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Ryan Johnson

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Ryan Johnson last won the day on November 25 2015

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About Ryan Johnson

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  • Birthday 11/12/1972

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    Cypress, Texas
  • Occupation
    Marketing Director at Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists

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  • Interests
    My wife and kids, Christmas Decorating, Fireworks, Reading, Writing
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    User since 2006. Planet Christmas forum!
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas (but fireworks season is a close second)

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    2.7.6 - 2.9.4
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  1. Ryan Johnson

    Not intuitive

    Thanks everyone. I think my ticket only shows once because it is the same ticket: just the question asked twice! LOL. I'm an old time LOR user still on 2.8.8 as I have avoided the pixel craze long enough! :) So, if I am understanding (again, sorry for being thick!) if I have 2.8.8 and want to move to S5 I am looking at either the upgrade ($140) or the full Pro version ($189). You tell me what to buy and I'm on it! How's that for an easy sale! LOL
  2. Ryan Johnson

    Not intuitive

    Thanks Don. I'm not concerned with verbiage on the site and I'm sure this is frustrating but... http://store.lightorama.com/s2soup.html this actually shows options for Basic to Pro, Advanced to Pro, etc http://store.lightorama.com/solire.html this is a $29 license renewal. Sooo.... what to do, what to do? Ryan
  3. Ryan Johnson

    Not intuitive

    Hello everyone. Looking to get S5 but can't seem to figure out WHAT to purchase. LOR Helpdesk didn't actually answer this question (twice) so I'm turning here... When I do the license check I get this message: Your license does not cover the latest version, 5.1.*. To use this version, you will have to purchase a license renewal. Soooo... when I click on the license renewal button it gives me a $29 version of S4. How do I get S5 and is there a discount for it since it's a license renewal? Am I just buying S5 full price? Honestly don't care what the answer is, I just want to select the right product/version. Thanks in advance for any help!
  4. Ryan Johnson

    Why We (Should) All Do This...

    She knows all about Lone Star Holidays. That's where she'll find the most active decorators in the area. Christmas Light Finder is a great resource as well although on a more global level. I point people there whenever people tell me they're traveling during the holidays.
  5. Ryan Johnson

    Why We (Should) All Do This...

    Why do I do this every year?" I ask my self that a lot every November as the "lights on" date approaches. Had something amazing happen today that answers that for me... There's a young lady who lives in our subdivision with her mother. She's had significant scary things happen to her in her life and so she is terrified to go out of the house. Yet every night, every single night, she's here with her mom to watch the lights. I was outside this morning putting up lights, fixing broken strings, and wondering for the 10,000th time "why do I do this every year". As I'm working her mother pulls up and gets out and approaches me. She tells me who she is and I tell her I know her daughter and appreciate her coming by all the time. She tells me some of the details of her daughter's life that I certainly didn't know and then tells me "this is her joy all season and all year. It means so much that you do this." They're moving up to the DFW area soon and she tells me "she knows we're moving but it hasn't hit her that she won't see this anymore after this year." Sort of choked me up and I told her how much it means for her to come tell me that. I told her that I have a lot of friends on Lone Star Holidays that live in that area and that I'd give her some addresses to see other big displays. They're moving just outside of Frisco and I told them to let me know when and I'll get her in touch with the guy behind the amazing Frisco Town Square display (Jeff Trykoski). This hobby is a lot of work, time and money. Things have changed in our lives as the girls (and we!) get older and I can say that my obsession with Christmas lights has waned over the last 3-4 years. I love them, don't get me wrong, but I don't love the work (and believe it or not I really used to!). Then things like this happen and I realize how much what we do touches pepole. If no one else comes by this year I know that our biggest fan will be out there in her car, feeling safe, and beaming at our display. I still don't love the work but I know now why I do it: because it's important to some people and they wait for it all year. That's a humbling thing. It's not about pixels, technology, incandescent, commerical vs DIY, the Academy, LSH, the Great Christmas Light Fight, or the people who want to be "famous" in our holiday community. Really it's not even about your religious beliefs or lack thereof. It certainly isn't about political races/debate, terrorism, marriage equality or racial divides. It's about the people we touch, most of which we never hear from. As you bask in your glory of being "the best display" remember that. We all forget it sometimes, myself included. Ok... have to wipe my eyes out and get back to work. A lovely young lady is waiting to see this all turn on. -Ryan Johnson
  6. Ryan Johnson

    2015 Christmas Expo Site Announcement

    I have nothing further to say about the Academy or the Expo. Please do not send me any further PMs concerning this.
  7. Ryan Johnson

    2015 Christmas Expo Site Announcement

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words. We don't want the many postings in support of the Academy to derail this thread so we will begin a thread in the correct place as soon as we have final details. The "correct place" is under the Vendor section- as we were told that ALL events had to do beginning last year. (http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/31280-approved-vendor-list-eventsgatherings/) LOR Admin- please move THIS thread to the proper place under the vendor section. Unless of course we're allowed to post in various areas unlike last year. No sarcasm here- we've always followed the LOR forum (and ALL forums) rules so we just appreciate the standard being the same for every event. Thanks so much! Ryan
  8. Ryan Johnson

    2015 Christmas Expo Site Announcement

    No one is fighting. I was correcting misinformation about the Academy. I assume that we all want the correct information out there.
  9. Ryan Johnson

    2015 Christmas Expo Site Announcement

    I'm sorry to hear that some people have continued to spread that news with no knowledge of any plans (and I'm not talking about Sean- he can't help what he's been told. I know him and I don't think he's malicious in any way. Other people with a vested interest in competing with the Academy on the other hand...).
  10. Ryan Johnson

    Four days... last chance!

