Caveat: 1997

I resigned from
the graduate program at Penn, feeling very unhappy with departmental politics. I was awarded a Master's Degree in Spanish Literature, as a sort of consolation prize for not finishing the Ph.D. program I was enrolled in. I got to try to be a "soccer dad" with Jeffrey for several months,
while Michelle put in ungodly hours with Merck, Inc., in her new job
as a chemical engineer. I started teaching high school Spanish and
Social Studies that fall, with an ungodly commute to Moorestown, New
Jersey. Neither Michelle nor I particularly liked living in suburban
Philadelphia. We fight a lot about money, and about parenting issues with Jeffrey – a step-parent's role is very confusing.

[This entry is part of a timeline
I am making using this blog. I am writing a single entry for each year
of my life, which when viewed together in order will provide a sort of
timeline. This entry wasn't written in 1997 – it was written in the