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December 13, 2006

My Christmas Display is Done... For No One to See.

By: The Dude on the Right
My 2006 Christmas display is done.

Thank God.

And I may never do it again.

I finally got all of the fake snow I needed, but I think I overdid it.  I broke the head off of my new horse riding dude, but luckily it was a clean break since I don't have any glue - His head rests gently on his body.  The train doesn't work like it should (damn cow-catcher keeps catching on the track joints and derailing it, and the tracks need a good cleaning so even when the train did run it didn't have a lot of umph).  The windmill bent so it doesn't rotate.  I think I had some soap residue in the cup I used to fill the wood mill scene because it bubbles a bit.  And I couldn't find a sniper dude to man the new mountain post (and it just occurred to me that I should have gone to the toy store and picked up some green toy soldiers - that would have worked perfectly).

I should have picked up some more "flat" snow to cover my window blinds.  I broke the head off of Sally from Peanuts, one of my Christmas Tree decorations, when the tree was "side heavy" and fell over a bit when I was trying to plug it in.  The addition of the waterfall didn't come out nearly as cool as the waterfall I had when I was managing a Radio Shack.  And as I look at the waterfall backdrop now, it looks like a crazed animal, ready to eat my village.  The "mountains" I made aren't very sturdy, so I can't run the ski-lift.  And yet, another issue...

Some of my friends say they want to come and see my Christmas display.  Sure, the Christmas display looks cool, but now I have to clean the rest of the Dude-Pad before any invites are sent.

My Christmas decorating used to be very simple.  I bought a fake tree one year, decorated it, and carried it up the stairs, to my spare bedroom, still decorated.  The next couple of Christmas' my decorating took about 10 minutes - I would move an end table in front of the window, go upstairs and grab my "decorated tree," carry it down the stairs, put it on the end table, and my decorating was done.  Then, for whatever messed up reason (I'm blaming a friend from high school), I decided to start my own holiday village, and now, rather than taking 10 minutes to be festive, it takes me days.  And it never goes as smoothly as I think it will.

That's why I'm thinking of taking a wide-angle picture.

Yup, getting back to my "lazy days of Christmas decorating," I'm thinking of taking a nice wide-angle picture of my Christmas display, getting it enlarged to about 10 feet wide, and next year, instead of all of this "decorating" crap, just hanging the picture at the end of my living room, and suddenly the dude-pad will be festive.  No more broken heads, no more trains that derail, no more lame waterfalls looking to eat my village.  Nope, just a giant photograph to unroll at Thanksgiving, and roll back up again after Christmas.

Life seems to have been so much simpler when I was young.

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

Posted by Rightdude at December 13, 2006 8:25 PM


I think it looks cool!!! But your are right about the waterfall, it does look like a scary face. :))

Posted by: Sister at December 15, 2006 2:24 PM

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