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Amanda- Ohio Lights

Get Together Before the end of Oct. In Columbus Ohio

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I like to see if any in the Ohio Group. Wants get together before the End of Oct. I am sure many new people just starting into LOR Displays. I'm also one of them to. Need all the Help with LOR Setups. And What to do and Not to do with LOR. I hope to hear some feed back from the Ohio Group..

Mark

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Mark,

I know that Joe (buckeye lights) and I are planning on getting together soon so I can help him with his LOR setup, maybe you could join us.

Tony

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If you guys are all going to get together, I would love to join you if I can. I currently have a static display, but I am looking to animate next year, so some pointers would be nice.

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Tell me when and where, I will let you know if I can make it. I am at exit 209 on I-71. ~1.5 hours from Columbus.

Thanks for your time

Frank A.

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did this ever happen?? I realize its november now and all of us myself included are busy setting up displays.. but i think wouild be neat if some of us could still do a little get together...

-Christopher

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I do not know

I figured I had bad breath, a rash, or am just repulsive

since I heard nothing since my post of the 20th of

last month

Maybe its a north - south thing

Frank A.:)

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No actually it has had more to do with my schedule and no time. My dad passed away on Labor Day weekend and it seems like every waking moment since then has been spent dealing with estate stuff.

It's so bad that my display is on hold and if it happens will only be static this year.

Tony

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I am sorry to be making jokes at your time of sorrow

My prayers will be with you and your dad

Did your dad enjoy your show and would he want you

to not provide such a wonder to so many passerbys

Again I am sorry for your loss

Frank A.:)

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Tony,

I just now saw this post. I'm really sorry to hear about your Dad, I know what it is like to lose a parent, I lost both of mine a few years ago. You and your family are in our thoughts.

Bill

No actually it has had more to do with my schedule and no time. My dad passed away on Labor Day weekend and it seems like every waking moment since then has been spent dealing with estate stuff.

It's so bad that my display is on hold and if it happens will only be static this year.

Tony

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