So, what does your wife think?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by tillsbury, May 11, 2005.


In your opinion, what does your wife think of your model railroading?

  1. I'm single, I can do what I like!

    47 vote(s)
  2. She hates it with a passion, and wishes I'd stop

    8 vote(s)
  3. She ignores it, and hopes the fad will pass

    17 vote(s)
  4. She's occasionally makes the odd nice comment, provided I don't spend the mortgage

    69 vote(s)
  5. She's supportive and is happy to admit it to her friends

    55 vote(s)
  6. She likes it, and even joins in a bit here and there

    38 vote(s)
  7. She's probably a better model railroader than me, and certainly more keen

    4 vote(s)
  1. w8jy

    w8jy Member

    I have been married nearly 44 years, and I have a real keeper! Over the years, she has:
    Encouraged me to buy a boat, and spent every available day on board with me, cruising and fishing.
    When I got in to amateur radio, she got her license, too and doesn't mind the towers in the yard.
    Encouraged me to get in to model railroading, builds scenery and thinks it is the greatest thing in the world for the grandkids.

    In addition, I followed my father's advice: "Son, if you can't marry a rich woman, marry one that can work!"

    The biggest problem I have with her and model railroading is when we go to shows or hobby shops - I have to be sure she doesn't load me down with too many new projects!
  2. Great Scaper

    Great Scaper New Member

    How can your wife give you money to spend? Do you not work and have your own personal money to spend as you wish? I don't get this? How do women collect all the money that comes in the house, and then tells the husband, oh here's 20 dollars if you want you can go buy something for yourself this month. I'd loose it! Sorry, it may sound rude but really. I know there is monthly bills that need to be covered, mortgage, food, gas, insurance etc, but after all that, who is she to hord everything and give me 20 dollars when she feels like it. It's a 2 way street you both talk about what is to be saved etc. But both parties should have his and hers own savings account to spend and to do what he and she wants.

    Sorry if this seems like a rant but I hate controlling women! No thanks not for me!
  3. rhtastro

    rhtastro Member

    I've been married for 51 years now. From the start we each have had our own bank accounts and our own bills to pay. We're both retired now. She pays for her projects, food, phone, medical, travel, her hobbies, etc. I, with more income than she, pay the mortgage, insurance, autos, my hobbies, etc. It has worked well all these years and we've never had a financial argument. When I want to buy a train or other item, I buy it. No questions asked. Same for her interests, she gets what she wants when she wants it. It couldn't be better. But you have to marry the right lady in the first place. For all you young guys, be very careful when you pick your mate. It can be either boon or bust. A great adventure or a great misadventure. Bob
  4. mcbane666

    mcbane666 Member

    Pick personality over tits, you can look at tits when she isn't around, but you can't live with a bad personality.

    Don't tell my girlfriend i said that, but we are both very happy.
  5. cntown

    cntown Member

    When the basement was in the design process we planned out where the best place for the train room to go,and when it came to painting the sky blue she called me at work to find out how high off the floor to paint and did a great job.When we start building the layout I know she will be there to help and also for painting clouds in the sky,but also she doesn't know how much all my stuff put together is worth and this something that could get me in trouble. Her big hobby is scrapbooking and she has quite a lot invested in it,and sometimes I even drive her to the stores for more supplies that are out of town.She does amazing work with pictures .
  6. roch

    roch Member

    As long as I don't ask for $ for it everything is cool.
  7. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    The best business plan for me is to have the wife control the $$$$, otherwise I would have one helluva layout, a caboose in the backyard to house it, a harley in the garage, and a boat at the marina :twisted:However, we probably would have no electricity to run it, no lights to see it and no telephone to tell everyone about it!!!! sign1
  8. riverotter

