This thread's long, but for good reason. OK, while I was in college I can remember a few folks who only identified me with Transformers. Some of them mocked or laughed at me, but most folks thought it was neat that I was a)so passionate about a hobby, and b) still very much a kid, what with the whole still playing with toys and watching cartoons deal. So for the most part in years past this sort of thing hasn't really bothered me. I graduated this past year and now am an assistant baseball coach on the college level (hopeful of being a head coach someday). I knew it wouldn't take long before my players and fellow coaches realized I was a TransFan, afterall I monitor our study hall and have the damn Autobot symbol on my computer. The players ask me questions like, "do you go to conventions?" or "how many do you have?", stuff I feel ok talking about. But this weekend we were on the road, and after the game I took my headphones off for a second, and one of the other assistant coaches was like, "I wanna know about this whole Transformer deal." "OK, " I said, "Like what?" So he asks how long I've been into them and that sort of thing. I told him the first toy I could remember was a TF (PM Prime), but when the toyline got cancelled I hardly played with them. Then when I was about 13 I saw the toys come back (BW) and got right back into them. "You were 13?" he asked. "See, most guys discover girls around that age, and you're playing with toys?" I shrugged. "Never bothered me," I said. Then he asked one of the strangest things I've ever heard. "So, if you come across a 5 year old with a Transformer, what would you do?" I was surprised, but I said, "Probably ask which one the kid had and if he thought it was cool, and if I had the same one, tell the kid I liked that one too." Then he says, "So you would molest a kid over a Transformer?" WHAT THE FUCK?!!?! I was agast because this guy was actually being serious. All I could think to do was nervously laugh, say no, and go back to my music. It bugged me, but I still didn't think too much of it. Flash to today's practice. The first thing the guy says to me right before practice starts is "Buy any new Transformers this weekend?" I knew he was mocking me, but I said, "No, but I got about 11 a few weeks ago." (BotCon) "Have ya played with em yet?" he said. I told him no, that I hadn't really had time. So then the other coaches walk up and get in on the converation. The head coach is a pretty good guy, but he too is a little flabergasted by my hobby. "What do you do with them?" he asked. I said that I usually will act out my own scenes or re-enact a scene from the show (think fanfic, only acted out with the figures). "I did that too," he said, "till I was about 12 and **he seriously said this!!**discorvered the hole between a girl's legs!" To which the aforementioned assistant coach responded to me, "So do you even know anything about that hole?" Again, I sort of just nervously laughed and was fortunately saved by the players running up ready to begin practice. Never before has my hobby really been an issue with anyone. But it just seems that at least one person can't get over it and look past the Transformers and see me as a collegue or even as a friend. The fact that he and I are both coaches on the same team make it even tougher. I just feel like personal issues should not get in the way of being professional. It's like working with someone who's black and not being able to look past their skin color, or work with someone who's gay and not look past their sexuality. I'm a spiritual guy and have prayed on the issue, but I wanted to know if anyone else has ever experienced this sort of thing, and if they have any advice. Lastly, I want to say that I NEVER EVER have been ashamed or embarassed about Transformers. If I cared about what people thought, I never would have kept playing with them or started collecting them. And all of you on these boards are my people, folks I relate to and enjoy being around, and above all respect. So any help you can give would be nice. Thanks, guys.