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(Telegram)   Michael plays with model trains. Michael is 60. Michael is divorced   (telegram.com) divider line 85
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2013-11-17 02:18:55 PM
I played with some model trains in my teens, although I was more interested in the look of miniaturized towns and such that came with the field. I kinda lost interest because quality control kinda sucked and derailment was common with HO scale. Now I run around GTA all day. -_-
 
2013-11-17 02:19:31 PM
I'd buy him a HO.
 
2013-11-17 02:19:46 PM
Michael spends a lot of time on the Politics tab
 
2013-11-17 02:21:34 PM
Mike is better off that way.

/more fun spending your money on yourself than on a wife
 
2013-11-17 02:23:19 PM
Look, it fits in my mouth.
 
2013-11-17 02:23:46 PM
So adults playing with trains is worse than adults playing with video games how, again?

/Infantilized men and a consumer culture based on arrested development, see how it works?
 
2013-11-17 02:24:22 PM
The trains mostly do what he wants them too, and they can't talk. I'm just not seeing a problem there.
 
2013-11-17 02:24:32 PM
At least he's not a brony
 
2013-11-17 02:25:14 PM
how much imitation crab meat does he have in the freezer?
 
2013-11-17 02:28:15 PM
Um, fun train trifecta in play?
 
2013-11-17 02:30:05 PM
he looks happy too
 
2013-11-17 02:30:18 PM

Sticky Hands: how much imitation crab meat does he have in the freezer?


Way too much. You can have some if you want. Just don't break the trains, they are his son's.

/No more than touching, I'm not gay.
 
2013-11-17 02:30:21 PM
How dare he enjoy life on his own terms instead of letting himself be henpecked into an early grave as God intended.
 
2013-11-17 02:30:35 PM
Trains seem like a respectable enough hobby.  Good for him.
 
2013-11-17 02:31:26 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: So adults playing with trains is worse than adults playing with video games how, again?

/Infantilized men and a consumer culture based on arrested development, see how it works?


I outgrew playing with trains around age 3. I didn't get into video games until about 10 years later.
 
2013-11-17 02:31:30 PM
For the last few years, my best friend and I have gone around this time of year to a local model-train show. He and I both have latent interest in model trains, though mine is more relative to creating the landscapes and displays, and he doesn't feel he has the artistic ability or patience to do it. We've talked about finding a place to set up a train, but the other issue, naturally, is that we don't really need another expensive hobby to get involved in. Not sure how his wife or my girlfriend would feel; we've dragged them around the same show maybe three, four years now.

Not this year, though. The local show called it quits after last year. The school where they hosted was putting in new police/insurance requirements that were too costly for what had traditionally been a free show for all to attend. And the membership of the local club is aging or dying off rapidly enough that it's a lot of effort for them to get involved.

Maybe someday we'll find a spare room in a house somewhere, and a few thousand dollars to jump in with both feet.
 
2013-11-17 02:33:57 PM
My mom liked my dad to play with his trains. Kept him out of her hair.
 
2013-11-17 02:34:30 PM
Michael is happy and not bothering anyone. Not sure what subby's problem is with the dude's age, hobby, or marital status. Guess the only people allowed to live should be under 30, married, and have no hobbies.
 
2013-11-17 02:34:37 PM
Michael knows the fire hydrant down the street is *502* feet from the schoolyard.
 
2013-11-17 02:34:59 PM
Meanwhile a woman who is very adept a henpecking feels something is missing in her life...Michael maybe
 
2013-11-17 02:35:07 PM
Meh. Everyone needs a hobby.

Personally, I prefer beating my meat. Because seriously... have you seen the price of prime? It's outrageous. I get select and tenderize it. It takes a while.
 
2013-11-17 02:35:12 PM
i knew a model train guy once. he had lots of fancy cars and engines, but the town he built for his trains, which took up an entire room, was entirely aluminum foil. not exquisitely crafted aluminum foil buildings that would impress anyone or anything, just a sad aluminum foil town. he was married, and he also knew all the best local city parks for getting some anon DL action, which he would tell you about without any prompting.

he is the preconception i will always have of model train people.
 
2013-11-17 02:35:31 PM
Michael discovered his ex wife enjoys trains as well, yet she somehow always ended up with model airplane glue all over her.
 
2013-11-17 02:37:41 PM
I used to collect trains when I was younger and went to a show a couple years ago for the heck of it.   Then I looked at the prices cars and engines were selling for.  Not just the old stuff, but the new stuff coming out.

The hobby is not for kids anymore.
 
2013-11-17 02:39:53 PM
www.sheldonsfans.com
 
2013-11-17 02:41:34 PM
We have a train enthusiast club here. Large areas of track. Mostly older guys.
 
2013-11-17 02:41:54 PM
Michael is named Michael. Don't EVER name your child Michael. It grows up knowing it's just another in the crowd. In forth grade, there was five Michaels in my class. With a 'W' last name, the only thing left after everyone else picked their nickname was "Mick'...I'm still known as Mick by some of the parents forty years later.

