Monday, January 30, 2012

Pursuit of legos

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I'll be the first one to admit it that I have a problem when it comes to toys. When I was a kid I loved toy guns, later it became video games, now most of my toys come from the expensive electronic variety. Sometimes however, I can't resist the 7 year old in me and I buy myself a Lego. It's been worse a year or two ago, as I was buying more of them. At the moment however, I don't have a place to put them so I am very picky about the ones that I get. There are two criteria that I use. They have to be from the original Star Wars of course (there is one exception from the prequels and one from the Clone Wars), and they have to be of a complicated sort. I do enjoy immensely putting them together, and this kind of semi-mindless hands-on work rests my brain.

This year, for my birthday I've acquired one that I've been look at for a time now. I have a smaller version of it, and the full blown version even I am not crazy enough to spend money on, it costs approximately $500. This one however, hit all the right spots.

Meet the Millennium Falcon, quite possibly the most famous fictional spaceship in the world. I've enjoyed putting this together, with the help of my kids over the span of a week. Of course, I could have done it faster, but decided to prolong the fun of it a little. For kid's sake of course :)

The thing is big around foot and and half in diameter. The set had over a thousand pieces and the instructions came in two booklets. The model has a lot of nice subtle little details like hidden compartments, gunner seats for the top and bottom quad-turrets, a whole scene set with traning droid and Luke's training helmet, and a chess table. The figures included were Han, Leia, Luke, Obi-Wan, Chewie and Darth. The only problem that I have with the detail, is that (and this is where my wife will laugh and shake her head sadly) the cockpit is a one-sitter, where of course it is supposed to be sitting pilot and co-pilot.

Overall it's worth the money spent. The model looks big and complicated. There is enough going on there to make it interesting for a kid in me and my own kids in putting this model together.

The photography is god-awful, but I wasn't concentrating on it.

Enjoy.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

We are trying to outdoorsie types

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My facebook account got locked-up and I am going through withdrawal symptoms.

Anyway, Chicago finally got its required quota of snow and we've decided to take kids sledding. Going up the hill is tiring, but going down is as fun as it was 30 years ago. The little one however didnot like it at all. The matter also became complicated by my long legs that were throwing lots of snow into her face when I tried to control the sled.

Being outdoorsie is tiring.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Another Happy Birthday

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Do I want to be this post bittersweet? No not really. I stopped looking at my birthdays as a step closer to being old a long time. Right now my MO is treating my birthdays as a day when I let people to tell me how much more they love me ;)(that would be a wink), and graciously accept the praises. That is why I always look towards my Birthdays, I love them and never feel depressed about getting older. It just means that I got to spend another year surrounded by people I love, why would anybody find that depressing is beyond my understanding.

Let me give praises to The Awesome Wife one more time, for thinking that it is much better to spend the day zipping about the downtown of Chicago on segways, than going to work. Thank You Honey, that really made my Birthday special and gave me something to remember for a long time.

I won't give you the archetectural tour of Chicago, although I must say, I learned a lot of new things from our tour guide. There is also a photo of me, the tour starts at the Art Institute Museum.



It was a fairly wintery but warm day, and all the tourists stayed inside! So it was me, my wife and our tour guide. We went about 5 miles up and down Michigan avenue from the Art Institute all the way to Musuem campus and back. Now I want one of those toys, although I don't have a clue where I would ride them.

We also discovered this little gem at the Architectural center for Chicago. I didn't even know there was a place like that.


View of downtown from north



View from the east


Soldier field


View from the south.

They are also updating this model all the time, some of the newer buildings made it as well.

The tour was really a time well spent. We are thinking of repeating it in the summer, they have a whole bunch of them going around the city sights. If anyone decides to visit Chicago and want to join in, let us know, maybe we can set it up.

Oh, going back my Birthday (the day is about me afterall) I also got a bunch of presents that I loved.

Thank you all for your kind Birthday wishes.