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  1. Just wanted to post and say JR Dibble and James Morris contribution’s to this forum are invaluable. You guys set the bar and thank you for all what you do!!! Rock on!!!!
  2. Friends ... please be careful Yesterday I went to a Christmas party... had a few beers, followed by a few cocktails, followed by a few shots... I still had the sense to know that I was over my limit. That's when I decided to do what I have never done before: I took a cab home. Sure enough, there was a police roadblock on the way home, and since it was a cab, they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident. This was both a great relief and a surprise because I had never driven a cab before. I don't even know where I got it from and, now that it is in my garage, I don't know what to do with it.
  3. Yep - We've seen your work:
  4. No I changed my mind about selling.....I'm going to give it 1 more try
  5. You could always torch their house and then stick a sign in their yard saying their bonfire sucks.
  6. You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Light-O-Rama-land, and if all goes well you will [Foul Language Used] off your HOA."
  7. Once you dabble, your hooked. Kinda like a serious drug. Prices won't be a high priority, divorce is acceptable and being late on bills are side affects. ?
  8. Right now is customer support time. After the new year Matt Brown and myself will be working on integrating SS and PE and SE and it will be known as S5. The plan is to make it so you can use any of the 3 during any portion of your sequence. It will also mean you no longer have to use copy/paste or a subsequence to get SS sequences in with your other lights. As for when it will come out, I can't say.
  9. I wish they would do a show with the "Average Joe" in a "regular" residential area. Not the homes with 5 Acres of property and or HUGE homes. Give the regular homeowner a chance to show off and see what we can do. There are a lot of homes that really pack more punch than some of the crap they show on this show......
  10. Here is one of 6 songs I mixed and then laid out in LOR to program, Enjoy! My first year on LOR, love it! already building for bigger and better next year
  11. When I closed my show down last night I had a note left in my mailbox and this is the true Spirit of Christmas and why I do this: "I just wanted to honestly thank you and your family for this wonderful gift to the community! I recently had surgery and its killed my entire holiday spirit, including Thanksgiving. I brought my boys by this evening and ended up overwhelmed with the holiday spirit and even cried. It made me feel like a kid again, to the point that I was ashamed to have let my recovery ruin so much for me. Seeing my children's faces light up just filled me with so much joy that I'd lost this season. Thank you guys again! My boys want to come back so I'm sure we'll be camped out again later this week. Thank you and blessings to your family!"
  12. Tonight I took my nine year old to her first concert. She may have high expectations for future stage shows after this one. There were several songs she recognized from our show and it managed to entertain her pretty well for her age. If I could have just one of the dozens of high power lights, spark machines, foggers, lasers I would be happy.
  13. This is my first year decorating the house. I built the tree last year and decided to match the house with it this year. Hope you enjoy!
  14. That lady better stay away from my house then. She'll be out numbered.
  15. In 2011, I had The Demented Elf do a package of announcements. I heard his Halloween voice and just loved it. After I got my stuff, I contacted him and had him re-do a couple in that voice. I call it my Christmas monster. I use it for a headlight reminder and also for a keep out of the yard reminder. They're both very effective, and in each announcement he says please and thank you and even Merry Christmas. Since then, I've had maybe 4 people complain that their children were frightened when they heard that voice. (One lady even said I was intentionally being cruel.) It's always women - never had a guy complain. I basically tell them to get bent, and suggest that they shouldn't bring their children by until the kids are old enough to either enjoy the voice or not be frightened by something they hear on the radio. One lady left in a huff as I was laughing at her and said she was never coming back and was going to tell all her friends. I still chuckle when I think about that one. And I'm still waiting to see the drop off in traffic. If someone's going to "jump in and blast" what Ebuechner said, it won't be me. He's totally correct. If more parents did their job we wouldn't have the human snowflake problem we see today.
  16. Well, at the end of 2016 we made the decision to be "dark" for 2017 in case we decided to travel, or just to give ourselves a break - but it turns out we'll be dark in 2017 for a different reason altogether! We've decided to sell our current digs and buy a new house. We won't even get ours on the market until May or June, which means we may not close on a new place until the fall - which is way too late to get started on a new configuration and creating a whole new show! And you KNOW I'm only looking at houses that are one-story with big front yards (or corner lots) so that I can decorate along the roofline but also have more room to expand! I'm also only looking at houses that have nice wide streets for traffic purposes. Other people care about updated kitchens and new appliances. I'm the one looking at rooflines and yard sizes...
