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this is my first year with LOR and it has been a HUGE success!

despite the kmart icicle lights i had to fix EVERY day the show was a HUGE success.

a week after the lights were turned on i had the local paper (courier times) knock on my door looking for a story. the next day i had a front page article with a half page picture of me with the house behind me all lit up. from that night til christmas eve i had 5-11 cars outfront during the peak times (6-10) and maybe 1 or 2 from 5-6 and 10-11. Throughout the december month they also had my house listed at the top of the "best of bucks christmas houses" with an address so that increased traffic.

then thismourning my dad woke me up to ANOTHER article in the paper. Labled best of courier times stories for 2008. I was number one in the list of stories labeling a quote my girlfriend said in the main article ranting about how id rather go buy xmas lights at 75% off then go out to dinner :P

then tonight my dad came home from his democratic meeting (annoying polliticians) with news of the fact that they had a standing ovation for the "wagners christmas lights display" and they suggested every1 who didnt go go.

finaly today ive been out fixing kmart brand commericial grade icicles and random other strings to have the show 100% fixed for the videos. I recorded a few songs of the show but only had time tonight to post one on the website.

check them out ill add more soon.


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Looks good. Congratulations on the success. It makes it fun when you see others enjoying your hard work. Don't know why, but for some reason we did'nt get any cars all month long. Couple cars a night if we were lucky.

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