/NEVER name your child Michael
//or Micheal (same thing, only english)
///Also known as MIK nowadays (hey...It ain't Mike)
 
2013-11-17 02:42:29 PM

Darkviking: I used to collect trains when I was younger and went to a show a couple years ago for the heck of it.   Then I looked at the prices cars and engines were selling for.  Not just the old stuff, but the new stuff coming out.

The hobby is not for kids anymore.


It is if their parents are rich.  My husband works at one of the largest model train stores in the country and he gets quite few kids who come in and drop hundreds on this stuff.  But yeah, for the most part it's all old men trying to buy back their childhoods.
 
2013-11-17 02:44:57 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: HotIgneous Intruder: So adults playing with trains is worse than adults playing with video games how, again?

/Infantilized men and a consumer culture based on arrested development, see how it works?

I outgrew playing with trains around age 3. I didn't get into video games until about 10 years later.


Yeah, see that, Hotigneous? Dow Jones grew up. Video games are for adults!
 
2013-11-17 02:48:24 PM
My dad got into model trains and race cars when we lived in Germany. They were very well made (duh, German), and all the little people and trees and bushes and everything you could buy to make realistic scenes was fascinating to a little girl (and an adult man, obviously). My dad and I spent a lot of quality time together playing with his cars and trains and building scenes. Unfortunately, as the collection grew it soon got whittled away by boxes being lost in all the moving around we had to do because Air Force :(

He ended up divorced, too.

/husband is not interested in model trains
//just video games
 
2013-11-17 02:50:58 PM
came for crabmeat leaving after not touching eachother
 
2013-11-17 02:51:36 PM
images.nymag.com
 
2013-11-17 02:52:31 PM
To be honest, I've considered pursuing model trains as a hobby, but I decided against it due to cost and space issues. I took up painting instead. I think having enthusiasms and ways to spend your time is a good thing. We can't spend all our time hammering pieces of wood and repressing our emotions.
 
2013-11-17 02:53:07 PM
I wonder if he went to the Bangor Model Train Festival and stole the Patrick Swayzie Express, the personal model train of Patrick Swayzie.
 
2013-11-17 02:58:06 PM
i90.photobucket.com

i90.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-17 02:59:11 PM
Most model train hobbyists, at least the serious ones, are 60+ and retired. Probably because its expensive and time consuming.
 
2013-11-17 03:00:32 PM

thisispete: enthusiasms


www.empireonline.com

Enthusiasms.

/got nothing
 
TWX
2013-11-17 03:00:53 PM
At least it's a participatory hobby, as opposed to memorizing sports stats or really caring about these artificial people on reality shows.
 
2013-11-17 03:02:47 PM

stuffy: My mom liked my dad to play with his trains. Kept him out of her hair.


Did your mom say anything about pulling trains?
 
2013-11-17 03:03:25 PM
s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-11-17 03:07:10 PM
People can be divided into 3 classes

1. Those who have no grasp or even recognition of Whyte notation.
2. Those who vaguely know what it means but not necessarily its name.
3. Those who insist on explaining it with examples.

upload.wikimedia.org

Needless to say, some Wikipedians are obsessive about choo-choos and there are probably gigs of info there.
 
2013-11-17 03:07:54 PM
Michael appears to have a touch of the gay.
 
2013-11-17 03:18:08 PM

alphamnemonic: I'd buy him a HO.



Os before HOs?

/to the Nth?
 
2013-11-17 03:24:53 PM
I am fascinated by miniatures but I don't think I would ever make my own. It's just too much work/money. Luckily the nearby Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago has a fairly nice model train exhibit. I just love the detail that goes into miniatures. Based off the videos I've seen I'd love to visit Minatur Wunderland in Germany.

/Okay, so I also love Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle
//They keep kinda screwing it up though, the voice tour isn't even close to accurate anymore
 
2013-11-17 03:32:08 PM
fark your demeaning headline Subby, and fark you too.

You aren't a bitter, overweight, single woman by any chance, are you?

/or maybe you just think like one.
 
2013-11-17 03:33:58 PM

Superjew: fark your demeaning headline Subby, and fark you too.

You aren't a bitter, overweight, single woman by any chance, are you?

/or maybe you just think like one.


Waaaah, subby's headline is completely factual, waaaaaah.

/not subby
//project much?
 
2013-11-17 03:39:28 PM

thisisyourbrainonFark: /project much?


No, it's pretty clear what subby intended to convey.

/clueless white knight much?
 
2013-11-17 03:39:55 PM
creakingplanks.com

Wait, it took about 50 posts to get to this? Am I the only Farker over 40 here?
 
2013-11-17 03:43:41 PM

Superjew: thisisyourbrainonFark: /project much?

No, it's pretty clear what subby intended to convey.

/clueless white knight much?


i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-11-17 03:47:15 PM
Nobody's crying, just pointing out the latent putdowns in the headline.

Let's say, for instance, that there was a newspaper article on adult women who collect American Girl dolls.  And I posted a headline that read:

"Alice plays with dolls.  Alice is 48.  Alice is single."

You would have no problem with that, because it's just "factual", right?

/probably easier to just accuse me of "crying" rather than addressing the issue though...
 
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