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Another display going dark--sad- but for sale!

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I was searching on the ebay for other things and saw this Sale. Another display going dark, in the Bonita, California area.

Hopefully someone in the area can grab this up and carry on the tradition. Descriptions says you need a 25ft box truck! 



 

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Wow, that neighborhood has probably always looked forward to his display each year.  Too bad the neighbors couldn't all pitch in with set up and take down too keep the show going.

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Yeah I always wondered the same thing. It just today's world. Man I go out of my way to help my neighbors displays, I just donated 20+ strings of Led's, 48" wreaths, zipcord and more just to help him with his new display. Even donated over 150 LED c9 bulbs to outline his house. It made us better neighbors for sure. I guess I'm old school! I snow blow my neighbors when it snows, look out for their property when they aren't home, etc, etc. Where is the compassion in this world. He's 80 and doing a display like that! SMH

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in a way don't sell the lights I dumped a lot of mine the ones that don't work I m retired from it but not going to say never put another one up again just stoping for now.

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I have resently retired from mega distplays but I don't think I would ever sale or dump my lights or figures I put up but I may maybe next year do one but really right now I just don't have the time anymore, well best of luck to you 

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in a way im not going dark just retireing for now in the near future I be putting up a mega display but for now im just putting a few 5,000 or so just to keep it going 

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