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Big lights?

I'm mostly just writing so that everybody can see how early I am to work today.

On my way in this morning the moon was on its way down. It hung just over the horizon, a pale yellow, a BRIGHT pale yellow. Gorgeous.

I got spam today with the subject line "Electric Scooter - Number One Xmas Gift!" but yesterday I got one that said that RC cars are the number one Christmas gift so WHICH IS IT??

Man, I can't believe I'm writing a journal entry about the spam that I've received. That's like the lowest of the low. That's one short step above quiz results.

I'm not sure what kind of lights to put on my tree this year. My family always used small colored lights, so that's what I like, but the new colored lights are weird. There's pink, where there weren't no pink before; and the yellow is too yellow and not enough orange. I think that when you know something a certain way when you are a kid, it's hard to think of that thing in a different way. But white lights are too boring. I was thinking maybe one of those white-and-red strands? The tree at 508 has blue-and-white and it looks great. Or maybe big lights? Man, big lights. Big lights remind me of my grandparents' house. Too old-school for even ME. It's hard to tell whether I can pull off big lights or not. Perhaps I'll buy one strand and t'row it on and if I don't think it works, I'll use them outside.

I got my tree Tuesday night and yesterday I went to water it and it was almost completely dry in there. Hooray! You suck little tree, suck! It's good to know you're kind of still alive!


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Dec. 19th, 2002 04:29 am (UTC)
I read that trees drink a quart a day for the first week they're indoors. PS - Your new icon makes me grin.
Dec. 19th, 2002 04:44 am (UTC)
DUDE FOX 8 NEWS said that if you don't water your tree enough it can BURST INTO FLAMES.

So keep giving that little guy a good suppy of the h-to-the-oh.
Dec. 19th, 2002 05:38 am (UTC)
Totally hypothetically.
But, you know, aside from the damage and all? Wouldn't that be pretty cool?
Dec. 19th, 2002 08:37 am (UTC)
Re: Totally hypothetically.
One time I didn't drink a quart of water a day for the first week I was indoors, and I burst into flames.

And it was pretty cool.
Dec. 19th, 2002 07:14 am (UTC)
What, is this if you get a eucalyptis for your Christmas tree, or if you park it right next to the fireplace? That's quite odd.
Dec. 19th, 2002 10:38 am (UTC)
man, i never would have expected a story like that from good ol' responsible FOX news...

Dec. 19th, 2002 07:18 am (UTC)
My mom got this set of things called "bubble lights," which she said she saw a lot of when she was a child. Tbey're glass capsules on strings, filled with a HORRIBLE, EXTREMELY DEADLY SUBSTANCE that, when it heats up, starts bubbling in many pleasing colors. The great marriage of the Christmas Tree and the Lava Lamp, fully realized.
Dec. 19th, 2002 07:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, when I was a kid, my parents had ONE strand of those that were sort of on their last legs. They have apparently made a comeback, as I've seen a bunch of them at the store this year.
Dec. 19th, 2002 07:21 am (UTC)
Wait, so is that your recommendation for me? Or do you think that they're too tacky?
Dec. 19th, 2002 08:56 am (UTC)
Oh. Hm. Well, I dunno if I'd recommend them. And since I like you, I'd hate to be the indirect cause for your death if they shattered or something. Actually, they don't seem very Christmas to me at ALL. If you could get a string of all green or something, they'd make good Halloween lights, but I don't see them as a real on-the-tree, over-the-fireplace kind of thing. Me, I'd stick with small lights.

Oh, and, really, what's tacky at Christmas? Or rather, what's wrong with tacky at Christmas? I say, plastic snowmen have every right to hang out in peoples' yards.
Dec. 19th, 2002 10:31 am (UTC)
damn right! man, i totally wish i lived in a nicer neighborhood where tacky christmas displays would piss people off. haddonfield has an ordinance that prohibits anything but white lights. fuck that shit. i want 7 or 8 different plastic figures of varying sizes & ages, including an illuminated plastic nativity scene. i want the Big Lights, plus a few strings that blink or, better yet, chase. the more colors & blinking & attention-attractiion, the better. none of those foo-foo dangly icicle lights that everyone has because they are so "tasteful." the american christmas spirit is one of uncharted excess & i think that should apply to the outside of your house as well. the problem is, in my hood, i'd be a hero for that. the guy next door already has enough shit to give you a grand mal seizure. and the people across the street are really putting some work into decorating all the cars strewn about their yard...
Dec. 19th, 2002 10:48 am (UTC)
I love bubble lights, but I wouldn't recommend them. I had them up on a display tree the year before last, and every morning I had to tap each individual lamp to get it bubbling. Otherwise it just sat there and simmered. Waste of time, and pizenous to boot. I broke one and called the Poison Control Center, as the package recommended, and the nice lady on the othe end of the line said "Can you still see?" I told her, yes, I could. "Then you'll be fine." Great, thanks.

Washu, if you have any questions about lights, let me know. Presently I have a case of the regular mini lights in blue, green, and purple, mini lights with iridescent faceted covers (not very showy), chasing programmable strings in white and red (very cool), a string of mini candle lights, and frosted globe lights in red and blue. And faceted c9's in purple. And flame-effect c9's in multi and clear. So, yeah. Since you have a live tree I'd stay away from the big c9 lights. They're old-school, but a fire hazard. I'm a big fan of the programmable ones, because then you can set the effect to match your mood. Some nights you want 'steady on', some nights you want 'slow fade', back me up here ladies. It's also nice to mix them up, say get a set of multicolored that will twinkle on and off, and some pretty amber ones that will stay on all the time.

I know too much about xmas lights.
Dec. 19th, 2002 11:38 am (UTC)
D00d what are you gonna do with all those lights?

I'm a fan of the c7s, myself. Just one string on the tree with all the other cheap mini lights to make me happy.
Dec. 19th, 2002 02:18 pm (UTC)
D00d what are you gonna do with all those lights?

Aggravate the husband, mostly.

But seriously, I like keeping up with the advances in decorative lighting technology. (Read: I like shiny blinky things.) And if you use the same lights every year, your tree always looks the same, and I like to do new things. Not to mention my hubby fell in love with me under blue xmas lights. So that can't be bad at all.

And I have a string of spazzy blinking skeletons, and red hearts.

Dec. 19th, 2002 01:13 pm (UTC)
What the heck are c7's and c9's?

Man, I LOVE Christmas lights. To me, "decorating for Christmas" = "hanging up lights that you don't intend to ever take down." I accumulate more and more each year. I hope that one day the ONLY source of artificial light in my home will be string lights.

After xmas is over this year, I may start to buy those theme lights you can get. First up: chili peppers!
Dec. 19th, 2002 02:14 pm (UTC)
c7's and c9's are the "big lights", with c9's being the ones that everyone used to use around the edges of their roofs (white, red, orange, green, blue), before those icicle lights came into vogue. They get RILLY RILLY hot, which is why I don't like to use them on real trees.

I think it is apparent I share your love of Xmas lights. Friends ForevAR!

(Oh, and I just remembered I have MORE lights for Halloween: icicle lights in green and purple swags and lord I think I need to lie down.)
Dec. 19th, 2002 07:47 am (UTC)
Oh good! Now that you said something about SPAM I can! I got a spam yesterday in which the subject said, "Free Kleenex Pocket Pack." I was so insulted. They think they can buy me off that cheaply?! That I want a kleenex pocket pack THAT badly? How dare they!
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