  17. Update: I have had a bunch of great comments the last two nights about my arches laying flat since they fell so I am going to leave them flat and build some stronger arches today. I have decided to call them flat feet since they are fallen arches
  18. You could always try voodoo. I often sacrifice a chicken while chanting to the electrical gods. (Eating a bucket of KFC while yelling work dammit)
  19. I feel as though everything is going smooth so I recorded the simulation of my Star Wars sequence and put it on YouTube still may have a little tweaking to do
  20. I learned that I have one asshat neighbor that said he "would do anything to stop my display" I learned the GCLF can be more about the "story" than the lights regardless of what they tell you. I learned that Lawn moth grubs love warm controllers. I learned that a close enough lightning strike can take out a lot of stuff, especially if you leave everything powered up during the storm. I learned that by taking off the 2016 season I will be just fine mentally..... The uncontrolled head jerks are annoying though.. I learned that vertical strip lights need a way to drain even if they are "sealed" I learned that 3 night a week is plenty for a synchronized display and the other 4 nights static works just fine. I learned that if it were true that you "learn from your mistakes", I should be a stinking genius.. but that isn't the case unfortunately.
  21. I have decided to try and launch a National Campaign for this coming Christmas season. I want to call it A Blue Christmas. The idea is to say thank you to the men and woman who serve and protect our communities, and to honor the memories of those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. It can be as simple as changing a porch light to a blue bulb…..blue candles in the windows….a section of lights on your house that are blue. If you do a more elaborate display, your imagination is the limit. I am still working out the details, but wanted to give you the background on this idea. On March 18th Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs lost his life when he and other officers spotted the suspect walking along the street and wanted to ask him about a weapon. They were conducting a field interview based on some information they received. The suspect took off. And Officer Jacobs gave chase. As Officer Jacobs rounded a corner of a house he was met with a hail of gunfire. He was shot multiple times, was wearing a bulletproof vest, and his gun was still holstered. Officer Jacobs died later of his wounds in the Hospital. Before other Officers could chase down the suspect, he turned the gun on himself. Officer Jacobs left behind a young wife, 2 sons and a daughter on the way. Officer Jacobs death has stunned the community. I don’t know why but this death has really bothered me, so I thought we need to come together as a community and a country to say thank you. We need to let officers know we appreciate what they do and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, let their families know they aren’t forgotten. What better time than at Christmas. Right now this is an idea I have, as it comes together more I will post more. But I wanted to get the idea out there and see what happens. Thank you to every officer that has said I will serve and protect….thank you to my Dad, who was an officer in the 60’s and then went on to train officers in NJ.
  22. No, I'm still here. But if there's a couple of us, I'd at least like to know who my competiton is, if you don't mind.
  23. A woman rang my door bell last night at five pm. She introduced herself and said she wanted to talk to me about my Christmas lights. She explained she moved here from Canada and her her grandchildren only get to come see her once every few years. It had been 5 years since their last visit. While visiting last Christmas they came everyday and watched my lights and the kids were spellbound. She went on to say how the display is special to them and when the grandkids call they always ask about house with the lights and they reminisce about watching the lights and how they want to do it again next year. She left thanking me, once again, for making their Christmas with their children and grandchildren so memorable and special. I don't care you are, that's a cool story! She could have passed on by and never told me. And who knows exactly how many people our displays touch and we don't even know. I just wanted to share that. That is not the only story I have. Not trying to make a point but if there was a point it would be- everyone keep up the good work, who knows how many traditions you may be starting.
  24. You are very ambitious with this request. LOL JR
  25. I am somewhat a grumpy guy. But Christmas brings it out of me. I like to be happy. So to have what happen tonight. Wow. I have had good feedback from neighbors. Tonight I received homemade cookies. You can’t put a dollar sign to that. Oh I am so going bigger next year. Those kids I saw tonight make it all worth it.
  26. I would like to ask a favor of all my friends here. Halloween is my wife's favorite holiday. With be not being able to do her show this year, I would like to try and make her feel a little special. Would any of you be willing to send my wife a Halloween card? Thank you. Raenee Thompson Po box 568 Siletz OR 97380
  27. Opening night and I already have funny stories to tell. 1) "That has to be done with a computer or something" 2) "How much does all that cost?" 3) "Why dont you do x, x, or x?" 4) "I have been a fan all my life!" (mom says 8 years old)
  28. Remember, a significant percentage probably don't even tune in their radios, or even spend enough time to associate the music to the lights. I don't do social media, don't advertise or desire any media attention, The show is what it is, take it or leave it. The fact that the lights are perfectly timed makes me smile, that's enough for me.
