Two spectacular openings

This week was marked by a couple big events! On Thursday, there was an opening reception for an exhibit of my pal Matt's excellent photography, featuring his images of Japan! The show is displayed at the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic offices and studio, and it's really nice to see his wonderful photos all over the walls. Several people came to the opening and talked with Matt about his art, and we enjoyed some great refreshments and even played some music (Steve brought his keyboard, Jonathan had his horns, and I played an ultra-minimal drum kit). It was a really nice time, immediately followed by a big dinner together at New World Deli, eating giant sandwiches and burgers to sitar music.

Yesterday was super exciting since Austin's new official LEGO Store had its grand opening! I thought I was a little silly for wanting to be at Barton Creek Square right when they opened, but it turned out that every LEGO fan in town had the same idea! They had to make sure the crowd in the store didn't go over capacity, so everyone lined up (several hundred people, nearly the length of the mall) and waited to get in, which was kind of exciting! The store is really well designed and stuffed with merchandise, including all the exclusives that you can't get anywhere else, with some neat areas where you can buy loose bricks or custom minifigs. I was one of the first 300 purchases (I bought the new General Grievous Starfighter), so I got a special commemorative bat set! LEGO was also holding a "building event" to construct a huge Buzz Lightyear, and it was fun to watch kids build sections that were added to the huge model. I have a feeling I'm going to be visiting the LEGO Store semi-regularly!

View photos: Matt's Photo Exhibit
View photos: LEGO Store