In which our hero, meaning me, goes on a quest to prove that Leda Kat really does exist.
About this creation
When I went to Brickworld 2011, I had only one goal: to meet and photograph that most elusive of all brick enthusiasts -- Leda Kat. I've heard the whispered legends about this mysterious builder who they say listens to the whispers of the wind to get inspiration and honed her skill at the feet of the revered Tibetan LegGodt Monks. She allegedly survived a cleansing ritual involving drinking molten ABS and fasting for 50 days in the ruins of a Mayan temple, then built herself a road out of the jungle by creating a mosiac depicting the history of mankind in interpretive dance.
I'm here to tell you that she is real, and only I had the skill and the daring to capture her image to share with the world. The photographs you are about to see are unretouched digital images, as verified by the experts at the Ufollakrahp Museum of Natural History located in Saltillo, Indiana.
Some of you may doubt me, but not only did I photograph her, I accompanied her on a journey into the mysterious world of downtown Chicago. We took in the breathtaking architecture, dined on exquisite foodstuffs at Food Life (look it up, it's awesome), and even visited the Lego store. The pictures at the Lego store didn't pan out, but we did discover marvelous treasures and dreamed of new builds we could do with the sets and bits we purchased (I still think they gave her free Lego because of who she is, but she pretended to go through the line for my benefit. How awesome is that?)
To prove to you that she was there, this photo of my daughter and me was taken by Leda Kat. Note the particularly artistic camera angle and deceptive use of light to make me look so darn good. Yeah, I'm workin' it here, baby! My lovely wife was so entranced by Leda's skill that even she thinks I look good in this picture.
I tried to capture an image of Leda on the city streets, but some random freak (probably Phipson) messed with the settings on my camera and this was the best I could do. I was totally bummed when I reviewed the picture and noticed that the UPS guy who messed up everyone's builds during shipping sneaked into that shot. I believe Leda slipped away for a few minutes and now he's sleeping with the fishes ...
My family loves little adventures, and we really love it when we get to share those adventures with friends. We were able to take Leda on Chicago's famed elevated train system (The "El"). Here's a shot of the train platform where Leda saved a guy's life by yelling "Free Lego!" Ok, it was my life and I walking on the tracks . . . um, yeah, I thought I saw a dollar bill down there and was going to get it. True story.
We were able to walk around some of the city and both of us spent more time looking up at the buildings and thinking about how to build them in Lego than watching where we were going. Thankfully, Mitzi and Kelsey kept us out of harm's way. I'm pretty sure if Leda hadn't been there, they would have left me to wander aimlessly around the city and gone someplace interesting, like Paris or London.
We finally got back to the convention hall ...
Ah, Brickworld. By now you're all probably sick to death of posts about the Lord of the Rings collaborative that I am quite proud to have been a part of. Everything turned out beautifully and we had a blast doing it (except for all the rebuilding Kevin and the others went through).
And now, back to my story.
After an intense first day of the public portion of the convention, a group of us decided to go out to dinner. Here she is ordering what I'm sure was quite delicious and satisfying. I had to beg and plead with Leda to get her to go, but at first she politely declined, saying something about having spent "too much time with stupid Americans" as it was. I wasn't sure what she meant, but this next photo might be what she was talking about.
See what I mean?
Sunday was another action packed day, and Leda received an award for her superb model of the village of Bree and The Prancing Pony. It truly was an inspirational build, and it deserved the award (look around on the 'pages and you'll see other accolades, etc.)
The least photographed model of the MOCpages collaborative.
Here is a shot of Leda as she wandered the convention hall, documenting not only the Lord of the Rings collaborative but other builds of note. After all, when one is a disciple of the masters such as she, it pays to keep tabs on the competition. And so, my friends, I have proven that Leda Kat does exist, that she is female, and that she is awesome. Never doubt me again!
Ok, all kidding aside, Brickworld was great fun and I'm proud to have been part of the collaborative build; however, I can't express my gratitude to friends old and new for, well, being my friends. You are all special to me and my family, and that's why I love this hobby -- all of you! It's you people that make me want to come back every year.
I'd like to dedicate this post to the Fellowship and the various friends and family members who pitched in to make it all possible.
Addendum: Since I live about an hour and a half away from Mark Kelso, we volunteered to take his Lego from the Minas Tirith build to him. I swear, Mark, that was all the Lego Chris gave me!
Any truth to the rumours she can take raw ABS in her hands and compress it into the bricks she requires for a build? Or that Heath actually consumed some solid food with his booze? Nah, thought that last one was too fantastic..... Glad to see you all had a good time.
Brilliant story! Leda is indeed an enigma, and a lovely one at that. Your pictures are great, it's always fun to see the people of Brickworld (especially Heath and Chris stuffing their faces, tee hee). Thanks for the laugh - we miss you and the ladies already!
How did you hunt down all that inside information about me and my origins?! I thought that was classified. Hilarious stuff Dennis! It was a real pleasure meeting you and your amazing family. Kelsey is an awesome kid and your gorgeous wife is just unbelievable! Can't wait till next year when I can come hang with ya'l in Indiana.