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I am doing a commercial job in Park City Utah on a Hotel so a lot of time will be spent setting it up and maintaining it this year.

Last year was a ton of work because my entire display was done on trees which required wrapping everything. It was a lot more work than my house and required just as much time taking it down. After working a few days taking down lights and hardly making a dent, we thought we would just leave them up. So about 90% we left up in the trees and I told myself that if they survive the summer and don't fade to bad, then the show will go on in the same location. This week I am going to be plugging them in to see how they look at night and make the decision if it is a go. I just don't have the time this year to wrap almost 200,000 lights in trees. Nothing really new as far as light design but will program some new songs.

Come spring the lights will have to come down for sure and I am sure that most of them will be going to the trash because leaving them up all year has taken a toll on them.

I have been thinking about bringing it back to my house for 2010. It is just not the same and is hard to get motivated and put your heart into it at another location.

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That's a good point Richard about it being hard to really put your heart into it at a different location other than your own house.

Can't wait to see both locations, and I really hope you can get it back at your house....it's just classic Holdman Christmas!

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Rich:

Did a couple of your neighbors that had grumbled a little about the traffic relax? I know IF a guy in my neighborhood did a display of your quality, it would be more of a pride thing that I knew him and he's my neighbor, even in a gated community. I'm not in a gated community but live on a court and after teasing mine last year with 16 channels The majority of my neighbors are anxiously awaiting to see it this year with the first upgrade to 64. Especially since they have seen me in the garage working on Christmas lights all summer.

Lenny

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Rich:

Did a couple of your neighbors that had grumbled a little about the traffic relax? I know IF a guy in my neighborhood did a display of your quality, it would be more of a pride thing that I knew him and he's my neighbor, even in a gated community. I'm not in a gated community but live on a court and after teasing mine last year with 16 channels The majority of my neighbors are anxiously awaiting to see it this year with the first upgrade to 64. Especially since they have seen me in the garage working on Christmas lights all summer.

Lenny

I have given up trying to figure people out. Some that were totally in support of it the first year, changed their tune the follow year when it started getting more popular. During the end of the season on my second year, one neighbor told me how great the display is and it is just a positive thing and how great it is that we were raising money for Make-a-Wish. He then told me about a close relative that benefited from the Make-A-Wish program. I thought for sure he would be totally for it but at our HOA meeting when we took the vote, he voted to have the gates closed. :confused: I thought for sure he would support it.

Many of my neighbors were really disappointed to see it leave and were very strong supporters. There have been a few homes in our community that have been foreclosed on, and oddly enough they were all the people against having it here. One guy is even in prison now doing time. 2 households I know of that don't keep up with what is happening with the HOA or attend meetings were really disappointed and shocked to find out that there was even a vote.

With the new move ins and the people I know that didn't vote who support the display, I am pretty sure we could get the majority to have the gates open for the Christmas Season. I am kind of reluctant to do it though because it would mean another full month of traffic control. It only works if I am out there every single night with at least 2 others. While the display was running I was out there for 5 hours on week days and 7 hours on weekends. It was like having another job and was exhausting. Since we raise money for Charity, I was thinking if I planned ahead I could get a lot of volunteers so I did not have be out there every single night.

This sure is a crazy thing we do and I Love it!

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Richard I live in a gated community and I am going animated for the first time this year (you inspired me), I hope that I don't run into the problems that you did. I am going to the next board meeting to see if they will allow a public pass for one weekend, to allow the public to come in and see how everyone decorates for christmas. So far a lot of people are for it because it would be only for one weekend and for only about 3hrs (like from 6pm-9pm).

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Richard, do you think just shortening the show would improve traffic flow? I'm wavering right now on making our show any longer than the 12 minutes it was last year. Most people would move on after one cycle with only a few staying longer.

I bet you could pick up plenty of traffic control volunteers if Make A Wish got the word out for you.

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I am doing a commercial job in Park City Utah on a Hotel so a lot of time will be spent setting it up and maintaining it this year.

Hi Richard!

Do you have a pic of the space you're going to be decorating for the hotel? How many channels are you planning on doing? Have you posted a thread about it, if so, sorry for asking if you've already covered some of it. :)

-Chris

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Richard, When you refered me to Make-A-Wish the lady I talked to has taken the ball and playing like a pro. She has taken care of everything from a VIP party on opening night to getting the street closed for the event. She was able to have the street one way on weekends. I think Make-A-Wish would be more than happy to help you. Also remember it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, you don't have to explain "Sorry"

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Richard, your Amazing Grace display was truly one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen. I've even pulled it up during the summer to watch it. I hope everything works out in with your display this year.

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Hi Richard!

Do you have a pic of the space you're going to be decorating for the hotel? How many channels are you planning on doing? Have you posted a thread about it, if so, sorry for asking if you've already covered some of it. :)

-Chris

It will not be as big as my current display. Before I post pictures and give details, I want to make sure it is 100% for sure.

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It will not be as big as my current display. Before I post pictures and give details, I want to make sure it is 100% for sure.

Thanks for the updates Richard on your own display and the other display you are working on.

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I was just wondering "I wonder what Richard's up to this year"... This thread had all the answers... Thanks! :D

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Well I plugged in the lights that I left up all year and have mixed results. The lights that were brand new for last year look fine but the ones that have been used for a few seasons already sort of have a pastel look to them.

They actually survived better than I thought they would so the show will go on for 2009!

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