It must be a guy thing

     “Did you say something?” my houseguest, David, asked.

     I had asked him how his day was three times, but he didn’t seem to hear me because he didn’t answer.

     “Sorry, something happens when I’m

in front of the TV, I get in a zone and just don’t hear anything else,” he explained.

“Oh, that’s OK,” I responded. “My boyfriend does it all the time. It’s a guy thing.”

“Really?” he asked, genuinely surprised that I think this is a chromosomal condition.

“Yes, really,” I said. “Don’t worry about it.”

A few years ago — maybe, just a few months ago — I would have considered being ignored for the TV rude, but this football season I became aware: Some things are simply “guy things.”

We all know there are major differences between men and women, but I didn’t see just how different the sexes are until the day of Super Bowl XXXIX.

The day began normally enough (except for the mounds of munchies in the newsroom). But by early afternoon, I started to see major differences between the men and women at work. I needed an editor and most of our editors are men. I found them huddled around a single TV, staring deeply at it. “Ah!” they moaned in unison. “No way!” they yelled a few seconds later. They were all-consumed by the 17-inch monitor.

“Hey, can anyone edit this for me?” I asked the group.

“Hi, guys,” I tried again, “Does anyone have time to edit this for me?”

Still no response. They were mesmerized. I watched them for a few minutes, amazed by the power of television. Finally, I tapped one editor on the shoulder and asked, “Can you edit this for me?” I stuck out a tape and script.

“Sure,” he said without so much as a glance. He stuck out his hand and I placed the tape in it. That’s when I realized some things are just guy things.

Women like to meet for “girl time.” We get together for manicures, coffee talk and shopping. We dress up for parties and match our shoes to our bags. We spend money on make-up and accessories.

We bond by talking, listening and consoling each other without always giving advice. We turn the TV off when friends come over and feel connected by talking, touching or looking at each other when we speak. We cry for no reason and match our underwear to our outfits.

Women do things men will never understand, and that’s what makes us different and special. So while the TV hypnotizes the men in my life, I now wait patiently for the game / show to end, knowing they can’t help what they are. They are men, and some things are just guy things.


KHNL News 8’s evening newscaster Melisa Uchida is a Boston University graduate.