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Saturday, April 23, 2005

advice i did not follow

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so i was flipping through "the expectant father" by the loathsome armin brott, whose poor wife must be jealous of how in love he is with himself. on pages 82-3 he provides for our reading entertainment a list of "ways to show her you care" -- for expectant hubbies who were apparently born in 1847. witness these choice excerpts:
  • "If you're traveling on business, arrange to have a friend take her to dinner." this is also known as Pimp My Bride. seriously. poor pregnant wife, she's been locked up at home for so long that she has no friends of her own. she will be so grateful to you for sending her to the olive garden with one of your meathead buddies. let's face it, if you're the kind of guy who feels compelled to fix your wife up with a pity date while you're out of town, then your friends are probably the types of guys to hit on her while on said date.
  • "Buy a toy or outfit for the baby, have it gift wrapped, and let her unwrap it." first of all, have it gift wrapped? wrap it yourself, turkey. otherwise, this is adorable. adorable, that is, until your wife opens the present and sees that it's a baby chewtoy when she was expecting a 324 karat diamond brooch. rule of thumb: wrapped presents are for her, hombre, not the unborn.
  • "Buy her a pretty maternity dress." chances are if you didn't already think of this yourself, you'll probably end up getting her some garment that looks like one of those muumuus mrs roper used to wear. aside from that, it's good advice.
  • "Tell her she's beautiful. Then tell her again a few hours later." and if this is not normal behavior for you, she definitely won't suspect you're cheating on her with your skinny unpregnant secretary. or that you've suddenly turned into rain man.
  • "Tell her she looks good even if she's put on weight." honestly, dude, if this move isn't already a part of your game it's a miracle you've managed to knock someone up.
  • "Smile and nod agreeably when she says, 'You have no idea what it's like to be pregnant.'" because everybody loves a patronizing cocksucker.
  • "Take the day off from work and hang around the house with her." WHAT? i don't know about you, but my wife earns FOUR TIMES what i earn. she is not at the house. and even if she did stay at home, "hanging around the house" doesn't quite cut it as a special treat, fellas ... she can probably go another day without watching you slackjawed on the couch in your boxers and stained under-shirt.
  • "Make a donation to a local children's hospital or school." because your jobless, friendless wife will really appreciate it when you start giving money away just as you're expecting a child on whom you will presumably spend $4,327,782 before it reaches 13.
  • "Discuss your fears with your partner. Listen to hers, too, but don't make fun of them -- no matter how insignificant they may seem to you." JESUS! if you need a book to tell you not to make fun of your wife, you should seriously consider going into therapy to come to terms with your self-loathing and latent raging homosexuality (there's nothing wrong with latent raging homosexuality, mind you, just don't take your issues out on your pregnant wife who definitely has other things on her mind right now).
  • "Listen to her complain and don't tell her she's complaining." this actually is good advice. i mean when she's crying, you don't tell her she's crying. when she's laughing, you don't tell her she's laughing. when she's clawing your eyes out with her very long nails, you don't tell her she's clawing your eyes out with her very long nails. that's because SHE KNOWS.
  • "Offer to carry her bags." does this mean i should also stop making her give me her seat on the subway?
  • "Say 'No' if she asks if she's acting crazy." haha! because she is acting crazy! get it? but don't worry. she's so crazy that she won't notice her husband is a patronizing, manipulative, repressed homosexual douchebag. lucky you!

armin brott, i salute you! were it not for you, i would still be married to a woman who loves me. instead, i have been thrown out of my house and my wife refuses to let me see my baby. thanks!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh. "Pimp my bride" is the funniest thing I've heard all week. No doubt three cocktails and half a pack of smokes for the lovely mother-to-be would have been included in that whole routine.

4/23/2005 12:55 AM  
Anonymous Dan Daddy said...

I just got done reading all the reviews for this book on Amazon, and they're hysterical. Here's a tidbit from the typical reader of this book:

"Lots of great info, March 15, 2003
Reviewer: big pappa (San Francisco, CA United States) - See all my reviews
I read this book while my wife was in labor. This book is a great and easy read."

Any shmo who waits for his wife to go into labor to start preparing for her pregnancy will surely love this book!

4/24/2005 6:00 PM  
Blogger Krissy said...

HAH!! This was our first pregnancy book. We used to laugh ourselves to tears. Andy would text-message me snippits from the book to cheer me up.

"It's time to turn in that two-seater sports car for a second car that's baby friendly!"

Right. Because we have all those sports cars just sitting around waiting to be turned into minivans.

Or: "Once in a while go to a baby store with her and shop. Who knows? You MIGHT EVEN ENJOY IT."

We laughed ourselves sick over that one.

The only person who needs this book is a man having a baby with a woman who's about to divorce him.

4/25/2005 4:25 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

"patronizing cocksucker"? Who's been watching a little too much Deadwood? Hmmmm?

4/25/2005 5:58 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

Deadwood? is that the title of a viagra commercial?

who doesn't own a tv that receives the local news much less basic cable, hmm? who doesn't know what you're talking about? who's perfectly capable of coming up with "patronizing cocksucker" all by himself? HMM?

um. who's not had enough coffee today? i guess those would all be me.

4/25/2005 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In tears laughing!!! Brilliantly analyzed! I'm sure Mrs. Nice Guy is proud!

5/03/2005 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Magpie said...

My favorite review is the one that starts out, "My wife bought this book for me during our fourth pregnancy..." Dude, if you still need books by round four, there is no hope for you.

6/07/2005 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Uriah said...

I read the review and laughed... I read the comments and laughed some more..

That said, I read the book, and while Im just as jaded as the next mofo... It was really helpful...

Not the dumb shit like "dont beat your wife" or at least "dont hit her in the belly" but some of the other stuff, about what she's going through, the baby is going through and you - as a father - will be going through.

Helpfull stuff!

8/28/2006 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hysterical. I laughed 'til I cried. Ever read Christopher Moore's "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhoofd Pal"? You'd love it Mr. Nice Guy. Thanks for the laugh.

2/26/2007 5:41 PM  

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