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  1. Oh bless you, yes!!!! You're the best!!! dcroc@verizon.net
  2. That really did make me laugh out loud!!
  3. 90% of Americans live check to check. Only takes one glitch to set most people back, or even totally derail some. We live with a constant stream of advertising, and media, telling us that our lives are less than good if we don't fill our homes with stuff. At the end of the day, we are all responsible for our own actions. However, I hesitate to judge those fallen on financial hard times. I fully understand that it could be me, very easily, if life's pieces were to fall the wrong way. I have seen injury, and illness, put people out of work through no doing of their own. People tell me that I make a decent living because I work hard, have good work ethics, and am good at what I do. Truth is, those 3 things only add up to half of the reason. The other half is pure luck....which could turn at any time.
  4. Fantastic job!!! Really your first year? Would never know by the videos.
  5. I use HC smart/dumb pixel strips. I am averaging a season, maybe 2, out of each strip. For whatever reason, the red pixels go bad most. It is usually so many per strip that repairing them isn't an option. For this reason, and only this reason, I will be changing to square pixels next year. I love the look of the strips, but I can't afford to replace them every year. I bought their pixel strip tree last year, and sure enough, every strip has a number of bad pixels this year. I could see having to replace a couple each year. Even a few. However, it is pretty much every strip, every year. Some stay out all year, and some, like the pixel tree, are stored away, so, that doesn't seem to have anything to do with it. I believe I will be going with nodes for the tree and house, and will add a 24x50 matrix to make up for the smaller node. Even if they don't last any longer, at least repairing them is much, much easier.
  6. Dcroc


    When my computer gets auto updates, or reboots for whatever odd reason, the show will not start. Thus, I try to be here when it's time to launch for the night. Props, lights, etc, need to be monitored pretty much every day for issues, anyway (wind, weather, vandals, dead lights/pixels).
  7. Would love a copy of Baby Shark if anyone is still sharing. dcroc@verizon.net
  8. I have had one complain when I was testing a mega tree last year a week before black friday. It's funny, I get people that stop and tell me how great it is, but I never hear anyone say "I wish I lived next door".
  9. I believe they will always have a place. I added one last year (christmas), and will most likely be needing to add one this year for a total of 9. Adding pixels hasn't really diminished my need for AC. There are things I simply don't need 9 millon color choices for.
  10. Looking for This is Halloween (original) . Don''t need the faces. I need everything else. dcroc@verizon.net
  11. I was thinking about using a couple airblowns in my Halloween display. However, I only want to use them in a couple songs. They will be deflated during all the other songs. Thus, I would like to figure out a way to have them hidden while deflated. Being up to 8 feet tall (maybe more), I really know of no way to control the prop as it deflates. They have a tendency to spread out in any given direction, so even having the base behind something would require a rather large object to cover the area where it would rest after deflating, given that there is no real way to know which way it will fall. Any ideas?
  12. Anyone sharing Enter Sandman, and/or Hells Bells with RGB (house trim/windows)? dcroc@verizon.net
  13. Looking for Korn, Kidnap the Sandy Claws with RGB. Anyone? dcroc@verizon.net
  14. Looking for a sequence for my HC flag. Anyone sharing? dcroc@verizon.net
  15. Ghost is becoming my new fav band. Anyone sequencing Rats? Cirice would be cool, too.
  16. I used top rail for my 18' pixel tree, and it bent over in 20 mph wind. Bent right in half. I strongly suggest against it.
  17. I have 8 AC controllers that are all AOL. However, none of my pixel/RGB is AOL. To expensive. That being said, I have never had a minute of issue with my AOL equipment. Same can't be said for my HC stuff.
  18. Would love a copy. One of my Daughters fav songs. Thank you for all you share. dcroc@verizon.net
  19. When your coworkers keep hearing you singing Christmas songs in July.
  20. Yup.....go with smart. Not really much more expensive. I wouldn't say my dumb strips were a waste, as they will be repurposed, and I will probably stay with dumb nodes for bushes. Smart pixels on bushes sounds like a PITA. Still, I wish I had just started with smart pixels on the house. Doesn't sound like a big deal to change them out, BUT it is a ton harder to go into the sequences you have by then, and have to resequence them to smart pixels that don't just mimic the dumb strings. The one thing 99% of noobs learn the hard way is to always consider the future when making these decisions. Don't ever decide on somethign because "it's easier", or "a little cheaper". It saves you money, and time, in the long run.
  21. I do find their support to be far less than the level of LOR/SS.
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