Thursday, December 15, 2005

65 hundred dollar question

Ok quick post on the run. Christmas is in the air. I haven't been into the malls yet but I've heard that they are quite the sight these days. To tell you the truth I'm not much in a Christmas mood yet and not sure I'll be in one this year.

The good news is that next Wednesday is my last day of work for two weeks. Hallelujah! A brother be running on pure adrenalin for the last couple of weeks and the wife takes lots of pleasure in laughing at me as I fall asleep in the couch at 930 every night. So lets recap that wake at 530 get to work before 8 leave around 6 get home after 7 which leaves possibly 2 hrs to watch TV, blog, relax etc no wonder a brother is tired.

Anyway we haven't put up any lights or anything yet but others in the neighborhood have gone to great lengths to "beautify" their properties. But when is it going overboard with the lights?

When we lived downtown there was this one strange house close by which had a million lights and decorations. Actually on the whole that entire house was a bit out of the ordinary. We nicknamed it the Ginger Bread house. The regular brick or aluminum siding had been covered by a cork/wood like substance which along with other decorations causing it to look year round like the fabled house from the Hansel and Grethel story. Never did see who lived there though but I'm thinking wicked witch perhaps lol.

Well up here there is one house I've seen quite close by which has literally thousands of lights. Its actually quite beautiful from a certain point of view but still.

Was talking to a neighbor the other day (no not the one whose poodle hates my guts and always rushes at me for some unknown reason) and he knows the persons at that house and said that they told him they spent over 6500 dollars on lights this year. $6500 in lights! Wow I wonder what they spend in gifts and since they obviously have money to burn whether they could see their way to hooking a brother up with a loan.

13 comments:

Campfyah said...

See if yuh cud organize a little loan from yuh neighbor fi me. that's outrageous. Money to waste, when he could be doing other useful things with it. But to each his own.

A few year ago, there used to be three houses in Queens NY that would go all out withthe decorations and lights. People use to drive by to see it and throw money in the garden. But I think it started creating a traffic mess and danger to the neighbor, so they stopped it.

Amadeo said...

The worst thing is I don't decorate, but if I stop by my moms she'll get all motivated like "yeah let's put these lights up!"

~b*b~ said...

what a waste of electricity! they should dontate that money to feed a needy family.
enjoy your holiday tho'

Dr. D. said...

I like the lights, but yes, some people go way overboard until the whole place looks overdone and ugly.

$6,500 is unheard of for Xmas lights for a home. My tree is still in the box!

SP said...

We have never put up lights in all the 28 years. Instead my parents just drove us around to see everyone else's lights. Saved money back then, but with the price of gas, it might just be cheaper to put up lights this year!

Lene said...

that hydro bill is going to be a bitch in january...

Brotha Buck said...

$6500 in lights, that is just crazy.

princessdominique said...

Yeah that is a bit nutty but I think everyone has their own thing that motivates them. I personally wouldn't go beyond some light up reindeer but hey, that's just me. Enjoy your weeks off J!

Abeni said...

I love the lights.Hopefully,the person can afford to pay the bill

Ri said...

We have some serious light shows here. Several are actually public attractions, where homeowners welcome the public to view animated Santas, and other stuff. You are lucky we do not even have a mall, so on Monday I will start shopping amongst the slim pickins here.

Mr-Mystic said...

I just got back from Barbados...and they played Christmas songs all week long in 27 degree weather. It was surreal

Mad Bull said...

My yute... I set up a Christmas present for you, since you are not in the Christmas mood... check it out.

4panist said...

everybody spends there money in different ways. now, by my standards thats alot for lights, but hey maybe they eat ramen noodles for Christmas dinner.