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Old November 3rd, 2005, 10:33 AM   #1
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I am having a conference call this afternoon that could grant my small business national exposure. At this time I cannot say more, but I have been massaging some big dogs into listening to me closely and I may be building a great bridge here. If this works, the entire complexion of my business and my life could change. If it does not, I am no worse off than when I started, but my foot is wedged in a pretty big door right now. Keep fingers crossed guys! More to come!
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 10:40 AM   #2
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Fingers are crossed for you and good wishes for the best is coming your way! Just remember that the fact that you have dared to try has put you far above the majority of people who go through life striving for nothing.

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Old November 3rd, 2005, 03:02 PM   #3
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Tux,

I'll keep everything crossed i can possibly cross and maybe even a few things i shouldn't...LOL

good luck dear friend..my prayers and best wishes go with you.

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Old November 3rd, 2005, 04:16 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone...keep em crossed a little longer, but this is what I posted in the CA..

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I still am not at liberty to say what the deal is just yet, but the talk went very well. It was one of those conference call deals where is was supposed to be just me and the other person, but I knew he had me on a conference speaker phone and I could hear occasional buzz in the background. They want a proposal on their desks with a number by Monday morning and then we will have a follow up call on Monday afternoon to negotiate price and get a contract in order. I have been on this planet long enough to know that I have the deal, all we have to do is work out i dotting and t crossing before we sign our names.


I am about to have some great nationwide press!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHHHAAAAAAAHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 04:34 PM   #6
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Whhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 06:25 PM   #7
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I'm so happy this step has gone so well for you. Excellent. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 07:48 PM   #8
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Thanks, Jewels. That means a lot to me from you. It has been tough. With the biz I have essentially hit rock bottom with everything else going on in my life and the only thing keeping me from getting one of those regular jobs is
a. I do not like the idea of a day care picking my daughter up from school...that is my job.
b. I have been building momentum and contacts and I knew I was close to this. I knew I was on the right track...good contacts and bridge building were just not putting food on the table.

Once this is said and done, I will be no millionaire. But I will have not only a feasible operation, but the springboard that few small businesses get to grow rapidly while running in the black and allowing me to afford my daughter a good school and get me a car built in this decade. Now comes the part where I have to avoid hypocrisy. I always criticize companies that fail because they grow too fast and do not contain it and control it.

If I make that mistake...I cannot scoff every time I read Inc Magazine or Craine's.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 07:50 PM   #9
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BTW, KamikazeAthena...you have a very cool avatar. Is that you? Where did you score the props?
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Old November 4th, 2005, 09:05 AM   #10
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Yay Tux! I am glad to hear that things are going well for you. Fingers will stay crossed!

Yep! It is me. I got the blaster on ebay. It was a very bad copy of an "original" model and I spent hours cleaning the resin. Overall it is pretty nice now. I made the jacket myself. The patches and pips are from ebay.
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Old November 4th, 2005, 11:25 AM   #11
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You did a heck of a job. Both the gun and the jacket look very nice. I had one of those cheap jackets that came from the back of Starlog Magazine when I was a kid. Should have figured on me being an adult large someday and gotten two. sigh.......
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Old November 4th, 2005, 12:16 PM   #12
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Thanks! I really apprciate that! They were fun to complete but a pain to make. There was a lot of measuring, cursing, remeasusing, and general head smacking. I did manage to do a whole costume plus cape. It was an act of love and insanity!

For my bachelortte party I (very uncharacteristically) dressed in white and decided I needed the white BSG jacket. That was lot more cursing. Don't prick yourself when you are working with white!

So the point is that hard work does not go unrewarded, which is why I know your business will be a success! Can't wait to hear how it works out!
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Old November 4th, 2005, 03:02 PM   #13
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An update to follow on Monday or Tuesday after a price and terms are agreed to. Frankly, I think I knew I was either on the road to success or failure. I've kind of hit the edge of my rope here and was really considering one of those job thingys. It's funny, my family still thinks I have a few screws loose, but every time I get a little exposure in the paper, they are all over the news clippings and scrap books. Sigh.......
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Old November 4th, 2005, 03:57 PM   #14
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I can't wait to hear more next week. We are all really pulling for you. If good vibes count for anything, and I think they do, all will be great!
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Old November 5th, 2005, 09:57 AM   #15
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You do realize you cannot tell me you have a white jacket and NOT show pics of it!
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Old November 7th, 2005, 02:39 PM   #16
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Update! I was up all night tweaking the proposal and this is the response I just got.

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Got the proposal and have given it a first read. Looks good. I'll give you a ring shortly (have to jump out for lunch meeting with the VP of Sales).

