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Life is a riddle; unfortunately the answer's not written on the back of anything.

I'm out of bed and dressed, what more do you want?

A dry sense of humor is better than slobbering everywhere.

Hello.  My name is Wolfgang Nicanor Hatch.  I'm seventeen years old and this is my website.

And now, for a bit of personal history.

I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, where we (i.e. me, my dad, Jeff, my mom, Ruth, and my older brother, Cody) lived.  My dad co-owned and worked at a software development and computer consulting company with a guy named Philip.  This worked out fine for a while, but the problem with computer consulting is that even if you live in the heart of New York, you're going to have to travel all over the place.  My dad got tired of travelling alone, so he sold his half of the company and we moved into our Cross-Country motor home and cruised on the money we got.  Next, we decided to buy a small hotel near the coast in Port Townsend, Washington.  But first, we decided to see what New Zealand was like.  After we got back, we decided that the USA was a little too...  belligerent, for our tastes, and that New Zealand was a great place to live.  Needless to say, we decided to not buy the hotel.

Instead, we bought a 33-year-old power boat built by Donald Douglas from old growth doug fir.  (We heard Douglas originally made it as a torpedo retriever...  A luxury torpedo retriever whose torpedo lift could also function as a place to put the launch.  Or in other words, he might've built it as a luxury cruise vessel with a big tax write-off?)  We bought it from a guy named Harvey.  Now, before you start thinking we were rich, I would like to have you consider these points:

bulletWe traded property for it (property whose rich neighbours were giving us a hard time).
bulletThe boat was not in good condition (we got a week out to sea and ran out of water, and tried to turn on the watermaker, that good ol' Harvey hadn't even tested to see if it worked (but he had said he did).  It didn't.  But my dad had enough mechanical inclination to notice that they had painted over openings that should've had hoses, and he fixed it.)

After some adventures we finally got to New Zealand - only to find out that, because we hadn't owned our boat for a year, we had to pay large amounts of money, or leave until we had owned the boat for a year (in other words, we had to pay a lot of money, or go see what Fiji was like.)  Needless to say, we left to go to Fiji for a while.  After some more adventures, we got back to New Zealand, and, (after some difficulties that are too complex for me to put here - if you want to hear them, there's some of it on my mother's website we got citizenship.  After 6 years of living on the boat, we then moved to an apartment for a year, after which we sold our boat to buy a 102-year-old house.  We lived there for a year, until my father (who was then, and is now working with Equant) got transferred to New Jersey, where we are currently residing.

We planned to only stay in New Jersey for a MAX of 2 years before we moved back to New Zealand, but nothing in life is a given.  Now, we plan to stay until my brother and I finish university.  I will be a junior at Fairleigh Dickinson (in Madison, New Jersey) in the fall and my brother is a senior at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

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