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Do Sign Company Owners Plan to Take a ‘Real Vacation’ This Year?

The Brain Squad also riffs on daily commutes and when they will feel comfortable attending in-person tradeshows.

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Question: Do you plan to take a “real vacation” — one, full week off, away from the office this year?

Yes: 80%

  • With family I have not seen for the last year. Everyone is getting vaccinated. — Kevin O’Connor, Enhance a Colour, Danbury, CT
  • Originally was South Africa, but have modified to somewhere domestic. — Bruce Fish, Signal Sign Co., Livingston, NJ
  • San Diego to do some offshore fishing. — Robert Newcomb, K5 Signs and Graphics, Stockton, CA
  • Planning a road trip to Idaho and Montana in late summer. — Skip Moore, Bill Moore & Associates Graphics, San Rafael, CA

  • If all is doing well and our COVID-19 numbers are still down, I will be going to Las Vegas. — Heather Jack, FASTSIGNS, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Two weeks on the road with family seeing America. — John Hipple, Sign Designs, Joplin, MO
  • As far away as I can get — Tahiti would be nice, but more likely it will be to the Jersey Shore — but not like in that stupid TV show. — Rocco Gaskins, Abco signs, Pennsauken, NJ
  • Home. — Robert Burke, Burke Enterprise, Oakdale, CT

No: 20%

  • COVID, pets, lots of projects. — Peter Poanessa, Signworx, Swanzey, NH
  • Much too busy to take any time off… I’m already a month behind on getting signs completed. — Jack Thurmond, Jack’s Signs & Graphics, Washington, GA

BUZZ SESSION

How far is your daily commute from your home to your sign company (each way)?
0 miles — I work at home/shop is part of home property
16%
1-9 miles
47%
10-19 miles
21%
20-49 miles
16%
50 or more miles
0%
How long does your daily commute take (each way)?
No time at all!
18%
Less than 15 minutes
39%
15-30 minutes
25%
More than an hour
0%
What do you listen to during your commute?
News on the radio
26%
Music on the radio
19%
Music from playlists
7%
Podcasts
14%
Audio books
9%
Nothing
19%
Other (below)
6%
Sirius radio, Music and stand-up comedy from various streaming services, Bible reading and/or Biblical studies and commentaries

What’s the Brain Squad?

If you’re the owner or top manager of a signage and graphics company in the US or Canada, you’re invited to join the Signs of the Times Brain Squad. By taking one five-minute survey each month, you will receive access to some of the industry’s freshest data on sales — including your fellow members’ comments on what’s selling and what isn’t — and can make your voice heard on key issues affecting the sign industry. Sound good? Sign up here.

Signs of the Times has been the world leader in sign information since 1906. Contact Signs of the Times' editors at [email protected].

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