The Casting Dock

men and boys. one and the same.

I just have to ask:

When does the male species outgrow potty humor?

We had an eight year old at school the other day who urinated outside at recess. He went semi near the trees, but was mostly just out there in the open, too lazy or preoccupied, to just go inside like all the rest of the munchkins. He then proceeded to grab a handful of the wet sand, now clearly mud, on the baseball diamond, squat down, and pretend to poop it out his backside with his friend looking on.

When I told this story to my husband, his response (while laughing, of course)?

Boys are awesome.

I mean, granted, I found this story a little humorous as well, because kids simply are just hilarious and so random at times, but the bigger question is WHAT. IS. IT. WITH. MALES. AND. POTTY. HUMOR?!!? Do they ever outgrow it? How is human excrement so fascinatingly funny?

And while I’m on men and the things they don’t outgrow: what the deuce is up with their love for video games?

I asked Jerry the other day when guys outgrow the video game phase, crossing my fingers that it was somewhere around 27. Never, he says. NEVER?!!? Really? Will this generation of guys always enjoy video games? sigh. I know I have an unhealthy infatuation with my distaste for the video game, particularly for men over 21 years of age, but really? Are they that enjoyable? double sigh.

I already know I’m going to be that annoying mom who doesn’t let my kids eat sugary cereal, bans soda, and won’t buy them a gaming system.

I’m pretty sure Jerry, lover of coke and Play Station, is cringing right now, preparing long in advance for the parenting “disagreements” we are going to have down the line…



1 Craig W { 10.30.11 at 9:39 pm }

If your purpose was to entertain … you can check the box.

2 k&c's mom { 10.31.11 at 11:50 pm }

The first visit to my principal’s office was from a kindergarten BOY who flushed rocks down the potty…to see if they would flush. When asked if he did that at home, he replied, “No..I mostly flush leaves and sticks at home.”

3 Lisa { 11.01.11 at 8:30 am }

HA–I am sure you’ll have TONS of fabulous little kids stories while in that office, Rayeanne!

And Craig, my husband was hoping you, as a faithful male reader, would weigh in on the pro-male side in this discussion. I’m glad you didn’t come to the rescue of video games and potty humor! :)

4 bryan { 11.05.11 at 10:50 am }

It’s sort of hard to say when guys outgrow video games. The ‘cool’ video games aren’t more than a couple decades old so there’s been no time to age out of them. Of the old video games — these weren’t very cool — I think people grew out of them pretty quickly. The games I remember as a small kid, Atari games like the notsoimmortal Pong, are forgotten.

Think of it: Of all your friends, do any of their fathers (or mothers) regularly play Pacman?

I guess the interesting question is whether or not Halo or World of Warcraft or Call of Duty of Madden will still be popular when the y generation is in their fifties and sixties or if the video game hobby will remain but that the men will move onto to the newer, cooler games. I don’t think the Pacman guys adopted World of Warcraft or Halo, etc. They just moved on, as far as I can tell.

But what do I know. The other possibility, something I’ve read about recently, is that people might be incentivized to play more video games. The more the population grows and people become unnecessary, video games have been put forth as a time consuming and socially harmless endeavor that should be promoted to the unemployed or atrisk. But, we’re a long way from paying people to play video games just to keep them out of trouble. But… it is something people have talked about.

Making forecasts is difficult, especially about the future. That’s what’s so fun about the present, you never know!

5 bryan { 11.05.11 at 11:08 am }

Even though I don’t play video games, I understand why people do. I try to accept that people have different priorities and likes/dislikes.

Most people prioritize things that I find annoying. For instance, many people love to shop, show off pictures of children/traveladventures/purchases and compare themselves frequently (endlessly) with their friends/peers mainly competing silently to advantage themselves on the status ladder… I certainly lack a taste for this stuff which I see, irrationally no doubt, as foolish nonsense.

I wish everyone would outgrow the silliness. Though I have no expectation of this ever happening…

6 bryan { 11.05.11 at 11:10 am }

…which is why I will one day become dictator of this land and impose my will and preferences upon all of my subjects.

7 bryan { 11.05.11 at 11:10 am }

…if I don’t become dictator of the land, I’ll take up video games.

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