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How many Solo operators take a full week off for Spring break....?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Exact Rototilling, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    There is a narrow window of about a week late October/Early November I could take a break but my son is in school.

    He may be home schooled this next school year....might work.
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  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do you have any Beads left?:drinkup:


    Im trying to get off this break stuff, Spring break is out of the question.
     
  3. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
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    My "spring" break is from Nov thru March for the last 10 years. I work 50 miles south of the snow belt, we get maybe 2 plowable snows per year. It wouldn't pay enough to even buy equipment.

    Oh well, it's the 3rd of April. Back to 10 hour days 7 days a week. The transition is a killer!
     
  4. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I took a long weekend in spring a couple years ago to go to Martinsville. I do take a family week vacation at the end of July and my wife and I take a week mid October. Being a solo getting ready for those two weeks off means 16-18 hour days before and after. IMO well worth it for family time, you can never get that back!
     
  5. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 567

    Just getting back from 10 days in Florida for my kids spring break. Although we've had 2-3 crews already running while I was gone.
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  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    You are so correct. :clapping:


    I really have to agree with this. I drifted into a bad case of situational burnout late last Autumn and Early Fall running 2 businesses. Part of it is I’m very sensitive to amount of daylight hours Acadian rhythm etc. The other fact is sleep deprivation which becomes really insidious long term and other personal relationship issues which is a major drag on the ticket.

    My legally bound estranged significant other is off for Spring break visiting relatives this week with my son and I’m scrambling around like a chicken with it’s head cut off deciding what is most urgent....like posting this. Yes it's gotta be about me for a change and it's worth the time to post this.

    If I can pull it off this year I’m buying a pop-up camper for my T100 4x4 for my son and I for weekend camping and fishing. Her summer job can pay for it. Wonder what summer job she'll get....?

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  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    spring break is in the height of mowing season here. this year i was doing the first cuts on all of the yards.

    if i do any kind of vacation during the mowing season it's on a weekend when there's a holiday on monday. so friday through monday would be my vacation.

    i mow mid march until the end of october. i do a few leaf jobs in nov and december but it's so spread out it's not like i'm working the whole month of nov or dec. i have plenty of time off for thanksgiving and christmas. i also have jan and feb off every year so perfect time to take a vacation and go snow skiing or something.

    i've been going to florida to the beach my whole life during the summer. a long weekend is enough for me now. i get bored if i spend a whole week down there. :laugh:
     
  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looks like we will have a break tomarrow, the weather reallly sucks this year.
     
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I really have plenty of time off from December until the beginning of March... except for this year. I am still only working a limited schedule. The freezing temps every 2 days has really delayed greening up our grass.
     
  10. yardguy29

    yardguy29 LawnSite Member
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    what's vacation?

    seriously I haven't had any time off besides the standard one or two days during the week for the past 7 years.

    the last time I had a spring break was when when I was in high school.
     

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