It was 1978, christmas eve, and the Dart family had a tradition of allowing the children to open ONE preasent before going to bed. Little Jamie had been curious about a particular present his father had put under the tree for him. Dad said, "This is the only present you can shake. Go ahead and try to figure it out."
Jamie, being a determined 7 year old, did. For 2 long agonizing weeks, he tried. He shaked, and it made a strange "Shaa SHUNk" sound, like things were rattling around. It was a big box too, and there were more than one under the tree.
Finally, he could open it and find out what it was. As Jamie looks under the tree for the strange sounding present, he sees dad wink at his mother, who just rolls her eyes.
Earlier that evening, he got a fantastic toy from his cousin at the family gift exchange party. The two week question, might have been answered. "Ah, HA!" Jamie says, as finds the treasure that mom had hidden, hoping it wouldn't be opened until the morning.
Sitting impatiently as his little sister opens her present, Jamie slightly lists the box to the left, listening to the "ssshh, ShuNK." His mother looks over at his father, "are you sure you want him opening that tonight? he'll never go to bed." she queries. Dad, with a twinkle in his eye, just nods, saying, "Yes, he needs to open it tonight."
Little sister finally opens her present and it's Jamie's turn. He almost doesn't want to open it, almost. Jamie rips off the wrapping paper and is staring at the #493 Command Center Space LEGO set. Having just gotten the #316 Fire Fighting Launch earlier that evening, it was the absolute best present ever. Dad was more than willing to help Jamie put it together.
EVER since that point in my life, I've loved LEGOs. I remember my dad starting me on this road, buying up all of the SPACE LEGO sets for my birthdays, special events (keeping my room clean for a week), and christmas. By 1980, I remember opening up a Yellow Fishing Tackle box for christmas thinking "OMG, THANKS DAD!! Now I have someplace to put my LEGOS!"
My sets were never together for long, because we didn't have a lot of money to keep buying more legos, I just used the ones I had over and over. I remember spending the majority of my freetime playing with my LEGOs, building everything and anything I could. I built Cylon Raiders from the original BSG, Snow Speeders and AT-AT Walkers from the Empire Strikes back (yeah, the legs weren't build great, but wow, did it look like one), Knight Rider, AirWolf, Blue Thunder, and on and on.
Up until I was 18, I was playing with LEGOs, loving it. But then, I went to college, and well, LEGOs was the last thing on my mind. It took me 20 years to get back to my LEGOs, but now I have a son that I want to share this joy with. He's only two now, but, he absolutely LOVEs and respects the LEGOs.
I hope to keep a Catalog of the things i've built since i started playing again.