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  1. I was driving home tonight, saw Channel 10 on Sample Rd at Turtle Creek not far from my house, and noticed Jesus was not on their big nativity display , and checked their web site when I got home. This is the second high profile display where Jesus was stolen. This is why I drag Jesus in every night.


  2. Praise God! I finally got my new 3 wise men to complete the nativity set. I went to Sam's Club to buy this at 7:30 yesterday morning, right after my trip to Macy's.

    it was the last one there! I paid only $99 dollars for it, and this was $225 dollars a week ago, and they had marked it down to $150 by 12/22, but I held my ground. I went in on 12/26 and it was about 60% off. They told me someone came in just before me and bought the last 3 Wise Men set that was still in the box, so I bought the loose floor display of the 3 piece wise men set. Here is my one big happy Nativity family! I was thinking of next year building a small wooden barn scene with a plexiglass window to protect them all and have it be the centerpiece of our lawn.


  3. Wow, thanks Mike! Are they really $200! How many do you have? The main question is can I control the wings to the beat of the music? Or are the wings controlled by the built in controller? I'd love to see a close-up.

    BTW, I just won the City of Margate contest, they just called me a few minutes ago. It was great having 3 Planet Christmas people in the final on GMA. Richard Holdman did the sequence for that Jacksonville home. He and I got screwed on the travel Channel special, they showed our houses for maybe 4 or 5 seconds at most, and never mentione our names. But glad they at least mentioned yours. I notcied they wasted way more time on interviewing people in Chicago eating streudel, and the gingerbread contest, but never mentioned us at all, after making me sign all these releases.

  4. Funny story behind the red strap. We rebuilt the megatree last year with threaded metal piping. BUT.... the top 2 feet was still a solid 2" PVC pipe, so we left it. During tear down in January, the eye hook on top of the tree broke off, and the top part of the tree crashed down. We did not notice until we put up the megatree last month, that this 2" pipe at the top had cracked and was weakened. We had no time for repairs, so we attached the red strp to hold the top par tof our tree upright. The damage also prevented us from putting the star back on top of the tree. So we will fix it for next year. We actually captured video of the collapse of out tree, as it fell down from the cherry picker, here it is:

  5. I finally scored a decent laser from Bliss that shoots out hundreds of laser dots. See photos below, I have it shined on my neighbor's wall.

    In between songs when it is real dark, I get gasps from people, and they all agree it's like looking out into a galaxy or the universe start field.

    If you look closely at the second photo, just above my neighbor's roof line, above the green dots, you'll see that bright white dot in the sky. That is the planet Saturn.



  6. Sams Club lowered prices 35-40% on Nativity Statues. I was in there just a few days ago eying them out, seeing the 3 piece holy family set for $149 with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. The 3 Kings set of 3 was $229, then marked down to $199 the other day.

    Today I went back in to check, and they lowered the price further. The Holy family dropped to $99. So I bought the holy family. The 3 kings is now marked down to $149. But alas, even that good price I cannot afford it, the stock market was very brutal to me this year, and with staggering losses, and 2 rental units that my Section 8 renters caused

    $4500 in damages in each, I just could not do it this year. I am completely at the end of my cash flow.

    But at least I got the holy family in time for tonight's drive by of the City of Margate commissioners to vote on displays. Here's a couple of photos below:



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