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BaldEagleChristmas

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I think I've commented elsewhere on your Guatemalan Tree. I really like it. But it is so, so . . .professional. On the other hand, I really liked your 2007 video, Especially because it was set up INSIDE the house! Your wife must be a saint. Thanks for sharing the evolution.

HAHAHA! WIFE? Nooooo. MOTHER? YES! She is a saint :).

I agree, the Guatemala tree is a pretty....outlandish project on the professional level.

I like the comparison from when I first started doing this to that monster of a tree :).

Ugh, I REALLY want to do a big tree again. Anyone in need of a 100' or taller tree? Please? Please? :)

146' will beat the current record! :)

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HAHAHA! WIFE? Nooooo. MOTHER? YES! She is a saint :).

I agree, the Guatemala tree is a pretty....outlandish project on the professional level.

I like the comparison from when I first started doing this to that monster of a tree :).

Ugh, I REALLY want to do a big tree again. Anyone in need of a 100' or taller tree? Please? Please? :)

146' will beat the current record! :)

I NEED one, I just can't afford one :)

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6 ccrs WOW-------------[media=]

That may be the best use of CCRs I've seen. Your programming is very tight and the end result is great. EDIT: I watched it twice, really.

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