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This Past Year . . It occurred to me on this day that my MOCiversary was four days ago. My, how time flies. Since I started this journey back into my childhood, my daughter has turned five, and my wife and I celebrated our twelfth wedding anniversary. The Munch has shown increasing enthusiasm for her crazy father who is as passionate about his toys as she is hers, (she caught me swooshing once…awkward), and my wife has demonstrated a virtually limitless tolerance for her husband who has on several occasions boxed her in on the couch with piles of bricks. She shakes her head stoically and tiptoes through the plastic minefield like the trooper she is. (Insert special tip of the cap to my wife here). I have built 18 MOCs in my first year and I show no signs of stopping. The rest of my family has become involved and insists now on seeing what I build before I tear it down. They want me to print off pictures of what I do and each time I visit, I fear that I will find the pictures hanging from the refrigerator. I joke, but it only encourages me to keep doing this thing. First, to the AFOLs: As an AFOL, (maybe you other old codgers out there can relate), I find myself from time to time, (normally in between builds), wondering what I am doing with this whole thing. There is this little voice in the back of my head that keeps reminding me that I will never do this for a living, so why do it? I decided that for my first MOCiversary, I would give my thoughts on that very matter. The bottom line is that this is what I do for me. All that I ever ask of myself is that through my life, I will find one thing or another to express creativity. There is still so much that I have to prioritize over it to be a productive member of a family, or a company, or society in general, but just to take a few moments out of my hectic schedule, in a quiet house, when the ladies in my life have settled in for the night, and lay some paint, or scratch a pencil over a piece of drawing paper, or rap away at my keyboard to try to achieve literary mediocrity, or, in this case, keep sticking pieces of plastic together until it becomes something, has become of great importance to me. I can’t say how happy I am that I have settled on this outlet. To everyone: I said all that I’ve said and it’s all well and good that I do this for me, but it also cannot be expressed enough how much I appreciate this community. This is the first thing in which I have participated that has such a global effect. I have met, (without meeting), so many remarkable individuals, (out of fear of forgetting someone, for there are many, I won’t mention names, but you know who you are), that have, without even trying, inspired me and pushed me to be a better builder. These individuals come from all corners of the Earth, (I never have been able to find the corners on a sphere, but I digress), and have vastly different origins, but this experience has made it clear to me, that no matter how separated we are, we will always find our people. This last year has been a pleasure, and I enthusiastically look forward to the next. The minor purpose of this MOC was to put the main pics of all my last year’s works onto one post, but the main idea was to reach out to all the MOCers out there whose path has crossed mine at some point, and say, “Thank you.” But enough of all that mushy stuff. If you’re interested, here’s my last year of MOCs. TSC Predator X-1 Experimental Military Testing Facility Heavy Metal TSC HeavyHand TSC Firestorm Prowler and Carrier Did Someone Call an Exterminator? The Battleship Orion - Still my largest MOC to date. I know, Jon, I know, it's on my to-do list. Dee-Derp Public Space Transport City on the Undiri Moon Armageddon Walker Nemesis Ground Assault Vehicle VICtory Viper T-76 Spearhead Classic Space - FAILURE! Communication Point Establishment Vehicle - My Classic Space Pocket Money Contest Entry

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