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Old November 7th, 2005, 03:38 PM   #17
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Way to go hun....sounds like you're going to be rocking before to long..
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Old November 7th, 2005, 03:45 PM   #18
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As the day progresses here I am thinking the close may not happen till Wednesday at the latest....I hate playing it cool and being patient. Not one of my strong suits.
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Old November 7th, 2005, 07:52 PM   #19
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As the day progresses here I am thinking the close may not happen till Wednesday at the latest....I hate playing it cool and being patient. Not one of my strong suits.
Steady, steady...deep breaths... all good practice..you just need to channel your inner chilled dude..

No second guessing or talking the moment down!!

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Tux,

You've made it this far..Just hang in there and things will go great.
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Old November 7th, 2005, 07:57 PM   #21
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I did not say I was losing hope. This is still int he bag. I will be patient and I will play it cool...I just don't wanna.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 08:32 AM   #22
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It is exciting to hear how things are progressing for you! I can't wait for the final good word!

So just for you Tux, I finally found a pic. Not great but it works. I had a hard time uploading so I just changed my avatar for now.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 09:11 AM   #23
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That is awesome! It is also alluring....forgive me. Is Mr Athena a BSG fan too? (note smooth transition from saying...the pic is hot to how is the hubby? this is why I close deals...or screw em up....hmmmm.......)

I got this last night.....

"Sorry Pat - it's 6:30pm on this coast and I literally just got out of a series of meetings and "caucuses!" I'll give you a ring as soon as I can in the morning.

In general, I have the following comments:

* Do you have a sample of trainings or demonstrations that you've done in the past?
* Outline:
o Seems like Hour 1 gets off a little too slow; I recommend moving module V and VI into hour 1; hour 2 maybe can be beefed up with demos of major apps in ***?
o Hour 3 looks good - I would also include a "where to go for more info" wrap-up
o We'll want to be sure that the topics/agenda that come out of the State of ***** requirements are incorporated into this - I've got you into the ********* Conference next week in ******* for free; trust it won't be a problem for you to attend?
* Will the content be easily updated? How transferable will it be to web delivery? Do you foresee any kind of a quiz? (maybe we save that for the additional Consultants package/program you recommended
* 15 business days sounds like a great schedule
* The additional offering of a live demonstration sounds good; we are currently getting our CEO's demonstration and are going to analyze that for best practices - he's done hundreds of them.

I'm excited about this project, and additional projects like additional IT admin training, development of the hands-on coursework for the State of ****, maybe Webinars, etc.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Best, "


I put *** over stuff I am not comfortable revealing yet. This thing is still moving forward. I m hearing a lot of we and us.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 05:42 PM   #24
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Negotiation phase has begun. However, we have already started talking about other projects that can spring from this one. They are not saying if...they are saying when. Now all we gotta do is agree to a price and terms. This is on. More to come!
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Old November 9th, 2005, 09:34 AM   #25
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Cool Fingers Still Crossed!

This is all great news! I am really happy for you. Let me know when I can drink that toast!

Thanks for the compliments! I am flattered!

Mr Athena HATES BSG! He won't even watch 5 minutes with me. He is one of "those" types who will just tell you how much better Star Wars is. He will even tell you that the effects in Star Wars were better even though we all know the truth about how all those were done. Now that he is starting to see how many die hards are out there, he does not think that I am out of my tree so much! He is pretty supportive of my costume making, etc. Although he is less than thrilled that I am thinking of making a daggit.
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Now that he is starting to see how many die hards are out there, he does not think that I am out of my tree so much! He is pretty supportive of my costume making, etc. Although he is less than thrilled that I am thinking of making a daggit.
The jacket looks really neat!! Drafting patterns from scratch is a bitch and a talent I haven't ever mastered, so double cool!!

And as for making a daggit...I think that is a brilliant idea (and you can quote me to your hubby on that) and if you do it I would love to see pics.
The small one I made many yahrens ago got lost in one of our moves (along with a lot of my toy making stuff)
btw, my hubby has me limited to only two stuffed toys per room as a sort of truce. If I break it he starts leaving his woodwork equipment inside, and it sucks when you can't see the TV for the Triton workbench with the two bears on it!!

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Will the daggit be robotic????? There are great kits you can buy...for a fee.

Well, THE DEAL IS ON!!!!!! I am going to a convention next week and signing contracts and NDA's to start the job! Because I do not know yet how we are going to disclose the relationship and whatnot, I will not be able to get into specifics until after the convention, so look for a post here sometime around Saturday after next for the curious and those rooting me on with some moral support. I got my break! WHEEEE!!!!

Looks like I am gonna have to hire a personal assistant soon!
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I am so proud of you..you never gsave up which just proves that you've got what it takes..

Can't wait for all the specs.
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Cool So Wicked Awesome!

This is great, great news! Congrats Capt.! I am so glad that all of your hard work paid off! I look forward to hearing the details!



Well Lara, lets just say I have no intention of ever trying to make another jacket! That was a royal pain in the !!!
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Well, THE DEAL IS ON!!!!!!
Yayyyyyy!!!!

Congrats. Go get 'em!!!

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