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John Garrant

You know this Christmas light thing has gone too far when...

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> When you go to take down your lights and you don't have any place to put them

> because you already filled the boxes with new lights you bought on sale after

> Christmas.

or

when you take down the lights & place them back in their original boxes...

but have no place to put them because the shelves they were on are already

filled with lights

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Guest johnny christmas

blearning wrote:

Scott wrote:

OOOOOOEEEEH that one hit home ... LOL

that hit home with me too...i already brought it up to my fiance and she said that would be gross...let them decorate themselves lol

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You know this Christmas light thing has gone too far when...

PC goes down for a day and you have the error page open hitting refresh inbetween other things youre doing

(not that i was doing that) :P

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You already wiped out the stores and you keep going back and asking, "Are you sure you don't have some more stuff in the back?"

While building your grandson's or kid'sclubhouse,you are trying to figure out how to build it so it can be decorated for Christmas. How may breakers does it need, etc?

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when you always check the side of the road for blowmolds, stop dead in your tracks and go back and get them. I did that today, along with wireframes, wood cutouts, extension cords, net lights, 3 bicycles, a $200 stereo system, and some Gamecock chairs.

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Another one....

You know this Christmas light thing has gone too far when...

You are in the front yard and a helicopter flies past. Then turns around and circles for a half an hour. Probably burning more fuel / cash than you spent on your entire December electric bill...

Yup it happened and it warmed my heart:D

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Richard III wrote:

You know this Christmas light thing has gone too far when...

you are sitting here trying to read all the post on this topic.

Or reading them out loud to your spouse, and you actually believe she/he wants to hear it.

jeff

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jeffmill wrote:

Richard III wrote:

Or reading them out loud to your spouse, and you actually believe she/he wants to hear it.

jeff

i can relate to that one LOL!

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You know this Christmas light thing has gone too far when...

1. The electrician gives you a blank stare when you tell him how bigthe 2nd panel is you want to install in the garage.

2. You consider taking out a secondmortgage to buy more controllers and extension cords.

3. You tap your knee to the car radio and say "I can make this song work!" (In March)

4. You have to unplug the microwave and refrigerated from 6-10 P.M.

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Shubb771 wrote:

You know this Christmas light thing has gone too far when...

...

4. You have to unplug the microwave and refrigerated from 6-10 P.M.

I was actually just considering this with with the dryer outlet, use that breaker and never do laundry during the show

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Walter and Jackie Monkhouse wrote:

We got to see it here through our Polaris telescope and it was awesome! Looked like a rat had taken a big bite out of a big cheese. Still wondering who were all those little people running around up there? How many strings of minis would it take to reach to the Moon? According to my figures - about 47 million strings ,but we would have to violate the 3 string plug-in rule because it would take over 16 million amps to light them up. I can see it happening now. Planet Christmas will become obsolete and Chuck will have to rename it "Interplanetary Christmas". And following that will be "Interplanetary PLUS".

when you start calculating how many strands itll take to get to the moon as well as the amount of amps

:laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

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You've redesigned your website for the third time in 18mths insteadmof doing the really important jobs!

Also you skip buying lunch and make peanut butter sandwitches so you can spend the money paying to sit in an internet cafe reading these forums!!!

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skelaton jack wrote:

Also you skip buying lunch and make peanut butter sandwitches so you can spend the money paying to sit in an internet cafe reading these forums!!!

:laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

NOW THAT IS FUNNY!

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You read the real estate section of the paper looking for a house that will decorate better than the one you have now, even if its smaller.

Brian

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macrosill wrote:

You read the real estate section of the paper looking for a house that will decorate better than the one you have now, even if its smaller.

Brian

Been there for sure! :laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

jeff

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You know this Christmas light thing has gone too far when...

you and your wife get a short get away ..... mine was in atlantic city and the only time you have any luck is when you are carrying c6 leds in your pocket and you tell your wife and she yells at you but then Puts some in her pocket and wins!

not to mention being in atlantic city and still talking to you guys everyday!:laughing:

btw the wife just forgave me for that one.

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You start imaging how you could decorate other peoples yards as you drive down the street or think to yourself, that yard is laid out perfectly for a light show

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macrosill wrote:

You read the real estate section of the paper looking for a house that will decorate better than the one you have now, even if its smaller.

Something like the mega-desirable corner lot!?? :D Be careful about the smaller house though--less storage! :shock:

TED :cool:

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TED wrote:

macrosill wrote:

Something like the mega-desirable corner lot!?? :D Be careful about the smaller house though--less storage! :shock:

TED :cool:

Yea, but if it's a smaller house on a B I G E R lot, oh how nice! Think "an excuse to build the ultimate storage shed for Christmas decorations.” :laughing:

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