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View Poll Results: How does your wife cope with your R/C habit?
She understands and supports me 100% as long as the grass is cut! 39 53.42%
She's usually understands, though sometimes I'm really pushing my luck. 25 34.25%
Know any good divorce lawyers? 9 12.33%
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 11:13 AM
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United States, NY, Buffalo
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How supportive is your wife in this hobby?

Hey guys,

I'm just trying to gain a little perspective on other guys' experience with their wives and this hobby. I am beyond fortunate. My wife is very understanding of my addiction -- probably too much so for my own good. She figures I could be a wife-beater or a drunkard, so if R/C is my worst vice she's willing to accept the credit card bills , hours of research, meticulous assembly, staring off in the distance dreaming of planes while she's talking to me, etc. Plus the 4-letter outbursts of anger when I sizzle my hand with the soldering iron or cut two left wings...

Is anyone else this lucky?
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 11:25 AM
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United States, NY, Fairport
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My wife absolutely tolerates my obsession. She rarely comes to see them fly but doesn't mind a bit the excessive time I spend in the shop or at the field in the summer. We've been married 32 years and has been totally supportive of all my hobbies-I am likewise supportive of hers.
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 11:29 AM
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Absolutely! She's wonderful! Only last week she said I could go to the darned field every day so far as she's concerned.
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 11:29 AM
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My wife tolerates my e-flight activities as long as I don't expect her to go flying me.

Besides, she figures if I'm in the basement up to my knees in balsa dust, how much trouble can I get myself into?

From another point of view, some separatness is good for a marriage. I wouldn't join her and her friends for a Friday evening pinochle game if she paid me.
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 11:29 AM
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She holds the door for me as I'm headed out to the truck with an armload of flying stuff.

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Old Jun 24, 2003, 11:47 AM
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United States, MI, Holland
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Mine tries to push me down the stairs when I carry it all, says something about an insurance policy and making her rich.
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 11:51 AM
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"You're building another? You already have one, and it's not broken. Why do you need that one?"

I get tolerance for the space and mess requirements, but not much for itty bitty motors that cost $70 or more...

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Old Jun 24, 2003, 12:03 PM
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Millington, TN
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My wife understands my need to have a hobby and supports me is this as long as things around the house are taken care of. Knowing this I do things around the house after work and on Saturday mornings. That leave me Saturday afternoon and Sunday to go flying. This works out good for both of us.


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Old Jun 24, 2003, 12:08 PM
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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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I'm in a high stress job, so she understands my need to take a breather on my days off.

She's encouraged me to do something. (Hope she doesn't see the credit card bill though.)
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 12:10 PM
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Mine is a bit puzzled. She's seen me go through a lot of hobbies, and this one seems to be sticking. Most others, like sailing, tennis, or golf, have been ones where she's wanted to participate. We gradually get too busy or something, and quit doing it. She says (when pressed) that she'd like to try flying when she has time.

I plan to suck her into being a copilot, anyway, by saying I need movies of what I fly. I figure she'd get a kick out of learning to use the video camera, and maybe be more understanding of the time I put into flying. I've pointed out that with flying I don't have time or money for a mistress or heavy drinking, but that doesn't seem to help.

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Old Jun 24, 2003, 12:21 PM
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Lansdale, PA
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my wife

My wife likes to go out with me flying, mostly taking photos and video, but she has shown increased interest in flying herself. Click below to see what I mean.

Flying with my Wife

Building her Tiger Moth

Most of the time, I tend the charger and equipment upkeep, and getting lost into the basement workshop, but she is very supportive.

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Old Jun 24, 2003, 01:28 PM
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My wife has always encouraged all my hobbies to date, as long as things get done around the house.

R/C is a cheaper hobby than some of my others (past and present) and the funding comes from a seperate job, so no problems on that front. Work out what golf or a boat costs and R/C flying is actually very good value per hour (I think).

She has occasionally moaned about the amount of time I've spent at the field, but I've been a little excessive at times

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Old Jun 24, 2003, 03:17 PM
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My wife is an absolute dream. I can spend what I want, she knows that I'm a conservative fellow and won't go overboard. Her only complaint is that she would prefer that I write a check, rather than use a CC, but I usually can't wait She helps out in the concession stand at our club fly-ins. She'll attend some fly-ins with me if it's not going to be too hot. She wouldn't go to SEFF with me but she's been to NEAT, and we're going together to Lexington. She'll even listen to me talk about model planes, for a bit at least.
She also handles the family finances, remembers all the family birthdays, cooks the meals, cleans the house, schedules household repairs, keeps her car maintained and takes care of her sister, the dogs and me. The list goes on and on. All this and she does the yard work too. I am responsible for bringing home the bacon and keeping the lawn equipment in good working order though, so you can see that I do my share.

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Old Jun 24, 2003, 04:03 PM
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Although technically not married (dated for 6 years prior to engagement 2 yrs ago) my soon-to-be wife has supported my addiction, er, hobby 110%. The way she sees it, it keeps me out of her hair and I'm actually learning something while I play, so as long as there's money in the bank and food on the table, why not?
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 04:05 PM
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My wife has been very supportive and tries to appear interested when I start babbling on about all the technical stuff I research. She makes all the correct appreciative noises when I call her out to the garage to view my latest creations.

Things went awry however when she started having trouble cashing checks at the grocery store, her credit card purchases were denied, there wasn't any room for storage in the garage and the kids asked who I was when I came in from the garage before midnight one day.

Since then she has played it cagey when I mention airplane modeling. I think she doesn't want to encourage me too much......
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