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  • When I walk around stores or markets, I often see things that I think would be nice or fun to have. From hammocks to bits of technology to little trinkets. These confrontations usually end the same way. The reasons are usually the same or similar; "I don't actually need it," "it costs too much," or the simple "nah".

    In my recent trip to IKEA, I was presented with a whole store of things that I would like to have but one item really got to me, a little train set affectionately titled Lillabo.

    When I walked into my friends' place, I presented them with the gift of a small Swedish delicatessen, and began to describe my adventure for the day. Without a moments hesitation, I was interrupted with the question, "you bought a train set?" It didn't take long for Matt to open the box and we began to layout the tracks on the kitchen counter.

    Once we reached boredom with the default layout, we started to try out different things, constructing vertical tracks, ramps and jumps. After an hour of deviations and the frenzy of grabbing anything we could find to enhance our little layout, we settled on a simple loop that weaved between bottles and glasses, climbing over inverted bowls and at one point cantilevering over the void of the tile floor below.

    It's interesting how much fun you can get out of a simple $10, quite possibly one of the best purchases I have ever made. And all that in the first day.
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