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Julie S.

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  • Birthday 06/21/1966

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  • Location
    Edina (Twin Cities), Minnesota, USA
  • Biography
    I've been putting up lights since becoming a homeowner at an early age (19 yrs.). But it got seriously weird about 3-4 years ago. How? The annual display jumped from 600-900 lites (normal person's display late 80's to mid-1990s) to 3,500 lites (super motivated, caffinated or just plain festive in the mid-to-late 90s ) to 17,000 lites (2006) and 25,000 lites (2007...WTF?). Why? Dunno. Somewhere along the way me and my partner in Xmas light crime (my youngest son Andy, now 18 yrs.) just got a bit carried away...
  • Interests
    Work. Enabling my Springer Spaniel's tennis ball fixation (I bought her an LED color changing ball on Amazon). Googling everything. Choir Mom/weekly volunteer gig at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church. Vodka infusion. Creating mean martinis from garden fres
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    Network Engineer, Internet
  • About my display
    Well... last year (2007) it was 25,000+ lights in a mostly static display. I'm undecided for 2008. Go animated? Or perhaps better yet, burn my neighbors retinas with an even more extravagant and spectacular static display? What shall I do? Oh, the quandary! :)
  1. You are in good company. Nov. 1st is my youngest son Andy's Birthday as well. Tim, regarding the Sunday, Nov. 1st date. You know I will support whatever date you decide upon, but out of all dates this is a tough one for me. To wit.... 1. It's on a Sunday in the fall. I have a pesky church obligation in the morning since Jackie sings in the choir. 2. It's on my son Andy's 20th Birthday. And I swear to *god* that kid needs my constant supervision... esp. on this Bday when he might be tempted to do something really naughty. LOL! 3. The **** church ladies (sorry churchy folks) alr
  2. At least three Target stores in the Twin Cities were 75% off this morning (Edina, St. Louis Park and Southtown/Bloomington). Scored three overflowing carts full of stuff including two LED Ropelight Deer @ $17 each, lots of LED snowflakes and extension cords aplenty at 50 cents a piece.
  3. Last Friday Dec. 19th we had our second Annual Sleigh Ride Christmas Party. Since that was the Friday before Xmas, it was a recipe for way too many cars. There was the steady flow of viewers driving by to see the display, plus all the cars from our 80 to 100+ party guests (all our neighbors plus friends and family). I had contemplated putting out a few cones, lawn chairs or something similar along the curb so the display won't be blocked on a Friday night by parked cars, but I got busy and forgot. I nearly fainted from shock half way through the party when I looked towards the street an
  4. I paid $131.43 on 11/07/08 at 1000Bulbs.com. The current price is now ovr $190.00 see: http://www.1000bulbs.com/Christmas-Light-Bulb-Testers/34330/ I would have purchased it at Christmas Done Bright if 1000 Bulbs hadn't been running a deal on it at the time.
  5. I'd like to echo Tim's sentiment. Although I did not have the privilege to have viewed your display firsthand, its splendor has been conveyed to me via many eyewitness accounts here on PC. I was at your sale on the first day (within the first 15 minutes). I bought two items (which I LOVE!), though I thought the prices were markedly high. Despite the fact that I posted a few snarky comments about unrealistic pricing, I hope you don't take offense. Based on your post, I'll stop by again and certainly make an offer on what I'll like to buy. To quote some famous words... LET'S MAKE A D
  6. And you know you've married well when your wife plans and runs the entire display and you're little more than grunt labor. BTW, kudos to my husband who wrapped limbs on our Maple Tree tonight! Thank you honey!)
  7. OMG! That has to be the most hideous Xmas light accident I've heard about in quite a while. Both Ivan and I screamed out loud as we read your account of doing the splits on your deck. And to think that we were planning on retrofitting our own aging deck with Treks planks. Uh oh. Might have to rethink that plan.
  8. Ha! Ain't THAT the truth! Cool idea. I'm wondering if any other PC members have had couples get married in their yard display. Anyone?
  9. Funny! Yes, I'd say that I've hit the stores about 80% of the time for Black Friday over the past 23 years (as long as I've been married/had a family.) The other 20%? Out of town, just gave birth, too hung-over from the family Thanksgiving gathering, or the deals just weren't that great. I started a new family tradition about 5 years ago on Thanksgiving. We call it "The Holy Grail". Our 'Holy Grail' is the Thanksgiving Day Star Tribune newspaper. Whichever family member's house we happen to be having Thanksgiving Dinner at, I make sure to bring a pristine copy of the "Grail" with me. On T
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    Weekend fun!

    I assume you mean "wood" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_router and not "IP" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Router Correct? Your comments got me to thinking about a couple of bricks, er, I mean Compatible Systems T1 routers taking up space in our supply room at work.
  11. Nope, didn't go today. But from my experience, I wouldn't expect to see a price adjustment til weekend #3. If you get my drift.
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    Weekend fun!

    I totally agree. I read reports in other forums saying they didn't look too close. I could have been a weasel and hogged up all of their LEDs. Instead I got psych'ed up and told myself they *DID care. Why? Just to motivate myself to clean house and let go of stuff I knew I wouldn't use. Sometimes you need a kick in the pants to rid yourself of any lurking pack rack tendencies. I am sure no one here suffers from that affliction.
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    Weekend fun!

    I salvaged bulbs from strings before trading them in. I figured since the offer stated old or non-working light strings... bulbs are missing... I guess THAT's why the lights don't work! They didn't care. They didn't even look closely. They just took my grocery bag full of mangled light strings and threw them in the recycle bin. In fact, since I unrolled the light balls to snag some spare bulbs, I made sure to put them in the grocery bag in their natural state (a big tangled mess). That strategy helped because I too struggled to find enough non-working strands match the number of boxes I b
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