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a sparkly retrospective

January 5, 2012

All right. The lights are down, 2012 is under way, for better or worse. You have it on NASA’s authority that “nothing bad will happen to Earth in 2012.” Is that good enough for you?

One more bit of light lore, though. It’s pretty revealing, driving around and seeing all the displays. From the obligatory string of LEDs to the overwhelming blitzkrieg, they’re a means of personal expression, not to mention an index of your willingness to get up on a ladder. My willingness is zero, so no outside lights.

Over on LiveJournal, though, where this blog was born, and where most of the comments still live, a friend offers this insightful assessment of light-hanging styles:

Neat – which just projects a certain rightness. Everything is crisp, clean, the lights seem to glow more vividly.
Average – …you drive by, it’s nice, it’s gone; what was that?
Then there is sloppy – which is; are you serious, what did you do to put lights in that tree, tie the string to a rock and throw it?

I couldn’t possibly say it better. We saw examples of all three approaches. One house over in Blue Rock, amid brilliant scenes full of animated deer, had a string of saggy icicles, that obviously didn’t reach as far as one would hope. It was hooked halfway between the window and the eaves, where it ended. You could practically hear it shouting, “F&*$ this, I’m going inside.”

I’d add a fourth category, though. “You leave your disintegrating icicle lights up through July. Or possibly all year.” These people should be in prison.

But just because the outside lights are mostly off, doesn’t mean the inside ones are. Christmas ain’t over yet, baby. More to come…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2012 12:02 PM

    lololol :D

    need i say more??

    • E. A. Peregrine permalink
      January 16, 2012 1:07 PM

      Now I know you don’t have those problems in your neighborhood!

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