Hi and welcome to my ‘blog’ … I’m no celebrity, VIP. or millionaire, I am however a long suffering and very patient partner of someone who lives and breathes plastic model kits, and I’m here to tell you that you fellow partners out there are not alone … we are all ‘hobby widows’ together (woop woop ! hehe, trying to sound very enthusiastic here)
I had this light bulb moment … why not start a blog so that we can connect with all the other long suffering partners out there … (ta daa ! I know you’re impressed I can sense it)
Really this blog was intended for the partners out there, but if you modellers, enthusiasts, and all other self-confessed ‘nerds’ feel the urge to read this behind your partner’s backs and pretend you know nothing of it so you really know how we feel I won’t tell if you don’t, hehe !
‘’How do u survive all those ‘exciting’ model shows, air displays, aviation museum’s (some admittedly looking more like scrap yards than museum’s !) I hear you cry’’ All those ‘exciting’ round the city adventures to ALL the local bargain discount stores checking for model kits !
Let me assure you that you are not the only one … believe me, I feel your ‘pain’
Anyway let’s continue … ‘tick, tick tick’
One week to go to the local annual model show in Glasgow, things are starting to get busy and the stress is starting … I mean the trophies for the completion haven’t even been made yet ! (or the graphic design for same even decided, shh !) The ‘stuff’ (coverings, labelling, oops and models) for the tables haven’t even been looked out yet … I feel it may be a busy week ahead. I mean I have not even decided which book to take with me to read or which craft project to work on whilst ,manning the table, … decisions, decisions ?
You may be asking how do partners (usually but not exclusively wives and girlfriends) actually cope with being ‘dragged’ along to all these wonderful and exciting events ?
Well I have a few secrets … one is, always, always, take plenty to do so you never get bored, always know where there is comfy seating areas (the ones usually provided at shows make those I sat on in college seem comfortable) where to find the nearest ‘coffee’ outlet (vending machines, eugh !), oh and not forgetting one thing I discovered quite recently … you can sleep with your eyes open (or just zone out and go to your happy place, believe me, after listening to your dearest discuss ’50 shades of grey’, in this case camouflage paint colours not the book I hasten to add, you too will discover yours
Whilst at these shows, you will most defiantly meet some very ‘interesting’ people … yes a sea of generally men, some multi pocketed, some with long overcoats, some with long hair, think 70’s ! (and some sporting the ‘just out of bed’ look) Oh, I’d better mention at this point that some people may look as though they should come with a health warning (no joke people) it sometimes seems that some, not all of the hobbyists that you may come in contact with may not have been in contact with soap that particular morning … yeuch !
Then there are those whom strike up conversation with you whilst showing interest looking around the display tables (for the 20th time that day ) asking questions like ‘ which club or Sig. are you a part of ?’ oh , by the way I hope you are impressed that I know what even means (Special Interest Group) so yeah , always be prepared for surprise conversations.
There isn’t usually an awful lot of partners at these events … you may also end up on the modelling forum too if you’re not careful (serves me right for being talked into wearing a ‘Star Trek’ uniform to one of the shows ! if I feel brave I might even post up a photo !)
I do think that there are different levels of ‘nerdiness’ … some actually convince a semblance look of being fairly ‘normal’, some wear multi pocketed fishing wear … I guess for emergency model repair tools, glues, decals (remind me to write a glossary sometime !) and plastic bits as required ?
There are also those who wear logo t-shirts or brightly coloured tops so they easily identifiable to fellow ‘clubbers’, and not forgetting the wine drinking guys who obviously aren’t allowed to do so at home, not forgetting the odd pretty ‘scary’ character ! Oh yes there’s one or two.
DISCLAIMER descriptions have been changed (slighty) to protect the guilty and any similarities to persons known or otherwise is purely deliberate
If you’re at a model show, feel free to give me a shout , a wave or join me for a coffee if you see me walking around with a smile (its real, honest) I’d welcome a ‘normal’ conversation
You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter (spruewidow) … and if you want any other inside info concerning my whistleblowing on these events or how much your partners spend on plastic, resin, etch, decals and books, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message … I don’t charge (much)
Over and Out …