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Well, it has been a LONG time since I stopped by PlanetChristmas ... apparently a bit too long as my account was no longer active! Wow ... who knew that time could fly as long as fast as it has?

I have made a quick trip through long-lost websites, and it appears that most of you are still very busy with your displays! Technology has proven to advance as many of you are using controllers that we were only dreaming of a short time ago! Great work, all of you!

I would like to say hello to a few special people (no particular order): Chuck Smith, Dan Bladwin, Tim Fischer, Joe Faszl, Drew Hickman, Mark Obermiller, Darryl Brown, Steve Pearson, Don McBroom, and so many more! True friends, all of you. And I look forward to getting to know you all again! There are so many new people here on the boards, and I look forward to meeting them all as well. THe sheer quantity of knowledge has multiplied exponentially! Who would have ever guessed hey Chuck?

I trust that everyone is still doing well with both their lives and their displays. My own display has been on a bit of a hiatus until I end up in my own home - which is showing a bit more promise as of late. So hopefully I will make a come-back in the near-future! Likely not this season, but I am hoping for next year.

Happy Lighting to all ...

-=Doug Lawrence

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Guest Bob_Moody

Hey Doug !!

Welcome back..

Doug was the basic inspriation to my North Pole lights that a few of you have seen in person (Tx. mini's) and on our web page. While not as elaborate as his.. it was the beginning of the idea... Thanks Doug .. gald to see ya back ..

-- Bob

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Guest Jeff_Womack

Welcome home Doug! Does this mean the display will be back also? The last we heard of you, you were thinking of selling it! All the old dogs would still love to see how you did you yard grid!

Jeff

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I was just thinking about you the other day when I was thinking about coroplast... :P

Welcome back! You'll notice lots of new faces here, and a few old ones absent (although maybe they'll eventually make their way back too). Hope to see you back as a 'regular' once again!

I'm trying to get myself motivated since the time is drawing near... I've done very little display planning so far in 2006. I even took the summer of from PlanetChristmas mostly, but I'm back and trying to get into the spirit (if I can't get back into it here, I never will :laughing:).

-Tim

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Doug,

Glad to see you back! As Jeff mentioned, last we heard from you, you were thinking of selling the display and then were never heard from again!

Hopefully all is well with you.

Thanks,

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Welcome back Doug! Always wanted to say Howdy to Ya! I've enjoyed your website, display, and creative ideas for several years. I joined PC about a year ago but have been a lurker for quite some time.

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Welcome back Doug!! It has been a long time that you have been away from this forum. It is great to have you back on this forum again.:)

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Welcome back, Doug. You probably don't remember me much because I was a lurker back when you posted all the time. You were one of the many here that helped to inspire me, though. Glad to see you around.

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OK ... so I popped in and then back out for a couple of years! I guess I'm destined to be a casual lurker! It is now September of 2008 and I'm dreaming of lights once again!

A belated thank you for all the warm welcomes! If you've got questions, e-mail me directly at doug.a.lawrence AT gmail.com

-=Doug

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OK ... so I popped in and then back out for a couple of years! I guess I'm destined to be a casual lurker! It is now September of 2008 and I'm dreaming of lights once again!

A belated thank you for all the warm welcomes! If you've got questions, e-mail me directly at doug.a.lawrence AT gmail.com

-=Doug

Well, re-welcome back! Or is it welcome re-back? Whaddever :).

Stick around this time. I'd love to hear more about your current displays...

-Tim

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Tim:

Unfortunately, there aren't any new displays to tell you about! But the old display is still ready to sell-off once I get a chance to inventory everything.

LAWN GRID ANYONE? ;)

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Well, it has been a LONG time since I stopped by PlanetChristmas ... apparently a bit too long as my account was no longer active! Wow ... who knew that time could fly as long as fast as it has?

I have made a quick trip through long-lost websites, and it appears that most of you are still very busy with your displays! Technology has proven to advance as many of you are using controllers that we were only dreaming of a short time ago! Great work, all of you!

I would like to say hello to a few special people (no particular order): Chuck Smith, Dan Bladwin, Tim Fischer, Joe Faszl, Drew Hickman, Mark Obermiller, Darryl Brown, Steve Pearson, Don McBroom, and so many more! True friends, all of you. And I look forward to getting to know you all again! There are so many new people here on the boards, and I look forward to meeting them all as well. THe sheer quantity of knowledge has multiplied exponentially! Who would have ever guessed hey Chuck?

I trust that everyone is still doing well with both their lives and their displays. My own display has been on a bit of a hiatus until I end up in my own home - which is showing a bit more promise as of late. So hopefully I will make a come-back in the near-future! Likely not this season, but I am hoping for next year.

Happy Lighting to all ...

-=Doug Lawrence

Hey hows it going? I think I met you when we went on a back stage tour of Disney's Osbourne Christmas lights at MGM studios with Ron Lister. It had to be 2000, or 2001 as we were all still on Dasher systems back then. Remember when at the time the disney guy told us Osborne didnt want anything to animate other then mega trees? They finally gave in and put the entire display on 1500+ Animated Lighting Channels and then topped that and put the Cinderella Castle similar animation setups and covered it in Blue LED's. I heard they did the same to the Castle at Disneyland Paris. Glad to have you back around, you have some catching up to do as the technologies have really opened up!

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Tim:

Unfortunately, there aren't any new displays to tell you about! But the old display is still ready to sell-off once I get a chance to inventory everything.

LAWN GRID ANYONE? ;)

So you're done decorating for good?? :(

Speaking of the lawn grid, I don't think we ever did get the step-by-step instructions you promised back in, say, 2003? ;)

-Tim

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Tim:

I'm not done for good - I'll be back eventually. But I moved to a very high-cost market, and could only manage to get into an apartment-style condo. It's far too small to decorate like I'd want to so the display is still for sale. My soon-to-be wife (yes, that's right!) is well aware of my intentions and reason to get into a larger home, but until then it's not going to happen.

For those of you who knew the display well - please contact me if you are interested in any (or all) of the components. I will make a true effort to have everything inventoried in the somewhat near future.

-=Doug

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Congrats on the "soon-to-be-wife"! Sorry to see you leave the hobby for awhile, but know you'll be back eventually...

Don't be a stranger!

-Tim

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