Things you have an excuse to do, now that you're a dad


  1. Go to Toys R Us, thoroughly “evaluate” GI Joe, Star Wars, Hot Wheels and Transformers toys – and actually buy them!
  2. See movies that would otherwise occupy last priority on any date, like X-Men, Fantastic 4 and Transformers.
  3. Get excited (for the kid, of course) for the spring 08 release of Iron Man
  4. Eat Mac 'n Cheese (“you gonna finish that?”)
  5. Chase the ice cream truck
  6. Laugh at noisy bodily functions; and produce more to prolong the fun
  7. Get a Dukes of Hazzard horn for your car
  8. Play with Legos
  9. Drive through mud, puddles and construction sites (“Dad, go off road! Go off road!”)
  10. Board first on the airplane
  11. Plan a family vacation centered around the Monster Jam World Finals
  12. Dress up on Halloween
  13. Re-read “Where the Sidewalk Ends”
  14. Have random women start talking to you. Sorry… they really do just like the kid.
  15. Wait at KB Toys or Sharper Image while your wife shops for shoes because “Marcus will get bored at Nordstrom.”