So through my church (and most churches, I think) there is a program with the Salvation Army where kids who may not be having a great Christmastime get their name put on a tag on a tree in the lobby, and members can pick a kid to buy a present for. Being that I am a bit of a geek, I made sure to pick a kid who wanted LEGOs. And being a bit of a geek, I used this as an excuse to go into the LEGO store that opened in town while I was away at college.
It's a good thing that this place wasn't around when I was 12--that probably couple thousand dollars I've got sunk into little plastic bricks from years worth of allowances would probably have been doubled. Seriously, BEST STORE EVER.
I walked out with a nice yellow steam roller set for the kid from the tree (slightly crumpled box, about 30% off), and a graduate minifigure and giant raptor for my friend (the one who sends me all the links I use pointing to cool LEGO things) who is graduating from School of Mines next week. Because my order was over $50, I got a free LEGO Star Wars mini set, too! Gotta love it.
If this whole "engineering" thing doesn't work out, I know what door my shadow is going to be in, begging for work...