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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
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  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
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  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
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  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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Seth Hartley

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About Seth Hartley

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  • Birthday 03/09/1979

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    Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
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    Lights of course, tormenting my wife, and reading
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    Self Employed
  1. Yes! Roger, thank you for that idea! I had called my insurance agent once last year to inquire about options, but never did hear back from them. Robcat, thanks for the reply, I am looking for honest opinions here, if I am being unreasonable I want to know that too. I guess my frustration stems mostly from the fact that we don't let anyone in the yard/lot to walk through the display. There is a fence around part of it, and the rest is all roped off with lights, no walk through stuff. No one should be getting hurt/ suing because no one should be on the property in the first place. :/
  2. Keeping this as short as possible: Our yard is very deep and skinny. Our house sits 15 feet from the sidewalk, no real front yard. Our side yard has a privacy fence that starts at the back of our house. We have a large pine tree in the side yard as well. So basically not much usable/visible yard. When I started expanding the display years ago I struck a deal with the neighbor who owns the empty lot next door (and she lives 1000 miles away). I helped keep it clean, stop illegal dumping, and they let me use the lot for our display, as long as I clear it by spring. Last year she suddenly started getting really antsy, wanted me to wait to put anything up, started dropping words like "Liability". She finally let me put things up a couple weeks late. This past spring she told me I could no longer put my mega trees in her lot because her insurance agent threatened to drop her if they weren't removed. I was very upset by this, but obviously complied without complaint. Now this year she is saying the same thing - that she has to make sure through her agent that it's okay for me to even put up inflatables or blow molds. I can't understand why those wouldn't be okay. Millions of Americans put them up every year. If Insurance companies had a problem with manufactured decorations, wouldn't everyone in america who put something out in the yard lose their coverage? She keeps rambling about liability again. She sincerely thinks someone is going to get electrocuted and sue HER. Is she trying to blow me off because she doesn't want me to do it anymore? To make it more heartbreaking, the guy with the empty lot on the other side of hers gave me complete use of his lot. But without the use of hers, I really can't do anything since I couldn't string electrical wires across her property, I wish there was some way to remedy this situation! Her husband won't sell the property either. He says it was a gift and he is emotionally attached to it. (What???) It's in a floodplain and by our city law, can't have any structures built on it. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO frustrated. I normally start Halloween today, and I can't because she keeps putting me off again!
  3. I see that your profile says you are in Michigan. I am in Indiana, and I want several of these molds. Where is this store located?
  4. Hope it's okay to post this here, it's been a while since I posted in this forum lol. I have an extra Tigger and a Pooh (Santa's Best) that I would like to trade/ partial trade+cash. I am looking for SB Goofy and Taz, Also small goofy and small snoopy. II would be interested in a full size church and tender cars for the santa train. I have lots of duplicates so, if anyone is looking for anything in particular just ask.
  5. Thanks I think I will take your advice and not canibalize the motor. Anyone interested in buying it just PM me and offer.
  6. I have been through the ringer with my Haunted House that was gifted to me this year. I would barely inflate much less stand. One motor was bad and we replaced it with a bouncy house motor. Still would not stand. Even with a LEAF BLOWER inserted it would not stand. I tried tent silicone spray and it did not work. I also had a sagging arch that would not stand anymore so I decided to try something more drastic. Krylon triple thick clear glaze spray: http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_021V002612114000P?vName=For%20the%20Home&cName=Painting&sName=Paint&sid=KDx20070926x00003a&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=021V002612114000P It is much cheaper at meijer (2.99) I don't know if Wal-Mart carried it. I used just half a can on the two base pieces on either side of my old arch and it stood up before it was even dry. This stuff really works so far but I don't know how it will weather and I don't know how it will last over the years. How to apply it: It doesn't seem to matter if the inflatable is running or not but having it off is probably better to make sure it fills the fabric evenly. You want a good wet coat but not RUNNY as you will get streaks and blotches. You also don't want to mist it on, this won't fill the fabric and it will leave a whitish glaze on the fabric. You can always do more than one coat if you see streaks or a filmy look. It DOES darken the fabric a LITTLE but if you do whole sections and stop at a seam or do the whole front and not he back no one will notice but you. When this glaze dries it leaves the fabric feeling more plastic-y and you can hear it crinkle when it is flexed. The only downside I am seeing so far is that the more the fabric is flexed and crumpled the more it leaves little whitish creases in the fabric... but it isn't very noticeable unless you are close to it and it is daylight. The haunted house so far has been almost completely coated using about 4 cans and it is now standing fine under the power of it's 3 motors. It was underpowered from the start though so I will be adding a motor if I can since the breeze still causes it to fold. I believe this is a good alternative to simply throwing away a valuable inflatable.
  7. I picked this up at a garage sale this summer and I was looking for more info on him. I don't do Christmas inflatables so I will not be using this, I may sell it if anyone is interested. If not I will be canibalizing the fan motor to use in my Haunted House. I don't want to destroy something in the off chance it's desirable or hard to find though. Thanks everyone!
  8. I have found something that works somewhat I am going to make a new thread about it.
  9. Anyone have any to sell or know where I could buy one? I am looking for a nice large one. Thanks!
  10. Maybe this? http://www.google.com/products/catalog?num=10&hl=en&q=clear+spray+on+tape&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=7626913616270011112&ei=ZaunTMSSJIKcnwfspOyfDA&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCkQ8wIwAw#
  11. UPDATE: I sprayed two whole cans of the silicone tent weatherproofing spray all over it and it seemed to help a LITTLE. But not much. It rained this morning and it DARN NEAR stood up on its own! Lol. I think the problem is obviously in the amount of air going in vs the amount bleeding out through the fabric. I am thinking of adding a motor to it but I don't have any big extra ones. I wonder if anyone knows of anything else I could spray on it? Clear coat spray paint? Maybe some clear peel and stick coating of some kind that could reduce air flow through the fabric....? Used sparingly of course....
  12. Yeah me and two other people checked this thing inside and out and even turned it over upside down. There are a handful of pinholes here and there but nothing big. All the zippers are closed. I really hope this tent spray does the trick. I will let everyone know how it turns out. If it works good I might spray all of our inflatables with it.
  13. It's SOOOOOO saggy I keep thinking there must be a gapping hole somewhere.... but I can't find anything else wrong with it! I am going to go get some spray tonight and give that a try.
  14. I was given the huge Haunted House inflatable by my neighbor because it quit working after about 3 years. 2 of the three motors are working. The third is dead, so he gave me an old HUGE motor from one of those inflatable waterslides. I disconected the broken motor and put in the bigger one thinking it would fix the problem. No go. It inflates pretty evenly, but the thing won't stand up. I found a couple holes and patched them, and broken zipper which I fixed, but it's just sagging terribly and even if I try to support it from underneath it won't stand. Any ideas? Does the fabric start to leak over the years? Should I try that Tent Waterproofing spray? Thanks to all you experts for any ideas!!!
  15. I was thinking about just keeping it inflated all the time.... the question is what to do about high winds? We had some bad gusts the other day and it ripped a couple of the anchors on the feet. I have tethered it now but it will not stand on it's own without some help. I am afraid those tethers will rip out in a storm if it's on all the time. I don't want to go up on the roof and fix it a bunch either lol. Seems like I will just have to live with that chance. I can't tell you how worth it all the trouble is. It looks amazing at night with the moon behind it. I will try to get some pics.
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