When we do events or meetings at libraries, we always announce them here on this website. However, once in a while we do a less LEGO-centric meeting that we don’t leave open to the public. We’ve actually had a few dinner meet-ups at restaurants over the course of the year – one this past week, and a few before each of the shows (DGXPO and LEGOPalooza) that we did.
I’m mostly explaining all this to give some background about our meetings. The regular meetings that we have at libraries aren’t exactly formal, but they’re fun, LEGO-centric, and more-or-less open to the public (you can’t leave kids unattended there, but otherwise feel free to drop by and see what we’re building!). Regular meetings are a great time to share big building ideas, discuss intricate building techniques, and share things we’ve been building lately.
These smaller meetings are more of a way for us to keep with friends who we already know through the hobby. Restaurant tables aren’t exactly the best for clear discussions about the merits of various sets or the advantages of certain techniques, but they’re fine for finding out who’s been up to what lately – and a bit of fun casual conversation.
This particular meeting was called by Joe Meno, who was just back from visting NMRA, LEGOLAND, Disneyana, BrickWorld, ComicCon, and probably a few other events I’m forgetting. He’s been very busy with BrickJournal magazine and we hadn’t seen him for a while, so many of us jumped at the chance to hear about his recent adventures. I snapped a bunch of pictures, including shots of Team Joe’s valuable ComiCon loot and the rare LEGOLAND DUPLO promotional bricks Joe Meno gave out to everybody (ComicCon exclusive sets are a new thing this year, but the DUPLO bricks have been around for years and are specially printed for a variety of specific occasions). At the past few dinner meetings, we’ve had a few photos of our MOCs (short for “My Own Creation”) to share as well, but this time we had a few that we don’t want leaking out right away, so we skipped photos of those. I’m not sure how many “secret” projects we usually have, but we’ve had a few open secrets about plans for upcoming shows on our Yahoo! Group for the whole time I’ve been active there.
So, for the curious, if you’re interested in pursuing the LEGO hobby, you really should join the mailing list – you never know when one of these special meetings will be announced. While our announced meetings are great and open to anybody, we have a few fun things going on that you might never see if you only follow this website.