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Warning: Do not try this at home. Tongues stick to cold metal poles. A replica of Flick, a character in A Christmas Story, is proof. He stands on Oak Lane in Greencastle.

December reruns of the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story", featuring Ralphie in his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun, are over for another year. However, fans brought key features of the film to Greencastle, much to the amusement of neighbors and motorists. Mary Lou and Harold Jones, 215 Oak Lane, commissioned the figure of Flick, the boy who got his tongue stuck to a flagpole on a triple dog dare. Leroy Bowman of Kauffman made the realistic youngster, using chicken wire, PVC pipe, styrofoam floats, insulating foam and clothes from Goodwill. The Jones' purchased his hat and goggles from A Christmas Story House and Museum in Cleveland.

Though Flick came down in the first big wind storm, after doctoring by Bowman, he held steady in this week's gales. "It was fun to make him," said the creator. "It was a great project. When they take him in, I'll operate again to make him stronger for next year."

The Jones' plan to leave Flick in place until the end of January. He is not alone. In one window of the house stands the leg lamp cherished by Ralphie's dad.

Harold and Mary Lou Jones enjoy mementos from the movie A Christmas Story. This lamp is visible from the street in front of their home.