We live in a community that is predominately
Although my son and his Jewish friends "do
Christmas" at my house every year, there is one culturial difference
that they are all quite thankful for, even if they don't know about
They don't do Christmas lights.
That's a good thing, really it is.
I said to my wife earlier this week, "I
hope we don't live here next year because I just don't want to do
the lights again. Not like this."
She replied, "You know don't you, that
you can still live here and not do so many lights?"
It's a tradition.
It kind of grew, and grew, and then finally
it's basically where I like it. I don't try and add another thing
in the yard, or more lights, I just try to sculpt a bit with color.
Last night my son and I were putting the
finishing touches on the 20 foot plus Evergreen at the side of the
house. The neighbor happened to drive up and came over to chat for
"Hey NSR, I gotta tell ya, when I saw
you on the roof Sunday afternoon I almost yelled over "HEY
CHEVY, LOOKIN GOOD."
If you don't get that, I suppose you need
to rent National Lampoon's Christmas.
But it's not that bad, really.
I mean, last night I drilled a screw into
a tennis ball and tied some heavy duty string to it and then tied
the end of the string to the lights. I enlisted the boy to heave
the ball just over the top of the tree.
I do take pleasure in smokin the neighbor
however. The one who came over to chat with us, they are part owners
of a monster nursery chain that puts up lights for their customers
They scaled down a couple of years ago.
I'm hovering around a mile of lights, 5,000
bulbs or so, running off of 8 different timers.
Oh... And by the way That is one of the last
pictures ever taken with the Nikon CP5700. I fought with Prudence
for quite a while today, so much so that I got most of my income
tax return done so I would know if I was going to be up a creek
come April 15th. It appeared that things just might be ok.
So, what else to do, but chuck Prudence
out the 16thfloor window.
Please excuse me now, I've got this big
o'l camera book to read, next game is tomorrow night.