Bigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 51 Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3880 times:
How many of you have ever taken a date to the airport, or done some kind of socializing with a member of the opposite sex (or whatever gender you prefer for intimacy) with something pertaining to your love for aviation?
How about you married guys? How do your wives live with your other passion?
I know Art Brett let his wife take pictures with his camera. She even has a pic on anet!!!
I've gone on several dates with women to places to (inadvertantly) watch planes. I've even practically forced them to watch video that I've taken and given them a tour on a.net (obviously saved for a later date, not the first one).
Maybe taking a girl out for a drink at a bar (which JUST SO HAPPENS to be in the airport), offering a friendly stroll on the shore (which JUST SO HAPPENS to be across the water from La Guardia), or a picnic at a park (which JUST SO HAPPENS to be under a low approach path). And somehow, I still get laid. lol.
Clickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9823 posts, RR: 64
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3810 times:
my g/f is very supportive of my hobby. She works the scanner and binoculars, and doesn't mind long hours in the car chasing some silly subject. She even helps with the travel bills, and has snapped a few shots, although I haven't posted them yet, but I think I will!
Siggi757 From Iceland, joined Oct 2001, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3801 times:
LOL Funny topic!
I am a very lucky guy.
My girlfriend is a pilot AND she is the manager of the biggest little camerastore in Iceland. She sells Canon, Leica, Hasselblad and everything I might and might not need. When I visit her at work I am like a kid in a candystore and she never has any trouble finding me gifts for Christmas.
If it weren't for her I probably wouldn't know a Canon from a Crapomatic and I sure wouldn't have started photographing airplanes and be posting pictures on Airliners.net.
AA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3782 times:
I took a date to DFW to spot on our first date. 2 years later she is still with me. I take her to DFW all the time. She is really starting to learn a lot of stuff. Like engine types, manufactures, airlines, etc... I am rubbing off
Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 48
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3731 times:
My girlfriend and I drove down to MIA this past weekend to go spotting (and she wanted to do other things as well). She actually took some decent photos which should make it on here. What really suprised me is she didn't whine at all about standing out there in the heat for so long watching planes.
737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3637 times:
I proposed to my wife at Founder's Plaza at DFW. We had been there before on dates and considered it to be "our special spot". One night I told her we should drive up there to watch the planes. We got there and watched the planes for awhile as I waited for the right moment to "pop the question". I could hardly keep still. Finally the time felt right, so I dropped to one knee and asked her to marry me. She said yes and, as I slipped the engagement band on her finger, was I ever relieved! She could tell that something was up because I was so nervous.
Almost two years later and things are just as great as ever. She supports my hobby 100% and even let me use a bonus she received at work to buy a new camera (I paid her back, of course). She knew before we got married that I love planes, I mean come on, I'm an aircraft mechanic. But the fact that she shows interest in my interests makes me love her all the more.
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5090 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3564 times:
good one, 737doctor!!
I think a really cool way to pop the question would be onboard a flight and using the public address system. The whole plane would cheer when she says yes!
Being a mechanic, you could have arranged to do the ceremony actually inside one of your planes. Just think, plenty of seats for the guests! and it gives a whole new meaning to the term "walking down the aisle"! and of course, dont forget the Water Cannon Salute.... LOL
Folks at Southwest would love that - its Thinking Outside The Box!
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3034 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3517 times:
Well, basically my girlfriend thinks I'm pretty crazy paying € 4000 for a camera and lenses and driving every now and then to BRU or AMS and flying to LHR or so. But she also thinks it's kinda cute. Whenever I see an aircraft or somebody talks about aviation, she sees me cheering up and getting all in the mood
Oh yeah, did I already mention she's scared of flying and hates it whenever we go on a holiday by plane?
But, still, we're more in love with each other then ever before. LOL
AAGOLD From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 552 posts, RR: 44
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3473 times:
First let me thank you for starting this thread and to my absolute amazement picking two of Anne's pics to show. Amazing! When I opened the thread and saw them I had to smile. Your starting this thread is giving me an opportunity to tell her how much I love her and thank her for her support and encouragement over the years ... thirty-eight as of about two weeks ago so most of you have a long way to go to catch up with us.
She's been an amazing inspiration to me over the years and has always supported me in most everything I do, particularly my photography. She's an absolutely wonderful partner, except when she's yelling at me and chasing me down the hall with a frying pan in her hand (only kidding of course), and as many of you have observed she's almost always by my side on most of my spotting excursions. If the truth were known I believe she loves it as much as I do. Here in the house she's always yelling to me while I'm upstairs at the PC that some plane of one type or another is going over the house inbound to EWR. That's her only fault ... she can't identify most of the airplanes at a distance. She's got 747's and Concordes down pat though.
Anyhow, BigPhilNYC, thanks for starting this thread and giving me an opportunity to pay a small tribute to her. In my eyes she deserves it. Here's a few pictures of her taken while we were spotting and some pictures that she took with Sam Chui's camera that I have to process and upload for her.
I hope you all have someone as special and supportive in your life as she is in mine.