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I'm running out of good responses as are a couple of my simming friends. Comments or suggestions? I would think there is no need to explain further. lol

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I'm running out of good responses as are a couple of my simming friends. Comments or suggestions? I would think there is no need to explain further. lol

"Hey...you still breathe.....you're still doing THAT...what's it been, thirty, forty, fifty years?   You do your breathing, and let me do my flight sims. We're all good..."

 

The above has worked for me a couple of times....  :hi:  :Cuppa:

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Well as I see it you have two options. To tell them that this is your life and that you enjoy it (basically flip them off), or just spend less time flying the tin and more time going out and socialising. Doing anything else is only deceiving others as well as yourself.

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That's my wife's favourite line too :( While she's on Facebook) When I point out that the're the same thing, she gets madder!)

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Make an impression on them since they think your are playing a simple boy's game.
Since I did I have enjoyed huge respect in my company and even became their 'aviation expert'.

 

Say something like (blah blah just an example):

'Yes, sorry, I spent a bit more time in my sim last night, but let me tell you why. I was practicing holding patterns and RNAV approaches but got some inconsistency with it.

So after thorough check of the MCDU I found my Nagraph AIRAC data was faulty. Plus I found my version of the UIAutomationCore to be corrupt.

All in all I made a full reinstall of my FSLA320 including the latest Spotlights to 1.0.0.3.3. after having cleaned the dll.xml of course. Additionally I reinstalled the latest Simconnect, you know, just in case.

However after trying to reach LHS LHBP I got a CDT when my AS16/ASCA combo was trying to update local weather. Last but not least I got microstutters and long frames but solved those with updating FSUIPC to 4.9.6.2.

Having solved all the above I enjoyed my training again this time switching from CFM to IAE to see the little differences based on FCOM chapters. Still had some doubts by a check captain at PPRuNe made all clear to me.

Had just one more flightplanning issue with AGOPA not willing to join UL167 but turned out I was too low, say below FL150, and chose a lower airspace route initially after a preselected SID. Both the STAR and VIA went fine.

Apart from that I enjoyed my flying. Wanna try on Saturday?'

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:smile: I wouldn't mind, my wife keeps asking me questions about aeroplanes, -in particular windy weather landing conditions,  since we live near Dublin Airport.

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Solution is simple: Just say on an evening that you go out to a bar, en return slam drunk.

I bet she begs you to stay behind your computer next time.

Mine does!

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Going well!

 

That's my wife's favourite line too :sad: While she's on Facebook) When I point out that the're the same thing, she gets madder!)

Haha, funny! I brought up FB as well and said: "At least what I do is more constructive. You just gossip to your virtual friends. I have to transport hundreds of virtual people to real virtual destinations safely."

 

Mine got madder too. :mad: :lol:

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Keep something worse hovering in the background, like disappearing for hours (or days?) flying up north: "Well at least I am in the house and not out flying all day, so when you need help moving the piano......." or "Actually Andre wanted me to go with him up to Maniwaki but I told him I'd been flying a lot recently, so maybe tomorrow....."

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My wife says "What, you still here, no mates tonight?"

 

Or: Look sweetheart, I'm just on final approach. Come and watch me land. She sticks her fingers in her ears and goes "La la la la la la"

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Hi Folks,

Just leave a few issues of Trade-A-Plane laying around casually opened to some Avionics ads - like a Garmin GTN that starts around $13,000.00 - then casually mention you're thinking about getting your pilots license... She'll be happy with the computer after that - mine wishes she could go back...
:Tounge:

Regards,
Scott

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Say something like (blah blah just an example):
'Yes, sorry, I spent a bit more time in my sim last night, but let me tell you why. I was practicing holding patterns

Trust me Rafal.....she did not hear a word after "holding patterns". :wink:

 

Sigh....you guys so much to learn about countermeasures.

Here is the 100% method of getting to fly when you want without the looks, words, sounds and gestures that we've all seen and heard while in our virtual cockpit.

You simply take an interest in whatever she is into.  You become overly inquisitive, socialize with all her friends that are into the same thing, and essentially never let her do that activity alone and you constantly tag along. 

