Edited by Roncanator, 28 February 2010 - 06:41 AM.
How open are you about your Lego passion?
Posted 28 February 2010 - 06:39 AM
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Most of my friends either don't care and just accept it as another 'geeky' thing I like.
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 12:12 AM
My brother and sister help me out with stuff exclusive to the USA (where they live) but certainly aren't above teasing me about it, which is nothing new, and actually quite fun.
I certainly don't make a big deal of it at work, but when sharing personals tidbits I have no qualms about mentioning my hobby, and have had only positive feedback. A lot of colleagues even want to see pictures. I think nearly everyone (at least in the western world) has some connection to LEGO through childhood memories, and these are then fondly shared.
For a while I ran a large supermarket, and when I stopped my co-workers (slaves, as I called them ) pooled some money and got me a SW set (7259), which was very sweet. I already had it, but now I have two . My friends all know about me and LEGO, and besides from the normal 'what kind of wierdo are you' remarks, can't stop checking out my collection when they stop by (there's always something new )
As a single (father) though, I've certainly had quite a few experiences where the fire of passion was extinguished at the sight of my LEGO. My son's comments after those few encounters was 'Dad, build a woman friend out of LEGO' .
My colllection used to be in my bedroom, now it's in my guestroom, much better!
So all in all, being open about loving LEGO, or about loving one's hobby, really is the way to go.
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 12:39 AM
I work in another city, so most of my LEGO is still in my parents' house, in my hometown. Most of my friends and relatives there know, but only to my closest friends I talk about it and show my new sets or MOCs. My friends are really made curious by my LEGO, and some of them always put my minifigs in "sex" positions!
In the house where I live now with two other people, I've got some LEGO but I don't keep it in plain view and I don't let the others see when I build something. My friends here and my colleagues at work don't know, and I browse LEGO sites only when I'm not seen. Maybe I'm close with people here because I've known them for less time, but I'm almost sure that some of them wouldn't understand and would consider it childish or strange! Probably I'll be more open with some friends, but for sure I'll never talk about it to my boss at work!
Edited by Lego Amaryl, 07 March 2010 - 12:39 AM.
Posted 07 March 2010 - 09:28 AM
So be open and save the ones that don't dare to come out for what they really like!
Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:40 PM
Fairly recently, I was best man at a friend's wedding. My 'reward' was a large UCS SW set - which I had to open in front if 100+ guests, so I guess I'm 'out' now!
The older I get, the less I care what others think, but I don't mention it unless asked.
Posted 08 March 2010 - 05:37 AM
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 08:43 PM
Now my gundam and star wars figure hobby, I am a bit less open to, but still fairly open to it.
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Posted 09 March 2010 - 01:34 AM
There is no way that I could hide my sets and boxes in the house, without my parents and sibilings realising it. There is no way that I could hide the fact that I collect LEGO when my girlfriend visits my house or staring at me whenever I suggest a shopping centre that sells LEGO. There is no way that I could stop my friends from knowing that I am a crazy collector whom spend a large portion of my salary on LEGO buying, especially on sales. There is no way that my colleagues will not know, where my office display the Mail Plane, Airshow Plane, some random minifigures, recent LEGO catalogs and even a SW LEGO Dictionary book.
I don't think it's easy for me to hide the fact from them, that I do collect LEGO.
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Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:34 AM
Do any of you have similar situation?
Yeah yeah yeah, let me get slammed by some of you now. I was resisting to post something like this, but it is not like any of you know me or work with me, or do you? ;)
Oh, and I am perfectly comfortable with my situation the way it is :)
Posted 09 March 2010 - 02:14 PM
Some time ago a colleague asked me if I was into LEGO. It turned out he too was an AFOL. When we started discussing which subgenres we we're into I could feel the drilling looks of "what the f*ck" from some of the other colleagues. :D Of course I had to start dropping a few set numbers to stir things around a bit. The upset colleague, who is a big nerd in other regards but did not seem to accept LEGO for adults, checked them on his iPhone and got even more upset.
Good times! :D
Posted 09 March 2010 - 03:57 PM
Thus the trend started. By the time I left the company, 5 of us had our cubes full of old/new Legos. The top of our cubicles was a wonderful landscape of bricks :).
Since then (2yrs ago) I acquired my collection from my childhood and purchased more sets, sharing the details on the various social media sites.
I get some virtual eye-rolling, but I've since brought some sets in and put them in my cube at a new company and most are admiring them. None are MOCs, but most people haven't really seen any new sets, so I get some praise ;).
I think I'm pretty open these days. It's a hobby and everyone has one, no matter how "weird" it is to others. I certainly don't force my hobby on people (save for my wife sometimes - "Whoa..look at THIS set!").
Posted 09 March 2010 - 05:17 PM
It came to where I wasn't very mobile anymore. Sold my 54 as it was a stick and bought an XBOX 360 and new TV. Still wasn't content sitting and doing nothing. That's when I got into LEGO. It was nice to be into something I couldn't screw up. Never had much luck with models. LEGO you just follow the instructions and you have a nice item to display.
I began " collecting " whatever I liked that was for sell at my local TRU or Wal Mart...etc. For me it passed the time. I had got the diagnoses that amputation was in my future and felt the need to make sure I had things to do here at the house as I would be home bound for a while after the surgery.
I wanted to buy something I wanted really bad to carry me through so to speak. Something to look forward to when it was all said and done and I was out of the woods as they say. So I searched and found LEGO City Set #7245 Prisoner Transport. I think I ended up paying 30 for it.
My surgery was Wed July 1, 2009. Was in the hospital til Friday the 3rd. Into rehab I went! The night I knew I was going home the next day I had my wife bring up my prized LEGO set #7245 and I opened the box. Still didn't put it together but sure admired the bags!
My surgery went well! I kicked butt in rehab and did it in a week where it's usually two. Got my prosthetic leg and skipped rehab for that! I'm truly blessed!
Fast forward--- I promise this all ties in!!!
You can't visit me and not know I'm not into LEGO it's in tubs in my living room. On a shelf in the kitchen. I was putting a clean pair of shorts on and found a LEGO brick in my pocket. VERY clean now! One found it's way into my wifes Nutty Bar box. A bag of them that I had been sorting found it's way off this sofa table and into a scrapbooking kit that I take to my mom's house once a month.
Had I been able to predict the future a house with a big garage would NOT have been a priority. An extra room or two would have!
I can't say I'm real open about this particular hobby. My friends know and I've even gotten one into them. Not with the passion I have yet but she's bought more then a few sets. I've tried to start a LEGO group here where I live and had no luck yet there. My wife is HUGE in being supportive. I haven't gotten her to cross over yet and I doubt I will. She likes them and looks at the catalog and talks about sets but I just don't think she'll get into them like I am. She's not big into hobbies in general but sure supports mine!
I've actually crossed over from collecting to wanting to MOC. I seem to be way more inspired by that then just buying a set and putting it together. Now I feel as though I'm playing catch up on everything I missed out on. Good way to go broke! I'm amazed and feel so giddy inside when I see some of the amazing MOCs here. Even the small ones. I'm a ways from having the LEGO needed to do anything major but I'll get there. Slowly but surely.
I figure I'll be selling some of my sets and focusing on what I want to MOC with. We'll see. I'm still am in awe at how much I like LEGO.
Edited by Legononymous, 09 March 2010 - 05:28 PM.
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