Monday, December 7, 2009


It’s that time of year when grown men
start climbing up ladders propped against
their homes, strands of twisted Christmas
lights looped around their necks.

I’m sure some wives would love to tighten
a few of those light ropes just a bit…
It’s a heated competition in the neighborhood
to see which home can out-light the other.

One year, we had an idiot family living
directly across the street--always in trouble
with the law. Their last hurrah before moving
away was to string as many lights as humanly
possible over the roof of the house, much
like Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation.

The woman’s boyfriend--we called him
Joy-Boy, climbed over the roof, draping and
stapling thousands of lights across the entire
roof. J.B. started stringing at noon and his
Gold’s Gym body didn’t finish to well after 1 a.m.

Our bedroom was suddenly lit up like a
fireworks factory had exploded. I’m sure
the Space Shuttle astronauts could have
spotted their home.

It’s amazing how far some of the neighbors
go to decorate. My neighbor and friend,
Jimmie, a short and portly Italian, must have
bought every Christmas decoration sold by Walmart.

Every part of his home has something.

The blow up figures are the funniest since many
of them semi deflate, so that half of the character’s
body is upright with the top half hanging over to
the ground. Probably how a lot of people will
feel after the holidays…

So, the first section of our street has inflated
Nativity scenes, inflated Frosty’s, golden
reindeer, and Santa sleighs, along with luminarias
bordering the driveways. Quite a pretty spectacle.

From my home a few houses up, it’s dark--no
Grinches here, just people who realize

ya gotta unstaple, un-tangle, deflate, climb
around like a roof rat, and eventually figure
out how everything goes back in the
the stuff was originally in.

Ha! It's a feat that makes the sane go nuts.
Good luck all, and to all a good night!


GutsyWriter said...

I wish you'd taken a photo of the guy with all the lights on his house. Their bills must have been tremendous. I didn't realize people in Naples were as crazy about lights as some around here. We don't have our up yet. Too cold to go out and put them up.

GutsyWriter said...

Congratulations on winning the organizing award. You deserve it.

Daisy Soap Girl said...

Oh yeah, I'm with you on this. I'm just putting up a wreath and maybe buy some evergreens for a few vases. Every year we (I) put up a real live tree and have to vacuum needles up all year. This year I'm just putting up my Swarovsky Snowflake ornament tree.