  29. My set up is 48 Channel I I Will be sharing these and many more with singing faces as soon as I am OFF THE LOR NAUGHTY LIST.... LOL.. This list is of my 2014 Christmas List. 2015 has 4 singing trees and faces added to it 1. mega tree, 16 channel 2 color (multi and blue), 8 mini trees all multi color 1 channel each, Eves of house 3 channel three color led roped (Red, Blue and White, 2 arch's, two connected as 1 for a total of 4 but set the opposite so when one goes left to right the other goes R to L, 1 channel for Rudolf red nose deer, 1 channel for 4 yard deer connected together 2 channel for mega tree star, Multi and blue, 1 channel controlling 10 candy cane lining walk way. In case you are wondering... I will run different shows at diff times and will also make a separate show basically for the younger kids(more things like frosty the snow man, Rudolf, etc. geared more for the younger kids at early times like as soon as it is dark for a couple shows then change to more rocking and music for the older people. . Some of my music will also have Spanish as I live in S. Cali. and my wife and her family helps pick it out for me to do for them. If you see any here you would like to checkout send me the name and or number of what you would like and I will try to send it as soon as I can. My List Is constantly growing as I am retired and have lots of time on my hands. I FREELY SHARE EVERYTHING and JUST ASK THAT THE MILITARY IS REMEMBERED IN YOUR SHOWS BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM YOU WOULDN'T BE HAVING A SHOW. 48 channel LOR Christmas 2014 NO FACES 1 Adoro LosPanchos 2 All Day Music War 3 All I Want for Chrustmas is You Mariah Carey 4 Military Melody Air Force Band 5 Ava Maria Jewel 6 Bamboleo Melody 7 Jingle Bells Barking Dogs 8 Believe Disney 9 Blue Christmas Elvis 10 Camoflage and Christmas Lights Rodney Carrngton 11 Cannon Rock TSO 12 Charlie Brown Vince Guaraldi Trio 13 Chicken Dance 14 Christmas Celebration BB King 15 Christmas Cookies George Straite 16 Christmas Don't Be Late The Chipmonks 17 Contigo Aprendi Los Panchos 18 Curse of the Ice Queen 19 Dance of the Sugar Plum 20 Decorations The Beach Boys 21 Do you Hear What I Hear 22 Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Frozen 23 Don't Stop Believing Journey 24 El Burrito (The Burrito Yerba Buena 25 Fantasy Earth Wind & Fire 26 Feliz Navidad Jose Feliciano 27 Fina Estampa Ramon Algeciras 28 Frosty the Snow Man Willie Nelson 29 Fur Elsie Vince Guaraldi (Charlie Brown album) 30 Getting in the Mood Big Band swing 31 Gimmi All Your Lovin ZZ Top 32 God Bless The USA Lee Greenwood 33 Granada Ramon Algeciras (Flamingo Guitar) 34 Green Sleeves TSO 35 Guajira Santana 36 Hark! The Herald Angles Sing Jewel 37 Jingle Bell Rock Randy Travis 38 Joy to the World Ann Murray 39 La Flor de la Canela Paco de Lucia, Ramon Algeciras 40 Leroy The Red Neck Rain Deer Joe Diffy 41 Let it Go Frozen 42 Lil Drummer Boy 43 Little Saint Nick Beach Boys 44 Malaguena Salerosa Ramon Algeciras 45 Manger 6 Commercial Tom Bodet 46 Mele Kalikimaka Bing Cosby(Cartoon) 47 Music Box Dancer Schwede 48 My Favorite Time of the Year Florin Street Band 49 Nut Rocker TSO 50 O Holy Night Jewel 51 Please Come Home for Christmas The Eagles 52 Polar Express Album Cut 53 Pop Corn Hot Butter 54 Queen of The Winter Night TSO 55 Rhythm is Gonna Get You Gloria Estefan 56 Rock This Town Stray Cats 57 Rock You Queen 58 Rockin Robin The Coasters 59 Rudolf Drank the Moon Shine Blue Grass Christmas 60 Rudolf the Red Nose Raindeer Gene Autry 61 Santa Baby Eartha Kitt 62 Santa Claus is Coming to town Merle Haggard 63 Santa Clause is Back in Town Elvis Presley 64 Siboney Paco de Lucia, Ramon Algeciras 65 Sleigh Ride The Ventures 66 So This is Christmas John Lennon 67 Soldiers Silent Night Father Ted Berndt 68 Stille Nacht Jose Carreras 69 Takin Care of Business Bachman-Turner Overdrive 70 The Angles Cried Alan Jackson & Alison Krauss 71 The Story in Your Eyes Moody Blues 72 The Very First Christmas Spong Bob & Square Pants 73 THX Repair of my lights 74 Volare The Gypsy Kings 75 William Tell Overture Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 76 Wings of a Snow White Dove Ferlin Huskey 77 You’re a Mean one Mr Grinch How the Grinch Stole Christmas E Mail me at retired_old_sarge@yahoo.com with the number of the song you want
  30. So last night (the 9th) i was working on my setup and testing my lights. I sat my laptop on the back of my car in the garage and was testing my controllers and the lights. Everything was working great and i was thrilled. My wife called me in for dinner and i grabbed the laptop and ran in. Had dinner then got ready for work and left for work. As I'm backing out i feel this bump like I ran something over and to my dismay crushed on the floor of my garage is the USB 485 dongle. ? ::face palm:: so needless to say i ordered a new one from lor but oh crud i not only feel stupid now I cant finish my testing and I'm dying to know how the last 2 controllers look.
