A LEGO Child is Born
Dave began collecting LEGO sets at a very young age.You see, Dave was a very hyper child and his mother found that giving him LEGO sets instead of candy was a good way to keep his mischievous energy in check.In reality, it may have actually saved the second dining room table from succumbing to the fiery fate the first one endured.He started out his collection with mainly basic sets and a few small Classic Town sets.As the years went by, his main love continued to be Classic Town, but he also dabbled in Castle, Space, and Pirates.He was always building in any spare moment he had and was lucky enough to have a small building area in the basement where he could keep his treasured creations displayed all of the time.Here he would build his towns, islands, and space stations as play out all sorts of whimsical stories using his imagination as his guide and the Minifigs as characters.All was well for many years until he encountered the dreaded demon.The demon that is…
The Dark Ages
Nobody wants to talk about their ‘Dark Ages’…but it’s a reality for most AFOL’s and Dave was no different.Dave’s ‘Dark Ages’ started in 1995 when he moved from Northern Illinois to Western Wisconsin.Moving to a new town was a fresh start for him.However it meant new friends and with new friends came new interests.As Dave became more interested in cars, music, sports, and women, his LEGO collection was stuffed in a closet out in the garage workshop and was all but forgotten.College was no different and although the subject of LEGO bricks came up occasionally in casual conversation, his collection would not see the light of day…until…
A New Beginning
In 2002, Dave married his best friend, Stacy and they purchased a small house together.As they were moving all of their possessions from their respective parents’ house, they happened upon Dave’s LEGO collection.Although he had not built with LEGO bricks for a number of years, a small spark ignited inside him.A passion that had long been dormant began to swell to the surface.Dave & Stacy brought the collection home and promptly built a 4’ x 8’ table to build on (reminiscent of the building space he had as a child).They began building together; mainly putting the official LEGO sets he had back together to see whether any pieces had been lost in the move.They found that they really enjoyed building together and that the time spent in their ‘LEGO Lair’ was bringing them closer together.About this time, they also stumbled onto the online LEGO community and met some fellow AFOL’s at a local train show.The rest as they say…is history.That little spark that ignited as they moved his collection to their new home became a raging inferno that shows no signs of burning out.
Dave is active in both the online and offline LEGO community.He is an active poster on Eurobricks, MOCPages, and LUGNET along with having Brickshelf and Flickr accounts.In addition, he is a coordinator for Brickworld 2010 and is actively working on a number of other LEGO-related projects.In 2008, Dave, Stacy, and (his Beagle) Allie founded the Town of Trempealeau LEGO Users Group (aka ToT-LUG).His interests now span a number of genres including: Town, Train, Star Wars, Pirates, Castle, Harry Potter, and Space.Online, he is probably best known for his ‘LEGO Lair’ (which is a constant work in progress) as well as his Town MOC’s. More of his MOC’s can be found over at MOCPages, Brickshelf, and Flickr.