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New Zealand Part II
Thursday, 2008 August 14 - 10:42 pm
Amy and I took one day to drive out and see some of the countryside, heading up to the harbor at Akaroa.

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New Zealand Part I
Thursday, 2008 August 14 - 10:18 pm
A couple of weeks ago, I went to New Zealand on a business trip. Amy came along for fun. I think we've mostly recovered from the jet-lag. Mostly.

New Zealand is a beautiful, beautiful country, even in winter. (Apparently, summer is winter in New Zealand. Also, left is right. For the first day or so, I even got up and down confused.) The locals tell us we got lucky when it came to the weather; it was mostly clear (or "fine", as they call it) with temperatures in the 50s (er, 10s).

It's just getting there that's the horrible part. Our trip there spanned thirty hours and four different flights... each way. The flight from San Francisco to Auckland (the third leg of the flight out) was nearly fifteen hours long. And the flight was completely full... full of about 300 Catholic teenagers headed for World Catholic Youth Day in Australia. (At least they weren't rowdy.)

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Happy July Fourth
Tuesday, 2008 August 5 - 10:41 pm
Er, August. Fifth.

Geez, I'm officially a month behind on blog posting. Now, granted, I spent a good deal of July out of town. But I feel like I should have at least micro-blogged or something. (The kids, they're all twittering these days.) So much has been happening, and letting it all just pile up has made it seem that much more overwhelming.

Anyway, I'll try to catch up.

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Back from the Future
Tuesday, 2008 July 22 - 10:26 am
Well, hello everyone. I've just returned from the future! Specifically, I just got back from New Zealand, where they are sixteen hours ahead of us. In the future, people talk with a different accent, they drive on the other side of the road, and they love rugby.

I'll have a full report, including pictures, shortly, once I've lifted the fog of travel and jet-lag.
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Daisy, Daisy...
Saturday, 2008 June 28 - 9:49 am
The other day on NPR, neurological research Jill Bolte Taylor was discussing her experience of having a stroke. It occurred in the left hemisphere of her brain, affecting her ability to speak, read, and put events together in order. Because her logic was impaired, she had a hard time even recognizing that she was having a stroke, or figuring out what to do about it. She was barely able to call for help, having to match the "squiggles" on the phone against the printed phone number of a neighbor.

After the stroke, she was left without her memories and her sense of self for years. She had to relearn how to read and speak, and reestablish relationships with friends and family. But she did recover, for the most part, and has since written a book about her experience called My Stroke of Insight.

The reason I mention this story is because it touches on one of my greatest fears: losing my mind to the point where I lose my sense of self, whether it be due to old age, a stroke, Alzheimer's, or some sort of brain trauma. If I lost my identity, it'd almost be like dying. And aside from being mauled by a thresher, being buried alive, or being digested slowly in the belly of a Sarlacc, I can't really think of too many worse ways to go.

And here's the thing: I can already tell that I'm not as smart as I used to be, at least in some respects. It's like I'm the HAL9000 and I've lost a couple of computing modules. I can feel it. Compared to when I was in college, I'm not as able to absorb information and grasp concepts as quickly now. It takes more mental effort; I have to make analogies to things I already know, draw pictures and diagrams, and write things down. I know it's a natural process; I mean, that's just the way the brain works. Over the years, it's less capable of taking in raw data, but tries to make up for it by organizing information more efficiently... like, by making analogies.

But when confronted with a completely new idea, or when needing to memorize large amounts of information, I just can't do it as well as I used to. So I have to wonder: is this the start of the eventual decline? Thirty years from now, will I even realize (or care) that my mind is going? Maybe I'll look back on this blog entry and say, "What a load of hooey... and hey, look at that shiny thing!"

There are a number of times in my life when I wished I'd had a "Save as..." command on myself, preserving the ideas and feelings and abilities of my life at the time. This is one of those times. I have a happy marriage and great friends, and I want to preserve a snapshot of that. If I do have a stroke or something and I lose my identity, please don't let me forget all that I have.

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Reversal of Fortunes
Monday, 2008 June 2 - 11:01 am
I normally try to avoid work-related posts here, but this one seems important. Reversing several years of downsizing, our company is now hiring software engineers. We have a number of open positions. I won't go into specifics here, but if you're local to the Raleigh area and you're looking for a job, let me know and I'll email you the details.
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Whatchew Been Up To? (Redux)
Saturday, 2008 May 17 - 4:04 pm
It's been so long since I've posted anything about myself, "whatchew been up to" is, I suppose, a legitimate question now. Unlike before.

