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Confession: I've been a Baaad Boy!

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Confession: I've been a Baaad Boy!
Posted by therriman on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 9:47 AM
OK guys here it is. 2 weeks ago for our 20th anniversary I promised the wife that the 1/72 scale Flower class corvette I was buying would be the last model I bought for a while.Smile [:)]

It's no secret that I favor 1/350 ships and Star Trek models. The wife knows I've been drooling over the Trumpteer 1/350 WW2 carriers since they were announced. Big Smile [:D]

This weekend I saw one of the Essex's on e-bay with a starting price of $74.99 (w/10 for shipping), and no bids. I couldn't help myself. I bid on it with a top of $80.25. I wasn't going to go any high under no conditions.Tongue [:P]

To my shock I won it with the opening bid. The auction ended last night and I had to tell her. SHE WASN"T VERY HAPPY.
She decided that to atone for my sins, Next weekend, I have to buy her a new outfit. This is a woman who over 23 years has never asked my to buy her clothes tell this year (I also had to buy her an outfit for our anniversary). [:0]

The pain of it is. The same seller has a "Yorktown" for sale with the same starting price and no bidders with 2 days left. I had to just fight the urge to bid on that one too. It's not that I can't afford it. I Can. But I can't keep from buying the ones I want so bad. Evil [}:)]
Tim H. "If your alone and you meet a Zero, run like hell. Your outnumbered" Capt Joe Foss, Guadalcanal 1942 Real Trucks have 18 wheels. Anything less is just a Toy! I am in shape. Hey, Round is a shape! Reality is a concept not yet proven.
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Posted by wayne baker on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 10:01 AM
Looks like we are going to have to start a 12 step program for those of us that can't say no to buying that desperately wanted kit.

 I may get so drunk, I have to crawl home. But dammit, I'll crawl like a Marine.

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Posted by styrene on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 10:43 AM
wayne,
Good idea. I'll start. These are in no particular order:
Step 1: Before buying that kit, buy your wife something of equal or greater value that she wants.

Step 2: Grovel as necessary. Flowers, jewelry, and/or candy may be in order.

Step 3: In an attempt to win ANY potential sympathy, admit you are a low-life scum.

Step 4: Use any reason or logic possible to enforce your position: Tell her you got the best deal anywhere. Inform her of how much money you saved buying it here versus buying it there.

Gip Winecoff

1882: "God is dead"--F. Nietzsche

1900: "Nietzsche is dead"--God

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Posted by shermanfreak on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 11:09 AM
Sounds like you need to pull a "first strike" on this one Tim.

Atone for the past with the new outfit, a fine meal at her favourite restaurant, and go above and beyond with a few other trinkets or one big "surprise" gift.

Then bring up the subject of the Yorkton.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by erush on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 11:14 AM
I don't understand what the problem is here. Question [?]

2 weeks is "a while" Big Smile [:D]

Black Eye [B)] Ouch, therriman don't let your wife read my replies next time!! Big Smile [:D] Wink [;)] Tongue [:P]

Step 5. Get a PO box to have kits shipped to, then sneak 'em in late at night Cool [8D]

Eric
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Posted by djrost_2000 on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 12:22 PM
I had to make a promise to myself that I wouldn't buy any more kits until I finished all of my collection if I would get myself the Heller HMS Victory kit. If I get the Victory I have to promise myself no more kits until all are built. But it seems like I promised myself I wouldn't get any more kits before I started thinking about the Victory. There's just too many special kits out there that you've got to have.

DJ
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Posted by shermanfreak on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 1:05 PM
Ah yes ... the Victory. The only ship that could drag me out of the armour world.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by renarts on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 5:34 PM
With your supply of pink bathtubs, why would you want a victory kit Robert?

Therriman. Its called kit hording and its a sickness. Resist. As much as possible. Or.......buy your wife a horse. After that. The skys the limit on e-bay my man. No questions.

Actually you could sit down with her and explain what the deal is on the Yorktown and see if she'll go for it. She may be delighted that you "consulted her first". Or you could keep to your original promise and consider this a trial of wills.

