when I visited the Boulevard christmas lights last year I had a sense that some residents would be feeling trapped inside their homes illuminated by mandatory custom. You would often catch a glimpse of shadowy figures creeping around the darkened kitchens, creating in this spectator an uneasy feeling of zoo-voyeurism. The background show like a display of shy nocturnals who make the odd appearance in their customised enclosures.
The darker side of the lights display was noted by the Sunday Age Residents prisoners of lesser lights
In the thick of the heat wave of high thirties, boynton may give it a miss this year, fearing heat wave ruffians and reluctant boulevardiers.
Had better watch the bah humbug factor however, as Nora has recently debunked another misty christmassy myth I noted last year, about the man who impersonated santa in both looks and spirit inside the local service station. He was there the other day, and not quite so genial apparently, fair enough, but when Nora expressed mild unease at purchasing something not very 'green', he said bah haumbug. He used to work for the Council and all the papers put out for recycling were simply dumped. Ha. Have a nice day.
and on the bah humbug one note samba santa special line, the annual: Ugly Christmas Lights (via J walk)
Fear not, boynton will lighten up soon.
Comments: bah humbug
Ivanhoitis has infected downtown and (mainly) uptown Strathmore over the past few years.
Thankfully Christmas lights and tableaux are for Christmas and not for life but, at the risk of sounding Scrooge-like, some people are in dire need of a life.
Fear the simple days of my mum whipping up a bowl of water and Rinso powder with the trusty manual egg beater to make 'snow' for the Christmas tree untimely ripped from the windbreak in Woolshed Paddock 2 are gone forever.
Posted by Sedgwick at December 17, 2003 08:33 PM
It's certainly epidemic. Christmas-light-creep is spreading everywhere, more each year. Perhaps though it's the only hope for Ivanhoe - takes the heat off it. More is always less.
I think I may have written some comments along these lines at my post last year which have been wiped by HaloScan. (Just like Christmas, everything gets recycled.) But I think I mentioned that for me the best lights are to be seen up in the country - say Castlemaine - free of the city light pollution and with some lovely hilly vistas.
Posted by boynton at December 18, 2003 01:35 PM