So, Monday evening I was just ready to crawl into bed when I heard a good deal of banging and clanging coming from outside. I went to the window and saw one of my neighbors setting up a ladder against his house. As I stared, he climbed up and noisily began to dismantle his Christmas lights, which had been up since mid-November.
It was 10:30 PM.
In January in Utah, sunset is about 6:00 PM.
It was also in the single-digit temperatures. Farenheit, not Celsius.
As far as I know, there is no fine imposed upon people who leave their Christmas lights up past Civil Rights Day. At least, we have not been fined, and our lights are still up -- BECAUSE IT'S TOO FREAKIN' COLD AND THERE'S TOO FREAKIN' MUCH SNOW TO TAKE THEM DOWN RIGHT NOW.
I went to bed anyway, but the noise continued for nearly an hour afterward.
Geez, I sure hope he's happy about getting those lights down. Maybe his were set to turn back into pumpkins at midnight or something.
I may never know.