OT: Tall Christmas trees

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Submitted by njtosd on December 12, 2017 - 11:25am

Has anyone seen a good source for large natural Christmas trees? I’m a bit of a Christmas fanatic and the pickings seem slim this year. Hoping for a nice 11-12’ size.

Submitted by spdrun on December 12, 2017 - 1:40pm.

Artificial tree and a few natural wreaths for scent ... no point in sacrificing a living thing for a commercialistic holiday.

Submitted by njtosd on December 12, 2017 - 2:17pm.

spdrun wrote:
Artificial tree and a few natural wreaths for scent ... no point in sacrificing a living thing for a commercialistic holiday.

I just knew it. I don’t think you understand Christmas. The trees, like your food, are grown for consumption. The trees would not exist were it not for people like me.

Submitted by spdrun on December 12, 2017 - 2:59pm.

Why consume just to destroy? The tree farms could be re-forested with tall trees if there were no demand for Christmas trees.

Submitted by Hobie on December 12, 2017 - 5:05pm.

PM sent

Submitted by Rich Toscano on December 12, 2017 - 9:06pm.

I might have to add this to my spdisms list

Rich Toscano wrote:
spdisms

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spdrun: Only chumps eat solid food; you should become a being of pure energy and feed on sound waves. NEXT!

OP: Is this a good time to buy a house?
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Submitted by CA renter on December 12, 2017 - 9:09pm.

You have a great sense of humor, Rich! :)

Submitted by njtosd on December 12, 2017 - 10:49pm.

Rich Toscano wrote:
I might have to add this to my spdisms list

Rich Toscano wrote:
spdisms

OP: Can anyone recommend a smartphone?
spdrun: You don't need a smart phone; carry flags for semaphore and build your own mainframe from chicken bones and discarded Atari 2600 parts. NEXT!

OP: How much do you typically pay a gardener?
spdrun: You don't need a gardener; grow your own topiary maze and painstakingly, over the course of many years, train an army of voles to maintain it. NEXT!

OP: What's everyone's favorite pasta recipe?
spdrun: Only chumps eat solid food; you should become a being of pure energy and feed on sound waves. NEXT!

OP: Is this a good time to buy a house?
spdrun: If you live in a house you are an idiot. You should live in your car, which, if it's not a 1984 Datsun 200SX, you are also an idiot. BOOM! MIC DROP, SMOKE BOMB, EXIT STAGE RIGHT!

That is the best laugh I’ve had in a long time. My husband almost spit out his coffee. My incredibly commercialiistic tree is now happily settling into its highly unnatural stand, awaiting, and this is not an exaggeration, the 4000 or so twinkle lights that I put on it each year. I’m sure there are many more socially and environmentally responsible things that I could do with my time and money, but rather than consider that I’m going to go make peanut brittle and Christmas cookies and buy stuff online for my kids. And I’m going to try, likely without success, to get said kids to put a whole bunch of tinsel on the stairway. Spdrun, I’m beyond salvation - but you can go peddle your worldview to others who will appreciate it. Once again - I encourage you to read A Confederacy of Dunces - you’ll appreciate the main character, described in Wikipedia as “—eccentric, idealistic, and creative, sometimes to the point of delusion”. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Confed...

Submitted by harvey on December 13, 2017 - 8:08am.

Chest X-RAY

Submitted by phaster on January 8, 2018 - 9:15am.

I know christmas just happened OR perhaps it might be really, really, really early,... so was wondering if anyone else consider decorating a tree in their yard?

Was down at home depot, just after xmas and noticed lots of lights on SALE!!!

So on a whim bought a huge quantity, thinking it would be neat to light up a really tall tree that is in the front yard

Submitted by cvmom on January 8, 2018 - 11:47am.

Neighbors have done this very well with one of those laser light projectors. It looks great and no need to climb up to the top of the tree.

Submitted by phaster on January 8, 2018 - 4:38pm.

cvmom wrote:
Neighbors have done this very well with one of those laser light projectors. It looks great and no need to climb up to the top of the tree.

ONLY ONE LIGHT SOURCE? Yeah, I realize a laser projector has a beam splitter, but that just seems like it won't have enough wow factor to get people to stop and take notice ;-)

the tree I have is about the size of something that could used @ Rockefeller Center (which upon doing some reading, I found out has 50,000 lights)

...actually started thinking about the logistics of the overall endeavor/folly (only after my initial impulse buy)

found an online christmas tree light calculator and upon entering the approximate size, the suggestion was to use a minimum 18,000+ lights,... so the three thousand feet of LED lights I picked up on sale was just about 2/3 of the suggested minimum,... then also started thinking about the power requirements for 50,000 LED lights,... YIKES

http://www.keyt.com/lifestyle/holidays/c...

http://www.keyt.com/news/santa-barbara-s...

next recalled (as a kid) the parish used luminarias as decorations durning a christmas procession

so back I went to various home depot locations gathering stuff to execute my plan B decorating idea for the tree

basically the final idea is to mount (15-20) single color led kaleidoscope christmas lights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Uln_D_2iu0

positioned at various different levels on the tree as up/down land scape lights to sort of get the tree to be lit up like a BIG luminarias

https://www.voltlighting.com/article-lan...

(overall I was able to purchased over 80+ of the single color led kaleidoscope christmas lights in: white, red, green and blue at an average cost much, much, much lower than list price)

yeah I realize this seems kinda out there, but figure its time to upgrade from a commercialistic YET pathetic charlie brown tree!

https://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Brown-Pat...

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