Saturday, December 09, 2006

Do Geeks Dream Of Lego Sheep?

Courtesy of the lovely Mr BC, I have a fantastic lego advent calendar.

In my enthusiasm I managed to completely destroy it before I figured out how it worked, at one point laying bare all of the little lego sets incubating in the cells behind each of the doors. It was nothing a bit of hasty sellotaping and folding couldn't fix, though, and the calendar is now functioning as it should.

However, recently the calendar has started behaving suspiciously, as if it knows as much about the inner workings of my life as I know about its.

Yesterday morning, for example, door no. 8 yielded up a festive hospital bed, complete with drip. Yesterday afternoon, I had to take my mum to the hospital (scheduled visit, nothing alarming), where a certain amount of time was spent lying about on a spookily similar bed, watching the news about the festive rail strikes in Clermont-Ferrand.

This morning, door no. 9 revealed a little hospital desk and computer, featuring a fancy adjustable flat-screen monitor. Eerily, today I am writing a brochure about healthcare computerisation (pace Realdoc).

I'm leaving for the airport at 6.15am tomorrow, but there will probably be time for me to open door no. 10 before I go. I'm just hoping I don't get one of these:


Because that would just be way too scary.


UPDATE: Look! This Matt also has the lego advent calendar! And he's put lego Anakin Skywalker on his hospital bed, whereas I've put lego Draco Malfoy on mine! And my lego doctor also put his briefcase in the luggage x-raying machine! It's things like this that restore my faith in humankind.

UPDATE 2: Ooh, I got a bit overexcited there. Anyone would think I was quite looking forward to my little sojourn in London Town.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Lego sets we'll never see:
Lego gay sauna
Lego crematorium
Lego sweatshop
Lego Guantanamo Bay

patroclus said...

Albert: don't you believe it.

Smat said...

we have a Lego gay hairdressers/ice cream parlour if that helps?

Anonymous said...

This could be spooky, a sort of Chucky in bits and pieces. It's possible they might be back there, behind the tape and windows, assembling themselves during the dark of night ...

Anonymous said...

Oooo where do you get those lego advent calendars? I want one now.

james henry said...

Amazon.com, very handy for long-distance presenting (they didn't pay me to say that).

Spinsterella said...

Do you get actual bits of real lego?

patroclus said...

Yes!

Spinsterella said...

Woo!

frangelita said...

Lego calendars sound bitchin'. Ooh, if I get one now I can open ten at once...

belladona said...

I'm incredibly jealous! I want one now, my boyfriend didn't get me an advent calendar at all. Pah. I think I'll ring him up and moan at him until he's forced to buy me another christmas present. Mwhahahah.

llewtrah said...

At work we've used basic Lego to make small mock-ups of products. That was before fancy CAD packages.

Anonymous said...

We've got one of those in our house too! But you must have the different city version cause we've had no hospital equipment at all, just angels, geese and peculiarly, robots.

patroclus said...

Ooh my word, Jack - angels, geese *and* robots? Do you get a lego frost-covered robot angel on Christmas Eve? That would be unutterably brilliant.

james henry said...

Bugger, I clearly bought you the inferior lego advent calender. If I'd known there was one with angels, geese and robots, I would have bought two.

patroclus said...

Worry not - all lego is good as far as I'm concerned. Plus I reckon that by the 24th I'll have enough spare bits left over to make a fantastic frost-covered Christmas robot angel.

Have to admit to being slightly disappointed about the lack of geese, though. Boo.