Hi there, I’m Tad.
For the last three years I have lived in Salem, Massachusetts with My Colleague (who I married in 2012), and that’s where we begun working on the project that I refer to here as “Test Subject V.”
Salem is basically everything My Colleague and I ever wanted in a town: walkable, cute, full of bars and restaurants. It’s got great parks, a world-class museum in town, and it’s cheaper than trying to live in Boston. Our neighborhood is vibrant and cool and diverse and I love it.
I earned a PhD in American History from George Mason University in 2016, where I focused on US media history. For the past several years, I’ve worked for libraries, archives, and museums, where I have curated, developed online exhibits, and digitized a variety of media. It’s fun work, and quite satisfying. It was, however, largely gig work.
When a recent contract ended literally days before the birth of my daughter, I was faced with a dilemma: we couldn’t afford daycare without me working full-time, but I couldn’t work full-time without daycare. I decided to try to be a full-time dad, and look for smaller gig work to supplement our household income.
This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences as a dad, and hopefully become a better father in the process.