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OCD Horror that only you all might understand.

red237red237 Member Posts: 273
edited January 2016 in Everything else LEGO
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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  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Ireland Member Posts: 1,514
    Oh I know  how you  feel! People  move my stuff or oh I was just going to hoover there! Eh no chance!
    TheBigLegoskired237
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,118
    edited January 2016
    1) what's the dump bin?
    2) clearly you must permanently switch babysitters 
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  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,226
    This is one of the reasons that I won't let my boyfriend hire a cleaner!  Oh the horror... feeling your pain @red237 
    red237
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    Our cleaner thankfully steers clear of the LEGO.
    kiki180703red237
  • RebelegoRebelego Georgia, USAMember Posts: 171
    My wife is afraid to touch any lego parts. Even when I ask her to help me or hand me something. Maybe it's my OCD tornado of a room.
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  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    I have to keep Hubby OUT of my two LEGO rooms. There is no telling what he might do in there judging from past experiences when he thought the entire house needed cleaning and it ended up looking like a tornado had nailed the interior of our home. When he offers to "clean up" anything, I offer him a drink and a big empty chair with something funny to read or a high calorie dessert that causes him to take a nap. That is why I am trying to dispose of half of our LEGO, clear off the floor, and neatly organize it. (Not that any of his mess is organized, but my messes are the only ones that count around here!) I am sure that no one else faces this issue...
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  • red237red237 Member Posts: 273
    Thank you, everyone. Almost re grounded but a long way to go.  @dougts - the dump bin - where the mixed up miscellaney of former tag sale remnants and walmart black friday live, for free builds and play dates for seven year olds....ONLY.  :)
    SumoLegokiki180703BrianGT
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,724
    "What do you mean they aren't all the same?"

    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...
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  • DedgeckoDedgecko Seattle, WAMember Posts: 799
    edited January 2016
    I wouldn't switch baby sitters over that.  Instead, calmly inform them of your hobby and the rules that you have in place.  Otherwise the next baby sitter will be none the wiser and make the same error in all likelihood.  And definitely provide your kid with a dedicated lot of Lego to mess with, keeping your prize possessions sorted and separate (and locked away if necessary).

    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.


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  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 792
    I lock my Lego away in a cupboard from my 4-year old nephew. He has his own stash to play with, and occasionally I open the cupboard and let him see the modulars closely. But otherwise, no way is he going near them without my supervision.
    kiki180703brumey
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 872
    My 5 and 3 year old know never to touch my or my wife's sets. I have to implement new Lego rules recently. Too many superhero sets were getting destroyed and mixed in with the 'standard' Lego so we have a separate box containing the superhero figs and vehicles that are 'supervised only'. I also found kings castle, which had survived 6 months on the play table (with only a few additions) demolished. That too was removed for repairs. I have encouraged them to use the bricks to build cities etc and they seem happy. Unrestricted play will be fine once the eldest gets a bit older, the wee one doesn't like his sets broke up so he is fine.
    kiki180703
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,110
    Dedgecko said:
    I wouldn't switch baby sitters over that.  Instead, calmly inform them of your hobby and the rules that you have in place. 

    This was pretty much my instant reaction too. Sure someone screwing up your collection is annoying, but from the story it actually sounds like the baby sitter was going above and beyond normal duties.

    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.
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  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 2,860
    it's not a Toy!!!
    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.
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    Shib said:

