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March 3, 2005
Frank and his wife are expecting their first child in May. So now his twice-weekly sessions, rather than revolving around a series of bland neuroses occasionally peppered with the revelation of something I want to deem "borderline-, center on baby names.

"Mandy wants to name her Emily, Rose, or Sarah,"he said last Tuesday. "Those are OK names, I guess ... for an old lady." The week before, the names were different but the sentiment the same.

On Thursday, he lifted his can of Sprite in a one-sided toast and said, almost breathless, "Her name will be Mister.-

to be continued