I came out of my Dark Ages late last year after lusting over DS #10188
for ages; managed to snap it up just before it retired! I soon discovered Brickset and after lurking for a while I finally joined this community last month.
As a kid we had a large collection of late 70's to late 80's sets, from Fabuland to Castle to Space, Town, Trains and finally Pirates. Once we were "too old to play with Lego" my parents disassembled the sets and stored away our collection in large boxes. I am very grateful that they were confident we would be happy to find back our collection once we had kids of our own, and most of what I remember we had is still there. Some pieces/sets seem to have been lost during subsequent moves, but so is life.
So over the past couple of months I have been slowly verifying what is still there/is (partially) missing. So far my happiest moments have been to find that #928
Space Cruiser/Galaxy Explorer and #6285
Black Seas Barracuda are still complete and in great shape! Next stop: Castle, where I have good hopes #6080
King's Castle and the rest of the 1984-1990 range are complete(ish).
Apart from all that I have been discovering all I missed over the past 25-odd years, and all the current fantastic sets. One of my first finds was Bricklink and all the money I could spend there... My wife is happy to share my Lego hobby (she loves her #10214
Tower Bridge and anything Harry Potter), but there are both financial and space limits to how much Lego one can buy. So currently I try to limit myself to the larger Creator sets, SW and HP. Basically it either needs to fit in the large town I'm planning for the Lego room I'll have next year, or be able to stand by itself as a display piece.
Thanks for all the inspiration and helpful posts on this forum; you guys are great!