Saturday, August 02, 2014

BrickFair!

I've written about BrickFair before - the long lines, the hot summer heat, the crowds.  Well, we seem to have found a solution to all that - Brian and I (since Brian is under 16) registered as official exhibitors at BrickFair this year, which means that we can breeze through the entrance doors, waving our Lego nameplates at the guards like the VIPS we truly are.

I needed help putting this together.

Honestly, it was such a rush to walk past the hundreds of people on line and do this.  Power really can go to your head, people.  My head, anyway...

What's more, there are 3 full days before BrickFair opens to the public, when only exhibitors are allowed inside the building.  They spend the time looking at each other's creations, having competitions (Combo Speed Build, anyone?), and (I kid you not) attending Lego seminars.  Add to that the silent auction, live auction, and raffle (all proceeds benefiting this charity), and you have what is essentially a Lego paradise.

Tonight? Is Adult Swim.  All the teen exhibitors are being kicked out at 9 so that the adults can engage in such activities as the Impaired Speed Build.  I believe there is alcohol involved.  They probably end up imbibing too much and then running around the exhibits turning over little Lego cars.  Brian is 7 years away from being allowed to participate in such debauchery, thank goodness. Who knew Legos could lead to such delinquency, anyway?

Meanwhile, back at the homestead, we are engaged in trying to put what seems to be EVERYTHING WE OWN into our pop-up camper.  Ah, nothing like getting away from it all, right?  Tomorrow I get to watch as Larry attempts to securely affix 6 (count them, 6) bicycles to our minivan, with (most likely) several amused neighbors looking on and offering advice.  Really, you'd think no one had TV around here.

Off to try to finish up watching Orange is the New Black (Season 2) with a friend.  I don't want to be left hanging for 2 whole weeks...


11 comments:

  1. Good luck, Larry! Take off the front wheels and store them in the camper, maybe? Or maybe just "forget" someone's bike.

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  2. You won't be as noticeable as the people we passed on I-81 in Pennsylvania going north a few years ago. A large crew cab pickup, pulling a boat trailer with the pop up trailer attached to the back of the boat trailer. They had multiple bikes on the pop up trailer roof. They were crawling up the hills past Pine Grove and Ravine. They had to get away from it all while bringing everything with them?

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    1. Well, that does seem to be how it works around here. Good Lord, I just hope our bicycles stay put.

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  3. I've been noticing your travel-related pins on Pinterest! Have fun. Wave as you drive by.
    :-)

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    1. We won't be swinging that far east this time, so no Del's frozen lemonade for us, unfortunately!

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  4. What are you exhibiting? Do you have to actually exhibit?

    I'm in four episodes into the Orange, S2. We should watch it together over Skype. What? We do stuff like that in our house with people in other houses. :-)

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  5. Good luck camping! My husband enjoys that bike challenge. It's like tetris with $100 bills.

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  6. I think it's so cool that you guys volunteered--and got paid back with the backstage pass! Brick World. I had no idea it was so interesting for ALL ages!
    Good luck with the camping. At least you're not in a tent, right?

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  7. I keep checking back to see if you survived. Nope, guess not.

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    1. Just got back yesterday, too tired to post!

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  8. I don't know what to comment on here -- the Adult Swim Lego hour or taking 6 bicycles on vacation (my husband refuses to bring even a single bike).
    Hope you have a great trip!

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