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Old Jul 09, 2002, 12:08 PM
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How can you tell if your wife is resigned to your hobby obsession?

1) My wife noticed I had scraped up the skin on my arms, and said "climbing trees?" (knowing that I must have gotten scraped up while retrieving a free flight model from a tree).

2) The other day my wife asked me why there were pieces of foam core lying out on the lawn. I told her that I was soaking the paper off. Her only response was "gotcha" as in: oh of course, you need the foam for another model.
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Old Jul 09, 2002, 12:25 PM
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When a new box comes in the mail and she says "Where are you going to keep that; there is already no room under the bed...and the guest bed" ...

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Old Jul 09, 2002, 12:50 PM
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If she lets you have the credit cards and checkbook, she must already have accepted the fact that your hooked .

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Old Jul 09, 2002, 01:21 PM
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From Sue, my wife. As she said after going to a couple of model meets shortly after moving to England in 1988, after we got married:

"I thought I'd married the oldest kid on the block. Then I met his friends".

Says she doesn't mind - she always knows where to find me.
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Old Jul 09, 2002, 01:23 PM
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Becky said, "Why don't you get your own checking account and quit messing up the family one?"

I took it as approval anyways...

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Old Jul 09, 2002, 01:33 PM
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Mine has an open invatation to come out to the barn and talk anytime. I noticed she does come visit a lot more here lately... Am I spending to much quality time alone??? And she's quit calling the planes "Your Toys."
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Old Jul 09, 2002, 02:36 PM
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Does this mean eventually wives become resigned to this hobby?

The other night she said, don't you need to work on your planes or something to get ready for Saturday? And when those little boxes come she doesn't even comment on them any more. She just tells me there are some boxes on the workbench in my workshop.

Still I don't think she is fully resigned yet. Is there something I can do to speed that up? What I spend on this hobby doesn't even compare to what she is spending on "our" living room.

I keep telling her about the quality time I spend with our five-year-old sitting on stools at the workbench, while I build and he cuts up pieces of balsa or punches lightening holes in balsa, or irons Microlight covering on balsa scraps, or whatever I've last done (I don't know what I'll do when the two year old stops taking naps and he wants to sit at the workbench too. Then I'll never get anything done). I tell her this is where I'll talk to them about sex and drugs when they're older (do it, don't, in that order ). Will this help my case?
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Old Jul 09, 2002, 02:57 PM
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Mother kindly refers to them as "Your plane thing." or "?expensive toy". I think she's kind of used to it though: my grandfather flew (full and r/c) when she was a kid, and all 3 of her brothers still do a bit of FF/RC... Heck, my dad's MS (Aero, 73 Caltech), BS (Eng., 73 Caltech) couldn't hurt either... Good circumstances...
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Old Jul 09, 2002, 05:15 PM
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Whenever I get bored & at a loose end, Pat will ask,

"Isn't it time you built another aeroplane?"

Love..........(sigh)

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Old Jul 09, 2002, 07:09 PM
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How can you tell if your wife is resigned to your hobby obsession?

When the phrase "your stupid planes" becomes simply "your planes".

This of course follows the retirement of "your stupid ******* planes". And the throwing of objects.
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Old Jul 09, 2002, 07:11 PM
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You guys are obviously neglecting your hobby and putting too much time into your families.
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Old Jul 09, 2002, 08:22 PM
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When your wife won't talk to you anymore and there is phone number of her Lawyer by the phone
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Old Jul 09, 2002, 09:10 PM
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I tell her be glad I don't golf! Hundreds for clubs and $60 or so for a couple of rounds ever other weekend or so!
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Old Jul 09, 2002, 09:27 PM
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My wife taught our 2-1/2 year old girl to say "crash and burn" everytime I tell them I'm going outside to fly . They think it's real funny. I do most of my repairs/building after 10PM when they go to sleep, she is not resigned.

Really, since I quit golf she is fine with just about anything I do.

Crash
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Old Jul 09, 2002, 09:45 PM
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My significant other claims we are a single adult family - her!
"I have three kids, 10, 16 and fortysomething going on 9".

When she asked me what I wanted for Xmas, I showed her the Model Air Tech brushless motor/belted gearbox site. She just and said "Ok". As she walked off she was muttering about "big kids".

I wonder who she was talking about?
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