    Don't ever loose perspective, we are adults who collect/enjoy a children's toy.
    Don't ever lose perspective. It's a toy but it's not a children's toy. Not any more.
    kiki180703
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,437
    Lego is still a children's toy here, I get to be a child to play with it. I do have a Deathstar set up as a display-only piece, and have a couple of bins of "special" parts, but for the most part I'm a 51-year-old KFOL sharing with my 5-year-old grandson. 
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,437
    Very true, TigerMoth. I find my whole mindset tends to shift when I'm playing with Lego with my grandson rather than building alone. The old man sits there and sorts pieces, follows the instructions, builds the set. The kids get together and just build stuff and play.
  • RebelegoRebelego Georgia, USAMember Posts: 171
    ******UPDATE!!! *******
    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)
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  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 1,418
    Wait I'm confused there are actually women that will marry adult males that play with/collect LEGO?
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  • BEEKUZZBEEKUZZ California, United StatesMember Posts: 127
    gmonkey76 said:
    Wait I'm confused there are actually women that will marry adult males that play with/collect LEGO?
    The better question is whether a man will marry an adult female that plays with/ collects LEGO?
    OrmskirkBricksCame64
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,807
    edited January 2016
    ^ Why is that even stranger? I am happily married and although my collecting started after our marriage, I am convinced my husband would have proposed if it was pre-excisting. He does not mind my Lego-purchases and I don't have to hide them or anything ;) he just like it that I'm passionate about something and decorate our living room with MOc's and sets...
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  • RebelegoRebelego Georgia, USAMember Posts: 171
    BEEKUZZ said:
    gmonkey76 said:
    Wait I'm confused there are actually women that will marry adult males that play with/collect LEGO?
    The better question is whether a man will marry an adult female that plays with/ collects LEGO?
    As soon as I met my wife (future wife at the time) I conveniently went into my dark age until the day after the honeymoon. She regrets everything. Im just kidding, I just recently got back into it. Since 2012, I've bought just a couple sets here and there.  Then in 2015 all heck broke loose. Modulars, Expert vehicles, Bat Pod, Architecture sets, anything I liked was bought. Even started a Bricklink store.  As long as everything thing stays in my Lego Room aka Great Southern Bricks HQ, She doesn't care. She's great.

    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!
    gmonkey76SumoLegotallblocktoo
  • Lego91Lego91 GermanyMember Posts: 86
    My Dad always rebuilds tiny things in my models. Like move a brick from the roof to the street. I hate him so much for it. It is the most annoying thing ever. I recently walked past my toy shop that is still decorated and noticed several minor things that he rebuild. Also when I build a set he always takes my bricks away and builds some kind of tower with it... (I'm turning 25, he turns 57...)

    @gmonkey76
    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.)


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  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 1,418
    Guess I've been dating the wrong women. They usually see my place and go running for the hills. Unfortunately I live in a small condo and I have lego in every room. But now that I think of it it might be me, and not my Lego collection that is scaring them away.
    Salamalex
  • BEEKUZZBEEKUZZ California, United StatesMember Posts: 127
    I keep buying storage containers to try to organize and that's not working either.  There should most definitely put out a book on how to organize from the beginning or even after you've bought every set that year. Yikes!!
    JELJ1S
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    Lego91 said:

    I'm a woman looking for a woman who loves LEGO.
    There's an opportunity for you - start an AFOL dating site. Or, if that's going a bit far, just a thread.
    kiki180703Jern92tallblocktooSalamalex
  • jason1976jason1976 LondonMember Posts: 74
    TigerMoth said:
    Lego91 said:

    I'm a woman looking for a woman who loves LEGO.
    There's an opportunity for you - start an AFOL dating site. Or, if that's going a bit far, just a thread.
    Actually someone already has (if you live in London that is!)

    http://www.meetup.com/LegoSinglesParties

    kiki180703catwrangler
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 2,860
    TigerMoth said:
    Lego91 said:

    I'm a woman looking for a woman who loves LEGO.
    There's an opportunity for you - start an AFOL dating site. Or, if that's going a bit far, just a thread.
    was going to say the same. use the forum to look for a date. lol

  • JoeMMoJoeMMo Member Posts: 6
    To the OP - I feel your pain...

    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.
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  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 2,860
    @JoeMMo
    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.      

  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,724
    gmonkey76 said:
    Wait I'm confused there are actually women that will marry adult males that play with/collect LEGO?
    Not sure mine was aware of the massive Lego hoard that stalks me from a distance...

    Surprise!
    gmonkey76kiki180703tallblocktoo
  • AustinPowersAustinPowers GermanyMember Posts: 278
    [...]
    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.

    [...]

