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That's great! I bet the lights look great in the snow. We're expected to get some snow here in the Portland area tonight. I hope we do, I really want to get some pictures of the house with the lights on in the snow.

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Today was fantastic! About 4" of snow here at my house and the lights look great...although some of the deer want to go their own way with all this wind!!! My neighbor snapped a couple photos...I tried to upload them here but I got this message: "Your submission could not be processed because a security token was missing." Do you guys know what this is all about?

Were you guys able to get any pics tonight???

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Have to agree with you on this wind. So far everything is holding together although I have a blowup that is getting pushed around a lot. I really hope this wind doesn't stick around to much more. My wife took a bunch of shots today, the snow really makes it pop. Don't know what they are talking about with the security token, I just uploaded some and had no problem.

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It snowed all day today. Just checked the temp. its 3 degrees. BBBUUUURRRR!!!!:eek: Here's some pics from yesterday.

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Lights look great, really like the Merry Christmas sign. Man 3 degrees! I hope we don't get that cold here in Hillsboro. That would get old real fast.

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Paul,

You will be happy to know that "Wizards in Winter" will be finished tonight. I tested it last night. With all the white lights blinking to the accents and the car stereo booming, I had a surge of adrenalin that didn't allow me to sleep:) Even though the song is overdone, it certainly got me excited.

The snow is good for GFIs. They don't trip in the dry snow.

-Darin

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Darin,

That's great! I'll have to come by and check it out. Hope the winds didn't give you much problems. Hopefully the snow doesn't create too many problems when it starts to melt. The snow sure does show off the lights great though. It was funny last night I would see these flashes from outside by people walk by and taking pictures of the house lights, this was a first.:)

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All of your displays look great...something about the snow here in Oregon makes it that much better. I think its because we don't get much this time of year! Did you guys see the forecast for another 6" possible mid-week? Ok, I'm going to try and attach a couple of mine from last night! I don't know why it has been so difficult, maybe its just getting used to the Mac!

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Fitz,

Glad to see you got the pictures posted. Place looks great and I finally get to see your neighbor's house as well.:D Hope we get the snow without the wind.

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Thanks Paul...we're going to try and get over your way later this week possibly, maybe early next week depending on the weather. I'm excited to see your light show. I have also got to get out to Darin's place in Forest Grove.

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3 degrees F, boy how I wish it was that warm here, well it was that nice here today -14c (3F) but the past few days it was -34c or around -28F with more of the same beginning this Thursday

It is true when the temps warm up to around 3 degrees F after a week in -28F we keep are coats unbutton at times.

I couldn't wait for it to snow a bit because snow does make the display more Christmassy, the only problem is it won't stop snowing now. Winters up here last a long time....generally from November 1st to around the middle of May. Thank God it didn't snow until December 2nd this years so because of that winter will be 5 1/2 months long instead of the normal 6 1/2 months long.

Nice display you fellow have great job.

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Snow fell all day yesterday. Had -12 F last night. I think we made it to 15 today. My animated santa on the front porch took some warming up this morning to get him working. Weather report says more snow tommorow.

I guess I don't have to worry about dreaming of a WHITE CHRISTMAS.:D

It sure makes a display look good.

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