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kansas49er

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Greetings!!

 

I am new here, and from around the WIchita, Kansas area. Was doing some research for Christmas lighting overall after taking a light tour around Wichita and found this place. You people are sick!!

Unfortunately, I may have caught the same disease.  I think I am more interested in Static Displays, but after watching some of the videos here, I feel an inclination to join in whatever madness compels you to do such things!!  Used to be friends with Harry and MaryAnn Gust, who owned one of the big displays a few years back, but sold their house and thier displays when it got to be just too much.  Haven;t seen them for a year or so now.  Anyway, I am married.  38 years now. Have 3 children and 7 grand children.  My wife is a snowman nut, and I will post  a picture or two of part of her "collection" later. I have always enjoyed Christmas lights, but hav been hit and miss with getting stuff up because of scheduling. Started earlier this year and did better.  Not a lot up in comparison, but am looking forward to the 2013 year!  Maybe the first year lots of static displays with "some" motion.  I don;t know, I am kinda excited about finding this forum, which I should have know existed, but had no clue'

 

Merry Christmas, and may all you Christmases be BRIGHT!

 

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Welcome to the madness

and the best I can say is there is no cure --Ha-ha--ha,ha --cough weeezz   ;)

 

Merry Christmas back to you and yours

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welcome to the Madness, there is no cure but we do have a name for it. CLAP (Christmas Light Addiction Problem) feel free to hang around but i will warn you it's addictive.

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Welcome Kansas49er.  You've found a path filled with enjoyment, pleasure, challenges and an occasional bit of frustration. Be careful of the smiles you'll bring to kids, they'll cause you to buy more items for your display.  And if the kids start dancing in front of your display, just call the credit card company and have them raise your limit :) .

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Welcome to the madness.  Your lucky that we usually have a get together in the Wichita area in the summer.  Just depends on interest, sometimes it is more formal, and other just visiting at someone's house.  Start small, and let the display grow each year.

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Welcome and i can only say have fun.  This is not ment to be a competition, a race to who has the most or best, or anything.  It's to enjoy the lights and to make others smile.  We have a small gathering of like minded people in Wichita every summer and we talk about the good things from the year before, the not so good things and then the down right ugly things.  We do this so we can help each other and learn from others experiences.  We talk about ideas we have that we might be getting stumped on and collaborate with the others and they might have suggestions on how to finish the project.  

 

You have found something that can truly be fun but you must not let yourself fall into the it's more work than fun category.  If you aren't happy doing it then don't.  The hours planning, prepping, planning some more, building, sequencing, setting up, straightening out, fixing as you go make for many headaches and frustration.  But when you see the smiles on kids and adults' faces alike and thank you's, everything you endured to that point seems to fade away.  Christmas is magical and we make it even more so with setting lights to music which to a small child is as magical as Santa.

 

Always around to talk as I do breath Christmas every day of the year.  

 

Lyman 

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Lyman,

 

"setting lights to music which to a small child is as magical as Santa" 

 

It is magical to me as well, just don;t know if I have the right stuff for the sequencing. Thanks so much for your efforts!! Magic just doesn;t happen, it is an undertaking.

 

MARK,

 

"Come by Lights on Millwood. 1812 S. Millwood Wichita, Ks We'll trade stories.   Welcome to the madness."

 

Thanks very much.  I would like that. and am going to try.  We are leaving for Dallas on Friday, but hope to see you before hand.

 

 

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Anyway,

Thanks very much to all of you . I am going to try and get around to those I can find.  I would also like to see some things in the daylight, so I can get some idea how it all works.  It is so amazing. Best I can guess, we have a very small amount out...I am guessing somewhere between 3 and 4k out. Already making plans for next year.,  Goal is about 12k.  i think we can do that fairly easily.  Maybe more if I can get  energetic and the weather holds.  Definately starting earlier next year. My wife says to music, but I am not sure we can do that by next year.  I dunno.  Going out the day after CHristmas to buy some lights on sale, and a few yard things to go along.  Will plan and fill in the rest of the year. Hoping to have it up and going by Thanksgiving.

 

Merry Christmas

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It's always possible if you are willing to learn and do your best.  The only person who knows if something isn't perfect will be you.  We might catch it but eh that happens too  :P!  If you are ever up in the Hutchinson area, do let me know.  I can show you what I have and how I do it.  I've done programming for a few years now and really going to dive into new fun things next year.  

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