do you ever feel ashamed

Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by jazz4ever, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Nerdling

    Nerdling Jiminy Jilikers!

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    I feel guilty when I think about the money I spent on them, but in reality I could have spent that cash on something worse like booze/drugs. Since I can always sell them or give them to a nephew I'm ok with it.
     
  2. Mako Crab

    Mako Crab Well-Known Member

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    It really depends. I'm not ashamed but I don't go broadcasting how much of a TF fanatic I am.
     
  3. Foster

    Foster Haslab Victory Saber Backer #3 Veteran

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    Good call on the sci-fi fan vs. sports fan. I find, when "geek", "dork" or somesuch name is aimed at me, "jocksniffer" or "meat neck" work well to shut that shit up.

    Also, watching sweaty men in uniform play with balls in the dirt and mud is painfully homoerotic and it's fun to point that out when my interests are called into question. They hate that.
     
  4. $5HotRod

    $5HotRod Trailbreaker Fan

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    Something else I'd like to add to this incredibly interesting analogy about why the general public tends to poo-poo all over sci-fi. As an engineer, I have noticed that there are an astonishingly high number of people that do not understand science at all. No inkling of understanding whatsoever. These people tend to think that science = magic. They don't understand why scientists/engineers can't magically wave their fingers and make stuff happen.

    Since they don't understand it, I've observed that these people tend to either fear science or at least be rather uncomfortable when the subject comes up. When this happens, they tend to shun it and since it's different from what they understand they'll tend to distinguish those who do understand it and themselves. Now, the reaction could be positive or negative. Positive being they know they don't understand it but they're cool with that and willing to learn more about it. Negative being they don't like or understand it and they don't wanna know about it; therefore, they'll start shunning or discriminating or some other negative reaction.

    Look at stuff like Transformers, Star Wars, Star Trek, or Battlestar Galactica. These examples of sci-fi tend to all fall into the realms of a rather high understanding of science such as physics, chemistry, quantum mechanics, and engineering. Now, of course we understand that there're a lot of fudge factors thrown into said examples but some people don't understand that but they understand something simpler such as sports like OWAT wrote. I tend to think this adds to why people tend to accept sports fans over sci-fi fans since they understand the subject at hand. Not just on a plot-wise basis but also on a subject that they don't have trouble comprehending like football (American or European), basketball, baseball, wrestling, and other games.

    Just my two cents.
     
  5. Nightrain

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    It doesn't work for me. I'm a wrestling fan.
     
  6. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Old

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    I'm old enough to not really care if someone judges me because I collect toys. Oh, so I'm a nerd? great! I'm also a photographer, with a good job. I like the booze, I love movies. I like women. I like to write. I like jazz. I enjoy looking at art. I browse toy websites frequently...

    Long story short, If you JUST collect toys, there might be something wrong with you. For SHAME!
     
  7. unicron's blues

    unicron's blues I need to get rich!

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    Ashamed? Never. That doesn't mean however that I broadcast it to everyone, its not all that I am. I've taken crap for it before but I can't really take it seriously since whats the point.
     
  8. Deceptikitty

    Deceptikitty all about the hasubandos

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    I always kind of worry when I realize how much I could've saved for textbooks for school...
     
  9. Razorblaze

    Razorblaze God of Thunder TFW2005 Supporter

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    :lol  Good ones Foster. I need to remember those for the annoying sports fanatics at work.
     
  10. Foster

    Foster Haslab Victory Saber Backer #3 Veteran

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    I mean, I have nothing against sports. But this guy at work would NOT let up on me because I wouldn't join his March Madness pool. I finally told him if he wants to throw money at college guys he should try the gay bar downtown and at least guarantee a return on his investment. :lol 
     
  11. jazz4ever

    jazz4ever I'm turned on by numbers

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    wow i never thought of it that way thats interesting and it sends a good message to not be ashamed and its also well thought out and acurate
     
  12. Batman

    Batman The Dark Knight TFW2005 Supporter

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    :lol That is awesome!!!!!
     
  13. Omnius

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    Never been embarrassed - all my family and friends know about the collection, and they're cool with it. Anyone who isn't - well, f**k 'em!

    Sure I'm something of a geek, but no-one can mock me when I wear that geekiness on my sleeve. :D 
     
  14. Lupis Convoy

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    When your fiancee decides the living room is a great place to do wall to wall Spawn Figures... nothing to be ashamed of.

    I've gotten ribbed a lot by people for collecting, I just point out that I have a lot more fun with the things I collect, rather than DVDs I'll watch maybe once, or shoes I will never wear. Everyone has something they are passionate about..
     
  15. lookinglasself

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    Not at all. If collecting TF's makes me happy, who cares.
     
  16. Smokescreen

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    I've never been embarrassed, and the great thing is that people where I work think it's cool that I'm into TFs. One lady bought me a TF for Xmas last year. Although, I already had it, but it was the thought that counted.

    And just the other day, the guy that comes to pick up the mail at work noticed my Decepticon symbol magnet on one of my cubical file cabinets and asked me where I got it. Apparently, he's into TFs, as well. We fans are everywhere!
     
  17. New Year Convoy

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    NOPE
     
  18. Razorblaze

    Razorblaze God of Thunder TFW2005 Supporter

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    I understand. Kinda into some sports myself, but not an extreme fanatic like what I have to put up with at work. I just want something to throw back at them, cause I also like to burn them when they're all pissy over their favorite team losing.... :ev: 

    LMAO at that last sentence. :lol 
     
  19. Astrokreep

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    Over Transformers? No, I never have actually. No one has ever given me crap over it, as shocking as that is. But I also collect(ed?) Winx Club dolls, a cashier at TRU once gave me hell over it. I just acted rude back and made my way out with my dollies.

    Damn her.
     
  20. Geminii

    Geminii Toyetic multiformophile

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    Nope. I'm doing pretty well these days, so anyone who wants to deride my hobbies better take a good long look at themselves first. Maybe I'm not the one doing it wrong.

    Not to mention that the gf is more than understanding (being a multi-fandom geek herself), none of the family really gives a damn as they have their own lives to live, and the collection takes up a single corner in a den filled with all kinds of other hobby junk. Anyone sticking their head in the door is more likely to say "Holy crap, a wall of computers!" or "Just how many books do you have, anyway?"

    And that's not counting the music gear, the art stuff, the bar fridge, the mess of paperwork on the desk, the miniature home theatre, the yoga ball, the hand tools, and just miscellaneous random things.

    No-one really mentioned it when I was a kid collector either, come to think of it. Although I did stop collecting when I was a teenager, and simply never mentioned my hobby to anyone - mainly because I thought they wouldn't be interested.