On the Author

On the Author

I, the “Misha” of mishamau5.wordpress.com, am a mid-twenty-something hipster millennial living in rural North Carolina instead of his native Central Florida. I was born and raised well within Walt Disney World’s circle of influence; my dad worked for their emergency services department until I was about 15 or so. We lived far enough away to not technically be living in Orlando, but it’s my go-to answer for the inevitable “Where are you from?” that my out-of-place persona invokes. Now, my wife Madison and I live in her native Rocky Mount, NC, and people instantly pick out our neutral American accents as strangely foreign. It doesn’t help either that we are one of only a handful of interracial couples in this backwater town. Our new Rocky Mount neighbors also tend to pick up on our relatively impressive cultural knowledge and experience; Madi and I eat sushi (with chopsticks!), are bilingual (I learned a good bit of Russian in college, and she and I both have at least a basic knowledge of Spanish), and can hold our own in socio-political conversation beyond simply sharing Facebook articles. In short, she and I tend to stick out.

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