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Old 01-12-2014, 11:31 AM   #1
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Henry Ford Museum, Not Everyone Loves Airstreams

My wife and I along with my brother and sister-in-law took a trip down to the Henry Ford Museum yesterday. We had a great time seeing the collection, definitely worthwhile.

While we were touring Buckminster Fuller's Dimaxion house, my brother commented that it reminded him of our Airstream. The docent at the home overhead Airstream and said to my wife and I that "Airstreams are hideous, ugly and I hope you don't own one." I responded that in fact we do own one to which she replied that I'm sure they are fine for travel but that she can't stand being stuck behind mobile homes and trailers in traffic.

I decided not to engage with her but just couldn't believe her comments and attitude. After all, we where in a very unique home that many would consider ugly, they have an Airstream on display at the museum, and they sell two different Airstream specific books in their gift shop.

Again, we had a great day and would highly recommend a visit. The docent was just was so off the wall I had to share the comment.
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:40 AM   #2
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Maybe she is one of those people that just likes to be "different" and say things to be controversial!

Haven't been to the museum for many years - about time we planned return visit. Did you also have time to tour the adjacent "Greenfield Village?" Also well worth a visit. I think we sound one day in the museum and one day in the village touring things such as Noah Webster's house, the original bicycle shop of Orville & Wilbur Wright and Edison's Lab.


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Old 01-12-2014, 11:50 AM   #3
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Hi Brian,

No, we just did the museum. I believe the village is closed at this time of year but will try to get back down at some point. I would especially like to see the bike shop of Orville & Wilbur Wright.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:01 PM   #4
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I was at the Smithsonian Air & space museum. I'm not exactly thin. Our docent was showing us the Concorde. He look at me and said "you wouldn't like it in there".

I considered shoving him into a nearby space capsule......
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:40 PM   #5
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There could be an entire topic on inappropriate comments in public settings :-)

As one who has never been accused of being "tiny", I'm getting the visual of jamming the tour guide into a space capsule. I'd never do it of course, but I laughed out loud when I read that :-)
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HeadWest, I hope that you will email the director of the museum to tell exactly what you have told us here!!!!
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The docent was just was so off the wall I had to share the comment.

She's painfully jealous and we all know it. It must suck to have to work around fine, vintage Airstream trailers and not have a clue about them.
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The docent at the home overhead Airstream and said to my wife and I that "Airstreams are hideous, ugly and I hope you don't own one." I responded that in fact we do own one to which she replied that I'm sure they are fine for travel but that she can't stand being stuck behind mobile homes and trailers in traffic.

I decided not to engage with her but just couldn't believe her comments and attitude.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. And the Bill of Rights guarantees their right to express their opinion. Her backpedaling made it plain that the woman knew she had offended, and that she was embarrassed to have done so, but too proud to apologize.

Since she was expressing a personal opinion, and not claiming that it was the opinion of the museum, I'd say let it pass. No blood, no foul. This is not a person you'll ever see again anyway, so why would her opinion matter one whit to you?

I get people all the time self-righteously passing judgment on my decisions. Why do I live in an apartment rather than fulfilling the American dream of home ownership? Why did I buy a dinky little Interstate instead of a proper motorhome? Or why did I buy an painted steel Interstate instead of a "real" aluminum Airstream? Ad infinitum. You can't let dissenting opinions bother you.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:29 PM   #9
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My partner and I own a telephone answering service and hiring people - well I've decided to think it's FUNNY rather than tragic. It always amazes me how devoid in common sense some of our new hires are. One thing I've learned is that many ignorant, rude TEENAGERS can learn to be first class operators and can learn politeness and consideration for others, but that many people over 30 (and some younger workers) are so locked into their "rights" that they simply do not seem to understand that anyone else has those same feelings and rights. When you hire one of these people their "rudeness" turns out to be only the tip of the iceberg. They almost all make their co-workers more miserable than they make the customers - and they are almost always "company lawyers" who will maintain a low profile until they are eligible for unemployment compensation - then they start making the boss miserable too. These near sociopaths are more common than we'd like to believe.

PLEASE complain to the management! Those written complaints will allow the management to fire the pain in the neck employee!

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The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village are both fabulous. Kind of a cross between the Smithsonian and Willimsburg.

Airstreams are not for everybody. Not everyone has class. I agree with Protagonist. Just ignore it.

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As an employer, I agree with Paula. I couldn't care less that she does or does not like Airstreams. I do care that she was thoughtless enough or mean enough to make such a cutting remark.
The management needs to know they have a potential issue. Ignoring the problem is selfish when you think of the numbers of other people she may also have impact on. Take the high road and make a thoughtfully worded comment to the people in charge.
I would!
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There are people out there who will never understand that it is about the essences - not the things themselves.

They can only comprehend vulgarity.
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PLEASE complain to the management! Those written complaints will allow the management to fire the pain in the neck employee!
No need to be vindictive over a few poorly-considered words by a person that you will never encounter again anyway. If one must complain to management, please limit oneself to a simple statement of fact, and let management decide what— if anything— is to be done about it.
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As an employer, I agree with Paula. Take the high road and make a thoughtfully worded comment to the people in charge.
This I can agree upon. Emphasis on "thoughtfully worded." The moral high road necessitates displaying more tolerance than the person who gave offense.
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Just to clarify, was referring to the docent as the one who will never understand those subtle glimmerings.
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