My name is Travis and I live in Carson, Wa. in the Columbia River Gorge.
Even though my status is "Senior Member" I am a newbie to the animation world, Ask MarkZ (Zman) he will agree, LOL !.
2008 was to be my first year animating our display.
Last year 2007 we had a small statice display.
For 2008 our display has doubled in size.
My wife and I put a lot of heart and soul into the design of our animated display.
during last summer we had some major medical issues come up and we put the animation portion of the display on the back burner and were not going to animate for 2008.
Christmas is my wife's and mine most favorite time of year.
My wife love the beauty of christmas decorations and the creativity that goes into them.
With our LOR plans put on hold and lacking quite a few items to be able to animate for 2008 it was surely not going to happen.
My family consist of my Wife Teresa, my son Jared and my father Jerry.
we all love this season and spending time with our family and remembering the real meaning of CHRISTmas.
Well October came and my wife woke up one morning 89% blind and she fears of losing her vision totally.
Doctors have done countless test to figure out why she is losing her vision and to this day they can't figure out.
My father Jerry that lives with my wife and I is termanly ill with cancer and we take care of him.
With all that being said, in late october a few PC members in my local northwest area talked me into at least doing something with the display items I had, and there for the LOR animation was set forth as a go.
I struggled franticly to order a fm transmitter, SPT wire and the other items needed to get the show up and running with a really (LATE) start.
With my wife's condition she was affraid that she would lose her vision totally and would never be able to see that hard work that her and I put into the animation display that her and I spent all last spring and summer to design.
So it was my mission to get the animated show up and running so that my wife could see our display animated at least once before if in fact she does lose her vision forever.
I tried so hard every day to get the display up and all wired and running in hopes to have it going with in the first week of december.
Well we were hit with a major snow fall for numerous days with a accumolation of 5 feet of snow on the ground.
So that put a huge delay on getting the display up and wired.
I spent more time shoveling snow off my roof, shoveling the car out etc.... that took away from the work that needed to the display.
Then with the bad weather still dumping 12 inches of snow each night I thought that there was no hope in getting the display running.
Then we had a couple of days of decent weather and the snow started to melt, so things were starting to look good and I was able to do some more work on the display adn I set my light up target date for Christmas Eve/Christmas day.
Well we got hit with another 2 feet of snow and then it froze solid with freezing rain on top.
For some reason God gave me the strength to keep trying.
Christmas came and went and the display was still not up and running, so I set my next target date to New Years Eve/ New Years Day.
Well again, we got hit with another snow storm and it dumped on us again.
So here it is now January 5th and I finally have 85% of the display up and wired, minus two major decorations that my wife requested and wanted in the display the most, which is four leaping arches and eight 2 channel 2 color mini trees.
My neighbors think I have fallen off my rocker because I am still hanging lights and working out in our yard with 4.5 feet of snow.
I don't care how rediculous it looks putting up a christmas display in january, I set forth on a mission for my wife to be able to see this animated display at least once to ease her fear of never being able to see it and I will get it done.
I was short two LOR controllers to animate our entire display and a fellow northwest PC member that my wife and I hold dear to our hearts loaned us two of his spare LOR controllers to use.
He even gave us a rope light bethlehem star that needed to be fixed, it is now fixed and fully lit 20 feet above our roof, my wife now calls the star "The Star Of Hope" and the person that loaned us his controllers and gave us the "Star Of Hope" so choses to reveal himself he is surely welcome to, I know he will read this.
Also when my wife and I had put the animation on hold we had not done any sequencing yet, and due to the situation and the late start, another PC memeber offered me every sequence that he had created for me to use.
As of today, our display is almost done and ready for its first official light up and run the show.
Here is a photo of our 2007 small static display.
The second photo is the design of our animated display that my wife and I put our hearts into creating and is almost complete.
I will post some pics and hopefully get some video of our display onces it is up in running.
Randy, If I was to win your LED Sign, you can rest assure that it will be in our display next season with a message of the real meaning of CHRISTmas and it would be front and center for all to see.
Thank you Randy for your kind offering.