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I am hoping to be up and running this weekend. I incurred storm damage so hopefully will have that taken care of tomorrow...might be lit by Saturday...located in Cinnaminson...
Whoa - look what the cat dragged in...

I had a little storm damage myself. Two stakes pulled out of my spiral tree. With a standard tree, this would be no bid deal, but I'm not so sure about the spiral tree. I'll deal with it tomorrow...

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Whoa - look what the cat dragged in...

Amazing, huh? I think he's so busy calling me all the time and slowing my progess just so I don't get going first.

BTW, Ed. Only 2 stakes! Are you kidding me???? I had a head blown off one of my carolers! Other than that, the usual. Deer looking like someone shot them, some cut outs (put out too early) leaning, and a shutter blown off the house. Just another day.

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Amazing, huh? I think he's so busy calling me all the time and slowing my progess just so I don't get going first.

BTW, Ed. Only 2 stakes! Are you kidding me???? I had a head blown off one of my carolers! Other than that, the usual. Deer looking like someone shot them, some cut outs (put out too early) leaning, and a shutter blown off the house. Just another day.

Jeez, can't you Jersey guys put up a display properly?

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I do have blowmolds and a number of other things that I would have thought to be suseptiple to the wind more than a stake, but I guess you get a little movement on a mega tree and who knows what is going to happen. That's why that baby is cemented into the ground...

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Up and running for two nights, with a nice flow of cars. Seeing the display in actual operation shows all the little imperfections I still have in the display.... back to sequencing !!!!

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Up and running for two nights, with a nice flow of cars. Seeing the display in actual operation shows all the little imperfections I still have in the display.... back to sequencing !!!!
Be careful - Dano "works" that area...

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Interesting thing to find on your porch geoff. But it is agreed upon.

Glad to see that MOST people have their displays up and running as do I.

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I just wanted to introduce myself and say hello to all of you... I am Allison... from Denville.. we have 32 light channels and a 8 ch servo controller... (not using that for christmas this year)... we are actually still counting our lights but guessing it's somewhere around 15,000... we are looking forward to seeing some of your displays as well.. not sure how many of you run your displays in the rain.. (last year we tried going around and quite a few were off when raining)... we are having problems with my d-light controllers... we had to send the chips back for programming because I couldn't get the update to go though... hoping to have that fixed this week... the towns lighting contest is on wed and I hope it's ready by then.. soon see... but Randy and I are working hard to get everything done before wed... we also do halloween and we had a late start getting ready for christmas

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With the way it's raining today along with puddles everywhere, no show tonight. I will typically run in the rain, but today's just a bit too much.

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I`m up and running and putting more stuff up. I`m think I`ll be at 75% by Friday .

People like the video in the window,...thats a big hit so far.

Let it snow and Charlie Brown http://www.christmasatthegoods.com/VideoCoop/

Mega tree is up and looking good. I`m usally putting stuff up till Christmas .

Joe4x4

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Most likely a washout for me, we'll see...

I'm with you, Ed. Didn't bother tonight. No one driving around anyway.

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You know you say that. But I have had 5 stop so far tonight. My display runs no matter what unless there is 2 ft of snow.

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You know you say that. But I have had 5 stop so far tonight. My display runs no matter what unless there is 2 ft of snow.

I normally do also, however, I have two motorized cutouts that need attention and didn't get it this afternoon and found a few more than a few plugs under water in puddles this afternoon. No time to do everything today..... This is actually the first night is a few years the lights are not on.

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Mine is not on tonight due to the rain. I had a few ask me on Facebook to turn them on. They are watching it on ustream live. I told them tomorrow night they will be on.

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You know you say that. But I have had 5 stop so far tonight. My display runs no matter what unless there is 2 ft of snow.
I'm sorry, I didn't see anyone, although I wasn't looking too hard...

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Mine is not on tonight due to the rain. I had a few ask me on Facebook to turn them on. They are watching it on ustream live. I told them tomorrow night they will be on.
North Jersey or South Jersey?

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Hey everyone - I got everything up and running in a record 4 days! There are still some small adjustments that need to be made but overall the display is running well. If you want to see it, PM me for the address. I'm in Pittsgrove, just outside of Vineland. Also, I don't have a sign up yet but the radio station is 88.1 FM.

Thanks!

Greg

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You mean North Jersey...Don't you know your own state?

No I mean CENTRAL Jersey. No Jersey is anything north of the Raritan River, piney.

Good for you, Greg!! Best of luck!

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No I mean CENTRAL Jersey. No Jersey is anything north of the Raritan River, piney.

Good for you, Greg!! Best of luck!

North of Tom's River is North Jersey...city slicker...

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