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February 10, 2006

Gasping Back to Humanity

I'm almost back to being human. For six months or so, I've gotten myself as close to being a machine as possible — sleep, eat, work. But tomorrow, I should wrap up a major weekend-only carpentry project, and at least my weekend work will be on my own house, which I'm rushing to prepare for a third child. Still work; somehow different.

So the surge is almost over, I hope. After too long treading idle water, I've fought sudden and persistent waves and am still afloat. Better able, if anything, to keep my head above the surface.

I've thought of you often — of speaking — thinking of things to say, but the acrid water of the endless workweek has kept me from calling out. You've heard the gasps, no doubt. For a long while they've been breaths scraped from the air for survival; perhaps soon they'll become recognizable as words. As communication.

Posted by Justin Katz at February 10, 2006 8:46 PM
Diary & Confession

Hi Justin. I haven't been to your site in a while, because you have obviously been dealing with life, so when I came back today I was glad to see your note. You are a sharp guy, incredible thinker, methinks, and I will look forward to coming back often to see your musings on the issues of the day. BTW, congrats on the third child. I have three myself, youngest just turned four, and as much of a pain kids can be at times, there is just nothing better then the challenge of raising solid human beings. So stay strong and be encouraged that there are folks out in cyber space who look forward to your "communication." Best, Mike.

Posted by: Mike D'Virgilio at February 11, 2006 2:00 PM

Justin, it's good to almost have you back.

Posted by: Ben Bateman at February 14, 2006 7:32 PM

In honor of your return, here's a cute joke for you:

This young cowboy straggles into a dusty cafe in Wyoming after a hard day out on the range. He sits down at the counter and orders a cup of coffee because he doesn't have enough money for a proper meal. He notices, sitting next to him, a much older cowboy with his arms crossed, looking down pensively at a steaming bowl of chili.

Several minutes go by, and the young cowboy says, "Uh, Mister? If you're not going to eat that chili, would you mind if I have it? I ain't got money for food right now."

The old cowboy says, "Help yerself," and slides the bowl of chili over to the young cowboy, who thanks him and begins tucking into it.

After the young cowboy has eated about 3/4 of the chili, he is utterly disgusted and nauseated to find a dead mouse curled up at the bottom of the bowl ... so much so that he upchucks all the chili right back into the bowl.

Whereupon the old cowboy leans over and says, "Yep, that's about as far as I got, too."

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