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One very important request for FS2004 -- possible show stopper!

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Can Microsoft release it in FS2002's box? If my wife sees a box that says FS2004, I will be subject to unbearable ridicule. It may prevent me from making a purchase. This is serious :)Other packaging suggestions:In a Betty Crocker box....In a book entitled "2004 ways to better communication in your marriage"In a travel pamphlet on Cancun....Any other suggestions folks? Can any husbands (or wives, if the shoe is on the other foot) relate?And, how many read this thread thinking someone was going to rant :)

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I'm still laughing, but after picking myself back up off of the floor figured I'd tell you how I'll handle it:I'll just be honest. No box will ever make it home and if she happens to look over my shoulder and say something like "...gee, that looks like a newer, better flightsim..." then I'll tell her something like "... yeh, remember I told you how great it was the other night while you were talking on the phone with your mother...?".And the chances of her looking over my shoulder and commenting on how flightsim looks are just a little less than zero, i figger.

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2004 Exciting new ways to enhance your experience with Flight Simulator 2002!

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put it in a mcdonalds happy meal box,and sneek it in :-)you can always:1:paint it uhm....reddish... and call it a brick,made by WELP.she'll be amazed by the sheer beauty of this addon,you might have to explain why you payed $20 for an alleged brick tho.2:drive your car over the box,and tell your wife you are repairing that,for your flightsimaddicted ludacrous friend.3:buy an unsliced bread,cut a hole in the middle,and put it inthere.but beware:take it out before your wife will slice sandwiches...4:have it dropped by a paraglider.5:ask american airlines if they can ring DB Cooper,and have him deliver it in the chimney by parachute(be sure to tell him he can keep the cash ;-) )6:pay your kids to sneek it in while you distract your (hopefully) loved one by taking HER to the mall.7:buy a flashgrenade,let it go off,and while your(hopefully) loved one is blinded,rush it in.8:ask the local sheriff to arrest her for speedin' ,and keep her an hour or so,then go buy it,whilst you've unplugged the phoneline.(blame the cat for that:gee honey,darned (insert cats name here) must've done that)9:take her for a nice vacation to a far away country,then buy it,and put it in a suitcase she won't look at(that means YOUR suitcase)you'll be applauded for the vacation.yet might be ridiculed for the smelly suitcase,but hey,that's normal in a guys life.10:make her read ANY and ALL posts about fs2004,after that,she'll be so disgusted,she wouldn't want to see the box if it contained cold (insert favourite drink of spouse here) instead of a set of cd's.11:take your chances,and just tell your wife casually:"i'm off to buy me a new frikkin' simulator love".she'll be so astonished by the "love" part,she'll forget the simulator part.this will be evidenced by her asking"how was "(insert neighbour/friends name here) doing? upon your return...if she does NOT ask that question:go mow the lawn.i'm just going to face the ridicule,don't mind that much ;-)also,if i were to put it in a happy meal box,my wife would be the first to look inside :-lol

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I for one have told my wife that I WILL be getting FS2004. Of course she nagged me about spending money and I won't have time for it if I'm going to school full-time....blah, blah, blah......LOL!She should consider herself lucky I don't have any other real expensive hobbies like semi-pro bass fishing or like owning and flying a REAL airplane (which by the way I almost had her talked into until the IRS got a hold of us....)At any rate, I think you speak for most of us when you wish we could figure out a way to sneak in FS2004. Side note, I got FS 2002 (Standard) which was in the big box for Christmas and I wanted FS2K2 Pro. So, what I do? I went out and bought the pro edition which was in the little box while she was at work, installed it and stuck the little box in the big box....she didn't know the difference....Larry

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This is one of the most disgusting posts I have ever had the misfortune to read on AVSIM! What are you? A mouse or man? Come on dude, buck up! Stand up and declare your addiction and take the result as a man! Good grief.Okay, can someone be my drop point for my copy and then forward it to me as an early Christmas present????

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Here is my simple solution:Buy fs2004 and throw out the box and all packaging. Put the cds in a blank jewell case so they look like nothing. Install fs2004, and delete the shortcut. Keep the fs2002 shortcut, but point it to the new version. Unless she actually runs the program, she will be none the wiser. New version, what new version?

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Howdy,Don't need to do any of the above; the SO has already agreed to buy CoF as my belated birthday gift (late last month). Have the promisary note all safely tucked away ... now it's just a case of countin' down the days.

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Copy the CDs onto blank CDs. Label with hand written Sharpie pin.Tell significant other you downloaded it off Kazaa for free.Incinerate all incriminating evidence (boxes, manuals, reciepts, credit cards).Put car on blocks, put engine in reverse and roll back the odometer (see 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' for reference).Use bought CDs when playing, be discreet.[h3]Ken Salter (aka SaltyDog)[/h3]MSFS & Fly! Forum Moderator[link:http://www.grid.org/services/teams/team.htm?id=5E79C613-0A60-4A3B-BDC1-F9EE49F2D4FE]Join the AVSIM Online Cancer Fight!!Disclaimer: I am not endorsing pirating or any thing else which could be construed as illegal, immoral, unethical, sleazy, or naughty. As if.

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Beat up the box alittle, then at work i'll spill some paint on the spot that says 04. but then i get busted when I get home and load it up, follow by my "OHHHH's" and "AHHH's" , and "oh cool", my wife sits besides me on one of the other computers looks over and rolls her eyes. Then processed to joke about how much of a freak i am about this stuff. Then i have to bring up avsim to show my wife she's not alone. :)Face it, our wives will always ridicule us.......I look at this version as our firt release of FS since i got married, and our 3rd since we met :) .

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...or do like me. Get a divorce and stay single... Oh joy! :-)btw John, I think you put on a h... of a nice one there!!!

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Or you can always say it was my hard earned money, (and bring her back a new dress or something), that should hold her over. If not you better hop on the good foot and do the bad thing. LOL

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I had this all figured out long ago. I will be smuggling the sim into the house nesstled inside a Corn Flakes box. If I'm caught pulling it out of the box, I'll just say: "My, Kelloggs really have improved the quality of their free toys since the 1960's!".

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The cereal box is a great idea. Maybe we can get Microsoft to put various spouse-friendly celebrites on on the cover - like Wheaties does. How about Martha Stewart, or Oprah (standing next to a jumbo jet).

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I can very good imagine your problem; haven't realized it until now, what future lay's ahead also for me.Thought about the following remedy:take scissors and carefully cut the front of the fs2002 package, paste this front on your fs2004 package and you are there.But be careful: of course your wife may never ever discover this malversation: you must absolutely get rid of your damaged fs2002 package.The worst would be: if your wife discovers, that you found it necessary to update your hardware worth $ 500,-- for this fs2004.Willem

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Rumour has it that the program's being released in a tin as a limited edition - tell your wife it's a new flavour of biscuits and keep the tin from her to 'protect her waistline'.Or better still, if you're caught red-handed with the box, tell her you got it 'on approval, just like all the shoes and dresses she sneaks into the house.......'Toni.

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