Being A Dad

There's a scene in the classic film Diner where Eddie (Steve Guttenberg) and Billy (Tim Daly) are in a movie theater watching The Seventh Seal.  With a dumbfounded expression, Eddie exclaims, "What am I watching? It just started, and I don't know what's happening."   

I'm reminded of this whenever I experience something wildly popular for the first time that I just don't get.  Like Yo Gabba Gabba!

Atonal singing, creepy characters, LSD induced imagery and what appears to be Jimmie "Dyn-O-Mite!" Walker in a shag carpet bathing cap.  These are just a few of the things you'll find during any given episode.  Not to mention appearances by folks whose hipster quotient is through the roof (people who would never use the word folks, for instance) like Jack Black, Andy Samberg and The Roots.  

I recently read the program was not developed by TV executives but rather by two young dads who were disappointed with children's television choices.  Which reminds me of another movie quote, this one from the family classic, Die Hard:

John McClane: Now, you listen to me, jerk-off, if you're not part of the solution, you're a part of the problem.  Quit being a part of the f-ing problem and put the other guy back on!

Welcome to the party, parents.