NWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2403 times:
I was out talking with a group of work buddies, and I was looking at a TV screen and noticed the severe weather in the Texas/OK area. I mentioned to one of my friends that DFW may have some delays and diversions tonight because of the weather. Some other guy I don't really know spouted off that "nobody cares", "who likes planes?", all that nonsense.
I also have the same problem with some relatives as well, they seem to think that being into commercial aviation is some kind of oddity.
Anyone else have these kind of annoying problems? What do you always say to people when they don't seem to get why we like aviation and the industry?
MD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2397 times:
I think part of it is because they know/understand absolutely nothing about it. Think about it.. Its hard enough for people to remember what kind of car they drive and when to get the oil changed...And that's a part of their every day life. Aspects of aviation can be a bit overwhelming, and it's just easier for people to not be concerned or think about it.
I have this problem, not with family members, but with coworkers also. They think it's very odd that I chose a hobby that they feel is uninteresting. They really can't understand why I like it so much. Ignorance..
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FLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2357 times:
My mum won't be able to understand, when I tell her I'm going to the MAN meet on 10th July, why I want to go and stand watching a load of planes with a bunch of other "anoraks". I hate that word... I don't see what issue people have with those who have an interest or hobby that's just a little bit different from the usual TV/computer games/sitting listening to music/going out and getting bladdered. My mates at uni think I'm a bit weird when I sit doing my assignments with my scanner on, but they've got used to it now.
VS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
I get the same reactions from people about my hobbies as well. I spend a lot of time photographing aircraft or learning more about them and when I am not doing that I am watching films, old classics, and writing screenplays. they think this stuff is weird, and they cant figure out why I would rather watch Citizen Kane than The Matrix or Spot aircraft rather than watch a basketball game. To each their own I guess, but it does get a little annoying when you are mocked because of your hobbies, it wont stop me though.
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2306 times:
I find it surprising that people would think it's odd that you're into the profession. Everyone I know always thinks it's really neat...different. The only thing people sometimes grin at is when I tell them I'm spending saturday afternoon at the airport watching planes for a few hours. But they generally respect that.
Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2276 times:
Sorry, MD11, but I think your suggestion that people aren't interested because they don't understand is extremely patronizing.
Aviation is not the be-all and end-all of pastimes.
If someone tried to give you in-depth information and demonstrate their extensive knowledge about stamps, or textiles, or rock-collecting, or electronics, or pottery...I wonder whether you'd listen patiently and with interest, or politely find the first excuse to change the subject.
Like it or not, aviation bores a lot of people rigid. It doesn't make them stupid or unintelligent. It simply means that, to them, you might as well be a train-spotter or fossil-hunter.
Lesson one in communicating with people - listen to what they like to talk about. Don't assume that they give a damn about your geeky hobbies.
Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2231 times:
For self-proclaimed socialites, they appreciate nature whether it is people (love, relationships, etc.) or animals (thier stupid dogs). For us to have an interest outside that it creates a peculiarity for them. I'd like their explaination if planes never existed. For one, internet sales and low-cost fares would go the way of the dinosaurs, which was only 10 years ago.
I wish we could just ban certain pax for not having respect for aviation...
For me it's more than a hobby, it's a career, and while I've been in this longer than I can remember; if someone slams, they'll hear from me. Like I will talk about them in their face as if I was talking about someone else, and I'll go on and on about how ignorant and insensitive they, how angry they made me and other details and it works everytime. No one ever brings the subject up and that was at an aviation school.
Oh well. It'd be weird if someone argued back at me, as if I was talking about them, when I am. Arguing in thrid-person is so much fun, unless their dumb socialites who think everyone is talking about them.
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