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    Hartselle, Alabama
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    Married w/grandkids who love our Christmas lites. We participate in the local Christmas boat parades and decorate around the house too.
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    Boating & fishing mostly but a little of everything.
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    Legal Assistant
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    At home this year we only put out our new Gemmy Light Show Trio, the wire/bulb trees. They worked great on the boat for the parade on Dec. 6 but not so great out in our yard on Dec. 24. For some reason, the colors just went berzerk and we returned it to the store. I want another for next year tho!

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  1. I have siding also and use the "tuck under the J channel" method around my garage doors. Haven't tried it on the windows tho as I hang LED wreaths on the shutters. When I make the change over to full LEDS I plan to outline the windows and doors then.
  2. I heard you can rub Vicks on the bottom of your feet for that nagging bedtime cough. Haven't tried it tho and hope I don't have to. BTW, our neighbor's cats keep our squirrels away.
  3. I bought a carton of the Snowflakes in Motion and really like them. I cascade all 12 down a tree trunk in my display. If I recall, at the time the cost was $65 per carton of 12 pieces. That = $5.41 per flake.
  4. First year was mostly static items with an animated RWG mega & 8 RWGB mini trees, 9 songs. 2010 show was the same except added 12 animated Snowflakes in Motion cascading down a big tree trunk and a few more static items. 2011 will see blue lights added to mega, revising old songs, adding a couple of new songs, and replacing icicles with roofline LEDs.
  5. We don't burn our used Christmas trees down here in the South. We put them outside to dry out and sink 'em under our boat docks to attract crappie, bream, etc., for some great dock fishing! My 2010 tree is still laying in the yard, 2/3 of it is still green.
  6. We put up our decorations this year and on the first night as we watched the show kick off, we see our first visitors - we counted 6 cats from the neighborhood walking around in the yard, sniffing and checking out all the lights. We thought it was kinda weird but I guess it must be a cat thing.
  7. Sounds more like what I'm looking for as I would want them to last a long time. Why are they called "retro fits"?
  8. We had 7 inches of snow on Jan. 9-10. Our 15 ys old granddaughter wanted to borrow a tube and all we had was a big inflatable that we pull behind the boat. I videoed my grandaughter & friends "snow tubing". They had a blast! (Hope the link still works - if not go to youtube and search "Snow Day Tubing Vid 1") Warning! It's over 8 min.long.
  9. I saw some C9 LEDs at Sam's Club before Christmas in multi & white for $9.99/25 ct. Don't remember the vendor but might have been GE. The display looked kinda dull but probanbly would inside a lighted building but when I went back after Christmas - nada - all were gone. Just wondering if anybody bought some and how did they look and hold up on your roofline for instance? Did they dim okay?
  10. North Alabama (Decatur/Hartselle) woke up to our first "White Christmas" since 1963, 47 years since it actually "began" snowing on Christmas day. WOW! It was beautiful. I was so happy I took my camcorder outside and videoed all the way around my house and youtubed the video to everybody I knew. I also videoed my LOR show that evening in case just it never gets to perform in Christmas day snow again & will post some video later. Sun is out now so I guess our Christmas snow be gone by the end of the day. Pooooh!
  11. I have noticed that one of my 9 songs is doing that this year. Not sure where it is but I think there is a checkbox or button or something in the Hardware Utility (controller tab maybe) that will allow you to speed up the signal by 1/10th second or so. Useful for folks running lots of controllers. I've not used it but it might be something to look into. The directors are picky about the SD cards they "get along with." Might be that. I'm not sure either about the largest mb card the director will work with. Also, I think there is a mp3 director firmware update that might allow more brands to be
  12. I'm running 8 mini trees with 2 - 100 ct. incandescents, same solid color strands per tree (RWGB) - 2 trees per each of 4 channels. Looks great. Since I prefer a fuller tree, my mega uses 12 channels, 5 -100 ct. strands to a channel - total of 60 strands of RWG.
  13. Stores in Decatur cater to the "white light" enthusiasts in the historic SE and SW areas. I've noticed that lots more folks are decorating here this year. It's true out in the county where I live too. Folks are filling their yards with lights, inflatables, reindeer, etc. I live on a 2 mile long road and there are at least 8 well-decorated yards/houses. Right now I have the only animated/musical show. It's not a big show by any means, just a mega, 8 minis & 12 snowflakes in motion. I'm keeping my "how do you do that?" a secret so I don't have any competition. Just call me "Scrooge"!
  14. Have you tried re-programming the card with your sequences? Mine played the 9 shows okay for the first time then started only playing 4 of the 9 over and over. I re-programmed the card and it's working just fine so far.
  15. I use a silver sharpie and label the ends of each custom extension cord as such: 1-1-R which to me means: Controller # 1, Channel 1, Red; and so forth. My display is only 32 channels so I know exactly what each labeled cord goes to. This year's setup was alot easier than last years.
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