We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I used to put Christmas lights on my duck boat in my dirveway until Mrs. BD banned camo duck boats from the driveway under the mistaken belief that such things were not really appropriate in our neck of the woods.
Well, in my defense, it was lousy light, my point 'n shoot took a delayed picture for some reason I don't understand and I'm a teetotaler so it wasn't, evidence besides the point, over indulgence of the Evil Demon Rum. :>)
Our cart is the blue one and we're adding the lift kit, over size tires and pimping out the interior in January. I love the thing to tell the truth - it's great for just running around the complex. At .02¢ a mile to run, you can't beat it for short errands or for running down to the marina.
True story. Before we moved down here, and while I was still on the fire department, I had a permanently fixed set of blue emergency flashers, a blue strobe on the dash board and one in the rear window of both my truck and Mrs. Shortwave's car. In Connecticut, blue flashing lights are reserved for volunteer fire responders.
We were coming down for Christmas and as it happened, there was an accident just south of Charlotte over the SC border on I-77 - it was late at night, the car was way off into the pucker brush and I only noticed it because I saw the skid marks and caught a flash of chrome as we passed by. So I pulled over, backed up, found the car, flipped on the blue flashers and called 911 then climbed down the embankment to see if there were injuries - there weren't, but the driver and passenger were drunk.
Well, SC Highway Patrol shows up, did their thing and then just as I was getting back into the car to continue, the Trooper shows up and gives the car the once over, then issues a warning for having flashing blue lights on the car - he told me he was doing me a big favor because it was a $1,200 fine for having blue flashing lights on the car.
I found out later the kid was a rookie as he was a academy classmate of my son. He actually apologized to me for doing it but he had called his Lieutenant who said to write the warming. No harm no foul. I did get my revenge on the Lt. though - we attended a HP Post Christmas Party and I told the story to my son's Captain who called this poor trooper's Captain who subsequently read the riot act to the Lt. :>)
But they do not like blue lights on cars down here.
I will usually ignore a lit Santa or a wreath on the grill, as they are pretty obvious as temporary Christmas decoration, although the Wisconsin State Patrol is pretty strict about that sort of thing, here in WI, decorative lights are not actually kosher with the DMV. I am just a county Badger, and have other things to worry about, but I do draw the line at multicolored lights to the front. There are a lot of red lights in Christmas light strings, and they will move in the slipstream of the vehicle, so someone with Christmas lights on the car as it goes down the road will, in fact, probably without realising it, be displaying red, blue, green, and white flashing lights. I will, unfortunately, have no recourse but to show you the pretty red and blue LEDs of my Federal Signal ARJENT lightbar. While I won't write you a ticket, because I am a kindly Badger, ( after all, what animal is more a symbol of kindly affability than a Badger ? ), but I will give you a 3 day to remove them.
If you enjoy pimped golf carts, you must treat yourself to this video:
I just had an email from a friend who's driving to California for the holidays with a fully lit Christmas tree wrapped in Saran wrap and tied to the roof of her station wagon. Wish I could post the photo here.