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We went to a Lego Exhibit in Fontana this weekend and it was brilliant. Who knew you could do so much with Legos?
Who knew a promise to see said Exhibit upon good church behavior on a Sunday morning could be so effective as well?

One of the presenters told me it took him 7 years or about 5,000 hours to build one of the largest castle displays we saw. Think three 8 foot tables in length of medieval Lego genius. I don’t even want to think about how much the actual Legos cost to build his gigantic feudal city or how on earth he moves his display.

But it was totally worth the mere $4 it cost us to get in. If you can dream it up, Lego can dream up a way to manufacture the right building materials. Amazing the imaginations that can make the inanimate object look fluid and the benign come alive. This must be the magical intersection of childhood reverie and adult obsession.

I love wonder and creativity and family time all wrapped into one. It seems we all find an outlet somewhere or another.

And just for fun, some LEGO jargon courtesy of The Brothers Brick to give you some street cred at your next LEGO event:

  1. Cheese Slope – A LEGO element with a 33° slope, 1 stud by 1 stud wide and two plates high (or 2/3 of a brick high). Part number 50746. Useful for adding fine detail to LEGO creations. Named after the fact that yellow and orange pieces look like a wedge of Cheddar cheese.
  2. Dark Ages – That period in a LEGO fan’s life when he or she sets aside LEGO in favor of school, dating, motor vehicles, and other non-LEGO pursuits.
  3. NPU – Nice Part Use. An unexpected way to use a LEGO element in a model. Often overused in praising a LEGO creation.

You can’t make this stuff up people, it’s just too good not to share.

Also, please note in editing this post, even my spell check opposed to me writing the plural form of Lego as Legos. More insight from our friends at The Brothers Brick:

       4.  Legos – Oh no you didn’t! Technically, the official plural form for more than one element of LEGO is “LEGO® brand building bricks”. That’s ridiculous, though, so most LEGO fans refer to one or more bricks as “LEGO”, following the grammatical convention of ‘fish’ and ‘sheep.'”

So, please excuse my previous ignorance to the proper singular and plural forms of LEGO in the first half of this post.

Have a beautiful week dreaming and building whatever it is you love to dream and scheme about. Oh, and see if you can slide cheese slope, dark ages or NPU into a conversation this week. It’s good to expand our horizons, yes?

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