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About mjs805

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  • Birthday 03/05/1968

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  • Location
    Carmel, NY
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    Home Improvement
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  • About my display
    Lots of Blowmolds
  1. This early snow on my blow molds

    I remember that year. Everything was frozen solid. I was afraid that my candy canes and blow molds would crack if I tried to pull them out. Hopefully the rain and warm (Ha, I'm calling 40 degrees warm) later this week will free things up.
  2. -10 here this morning and we have about a foot of snow on the ground. I'm not taking anything down today. We are supposed to get 40s and rain Thursday through Saturday (melt white devil!) so I'm looking at getting most of the stuff off the house, lawn, trees and bushes next Sunday and Monday (MLK Day). Cords are a different story. I will deal with them in March or April. It's not like they are going anywhere. I just like to get the visible stuff down as a courtesy to my neighbors. I don't want to be an eyesore. Who wants to look at Christmas blow molds in February?
  3. Commercial shoot?

    Cool. I'm guessing it will air in the fall. Please keep us posted. I would love to see the finished product.
  4. Commercial shoot?

    I received a comment on my youtube video from someone claiming to be with a commercial production company and wanting to discuss their client using a "decked out holiday house like yours" on their instagram feed. I just ignored it. I don't want to inject business into this. I'm sure there would be a lot of fine print to read through. I'm just in this to entertain the community and raise money for my charity.
  5. What color lighting do you prefer?

    I use red/green/white/blue in my animated display. I think it adds something to the sequencing when one color is shown at any given time. That being said, I don't think your multi show in the video looked cheap. I enjoyed it. It is also the less expensive route for sure. Maybe you could leave the bulk of the display multi and do individual colors on the mega tree. Just a thought. Mike
  6. Merry Christmas Virginia

    I run mine until Jan 5 every year. When I was a kid, my Mom always said you leave the lights on until Little Christmas. I think I just like to put off taking it all down as long as possible.
  7. coro snowflakes!

    Thanks everyone. I looked at the website yesterday. I think the snowflakes are about the only thing they still do for mini lights.
  8. coro snowflakes!

    pjwallen, thanks for bumping this. I may give these a try next year. A few of my Philips rope light snow flakes have failed this year and wrapping new rope light around them is a huge pain. I could see me doing 2 sets, one in cool white and one in blue. Thanks again!
  9. 25,000+ lights on 68 LOR channels. We are located in Lake Carmel, NY.
  10. After Christmas sales

    I was in a Lowes in northern CT today and they were already starting to consolidate the Christmas merchandise and shrink the section down. I think the retailers have figured out that they would rather have bare shelves on the 20th than half full shelves on the 26th. I do miss the days of me and my sons filling multiple carts at Target, bright and early on the 26th.
  11. I started with AL in 2009 and had a great experience up until about 2015. Of course, I was a plug and play user who just ordered show cards from them. I did have a few technical issues early on and Paul and his crew were very responsive. At 200+ channels, you obviously had a much more complex set up and interacted with Paul much more than I did. I did notice a lot of turnover at the company and your post has me thinking that Paul must have been difficult to work for/with. Thankfully, the fun has not been killed for me. I'm on LOR now and very happy with the product.
  12. It's yours Frank. Send me a shipping address and I will get it out to you. I will let you know the shipping after i ship it and you can send me a check. I'm doing this on the honor system. email me at mjs805@verizon.net. Mike
  13. Who else is behind schedule!?

    I am done. Took last week off and knocked it out. This weekend I will go through the display and troubleshoot any bad lights, ect. It's a good feeling.
  14. I converted to LOR this year and have no use for my monster brain. I figured someone on here who is still running AL would like to have a backup. It is actually only two years old. I sent my original MB to AL in 2015 to have the battery replaced and they lost it, so they just sent me a new MB. I know none of the technical stuff, like which version of the software it is running on. All I ask is that you pay the shipping. First response gets it. Mike
  15. FYI, Paul's (the owner) wife had a brain aneurysm in 2015 and has had a difficult recovery. This seemed to coincide with the customer service issues at AL. Not an excuse, but more of an explanation as to what may have caused the problems. I think Paul's problem was that he was a very important part of the day to day operations and when he had to be with his wife, the company suffered. A couple of his former employees have started up Jolt Lighting and have the rights to all of the AL programming, so I'm not sure what kind of deal was cut there. That being said, I converted to LOR this year, in part because I had exhausted the AL song catalogue (I don't have the time to do my own programming), and in part because I feared that I would be left with equipment that was no longer supported if AL should go out of business.