  31. I'm just the opposite. Sequencing is about one step above torture. The hardware part is easy and fun for me.
  32. If it makes you feel any better, it would still be 24 channels, even if you did it in a different color.
  33. Via one of my other ventures, I've learned about a device that will be able to broadcast a very short message to all (Android for now) phones in the area. (iPhone is being worked on.) Expected range is a 100 yard radius, and you are limited to 40 characters. I'm sensing the ability to send out greetings to those who visit your display. I do *not* know how quickly the device can have it's message changed, or if there will be API access to it somehow. If you want more information, shoot me a PM.
  34. O...M...G... What a great time with the greatest folks!!! Today was a blast and hope everyone had fun. Thank you for your kind words. It takes a little work to host an event but that's not what makes it successful. "YOU" is what makes it successful. To have great people attend and interact with each other. To share their story, their experience and to learn new things. And believe me, this mini (from what I observed) was very successful. SO I Thank You!!! for being involved. Each and everyone of you!!! And for everyone who donated a door prize and/or brought food (very delicious). Another THANK YOU!!! I'm going to work on posting pics but I gotta catch my breath tonight and chill. It was a busy couple days. So if you took pictures, please post them. I'll be doing the same soon. Have a great evening and remember... it couldn't have been great... without YOU. Tom
  35. Almost certainly a lack of power to that side of the controller. Since you are an engineer, I will put this in terms that you will understand <sarcasm mode on>. Take a digital volt meter and switch it to AC volts. Touch the voltmeter probe with the black wire to the neutral connection (normally the white wire). While holding the black wire probe to the neutral connection, touch the voltmeter probe with the red wire to one side of the fuse for the the side of the controller that feeds channels 1 - 8. If there is about 120 volts measured, move the red probe to the other side of the same fuse. If there is about 120 volts measured on both side of the fuse, then there is power to the board and the fuse is good. You can now remove both voltmeter probes from the controller. If you specify which model and version of controller, I can include photos with arrows pointing out the test locations. If you were a technician, I would not have needed to explain it in so much detail, but since you're an engineer, I felt the extra steps were needed <sarcasm mode off> I have worked with some engineers that would have not been able to accomplish the above steps without coaching, so I could not resist ...
  36. 10 feet off the ground from end to end of the house. Planned to be 100 feet but the CCB strings were longer than I expected.
  37. Sigh... ok so can I say the show is terrible? Is that allowed? Drew
  38. dibblejr


    Just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Old Sarge! I PMd him about a week ago with some questions and request for assistance. Since then he has been hard at work helping me out and giving me some lessons. There are not enough kind words to say about him. Thank you Old Sarge!
  39. My new house has 3 large oak trees in the front yard, so naturally we decided to build a couple planes to fly in between them. The smaller one is a Sopwith Camel that will be flown by snoopy and the tri plane is the Red Baron. The props in the front are motorized. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  40. When I started with LOR four years ago I joined my HOA. Now if any complaints come in they have to go through me.
  41. OK - but at least 4 generations can keep handing down my display to the next one without spending a dime. My legacy lives on & on & on.....
  42. Sounds even more boring and annoying than that other thread. Love the new ignore option!
  43. Here is a picture of the policeman frame that I make for you all to use if you would like too.
  44. I clicked on "like this" and that phrase pops up. What the heck is that all about?
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