This blog post is inspired by The Bachelor episode when Jake's dad met Tenley. On one web board that I follow, the comment was made that Jake's dad was a "man of few words". I agree, and I don't think my impression was due to television editing.
My response to the "man of few words" comment is this: that is a pilot for you!
The other day we were getting on the highway and passed a Big Boy restaurant. Here was our conversation:
Me: oh, Big Boy closed. I read it in the paper the other day.
30 seconds later...
Me: did you hear me?
Steve: yes, I did.
Me: why didn't you reply?
Steve: what am I supposed to say?
Me: I don't know...anything...even a "uh-huh"...anything to acknowledge that I just said something.
Most people would have immediately responded to me and a conversation would have continued about: the restaurant, businesses closing, the economy...the topics are endless.
This wasn't the first, and won't be the last, time this happened. I know I am not the only pilot wife dealing with this.
My take on the situation:
#1. pilots speak to a radio all day long, so over time I think their social interaction with people suffers
#2. while at work and on the radios, pilots are forced to respond to each and every thing with ATC, so when they get home they rebel (same reason a pilot grows facial hair while not working, but that is another topic).