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Interesting Things People Have Said About Your Display

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I was standing in front of my house tonight watching my show and these people came by. They didn't know who I was, and I didn't know them. They started watching the lights and they were on the other side of the yard from me, so I could overhear them, but I wasn't really interacting with them. They started watching the lights, and were debating if they were syncronized or if there was something wrong with them and we just had music playing. One of them was even trying to decide if they should ring our doorbell to tell us that something is wrong with our lights! Normally, I probably would have gone and told them who I am and explained to them how it worked, but I was just at a loss of what to say. I couldn't even believe they thought the lights were broken (my sequences aren't perfect, but I think they're pretty good and it's clear that the lights are synced).

Has anyone else ever overheard anything "interesting" like this being said about their display?

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Many many people have No idea there totally Clueless. i know to most of us it seems very strange but its true. I just met someone who didn't even know what youtube was..

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Right now I'm wishing it was that nice outside to be listening.

The only thing I heard the neighbor says this year was "Boy your yard really looks full this year." I took this as "boy that looks like a cluttered mess". After this I moved the 8 pipes I had spread across the yard and put them back side-by-side like last year. He was right. It looks less full and cluttered.

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My favorites usually involve the "radio staion". People have no clue how this is done and even if I explain it in detail, it still does not register. The other day I had someone ask me "How did you build an entire radio station in your house? Wasn't that really expensive?"

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I was out front giving chocolates to the kids, and had 2 comments, 1) Your reindeer aren't working & 2) Those arches aren't on.......

Sync'd lights is still a very rare thing here in the UK, and only a handful do this type of extreme decorating...

Needless to say, when the items did feature in the sequence they got the idea

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My favorites usually involve the "radio staion". People have no clue how this is done and even if I explain it in detail, it still does not register. The other day I had someone ask me "How did you build an entire radio station in your house? Wasn't that really expensive?"

Lol! Someone asked me the same thing! They thought when I pointed to my garage that I had an entire radio station in there! Too funny...lol! I love 'em though! Love to hear their amazement.

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This year I had 2 neighbors tell me something that put all of what we do in perspective.

First we have a family moving. There 15 year old daughter sits outside of their house every couple of days for hours with a radio to watch the lights for Halloween and Christmas. She wants to come back to see the lights each year after they move.

Second, the guy across the street has a 5 year old. They sit together in his bed room window with the stero on and watch the lights. He hopes his son remembers these times together.

These 2 statements made my year. THIS IS WHY WE DO IT. TO GIVE PLEASURE TO OTHERS AND MAKE CHILDREN SMILE!!!!!!!!

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Ha ha some good laughs, As I said some clueless.

This year I had 2 neighbors tell me something that put all of what we do in perspective.

First we have a family moving. There 15 year old daughter sits outside of their house every couple of days for hours with a radio to watch the lights for Halloween and Christmas. She wants to come back to see the lights each year after they move.

Second, the guy across the street has a 5 year old. They sit together in his bed room window with the stero on and watch the lights. He hopes his son remembers these times together.

These 2 statements made my year. THIS IS WHY WE DO IT. TO GIVE PLEASURE TO OTHERS AND MAKE CHILDREN SMILE!!!!!!!!

That is So GREAT! Thanks for sharing..... this is why we do what we do, wish people understood.

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I was out front giving chocolates to the kids, and had 2 comments, 1) Your reindeer aren't working & 2) Those arches aren't on.......

Sync'd lights is still a very rare thing here in the UK, and only a handful do this type of extreme decorating...

Needless to say, when the items did feature in the sequence they got the idea

I get this all the time from my own three kids...... Guess they want to "help" and be the first to tell me "these lights are not working" so I can get them fixed. : )

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I had trouble getting the show up and running this year. I had many people come up and ask why the lights werent on yet and when I would have it going.

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Heh, I had a guy tell me last week that he uses coming to our display as a reward for potty training with his toddler! That's the first time I'd heard that one! (They'd been by 3 times last week to see it though, so I guess it's workin)

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Some neighbors of mine have a young boy and he walked past with his mom last week. I was still waiting on the radio sign to arrive, but he said, "Mommy, I bet those lights make a song!" Mom came to tell us the next day and we gave her the frequency, so that should be a nice surprise for her son! The sign is up now so we're in business... now I just have to get through final exams and get home to see it in action!

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My dad took my nephew over to the business that my lights are on this year and he was like...WHO DID THAT PAPA? He said..Uncle Kevin did it...He was like..NO REALLY who did it...he said...UNCLE KEVIN...He then proceeded to tell my dad that he wanted Uncle Kevin to come light up his house...and he would pay me :)...he's 9

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1: How do you get the radio station to play the songs you want?

2: How do you know what the radio station is going to play?

3: What is the name of the company you hired to set all this up?

4: After giving a college student a full explanation of controllers, sequencing, transmitter, etc., his girlfriend exclaims "Wow, it almost looks like the lights dance in time to the music!". She obviously was not listening to anything I said.

5: Late last night, I was viewing my Virtual Santa window from the street, when a car pulled up and a 9 year old rolled down the window and wanted to know what Santa was doing at my house so early. I just said he was helping me set up my display. Seemed to satisfy him. Guess I'll wait until it's closer to Christmas before running that again.

Richard

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Like rjnitto's above post, I overheard a group of four young ladies that pulled up and could not figure out how we "knew what was coming on the radio station next to get the lights to act right".....I was pretending to be the neighbor at the time and could only think to myself, "man you girls managed to drive here all by yourselves?" But I guess we take our shows for granted sometimes.

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We received a letter last year from a well known real-estate agent in our community saying that everytime her grandkids came over they begged to come by our house. So, when the grandkids come over around Christmas they go pick up happy meals from McD's and sit in front of the house and eat while they watch the show

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1: How do you get the radio station to play the songs you want?

2: How do you know what the radio station is going to play?

3: What is the name of the company you hired to set all this up?

4: After giving a college student a full explanation of controllers, sequencing, transmitter, etc., his girlfriend exclaims "Wow, it almost looks like the lights dance in time to the music!". She obviously was not listening to anything I said.

5: Late last night, I was viewing my Virtual Santa window from the street, when a car pulled up and a 9 year old rolled down the window and wanted to know what Santa was doing at my house so early. I just said he was helping me set up my display. Seemed to satisfy him. Guess I'll wait until it's closer to Christmas before running that again.

Richard

That is too funny. I get asked the same questions about the radio station every night. I dont know why it is so hard to explain the FM transmitter to everyone.

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I happen to be on the backside of my roof last night removing some wiring I need to fix. A car drove up in front of the house. There were laughing and enjoying the show. They ooed and ahhhed over certain parts and songs.

I heard one of them say

"I don't know exactly how they do it" and

"they have too much time on their hands". : )

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I've had quite a few parents tell me that their children INSIST that they stop by our house every night to look at the display. Last night, I was out front taking pictures when a car pulled up. A young mother and her 2 or 3 year old son rolled down the window to look at the animated cutouts. She said "he asks me every night if we can drive by to look at your display". That brought a huge smile to my face and I replied "that's EXACTLY why I do it year after year".

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The most interesting for me, is the reactions from the virtual Santa. Even the adults are are asking me if i have someone inside my house dressed up as Santa. Others have asked if i work for the radio station and how i was able to procure my own station.

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My top 5 comments:

"It's on the radio station?? How did you do that??"

"How much did it cost?"

"Are those special lights?"

"Do the lights just hear the music and flash like that?"

"Wow"

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My neighbor thought I somehow had sync'd the music to one of the local radio stations that plays Christmas music through the season. People are always underwhelmed when they see the actual transmitter.

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