7 Things I don't really 'get' because I'm not a guy

Saturday, January 15, 2011
I grew up an only child. I didn’t have to share toys or t.v. with anyone else in my household. Being an only child, my parents found it easier to provide me with enough to entertain myself alone, so I always had a turntable and a t.v. It was black and white, but I still managed to watch it late at night when Johnny Carson was on. I even learned to like some things my dad liked: John Wayne movies, college football games and something that would come in handy later in life: men who drank Scotch.

The rest of my early influences were things that a young woman growing up in the late 70’s and early 80’s in California would find appealing: Art museums, Cosmopolitan Magazine, classic English literature, television sitcoms and the stage. We used our student cards to get last minute tickets to almost every play we could get to and I still remember seeing Mrs. Brady playing Sister Maria in the “Sound of Music” and Richard Harris playing in “Camelot” at the Pantages Theater. I spent the summers at concerts at the Greek Theater.

None of this prepared me for my husband. When I first met him he insisted on dragging me to see a new movie that he had almost memorized: Star Wars. I will admit I liked it. A lot. That was sort of a beginning for me. Jay exposed me to all things Sci Fi, classic and otherwise. I read Zelazny and Asprin. I learned to enjoy Scorsese and still believe the Godfather is the Best. Movie. Ever.

When our kids came along, all sons, I was continually exposed to things the ‘boys’ liked. Some of which I’ve enjoyed (Firefly) and others…well, that is what this blog is about.

My parents did this differently. They agreed early on they didn’t like the same things and just spent their evenings in separate rooms. Think how many reruns of Bonanza mom missed!

Here are some of the things my family loves that I honestly just do not really ‘get’:

1. Futurama: I grew up watching the Flinstones in prime time. I like cartoons. I love the Simpsons. I just don’t really ‘get’ Futurama. I’ve seen all the episodes. Many times. And there are a few I think are ‘okay’. But were I sitting alone in the house, sick for weeks on end and bored out of my mind and I flipped across a Futurama marathon would I watch it? No. I also am not sure I get Family Guy, South Park or King of the Hill. Sorry.

2. Buckaroo Banzai. I know, it’s totally a geeky movie and all geeks like it. And I have seen it many, many times. And I think it’s amusing in parts and can even quote dialog. But, I’ll admit, I really don’t ‘get’ it after that.

3. Venture Brothers. I will tell you that my sons and my husband are CRAZY for this! They totally love the show and even though they mostly watch it weekly, they will sit down when the new season is out on DVD and watch it for hours on end. And I have no idea why. I don’t understand the humor or most of the references. It has to be a guy thing.

4. WWE. Growing up in California I lived in a ‘barrio’ and many of my friends were Hispanic. When wrestling was on their families would be glued to the television. I didn’t get it then. I still don’t. My husband tells me it’s really like “Soap Opera for guys” and maybe that’s true. I’ve watched my share of WWE over the years and there were moments when I would stop for a moment to enjoy the shirtless men wandering around (Big Sexy anyone?) but yeah, I totally don’t get wrestling.

5. Vince Vaughn movies. I will say that I am not sure the men in my life like him either, but he does seem to be popular with guys. It escapes me…maybe he’s decent enough looking to not be threatening and reminds men of their buddies? Who knows.

6. Most Will Ferrell and Danny McBride stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I like some of Farrell’s stuff, (The Landlord still kills me!) but some of it just goes right past me. And Eastbound and Down is ‘sort of’ funny, but it goes into the ‘mean’ humor area which just never did jell with me. Sort of like the Stooges. I never ‘got’ them either.

7. Baseball. I have learned to watch football and golf and tennis and basketball and the Sweet 16 and all of that. I understand it and even learned to love some of it. But baseball? Sort of like watching paint dry for me. I sit through the World Series every year but I usually find something else to do while it’s on. I like baseball movies, though, I think that’s got to count for something.

I always tell my sons that it makes relationships interesting when you don’t love all the same things. Jay has sat through plenty of episodes of House Hunters and “Notting Hill” with me…and I’ve managed to live through episodes of Futurama with him. I’d still rather watch something I don’t ‘get’ with him than to sit in a room without him all night long.


  1. It's okay that you don't like some of that stuff. But you do sell yourself short. When you picked up Emerald Dawn, little did we know how how that set would appreciate.

  2. If it helps, I don't really get baseball or wrestling, either. Those other things, however, are super-awesometastic.

  3. We don't get all that our beloved are into. For me it was Anders That taught me love fantasy and showed me Futurama but most of his computorgames I just don't get. But..Life would be boring if we where all the same :-)

  4. I think the first *guy* thing I ever got was Dungeons and Dragons in my early teens - and I was introduced to that by a girl. :D


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