I haven’t written in over two weeks, partially because I haven’t had much to say most of that time, but I’ve also been both distracted and lazy. I’ve been meaning to write since the 2nd, because that day was astoundingly great, way more so than the usual day in my life, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. So let me start there.
On the 2nd, my wife and I went to San Antonio for three reasons. The primary reason for the trip was to see the LEGO Americana roadshow. It’s a collection of ten American landmarks – the U.S. Capitol Building (pictured above), the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument in Washington, DC; the Statue of Liberty in New York City; the Liberty Bell (built life-size) and Independence Hall in Philadelphia; and the Old North Church in Boston – plus several smaller free-build dioramas that highlighted a lot of LEGO’s creativity and product lines. The second reason was to visit the newly opened ThinkGeek store, conveniently in the same mall that exhibited the Roadshow. The third was to visit one of our best friends and have dinner with him.
The roadshow was amazing. As you can tell from the photo above, the models were intricately detailed and massive – see the heads of the people behind the model for comparison. The Capitol Building took up most of the space in front of Dillard’s, and if you know anything about the size of the entrance of anchor department stores in malls, you know just how big these models could get. I had a blast and took a ton of photos, and even created an Instagram account to display them all. (There’s a contest that’s going on for folks using the #LEGOAmericana hashtag on Instagram to win a LEGO gift card, and I wanted to participate in that contest.) As a fan of the LEGO Architecture line, I was very happy to see the work that went into these models.
ThinkGeek was everything we could have hoped for. There was an entire wall of Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles, more than I’ve ever seen in one place before. There were myriad fandoms represented – Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Marvel Cinematic Universe, several video games, and many other collectibles representing so many different movies, games, and genres. We knew our budget wouldn’t allow us to take anything home, but we did compromise and purchase a small stuffed monkey named Timmy, who is ThinkGeek’s mascot. (It’s become a thing for people to dress their Timmys up in all sorts of clothing and to send pictures to ThinkGeek of Timmy’s “adventures.”) We mentioned how cool we thought the store was and we were invited to pick up and play with the high-end lightsabers that actually light up and make appropriate lightsaber noises. After a couple minutes of doing that, we explained that we were in from out of town, partially to visit their store, and they gave us a pin commemorating the grand opening that was the previous week – it was the last pin in the store.
And dinner with our friend was delightful, as is any bit of time we get to spend with him, which isn’t as much as we’d like.
I feel like I should also give a progress report on my CPAP usage. I’m still meticulously caring for it, and using it every night, and there’s a notable difference in my level of energy. I’m not napping anywhere near as often as I was, and I’m not especially fatigued throughout the day, either. The machine is doing precisely what it’s supposed to be doing, which is helping me get better quality sleep.
And finally, therapy was today. It was a good session, with a revelation that’s going to get its own post in the coming days, once I’ve had time to process it fully.
All in all, things are going well here, which is a very good thing.