I'll preface this by saying yes, I completely agree with you - there's nothing as ass-puckeringly boring as a blog post about blogging. But before I get to the point of this post, I need to mention a couple of things - a little backstory, if you will. First, I was on a work errand for most of last week. The company sent me up to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a job fair. Fortuitous, that - I have family a stone's throw away, and so Beth and Lucas accompanied me in the Audi. We took the scenic route, the 101 to the 154, straight through the Los Olivos wine country, where we sampled some wares. We're becoming Wine People - these days I find myself saying things like "It's good now, but we should probably lay it down for a year or so" and "this red's a bit hot" and "2004? I don't want old wine! Bring me some FRESH wine!" Second, the wine thing played a big part in the dinner we attended on Saturday night - we went with some friends to a place called The Wine Vault and Bistro, where we took part in a tasting/pairing meal. It was decent, made more so by the fact that each of us put away the equivalent of a full bottle, plus a hefty shot of pear-flavored Cognac. (In other words, the last course could've been Beef-A-Roni served cold out of the can accompanied by a glass of warm Night Train and I would've given it an enthusiastic thumbs-up.). During the course of the evening I rambled on to my buddy Hardy about the whole blogging/writing thing. "Kids", I slurred, "are the LEAST interesting element of a parenting blog. They all pretty much do the same things - they say/do cute/funny/sweet/horrifically embarassing stuff, and while as a parent I can totally relate, as a reader, I'm much more interested in the parent."
Part of what we all go through when we have kids is the need to keep at least some of our old identity. I've noticed a steady increase in visitors here, partially due to the fact that some very nice folks have added this site to their blogrolls. This presents a problem - I don't really see this site as being a "daddy blog" or "parenting blog". This site serves a dumping ground for whatever happens to be on my mind when I flip open the laptop; maybe it's the kid, maybe it's surfing, maybe it's my struggle with the fact that I abhor people who take handicapped spots when they are clearly not and yet every time I go to take a dump in a public restroom my first choice is ALWAYS the handicapped stall because a fella can really relax with all that legroom and what kind of hypocritical bastard am I? The point, and I do have one, is that there's lots to write about.
So, that said, and without further adieu, a bit about my kid. The other day, he was sitting in his chair, making grunting sounds - "UNNNNNGH. UNNNNNNNNNNNNNGH." "Lucas, are you trying to poop?", Beth asked. "NO!", he cheerfully replied. "I'm trying to fart!"