Sunday, December 16, 2012


I'm pretty sure twisty, tangly, delicate, finicky, stretchy, may light/may not, frustrating strings of icicle lights are proof there is no intelligent design going on.

At least not in the seasonal lighting design labs at GE.

More disturbing is the intelligence level of folks like me that wrestle these things out of boxes each year, untangle them, plug them in to check them for dead lights, then attempt to hang them as they grab each and every snaggable protrusion of house and hedge, only to find that once they are successfully hung ... a 3-foot section is now dark.

In the end, I did prevail, although there was some "expletive deleted" * , non Christmassy language heard from time to time.

When Mrs. FC drove up late that night after a long weekend of catering work, she was thrilled to see the lights up, which made me feel pretty intelligent for putting up with the demon lights.,

So the intelligent design question remains just that...

...a riddle wrapped and hopelessly tangled in an enigma.

*readers too young to remember the Nixon years may not get that.


Anonymous said...

FC's own version of Christmas Vacation. Let us know when the video is out.

Sandcastle Momma said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who checks the lights - they all work -and then we hang them and find sections that no longer work. I'm not sure when my husband cusses the most - hanging the Christmas lights or hanging the hurricane shutters. Both cause him to use a LOT of non Christmassy language lol

Julie Zickefoose said...

What is WITH these new strings of lights where a third will be lit and the next two-thirds are a tangly dark mess that you a: hang anyway b: hang anyway but wad up and tie with a breadwrapper, then stuff the wad down by the trunk or c: THROW AWAY so China can send us MORE DEFECTIVE LIGHT STRINGS?
Kudos on hanging them and delighting Mrs. FC.

Floridacracker said...

LOL! It felt like that, but Chevy always had a killer light display.
Mine, not so much.

I can relate to both!

Too funny. The wrap 'em up method was what my wife uses too.