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Deep in the Heart of Taxes
Sunday, 2008 April 13 - 4:40 pm
During tax time last year, I was shocked into a temporary state of Republicanism when I found that my various sales of Apple stock caused me to owe several thousand dollars in capital gains taxes. After squeezing every drop of [legal] deductions out of my returns, I still got socked with a combined federal and state tax bill of about $5700.

This year was somewhat better. I'm actually getting some money back on my federal return. I still owe money on my state return. I blame this on the bizarre NC-4 tax withholding worksheet, which somehow told me I was eligible for eight exemptions on my state taxes. And I believed it. D'oh!

So between my federal and state taxes, and the stimulus-package tax rebate that'll be coming, my net is somewhere around... zero. Which is good, I guess.

There was a question on Yahoo Answers recently (more of a rant than a question, actually), that went something like this: if all the damn liberals are so much in favor of higher taxes, why not make an optional line item on the tax return, so liberals can voluntarily pay more?

I answered thusly: "Sure, sounds reasonable. Also, conservatives who want lower taxes should voluntarily avoid using taxpayer-funded services, like roads, public parks, and the military. If conservatives want to continue the war in Iraq, the should go fight there themselves.

"Or maybe, just maybe, we should all get together and try to do what's in our common best interests, rather than just trying to maximize our personal gains."

My response received a couple of thumbs-ups and a couple of thumbs-downs before the question was deleted by Yahoo altogether.

It does make me wonder, though: are Republicans, because of their anti-tax stance, more likely to cheat on taxes than Democrats? And if so, shouldn't they be audited more frequently?
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This is the kind of post I write after reading David Sedaris
Thursday, 2008 March 6 - 11:43 pm
You know, it's been so long since I've posted anything meaningful, I feel like I owe you something. So here's a little story for you. It's the story of when I moved to North Carolina.

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Your People Are Causing a Disturbance
Tuesday, 2008 February 26 - 10:15 pm
So I had another birthday recently. That makes me officially older than dirt. At least I still have a beautiful and thoughtful wife.

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Flu!
Wednesday, 2008 February 20 - 10:01 pm
I think have the flu. It might be just a cold, but it's starting to feel awfully flu-ish.

I even got the damn vaccine shot. But apparently, this year's vaccine only protects against 27% of the flu strains out this year (it's typically 70% to 90%). They just plain got it wrong... and I can tell you, if there's a 73% chance that a typical person will get the flu, that translates to like 143% for me.

Buh. Someone send me some orange juice.
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In Further News
Tuesday, 2008 January 29 - 8:26 am
If you happened to be driving by our house last night (which you weren't, because we live in the section of town known as "the boonies"), you would have seen clouds of billowy white smoke pouring out of every orifice of the house, and a few orifices of me and Amy. We THOUGHT we had pressed the "Self Clean" button on the oven, but apparently, we pressed the "Generate Toxic Smoke" button. You know, oven manufacturers really ought to remove that button.

This may have something to do with the layer of turkey grease that lines the bottom of the oven. Apparently, that is the fuel that enables the Generate Toxic Smoke button to work.

Now, some ten hours later, the house still smells of smoke, and the cats are still angry at us. "Hey, providers-of-food-and-cleaners-of-litterboxes, what's up with the smoke, yo? Also, we need more dangly bits of string."

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Christmas in January!
Tuesday, 2008 January 15 - 8:37 am
Well, not really. It's just that I'm finally getting around to blogging about some of the stuff I got for Christmas.

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Meh
Monday, 2008 January 7 - 1:39 pm
I'm just not into it today. I feel all logy.

I'm still stewing about a poker game from Saturday, and it's not just that I lost. It's a particular incident that happened in the middle of the evening.

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Year of Drunken Bliss
Monday, 2007 December 31 - 11:50 am
Our one-year anniversary was yesterday.

The year has been, well, nothing short of the best year of my life. I've been going back recategorizing all my old blog posts, and there was a definite theme throughout 2005: me struggling to accept being happy as a single person, while desperately trying to find validation in the form of a girlfriend.

In the end, one led to the other.

