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It's amazing how the world looks so different when you are on top of where you walk every day.

I have to admit, I've always been a little envious of birds.  Heck even a little jealous of pilots.  They both get to see things from a much different angle than everyday people.  That all changed on Wednesday when putting up the Christmas lights on our house here in Sioux Falls.

I started with the eve spouts.  We live in a split level house so when you're up, you're up!  It's amazing how you look so differently at your house too when you're up on a ladder.  You can check how last years calk job around windows went.  You also see why maybe some of the neighbors have already repainted their homes.

So I headed up the ladder and started the yearly "hanging".  I'm not a huge fan of ladders but my son Logan was home from college in Aberdeen so I felt a little more comfortable. Then it happened!

Oh, we had plugged them in down on the garage while we were still on the ground.  Oh, they still all "worked" when I went out after dusk to see that everything was working. Then, Logan took off for the evening.  It was around 8:30 p.m. and I got the call.  "Hey Dad,"  Logan said, "looks like you have about 3 feet of rope light out on the front of the garage."

A man's got two things he can do at this point.  It's either *(*&^  it, it'll work...or hike your sorry little, woman whipped rump back up that ladder.  You see my wife has this "thing" for lights that are hung "correctly". I have this thing about how they should look too.  My perspective though has been modified somewhat by going up and down a ladder.  Year after year.

So, what am I going to do?  Well, If you're in the area Saturday, you'll probably see me out there again.  Up on the ladder.  Praying that a new strand of lights...actually stay lit!