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My paternity leave ended this week. I'm back to the world of get up, get dressed, and go to the office. It seems a lot different than it was before I left for my leave. I don't know if the difference is a change in me caused by the new baby, or if the environment at work has actually changed. I think it's the environment at work more than just me.

Since the stock market started tanking a lot of people around my office have been under horrible amounts of stress. I know people who had huge margin accounts secured by their options--when the market tanked they faced some truly horrifying margin calls. I understand that it's their fault for trading with borrowed money, but I know people who are on the verge of losing their houses and I just feel absolutely wretched for them. These are my peers, my colleagues, my friends.

Will write more later, the baby is crying...