Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Baby Steps

We had our first baby shower last week.

People kept asking if we were 'ready' for the big life change.

For the most part, I think we are.

My wife opened one gift, a small pad that you place on a baby's back that vibrates them to soothe their crying.

'Oh! A baby vibrator!' she exclaimed to the room, receiving a chorus of laughter in response.

Yeah, we're ready for our baby - but is the world for us to reproduce?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Facebook's Status

I think it is time that my generation accepts what Facebook has become.

It is no longer a vehicle for guys to check out girls in their slutty Halloween costumes and for girls to troll their ex-boyfriends and make snide remarks about their new girlfriend.  Even if she is fat.

My generation grew up with Facebook in its infant stages - when a .edu email address was required to sign up and the main function was finding that hot girl that sat in front of me in my economics class.

The problem is that generation kinda sucks now.  We're older.  We don't go out as much.  We're married.  Our Halloween costumes are disappointingly unslutty.

Even those that are still cool, who still lead exciting lives, are broadcasting this to an audience that hopes it can stay up late enough to watch the end of American Idol.  

When my friends discuss my impending parenthood, they say nearly the same thing, 'You aren't going to be one of those annoying parents that always posts pictures of their baby, are you?'

I used to say no.  At least, not unless the baby was in a slutty costume.  But I've reconsidered.

If not to post pictures of what is happening in my life, what is the point of Facebook?  Are married couples asked not to post pictures of their spouse?  Would Facebook exist if single girls were told they couldn't post pictures of their friends at the bar?

Our lives are all boring.  Or at least, boring to those people who aren't living them.  My kid is no more annoying than a picture of the dessert you're eating.  Is the point of Facebook to update your friends on your life, or to entertain them?  Because if it is the latter, we need to talk about your checking into gas stations.

Besides, we all grew up using Facebook as a way to hook up, seems a bit hypocritical to ban posting pictures of the results.