A long while ago, someone told me about a new term, “Generation X,” and asked what I thought of it.
“It’ll never stick,” was my reply. “Too generic.”
Later, someone told me about a new television show, where people were stranded on a tropical island and forced to survive by slowly voting each other off.
“Too complicated,” was my first thought.
And more recently, I learned of a new type of shoe called Crocs.
Of them, I thought, “Who’s gonna wear plastic shoes?”
So when I say that I don’t like something, or don’t “get” a new idea or product, maybe that’s the best sign of a sure-thing.
Which brings me to Scott Seegert’s book, It’s a Guy Thing, which the good people at Three Rivers Press kindly shared with me. It’s a Guy Thing is a collection of “Awesome Real Innovations from the Underdeveloped Male Mind.” It includes things like Albert’s Helmet-Mounted Pistol and Bill’s Inflatable Floating Furniture and John’s Head-Butt Game.
I’ll say it right here: I don’t get this book.
It could be that what I’ve read about mommy-bloggers is true; that I’m only interested in the minutiae of my own daily life and the lives of other mothers. The books I typically read are nonfiction accounts of mothering and motherhood; or books about writing; or books about Down syndrome: which makes me guilty-as-charged, I suppose.
It could be that I’m the only female in a male-dominated household; I get my fill of Guy Things each and every day, and while most of the time I love dog-piles and fake farts and the burp alphabet, when I have a free moment, I tend to reach for the books that are just for me.
Or, it could be this: I’m terrible at predicting the next-big-thing, and maybe this is it.
If you’re interested in drawing your own conclusions about It’s a Guy Thing, leave your name in the comments and I’ll choose a winner.
UPDATE: Jen, the book is yours (or maybe, your husband’s?) Send me a snail-mail address at jennifer (at) jennifergrafgroneberg (dot) com. Congrats!