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Thursday, December 11, 2003
'Tis the season for alcohol-fueled light displays
The nuclear kitty photo has come down to make way for the oh-so-festive pic you see above. It didn't turn out quite as planned (my digital camera is worthless for night shots). Nevertheless, it's OK.. gimmie-ten-thousand-dollars-for- this-ugly-blurry-work-of-"art" sort of way or a hey-dad-look-at-what-i-made-you-in-shop-class-the -teacher-gave-me-a-C+ sort of way.
Take note of the martini glass. It's actually a 15 foot tall light display. Every year in December a home owner living near OHSU attaches it to his deck. The glass has become a beacon for downtown revilers to get their holiday drink on. Unfortunately, in the late '90s, the local chapter of MADD raised a stink and demanded it's removal. It disappeared but returned the following year after the home owner offered a compromise. The glass now glows undaunted until 10 every night through New Years. After that, a large slash is lit, obscuring it ala the Ghosbusters' logo. For those among us that are usually plastered before 7, it's not much of a deterrent.
Sometime later, a neighbor added a large champaign bottle to mix. It is has yet to be censored. Give it time.