To continue with Gip's intervention plan...
5. Explain that ever since you were a little boy it was your dream to own all these kits. As the little playmate down the street lay dying in his bed clutching a kitten he with his last breaths made you promise to carry on with their pact of friendship together to build everyone of the WW2 carriers as they became available. (girls are all about the kittens and deathbed promises...)
6. Fall down on the floor kicking and screaming, writhing around like Curley from the three stooges till she gives in. (it seems to work for the little snot nose across the street, his wife let him get a motorcycle that way)
7. Be a man and demand, nay command to her that you are the boss, master of your household and she must obey you and to know her place. You will buy whatever you like and she should go to the kitchen to make a sandwhich for you to consume as you create this masterpiece in plastic. Maybe when you get out of the hospital she'll let you get it as a means of physical therapy and to keep you occupied as you wait for the sandwhich to slowly works it way out of your nether regions and ear canals.

Let me know if any of this works. Will you? I'm looking at one of those big tigers...

Mike
Mike "Imagination is the dye that colors our lives" Marcus Aurellius A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn...that was fun!"
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 7:18 PM
Tim,
Do like I do with my wife - do something completely above and beyond the call of duty that makes her feel like the most important person in the world (well, she is, isn't she?), THEN, when it's evident that you can do no wrong, spring the Yorktown on her. Or suggest it's what you've always wanted and maybe she'll TELL you to bid for it.
Or like Mike said - consult her FIRST, and explain why it's a necessary buy. Take her out for dinner and buy some flowers and tell her how special she is to you. That'll probably help - or buy her another outfit and tell her how nice she looks in it (and mean it!!).
Your models are obviously special to you, she just needs to feel that she is too (do you hear the voice of experience here?).
Good luck and tell us how you get on............
Cheers,
LeeTree

Cheers, LeeTree
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Posted by therriman on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 7:30 PM
Mike,

I allready used #6 to get my Harley.

I tried #7 once. The doctor says the ringing in my ears may never go awayBlack Eye [B)].

Wife says any hope I have relies on me following Gip's advice. As if I haven't been for 20 years. Lets face it, this is one of those situations where the only hope I have for redemption is $.
Tim H. "If your alone and you meet a Zero, run like hell. Your outnumbered" Capt Joe Foss, Guadalcanal 1942 Real Trucks have 18 wheels. Anything less is just a Toy! I am in shape. Hey, Round is a shape! Reality is a concept not yet proven.
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Posted by Keyworth on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 8:08 PM
Plastic addiction is a disease. Let your wife know that without new plastic you'll go into withdrawal symptoms and they are truly fearsome to behold. You might try throwing yourself on the ground and froth at the mouth mumbling gibberish, but she may just equate that to the usual Sunday afternoon football behavior of most males of the species. Other than that, I have no other winning strategies except to 'fess up when you get caught, and don't get caught often!!! Big Smile [:D]Cool [8D]Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by tigerman on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 8:21 PM
I use reverse psychology. Due to her numerous purchases(shoes, more shoes, and shoes) she doesn't blink at my modest purchases. If I were you, I would tell her that you had to buy it, otherwise you might do something really uncharacter- like. Evil [}:)] Seriously, do like my friend and buy her something that she's wanted for ages. She won't even realize what you did. Don't forget to tell her you saved money by getting it at a bargain price. My wife uses that one alot. Lol Angry [:(!]

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Posted by paulnchamp on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 9:39 PM
[quote. Be a man and demand, nay command to her that you are the boss, master of your household and she must obey you and to know her place. You will buy whatever you like and she should go to the kitchen to make a sandwhich for you to consume as you create this masterpiece in plastic]