Trust me, after a while of doing that and when she's dreading doing that activity one more time with you....she will say (and I quote) "I thought you had that fly-online thingy tonight didnt you?...why don't you do that and I'll go ______ (insert activity here)?"

 

Problem solved.  You're welcome.  :P

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My wife is very jealous of my simming pc and the time I spend on it...there are no easy answers there, and shes a cop so her dissatisfaction can have tangible consequences.

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"Honey, maybe instead of me simming to Paris, we could book a trip and go there." 

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"Honey, maybe instead of me simming to Paris, we could book a trip and go there." 

"Gawd..if I said that to my wife....there would be three suitcases packed, BEFORE I could even get the computer to shut down!".....geez...lol!!!!!

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There are invariably two ways to look at any situation, so;-

 

Viewpoint 1

 

It's my life, and I should be able to choose how I spend my free time. I really enjoy this hobby and as I see it, it's better than going out drinking in the pub five nights a week, or spending thousands on an 'expensive' hobby like high end photography, or real aviation.

 

Viewpoint 2

 

The above would apply more as a response to moaning parents, siblings, etc, but if you're in a relationship, clearly a balance has to be struck and we all need to be considerate (assuming we want to keep the relationship!).  So if it's an all out addiction that swallows every free moment, then to loved ones, that is unreasonable.  If it's just that someone (a parent, sibling, friend) doesn't understand the hobby and has no interest in it, and wonders why the heck you spend all this time on it, when it's boring to them, tell them to sling their hook! :)

 

It's important to do things that make us happy in life, but balance is the key.  Eg for someone at school or college who is neglecting their learning purely to enjoy flight sim, this could seriously affect future opportunities, so it may be necessary to be a bit more disciplined.

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Simple - I moved the computer to the Family Room.  *Reduced* the annoyed glares I got for being on the computer, but the computer(s) predate the wife so she tolerates it.  In the past I have used the "At least I am home and not out at a bar" line, and it worked...the first time.

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My wife says "What, you still here, no mates tonight?"

 

Haha, that says a lot.. long time married I guess!

 

Mine is pleased I am sitting home at the PC in stead of going to the bar.. works all the time.

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I'm single now. Problem solved and I have more $$$ for toys!

 

:)

 

 

Vic

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Look sweetheart, I'm just on final approach. Come and watch me land.

 

Ron, never again! She came once, stood behind my back and I crashed.

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Well there is no simple answer, I'm having luck that right now 5 years married I've never had this issue, though my wife also spends time in front of her own computer. 

 

The thing is to respect each other, but maybe more probably to find someone that accepts your hobby like I did, I don't have any questions on the money or anything. Though I'm not either doing any kind of full many hours flights, if I really want to do it usually (offline of course), I'll use time acceleration like with PMDG Auto Cruise, or choose short routes. After all at least for me, I have no point in being in front of the screen watching the flight go for hours, while virtually nothing happens, also because in real life, and if I could have become a professional pilot, well the view is something else that we won't really get on our computer even with the currently available technologies, but also you're not alone in the cockpit, so that's making a difference.

 

But really the key to any relationship is just to appreciate each other, and have mutual understanding, nothing is more important, then if you value more your simming time, might be better to be single, or find another girlfriend that can live with this. I don't think there is any other real options on this kind of matters.

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I pause the sim, turn and say "You're absolutely right, I sim a lot. I apologize for spending so much time on it, maybe I have a problem. But I'll figure it out in due time. Thanks for caring, I love you." Turn back and and carry on with the flight!

 

Honestly, that was years ago with a different wife than I am with now...my current wonderful wife rarely says a word to me about it. Actually she helps me come up with ideas for a better sim pit!

 

Great thread...

 

Greg G 

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I bought my wife an embroidery machine and one of those presses you can make t-shirts with and the software to make designs. Now I'm the one saying "hey get off the computer and spend time with me."

 

Of course I say that knowing she won't and I just keep flying :)

 

My advice: get her addicted to an in-home hobby too.

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