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Kenny Greer

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  1. I managed past it a time or two also. I tried to steer clear when possible. I just hope that my goof (whoever turned that second number on my name tag into another 3 instead of a 4...). I was tired enough to make that mistake, though. The person who got the voiceovers totally deserved to have them. I needed the little flashlight anyway (could have used it a week earlier, but I have it when I need it in the future).
  2. Great tips that you have there. Another thing that I have not read often that I learned quickly back in 2006 when I first started sequencing: When you are first starting out, it might be a good idea to not necessarily start with a list of songs you are "going" to sequence, but instead to listen to many songs, and just keep listening with your display layout in your head. There will come a moment in one song the first time you hear it that you will immediately see the lights do something in your mind and know that you want to do this song so that you can make them do that (notice...it ju
  3. There's a snow machine in it this year? I really need to get back down to Broadway (you'd think I'd be there more often since I work across the street from it). The pictures of the trees are awesome. I can't imagine having two of them like they have.
  4. When someone brings me a package at FedEx wrapped in brown paper, I ask them the following: 1. Can we remove the brown paper? I then explain why (the address/labels can come off and the package won't get where it's going when it has nowhere to go). If the answer is yes, I either let them remove the paper, or I remove the paper for them. If not I ask them: 2. Can we sell you a box to put it in? If yes, they buy a box. If no then I give the option of wrapping the entire package in tape, which makes it a challenge for the recipient to get into it. Normally it doesn't get past
  5. I'll be registering shortly. My preferred beverage is Coke. I had fun there last September. I'm looking forward to it this go around. I just have to be out in time to get to Columbia by 7:00 to call a dance.
  6. Oh yeah, I forgot about that one. Seems we were doomed by natural and international events to not get them until September, but we did get them. I have no clue what I'm going to order this year, yet. I have only vaguely come up with any idea of what I might do with the display.
  7. Weren't we joking last year that all of the LEDs being used at the Olympics were ours? That was August. In all seriousness, though, he does try to get them out as soon as he can. Last year's got held up for more than two months beyond our hoped-for delivery date for some reason. I guess when they asked him how he wanted them shipped and he said "cheapest way...slow boat to China," they took him literally!
  8. FedEx is in my VERY biased opinion the best. Not only is it a better price than UPS (I can't always claim that over USPS, though, but USPS doesn't necessarily guarantee stuff), it also helps my personal display fund (I work for them). It is true that if you sign up for an account you do get a discount on shipping with them, too. And in doing so and printing out your labels at home, you don't have to wait in line to fill out forms. Just take it in and drop it off, or call and arrange a pickup. As I said in another thread, most stuff shipped to me is though UPS. That doesn't bother me,
  9. Wow! I'm typing this by faith that I'm hitting the right keys. That is bright. That is a little slower than Darryl's, but I don't think it would be an issue when you got a bunch of them flashing together. I would like to see more of them together to see the randomness of the flash. But that looks (or should I say looked) great!
  10. Being in the shipping business and seeing people gripe almost daily, I can tell you that, though I'm not happy to have to pay shipping either, it is the normal way of handling things for almost all businesses. I'd say maybe about 98% of these types of dealings with returns are paid by the customer, with the vendor paying to return the fixed or new item to the customer. Does that make it right? That's not for me to say, and it's up for debate. But that is the way it is, and I'm not going to argue with it because I want LEDs that work when they come back.
  11. Ha! Yeah I remember that one. I guess that tree of yours wanted to tour the country before it got to you. **also a reason I'm trying to get my stuff down and out as quickly as possible, though Each of my large bushes was supposed to have 15 strings of the LEDs and a string of strobes on top of them this year. When I was finished undecorating just one of them, I counted, and discovered that I had taken 19 strings off before I even got to the strobes (these 19 were spares put on when the originals went out). Then I had the 15 still to go! Another bush had 12! The one I just did I thi
  12. I'll be shipping FedEx because I work for them. DHL has shut down their US shipping, and is only an international option now (occasionally I would see times when they were cheaper than us, but the person who always delivered was as friendly as an angry blowfish). No matter what, I'll stay away from UPS. The last package they were supposed to deliver to me never arrived. Thank goodness it wasn't a life or death item (it just happened to be a small replacement shipment from CDI). And the one before that they couldn't find my house, even though the package they were delivering said "Chri
  13. You're very welcome Jeff. If you need more next season, I actually wound up purchasing some more for this season. Long story there, but it's spread all over this site. You are right. In my videos from years past (the actual displays looked great) it has been difficult to distinguish the gold from the white. That's why when I went LED, I went with the cool white, so there would be a more pronounced difference between it and the gold.
  14. Wow! That's a very nice display! You did a great job on it.
  15. I think you're probably thinking about Robin in Punta Gorda? His display is called "Ridge Harbor Christmas." He used to be a member here, but is not any longer. He has a website at ridgeharborchristmas.com
  16. YAY! I like sealed non-replaceable bulbs. No more "brush against a bush the wrong way and have to troubleshoot" problems. The video hasn't been converted yet, apparently because there are a ton of videos being uploaded right now, but as soon as it does, I will go check it out. Thanks to everyone who is testing the samples to evaluate and to help to get us yet another product that we can be proud of. And a special thanks to Paul for allowing you all to do so. There aren't many companies out there who would let regular users test the product and allow everyone else to comment on it in
  17. Is there any way possible that this thread could perhaps be either moved or reposted to the "Community Wide Announcements" forum? I think more people might see it if it were there in case they don't always come down to "Dasher's Diner."
  18. Thank you. Once I get everything working properly, there will be a few more coming (including a new video of that one with everything finally up).
  19. Thanks for bringing this up, Daniel. I didn't even notice mine until I read your post, then I went to check mine to make sure it wasn't a culprit, and voila, it was! So I deleted it, and just put in the final night (December 31). I do agree that the calendar is a bit cluttered right now, though (imagine if we all did that...wow).
  20. I had just got home from work and settled down to do a little more sequencing when I heard voices outside, and the doorbell rang. Mom answered it. At the door were two of our neighbors who live caddy-corner across the street from us. They wanted to see who did the lights, so mom directed them to me. The great thing about where I live is that even though it is a residential area, the neighborhood is directly across the street from Coastal Carolina University. When I was in school there, it used to be a 7 minute walk from my house to my classes. And all of our immediate neighbors are
  21. Usually about this time each year, I drive around my neighborhood nightly to see who's doing what. In years past, maybe 10 houses out of the whole neighborhood (3 mile loop) did anything significant. A few days ago I rode my bike around, and there were quite a few people out in their yards putting stuff up in one fashion or another. Moreso than in years past. Since I my first Christmas here in SC in 2002, the neighborhood has gone from dark, to quite a few people beginning to come out of their shells. It makes me feel good to see more people at least putting out a deer or a string of li
  22. I got mine (today). Today is in parentheses because it was actually received Monday...by my sister at her house! How in the world and why it got there, 12 miles away in downtown Myrtle Beach, is a mystery, but I did get it. I've had very few issues so far (had one string vomit it's insides out the other day when I plugged it in, but that's it), but I probably will take part in the offer just so that at least most of the strings that I have are the same.
  23. I would definitely be interested in trying some out.
  24. That's most likely where my last couple boxes are, too. I love the cool whites that came! But they're almost painful when you're looking at them right in your face. I'm looking forward to seeing them at night in the display. OK...now to figure out what I still need to order in the new sale. I was going to use the leftover lights from my current order to fill in the 112 channels I still need to figure out what I'm doing with. Then when going through my order, I tragically remembered that I just ordered enough to replace all of my regular minis that I used last year, and that's it.
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