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Horsemen’s Voice Newsletter

December 5, 2004

 

In this issue…

 

** Period

** End of an era...

** ... And the Beginning of a New One

 

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Period

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What’s going on here? Is it broken? Let’s try again –

 

Nope! Why doesn’t it work?

 

Isn’t this the way it always goes? Just when you want to get something done, when there is really something that needs to be said, and when you really want to say it, the most important part breaks – or at least some critical piece that keep you from accomplishing your task – and it seems like you can’t even finish a sentence or a complete thought – why does it happen that way?

 

Have you noticed what’s missing? My period key seems to be broken, and if I can’t type a period, and can’t complete a sentence, nor can I finish a – wait a minute – maybe there is a way around this mess, not that I really think that it’s a mess of gigantic proportions, but what if it is? Is there a way I can write a whole piece without a period, or what the English call a full stop? A period allows the reader to pause and take a breath (maybe not literally “take a breath”, but at least a little mental break), and without a period the sentences just run on and on, and with a bunch of clauses, including, you know, elliptical phrases (and parenthetical phrases), strung together with out a break, the reader (and maybe the writer, too) gets lost, and maybe a little crazy (Yes, Virginia, there is a Sanity Clause), but who’s to say that a little craziness isn’t that bad?

 

There are other punctuation marks that allow you pause a bit besides the period: a colon! Yes! A colon! As you can see, I can also end a sentence with an exclamation point, which some people call a bang, but when I hear the word “bang”, I think it should always be followed with an exclamation point, as in “BANG!” Another punctuation mark that can be used is a semicolon; it can join two related independent clauses, and I ask the real grammarians out there, “Did I do that right?” When I tried to come up with a good example of semicolon use, my sentences just explode with a bang!

 

Would you say this is all just pointless?

 

In the old days when Morse Code was used to send telegrams, sentences were indicated not with a punctuation mark, but with the word “stop” STOP I don’t know why they just didn’t add punctuation marks to Morse Code STOP Maybe they did STOP Since Western Union charged by the word, maybe they made a lot more money insisting that people used the word “stop” instead of a period STOP It seems to me that this could cause some confusion without punctuation marks, to wit:

 

MY HUSBAND IS STILL BEATING ME AND I ASKED HIM TO PLEASE DON’T STOP FOR A WHILE I THOUGHT HE WOULD STOP BUT I GUESS HE CANT STOP LOVE MARIE

 

But back to my broken period key: I think that it wore out because of all the web pages I visit and all of the e-mail address I enter and the dang thing just wore out! In the dot-com era, we have to use the dot so much that my period key just won’t work any more, and ain’t that a shame?

 

Wait! I have an idea! Can I just clean it? Will you wait right there while I try it?

 

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Hey that’s better. You never know how much you use that little bugger until it’s gone. It feels good to just complete a thought without a question mark or an exclamation mark. Or even a part of a sentence.

 

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End of an Era…

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And speaking of an end of a period, or a completion of a thought, today’s Horsemen’s Voice Newsletter is my last. Maybe three and a half years doesn’t count as a whole era, but it definitely is a good period of time. And when I was writing one of these every week, it sometimes seemed like a sentence.

 

My first newsletter went out on July 9, 2001 to about a half dozen people. I wrote somewhere around 130 newsletters since then. I built the list up to nearly 500 people (we never quite reached the 505 goal I set about this time last year), but since I have not written so many newsletters this year, that number has dropped off to under 450.

 

I have met a lot of cyber friends while writing this newsletter, and I treasure each and every one of my readers. It is fun to try to entertain and inform you; especially when so many of you take the time to write me about what you read here.

 

Furthermore, for those of you who subscribe to The Horsemen’s Voice, you will be receiving in the mail this week, the last issue that Nancy and I will publish. That era lasted five years. We met a lot of wonderful people while publishing the magazine, and I hope that we helped bring the New Mexico horse community together in even some small ways. But, the operation stopped being fun around a year ago, and we decided it is time to move on. We appreciate all of the support you folks sent our way.

 

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… And the Beginning of a New One

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But, this does not mean we are going away. Nancy and I have registered a new domain name and are getting the web site set up. After all of the stresses of the last year, we finally said “Enough!” The word in Spanish is “Basta!” So, our new web site is

            www.BastaRanch.com

At this moment, there is hardly anything on this web page, but keep on watching for changes. Most of the pictures and stories we put up on the Horsemen’s Voice web site will be moved over to the new site. I plan on publishing all of my newsletters on the new site, so you can go back and read some of the old ones that may have made you chuckle in the past. Or not.

 

Nor is the magazine going away. We are very happy to announce that reins of The Horsemen’s Voice will be in very capable hands. Catherine Logan-Carrillo is purchasing the magazine from us. She had been in publishing for many years and has owned and loved horses for even longer. I am certain that she will do an excellent job with the magazine.

 

The new address will be:

 

The Horsemen’s Voice Magazine

5805 Warren Lane SW

Albuquerque, NM 87105

 

The new phone will be up and running by Wednesday, December 8, and it will be

 

            505-977-8987

 

Catherine is in the process of moving the web site to a new location, and her new e-mail is not up yet. For the next week or so, anyway, you can e-mail her at

 

            clcarrillo@earthlink.net

 

As for this newsletter, Catherine and I have agreed to each take this mailing list as it is now, and we will continue to build it in our own separate ways. We also promised that we will not release this mailing list to anyone else, because we know that all of you get a lot more spam than you need. I don’t know what Catherine’s plans are for continuing an on-line newsletter, but I do plan on sending out a Basta Ranch newsletter.

 

So, unless you tell me otherwise, I will still be sending you my occasional attempts at silliness and entertainment, just under a different banner. (Let’s hope that I can improve my punctuation, though.)

 

It’s a lot of fun writing for you folks and I don’t want to… um… stop.

 

Period.

 

Happy trails…

 

jay

 

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The above newsletter was written when Nancy Gage and Jay Koch owned The Horsemen's Voice magazine. The Horsemen's Voice name and logo are used here with permission of the new owner, Catherine Logan-Carillo, who is a fine, upstanding member of the community. Catherine disavows any silliness, stupidity, vapidity, errors, or unintentional offenses, and the reader should know that she would know better than publish anything like this.

 

Aside from the Horsemen's Voice name and logo, the rest of this newsletter is copyrighted by and is the full responsibility of Jay Koch. All rights reserved. Please ask permission before using any of this material in any form.