11/26/2005: Hope y'all had a lovely "Black Friday"....
The day after Thanksgiving is denominated "Black Friday", not for any bad things that happen that day (well, not bad if you're a shopping enthusiast, at any rate), but because of the long believed legend that it is the busiest shopping day of the year, and the day that retailers supposedly see their balance sheets for the year move from "the red" into "the black" (i.e., the point of the year at which they start seeing a profit).
From my perspective, the day after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the end-of-year holiday season (call it NODWISH (the NOn-Denominational WInter Solstice Holiday), "Chrismahanukwanzakah", Festivus, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, or whatever). For that reason, I've been sitting on this link til now. For your viewing pleasure:
The Best Christmas Lights Display Ever.
It may take a while to download (I think the page is being spread via email and blog, and the server is sometimes bandwidth challenged), but it's worth it. Basically, someone managed to not only put up an elaborate light display, but then found the appropriate hardware and software to synchronize the lights to a recording of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Wizards in Winter.
I put this one up in honor of one of my favorite people on Earth: my Dad's wife Carol, who is not only an all around great human being, but also one of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's biggest fans. As I told you Dad, I'll be sending a CD with this one shortly, so don't bother waiting a week for it to download over your dial-up connection.
Len on 11.26.05 @ 09:43 AM CST