April 16th, 2002


To answer your impending question, no, I'm not.

So for the last week, I've been thinking about having a kid.

No, it's not really high on my list of things to do. It's more that I'm thinking about it because I'm getting older, and there was that Time magazine cover story last week about how after age 27, a woman's fertility decreases dramatically, and maybe the birthin' babies/having a career dichotomy we'd been led to believe was simple is not so likely. Anyway....

It's actually very like going to the Grand Canyon.

Do I want to visit the Grand Canyon in the next five years? Not particularly. I mean, if it was convenient to where I lived, sure, but making a special trip? I think not.


What if you knew the Grand Canyon was gonna implode or fill with water in the next three years, and if you didn't see it in that time, it'd be too late and you'd never see it in your lifetime? wouldn't you feel a compulsion, nay, an obligation, to see it before it was gone?

This is exactly how I feel about kids. I don't want them anytime soon, but I want to make a choice not to have them, rather than having the choice made for me.

JS and I went to Mount Rainier this weekend. Didn't get to do much exploring, as even in April, there were lots of show closures. But on the way up, we played the parlor game of "What would you name your kids"?

My ultimate choices:

Girl: Rachel, Lydia
Boy: Ghostface Killa

Just kidding on the last one. But the worst name ever that someone has undoubtably chosen:

"James Tiberius"

JS remarked that in the last 10 years there have probably been lots of babies born to Goth couples; we tried to imagine some of the names and recoiled in horror at the possibilities. Goth names will be like the second generation of hippie names: naming your kid "Azrael" will sound as dumb in 2010 as "Rainbow Love" sounded in 1985.

Name that would be really cool if not for unfortunate comic book association: "Kaspar"

Name that one of my coworkers had on his "short list" that I also think is spoiled by popculture association: "Clementine".

and before you ask...see subject heading.
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