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Brickset Bonus Ball Bonanza - catwrangler edition

Hello and welcome to another Brickset Bonus Ball Bonanza! 

If you're new here, we've played these a few different ways, but for this week I'm going old-school (in more ways than one). The idea is that I'll ask a question, and when you post an answer, you'll get a number (up to 59). When the UK lottery bonus ball is revealed tomorrow (Saturday) evening, the person with that number will win a mystery polybag. 

If you'd like to run one of these draws in some future week, please PM @snowhitie, who is kindly organising the volunteers' list. 

Now, the question: it's the 1st of September, and in many places that means the schools are reopening. What happened on your most memorable first day of school/first day back to school? 


  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
    Someone kicked me in the balls.
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Member Posts: 1,011
    I took a bus for the first time to pre-school.
  • ShibShib Member Posts: 5,459
    I love telling the story of my oldest friend's first day at school-I was tasked with showing him round and looking after him for the day. All was good until the bell rang to signal the end of break time. He refused to go back inside for class, threw himself on the floor, kicking, screaming and crying.
    I'd been given a job to do, so I dragged him back into class, literally dragged him across the floor.

    the next day the teacher gave me a sticker for my good work. 

  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks Member Posts: 1,731
    Well, since I've been Homeschooled all my life, I could answer many things and the start of school isn't always September for me, but I'll keep it short: I got to go (excuse me, "had to go") chase our cows over almost a mile or more of field to bring them back from our neighbor's farm. Talk about exercise!
  • TheFewTheFew Member Posts: 1,779
    I have to say that I have no real memories of my first day at school!
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Member Posts: 1,771
    I don't remember this myself at all, but I'm told that on my first day of school I came home complaining that a boy had pushed me a couple of times.  My Mum told me to push him back if he tried it again.  The next day as she walked me to school we had to pass his house - he came out just as we were there and I apparently turned straight round and pushed him through their front hedge.  He didn't bother me for a while after that!
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,216
    edited September 2017
    Same here, my brain is filled with set numbers and remembering which minifigure belongs to which CMF series.  And law stuff.

    Although, I do remember my kids going off to school, and my wife worrying about the bus crashing.  It was insensitive of me to laugh.  (But it was damn funny!)
  • princedravenprincedraven Member Posts: 3,764
    I vividly remember getting home from school on first day, and feeling so proud that I had 'done school'.
    I was completely horrified when Mum explained I had to go back again the following day...
  • adiemcadiemc Member Posts: 592
    I was told that when I came out of school on the first day I told my mum I was never going back as they'd given me cabbage at lunch!
  • vizzitorvizzitor Member Posts: 481
    edited September 2017
    None of my first days afterwards really stuck with me but I do have a distinct memory of my first ever day of "big" school.

    I'd been to playschool or preschool the previous year so I knew it would be great with loads of new stuff to play with but now the day was even longer!

    Others were obviously not as used to the whole situation and were kicking and screaming when their parents/grandparents/other assorted relatives were trying to leave. I'd asked my mam to leave almost before we got to the door and was happily trawling through the toybox when the first of these tantrums started and was incredibly confused. What was wrong with these other boys? There's loads of new stuff I've never seen before here and we get to play with it and there are others here too. I just stared at each one while "driving" the toy car I'd found around desks and chairs.

    I'd sneaked a dummy/soother into my pocket before leaving home though (I was told I was too old for them now) and later on asked to go to the toilet so I could use it. Maybe knowing I had that in my pocket had let me be more "grown up" earlier in the morning.

    On a Lego related note, they never had any Duplo or Lego in the school, only stickle bricks, a really poor building substitute. Anyone ever used or even heard of those?
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross Member Posts: 1,672
    I fell over and made a hole through the knee of a new pair of school trousers on my first day back after the summer, I was 12 or 13 I think. My Mum went mad when I got home... I had a hole in those trousers until they were well and truly half-mast!
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 Member Posts: 1,827
    Sitting behind that cute little redhead. Oh wait that was Charlie Brown. I always hated school.
  • hmnicollhmnicoll Member Posts: 65
    Can't think of anything really...
  • CoviCovi Member Posts: 334
    Before the summer a lot of friends told me they were also going to that new school...but on the first day I was just alone as they all went to other schools...It was a 'hard' first week but I quickly made new friends which I still know now 20 years later...
  • bandit778bandit778 Member Posts: 2,372
    I cannot for the life of me remember any first days at school.
    The only day I can really remember from my school days was the one day I was standing too close to the edge of the pavement/sidewalk whilst waiting for the bus home.
    The said bus turned up but pulled in to the bus stop extremely close to the curb which resulted in the back of my head having a quick but painful exchange with the bus mirror.

    Before anyone asks, yes I was that tall and yes it probably explains a lot about why I can't remember the rest of my early years (and possibly a few other quirks as well). :)
  • iso3200iso3200 Member Posts: 2,065
    I remember playing with a toy train a lot, and getting really upset when somebody else wanted to play with it and caused a scene. I'm probably the same now when someone touches my modulars.

