The Long-Overdue Baby Gear Post
As you might recall, my son Isaac was born a couple of years ago. This was obviously an
occasion for joy and family happiness (and an end to regular sleep) — but beyond that, it was the beginning of a
capitalist glut, a massive influx of new Stuff. So, uh, I figured I'd write about that in case any of my readers
ever have a kid and want to know about various baby support items.
In general, we had a few constraints:
- our house is relatively small (~1200sqft) and has little storage
- when we were making most of these decisions, my wife and I spent a relatively large amount of time traveling (both
via local transit options like BART and AC Transit, and on
planes to visit our far-flung families)
- money/price is… not a chief concern
Some of my go-tos for researching items before buying them were the Wirecutter,
Baby Gear Lab, Consumer Reports but, frankly, none
of these had quite the same set of priorities as we did. We also went to some local retail stores (shout-out to the
now-defunct Tot Tank in Alameda) and of course talked to all of our friends with kids. For non-safety-sensitive
things, Berkeley Parents Network has been a good resource for used items.
Anyhow, read on for all the big-ticket items!
Hello dear readers! Like most of you (and as I've written about before), I've been
stuck working from home for the last year and a half, out of the little converted covered porch on my house. For the
last six months or so, I've been doing so with my butt firmly planted on an HON Basyx pleather-upholstered office chair
that I rescued from my office when we moved out. This chair is, uh, not in the best condition:
This chair actually originally belonged to Curse, a now-defunct company
that made some kind of WoW fansite. They used to be …
Hello hypothetical readers; sorry for my absence, but I've spent the last weeks pretty well busy – as I foreshadowed
in May, I have a son now!
It's been quite an adjustment. Isaac was born on August 7, 2020 after a very long labor, but he's happy and
healthy now. I got 3 weeks off of work, which I spent with my wife doing intensive child care. Let me tell you, I have a
whole new respect for single parents. Caring for an infant with just the two of us (since none of our families or
friends can visit or …
UC Botanical Garden
PSA for folks in the Bay Area: The University of California Botanical Garden has re-opened for limited, outdoor-only visits. Seems like a nice (and
reasonably) safe place to go during the pandemic. It's July, so not much is in bloom, but it's still beautiful.
Hey, so, it's been a while since I posted. I guess I just wanted to post and update. Let's see… what has happened
since February 2020....
Yeah, so, we're having a baby. If you didn't see that on other social media already. He's due at the end of July.
As you and everyone else knows, the world has been in lockdown since March due to the outbreak of
COVID-19. My company sent us all on mandatory work-from-home
on March 12th and I haven't been across the bridge into San Francisco since. Working from home …
After more than 10 years of avoiding it, I've finally rejoined the ranks of the private-car-owning bourgeois.
and I spent the past few weeks doing research and reading reviews, spent Saturday and Sunday test-driving a bunch of
vehicles, and ended up buying a brand new Cosmic Blue 2020 Honda Insight yesterday