Some readers of the comics page cannot stand him. He's not their idea of a man. But the fact that the guys who work with him don't like him almost makes you think he's OK. Plus, he's certainly had his moments as a husband and father.
But is he in denial about adulthood? Sure, it's only a comic strip. Still, there's something a bit annoying about an alleged grownup who hasn't had the whimsy kicked out of him by life.
But I guess we all have our own sorts of protective shells.