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Hey all! Just letting ya all know about a new project im working on for a client in NC. Its a 30 ft tall mega tree...100,000 leds and it shoots a 60 ft fireball off the top! Now come on....how cool is that?!?!? And of course the whole show is all LOR...Should be great fun...I will be back wth video after im done with construction and programming after the weekend when i get back into town..

Kale

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Nothing says Merry Christmas like an exploding fireball of a tree :eek:.

EDIT TO ADD DISCLAIMER: The above comment was meant to be humorous, not snarky, although I do believe that fiery trees aren't terribly in the holiday spirit.

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Hey all! Just letting ya all know about a new project im working on for a client in NC. Its a 30 ft tall mega tree...100,000 leds and it shoots a 60 ft fireball off the top! Now come on....how cool is that?!?!? And of course the whole show is all LOR...Should be great fun...I will be back wth video after im done with construction and programming after the weekend when i get back into town..

Kale

When is Enough, Too Much?

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Don't let what those guys say discourage you.

If you like your display, and the fireball, then do it! I want to be one of the first to say - let me see your video.

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If Tim get's one for his opinion then I sure as heck deserve one too, don't you think?

And to think I was trying really hard to be non-controversial the past 6-8 months (I have to confess reading some of my past posts, e.g. a year or more ago, and cringing...)

No need to drag this on publicly. I've PM'd Chuck and if he doesn't want me here I will gladly leave.

THIS JUST IN: Dale PM'd me that this was a joke. So if the mods want to clean up this thread (and remove my infraction!) I'd appreciate it. Evidently I'm humor-impared today (having an 'infraction' appear on my profile, for the first time in my life, over what I thought was an innocent comment, sort of shook me up). Sorry for the confusion.

-Tim

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The mods should remove my comment about deserving an infraction (and this one as well). I too must be 'humor impaired' at the moment (or is that called 'Having a SENIOR moment'? I forget;))

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The mods should remove my comment about deserving an infraction (and this one as well). I too must be 'humor impaired' at the moment (or is that called 'Having a SENIOR moment'? I forget;))

This all can be fixed by just saying "I love you!" LOL. It works for me everytime.

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Hey all! Just letting ya all know about a new project im working on for a client in NC. Its a 30 ft tall mega tree...100,000 leds and it shoots a 60 ft fireball off the top! Now come on....how cool is that?!?!? And of course the whole show is all LOR...Should be great fun...I will be back wth video after im done with construction and programming after the weekend when i get back into town..

Kale

Would that client have the name (Tony) in N.C ? :)

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I'm humor-impared today (having an 'infraction' appear on my profile, for the first time in my life, over what I thought was an innocent comment, sort of shook me up). Sorry for the confusion.

-Tim

Tim, I ALWAYS think you're funny and a little funny looking! JK! LOL! Randy

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IT IS ON TOP OF US. Showtime that is.

A little too close for ME to have much humour left! When the show is running perfectly I will ease up and grin again. I think everyone should tell everyone NP. Take a break, drink a coffee, and smile about the show we are about to fire off for our communities.

(I JUST THOUGHT people were driving me nuts this Summer asking about the show. It is downright crazy NOW!)

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