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Old 08-02-2017, 09:59 PM   #311
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Chris, the second TCM you bought to play with, how much did it cost?
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Old 08-05-2017, 01:35 PM   #312
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What exactly do you need to do the dashboard tablet display you have,
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:22 PM   #313
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hadnt updated this thread for a bit... just a quick update on the bus itself.. ive been running the original TCM most.. and tuning on the other as I get a chance.. but in short the bus is running FANTASTIC!!

I just finished a Columbus - Knoxville - Macon - Orlando - Asheville NC - St pete - Columbus. .. yeah!!! lotsa miles!!! it was a mixture of work. and Workation.. (I never truly vacation.. I always work some..).. nevertheless the bus is running Fantabulous!!!

one of the places i went was a Vintage Christmas Convention in Asheville NC.. Yep its a convention completely devoted to those who collect and / or enjoy Pre-1978 Christmas decorations.. and it is one heck of a deiverse crowd from old to young.. and about every type of person imaginable.. retired to techies, to truck drivers, antiques dealers, you name it.. we take over a whole hotel.. decorate it for christmas.. (yes for real) and have CHristmas themed events.. tours of the city, Christmas parties, cookies, cakes, Music, and we learn about various aspects.. and people even buy / sell right from their hotel rooms.. The hotel even turned on their fireplace and set their main lobby / common area music to old christmas classics for us.. (their satellite system will do it even in summer..)...

I felt it fitting that the RedByrd take on a new Identity for the trip!.

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cant travel to a Christmas convention without Tunes!! (yes im crazy)

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Once I arrived at the convention hotel.. I learned they had me in a Vacation "villa". along with others nearby in their villas.. how cool is that.. and so glad I had packed these for the trip!

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so i could turn my hotel room into this!

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what better thing to do for Christmas in the mountains than to make some cookies!! yeah my Villa had a full kitchen!! Nice!!

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so it was very awesome... you see as a child i was always known as "mister Christmas".. the kid who couldnt wait to string up the lights, trim the tree.. and put the christmas records on even before the ghosts and goblins had tried to trick me into trading my santa hat for a smelly rubber mask.. even up threough 2009 it was game-on for me at christmas.. I won the all central ohio lights contest in 2009... it was a pretty big deal with ohio being very christmas-popular..

then it happened i lost it.. I learned more and more and discovered more and more thoughts of my childhood molestation by family members, the flame I thought could never go out did.. putting up the lights suddenly became a chore.. in fact I sold and gave away all my equipment, lights and cords.. my house was dark for 2010 and 2011.. i sold my last hotrod project.. as some of you know I left the first school bus just sit in a garage untouched for many months at a time... my friends pretty much forced me to decorate in 2012.. so I called it experimental..bought new lights, software, and stuffed a few things in the yard and pretended... 2013, 2014 I spent christmas on south beach.. i told everyone i always wanted to try it.. but I just wanted it to go away... 2015 I tried.. I really did.. then I discovered the christmas convention in 2016 and i attended. in new york.. and it created a spark.. I thought for once perhaps i could like christmas again.. but could I? i wasnt sure.. i strung up a few lights but not many.. and once again I had a christmas party but the energy just wasnt there..

then I went to asheville.. and it was magical... "something happened in there" isnt the right words for it.. I met new people.. even ended up with an unplanned roomate (friend of a friend) in my hotel villa for the show.. he arrived with a smile.. and we hit it off and laughed like school kids as we drank cuban coffee and told tales of our daily finds in the sales rooms...

friends I hadnt seen since last year were friendly sights.. we went to italian restaraunts.. and even a coffee shop made out of a red double decker BUS!
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groups of us toured the city of asheville in a purple Skoolie named LaZoom!

(I lost my pic so I grabbed one from the web!).
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I got to spend some time with this Handsome guy on the left! for those who are into Christmas, he would be THE Christopher Radko! for those not into christmas.. well i dont know you

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and yes!! we had Christmas Parties every night!!!

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alas.. it HAS brought back that Christmas Magic which I thought was gone forever and ever.... I know now that Doris Day was Incorrect.....
"Once you Pass its borders.... you can never return again.." is Wrong.. for I have come back to "ToyLand" after having left its borders for a few...

-Christopher
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:40 PM   #314
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C Radko- very cool . Talk about a creative dude !

We are pretty big on Christmas around here, as well. My wife puts up 5 trees around the house and they go up day after Thanksgiving. My brother owned a Christmas lighting company...I'll have to forward video of his display. I imagine you've been to Bronner's and the olde Canterbury Village in Mich. My wife is from that area and insist we pilgrimage regularly.

It's wonderful you re-connected with the Season. Nobody should be allowed take that away from you. I think you may be a bit biased as the Holiday pretty much shares your name....
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:44 PM   #315
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hadnt updated this thread for a bit... just a quick update on the bus itself.. ive been running the original TCM most.. and tuning on the other as I get a chance.. but in short the bus is running FANTASTIC!!

