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Max-Paul

And So It Has Begain Again

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Well most of our display is down, with the exception of the roof line and gutters. Of course the stakes and controller stakes are still out in the yard till the defrost. Already have two songs picked out for 2011. And have started but not in earnest one of the songs. Got LEDs on order with CDI and looking forward to ordering a couple of controller from LOR. Oh, well best get going on those sequences and when the lights come in, start wrapping 6 4' trees with 140 count 3 colors each. Dang but I do like doing this kind of work. Cause in the end results are so much fun to watch.

Pray you all are doing well and your 2011 projects are taking off to a good start.

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Being my first year, I might offer to trade you. I see a LONG process of building this spring so that I have time to test and sequence. I cannot complain though, I have been impatiently waiting lights and materials since the first of the year!. 4 8 channel arches, 2 "light sticks", mega tree (going spiral, i think) should be a fun year, but I cannot wait

Good luck on your projects!

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