I had an extensive conversation with Allan last night about Legos. While talking, we both started searching the internet and found many of our old favorite sets.
Allan apparently had a far more impressive collection than I, and he was saddened when I told him that I had a fear of pieces getting mixed together. Mixing the pieces together meant that I might lose pieces! That ridiculous fear was broken on my 11th birthday, when we had a party at my house. I remember being in another room when I heard that fateful sound as one of my sets was emptied from its plastic bag. I started to flip out, but I was in tears when I raced in, too late, to find that my "friends" had quickly emptied out every one of my sets in a pile on the floor and were actively mixing them. I was not a happy camper.
The next morning, of course, I awoke and realized that I could now build a super creation! I built a space fort like the world had never seen.
In my search for images of my old sets, I found many of my old space sets:
Ice Planet 2002
Among my favorites were the items I would never be able to build - I drooled for weeks over the models in the Technic idea book (8891: Designer's Manual). Best of all were the extensive cityscapes and sprawling space scenes in 260: Idea Book. The problem with that idea book was that it was no longer possible to acquire the sets that were used to create those wonderful worlds (I came upon that idea book several years too late).
Thanks to Allan for a productive trip down memory lane.
Update - Allan has since posted an entry about Legos. Where mine was more of an announcement, his is introspective.