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After traveling  nearly  every weekend Sept - mid Nov for work,, getting sick on the days I took off from work to set up, running into the usual technical problems, and even getting called into work last Friday when I was supposed to be off....TONIGHT THE LIGHTS ARE ON!  Some things didn't light up, all the songs are not loaded yet, and I've got a troublesome arch, but IT'S WORKING.  This is my fifth year to animate and it is  the latest I have ever been in getting going,  I was beginning to wonder if it would ever happen. Thanks to my wife who put up with all my gripes and complaints and held the flashlight on nights when we worked in the dark, and to all my PC friends who encouraged me. Please use this thread to  talk about some of the challenges you faced this year1

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Was a little late meeting my Thanksgiving night goal, but finally got it up. Was even more busy this year, and I pick up leaves for extra money and that almost set me behind this year. But i ended up putting more 10 hour days into the dispaly than last year but everyone loves it. I love to see the smiles on peoples faces when they see the display.

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I felt the same as Billings!  But now the plans are on paper for 2014 already, and working the budget for more controllers.  However, I seriously may skip Halloween.  If the budget works, I will need way more time to setup next year.  Love Halloween, but take down right into Christmas setup is very difficult.  Especially trying to light up Thanksgiving night.  If I can construct some of my new ideas before Halloween and have them ready, then both holidays will be a go.  If not, Christmas is way more important!

 

 

Steve

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I had to travel for my job a lot this year and that left very little time for sequencing.  Even thought of not adding any new songs.  And yes, there were a few moments of insanity where I thought I might not even set up this year.   Got a late start, but worked long days and went live Thanksgiving night.

 

Now that it is done and running smoothly I can't decide what gives us more joy -- seeing the cars parked outside watching, or all the people that stopped by when we were setting up and thanked us "so much for doing this.  We saw you were getting started later and were afraid you weren't going to do it this year"  :o

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