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OCD Horror that only you all might understand.
just venting, but anyone other than my "friends" here would not understand.
The babysitter "helped" and surpised me by having my son clean up/dump all his LEGO in the dump bin - including the built sets. Luckily, there was only about a week or two's worth of stuff and recent gift sets as I had put much away pre-holiday... but OMG I could die! Also, there was a cold wet water glass on the unopened death star box. Like a large, overpriced coaster. I remained calm but am still screaming inside. Off to dig esoteric little pieces out of the bin to match things up and debate which piece is newer or has the Mexican production plant 'feel'.
like my own, personal, Kubrick nightmare!
breathing. Venting. Thanks.
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2) clearly you must permanently switch babysitters
Reminds me of an experience I had when my son had his first sleepover when he was five - a friends' sons, 6 & 8, spent the night. My LEGO had always been available for them to play with just as long as it stayed in the LEGO room and I could check when they were finished.
Well, that night I woke up around four in the morning to sounds of laughter and, more ominously, sounds of LEGO crashing onto the floor. Jumped out of bed and entered the LEGO room only to find all my LEGO (at the time maybe 40 SW sets) scattered over the floor in various states of "deconstruction"...
Add to that a 1kg package of chocolate powder (the rascals were spooning the powder directly into their systems... at bloody four in the morning) emptied directly onto the floor... chocolate footprints everywhere, LEGO everywhere, chocolate coated LEGO everywhere, and my poor brain went into overdrive and about two seconds later all three were back in bed after being non too delicately spoken to.
Leaving my son's room I was confronted with little brown footprints throughout my apartment - which thankfully made me smile and see the humour in the situation.
A few hours later all was well, chocolate cleaned up, LEGO cleaned and put back together, and the world was ok again.
I have to admit, we had a little Lego Education Seminar at my house when the UCS sets were imported for permanent storage in my basement. And as soon as the younglings were old enough to understand the main point of the Code of Hammurabi. Nobody enjoyed it, but we haven't had any major incidents with box-as-coasters.
I did recently have one of my son's friends tear open a NISB Batman Dragster/Catwoman Pursuit #7779, and his mother was aghast to hear that it is $50.00+ on the secondary market. He has not been back to the house. There have been no security breaches since...
And certainly let your kids, significant others see any emotional impact on your face should they disrupt the peace. That could be a future weapon in adolescence or sticky situations with your S/O.
I don't have kids so I know I'm not in a position to know exactly what it's like, but with an upcoming move of house I'm already in the process of sorting my stuff in a way that my collection is going to be obviously my stuff and away from pretty much anything else in the house - seems to me that if you want certain boundaries respected you should set them up clearly and explain them to people or risk situations where really the only person you should be annoyed at is yourself.
Don't ever loose perspective, we are adults who collect/enjoy a children's toy. Yes there is a certain £/$ value that can alter your perspective of that that toy is, but ultimately it will always be a toy and you can't expect anyone outside of the AFOL world to really see it any other way.
it's a Model!!!.
lol sorry just had to say that.
when i restarted with lego back in September, i had to say that about 8 times.
when i pulled all my childhood Lego from my home's outside, side-cupboard (it's a cupboard under the stairs that can only be got at from outside of the house).
i had to say it again. this time it had a little less believability to it.
as i had used said lego in the past as a Kid.
btw most of it was still there only about 2% to 3% of all the lego was missing.
ok back to subject.
when you have kids finding the right balance is not going to be easy, you do not wish to turn in to the Dad from "the Lego Movie" that would be bad...
luckily i dont have kids. i do have family who have Kids but there only over every 16 weeks or so and have yet to see any of my new stuff. as i not got a lot of room to display right now (working on that slowly) but next time there over will let them play with some of the lego city models i have.
Today, January 4, 2015. My wife touched a Lego part. I was in shock! Here's how the event occurred...
Me munchin on some chips, watching some TV after work, Mrs. Rebelego coming upstairs from the laundry room.
Mrs: Hey, I found this in the clothes dryer.
Me: Oh...Do you know you are hold a Lego part?
Mrs: Uh yeah, it was probably in your jeans. Here.
