Hi, I’m Eric.
I’ve been around FBTB since about 2003, but only became a member in the spring of 2007 after going to C4 and visiting the FBTB booth there. That was my first convention, and decided to more active in the forums.
Well, what can I say? I’m 39, married, and have two kids. Bluemoose is my new hero. With him here; it means I’m not the oldest member. It is good to see many of the older members have made the jump to the new forums. I pretty much fall into the collector bracket. I do some MOCs, but never have posted them. I do enjoy seeing the MOCs in here though. Some of my favorites are:
Rebel Rock- does great builds, very complex, but with easily recognizable humor.
“The naan man”- complex, and isn’t afraid to go into the dark side of LEGO. He scares me a bit too.
Olog- He does things with pieces that just blow my mind.
I like the Adventures of Walter , but I can’t remember who does that since it’s been a while that I’ve seen it (Same thing with Well Played for that matter). Are those features lost to the old Forums too?
My history is as follows. I was born an Air Force brat in Zeist, Holland. I lived all over the US and a few places in England from 1978-1984. I lived in California for the last 25 years. I’m one of the few people here who saw Star Wars on the first day it was released in 1977.Recently I bought the LEGO Collector’s Guide and discovered that the first set I ever got was 195 Airplane. I’ve been hooked on LEGO ever since then. I’ve witnessed the rise of the Minifig, and collected Technic, Town and Space as a kid. I’m one of those people who think that (Classic) Space died around 1984. With a “brief” dark age from 1986-1998, the Adventurers line started me back in to the hobby, but just with a couple of sets. I really liked the look of the old planes and cars. Then one day I went to check on possibly buying another Adventures car when there… in all of its glory…was the original Landspeeder. It’s pretty much been a sickness since then. I’ve bought way more LEGO since the age of 28 than I ever had as a kid; about twenty fold if my calculations are correct. I still have most of the sets from when I was a kid. I started relly getting into it when I was a bouncer at a little bar in town and building helped me relax at 3 am in the morning before finally going to bed. These days it’s to have something to do since the birth of my first child I had to cut back on drinking (Not to get drunk-I just like good beer, just one or two). With the birth of my second kid beer pretty much went by the wayside along with going out, seeing movies, going to fast-food and restaurants. Occasionally I got to enjoy the sweet barley nectar here and there ( but I refuse to give up smoking-it’s the only real vice I have left). Today I buy Star Wars, City, Trains and the Indiana Jones lines. I like other lines, but I have to keep it under some control.
I discovered FBTB a while back and that has been my main source of LEGO news. My favorite threads tend to be when the older members, generally over 21 years of age and married with kids, discuss their hobby along with the trials and tribulations that come with it. I still haven’t ever had a chance to meet any AFOLs, but hopefully someday that will change. As far as music: Anything by Maynard James Keenan(Tool/a perfect circle/Pucifer), Bad Religion, Storm Troopers of Death, Classic Iron Maiden, The Cure, The Crystal Method, The Smith, The Corrs (easily the hottest babes in music), Sublime, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Johnny Cash, Queen, Rush and ABBA just to mention maybe a tenth of my CD and Album collection.
Favorite Movies: Blade Runner, Das Boot, Black Book, Evil Dead 2 and of courseStar Wars I thru XI.
Favorite TV: Not the Nine O’clock News, The Two Ronnies, The Young Ones, Band of Brothers, Benny Hill, Rome,It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Black Adder series.
How I did I come up with thepatient? Not long before C4, My doctor discovered a melanoma and that began a new treatment of cutting off every mole on my body to be checked over time. On the way home from the first melanoma discovered, I was listening to Tool’s lateralusand “the patient” came on. Not long after that I joined FBTB and that moniker seemed to fit how I was feeling. The worst is not facing my own mortality (so far the doc has been cacthing everything in time, so I'm not snuffing it anytime soon). The medication that I take to help my skin heal quicker from so many biopsies is apparently hard on the old liver. I haven’t been able to enjoy beer now for about 9 months. Even one could send me to the hospital. I did take a month off of the medication though, so I could have one beer on my birthday in January.
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