    A few hours later all was well, chocolate cleaned up, LEGO cleaned and put back together, and the world was ok again.
    Wait, it took you just a few hours to clean up all this mess AND rebuild 40 SW Sets? Wow. Can't have been too many UCS sets then ;-)
    gratefulnat
  • AustinPowersAustinPowers GermanyMember Posts: 278
    red237 said:
    Thank you, everyone. Almost re grounded but a long way to go.  @dougts - the dump bin - where the mixed up miscellaney of former tag sale remnants and walmart black friday live, for free builds and play dates for seven year olds....ONLY.  :)

    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 ;-)
    kiki180703tallblocktoo
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 265
    [...]
    Wait, it took you just a few hours to clean up all this mess AND rebuild 40 SW Sets? Wow. Can't have been too many UCS sets then ;-)
    Could be I abused my use of literary liberty?

    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.

    :-)
  • RidzDesignRidzDesign Member Posts: 30
    Today is cleaning day and I just got a text message saying "Why didn't you move the Lego off the ground in the basement."

    I can only imagine what will happen and I can only hope for the best.

    I am trying not to think about it but this post didn't help.
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  • GallardoLUGallardoLU USAMember Posts: 644
    thankfully my family (aside from my 10mo) have all learned what to do with any Lego while cleaning. and that is to pick it up in what ever state its in and take it to my desk. and also not to clean my office where said desk is it. that space is mine, and my responsibility to keep clean. if kids are coming over that room is Locked, though I will allow kids in while I am present to look (they love seeing all of it) but once the looking is done we all leave (me included) and its locked again.

    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....
    catwrangler
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343

    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 ;-)
    Curious. You say that you only know British English, and then use a number of American English words or their meanings!

    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.
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,936
    Or maybe not everyone goes that deep into etymology and that was, in fact, his first response, which he thought was funny enough to share...
    kiki180703Shib
  • AustinPowersAustinPowers GermanyMember Posts: 278
    TigerMoth said:

    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 ;-)
    Curious. You say that you only know British English, and then use a number of American English words or their meanings!
    Easy explanation: I looked them up in order to understand and answer.
  • AustinPowersAustinPowers GermanyMember Posts: 278
    Well, perhaps I was in the wrong area of England all these years I went there, but our Scouser friend always called the dustbin simply bin. And you are right, I forgot about the word tip, as in the signs "no tipping" ;-)
    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.
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    Or maybe not everyone goes that deep into etymology and that was, in fact, his first response, which he thought was funny enough to share...

    For @TigerMoth is it not entomology?
    plasmodiumkiki180703catwrangler
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    MattsWhat said:

    For @TigerMoth is it not entomology?
    Buzz off!
    plasmodiumkiki180703
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    Well, perhaps I was in the wrong area of England all these years I went there, but our Scouser friend always called the dustbin simply bin.

    Often it is - but there are others and the distinction likely to be derived purely from context.
    And you are right, I forgot about the word tip, as in the signs "no tipping" ;-)
    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?
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 2,860
    welcome to English class.
    today.
    we have how British English is not the same as American English.


    gmonkey76kiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,724
    I like to think that American English us a much cruder dialect of the King's Proper English.

    Garbage Trucks, Dumpsters and Soccer!
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  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 2,860
    SumoLego said:
    I like to think that American English us a much cruder dialect of the King's Proper English.

    Garbage Trucks, Dumpsters and Soccer!
    Here Here!
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,936
    SumoLego said:
    ...the King's Proper English.
    When did ol' Liz die?...
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 2,860
    SumoLego said:
    ...the King's Proper English.
    When did ol' Liz die?...
    she did not, but i see your point it should be Queens English,
    but seeing as we have had way way way more King's then Queen's we will let him getaway with it :p
    plasmodiumkiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,724
    I like that there is back-and-forth about identifying the King's vs. Queen's English.  

    I think I heard it referred to as the 'King's English' in a Monty Python sketch, or maybe in a Mel Gibson movie...
    gmonkey76kiki180703tallblocktoo
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