And The Light Strings Were Staplegunned From The House With Care

I have no patience with holiday lights. Especially the kind that are fully functioning when I take them down January 1 only to find them fouled up after 11.5 months of doing nothing but sitting in the basement. When I haul them out If they work, great! But if all or part of a string is dark? I don’t mess around checking bulbs and crap: out they go.

And so it was this year with all of last years lights. Every single string had either all or some of it burned out. Grrrrr. So while at Costco last week I decided to pay a little bit more in the short term to go a little itty bit greener in the long term by getting some energy-effecicient LED icicle lights. They were comparitively pricey — even for Costco. Let’s hope they’re also a bit more able to withstand the next 11.5 months of doing nothing, so I’m not recycling them gruffly this time next year.

And in the meantime I give you what they look like all put up and fully functioning:


For our first four Christmases together, we were content just to run lights along the rain gutter and the bannister up the front steps, with a wreath hanging from the railing by the front door over our family of illuminated animated deer (of which the baby’s lights were all burned out but miraculously came on Friday). Last year was our first time adding lights to the upstairs dormer, and it’s a good thing I’m not afraid of heights, because awkwardly dangling over the edge is involved. This year since I had a couple extra strings, I added them to the garage as well, but that just involved a slightly rickety ladder.

Merry Christmas!

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."