I just realized this morning that I had posted a grand total of 99 times on this forum, with this post here being #100. While it's nice to get into triple digits, I realized that while I have learned A TON about model railroading in the past year or so from the fine folks that make The Gauge such a great place, I really haven't DONE a whole lot to further myself in the hobby. In the past year, I did buy a DCC controller, and some EZ track, and a couple of DCC locos and rolling stock. My kids (age 6, 4 & 2) loved the fact that I had put up a decent size oval, with a siding that they could switch out the 2 different trains. Their excitement was in "running the trains", which in turn gave me great joy as well. While making this jump was great, and certainly necessary, it did not fill me with any great pride, as I wasn't really "creating" anything yet. In the past year plus I also have played around with track plans...A LOT, and have many great ideas, but I don't have anything I feel comfortable enough with to move forward with construction. So as this winter approached, I decided I would start working on some structures. I know conceptually what types of industries I want on my layout, so I figured I would start making those industries. Well, here I am, halfway through winter (at least for Chicago we are about half way!), and I hadn't bought a structure to build yet. What was keeping me from getting something to work on? What was I waiting for? So, I just went to Walther's website, and pulled the trigger! I bought the Glacier Gravel model, and the Magic Pan bakeries. I know that I want both of these industries represented on my layout somewhere, and I love the look of both of them, so I feel that they were good purchases. Plus they were both on sale on Walthers website to boot! So, after a year+ of "listening" and learning from people on this website, I am finally going to build my first 2 structures. I think that when I get these buildings done, it may give me clearer ideas and direction for my layout (kind of like the domino effect). I hope I can get the structures built without any problems, but I am comforted by the fact that if I do have some, I can count on some of you to help out.