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I'm Finally Started--Advice If You're Having Trouble Getting Motivated

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In January, I decided I wouldn't do a show this year.  After first thinking I would take the year off and thinking I would have no time to decorate this year, I suddenly got motivated.  In August, I asked my wife for a new Ramsey 30b transmitter for my birthday present.  I got it this week and tried it out.  WOW!  Today, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, I went outside, laid out some things to work with, and got started. It's really hot here today and I was soon working up a sweat but it didn't seem to matter.  I started working on my theme lights for this year, walking around the yard to decide where to put it, measuring things, looking in boxes, and suddenly I was off and running.  I'm hooked now!  Tomorrow (Labor Day) the icicle lights for  the roof go up!  HERE WE GO FOR ANOTHER YEAR.  Having trouble getting motivated?  Just get out there, do something, and the bug will bite again.

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I can't believe how fast this year is going.  I'm spending the holiday weekend working on new frames for around the windows. As Christmasjunkie said, here we go!

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Started working on my mega tree (if under 12 feet is it still a mega tree?) lights, each string it taking 30 minutes X 64 is 32 hours!!!!!

Oh boy I should have started earlier.

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I was building away on new stuff up until last Thursday - torn rotator cuff from years ago let go in Jan. they turned me into the Thanksgiving turkey and carved away,  I am offline for at least a month. :unsure:

 

Can't build, but I CAN work on my sequences - will end up with a smaller expansion then planned, but let the fun begin!

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Started working on my mega tree (if under 12 feet is it still a mega tree?) lights, each string it taking 30 minutes X 64 is 32 hours!!!!!

Oh boy I should have started earlier.

 But Paul,

 

Your 1 Channel sequence will look spectacular!

 

:P

 

Lee

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It doesn't matter the size of your show.  I haven't had a lot of time the past few months to get a lot off the off-season list done but I've still accomplished some.  Just take one item that needs to be done and finish that, then move on to your next element you need to work on.  Don't look at the entire list of stuff to finish because you'll never get motivated to get it all done.  Little baby steps and before you know it the show will be on.

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You can get away with hanging lights on the house this time of the year ...after all some people never take them down!

 

Now if someone can just explain, why it seems those people put up the cheap lights and never take them down, but they don't have any problems with them when the holiday comes around, while the rest of us use so called "better lights", take them down and store them with care, and yet.... when the time comes the freakin things will always have an issue in the worst part of your display.

 

No justice in the world of lights. :P

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Now if someone can just explain, why it seems those people put up the cheap lights and never take them down, but they don't have any problems with them when the holiday comes around, while the rest of us use so called "better lights", take them down and store them with care, and yet.... when the time comes the freakin things will always have an issue in the worst part of your display.

 

No justice in the world of lights. :P

 

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Got started putting lights on the bushes last weekend - Got them on the fence this weekend - I have been working on my Tomb project since July - finished that last weekend - I'll start on the house lights this coming weekend and go from there - i am still mowing so nothing goes on the ground until Nov 1st.  Got a new house and I have not got all the electrical I need so I am limited this year - i have a three year plan to get everything I want on my display.

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Wow, you guys get started crazy early.

I'd love to do a show this year but it's not going to happen. Just a few lights on the bushes again. :(

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I know - alot of us are crazy - some of the neighbors in my new neighborhood have been looking at me funny - I haven't put up a light outside since 2010.  i have to do it this year - there is a little girl over where i used to live that was diagnoised with brian cancer a year ago - she has gone through a lot of pain - she told her mother one thing she misses most of all is Mr. Glenn's Christmas lights.  There is no way I am not putting lights up this year for that child.  Matter of fact I just got home from work and need to get on out in the yard and work on my PVC Window frames.  See you guys later. :)

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Awwwww. Good on ya.

I'm sure that many of you guys' displays take months to setup as well. I just can't fathom taking it all down to put back up a couple months later. :)

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Awwwww. Good on ya.

I'm sure that many of you guys' displays take months to setup as well. I just can't fathom taking it all down to put back up a couple months later. :)

Ran the idea of leaving some up past the wife one year and almost got slapped :P

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It may be crazy but as soon as im done wiring my last couple controllers I will be laying out the cords and hanging lights....every year I seem to add more but there is never more set up time.  So I guess we will have to deal with long grass where the cords are laying if it decides to grow more this year

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There is nothing crazy about getting started early - I always want to make it a joyable affair and not be outside at the last minute till midnight on Thanksgiving eve getting lights up and being stressed - beside if I run short of lights and can get Paul to get them to me in time.  Bill, I told my wife what you said about leaving some up all year and what your wife said about it - well she agreed with your wife - that ain't gonna happen around here either. 

 

I do have a question  for you guys - at my old house, the roof was not steep at all - I could run all over it and never feel like I was gonna fall off - the roof on my new house is pretty steep but not impossible to work on.  I will be putting blue lights across the entire front of the roof every 30 inches - this will require me moving around alot - I was told by a roofer to get two 2 x 2 foot squares of rubber foam about 3 inches thick to set on and move around on the roof - I also thought about tying a rope around me with plenty of slack and attaching it to my truck hitch and put it in the back yard so if I slip forward the rope will stop me.  Is this all insane or is there a better way - I am not going to hire it done!

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Any attempts at safety aren't insane. That being said, there's a right way and a wrong way. Consider buying a roofers harness rather tying a rope around you. They usually come with a coiled bungee designed to brake the initial force should you fall and the harness will ensure you don't snap your back.

 

Also, consider tying off to something more permanent that a truck hitch, like a tree. The force of a 200lb person falling 20+ft is enormously larger than the static load a hitch puts up with.

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Ran the idea of leaving some up past the wife one year and almost got slapped :P

 

 

I had the same thought and asked my wife as well - she said if I wanted to live in a trailer park she would help me pack for the move!

 

Needless to say I take the lights down each year - after all another Christmas light fan - better known as Greg Z. from CA summed it up best with this saying - " I put up the lights and she puts up with the lights "  :ph34r:

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There is nothing crazy about getting started early - I always want to make it a joyable affair and not be outside at the last minute till midnight on Thanksgiving eve getting lights up and being stressed - beside if I run short of lights and can get Paul to get them to me in time.  Bill, I told my wife what you said about leaving some up all year and what your wife said about it - well she agreed with your wife - that ain't gonna happen around here either. 

 

I do have a question  for you guys - at my old house, the roof was not steep at all - I could run all over it and never feel like I was gonna fall off - the roof on my new house is pretty steep but not impossible to work on.  I will be putting blue lights across the entire front of the roof every 30 inches - this will require me moving around alot - I was told by a roofer to get two 2 x 2 foot squares of rubber foam about 3 inches thick to set on and move around on the roof - I also thought about tying a rope around me with plenty of slack and attaching it to my truck hitch and put it in the back yard so if I slip forward the rope will stop me.  Is this all insane or is there a better way - I am not going to hire it done!

 

 

And the last words he shouted out were " Ho, Ho, Hoooooooo" splat! 

 

Really, have you never seen The Santa Claus and what happens on the roof with not safety gear?

 

Please be safe, not sorry - get the right gear and stay safe - :P

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