I just finished a Columbus - Knoxville - Macon - Orlando - Asheville NC - St pete - Columbus. .. yeah!!! lotsa miles!!! it was a mixture of work. and Workation.. (I never truly vacation.. I always work some..).. nevertheless the bus is running Fantabulous!!!

one of the places i went was a Vintage Christmas Convention in Asheville NC.. Yep its a convention completely devoted to those who collect and / or enjoy Pre-1978 Christmas decorations.. and it is one heck of a deiverse crowd from old to young.. and about every type of person imaginable.. retired to techies, to truck drivers, antiques dealers, you name it.. we take over a whole hotel.. decorate it for christmas.. (yes for real) and have CHristmas themed events.. tours of the city, Christmas parties, cookies, cakes, Music, and we learn about various aspects.. and people even buy / sell right from their hotel rooms.. The hotel even turned on their fireplace and set their main lobby / common area music to old christmas classics for us.. (their satellite system will do it even in summer..)...

I felt it fitting that the RedByrd take on a new Identity for the trip!.

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cant travel to a Christmas convention without Tunes!! (yes im crazy)

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Once I arrived at the convention hotel.. I learned they had me in a Vacation "villa". along with others nearby in their villas.. how cool is that.. and so glad I had packed these for the trip!

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so i could turn my hotel room into this!

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what better thing to do for Christmas in the mountains than to make some cookies!! yeah my Villa had a full kitchen!! Nice!!

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so it was very awesome... you see as a child i was always known as "mister Christmas".. the kid who couldnt wait to string up the lights, trim the tree.. and put the christmas records on even before the ghosts and goblins had tried to trick me into trading my santa hat for a smelly rubber mask.. even up threough 2009 it was game-on for me at christmas.. I won the all central ohio lights contest in 2009... it was a pretty big deal with ohio being very christmas-popular..

then it happened i lost it.. I learned more and more and discovered more and more thoughts of my childhood molestation by family members, the flame I thought could never go out did.. putting up the lights suddenly became a chore.. in fact I sold and gave away all my equipment, lights and cords.. my house was dark for 2010 and 2011.. i sold my last hotrod project.. as some of you know I left the first school bus just sit in a garage untouched for many months at a time... my friends pretty much forced me to decorate in 2012.. so I called it experimental..bought new lights, software, and stuffed a few things in the yard and pretended... 2013, 2014 I spent christmas on south beach.. i told everyone i always wanted to try it.. but I just wanted it to go away... 2015 I tried.. I really did.. then I discovered the christmas convention in 2016 and i attended. in new york.. and it created a spark.. I thought for once perhaps i could like christmas again.. but could I? i wasnt sure.. i strung up a few lights but not many.. and once again I had a christmas party but the energy just wasnt there..

then I went to asheville.. and it was magical... "something happened in there" isnt the right words for it.. I met new people.. even ended up with an unplanned roomate (friend of a friend) in my hotel villa for the show.. he arrived with a smile.. and we hit it off and laughed like school kids as we drank cuban coffee and told tales of our daily finds in the sales rooms...

friends I hadnt seen since last year were friendly sights.. we went to italian restaraunts.. and even a coffee shop made out of a red double decker BUS!
Attachment 15274

groups of us toured the city of asheville in a purple Skoolie named LaZoom!

(I lost my pic so I grabbed one from the web!).
Attachment 15275

I got to spend some time with this Handsome guy on the left! for those who are into Christmas, he would be THE Christopher Radko! for those not into christmas.. well i dont know you

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and yes!! we had Christmas Parties every night!!!

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alas.. it HAS brought back that Christmas Magic which I thought was gone forever and ever.... I know now that Doris Day was Incorrect.....
"Once you Pass its borders.... you can never return again.." is Wrong.. for I have come back to "ToyLand" after having left its borders for a few...

-Christopher
Crank the tunes and eat them cookies. Party on

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Old 08-14-2017, 07:44 AM   #316
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oh we did!!

and then there was "After-Glow". the convention officially ends with the christmas party each nigjht.. but thats when the "Smart" egg nog comes out and the Grown-Up elf drinks . and we Ate more cookies!!

last year i think we consumed over 10,000. this year the rumor was we ate around 8500 cookies... thats a LOT of butter-sugar-eggs-flour to say the least.
-Christopher
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:06 PM   #317
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(yes im crazy)
I agree.

Asheville is quite artsy fartsy so i could see them having a better off season party. Good to hear you got your mo-jo back.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:10 PM   #318
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I agree.

Asheville is quite artsy fartsy so i could see them having a better off season party. Good to hear you got your mo-jo back.
Next year is cincinnati.. not sure how thats going to work there.. lol. I guess it is Bible belt???

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Next year is cincinnati.. not sure how thats going to work there.. lol. I guess it is Bible belt???

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OH is. Not sure about Cinni.
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:51 PM   #320
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Cinci is much more bible belt than Columbus. Columbus is progressive.. very diverse city..

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