(Login russianfist) HyperScale Forums from IP address 18.104.22.168
So at work during a break a commercial came on for the video game Diablo 3. I made the remark that I thought Diablo 2 had just neen released,when suddenly a guy at the table scoffed at me like I was an idiot and proceeds to school me on the history of the Diablo game series (personally I dont really care at this point but I let him rant).
Once he was finished in typical smug gamer fashion implying I was not worthy of his presence I inflicted my rebuttal mocking him and his super secret level 75 dragon master skills and maybe I should be careful so that he doesnt cast a spell on me with his mad mage skills (I also threw in a remark he must be popular with the ladies).
So,I have him on the ropes but it doesnt end there. A single word uttered from the table that leveled the playing field. In reference to my model building I was called "Gepetto".
This did not come from the arrogant gamer but from his buddy trying to get in on the action. A cheap shot coming from the gallery but I gotta say it was witty as well obscure.
Well played bystander....well played!
What they fail to understand is it doesnt end bother me. Model build/minitures are something I love and have no shame in others knowing it. So,as they sit and make jokes about my hobbies I cant help but think of the irony of it all.
So, I pose a question to you guys. Do your friends or coworkers know about your hobbies and if so,do they tease you about it? Or do you keep it on the down low?
"I may not like what you have to say,but I'm willing to die for your right to say it"
This message has been edited by russianfist from IP address 22.214.171.124 on May 9, 2012 1:32 AM
A guy in a Hockey beer league I knew got his Google on,
May 9 2012, 1:40 AM
and saw that I was into this kind of stuff. He asked if it was me and asked how I got into being a "toy airplane" nerd, while pointing and laughing, during warm up. I told him that I got into it while in solitary confinement. That confused him. I told him all I had to work with were toilet paper rolls.
Guess who took 6 ounces worth of vulcanized rubber (puck) in the back side that night? He didn't laugh at that at all. 60 mph of rubber for mocking styrene.
Could have been worse James. The Dude's wing man could have called you Joseph Merrick .
few of my "works of art", and, working with engineers, the scrutiny was somewhat unexpected. One guy, on a P-47 build, even remarked, after staring at it for quite a while, "It certainly looks like you got the tail planes level and in alignment. I just said thanks. Turns out one guy builds the plank on frame old wooden ships. None of the rest of the guys said they were modelists, but all seemed to appreciate my efforts. But I will say this- being in the design/engineering field for over 42 years now, almost everyone I work with is intelligent, self motivated and generally interested in a varity of creative ventures outside of work. Just the nature of the beast I guess.
You should try working in a room full of modelbuilders!
May 9 2012, 1:08 PM
When the boss was out we got into all sorts of mischif.
Even had a few all out rubberband wars which escalated into airhose powered blowguns. We had a German that grew up in WW-II Germany and was a Foundry patternmaker apprentice and then a Journeyman. What a stickler for perfection! Also had an old school craftsman from New York that built beautiful stuff from wood. But most had no interest in modelbuilding outside of work.
That was the 2nd Engineering company I worked for. The first, where I started out was all hobbiest on the outside and how I got into what I do now.
I have several of your works of art and it's apparent you learned your lessons well. I'm afraid the engineering I do is of the 1/1 scale stuff that includes stuff like fire control systems for subs, Tow guided missle, and currently radar systems. Unfortunately, my work is more design than the actual satisfaction of hands on stuff so hobbies that offer physical work are a welcome change. I'm afraid the hi-jinx in the drafting rooms I use to occupy all those years ago were restricted to the occassional ponce bag in the back of the head when we still actually used pencils, vellum, slide rules and templates. Now everyone has their own cube so pretty much it's just working. Ah well, if all goes by plan, I'm down to a mere 3 years, 9 months (and def counting!).
in Drafting in both Civil Engineering and Petrochemical engineering all pre computer too.
At the place I began in Dallas in 1973 we had a large drafting room divided into sections by half wall partitions. The top part was glass so you sould see the guys in the large cubicle next to you. We all used a type of desk called a drafting machine. It had a hydraulic lift on the table that would rise or lower by steping on a foot pedal. It also had a drawing aid on the table surface that had two straight edges at right angles on an articulated sort of arm. These tables had a couple of power plugs for your eraser or sharpener.
We were always pulling pranks on each other there. One morning a guy got in early and hooked a reostat to the guy's desk in the cube next to him on the other side of the partition. Several of us knew about it. When the victim picked up his electric eraser to use it, as he aproached the paper it would slow down. As he pulled away it would speed up. he put it back on the hook and it came on! he would pick it up and it would shut off. This went on for about 5 minutes till he caught us all laughing. Ah those were the days!!
Ed Roberts (Login EdRoberts) HyperScale Forums 126.96.36.199
When you're done you have something to show for it!
May 9 2012, 4:34 PM
Not like a gamer. One of my former Vice-Principals turned out to be master builder of armour (Roy Hu). As for other reactions, they're mostly to my 1/43 cars. The usual comment: "You must have a lot of patience."