I went over to DadLabs.com the other day to check out their wares, and I happened upon a DVD video called Due Dads: The Man’s Survival Guide to Pregnancy. Let me give you an excerpt from the description text, so that I might make a point:
Even though expecting a baby has nothing to do with football playoffs, grilling excellent steaks, margin calls, fuel injection, or cold brewskis, this DVD will teach you the skills that will get you safely and happily to that big 0th birthday.
Let’s review that for a second, shall we? These are the things dads are into, or at least know a lot about:
- Football playoffs
- Grilling excellent steaks
- Margin calls
- Fuel injection
- Cold brewskis
If you know me well, this list will strike you in one important way: I score a zero out of five on this list. (I don’t know what the frick a margin call is.) Lists like this make me stop and ask what kind of “man” I am. I seem to have a hard time fitting into the stereotypical man mold. I don’t know why that is. I’ve always been generally disinterested in sports. Grilling bores me. Cooking in general bores me, actually. And… having looked up “margin call” on Wikipedia, I’m only lightly into investment and stocks. I’ve traded some stocks, but I’ve never spoken to anyone who would call themselves a broker. Finishing off the list, I’ve never liked muscle cars (although I do know a beautiful ride when I see one). I pretty much only drink alcohol when it would be rude of me not to.
When I read the list to Steph, she knew what I was getting at immediately. Her answer: “You’re a geek. Of course you don’t like any of those things.” So she suggested I rewrite the sentence. Here you go:
Even though expecting a baby has nothing to do with playing World of Warcraft, coding excellent CSS-based layouts, margins and padding, DOM injection, or Cold Fusion, this DVD will teach you the skills that will get you safely and happily to that big 0th birthday.
Yeah. Now I’m ready to not buy that DVD.