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The obligatory baby video

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

(if video doesn’t embed, here’s the link)

I am just over two months into fatherhood, so it seemed like a good time to compile some footage and post a video. I think my parenting path is pretty typical at this point. You spend years looking at all the different families, noting all the things you’ll never do to your kids, all the stupid crap you’re never going to be a part of. Soon the idea of being “independent” and “against the grain” becomes self-justifying, and, after rejecting every aspect of parenting condemned as “typical”, you start to wonder what’s left. Is there a way to be a completely unique parent? A hipster parent? Pretty soon you’re acting like a self-righteous vegetarian, a holier-than-thou asshole. And when it comes down to it, when the kid is actually here and in front of you, all of that “never see me doing that” preaching gets flushed right down. I’m taking tons of photographs, shooting video, making ga-ga sounds, and happily curtailing most of my already-voluntarily-minimal social life. Why? Because he’s amazing, this little guy, and I love him. And I’m going into parenting the same way I go into anything else in life: do what feels right and try not to be an asshole about it.

Photographic Evidence

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

While slowly eeking out the upcoming blog entry, I have recently been catching up with a pair of childhood friends, twins who moved out of the neighborhood in 1979.  It’s been like unearthing a time capsule of my childhood innocence.  They shared photographs of themselves, so I started digging through our room of boxes to find the Jimbo archive.  I quickly discovered this Polaroid from 1984.  Readers of the November 2008 Megablog post should recognize what’s going on here.  Yes, it’s me, sitting there with my ADAM computer (using a 9-inch black-and-white television as a display), donning my knock-off Michael Jackson zipper jacket, posing for the classic nerd shot.  You can see the Howitzer printer on a little table, next to my telescope and the Kerouac-style continuous roll of paper I used for printing.  File under: Evidence.
Jimmy with his Adam computer 1984