You’ve Got Baby

We interrupt this blog to introduce the newest member of the Popped Culture family: Tristan Lyell Barker. He was in such a rush to get into the world, he arrived a full two weeks early.

Weighing in at a respectable six pounds and eight ounces, the little one was surprisingly quiet, considering his parentage. Tristan comes with the full compliment of fingers and toes, as well as all the other standard bits and pieces.

Mom – otherwise known as Gill – is doing very well and resting comfortably. I am wired to the hilt on coffee and nervous energy. We are both are overtired and in a vague state of shock that we are now parents.

In his first 24 hours of life, he’s already been mentioned on a scandalous blog (damn paparazzi!) and begun to be deluged by pop culture. Included in a welcome package dropped off in our hospital room were coupons for books by Dr. Suess (good) and Disney (not so much). At least McDonald’s hasn’t tried to get its claws into my child… yet.

It’s going to be an interesting journey for so many reasons, including all the new entertainment venues I’ll be able to explore. Who says I’m not in touch with youth culture?


  1. Congratulations! And welcome to a whole new life!

    We'll be expecting a lot more reviews of family-friendly animated movies and TV series in the coming years;)

  2. Congratulations! Things will never be the same (in a good way).

  3. 축하!!! Gill can drink again! And welcome, Tristan, to this wonderfully pop cultured universe - I can't wait to meet you! As the apple never falls far from the tree, my bet is on 'Simpsons' being your first word... ;)

  4. Congratulations!!! How wonderful!

  5. Congratulations!

    BTW, Tristan is a beautiful name!

  6. Congrats!

    It's a blast, really.

  7. Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

    Of course, this event could also spur you to write a book for your new offspring. Stranger things have happened.

  8. Thanks for all the good wishes everyone - much appreciated. Still just working our way through the days, but it's great fun.

    As for the book idea, that isn't so strange of an idea. If one comes out, you'll get a signed copy, MC.

  9. I know he won't be watching (or at least understanding) these show, but I look forward to keeping up with his pop culture interests over the years.

  10. Congratulations to all of you! He is just beautiful! It is going to be a strange and wonderful ride. Hold on and cherish every moment. He will be off to school before you know it.

    I know you both will be great parents.

  11. Hi Carol - how things change, huh? Me a dad, who woulda thunk it?