Policing holiday light violations revisited

Policing holiday light violations revisited

Summary: We always appreciate a nice display, and have come to think of ourselves as connoisseurs and critics of the very best (and worst) in holiday light entertainment.

TOPICS: After Hours

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  • Sloppy strands

    Here we have a case of particularly sloppy strand work on a tree. The strands seem to have been "wrapped" rather than running light strings up the branches.

  • Bad tree strings

    The house itself doesn't look bad, but the sloppy strandwork on the tree trunks just makes the whole display look crappy.

  • This is outstranding

    Here is what good strandwork on a tree should look like -- this is a tree for a local hospital, and obviously they put a huge amount of effort into it.

Topic: After Hours


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • Blue?

    Well I'll have a blue Christmas without you -- and that's a good thing.

  • judgemental ...

    ... having or displaying an overly critical point of view (Oxford Dictionary)
  • Just great a nosy piece of humanity

    Just great a nosy piece of humanity how happen to occupy the same space adjacent to property of owner.

    It bad enough to deal with HOA tyrants, busybodies and such. If one does not like my cheesy look one is free not to look, but out, and get the mess off my property.

    By the way how did ZDNet let you get away with this non tech dribble? Somebody need some work counseling or fired.
  • You should add more commendations

    and unless the display is totally horrendous, give each display a commendation or two with the bad stuff. Improvement is the key, so that next year they can create an eye-pleasing display.
  • What a tool....and not the "citation"

    Perlow, you are such a judgmental a$$hat.

    Sure, come by my house and tell me that my lights don't meet your criteria and you will get drenched in ice water for your un-lovely efforts to look down on people. That will be followed by a critique of your lack of exercise and questionable choices of clothing...plaid shirts?!?! wow really?
  • I decided I don't like this practice of yours.

    Actually, Blue (or purple) is an acceptable color. As somebody who is largely into secular stuff, you probably are not aware of this, but inside many churches, the color is actually more symbolic of the season.

    At our church, which is Christian and not Jewish - we had blue up as the liturgical color. Purple is also commonly used as the primary color for Advent.

    So no - you don't have to be Jewish to use blue.

    Also, mixing Christian and secular Iconography is pretty common. They're both representations of Christmas, and I don't have a problem with it. Seems to me you're just being snobbish over details.

    In any case - I've decided I don't like this practice of yours. Some of the "violations" are rather snobbish, and bordering on judgmental. Sure, we all hate a lousy and unsafe displays, but do be aware that the red/green color combination is a largely secular thing.