[LMB] OT: Merry Chritmas in lights

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 27 10:25:42 GMT 2021

WOW! I think Canada just outshone Omaha. Congrats.

On Sat, Dec 25, 2021, 3:42 PM <alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca> wrote:

> It's a "thing" up here in Canada to go all out decorating the outside
> of your house with Christmas lights -- and projections, and inflatable
> figures, and cut-outs and spotlights, and music and just about anything
> else you can think of to celebrate.
> Most people just put up a few strings of lights, but there are places that
> go way above that. On Christmas Eve this year, my spouse and I took the
> bus out to the eastern suburbs of Ottawa to a little street called Taffy
> Lane, off Sugar Creek Way (no, I am not making these names up -- sooner or
> later developers run out of obvious street names).
> Almost every house on those streets was decorated -- and not just
> decorated but decorated to the max. The wattage was extreme. Relatively
> few religious pieces -- we saw one nativity scene and a few crosses --
> more Santa's and Grinch's and stars and lots of inventive combinations. I
> particularly liked the deer crossing sign outlined in lights - so
> Canadian, the 20-foot evergreen on a nearby street crisscrossed over
> its entire height with lights, and the rustic cabin and trees made out of
> scrap wood decorated with lights.
> But it was the total effect of this ridiculous but cheery extravagance of
> lights that had one gasping, the individual inventiveness, and
> over-the-top-ness. My husband made lots of photos.
> We took the LRT and bus to get there (it's free in Ottawa this month for
> reasons) and just walked around enjoying the effect, as did a bunch of
> others. But even weirder was the number of cars: at 9 p.m. on an evening
> that's normally really quiet, it was literally a total traffic jam on
> Taffy Lane, and all the streets leading up to it. Level of service E. I
> don't think you could get the same impact from inside a car especially
> stuck in traffic, but I guess others enjoyed it.
> This is a CBC video showing similar lights, though I don't think anything
> from Taffy Lane:
> https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1987178563678
> Alayne
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