How did I get into LEGO. Well that's actually a story in two parts, with about 2 decades in between.
My earliest memories of LEGO go back as far as the 70's, I only really had two sets, which in modern terms would have been called "creator" sets (they came without minifigs). One was pretty cool, had a battery operated motor.
I used to use the sets for making my own stories up, I have always been more of a writer than a builder, but could create stuff relatively quickly to "act out" my ideas.
When I left home my mother "donated" my sets to a younger relative who was planning on going into design at college and needed some "engineering" style "toys" to work with. She incidentally now works in a bar - so that worked out as planned.
For years I just looked wistfully at the increasingly diverse sets of new bricks available. Technic, Bionicle, Jack Stone, all came and went without me buying anything. Then for some strange reason I got fixated on buying Bionicle when I turned 30 - mid life crisis perhaps. That eventually (along with finally getting onto the net) led me to LEGO.com and LDD2.0, which changed my life.
By age 38 I was becoming quite nifty with the old virtual Lego, and while googling for images of other people's creations, learned about MOCpages and I've been here almost daily ever since.
Might have to dial back the visits next term, my teaching work is occupying a lot of spare time and I'm embarrassed by the fact I'm still not further along with my Spanish than I was back in 2007 when I emigrated.
But I'll still lend a bit of advice or my misguided wisdom when I get the chance. Permalink