NWA742
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People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Sat Apr 24, 2004 8:56 am

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?



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MD11LuxuryLinr
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RE: People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Sat Apr 24, 2004 9:06 am

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..  Big grin
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NWA742
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RE: People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Sat Apr 24, 2004 9:06 am

I really don't know if this should be in the civil or N/A forum..




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WellHung
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RE: People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Sat Apr 24, 2004 9:11 am

I'm on this website, which means I at least have some interest in aviation. But I, too, do not give a shit if DFW will potentially experience weather delays or diversions.
 
DLKAPA
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RE: People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Sat Apr 24, 2004 10:38 am

I just learned to keep my mouth shut about it a long time ago, unless it comes up in conversation.

Then I found this site Big grin

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RE: People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Sat Apr 24, 2004 10:40 am

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.
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RE: People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Sun Apr 25, 2004 12:25 am

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.
 
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RE: People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Sun Apr 25, 2004 12:40 am

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.



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RE: People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Sun Apr 25, 2004 3:53 am

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.

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RE: People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:11 pm

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.  Smile

I wish we could just ban certain pax for not having respect for aviation...  Sad

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.  Laugh out loud Arguing in thrid-person is so much fun, unless their dumb socialites who think everyone is talking about them.  Insane




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DLKAPA
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RE: People Who Make Fun Of Our Profession/hobbies...

Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:16 pm

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.

They grin at you? When I tell them the accusations of terrorism start flying. There was also a rumor going around school last year that my dad died in a plane crash  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Nuts

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