    riverotter Midwest Alliance Rail Sys

    A lot of my male friends express surprise when they learn that I'm the one who does the budget and pays the bills, until they learn that (a) I spent 20 years as a financial analyst before I changed careers in 1998, and (b) if my wife was in charge of paying the bills, we'd get a raft of "Overdue" notices every month because she would forget to mail them on time. Don't get me wrong, I love my wife, but one of the strongly contributing reasons we have stayed happily married for almost 33 years is because after the first year of our marriage (when we had a shared bank account and argued about money constantly) we created the her/his/ours system. She works and has accounts for her money; I work and have separate accounts for my money, and when it comes time to pay the joint bills (mortgage, cars, utilities, etc.), we both put money into the "ours" account & I write all the "general fund" checks. Whatever is left over out of our incomes is each of our respective businesses. I don't have any say in what she does with "her" leftover money, and she doesn't have any say over what I do with "my" leftover money. Result: nearly perfect financial harmony. To each their own, but this system has worked well for us.
  9. Christopher62

    Christopher62 Member

    My verbal pre-nup went something like this: "I am keeping my subscription to Playboy. I am keeping my Xbox. I am keeping my ping-pong table. I will still take road-trips with 'the guys'. And one day I will get back into model railroading."

    However I did have to give up the drums, the aquarium, paintball, and my beloved '89 Jeep Wrangler soft top.

    Oh well. Isn't that what marriage is all about - compromise?
  10. ukon30fan

    ukon30fan 0n30 Rail Baron of Leeds

    Divorce the wife train97 and move in with the mother-in-law! :v8:

  11. rhtastro

    rhtastro Member

    Good grief, I agree, get rid of that selfish b--- pronto. :mrgreen::mrgreen: How could you live with a creature like that anyway or even want to. Everytime I read something like that I wonder how in heck it ever got started in the first place. Hey all you young guys out there, or old ones too, be careful before signing that marriage document. Let your brain rule your body, not the other way around. :thumb: bob
  12. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    Man-Law #6.....Never, EVER move in with your mother-in-law, nor should you allow said mother-in-law to move in with you....:killer:
  13. riverotter

    riverotter Midwest Alliance Rail Sys

    And what, exactly, did she give up? :eek:
  14. conrailmike

    conrailmike Member

    christopher62, you had to give up paintball???? What a bummer! As for my wife she just doesn't understand what the big deal is. She'll never understand why I can go to the DMRC in Holly when they have their open house and literally stand there for 2 hours watching trains go around...... Just earlier I was watching the video on Fast Tracks on how to build a turnout and she just chuckles as she walks by.
  15. PRRman

    PRRman Dum-Dum Pop Addict

    I guess the "ignores it" button would suit your girlfriend best. As for your mother, go with "provides occasional input" or something...I dunno...All I know is I'm 14, completely single, and really wish I could find a girlfriend who's as much of a geek as I am. I've got a friend who kind of meets the description, and I do kinda have a crush on her, but...I'm too nervous to pop the question. My life's like some sick combination of a bad sitcom and a bad soap opera (minus the evil twins, of course).:oops:
  16. rhtastro

    rhtastro Member

    It's probably time to resurrect this thread for all the newcomers to the gauge. It seems to have timeless appeal for obvious reasons.
  17. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Man, my wife wants nothing to do with my model railroading, and I would say she barely even shows any support. Any time I try to show her progress, she either doesn't look or just says something like "its nice" just to get away from it
  18. So What Does Your Wife Think?

    My wife is supportive of my hobby,right now I can't do any thing with the hobby due to the fact,we are living on my wife's income.I am trying for the sixth time to get my disability,I have arthritis in my back and a bone that didn't fully grow,I had x rays re veil this,and my doctor says I am unable to work,Hopefully this will be enough for Social Security,I plan on faxing the report and x rays to Social Security.My wife is even willing to help out on the layout once I am able to start it.I model in HO Scale.
  19. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

  20. roch

    roch Member

    Thank you for that. sign1

    I am now looking for one of my eyes while hoping the dang cat don't get it first


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