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As some of you may remember, about a week ago I was blessed with a visit from the State Highway Patrol and the Sheriff’s office. Evidently someone complained about the road being blocked for 30 mins, which is really not true, but they told me it still had to be investigated. ]They were real nice, and told me there was nothing they could do, because I was within my rights, but they had to at least let me know somebody complained. We live on a County road, right outside the city limits, and there are houses about ¼ mile past us. There are only about 5 house in our immediate neighborhood, and some of them help set the display up, so I know it wasn’t them. Anyway, the people out past us probably got mad because they had to slow down from their usual 60-65mph, when the speed limit is only 45. The State Patrol even said it wasn’t congested when he came out, but he had to move the cars on, because it’s illegal to pull off and sit unless it’s an emergency.

Anyway, last night we had at any given time about 40 cars, on both side of the road. At about 7:30, here comes the State Patrol, with lights flashing and horns blowing. He forced the cars to move on, and not only that one time, he kept coming back, because people kept coming and pulling off. He did this several times for about 45mins., then he left. After he left, it was right back to the place it was before, and kept a constant traffic flow until the show shut down at 11.

Tonight, Santa is going to be here with some elves passing out candy canes. Since the way my area is set up, they have to pass them out to the road to the people in the cars, I hope we don’t get arrested.:? Wish us all luck.

Bill

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If you are doing nothing but setting up a display, I don't think there is one thing that can be done about traffic backing up to see it! After all, you might have set that display up only for your own enjoyment, and "gosh darn those people for coming along and looking into your yard." However, if you have people on the road handing things out, I think you are tempting fate and I personally would not do that, especially if there has already been a traffic problem.

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Actually, the only time i believe that it is truly illegal to park on the side of the road is when you do it on the interstate and it is not an emergency. The other thing is the right away is measured from the center line of the highway. If you can find out what that measurement is then anyone who parks beyond that distance is with out a doubt legal and can stay. It varies from state to state and type of road. For instance here in FL neighborhoods are 25' from center of street and two lane county roads are 50' from center.

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Here's what happened last night. Santa showed up, the elves showed up, the traffic showed up, and the cops didn't show up. We only had one incident, and that was a couple of teenagers driving by yelling profanities as they passed.Everyone else had a great time, and we got some memorable pictures. I still need to think about the whole viewing situation, but for this year, it's almost over. It's not the perfect location for this, but not sure what else I can do. There is just no place feasible to pull off to watch, and the land isn't there to put in a turn around, or parking area. My only alternative would be to house the display at another location. That's what I will think about for next year. I could buy the property across the street, tear the house down, and build a giant parking lot. I figure it would only cost me maybe $250,000. Would that be too extreme?? lol :P We still got tonight to get through, traditionally this will be the busiest night of the year for us. Here's a couple of pics from last night.

Bill

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Bill Hoffman wrote:

I could buy the property across the street, tear the house down, and build a giant parking lot. I figure it would only cost me maybe $250,000. Would that be too extreme?? lol :P We still got tonight to get through, traditionally this will be the busiest night of the year for us. Here's a couple of pics from last night.

Bill

Bill,

That is too funny. There is a house across the street from us where the guy does very little upkeep. The yard is a mess and he still has plastic tarps on the roof from hurricane Ivan (Sept 2004). My wife made the same suggestion that we buy the property, use the old house to store the display, and build a parking lot in the front yard. So, I don't think it is too extreme at all.:D

Dennis

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After seeing your display tonight, Bill, I don't think that any Grinch could ever match its power! It's wonderful... though I must admit that there is a bit of a situation with traffic. :? I hope that it all works out naturally... sometimes things like that just 'do'! :cool:

If there is anyone else here in the Central / SouthEast Ohio area, you *MUST* stop by Bill Hoffman's place sometime soon.

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Thanks for the kind words Andrew. It was nice to meet you and your sister, under normal circumstances (instead of the hectic time at PLUS). Sorry if I talked your leg off, but I am very passionate about Christmas lights. :)

Thyno, Santa just talks in his regular voice, I think that's the only one he knows. :}

Bill

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