With the stock market doing that rollercoaster thing lately (even for a guy like me with zero stock-market exposure), it’s disorienting to consider talk of alost decade. It reminds me that ten years ago today, I got laid off from Salon(just a day after writing one of those tech-gadget stories that feels really disorienting to look back on from this vantage). It took me a month to find a new gig (copy-editing and page-designing at the Contra Costa Times). I must’ve been really distracted then. I feel sure I would have remembered reading something like this New York Times article about then-President Bush and the Clinton budget surplus.