Evil [}:)]Yeah, you tell her! And remember you'll have much more time to build the Yorktown (even the entire Pacific fleet) now that you're going to be celibate the rest of your life. . . Disapprove [V]
Paul "A man's GOT to know his limitations."
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Posted by lolok on Thursday, October 2, 2003 4:02 AM
My girl is an ANGEL. She knows that while I have a big box of plastic parts in front of me I am not out on the tiles. I just tell her I don't drink (much) Don't smoke,don't hang around with strange women. Regular treats help as well. Even just an unexpected bunch of flowers gets you brownie points. Or a ten minute toe rub works wonders.
Jim Ryan Ex-Pat Limey in warsaw.Poland. " MENE,MENE,TEKEL U PHARSIN"
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 2, 2003 5:29 AM
Ya mean she has to rub his toes too??
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Posted by styrene on Thursday, October 2, 2003 6:01 AM
JIm,
Your advice doesn't count....you're not married--yet...Big Smile [:D]

The only reason she is so tolerant and patient, is because the only thing on her mind is getting you down the aisle... after that, all bets are off....Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]

Gip Winecoff

1882: "God is dead"--F. Nietzsche

1900: "Nietzsche is dead"--God

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Posted by Jeeves on Thursday, October 2, 2003 7:17 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Keyworth

Plastic addiction is a disease. Let your wife know that without new plastic you'll go into withdrawal symptoms and they are truly fearsome to behold. You might try throwing yourself on the ground and froth at the mouth mumbling gibberish, but she may just equate that to the usual Sunday afternoon football behavior of most males of the species. Other than that, I have no other winning strategies except to 'fess up when you get caught, and don't get caught often!!! Big Smile [:D]Cool [8D]Big Smile [:D]


What he said ;) Maybe mention the horrible skin rash with pustules that you'll get if you can't touch the vital, rejuvenating plastic of the Yorktown kit ;)
Mike
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 2, 2003 2:28 PM
i sit around the house and looked depressed, and when she ask me what wrong i look at her say nothing. Then a few days go by and she is tired of this and made the comment "Lets go to Hobby Lobby, i need some material". Gotch ya.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 2, 2003 4:31 PM
Here's another thought that works for me. After 20 years of kit collecting I have some that I don't like as much anymore and I have a few extras from when I bought more than one of a particular subject. In order to make room for new kits on the shelves and in order to help pay for the new acquisitions, I simply sell some on ebay and then use the money to buy more! My wife doesn't keep track of my PayPal account, so what she doesn't know won't hurt me!!
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Posted by RAF120 on Thursday, October 2, 2003 6:30 PM
therriman it's simple tell her you won it as a door prize at....model club/ model show/ online contest.
If that doesn't work you could always tell her the people a FineScale Modeler asked if you would build the kit and do a Workbench Review.

If that one works let me know I want to try it.
Trevor Where am I going and why am I in this handbasket?
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Posted by therriman on Thursday, October 2, 2003 7:17 PM
The biggest problem with the wife is she was of the "opinion" that having more models on hand than could be done right away was wrong. After showing her some previous topics about the hundreds or thousands of kits you guys have she has eased up a bit. But she still thinks I'm crazy for having ONLY 20 kits onhand (that's counting the ones I'm working on).Cool [8D]

Oh well, I've been saying for 20 years. "I've been in the dog house since the day we got married, and I'll be in the dog house till the day I die."Tongue [:P]


Tim H. "If your alone and you meet a Zero, run like hell. Your outnumbered" Capt Joe Foss, Guadalcanal 1942 Real Trucks have 18 wheels. Anything less is just a Toy! I am in shape. Hey, Round is a shape! Reality is a concept not yet proven.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 2, 2003 10:27 PM
Sorry fellas but you are assuming that, whatever therriman does, his wife will not see right through it. Women are like that, they can read us like books.

If you really want it, buy it, and then deal with the fall-out later. It's better in these situations to be reactive rather than proactive. Admittedly I've only been married just over a year so what do I know of the female mind?!?!
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Posted by tigerman on Thursday, October 2, 2003 10:48 PM
Ok....if my husband finds out that I'm in here, he's gonna kill me. But I have a word or two to say. I think it's great that you guys have a hobby to keep you bizzy. What's wrong with spending $80 every so often on something that you really want? It's only money, you can't take it with you. Your kids won't remember the $80, but they will remember the really cool model you made and left to them.
Now, the subject of the wife.....besides the flowers and the toe rub, how about snuggling with the wife without "expecting" anything else. Wink [;)] Or how about making dinner, doing the dishes, cleaning the house, doing the laundry....that kinda stuff. My husband does all of this quite often. And I never mind when he buys a model here or there....as long as it was a really good bargain. I just wish he'd work on them a little bit more than sitting on this darn computer talking about it. Big Smile [:D]
Oh, and don't tell my husband that I bought a couple new pairs of shoes today. Wink [;)] But they were a bargain!!!

