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AFOL of the Year Trophy by Chris Phipson . . Moral with this story? You bet! "LIFE LOVES IRONY!" I'll explain... Flash back to this time last year, and I was at the top of my game. I had just come off of a winning BW collaborative, "The Journey of the Fellowship" with VurtuaLUG, and was more than halfway through my most detailed and ambitious MOC yet. Then, to top it off, I was honored to have been the 2011 MOCie Awards AFOL of the Year recipient! Wow, was I flying high! But, then life took over. About the time I received this beautiful trophy in the mail from Chris, my Lego world was shattered by the real world. We put our house up for sale, and suddenly every last piece of Lego had to go into storage. Meanwhile, the art world was plummeting and every last ounce of time and energy suddenly had to be dedicated to either keeping the business alive, or selling our house and finding a new home to live in. And just like that, everything Lego came to a screeching halt! Still, you can't keep a true Lego addict down! So, let me introduce you to the new Legotorium. (Which, I might add finally started seeing some building action again this morning for the first time in over half a year!) On the left, I've added an entertainment center. I can now watch movies, tv series, or - a favorite of mine - the old Looney Tunes cartoons while building. The arrangement is still very much the same, but I've got a bit more elbow room now, and a lot more space for display of some of my favorite set boxes. Still a lot of cardboard boxes, too. But, in time those should get cleared out as well. And here we get to the core reason for this post...this beautiful trophy! My heartfelt thanks to Chris Phipson for his amazing creation! It's become a tradition for the former year's recipient of the award - in this case, our own illustrious Chris Phipson - to build the trophy for next year's award winner. So, now with the 2012 MOCie awards in full swing, it's going to be up to me to come up with the trophy for the new AFOL king. I said at the start that life loves irony. The moment I'm graced with such an honor as AFOL of the year, I have to put away the Lego. *sigh* But, on the up-side, and ironically again, I'm back in the ring for another round just in time to build the trophy for the next recipient. It's going to be tough to match such a terrific design as this, and I can only hope I'm up to the challenge. Meanwhile, let me take a moment to say it's GREAT to be back! My most heartfelt thanks to all who voted for me last year. And a special thank you to Chris for hosting this event each year, and - on a very personal note - for blessing me with this wonderful memento of the communities kindness and support! Now get over to the MOCie 2012 group and cast your votes for the new king! Cheers, all!

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