    If you're not registered for the 2014 Academy... what are you waiting for?? www.theultimateacademy.com See you Friday!
  11. At long last the schedule for the 2014 Academy is HERE! CLICK HERE FOR THE EVENT SCHEDULE! So how do you stay up to date on things? We began using an app called "Guidebook" in 2012 and people have REALLY liked it the last 2 years. Because so many people use smartphones/iPhones it allows you to see immediate changes, any additions, select the classes you want for your schedule (so you know exactly what your days will look like). Click below info below and get your 2014 Academy Guide. Remember that it doesn't cost a thing to you as an attendee: CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR ACADEMY GUIDEBOOK!
  12. Ryan Johnson

    Less Than 2 Months...

    The Academy is coming in just two short months! The classes are now listed on the website and we’re working hard to finalize the schedule in the next week or so. In order to do that, we must finalize our space requirements and that’s where YOU come in! We are currently at-capacity for our registered attendees. If you are planning on attending, you MUST go register NOW. If we get additional registrations in the next week, it will allow us to increase space, allowing more people to attend. If we do not, there is a VERY GOOD chance that you will not be able to attend due to limitations at the facility. We CANNOT wait until the final weeks to make this decision. The deadline for a decision (on your part and ours) is now! We have a great event planned for everyone. Visit www.theultimateacademy.com for details and to register. Can’t wait to see you soon!
  13. Ryan Johnson

    2014 Academy Details Thread

    Congratulations to Greg Castiglione! You are the winner of the #2014LSHAcademy Early Bird Contest! You're coming for FREE!
  14. Ryan Johnson

    2014 Academy Details Thread

    Last chance for Early Bird pricing (see above) and to be entered to attend for free!
  15. Ryan Johnson

    2014 Academy Details Thread

    As usual, we don't want to clutter up a bunch of threads and posts, so we'll be posting the details of the Academy here for everyone to see... The Academy will be here before you know it!! Most of us are packing-up our holiday decorations and have started thinking about 2014. As you do that, please remember that one of the most-important things you can do to support your holiday habit this year is to attend the 2014 Academy! The event is coming-up faster than you think and there are a number of things to keep in mind… We already have over 50 classes planned, and we’re not done yet! Check-out the tracks we have planned for you: The Beginner (Starting from Scratch): Want to know where to start? This series of classes will help you on the first steps of your decorating journey.Hardware Options: This track will focus on hardware available for holiday decorators from commercial options to DIY solutions. We will focus-on ALL options, not just the “regulars” and will have some topics we have never covered before.Software Solutions: Whether you are a “DIYer” or you use a commercial hardware option, every decorator must make a decision on how to control everything. There are a myriad of solutions out there that help you develop your display and this track will discuss each one.Interactive Elements: There is more to the holiday hobbies than just turning-on lights or building the next great prop for your displays. This group of classes will focus-on how to interact with your audience, working within your community, costuming and makeup, and holding-events.Lights, Lights, Lights: If it lights-up we’re going to discuss it in this track! We’ll discuss everything from incandescent to RGB, floods to ribbons, and even how to use them on your house and other props. Prepare to be illuminated!Props N Projects: We’re planning some of the best sessions to show-off great props built by the best. You’ll get to see things up-close, ask questions of the builders, and hopefully get some great ideas for your own display.So what do we need from you? A few very simple things… Most importantly and something you should do now: GO REGISTER! The Early Birth pricing of $60 is gone BUT someone left a weird discount code in the system and our Webmaster can’t get to it until January 31st. So our loss is your gain: Use “LastChance2014” when you register and you’ll save the $10 so you still get the $60 price. But as soon as our Webmaster gets back in his seat at the end of the month that deal is GONE. Remember too that our Early Bird giveaway drawing is on February 2nd (Groundhog day or, to many of us, Super Bowl Sunday). If you’re registered by the end of the month you are automatically entered to win a free registration so don’t miss out! Also, we want you to get excited! Keep an eye on the website (with our new and improved Rock-N-Roll theme for 2014!) and stay up-to-date on details as they happen. If you use Twitter, follow the hashtag for this year: #2014LSHAcademy. And most importantly, be sure to visit our new Academy Facebook page. LIKE and SHARE it with everyone you know who might be excited or thinking of attending. It’s also a great place for you to keep an eye on for updates and maybe a contest or two along the way! Visit www.facebook.com/TheUltimateAcademy right now! Second, tell those people who enjoy the hobby as much as you do. Many of you have been to the Academy before and you’ve heard the speech: The Academy isn’t a money-maker and we need registrations to come in now, not in the 30 days before the doors open. Get the word-out, share it on the various forums to which you belong, tell your neighbors who want to learn about this hobby. The more folks who come each year, the more fun we all have! We also have a Vendor Room that is quickly filling up. These companies are coming to see you and sell you product, not just sending some door prizes. They’re commitment to the Academy is something we should all appreciate. Our vendor partners help make the Academy happen: Illumimax, Synchronized Christmas, Radiant Holidays, HolidayCoro, SanDevices, Light Show Pro, Reinders, Holiday Yard Art and more will be on hand to see you and show off their latest products. We’re very excited about the Academy in 2014. It’s going to be another great year and we can’t wait to see you all soon! The 2014 Academy Planning Team