It’s been a while since I posted - so it’s as good a time as any to dust off an old topic I’ve been meaning to post about.
Back to Brickvention.
I’ve been attending the Lego convention in Melbourne for a few years now. I’d like to think the stuff I’ve displayed is decent, but it’s far from the quality that many of the other exhibitors bring along. They leave me for dust.
Each year, there are awards for best in show and similar categories. These go to models and builders which display the most skill, not necessarily the ones that pack the biggest punch for the general attendees.
This year was the 10th anniversary of Brickvention, so they decided to add some extra fun awards. And I scored one!
They gave me the award for "Dedication to Space", which seemed a little odd as I didn’t really consider myself a space builder. But thinking about it, every year I’ve been I’ve had at least one space related exhibit. Apparently I am dedicated to space, although sometimes that just means a random spaceship and not anything impressive.
But to be honest - I’ve got a feeling that the award had more to do with tables than space.
Jason has joined me on my trips to Brickvention quite a few times (although he missed this year due to getting married or something) - but I’ve noticed that no one ever seems to know who he is, while many will greet me by name.
I’m not a very outgoing or chatty sort of person, so that’s not it.
The people who know me are generally the organizers and committee members, rather than just other random exhibitors.
I think it’s because I’m generally one of the last people out of the hall.
Brickvention packup is an epic undertaking that never ceases to amaze me. Within a few hours of the last visitor leaving, the exhibits are all packed and out the door. And for most people, that’s where the convention ends.
For the organizers and committee members though, there’s a lot of work getting the tables sorted, packed, and into trucks or trailers. All the table cloths etc need to be sorted, and every single thing needs to be out of the building before they can leave for the night. There is heaps of work involved.
So I stick around and give them a hand. Even if I have to take my car load of Lego back to the hotel, I’ll turn around and tram back to the hall to help with the pack-up.
Jason doesn’t do this - neither do most of the exhibitors. In fact, you can be pretty sure who will be there at the end - they always seem to be the same exhausted faces.
I think that’s why the committee know who I am.
And I think that’s why I got the "Dedication to Space" award.