I Have an Announcement.

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I’ve always had a policy with this blog. Yes it is for entertainment and yes it is for promotion (see Wilmette), but it is also a way for me to use my life and my experiences to relate and connect to other people. I don’t think that I am someone that holds such unique points of view on war, politics, pop-culture or te city around us, but I do think that my words, even in their weakest moments, connect me to you. I love reading blogs for this reason. So even though I don’t need to share with you my personal life, sometimes I think I should. Even if you don’t want to read it. Hey, that’s the beauty of the jump, right?

Tommy Feb '06 (19).jpg

I’ve always had a policy with this blog. Yes it is for entertainment and yes it is for promotion (see Wilmette), but it is also a way for me to use my life and my experiences to relate and connect to other people. I don’t think that I am someone that holds such unique points of view on war, politics, pop-culture or te city around us, but I do think that my words, even in their weakest moments, connect me to you. I love reading blogs for this reason. So even though I don’t need to share with you my personal life, sometimes I think I should. Even if you don’t want to read it. Hey, that’s the beauty of the jump, right?


So here is my announcement. Julie and I are excited to announce that we are having a baby.

I am going to be a Dad.

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I have fears about giving this information out. Part of me says don’t. It’s not your business and something needs to be for me and my family. But another part of me wants to tell you this because most of you are my friends. I don’t have a billion viewers and I want most of you to know. And if you are pissed that I didn’t call you, then consider this for you.

“Hey….what’s up..it’s Justin. Yeah, Justin Kaufmann.”
“hey, I just wanted to let you know that Julie and I are expecting.”
“Yeah, take it easy”.

And those that are casual readers and Schadenfreude fans, you are the ones I must come to terms with.

See, having a baby means that I am no longer 25, even though I know I’m 32. But for me, I think I’m 25. I want to relate to everybody. It’s like the Matrix, you look like you think you look. Well, I think I’m 25. But with a baby? I’ve been unplugged.

I am now looking into this world that I don’t understand with a bunch of people that really take themselves seriously. I am automatically an adult.

And with Schad, I live the life of a hipster 20 something. If you think about it, Schad’s my Matrix. I go on college gigs, I play bar gigs. I do comedy and sometimes people laugh. It’s hard to explain. I want to forever be Axl Rose, slamming shots and dancin with Mr. Brownstone. Maybe wake up in puke a couple times a week. The joke is that I don’t currently live that life. But it’s the thought that I COULD. But with a kid? I’m a super jagbag if that’s the life I want to live. The baby defines me. It makes me a Dad. You can take everything away from me from here on out in my life, but I will always be a Dad. Dancin with Mr. Brownstone? How bout Mr. Wiggles.

I could be an Alterna-Dad like Neal Pollack. Some of the greatest artists of our times were influential Dads. So I don’t think that my life is over. It’s just beginning. But I am a Dad. And that’s something new.

I am rambling today because I have to accept it. In a good way. I need to somehow put this on paper to make it legitimate. If I blog it, it will be true.

The last part is that now everything counts. My kid is going to google himself and come across this when he’s 15 and get pissed that I was writing about him. He’s going to storm into his room, slam the door and break a mirror or something. Super dramatic. So in a weird way, this blog is just creating drama for me 15 years in the past. If you are reading this, do your homework. And don’t get a blog. It keeps you up at night.

So in closing, I thought I would tell you all because it is a major part of my life. And I’m falling in love. With a kick here and an ultrasound there, I am changing. I can feel it. It’s a big ball of love, fear, commitment and ultimate challenge rolled into one.

And now that I have this out in the open, I can tell you funny things about being an expectant parent. Did you babies go through 8-12 diapers a day? Did you know that I’ve already applied for a daycare? Did you know that the baby kicks when he hears my voice? I think we might have a little David Lee Roth in there. Thanks for reading.

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