One of the highlights of the holidays for me and my family is checking out the light displays some people put up around here. What a bunch of crazies. I mean, I would never.......let's move on. During our Christmas Eve travels to family, we are informed of an incredible display that was on our way home. Kids didn't want to stop due to wanting to be asleep when Santa arrives, but we coaxed them into a 2 minute stop(yeah, right). 2 minutes turned into 25 minutes only because it was so worth it. An absolutely incredible display. We were told it was the Disneyland of lights and it was. So much so that it warranted a second trip there a few nights later with other family members. Over 250,000 lights all set to music that ran through the car radio. 197 channels of lights which means there are 197 different configurations of lighting. And on top of it, every other night its a totally different set of songs and dancing lights. Definitely the 8th wonder. We start January 2nd trying to best them here in Crystal Lake. You can see video of part of the show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0VNNGNfXEk&feature=youtu.be
See if you can see Santa directing the music in the window just to the left of center.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
After looking back on the biannual beatdown of the Bears by the Green Bay Packers, it was a bittersweet day. On the high side, my beloved Packers did their job, and left the Chicago Bears fans ready to move across the border to watch real football. Really! I'm not kidding. I try to catch all the local sports TV and local sports radio around here especially on Mondays after a game, and I think today was the most negative and bitter I've ever heard the Chicago Bears fans. So, that was a high point. The low point was my kids are getting older. Therefore, my 12 year old daughter isn't too "hip" with the "stand next to Packerman" picture I usually get twice a year and my 8 year old son has become a major Bears fan this year. I know, shock and awe all the way around. It truly saddens me. I don't know what I did wrong. But, I guess every kid steers down a wrongway path at some point. All I can do is be there for him when reality sets in and the Bears are at home watching the Packers sweep through the playoffs. He'll come around, I'm sure. But that leads me to the 2nd low point. He would not do his part in the twice yearly picture either. So Packerman was left standing by himself this time. Wait, there was another high point to the day. With my son's new found love for football, I did find another partner to go out on Sundays, enjoy a nice lunch and few Bloody Mary's(or pops), and watch alot of football. As much as I liked the Packer win, the highlight of the day was watching his eyes light up and smile on his face as we settled in to a booth at my favorite Sports pub and he saw the myriad of TV's on the wall, all showing football games. It was two guys rooting for their own team, but sharing a love of the game, with some good natured ribbing during the event. Pretty cool. I have to go now. I must find a way to replace all of his Bears ornaments on the tree with the Packers ornaments that USED to hang there. Somehow, mine always seem to end up on the backside of the tree facing the wall.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
We had the privilege the other night of being in the audience for The Coventry Elementary School 2nd Grade production of "Snoozy Snowflake". Look out Broadway, cause you have a batch of stars coming your way in about 10-12 years. I don't think you'll be seeing the young boy in the blue shirt in the top row just left of center. But, you never know. Pardon the big watermark in the middle of the video. This is what you get when you download trial software from the internet to convert video to a proper format.