Post by Baker on Dec 30, 2018 15:32:10 GMT
It depends on the people and what their interests are, but mostly a non-interest if they aren't into computers at all. One friend last week came in and sat down in my RV trailer "Atari man-cave" and we were talking about football or cars or tools or some other ordinary man stuff. He's about my age (50) He's not a computer guy or gamer, he never even touches a modern PC, his wife and family use one in the home (plus their tablets, smart phones, etc.) but he seems intimidated by them. Anyway, he's sitting there with my 1200XL directly in front of him 2-3 feet away, and he comments on an old Atari 1200XL ad I have that's printed on a metal sign plate and hung on my wall ( timothykline gave it to me, pictures are in other threads). He said something like "wow, that must be an old computer, pointing at the sign, I've never seen one before." And I say, "well, you have now" And he says, "it's a small picture." And I say "that's it sitting right in from of you there" And he reacted like it was the first time he even noticed it's existence and said "REALLY?!?" I said a few more things about it but he was clearly disinterested.
Your setup is in your living room, so anyone can see you're a retro enthusiast.
The last time I had friends at home who didn't see my retro stuff yet, when I told them about my hobby they wanted to have a look. They seemed slightly interested but no more (they are not geeks like us), and I guess they thought "what is he doing with that pile of junk?"...
Hence the question to all of you lads (maybe we talked about it before, don't remember): What do your guests/relatives say when they see your retro setup/man cave? Did you faced a fancy situation when guests/relatives discovered your retro stuff?
He has a son who is about 25-30 that comes over and plays XBOX with me once in a while, but the Atari stuff is before his time and he has no interest in such old stuff, it has to be PS2/Xbox or newer for him to give a damn.
Most women get weird looks upon seeing the stuff. But yeah, it's generally a good idea, IMHO, to have it all in a separate area the guests don't have to see, and show-and-tell is based on my judgment of the type of person or people whether it's mentioned and tours ensue. An entire house/apartment/living space covered like a man cave is the best reverse polarity magnet for women, though at 50 and single, I don't give a damn anymore. I'd rather be with my Atari anyway.
Once I move into my house, I will have basically two "man-caves;" One will be the computer room/laboratory with new and vintage computers and a work bench where I do my electronics, and be decked out with Atari memorabilia, etc. The other will be what is normally known as a den, for all my audio/video/gaming equipment with a projector, but it will be less "geeky" and generally acceptable for any company, stylish looking with traditional art or maybe some framed movie posters, nice, but manly, maybe one or two plants to "pretty" it up for the women. And the gaming consoles, rack stereo/surround system and media players will all be hidden behind cupboard type furnishings with sliding doors for access and be a comfortable den/reading room with it all hidden away, and the projection screen raised. My third man-cave will be in an outside shed/shop with the serious tools for mechanics and construction, wood working, etc. Where I go to make a new wardrobe by hand or repair the lawnmower, etc. I'm not a regular enough drinker for a man-cave with a bar, etc., However the den may be big enough for a pool table and have a bar on a cart for drinks, or I really like the drink bars that are hidden in big globes of the world...those are so cool...
The RV, which is my current bedroom/man-cave will either be used for storage or renovated for family and friends to stay in when they visit. It will be raised up on blocks never to hit the road again, it's not road worthy anymore but needs a sturdier foundation than rubber tires and jack stands for permanent use.