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Hi everyone, just signed up here. Looks like lots of information to be had!

I'm from Portland and have an indoor display, 16 channels. I love it, and wish I had gotten into it a lot sooner. :)

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Welcome to PC!

This truly is the BEST Christmas Decorating and Idea forum on the internet!

Everyone is VERY friendly and helpful. I know you will enjoy it here. Hopefully you can post pictures/vids of your display soon?

I am just east of you in Idaho but I have a LOt of family in the Portland area.

Merry Christmas to you!

~Renee

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Welcome, If you venture up to vancouver I have 128 channel display going. If your interested here is my address 16304 NE 63rd st Vancouver wa 98682. There are a few others in the area doing shows as well. They may chime in here too.

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And a very warm welcome indeed.

Speaking of indoor displays, my workplace wanted me to do an animated display in the office. I like the idea of staying warm and dry, but I dont' think it will happen this year.

I checked out Paul's display last week. He had the virtual Santa and the whole works.

Here is my info for anyone wanting to swing by

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Forest+Grove&state=OR&address=6341+NW+Kansas+City+Rd%3B&zipcode=97116#a/maps/m::9:45.566415:-123.140568:0:::::/e

6341 NW Kansas City Rd

Forest Grove, OR 97116

35,000 lights, 8 minutes of music on a continous loop on 96.7 FM.

Merry Christmas

Darin Miller

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Welcome, Glad you found us. Lots of good information here and freindly people. It might be just me but there seems to be alot more people getting into the decorating spirit this year. Seems to be way more homes in my area with lights on, this is great to see and doesn;t make me look as crazy:p. Darin now that I know where the lair is :D I will have to make a trip to check it out. Hope you were able to fix the little bugs. I'll have to check out BC's place as well, I have a coworker that does a static display in Vancouver that is pretty big, so I can make the trip productive. Putergirl what are you using for your inside display LOR?

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Whoa, I didn't see all these welcomes.. thank you everyone! It's so nice to be here, you all seem so friendly. :)

I am using a combo of regular minis and LED minis. I have the regulars in "general" areas and the LED's in "specific" areas if that makes any sense! So when I turn off the regulars and turn on the LEDs it really makes an impact. I'll take a picture tomorrow and post it. I almost bought a camcorder the other day but I was too tired to make that last stop.. lol So maybe when we are out of the deep freeze I'll get some video of my display too. Oh, and I'm using a LOR 16 channels.

Can you believe the snow?? It sure is pretty though. Nice for a change. :)

A question... how long do you guys keep your displays up? It's so snowy that I can't even get out of my driveway right now, but a friend of mine wants to go see some tractors that are decorated in Forest Grove, so maybe we could me a trip of it and just make the rounds.

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Well here is my modest indoor light display.

The pic that shows the lights on is showing

the lights I turn on when there is no show running.

I khope you like it. :)

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PGsIndoorLightslitup.jpg

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Well here is my modest indoor light display.

The pic that shows the lights on is showing

the lights I turn on when there is no show running.

I khope you like it. :)

That's cool. Everyone elses display is under 1.5 feet of snow and your is completely dry. The icicle and garland is a neat way to dress up the wall. It looks like a lot of fun.

-Darin

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Thank you Bull and Darin! :)

Yeah, I guess so...I never thought about the snow being on all the lights. Seems the whole northern USA is snowed in right now.

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