She's getting brave. I'm surprised she didn't call me downstairs to pick up the part out of the dryer. (BTW, Old Grey 1x2 Tile)
If she did play with Lego when I met her, it would have been even more amazing. Adults gotta unwind after work somehow, right? There's only so much Netflixin I can do!
I also agree with @BEEKUZZ ... but in my case it is much worse. I'm a woman looking for a woman who loves LEGO. Finding a man would be easier I guess. (And there are like million other things that make me unsuitable for a relationship. I think my love for LEGO is the least concerning part, haha! Good thing is that I don't really want a relationship anyway.)
Here's how it works in our house: Dad's collection (SW mostly) goes on a shelf in the spare room and is brought down for playing with with my kids. Son has 2 shelves with various plastic boxes for police, city, star wars and random minifigs and bits. We also have 3 boxes of assorted random bits. Despite being only 4, my little boy likes keeping his sets more or less together and then just using the random boxes for building from scratch. I generally keep on top of putting stuff away and back together but it's never a chore.
HOWEVER there are a couple of friends kids for whom all but the random boxes are hidden. Just last week we built the Scooby Doo mansion and foolishly left it out. I came into the room to see it being dismembered and spread across the floor. Slow motion "Noooooooo....." Their parents just sat and looked on oblivious to the horror unfolding so I felt like a right spoil sport clearing it all up from under their noses.
Anyway, yes it's a toy and we must never forget that but may the gods help you if you touch my Death Star.
the Scooby Doo stuff look good,
i can not think what a nightmare seeing a set you just got done building back down to the bear bricks.
i love to have the Scooby Doo set's but i had to make a line. and limit what i start collecting, or non of my collections would ever be completed.
i decided that Nexo Knight was a collection i could do.
1st it all new so there is no looking for older set's (yet)
2nd it remind me of a 1980's cartoon show called "Visionaries"
not quite the same, but there enough alike for me to fall in love with Nexo Knights.
Ok. Now that you clarified what "dump bin" means, I get why you thought that not many people could understand your situation.
When I read "dump bin" (and only knowing British English), I thought you meant that they had thrown your Lego in the TRASH (as that is what BIN means in England, and a dump is where all the bin lorries (a.k.a. waste disposal trucks) bring the trash/waste/garbage - unless it is burned of course, which nowadays often seems to be the preferred method to get rid of stuff).
I could imagine the horror if anyone threw my Lego in the bin/trash/etc.
Your situation - also quite bad and your reaction is not unreasonable, but hardly the horror I had envisioned ;-)
Good catch though! Luckily no UCS or larger sets like the AT-AT were touched - too high up on the shelves - only play sets were involved. Most also only had a wing or engine removed and so on. Only the Republic Gunship, AT-TE, and Boba's Slave needed to be rebuilt from scratch (were dropped while swooshing I assume).
What did take a few hours was all the washing and cleaning, the rebuilding lasted a week.
in all honesty I wouldn't care if they played with the bricks if I knew they could put them back in the right containers (never gonna happen I know) maybe I should just get the bin I keep megablocks in out for them to enjoy....
In British English, the primary meaning of "dump" is to put down a load, usually heavily. You might dump a load of sand. Or your (dust)bin lorries might dump their contents (traditionally, rubbish not trash or garbage) at the tip. A bin is just a container - usually for something small (like gravel) or some sort of powder (like flour) or dust in a dustbin.
So a dump bin is a container into which you might dump small items - in this case LEGO bricks. Just to complicate things, considering the roots, I think you'll find the term is American, not British, in origin.
After all, I have been to England for about a month each from 1979 to 1998, but that last stay was indeed almost 19 years ago now. So my vocabulary has become a bit rusty in recent years, plus mixed by influence from watching US TV series and movies.
For @TigerMoth is it not entomology?
But that's fly-tipping, which doesn't necessarily involve tipping, but probably implies dumping.
Do you dump stuff at the tip, or tip stuff at the dump?
we have how British English is not the same as American English.
Garbage Trucks, Dumpsters and Soccer!
but seeing as we have had way way way more King's then Queen's we will let him getaway with it :p
I think I heard it referred to as the 'King's English' in a Monty Python sketch, or maybe in a Mel Gibson movie...