Nice to be home. Vacations are great but so is coming home. I realized something during the long weekend and that is this: LEGO people are, for the majority, terrific folks. They are very creative, innovative and super intelligent. I even heard quite a lot of "please and thank you" which means manners...MANNERS...were in evidence.
You don't see that much anymore. Also, even though the event had its competitive aspect, people were happy to help one another with expertise and even LEGO parts. For instance, the senior software engineering guy had brought a train motor so that he could motorize the carriages to run around the castle battlefield. Unfortunately during the testing of it, it failed to perform. He asked a friend over in the 'Town and Trains' section if he could borrow an extra motor and it was no problem. LEGO people are just like that.
I got caught up in the fun of it all; in the creativeness of it all and the new friends I made and old friends I got reacquainted with [it had been several years since I'd been to a convention]. The upshot? Next year I will be bringing my own MOCs [stands for My Own Creation]. And, for a few reasons, I will be coordinating PR for the 2014 Bricks by the Bay convention. I just think it would be cool for more people to know what an awesome thing building with these little plastic elements [bricks, minifigs, technic pieces, motors and computer software/Mindstorms] can be. **Oh, do any of you know a celebrity who is into LEGO and who would consider having his or her creation featured at next year's convention? Comment below or send me an email.
As a quick example: the engineering guy brought home several bags of bulk LEGO parts - a couple of vendors had huge collections of random elements. Two of the bags he poured into a big plastic tub for our grandson. Matt is six years old - oh my goodness! He has had more fun just sorting through the tub and discovering this part and that part and has already built a couple of fantastical creations. [*I'm going to respond to a - ridiculous in my personal opinion - rant by someone about LEGO...after I've shown the photos I took, so check the end of this post.]
So, without further ado, here are some of the photos I took at the convention done as a slideshow, just to amaze you with the creativeness on display:
So. I just wanted to take a moment to comment about an article I saw recently on CNET News by Molly Wood. Her article title, "LEGO, you are dead to me" makes me say: "Gee, that's too bad." I say this because I think [remember this is my personal opinion only] Ms. Wood absolutely misses the point. Follow the above link to read the article for yourself; here's my rebuttal: