouncing back and forth between the east and western United States for about a year and a half now, but I've been very keen to visit more outside the country, especially since visiting Armenia about two years ago. If you haven't been you really should consider it. No place else I can think of has ever given me quite the same raw feeling of awe, that jaw-dropping sense of "Oh, so it turns out the world can actually be this beautiful." Plus the food is delicious and the people are the friendliest in the world. Total strangers will treat you like family, which I guess could be an annoyance for a certain kind of person but which I thought was wonderful.

In addition to traveling I love music, all kinds of music but especially the two extremes: really, really good music and really, really bad music. We needn't dwell. Reading also holds a lot of sway with me, particularly Latin American fiction, although I have no idea why. But if you're keen to lose an entire evening talking about Borges you should give me a call.

As a house guest I think I'm probably on the quieter side. I haven't broken anything since 1999; I think the last time I spilled a drink was that same year. I will probably try to cook at some point, and that, I admit, could get messy. But I will crush that mess.

If I'm traveling with my family you should also know my sister Cassie, an electronic engineer who also doesn't break things (except possibly hearts). Very fond of singing a capella and of hockey. My father Jeff will also be there, although he has no particular fondness of a capella he is very keen on discourse and insists on an ability to speak Russian which he in no way possesses.

We are/I am looking forward very much to staying with you. AirBnB asks if I have a life motto, and if I do it would be this: Seek wealth, power, love, influence and fame, but not before breakfast.