the phone has finally slowed down and we will finish up the big rush by this friday. I was able to close 35 brand new customers this year with a big rush at the end. I'll run the final numbers later, but it looks like I'll get close to my goals I set earlier this year for this season. It looks like we held on to our average of 3000 per new customer, and my close ratio may have gone over my ideal of 35% with the rush at the end. we'll see, I'll analyze it to death next week. even with 4 new strong competitors in my area this year ( Christmas Decor came on strong, Brite Ideas and a new Holiday Bright Lights guy, it looks like I'll do well and survive another season. Funny how I either owned, currently own, or could have bought the exclusive to all three of those and yet here they are. past mistakes can haunt you. I have survived the transition to 3 crews and will be adding another truck to the fleet next week, along with purchasing the other half of the commercial property I now co-own with a friend. . . the weather was outstanding this year for install, I can only dream of good weather for takedown. start planning additional storage and ordering takedown supplies next monday. building racks, ordering boxes, tape guns, tape, yellow wreath tags and c-9 spool tags, building c-9 spools and instituting a better organized storage system with room rack and bin locations for boxes and wreaths to be put in clients file when we store. filming DVD's of all new and substantial add-ons to existing jobs also starts monday. of course fixes and gfci resets after rain. getting postcard designed for landscape lighting to hit in December,January, February, and March also on my to-do list. no rest for the weary ! good luck to all on your final push.