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I'm thinking of turning off my display early this year, possibly before christmas. My wife found out yesterday that she's losing her job as of Friday. So now we're trying to figure things out as far as getting by and I'm just frustrated and gloom and doom, just generally have a case of the why bother...

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Don't. I had that same feeling earlier. I twice came within inches of pulling everything up and quitting...

Then I thought......

I am no quitter....

I now have my 50,000 light display and am proud of myself for not giving up. Some times life just stinks and too much comes at us too fast. We get frustrated, angry, sad, mad, tired, and just need a break. Walk away from your situation and think about your options. After you start to clearly think you realize that keeping the light shining bright for you and others to see is better than dark and gloom. :)...

Be a light...

Shine Bright....

Have a Blessed Christmas! :cool:Just Believe! Just Believe!

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Erd,

Why Bother?

Don't your lights bring you any joy. In all your gloom and doom I would think your lights would be your one bright spot. You have them up already you might as well leave them on. What will you accomplish by turning them off?

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I'm sorry to hear about your wife losing her job.

I would also urge you to keep the display up and going though. Here's some thoughts:

For one, the display is already up and finished. It only requires you turning the lights on and off every night.

Two, there are probably others in your area that are having much worse Holidays than you are do to health issues, deaths in the family, two members in the family without jobs, etc. If you are able to brighten up even one of those people's Holidays with the work that you've already put into your display and they are able to forget for just a little bit the troubles they are going through, then you've done a really good deed.

Three, If it's due to a concern about money for the extra electricity it takes to run the lights, I'd be more than willing to send you a few bucks in the mail to help with any of the extra electricity it takes to keep the lights up and running for the rest of the year! :)

-Chris in Chino, CA

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Three, I'd be more than willing to send you a few bucks in the mail to help with any extra electricity it takes to keep the lights up and running for the rest of the year! :)

I'd take you up on the offer but it would probably cost more to mail the few bucks then it will for me to run my 100% LED display this year.:D

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I'd take you up on the offer but it would probably cost more to mail the few bucks then it will for me to run my 100% LED display this year.:D

LOL. Stidham - The offer wasn't directed to you. ...Unless your wife lost her job as well.

-Chris

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LOL. Stidham - The offer wasn't directed to you. ...Unless your wife lost her job as well.

-Chris

If I told you she did and I was going to lose my Mercedes if I didn't make a payment in the next 3 days would you wire me the $900?

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If you were serious and not just joking around in someone else's thread about their wife losing their job...

...I still wouldn't wire you $.10

The difference between you and ERD is his situation is serious and he wasn't asking anyone for anything.

-Chris

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If you were serious and not just joking around in someone else's thread about their wife losing their job...

...I still wouldn't wire you $.10

The difference between you and ERD is his situation is serious and he wasn't asking anyone for anything.

-Chris

I wasn't poking fun. I was just trying to lighten the mood. There is a rash of tragedy's happening all over PC lately and a little jovial behavior surely wouldn't hurt.

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Three, If it's due to a concern about money for the extra electricity it takes to run the lights, I'd be more than willing to send you a few bucks in the mail to help with any of the extra electricity it takes to keep the lights up and running for the rest of the year! :)

-Chris in Chino, CA

It's all about the concern for money but I'm not looking for donations of any kind nor would I accept them. The concern is fear of becoming another statistic and losing the house.

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ERD!! we are looking at the same situation happening to us. although the glass shop i work at is doing great. the modular home/ mobile home company my wife works at isnt!! theyve cut hundreds maybe a thousand manufacturing jobs lately and hundreds of office workers just before december. now they are going to cut more the first of january. the worry is bad but your reality is MUCH MUCH WORSE!! no matter what happens we all have to keep chugging along!! if i lose my house ill just take my christmas decorations somewhere else and plug them in!! and try to find comfort in knowing god has a plan!!

Jim

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Very sorry to hear this...

But, since you are using so may LED's, and your display display isn't overly huge, I'm assuming that the dent in the electric bill is minimal. I know sometimes one just want to wallow in gloom after something like this, but I would encourage you to keep it up. From your earlier posts, you know that people are enjoying the display (like the guy who took the Christmas card picture with it). Hopefully you can find some joy in this... And hopefully you can at least find some joy in the meaning of the season...

You need to do what's right for you. Maybe give it a few days before you make a final decision...

Good luck,

-Tim

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Erick,

I agree with Tim on this. Sometimes when bad news hits you as a family, you want to make rash and quick decisions on lots of things. I have been there. Lost my job about 5 years ago, had a new car, went straight to the dealership and almost traded it in for a junker to cut family cost. But wife called me, I went home and let things cool down. Another job came and I still have that car. Display is different than a car, but same principle. You worked hard, Christmas almost here, you and your wife enjoy the holidays and a new job will come. Have faith! Before you know things will be running like old times. So do what is best for you and your family, but give yourself a couple of days to let cool ideas prevail.

Chuck

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Erik,

I know the doom & gloom, and have had it wrap its' arms around me earlier this month.

The main thing to remember is you both have each other, you both share passion, for each other and your display. That is what we do here! Give it a couple days...When times are tough you need to rely on your friends...and the things you enjoy...your display...the smiles

kids get from ...your display...

I feel your pain...it will subside...

Give a day or two,

Lee

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What line of work is your wife in? We can all help by keeping our eyes open... Contrary to the media's impression, there are still people hiring out there...

-Tim

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What line of work is your wife in? We can all help by keeping our eyes open... Contrary to the media's impression, there are still people hiring out there...

-Tim

She's been doing general office support (admin assistant type stuff) she has her green belt for some six sigma thing, I'm unsure on what that is but I've heard the term more than once.

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Well I decided to keep things running. Thanks to all the words of encouragement. We'll get through this someway somehow.

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I know what you are going through. My job just cut us back to 32 hours a week for the time being and my wife also works here but luckily she is not being cut back other than taking 1 day without pay in the next month. I am not shutting down early but I am not more than likely buying a thing on clearance.

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I know what you are going through. My job just cut us back to 32 hours a week for the time being and my wife also works here but luckily she is not being cut back other than taking 1 day without pay in the next month. I am not shutting down early but I am not more than likely buying a thing on clearance.

Same thing here, before all this happened we were looking at what we'd like to pick up on clearance (Extension cords that target is selling come to mind). But none of that now.

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She's been doing general office support (admin assistant type stuff) she has her green belt for some six sigma thing, I'm unsure on what that is but I've heard the term more than once.

Being a Six Sigma Green Belt is an accomplishment that should help your wife stand out. People are still hiring and I would encourage your wife to look for job postings related to or requiring Six Sigma knowledge. A quick search on Monster.com resulted in over 2500 posting with Six Sigma in the job posting. Look at this as an opportunity, she may land a job that brings an increase in salary and job satisfaction at the same time.

Best of luck and keep your spirits up!!

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