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April 9th, 2002
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No such thing as tomorrow--only one two three go!
Jesus. This is really going to happen, the whole complicated four-ring circus. I mean, I'm buying a stallion, except I'm not buying the horse, I'm leasing him, for something like two years, so the sellers can feel confident that if I ever have to give him up, he'll come back to them. What they really want is a sale with a right of first refusal, but hey, if they want to write it up as a lease, I'm happy.

They're in Wisconsin, did I mention that? So I get to move the horse from Wisconsin to here. Only, that would be too simple, so let's complicate it a bit. Let's get a third party involved, so now we're moving him from WI to IL, where we can make some reasonable sort of assessment about his fertility (or lack of same, the horse *is* twenty-one), and then shipping him from IL to here.

But wait, he isn't coming straight *here*, I really want to send him to my trainer for a few months (and a few quarts of blood--damn, CW's rates have gone up. Not like he's not worth it, but whew.) So *he* has to have a stall free at the right time.

Or I could just get the side paddock fence repaired, put him in it, and watch him eat grass. It would be lovely. Thing is, I already have a horse to watch eating (or three). The purpose of buying Palisades is to a) breed him to my mares, and b) make him available for other breeders to breed to their mares.

Which means... he needs, at *least*, training in basic ground manners. Putting him under saddle would be ideal, in terms of being able to show him off to people, but I may not be able to afford it up front. Additionally, I get to learn all about equine artificial insemination, and right now. (Let's see, can't count on having a patient jump mare available, so I need an $1100 phantom -- in addition to a $250 AV, a 40x microscope, and a few other incidentals. That, or I find some farm locally which already *has* all that, and I play let's make a deal. Better brush up my Monte Hall impersonation.)

Did I mention I'm starting a business? No, it hasn't a thing to do with horses. I seem to be starting a consulting business. I hold a business license, and have published Ambar Consulting as a business name, and so on. I am reading, may all the gods help me, books on marketing. (Some tiny part of me is deeply appalled about that last.)

I don't think I've felt this energized since, um, since that first month I was on Atkins. But I still find this Joe Jackson song popping up in my head at the oddest moments.

Could be worse. Could be rabid weasels in my shorts, I suppose.

Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
Current Music: Joe Jackson, "Got The Time" (ticking in my head)

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Date:April 10th, 2002 12:03 am (UTC)


If I start seeing banner ads on TooMUSH, I'll know who to blame. :-)
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Date:April 10th, 2002 12:11 am (UTC)

Re: Marketing?

Hmm, good idea!

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Date:April 10th, 2002 08:00 am (UTC)
*Darth Vader breathing noises*

Ambar, come to the dark side...


Actually, I've become more accepting of the need for marketing. Especially when it's being done by people I know how loathe marketroids.

I'm sure you'll do great, and wow, all that sounds kinda cool. Go, Ambar!
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Date:April 10th, 2002 08:08 am (UTC)

Good luck!

Lots and lots to learn, and too little time to do it? Sounds familiar... *grin*

Seriously, I wish you luck breeding your new stallion. And with your business!
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Date:April 10th, 2002 08:54 am (UTC)
Yay! Complicated manuvers to get what you *really* want done! Yay!

Good luck with the consulting business, I really enjoyed consulting while I was doing it. It does sometimes feel cool to work without a big old safety net, especially when it works and I get *all* the rewards.
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Date:April 10th, 2002 09:45 am (UTC)
Go Starling!
Date:April 10th, 2002 09:56 am (UTC)
daaamn, woman. rock on. much better than shortsweasels.

(Huh, I'm only familiar with the Anthrax version of "Got the Time" -- ought to listen to the Joe Jackson some time.)
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Date:April 10th, 2002 10:37 am (UTC)
You're insane. *approval*
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Date:April 10th, 2002 12:52 pm (UTC)
So, would the foal be "Pacific Palisades"? <ducks>

It's a thrill to see you enjoying yourself so much and to see your dreams come together. *warm hugs*
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Date:April 10th, 2002 08:16 pm (UTC)
The registry's rules have changed recently: they now allow a maximum of 21 characters & four words. (Previously 17 & three.)

So ADA Recapitulation (the working name for Capucine's foal by Memoir UF, both out of Reminisce :-) fits. So does Ambar Recapitulation (just).

ADA Pacific Palisades is exactly 21 characters, thus Ambar Pacific Palisades is Right Out.

(ADA stands for Ambar Davenport Arabians. "AA", Ambar Arabians, is much too commonly used as a prefix in Arabians. I don't want to use a suffix. Haven't decided, with the new rules, whether ADA or Ambar is the prefix of choice...)
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Date:April 10th, 2002 05:49 pm (UTC)
So, what are your rates? :)

Seriously, always good to know of yet another person available for emergency, second-opinion type admin work when systems panic and fail.
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Date:April 11th, 2002 10:01 am (UTC)
So, if Pacific Palisades is swinging through Illinois on his cross-country trek, does that mean I'll get to see you?
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Date:April 11th, 2002 10:20 am (UTC)
Probably not, because it's just not cost-effective for me to drive my truck & trailer out there to haul the horse back myself. However, odds are that I'll be in IL *sometime* this year, and if seeing me would gladden your day, I'll definitely make a stop near Chicago.
Date:April 29th, 2002 08:53 am (UTC)

marketing tips...

you -do- know some S&M types.

I mean Sales and Marketing, ya know.

Drop me a line,

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