If you notice in the picture of my land in DeHaro you can see an island in the middle of the little lake. Char Linden used to host triva games in the chat ring there. We had a lot of fun, Kanker Greenacre was one of the fastest to answer! There were a lot of fun Linden hosted events in those days.
I attended quite a few classes too, scripting, building etc etc. I remember that Bob Bunderfield, Chip Midnight and Shadow Weaver were among the teachers. Stampshady Grimm had a great texture palace I used to frequent.
Sometime at the beginning of June the Lindens announced a contest to have full use of a sim for a group venture. It sounded like an amazing experiment so I went looking for a group to join. A group had to have at least 20 members to qualify for inclusion in the contest. I joined a group headed by Candie Apple, we met in her lavish home on the bluff in Clementina just below the Governor's Mansion and facing the endless ocean. Candy was well known for her classes on making wings and other assorted things. But I had a hard time understanding her vision for the group and ended up not staying in it.
I then joined the group Americana founded by George Busch, among the early members in Beta were Ramon Kothari, Tracey Kato, Jon VonLenard, Dionysius Starseeker, CrowCatcher Valen, Sinclair Valen, Fleabite Beach, Sassy Apple, Oda VonLenard, Sinatra Cartier, Bososuko Kato, Fey Brightwillow, Horatio Horn and of course me.
This is a picture of the 'layout' meeting to decide what was going where in the sim. Fleabite Beach is the cat with the wings, next to her on her left is Ramon Kothari. Bonecrusher Slate is the 'Hulk'. I can't tell who the others are. We were granted exclusive rights to the Blue sim for a number of days prior to that section of the continent being stitched to the mainland.
The new sims north of Boardman rose from the sea on or about June 19th of 2003. It was quite a sight as a large crowd gathered in Boardman and DeHaro to see it, and to make the mad dash to buy in the new lands!
chat at you later............Pituca