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Hey guys!

I actually have a confession to make, I don't have a Christmas display. This year I put up a set of chasing lights, a lighted wreath, And a small Bethlehem star. Don't forget the christmas tree. This is mostly because I'm 14 and have no money. My family really doesn't have any money to waste on Christmas lights if you know what I mean. Ever since I can remember, My neighbor from down the street has put up Christmas lights. Last year, I convinced him to get the Mr. Christmas Lights and Sounds. This year, I told him about the Gemmy Lights and sounds, He got it. Him and I were talking to day about next years show, and I'm pretty sure he is going to finally get a L-O-R Showtime. After he Installs another 100 amps of course. :) Last weekend he took me to the Trans Siberian Orchestra concert to pay me back from always helping him with his lights. The only Problem is he wants better effects than the Gemmy, But doesn't want to take the time to sequence all of his lights. I would be glad to Sequence his lights, But that would require me to pay $99 for software that I would only use to sequence. Then he would have to pay another $99 to run the show. Would any of you like to donate your 16 channel sequences for us to use? I'm sure he would rather pay for someone else to sequence his show then do it himself, Just because of lack of time.

So, If I ever refer to a display as "My display", I'm referring to his. Pics soon to follow this post. I will edit my post once he sends them to me. Comments and Criticism are encouraged!

PS: Randy, If you are reading this, I really do appreciate you letting me help you with your display.

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You would not need to buy the software, as you can download the demo version and create all the sequences you wanted. He would have to purchase the software to run the show. Keep in mind there is LORI and LORII (also known as S2). Any sequence made in LORI will be converted and played with LORII but once converted it will not open with LORI.

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You can sequence with the S1 demo, but if you can sequence with S2, it is much better software. You might be able to work something out with LOR and Dan. Those of us that bought LOR can put S2 on 5 PCs and I know people have talked about even putting it on their work PC to sequence during lunch.

Since both copies would be for the same display, you might be able to use one of his licenses.

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