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e-NewsLetter Volume 6 Issue 10
Monday, May 16th, 2005

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Put Yourself in Time-Out

    "What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know."
      --- Saint Augustine

The common theme among most everyone in business today, no… in life today is "there just isn't enough time." We always run out of time and the more we try to take off of the plate to create time, the more it fills up.

    "You don't get time, you make time"
      --- Anonymous

Thankfully, the "I'm so busy" fad is wearing off. You are no longer seen as successful when you can't return phone calls, meet friends for dinner or a movie. In fact, the pendulum is swinging toward more free time, more leisure and fewer things to do.

    "The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."
      --- C.S. Lewis

Since we are all given the same amount of time in a day, how we spend it is up to us. Of course, there is the business, the family and the fun, but setting aside time for doing nothing but nothing is rare. We need to have the non-television time for resting our hardrives and downloading our systems.

    "Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that's one of the hardest things to do because you don't always know exactly where you're going, and you shouldn't."
      --- George Lucas

Finding time for creation and just pure, uninterrupted thinking is difficult these days. If you take a visit to your local library, you will notice that the majority of the folks there enjoying themselves are typically the retired seniors. But, upon closer observation, you will see a few creative, future genius-types quietly reading, thinking and pondering.

It is not just in the libraries. Your local park has them too. So does the coffee shop. These are folks who are employed or run a business who make the time to break away from the rat race and think about the origin of rats or how to improve another rat's performance, etc.

    "The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time."
      --- James Taylor

Unfortunately, the older we get the more funerals we attend. It seems that at every funeral we think about the importance of living life to its fullest and taking time to enjoy the simple things. Usually, those thoughts linger for about a day or two and then we are right back into the same rut chasing our tail and putting out fires.

    "If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."
      --- Albert Einstein

Getting someplace quiet where you can shut down all systems and simply think does wonders for your health and your business. Some successful business owners are even able to have some quiet time in a noisy coffee shop. They can just shut out the world and contemplate things. Answers to many major business decisions, both large and small have been uncovered during these times.

    "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
      --- Bill Cosby

Isn't it time you gave yourself a break. No offense, but if you were to die today, several of the people you've been trying to impress, improve or please will forget you by this Thursday.

Give yourself permission to buy a Super Grande Latte (or whatever) and just chill. Be sure to have a pen with you and maybe some Starbucks napkins. You never know what great ideas might come out of your meeting with yourself.

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Feature Articles

Perforated Vinyl: Opening Up The Vision of Sign Options
By Dawn Nikithser

Perforated vinyl film is fast becoming an excellent new form of advertising signage. This unique material allows easy adhesion to windows and motor vehicles, with the perforations enabling vision through the advertisement itself.
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Taking LED’s on the Road
By Jennifer LeClaire

The market for mobile LED displays is jumping forward again as sign companies take jumbo TV advertisements for a test drive.
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Facing Up To The Challenge of Printing Halftones: the next step in your evolution as a screenprinter.
By Bill Stephens

When newcomers to screenprinting first set eyes on a screenprinted photograph, the damage is done. That's the kind of screenprinting they want to do. The wise ones put off tackling the job, at least until they've got a bit of experience under their belt. But sometimes the jobs don't wait on you.
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Product Showcases

For On-Demand Production of 2-and 3-Dimensional Signs, Stencils, Boxes, and Design Samples… The heavy-duty FC3600 Series flatbed cutting machine from Graphtec.
Featuring user-selectable cutting speeds of up to 23.6 ips, 5000g cutting force, four head configurations and a choice of 5 tool types, the FC3600 handles a wide variety of materials including cardboard, styrene board, polystyrene foam, urethane sheet, rubber, leather and many more.
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New Ink Jet Media from IJ Technologies
IJ Technologies has introduced new media for solvent printers in widths up to 60 inches plus instant dry microporous papers, glossy waterproof banner, new economical waterproof Poly Banner II and Premium Edition Water Resistant Canvas.
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Save $50 When You Purchase Your Saw Trax Panel Saw
Saw Trax makes precision, low cost, high quality vertical panel saws / panel routers / mat cutters. Interchangeable tool plates allow you to switch from your saw to a knife or a router in seconds. Now you can cut your own blanks or trim your mats or cut a V-groove in one side of Alumalite and bend it: ALL ON ONE MACHINE. All models include our patented Accu-square System, so you can cut all the materials a sign shop uses and cut them accurately!
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Introducing ORACAL® Series 751 High Performance Cast
With the introduction of Series 751 High Performance Cast, we're setting a new price/performance standard for cast films. Now you can enjoy the benefits of a cast film while improving your bottom line. TRY A FREE 2 YARD SAMPLE NOW!
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INDUSTRY ALERT- Street Graphics and the Law
By International Sign Association

Find the history and impact of Street Graphics and the Law and see its recent revised release in October will have an impact on your clients rights and your businesses future if we don't intervene.
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Funny Signs

Sign At Chilkoot Charlies bar in Anchorage, Alaska (sent in by Suzanne Lammers of Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, Lincoln, Nebraska):

    "We cheat the other guy and pass the savings on to you."

A sign seen outside a barber shop (sent to us by Sal Sharpe of Galaxy Sign and Advertising Solutions):

    "Free Mullet Removal"

As seen in front of a dentist office:

    "Pain Free! (Any other services, we charge)"

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