    Someone kicked me in the balls.
    Luckily teachers aren't allowed to do that kind of thing anymore ;-p

    Seeing her again...
  • cmrt1014cmrt1014 Member Posts: 396
    I can't say that I remember any of my first days, but I distinctly remember the peace in the house after getting my kids off to school for their first days after all summer home.  And if DH traveled that week for work, even more so.
  • carnage717carnage717 Member Posts: 166
    First day back to school in high school. Ended up in the same homeroom as a girl I had really liked for along time. We ended up sitting next to one another and got to talking and ended asking her out for the upcoming weekend. We were together through most of high school.
  • sid3windrsid3windr Member Posts: 1,460
    Clearly the one I brought my daughter to, 4 years ago... she didn't cry.. she was happy and contrary to what we feared she just ran off to the other kids :)

    My own days... I'll echo @MAGNINOMINISUMBRA's post, other than that... no idea, I'm getting (too) old. :P
  • historymanhistoryman Member Posts: 377
    I can't really remember my own. But I am a primary school teacher so I am now part of many children's first day at school which is great.
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,161
    A scaffold pole fell off the unfinished roof (3 floors up and wrote off our head of year's brand new Volvo C30. First time i'd seen a grown man cry like a baby.
  • stluxstlux Member Posts: 2,450
    Like others here, I don't really recall my first day (back) at school. I do get a clear reminder though when school starts again over here: clogged roads full of stressed parents! Not looking forward to Sept 15... (start of the school year in Lux)
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU Member Posts: 644
    Met my future wife, she sat just in front of me that day. Still see it like yesterday though. That was 13 years ago now. 
  • mmozzanommozzano Member Posts: 417
    I have absolutely no idea! 
  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Member Posts: 1,581
    I puked on the table.
  • starwars4everstarwars4ever Member Posts: 489
    I don't remember much, but one thing I do remember is how many names I kept messing up when first meeting new people! (Still do it quit a lot)
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 715
    I can't remember anything, therefore either nothing happened or Derren Brown was doing some kind of first day back at school tour.
  • MorkManMorkMan Member Posts: 900
    I got to ride a school bus for the very first time. I loved it.
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    Great question.

    I remember changing schools at 11 because I was bullied in the first one partly because of the clothes I wore (I liked skirts and nice clothes whearas in those days most kids wore jeans). In Belgium we don't really have uniforms anymore like in the UK. However, the school I moved to did have uniform. Dark blue skirt or trousers, light blue shirt-blouse, dark blue cardigan. Went shopping with my mum to buy these kind of things, nice shirts, new skirts, without any stripes or dots or colours. Thinking I wasn't going to be bullied. However, came to school that 1st day and it appeared that I was the only one following the exact rules. Most kids just had 'blue' stuff on, including jeans and T-shirts so the school was very lax and everyone knew that, except me. So I had a pencil skirts and plaid ones and buttoned up blouses, long story short, I was bullied again...

    Still, I reacted differently then in the first school and pretended I didn't care. After a while most of it relaxed and people seemed to kind of like me, some older girls kept it up untill they left school 5 years later, but what doesn't kill you... Plus, if I had a euro for every time someone had said to me 'you are more fun than how you look' I'd probably be able to afford a Millenium Falcon ;)

    BTW the next year, the uniform was totally abolished.

    My son had a great first day at school today and is now doing his first class at the conservatory too. Very exciting.

    Thanks for hosting!
  • Russell844Russell844 Member Posts: 2,392
    I honestly don't remember anything memorable from any of my first days back.
  • Matt89190Matt89190 Member Posts: 307
    I have plenty crazy stories, but ironically enough, none of them ever happened on the first day back...
  • norm103norm103 Member Posts: 301
    I took the bus to the wrong school. There was two buses at the stop at the same time but went to two different schools. 
  • M_BossM_Boss Member Posts: 256
    First days of school always seemed to go smooth for me. Probably because the friends I hung out with always were at the same school as me.
  • mak0137mak0137 Member Posts: 288
    I was dropped at the wrong location and followed a parent and kids pretending to be part of them to the right location
  • ricecakericecake Member Posts: 878
    I can't think of anything for me, but my girlfriend's first day back at school was on Friday. I am so proud of her for going back and entering a completely new field of study!
  • jmeninnojmeninno Member Posts: 1,164
    I remember being very scared of the school bus, which was probably the first day...week...of kindergarten?
  • LegogramLegogram Member Posts: 321
    On my first day of kindergarten, my Mom walked with me to the school.  When we were a block away, I told my Mom that she didn't need to go any further.....I could walk by myself.  Of course, she let me, but followed to make sure I made it safely.  Lol, always the stubborn child :-)
  • masterX244masterX244 Member Posts: 532
    Catching wrong train first time on 11th grade, there was a pesky line routing oddity inside and i rushed to catch it
  • AllBrickAllBrick Member Posts: 1,497
    I kicked someone in the balls..
  • woony2woony2 Member Posts: 336
    First day of infant school I was in amazed by the scaled down toilets. Just like real ones but smaller - blew my mind.
  • Bricklover18Bricklover18 Member Posts: 722
    Got on the wrong bus. 
  • SirBenSirBen Member Posts: 592
    Nothing memorable other than the start of school generally coincided with the onset of my fall allergies.
  • Just generally hating it.
  • SeijiAmasawaSeijiAmasawa Member Posts: 264
    I remember sitting on this rock near a couple of mailboxes at the end of the pathway. I was wearing a red cap and waiting for the school bus with Daddy.
    Oh, wait that was the ending to Forrest Gump.

  • ecmo47ecmo47 Member Posts: 2,101
    First day of 6th grade, the teachers scolded at me twice for very minor things. She told my mom later at a parent/teacher conference that she didn't know it was my very first day at a brand new school and felt bad about giving me such hard time right off the bat.  
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,825
    I was late for school as I hadn't been feeling too great, was making my way to class along the empty corridor and threw up everywhere.  Nobody in sight fortunately.

    I went home and returned 7 weeks later after half term and the first thing my mates asked was if it was me that had left a big pile of sick everywhere.
  • toftof Member Posts: 147
    First day of school.. I just wanted to go back on holidays..
  • sukhsukh Member Posts: 142
    Went in a day late!
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    This is a first day back at school one. Second year of infants school. The newly appointed class milk monitors dropped the crate with those little milk bottles in. No milk that day.

    I remember as I was appointed milk monitor the next day and kept the job all term.
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