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Happy Christmas
Tuesday, 2007 December 25 - 8:06 pm
Just wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a happy Christmas. The staff of the Real Kato Online is busy playing Wii Bowling, but we'll return shortly.
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Spoiling the Fun
Sunday, 2007 November 25 - 3:17 pm
Stepped-up speeding enforcement on the local freeways this weekend.

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Black Friday
Friday, 2007 November 23 - 7:03 pm
The difference between men and women.

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Thanksgiving!
Thursday, 2007 November 22 - 10:49 pm
This was a memorable one.

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Harris Teeter
Wednesday, 2007 November 21 - 6:57 pm
An unsolicited testimonial.

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Whatever Happened to the Dirt Pile?
Thursday, 2007 November 15 - 8:05 pm
The important thing is, it's gone.

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Not a Mission the Joneses Would Have Liked
Tuesday, 2007 November 13 - 10:04 pm
Alternate title for this post: "Of Mice and Snakes".

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Today's Requisite Post
Friday, 2007 November 9 - 7:35 pm
Argh NaBloPoMo argh.

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Las Vegas Pictures
Wednesday, 2007 November 7 - 8:52 pm
Photos? Photos! We got yer photos right here.

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Leaving Las Vegas, Again
Monday, 2007 November 5 - 2:04 am
One more update before I leave Nevada. More pictures to come shortly.

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More Vegas Updates
Sunday, 2007 November 4 - 11:29 am
Recap of Saturday's activities.

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Vegas Update
Saturday, 2007 November 3 - 11:21 am
Okay, these NaBloPoMo posts from Vegas may not be very exciting. But at least I'm blogging.

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Vegas, Baby
Friday, 2007 November 2 - 8:21 pm
It's that time of year.

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State Fair
Tuesday, 2007 October 23 - 10:21 pm
Otherwise known as the Artery Clogging Food Fair.

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Weird Moments
Sunday, 2007 October 14 - 9:47 pm
One moment of many from this weekend.

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Spot the One Difference
Tuesday, 2007 October 2 - 9:32 am
... and if you do, you'll be the first.

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Amy's Birthday
Tuesday, 2007 September 25 - 10:28 pm
Our weekend-long celebration of Amy's birthday.

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Dating Update: Two Years
Thursday, 2007 August 16 - 9:42 pm
I mean, Girlfriend Update. I mean, Wife Update.

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Productivity Redux
Thursday, 2007 August 16 - 8:42 pm
Dirt farming, and revenge.

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Trips I Am Not Taking
Saturday, 2007 August 4 - 10:54 am
Rather than bore you with stories of summer vacation trips, let me tell you about all the places I'm not going.

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More about the Move
Saturday, 2007 August 4 - 10:53 am
Pictures of my truckload of junk.

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Followup
Saturday, 2007 August 4 - 10:13 am
Okay, I guess I need to explain last Saturday's entry.

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2:35 AM
Saturday, 2007 July 28 - 2:48 am
This time: not our fault.

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Well, Hello Blog
Sunday, 2007 July 22 - 10:59 am
I know. I know. It's been two weeks, and where the hell have I been?

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Fourth of July
Saturday, 2007 July 7 - 12:43 am
A brief recap.

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Sometimes a Picture Says It All
Tuesday, 2007 June 12 - 11:25 pm
This is what happens to our house guests.

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Producing Our Mucus Quota
Tuesday, 2007 June 12 - 5:46 pm
Amy and I are both sick this week.

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For People Who Can't Read the F-ing Signs
Monday, 2007 June 4 - 10:15 pm
A day at the North Carolina license plate office.

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Too Friendly
Monday, 2007 May 14 - 8:17 pm
I am always creeped out by overly friendly service workers.

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Evidence of Geekery
Monday, 2007 May 7 - 10:40 pm
I have been in my job toooooo long.

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No Mo KaBloPoMo
Sunday, 2007 May 6 - 12:10 pm
Kato Blog Posting Month is over. And here you didn't even know it had started.

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To The Jerk Who Doesn't Understand Merging
Wednesday, 2007 April 25 - 7:51 pm
I apologize for giving you the finger... but you kinda deserved it.

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Unknown Hinson
Tuesday, 2007 April 17 - 10:41 pm
Them nabsters... they done nabbed their last free download, baby.

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Weekend Update... from a week ago
Tuesday, 2007 April 3 - 9:35 am
Good times... good times.

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Work Update
Tuesday, 2007 April 3 - 8:34 am
A rare glimpse into the fascinating world of telecom geekery.

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