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Family Reunions And Custom Metal Signs

Metal sign advertising is a lifelong investment.

My family is the first thing I think of whenever a holiday approaches. It doesn't matter if it's July 4th, Christmas or the upcoming Memorial Day, I always seem to reflect on my family during these special times of the year. My family is very spread out across the entire country. My family has at least one representative in every corner of the United States. From my dad's brothers and sisters in Alabama, Utah, Connecticut and South Carolina to first cousins in California, Minnesota, Florida and Texas, I always have a place to stay anytime I go traveling. In fact, since I have so many relatives living in different locations, I virtually never am able to see each relative in the same place at the same time. My grandparents usually end up scheduling family reunions about every two years, and they do a fantastic job of guilt tripping everyone into making the journey to their home in North Carolina. I like to attend these reunions, as I enjoy catching up with everyone and learning about the new things that are happening in each person's life.

My dad is a prankster.

Family reunions in North Carolina are always so much fun. My grandmother usually cooks a huge meal, my Uncle Bill plays the bartender and serves everyone drinks and my grandfather, after he has eaten, begins telling stories about my dad and his brothers and sisters. These stories go on for hours, as everyone likes to chime in with his or her own explanation of what happened. This is always my favorite part of the reunion because I always get to hear a new story about something embarassing that my dad did when he was a teenager. The best story that my Uncle Jimmy tells is about the time my dad was supposed to wear a tuxedo to pick up his Aunt Sally from the church on her wedding day. The way my uncle tells the story is that Aunt Sally and her new husband John were walking out of the church to get in the limousine having been married for all of ten minutes, and instead of the driver (my father) wearing the nice white tuxedo that Aunt Sally had picked out, he was instead wearing a full body reptile costume complete with a tail and snout. Needless to say, my Aunt Sally was not amused. However, according to my uncle, the rest of the people at the wedding, though somewhat confused, couldn't stop laughing. My dad is now a doctor and all of his years practicing medicine have humbled him, so I always let out a little chuckle everytime I think of him being such a trickster.

My grandmother tells the same story at every reunion.

My grandmother is the nicest woman alive. She is a marvelous cook and always makes sure to take care of everyone else before she takes care of herself. She also enjoys talking about the day that I was born. I have heard this story so many times it's embarassing. She always starts the story by describing the weather. It was a firecracker of a Monday and the sky looked like it was going to open up at any second throughout the day, though it never rained. My grandmother likes this story because I share the same birthday with my older cousin Martha. My parents were at Martha's tenth birthday party when my mom said it was time to go to the hospital. My grandmother loves to talk about how excited Martha was to have a cousin born on her birthday. In fact, Martha still lights up every time she hears my grandmother tell the story about our birthday.

I share my passion for reading using a metal business sign.

I've been operating my own business for over ten years now. I run a bookstore on a busy street in New York City and I love being able to share my passion for reading with my customers. When I started my business, I had no idea how I should spread the word in order to build a customer base with whom I could share my passion, as this was my first time owning a business. I talked to my friend Jack and he suggested that I create my own metal sign. He told me that when he was in business for himself he always advertised with custom metal signs because they afforded him the freedom to say what he wanted. I took his advice and designed a sandwich board style metal business sign to display on the sidewalk in front of my shop. This metal sign was my first attempt at advertising my store, and I still use the metal sign today, ten years later.

Family reunions make me think of my custom metal sign.

I guess the reason I told you about my family reunions is because I compare my grandmother's ability to recount the day I was born with my ability to recount the day I first started using metal signage to promote my bookstore. It was a Tuesday in April and the weather was beautiful. I had a Thai dish for dinner that night because there was a Thai eating place located next door to where I bought my metal sign. I could keep going with my description of the day, but I'll spare you the details that probably only I find interesting. My custom metal sign has been with me through all of the trials and tribulations of owning my own business, and I'm happy to say that the sign is still with me today.

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