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Nick Diaz

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I am located in Port St Lucie Florida (east coast about 45 minutes north of West Palm Beach) and this will be my first year in animation. Would really appreciate any help and assistance. Will be getting LOR during the spring sale.

Feel free to contact me directly and I will share my ideas to see what we can come up with.

Thanks,

Shawn

Shawn,

ldybug aka Danielle is in Palm City.. She is awesome. You should meet her!

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Yes I have met Danielle and John both. You are correct - They are both great.

I am planning a weekend to get together with them after the Florida mini on June 7th.

We have exchanged emails several times and with each email she states that we should get together and talk Christmas.

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Darren - thanks for options. I am always open to learning. I have been sitting back taking in as much as I can.

Let me re-phrase sitting back - reading and doing as much work as I can.

Will you be attending the Mini?

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i could sure use your assistance - would you be available? please advise. cordially

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Does it count if old members on Planet Christmas needs a little help to??

just wondering about that been on here for sometime now and still needs help is that sad ore what.

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Nick...

How many people are you seeing on both sides of this? If you are getting a lot, I'd be happy to write a website application that could be used for matching people using distance between zip codes.

It doesn't make sense to do it for a couple of people, but if it's getting up to the hundreds, an application would be the way to go.

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So how is this mentoring thing working out. This is the first that I have heard about it since I havnt been around for the past year.

We are always willing to assist anyone that would like help. And exactly how are you pairing people up? By just location, by the software there using?

So if there is a mentor list. You can add me. Tri City Area, Washington State.

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I haven't heard from my padawan learner since shortly after we were first paired up. On the other hand, I have helped several people thru PM's that wanted advise on various projects that I have done.

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Yeah, I think There were only 2-ish pairs, the rest couldn't be matched...However, I can send you the list Mike...but uh. It's probably too much work, for the little return.

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Yeah, I think There were only 2-ish pairs, the rest couldn't be matched...However, I can send you the list Mike...but uh. It's probably too much work, for the little return.

No problem. It's a good idea (the Mentor Program), too bad it hasn't taken off.

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Brian Mitchell in NH

I am in Massachusetts. would you be interested in mentoring me I am a definite NEWBIE. I love your leaping lights, would like to know how to do that.

Kathie E

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Kathie, it looks like this well intentioned program never really made it off the ground.

I think the easiest thing to do is read. There is a ton of information here. Use the search. It is so much better than the previous board we were on.

Ask questions. But keep them simple in scope. Questions with 12 parts spanning three different topics will probably get looked over. You would not want to ask about mega trees, mini trees, and a LOR software issue in one post. Break them down by category.

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Brian Mitchell in NH

I am in Massachusetts. would you be interested in mentoring me I am a definite NEWBIE. I love your leaping lights, would like to know how to do that.

Kathie E

Hi Kathie

I am a newbie this year as well, but would be willing to help if I can. I am over in upstate NY.

You can PM me if you have anything specific that you need help with or just to chat and I will see if I can help.

Maybe we can get a group of Northeasterns formed to help each other.

Bill

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Great idea!

This kind of happened by accident for me this year. I needed an engineer for a radio station that I own, so I called the engineer at the local tv station and he had a guy that would like to do some contract work for me.

Low and behold he was the only other person in miles (that we know of) that had a computerized display! I had seen a short story on tv about him a few years ago and when they said his name, I was like I have been wanting to talk to that guy anyway. I had been doing a display for the last 3 years using a dj light chaser, but this was my first year doing lor with 32 channels. We helped each other set up, exchanged some lights and he gave me a wealth of info and tips. After helping him set up a mega tree and was able to quickly design and set one up this year. So thanks Earl Flannagan. I am very lucky to have another light fanatic within close range.

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