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Tired_Yeti

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Tired_Yeti last won the day on December 30 2017

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About Tired_Yeti

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Luke chapter 2
  • Location
    Texas
  • Biography
    I was born at a very young age and have been alive ever since.
  • Interests
    Building a magical Christmas display that dazzles the neighborhood and inspires my neighbors to get into the season.
  • Occupation
    Working
  • About my display
    My wide and I have different tastes. Hers are more "old fashion" vintage style. I like colorful, cartoony, and animated. We're pretty new to setting up an outdoor display. Right now, it's only lights around the eves and one inflatable Santa/penguin igloo.
  1. 2017 Display- video

    LOL! “Half a****”?! Are you kidding?! That looks time consuming to set up. I think people who don’t put any effort in don’t understand what it takes and they criticize people out of their own ignorance about the situation. I think your set up looks very nice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. 2017 Christmas Display

    My set is modest. I have white icicle lights on the eves; and in the front porch area an artificial tree with white lights, a set of lighted gift boxes, and a bench with a Xmas blanket and a lighted dog with a Xmas scarf. In the yard, I have 2 StarShower slide show projectors putting Xmas images on the wall. I didn’t win any prizes, but I like making the street look more festive. I’m just glad that other people did it this year too. I think you and I both have more of a holiday attitude and less of a competitive attitude about it. This year there were homes that just had a string of lights up. Last year those homes had nothing. So I’m just glad to see they’re participating. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Well I never.....

    I hear these complaints about Walmart a lot. Oddly, I’ve never heard anyone actually post the number (undoubtedly in the thousands) of people employed by Walmart. Walmart is often accused of “keeping people poor”, but employment at Walmart is not compelled by the government. The people working there applied for jobs, interviewed for the jobs (where they had opportunity to ask about wages, benefits, etc.), and they accepted the jobs. Corporations that provide jobs don’t keep people in poverty. People keep themselves in poverty—if they chose to stay there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 2017 Christmas Display

    We had the same problem here. When I bought the house, the only guy on the street who did ANY holiday decorating was a 70+ year old neighbor who climbed the ladder and pounded the stakes by himself with no help. He put up lights and inflatables and other things. He decorates for every holiday. Once we were settled in the house, the next season that came around, I started small and slow but I started doing Halloween and Christmas. Then we were the only 2 houses doing anything. BUT— This year most of the houses on my street and the neighboring 2 streets are decorated and lighted. Why? Because ONE young married couple walked the neighborhood on foot and personally passed out fliers to each house. He stopped by my house when I was on the roof hanging my Xmas lights. We talked for a bit. He said they had only lived on the street for a few months but remembered that last year there were almost NO displays. He’s a real estate guy and said he’d like to see the holiday “curb appeal” improve. So they took it upon themselves to motivate the neighborhood. It was a simple homemade flier. I think his business it paying for the prizes (whatever they are). It might work for your ‘hood too. Here’s what they handed out here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Patriotic Christmas Tree

    America the Beautiful to be exact. LOL! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Fast way to add reindeer to the roof

    Looks great! Honestly, I’d spray paint the poles and hardware black to make it all disappear as evening comes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I recently started wondering the same thing. I have a flat roof and want to put one of those 7.5’ (or bigger) inflatable nativity scenes on my roof. In the past, I weighted an inflatable igloo (on the ground, not roof) by using an old car’s floor mat as a pad and stacking bricks on it. I thought about doing a similar thing on the roof. My question is how do you put the guy line tethers on it? Should I screw eye bolts to my eves on the side of the roof and tie to that so that I don’t penetrate the tarpaper and weather proofing in the top of the roof? Or what? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Help

    Were they in Christmas costumes at least? LOL! Sorry...couldn’t resist. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. So is it just me?

    Perhaps it should be treated more like Halloween. Meaning...if/when you go out to the display with visitors present, throw a Santa hat on your head or whatever and make yourself look festive and friendly. When I stroll the neighborhoods looking at displays I wear a Santa hat and say "merry Christmas" to everyone I see. I feel that it just reassures everyone that I'm just there to view the display and not to case the joint for a burglary. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. North Pole (Alaska)

    Yeah, North Pole didn't lure any factory because It's about 350 miles north of the largest Alaskan city, Anchorage, and shipping materials to and from the factory would have been quite expensive. Trucking is expensive because the drive up that highway can be treacherous in winter and railroad is expensive--today. Back in 1953, it would have been cost prohibitive for sure. I'm surprised they even entertained the dream. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    Yeah, I'm numb to the power bill questions. When people ask me, I start off by telling them that I have a swimming pool so my electric bill is hard to compare to the average home to begin with. My power bill is rarely below $200 regardless. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Silent site?

    I actually got on here to get away from Facebook. The newsfeed on that site keeps me angry and I don't like it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    Often it's not what you say but HOW you said it that matters most. Each person displays differently for different reasons. I have a toddler so my display includes a cartoonish looking slide show and some of those "cheesy" blow-ups" you seem to hate. I'm decorating to make Christmas fun and amusing for little kids, not seniors or newspaper reporters. So each person has a motive and a focus for what they display and how. While your display looks tidy and pleasant, it may or may not hold a small child's interest for long. So some of us decorate to show Christmas to the children. After all, some folks have already enjoyed 70 or 80 Christmases, right? I'm not trying to impress or amuse those folks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Halloween

    I have a toddler so I have to keep my Halloween very kid-friendly since she gets scared easily. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Who else is behind schedule!?

    I just drove through a neighborhood last night on my way home and saw several houses with, not only displays set up, but lights ON already! Personally, it's too early to light up. Set up? Sure. Switch it on? Not yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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