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December 8, 2005

My Christmas Display is Done.

By: The Dude on the Right
Fine, I don't promise anymore.  Again, this blog was supposed to be about the size of a man's unit, with a totally unscientific study by Trash about Garth Brooks, and the rantings of one of our staff members, Whammy, but alas, I finally accomplished something more important than giving you dudettes supposed tools to help you determine if you really want to get down with a dude based on, well, it will just have to wait, because this is more important in my life right now, especially since getting down with a dude will never be important in my life.  What could be more important?  I finally finished my Christmas display.

If you read my last blog, you found out that my Christmas decorating was not going very well.  Decorations were all over the floor, I was one track short of completing my train set-up, I had to buy more train track connectors, and I was almost ready to just say "Screw it." and leave the display in total disarray because, well, as Christmas is approaching, pretty much, every day, I go from being filled with the holiday spirit to being a total Scrooge.  I finally just decided to get the damn thing finished, and I finally finished it, but it wasn't easy.

First off, I decided I needed a couple of new additions, and on my way back home from a weekend with old friends in Chicago, I stopped at the first American Sales store (they sell the village series that I started collecting) on my way back, and as I looked, on display, they had the extra lighthouse I wanted, they had the windmill I wanted, and they had the boat I wanted, but they didn't have any of them in stock to sell.  Them my obsessiveness kicked in, because, as I continued heading home, I knew I couldn't finish this display without them.  So I drive closer to my house, supposedly remembering where the next store was, but, low and behold, I forgot the powers that be turned this store into an outlet store.  I started swearing a lot, especially since I was in total "I have to get these pieces" mode or else I probably wouldn't have even been able to get to sleep.  So, yes, I drove down the street, to the new American Sales store, and yes, they had everything I needed;  The boat, the windmill, and the lighthouse, and I also picked up what I hoped would be enough fake snow.

Finally back at home, safe and sound, and over the course of a few days, I knew I needed a better game-plan than I had before, so I formulated it.  First off, get the train track secured to the plywood, using anything from thumbtacks to wood screws if necessary.  With the train track finally secured, it was time for the basic layout of the buildings and the mountain for the ski hill.  Envisioned in my head, things started to come together except for the fact that the new, plastic, pebble road, needed to be straightened out (it comes in a roll), and for a change, the internet was no help at all.  Not really sure of the best way to do this, I heated a pot of boiling water, put the rolls of "road" in the pot, and let them simmer a bit.  After that bit, I laid them out on the floor, flattening them with a bunch of Pyrex baking dishes, and low and behold, this actually worked.

The next issue, when dealing with these goofy village buildings, is getting the power to them, but somehow that all worked out, and alas, my lighthouses were lighthousing, the sawmill pond was sawmilling and ponding, my ski-lift was ski-lifting, my windmill was windmilling, and my boats were, well, not really boating, just sitting there on some blue plastic that is supposed to be water, but at least their lights were lighting.  All that working and the train was still, well, training.

Finally the last project was at hand, re-hang the Christmas ornaments that fell off of the tree at my last debacle, and then, lastly, get all of the snow positioned.  Surprisingly I had enough snow, the ornaments all fell into place (except I do need to get some super-glue to fix my Angel and Snoopy), but, for the most part, other than cleaning up the rest of the mess in my living room, my Christmas display is done.  Finally.  And just in time for the six inches of snow that fell this afternoon and evening that gave me a nearly three hour drive back to my dude-pad today, mostly my fault, because I wasn't as good as a weatherman as I usually am.  Maybe I should have called my sister, she's the one that really needs a "Weather Channel" Intervention, but that's another story for another blog, or maybe a podcast.  Merry Christmas to those of you that are Christmasers, and Happy End of the Year to those of you who aren't.

That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at December 8, 2005 7:25 PM


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