I thought I'd make my 1000th post about why I have 1000 posts. I like most people started off a newbie a few years ago. I was overwhelmed with the info but had a drive to make a display that I would be proud of and my community could enjoy. I asked lots of questions and lots of stupid ones, but that's how I learned. Most of the questions I asked, the answers are actually in the 101 manual. Sometimes it's hard to see what's right in front of you if you don't know what your looking for. Last year was my first year with pixels. Spent a lot of time in team view with benschristmaslights (formerly Yagoona lights) getting my display to work. What seems basic now was so frustrating back then. FYI I'm a proud LSP user and my display is ws2811 dc12v pixels with j1sys controllers. This year I was comfortable and confident enough that I got everything working and sequenced relatively easy. Yay me. My display is now focused on my charity "Christmas at the Myrtle." Which raises funds and awareness for the Crohns and colitis association of Australia. I have severe Crohn's disease and have had over 20 operations. I also have treatment at the hospital every 8 weeks to lower my immune system. My show is now my way of giving a little back and showing others affected by Crohn's that life isn't always bad. I was also lucky enough this year to use Minleon lights in decorating 4 other houses and look to expanding that in the coming years. Someone once asked Albert Einstein his phone number. So he got out the phone book and looked up Einstein. They asked can't you remember your own number. He replied I don't have too because it's in the phone book. ACL is that phone book for Christmas lights. So I figure even if I write something that seems trivial someone might want to read it later. Even if it's wrong, I hope that someone will correct it and steer myself and others in the right direction. ACL is a community where the knowledge comes from its people and everyone has something to offer. Without getting all sentiment CLAP is an addiction but sometimes I think ACL is a bigger addiction.