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michael b

Florida Mini 09' September 19th at Lori's Lighted D'Lites!

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It looks like we have 24 people coming so far! We had three more say they will be there today. Boo-Ya! :santasmileyitty: Correction:Now we have 22 yes and 5 maybes

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I put 23, meant 24 people, now changing it again to 22

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It looks like we have 24 people coming so far! We had three more say they will be there today. Boo-Ya! :santasmileyitty:

Michael, I just got reminded that weekend won't be good for her and I might too have something else planned....but if I am able to go, I will be there for sure...I coiuld try to bring some security devices with me if I do come.

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As I am re-sequencing the past few days, I've noticed I have a few questions. I am going to write them down and ask them at the Mini. We are going to have a question and answer session for LOR2. If you have any good tips let us know at the Mini.

Right now we have 22 people coming with plenty of room for more. Just let me know.

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You can put me down as a maybe, I'm thinking I may just extend my FL stay.

Jerry

OK Jerry, I have you down for a maybe.

We now have 22 people coming with 6 maybes.

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If any one has anything to sell, trade or anything they want to buy please let us know in this thread.

I am looking for solid color minis, new, 100 ct, green, red, purple, yellow, gold, pink, orange, or teal. If you are going to the mini and are selling, please let me know.

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I have some blowmolds i was going to bring to sell or trade. I need 100ct minis green and blue, and i have pink and yellow minis to trade or sell.

I also have a projector if anyone is interested its is old school with the 3 color lenses and it is rather large i can post pics if interested.

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I have some blowmolds i was going to bring to sell or trade. I need 100ct minis green and blue, and i have pink and yellow minis to trade or sell.

I also have a projector if anyone is interested its is old school with the 3 color lenses and it is rather large i can post pics if interested.

Quadfan, I'm interested in the Mini lights. I tried sending you a PM twice, but they appeared not to send. Please PM brand, quanity, count, and price. Thank you!

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Update: 26 attending and 7 might come. We are going to have a great turnout! If you are thinking of coming let me know, there is plenty of room. Yes, you may bring a guest, just let me know!

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I plan on being there and possibly my wife.

Coming in from Winter Haven.

Thanks,

Paul

Also, if anyone has been playing with LightShowPro, I would like to see how people are being precise in their sequencing. It seems more difficult than Vixen...

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Added more info

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Some more good news for the upcoming mini. Light-O-Rama is furnishing us with their new cosmic LED light ribbon for demonstration. This is a cool product and you have to see it to believe what it can do. Check it on on LOR web site if you haven't seen it. We also will have special show pricing for this ribbon and we can take orders if anybody is interested. After seeing it, I know there will be some interested people who will have to have it. This is unlike most RGB rope lights out there as this unit is made up of multiple pixels and each pixel can be independently operated. Talk about WOW factor, this is the ultimate!!!! Come to the mini and see this cosmic light ribbon in action.

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Bernie and I will try to make it, but can't quite commit to definitely be there yet. Most likely though!

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Bernie and I will try to make it, but can't quite commit to definitely be there yet. Most likely though!

Deanna,

I have Bernie and you as maybe. It will be great to see you two again. I enjoyed seeing your display last Christmas.

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Hello Bill! I have you down as attending. It will be fun meeting you.

We now have 28 attending and 11 others who will try to attend.

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is there a seminar fee? if so, have you decided what it will be yet?

Is there a hotel nearby?

Thanks,

Darlene Pino

Darlene,

This Mini is free! Lori and Gene are providing the food, the building, and there friendly hospitality.

Hotel? I will have to check with Lori on that one. I will get back to you as soon as I find out.

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Quadfan, I'm interested in the Mini lights. I tried sending you a PM twice, but they appeared not to send. Please PM brand, quanity, count, and price. Thank you!

i have like 5 of each 100ct and they are walmart thrown together from multis, i also have a gemmy 6 channel thingy i forget what it is called. i would be satisfied with trading them for green 100ct strands as i dont have enough to even finish my mini trees.

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i have like 5 of each 100ct and they are walmart thrown together from multis, i also have a gemmy 6 channel thingy i forget what it is called. i would be satisfied with trading them for green 100ct strands as i dont have enough to even finish my mini trees.

I sent you a PM.

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