Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NELUG at Amherst Railway Show 2016 at the Big E

So it happened!

Thursday night my daughter and I went down to the Big E and introduced ourselves to the people who were there with the Legos. Unfortunately the layout wasn't quite right. The electrical access and the assigned space didn't match up so it was an early night.

Friday while I was at work NELUG members returned to the site bright and early and moved everything that had been put out the day before. They toiled away for hours setting up tracks and baseplates and trains and wires. My daughter and I finally joined them at 4:30pm and helped out for the last hour or two. My daughter got her iPad out and recorded a video which I posted to YouTube.

This is it-

Really the rest of the crew did most of the work.

On Saturday I returned with my husband for the first time, and Abby again. The crowds were amazing! Amazing isn't really the word though. OVERWHELMING!!! We all kind of gasped. My husband couldn't get out of there fast enough. He talked to one or two people but really it was a mob scene. We bailed out without seeing the rest of the show.

On Sunday I returned to the show for the final time. This time I came solo. I arrived around lunchtime and stayed through the end helping to clean up when it was over. This was really the best day for me. I was able to talk to people, help out, meet some of the public, and tour the rest of the show.

The photos I took of the NELUG stuff I put on Flickr. Here's a link to that-

I took other pictures of the rest of the show and put them on Facebook but I'm not going to post them to the blog. I just don't have time right now.

We are already planning for next year, both in NELUG and in my house! I guess you could say it was a success. Yay!

Next up... NELUG is at the Wenham museum on February 13th and 14th. I promised my family NOT to be part of the show, and they have promised me that we will go as guests. We will pay our way in to see the exhibit and meet everyone but we won't be tied to setting up/tearing down/and manning the exhibit. Maybe next year.

I did just join NELUG in mid-December so this is all VERY new to me. 2016 is sort of a trial run of things and these two shows being close together is a little tough on the family schedule. We're still reeling from all the newness of it all. I am hoping that 2017 will be easier.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Counting down to ..... Lego trains!

After many, many visits to Lego stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida and a couple of trips to Legoland Florida and at least two Legoland Discovery Centers we finally took the hint. At a free Lego event held at the Yankee Candle home store in South Deerfield in August we met a guy named Andy. Andy was an adult who liked Legos. He told us about NELUG. NELUG is the New England Lego Users Group. Someone in our family needed to join this group.

My husband has lots of hobbies and interests. Among them he is a member of a LARP (Live Action Role Playing) group, a member of a dice-and-paper-game group that meets weekly, and a member of at least one amateur ham radio club. He has other memberships as well. Suffice it to say his social life is busy!

My hobbies and interests have mostly fallen along the lines of reading and writing. We met at a LARP event and I've done dice-and-paper games in the past, but I consider myself to be mostly retired from those activities due to parenthood and old age. At my husband's urging, it fell to me to  join the Lego group.

 Without a membership I couldn't see much of NELUG's website so I put off joining. After talking to store managers and watching the Lego sets pile up I finally decided to join the group just before Christmas. I paid my dues for 2016 before the new year started.

I started researching Lego events, websites, Flickr, seeing what cool MOCs are out there, and more. I also continued to build with Legos of course.

It's been about 5 weeks now, maybe 6. I've started to add a few people from the group to my Facebook friends list. I've been active in the NELUG forums online. Next week, one week from today, if everything goes as planned I'll actually meet some of the members in person, besides Andy of course.

The Amherst Railway Society is responsible for putting on this HUGE show at the Big E. NELUG has a booth. Yay NELUG! Luckily for me it's near the clinic area so I should be able to find it because the floor plan for this event covers four buildings!

Here's the website to the show--

Here's the website for NELUG-

So now I'm counting down for the setup to start, and I'm watching the weather too. I'll have my daughter in tow with me on Thursday. I hope she cooperates on this new adventure. I think it will be fun for us all.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Lego Batmobile

One quick shot of the Batmobile that my husband made. He is lending it to me for a NELUG event that I am going to in a couple of weeks so I pulled out the camera quickly before I put it in the bin to bring to the show.

And that's it for today folks! I think I am all caught up from the weekend now.

I did want to get some more Lego Friends photos for you, but I didn't get a chance. I'll work on that during the week or the weekend if I can.

Lego Friends Olivia's Exploration Car (minus Zobo, the robot)

This set surprised me. It had something for the whole family. We bought 2 sets, and could have bought 3. My husband wanted (and got) the robot. I wanted the car to add to my vehicle collection and my daughter... well she wanted everything of course! The magnifying glass really works and the telescope swivels around and moves (although you can't see through it).

Lego Creator Lakeside Lodge

I built it the way they show it on the front of the box. I loved the moose!

Lego Elves, Naida's Secret Spa set

I finally got a Lego Elves set. I'm not big into the storyline, but I think the minifigs are cool.

Free Lego Parrot

 The Lego calendar has a coupon redeemable for a free Lego parrot. This is what it looks like. It is a small set of course, maybe 43 pieces or something like that.

Lego Friends / Barbie Mega Bloks Mashup

   It looked like a horror scene at first glance, but at further inspection I figured out that it was a clothing shop. This was the scene that my daughter laid out while playing yesterday.

I'd like to think of this character as the villian, holding 2 pairs of scissors.

Here come the shoppers....

R.I.P. Glenn Frey

Another great one lost.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rest in Peace David Bowie

Yesterday the world learned of David Bowie's passing, from cancer. I'm still processing.

I think one of the reasons Bowie's death hits me so hard is because I grew up with him. If you are around 45 years old now then you grew up with 80s music. MTV debuted in 1982 (I was 11) and it played music videos. Bowie and others were there at the beginning. I went through my teen years listening to this stuff, much like our parents grooved the music of the 60s. Also, Bowie is from my parents' generation. When Johnny Cash died it was sad, but he was our grandparents' generation. It was expected. It's harder when the musicians are my parents' age.

This is incomplete and I hope to come back and edit it later, but I need to get it down.