One of the consequences of my misleading URL is that many first-time readers have arrived here expecting to hear about being out of work. (All hail Lord Google.) Even though I'm sort of between layoffs right now, this blog's driving influence has always been fatherhood rather than unemployment. Basically, the best way for me to deal with the stress and the penury was to dwell on the positive—the unique chance to watch my son grow from a sweet little Weeble to the fully functional mini-person he is now.
Thanks to a handful of e-mails, I got to thinking about the summer of 2003, when the blog's first posts went live (and my writing and I were in a far different place). These entries have been lying dormant at the old site, so I've dusted off the cobwebs and migrated them to my archives here. So if you're sitting in your bathrobe right now, taking a breather from sifting through all those worthless job listings on Monster while your little one gnaws on the coffee table, I've been there. And I'm here now—better off for the experience, and content to wait until the kids are grown before I get those bite marks buffed out.