Maybe it’s just me?–but when I see a home festively adorned with Christmas lights near Valentines Day, the word “janky” comes to mind.
Well, how about a whole neighborhood? Is that like the “jankiest hood in town?”
Because that’s what I, what WE, the suffering people of Whispering Creek II are dealing with.
First of all, I LOVE our neighborhood! We are what some might call a tad “eager” around Christmas time.
For the most part, we get our Christmas spirit on! Our track sits right across the street from one of the more famous drive-by Christmas neighborhoods in Ladera, (just to clarify…that’s not a place where drive-by shootings occur, but instead it’s when you pack up the whole family in the car with some Starbucks and drive around and look at decorated homes. Because this is what we do in warm places with no weather)
So, although we don’t have the mega awesome light displays and hand out hot chocolate and fliers, we are “a nice on the eyes” place to go for a “look see.”
The majority of our homes put up lights galore, inflatable snowman, reindeer, animals and all the elf fixins.
I even have an inflatable Darth Vader and two Frosty’s, not to brag or anything…
Normally, as a group we rent a lift, blast some music and decorate together. But this year, we decided to try something new and hire a service to put up and TAKE DOWN the lights.
Mistake #1: we paid the man upfront for the whole job.
The lights went up in late November. And the lights are still up.
The light man has gone AWOL. With half of our entire neighborhood’s cash.
He has not returned phone calls or texts and we are SOL, as my dad used to say. All we have is a card. With no address. Who do we even sue?
So when you drive into our little Ladera neighborhood, try not to judge. We know. We know. We so freaking know it’s the jankiest in town, but we haven’t yet figured out how to rectify the problem.
Do we send our husbands up to the roofs and high peaks of our two story homes? Do we risk life and limb or suck up the loss and pay more money? Do I send out my husband, because we own a coveted extension ladder, and make some extra cash? (just kidding babe)
Is our life insurance up to date?
These are questions we must ask ourselves!
In the meantime…James the Christmas Light Dude. You are a wanted man and have lost the favor of this Ladera neighborhood! At any moment, our ever vigilant Ladera association will start threatening us with fines if we don’t get these lights down…because Ladera has standards.
Merry Christmas James. You stink!