Mrs. Tigerman Kisses [:X]

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 2, 2003 11:09 PM
my wife talks in her sleep, so I use a tape recorder and I ask her if it was ok for me to buy the models... it has work so far..........
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 3, 2003 6:06 AM
Therriman, It's just a model, it'll always be there.
Women are simply too precious to give up for plastic models. Besides, how hard can it be to wait a few months? Hell, I haven't bought a single kit in over three, despite an extreme desire to grab that 1/144 scale "Mavis" Japanese Flying Boat!!
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Posted by therriman on Friday, October 3, 2003 9:39 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by therriman

Oh well, I've been saying for 20 years. "I've been in the dog house since the day we got married, and I'll be in the dog house till the day I die."Tongue [:P]





The wife seen this and disagreed. She said I didn't get into the doghouse till the day AFTER we got married.

TenchiMuyi - 3 months since you bought a kit? You must have had some bad withdrawls.Evil [}:)]

Tim H. "If your alone and you meet a Zero, run like hell. Your outnumbered" Capt Joe Foss, Guadalcanal 1942 Real Trucks have 18 wheels. Anything less is just a Toy! I am in shape. Hey, Round is a shape! Reality is a concept not yet proven.
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Posted by erush on Friday, October 3, 2003 11:25 AM
HAHahaaa Mrs TIgerman gets it the act!!! Sounds like he's got a good Mrs there!!

Therriman I forgot to mention the cardnal rule of relationships, every man should pay attention to this...

Cardinal Rule No 1:
It is always easier to beg for forgivness than to ask for permission


Eric
Hi, I'm Eric and I'm a Modelholic too. I think I have PE poisioning.     "Friendly fire...isn't"
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Posted by tigerman on Friday, October 3, 2003 6:24 PM
I just had to reply to what my wife did. [:0] Blush [:I] I'm probably the first person to have their spouse actually reply to a topic. At first I thought she started her own thread. [:0][:0] After she told me what she did, we both just laughed. Big Smile [:D] It seems I left this thread up and walked away. She came to it later and obviously was intrigued by it. Sound advice from a wife in this forum. Now I'm scared that she may read some of my old posts. Sad [:(] Worse yet, she may start her own thread. Disapprove [V] She knows my passwords! Dead [xx(] Worse still.....she bought some more shoes today! Disapprove [V] However.......that means I get to buy another model that I have no time to build! Approve [^]

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 3, 2003 9:08 PM
Mrs. Tigerman:
I like to cook on the BBQ, I throw the dirty clothes in the washer and not on the floor, I load the dishwasher (even start it sometimes!), and wear thick socks to help with the floors.
Sounds like Tigerman lucked out.

Therriman, try buying the model for her as a gift, tell her you are giving her something very precious to you.
I'd like to hear if you get away with that!
Bruce

PS:
My wife buys me modelling stuff all the time, bless her!
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Posted by therriman on Saturday, October 4, 2003 8:43 AM
The wife has it good and she knows it. 2 kids do all dishes and most laundry. What laundry they don't get done during the week,, I do while modeling (W&D are in basement w/ models). She cleans house one day a week and gets to Hula Hoop to the Monkees all she wants. When I'm not sleeping (I'm a 3rd shifter) that is.
Tim H. "If your alone and you meet a Zero, run like hell. Your outnumbered" Capt Joe Foss, Guadalcanal 1942 Real Trucks have 18 wheels. Anything less is just a Toy! I am in shape. Hey, Round is a shape! Reality is a concept not yet proven.
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