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Got a chance to check out some local displays : Chelsea Lights, Sooy Lane, and Joe4x4's display. Stopped to look at a few static displays as well... Next Monday, it's time to travel a bit and head West...

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where are you guys finding all the addresses for the displays? I'm from South Jersey, just outside philly, and would love to take the family around looking at lights in the upcoming nights.

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No not my display ! Man I was out there last night ALL night till 4am with the floods on . I just can`t get done. I was trying to get the video going ,.. all kind of bugs ,..felt like putting foot into PC.

There is a house on Ridge ,... street past Storybook Land make a right I drove by last week but the lights where off 10:05 pm.

Ridge just past Mill ,...same area 1 block or 2 away is a house on Treamont I hve been told ,.. I have not had a chance to drive around trying to get mine up and running ,..Tonight is my first night with a so-so show .

I`m still gonna work on it up till Christmas Eve.

Yea I`m nuts ,...thats why we do this .

Joe4x4

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No not my display ! Man I was out there last night ALL night till 4am with the floods on . I just can`t get done. I was trying to get the video going ,.. all kind of bugs ,..felt like putting foot into PC.
For some reason, I thought you were out by Butterhof's farm...well there's another one out there. Guess we stumbled on to one...

Last 4 days for me. I might run it Thursday and Friday of next week - not sure.

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yea that is me on 5319 Reading I had things on a chase pattern,.. Last night was a so so show ,..tonight better .

I want to do somethinng on the roof still. I have it (roof line) with red leds. I was thinking of doing a disco floor,

B_Regal78 where are you at on Monroe twp ? Your display up ?

I`m off tonight might be heading to Walmart in Williamstown later .

Joe4x4

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I was definitely at your house the other day from looking at your pictures. I saw the Peanuts video.

(...and I see how you did it. Very slick with the converter insteadof of the dual video card.)

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well was thinking of turning off my lights tonight due to the inclement weather we are receiving. but i am glad i didn't. there was three people that came by tonight and watched the light show. go figure.

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I have mine running and I have had 5 cars including one of the town cops tonight. On a side note I scored 2 shopping carts full of all kinds of LED's from the Vineland walmart today, at 50% off. The looks I was getting were priceless...LOL

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Mine's off tonight. It's just not worth having people trying to navigate my street with the snow...

There's no one really here anyway (tonight, that is).

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Guess your display is not running right now !! LOL
No - we only run Thursday through Sunday, until New Year's Eve. Two more days left.

Actually, it is running right now - the lights are on static and it looks like a "normal" house, more or less...

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Heading to S. Jersey/AC area on Wednesday. Is there a good road map for SJ displays?

Thanks,

Glenn

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Heading to S. Jersey/AC area on Wednesday. Is there a good road map for SJ displays?

Thanks,

Glenn

There's nothing good to see in South Jersey.

Check yer PMs...

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They will run like that. Mine are under a 18" or so and are running right now. And, yes, they are plugged into GFI outlets...

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Good grief, those of us in the Minneapolis area have about 3' on the ground now, and most of us are still running...

Snow doesn't kill Christmas lights or pop GFCI's like rain does, it just buries them ;)

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Seriously? The term is applied to people in South Jersey as a whole, but more specifically, to people who live in the Pine Barrens. Believe it or not, South Jersey is loaded with farms, except for the Pine Barrens, where nothing really grows there because of the soil. back in the early days, since you could not farm there, people had to hunt, fish, camp, whatever to survive, since they had no money. They were not well liked - have you ever seen "Deliverance"? You could consider the two hunters in the woods pineys.

But they reserve that word to also describe me...even though I could not hunt to save my life.

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