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This is my first year doing LOR.  Ive done static displays of 5,000 to 10,000 but this year i made the leap to 20,000 and 32 channels.  I just got a call from Newsday (the newspaper for all of Long Island,NY) and they are coming to my house on Sunday to take picutres, videos, and do an interview.  I am going to be in the Sunday paper on 12/22.  I'm really excited.  Thsi should bring a good amount of attention to my display.  I cant wait till next year, i started iN August this year with a limited budget so now i have all year to plan, sequence, and build and a bigger budget.   

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Special congrats to you.. 2 points I have seen throughout the forums... never say how much you have spent and leaving them hanging about the surprise in store for next year... hope this helps

I never plan on telling anyone how much i spend.  Thats between me and my wife.  lol.  I like the attention but i dont want people knowing how much money i leave out on my lawn for a month and a half.  I was thinking that if the i was asked about next year I was just going to let them find out next year.  I want my new designs to be a surprise for my lighting ceremony.  I'm not sure what they are going to ask.  I know they are going to ask why i do it but that about it. 

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I never plan on telling anyone how much i spend.  Thats between me and my wife.  lol.  I like the attention but i dont want people knowing how much money i leave out on my lawn for a month and a half.  I was thinking that if the i was asked about next year I was just going to let them find out next year.  I want my new designs to be a surprise for my lighting ceremony.  I'm not sure what they are going to ask.  I know they are going to ask why i do it but that about it. 

Wait... you tell your wife how much you spent on outside christmas and your still allowed to post on PC? And are still alive? Do tell how you did this... I can learn from you. My wife loves our display. Hates setup hates take down but loves display.... and really has no idea what I have invested.... I wanna LIVE!!!! j/k she doesnt know and doesnt ask... but she does know its an investment...

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I have been very fortunate with how my wife views Christmas. lol. she loves it just as much ad I do. she is out there hanging lights with me and planning everything. the only thing that is exclusively me is anything on the computer and she even helps with that. she has ideas for sequencing and design and we budget everything together. sometimes she get a little frustrated because its December and that's all I think about but she shares my passion. we are both so much into it that I sequenced "our song" and asked her to marry me in front of it.

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I never plan on telling anyone how much i spend.  Thats between me and my wife.  lol.  I like the attention but i dont want people knowing how much money i leave out on my lawn for a month and a half.  I was thinking that if the i was asked about next year I was just going to let them find out next year.  I want my new designs to be a surprise for my lighting ceremony.  I'm not sure what they are going to ask.  I know they are going to ask why i do it but that about it. 

You actually let your wife in on it?

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I haven't always been this lucky to have a wife that's as crazy about Christmas as me. I was married for 5 years to the Grinch. lol. not only did she figure out a way to ruin Christmas day/eve every yea, she was not supportive about decorating. I wanted to go animated a long time ago and she said absolutely not. she wouldn't even let me buy new lights each year. I had to sneak buying lights. my new wife knew she was with a Christmas manic and let me try animation for our first Christmas. 2 controllers to see how it all went and as soon as she saw the outcome, she caught the decorating fever and is planning a display as massive as I imagine one. it makes life alot easier having 2 people working on it as well. its actually very nice bonding time together. I'm 5 years behind where I wanted to be but at least I have a decorating partner. lol.

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Tom's wife might be flattered that an entire forum thread is being created about her... does this mean we are doing it behind her back cause she is not facing the computer?

lol.  I'm the one on PC and i typically don't inform her of my posts and threads because its just me messing around on the forums but i told her what people were saying about her being the an amazing decorating wife and she laughed and blushed.    

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