Old 03-19-2016, 03:11 AM   #51
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I'm lucky to have a wife who tolerates, perhaps even somewhat enjoys going on railfanning trips with me, our first vacation was going to Train Festival 2009 and Chicago and we've been to the Conway Scenic Railroad for short trips a number of times, in fact our honeymoon was there in 2012. It helps that my father-in-law was in the railway business for many decades.


My wife is pretty adventuresome and has gone out with me a few nights. She helps me set up lights. The first time was in Holden MO, where we caught the UP 844 blowing through town in the dark doing about 60 mph. The most recent time was in December, when we hiked up a mountain to catch the WMSR 734 pounding uphill in the dark. She was really into it and stuck it out in the cold like a trooper! I tried to get her to go with me again a month ago to catch the RCPE out in the middle of South Dakota in the wee hours, but she just said, "Meh. It's just old diesels." So there we have it. My wife has become a steam snob.

She is coming with me to CRPA in Chicago next month. I was actually kind of surprised she wanted to go. She did say she wasn't riding Loop trains around until two in the morning though. A few days after I sent payment in, she asked, "Just how many women will be there?" I thought about it and replied, "Well, at least five if you come." She then asked how many total will show up, and I told her about 200.

As for a railfanning girlfriend, I'm not so sure that means all that much. I'll tell the story about my hunting buddy Roger. He said he was buying a 20 ga. shotgun for his girlfriend, because she said she really wanted to go hunting with him. I found that highly unlikely as this was not a woman built for tromping around a slough all day. The fact she had lived all her life in South Dakota and had never fired a gun was another clue. He said, "Oh no--she said she'd love to go!" I advised him to buy a cheap one because once she had a ring on her finger, she'd never touch it again. Turns out I was right.


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Old 03-19-2016, 04:01 AM   #52
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My wife has been my major fan and supporter.
Even before we were married, gifts of lenses, flashes and lots of encouragement came from her.
Now more than ever we are partners. My book of photographs from Steamtown, coming out this October, is evidence of this. It was really her idea to begin with and the best parts of the layout are the result of her ideas. I wanted to give her co-credit but she refused.
I would never be able to do a chase with her, she would not stand for the insanity. But when part of casual sight seeing, she not only tolerates my interest, she encourages it. Why, when we stayed not long ago at a bed and breakfast hard by a mainline, within minutes of our arrival, she said, "Why aren't you out taking pictures?"
I do have it good and I know it.
On the other hand, I think she likes getting me out of the house and being underfoot.
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My wife doesn't care about my photography, and hates most of you all as well.



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Given her choice of husbands, I can't say I think highly of her either!
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Given her choice of husbands, I can't say I think highly of her either!
When your shin hurts the next time I see you.. you were warned.

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Anytime I introduce my wife to a railfan and then later ask, "He was normal, right?" She always smiles and answers, "I could tell he was a railfan before you told me that."
The white socks, sandals and CSX t-shirt usually give it away.
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The white socks, sandals and CSX t-shirt usually give it away.
What normal person would wear a CSX t-shirt anyways?
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Why, I dress like a normal formless forgettably middle aged man! (I still wear that coat, almost seven years later.)

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Anytime I introduce my wife to a railfan and then later ask, "He was normal, right?" She always smiles and answers, "I could tell he was a railfan before you told me that."
She has not met me.

My rakish charm will fool her for at least...

10 seconds.

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She has not met me.

My rakish charm will fool her for at least...

10 seconds.

Ten years ago I would have agreed with you, but her foamdar is insanely accurate. She can pick us out like a dog can pick out a Terminator.
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To quote my wife, "railfan."
Oh, right, show her a picture of me, with a train in the same frame, and I'm carrying a camera! That's a real test, Charles! Stick to writing, you've go no clue re science and testing of propositions.
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I'm glad I don't look, nor talk, like the typical foamer/railfan.
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How the hell did something like THIS get TO24?

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a picture of a flat car truck, at night, and oooh! it's got a new wheel!?!
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a picture of a flat car truck, at night, and oooh! it's got a new wheel!?!
Well, it you are here just for the equipment, yeah, it's stupid.

If you are here for seeing different photographic points of view of your favorite subject, then it is cool.
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Personally, I like it. There is a lot to see if one takes the time.
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Well compared to this, that photo seems normal.
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Dear heavens... It would take a lot to get me to wear something like that.
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A bit too... vertical when it comes to sizing...
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A bit too... vertical when it comes to sizing...
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I like the shot.
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