Saturday, August 8, 2009

Friends in Clyde

One day in our living room in Clyde these wonderful Avatars landed out of nowhere. They were the newbies Neferon Kuroda and Aynen Kuroda. They continued to visit us when they were in SL. I called them the Viking Twins in spite of their laughing denial saying they were from the Netherlands. They were a stunning pair.

Every now and again violence would erupt in the neighboring sim of Jessie and they would invade Clyde, we would take to the air in one of Garth's helicopters to defend ourselves and drive the invaders back.

Trent Hedges went into partnership with Lola Bombay who was another neighbor of our's in Clyde, Trent's shop was just next to our island parcel. This is a picture of the grand opening at his place.

Another newly minted Avatar, Cubey Terra, bought his first parcel directly to the south of Trent's motorcycle shop. I don't have any early pictures of him. But more later!

The always irrepressible Derek Jones popped over to visit

Shadow Weaver had a very impressive dragon on display in Taber, it was very primmy but a wonderful sight. Here I am perched on Big Red's nose.

A young girl named Jade Lily established residence next to us, but in Hawthorne, the next sim over. We visited her on occasion and she frequently consulted with Garth about scripting. Unfortunately I can't find any pictures of her either.

Frankie Beach had a dress shop in Stanford with her partner Honey Beach. We became fast friends with Frankie.

Chat at you later, Pituca

Monday, July 13, 2009

Fashion Show and Masquerade

Socializing is always fun, we were invited to Aurelie's Masquerade Ball. Unfortunately I don't remember her last name. I remember that she was a very elegant AV and we were delighted to be included on her invitation list.

I got Frankie Beach to make me an outfit and masks for us both. Garth wore his best tuxedo.

We arrived early (you know the Brits, always on time you know old chap!). People were already congregated

The d├ęcor in her castle was lavish and everyone in the crowd well known. We mingled with the group and had a wonderful time chatting with our friends.

A contest was held to choose the most elegantly dressed man. Garth is on the steps bottom left. I don't remember the winner of that night. Is that Shadow Weaver in the center of the staircase?

Then it was the ladies turn to descend the red velvet covered staircase to be judged as the fairest of the evening. I can tell you this, it wasn't me! Heh We did have a grand time though. That must be Candie Apple with the fairy wings.

Fashion shows were elaborate and fun. They were just as laggy then as I can imagine they are today. The following are pictures of a fashion show put on by Fey Brightwillow and organized by Baccara Rhodes.

First off were the inevitable bathing suits! I am sorry I didn't jot down any of the model's names.

Then they showed all the new day wear.

Next up was all of the elegant evening wear. Pictured at the podium are Fey Brightwillow and Baccara Rhodes.

Then to end the evening in style Fey showed us the latest in bridal fashion. Brides are ever popular in Second Life.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Of Show and Tell

Show and Tell was one of the popular Mentor held events on the old Stage 4, which was on the corners of Ahern, Dore, Morris and Bonefacio. I dug though my HD for pictures from the summer and fall of 2003.

We were given L$1,000 for each Show and Tell, L$500 to divide amongst the winners at the Show and Tell and the other L$500 for ourselves. We would write up a plug on a notecard and pass it on to the Linden on duty, be it Char, Jeff, Michael or Lee and they would put out a grid wide announcement.

Here I am on the top row of Stage 4 with Linkin and Nyna Slate, standing is Jeff Linden who often was an imposing presence at Mentor events.

An impressive Dragon, I wish I had noted who brought it to Show and Tell. I think the Mentor hostess was Alexis Fairchild.

Soren Romulus showing off his new Avatar and outfit.

One evening Washu Zebrastrip showed up to share this Avatar she had made.

Valfaroth Grimm, a very talented resident, brought this huge skeleton to Show and Tell.

Hiro Yamamoto brought his Globe of the world for all of us to admire. As you can see it is immense, and long before megaprims and sculpties.

Devlin Gallent made an Android Avatar and passed it out at the event. Several of us put in on and joined him on the stage. I am the one with the gold hair.

More later about Show and Tell and other events on the old Stage 4.

Chat at you later

Monday, July 6, 2009

Moving to Clyde


I was flying around Clyde one day and found a great island that had 'gone public'.

Remember in those days one more often than not just released land no longer wanted. It went back to the Lindens and could be purchased again for a L$1 a 16mX16m square. There was no currency exchange back then either. We lived on stipends, bonuses and what ever sales we were able to generate.

I took Garth over to see it and we thought it a great place to put our new house and plenty of room for him to put up a hangar and runway. So I bought it for us. It was on the northern edge of Clyde.

A newly minted Avatar came up to us on the new island, Trent Hedges, he ended up buying a parcel not far from us and set about making the most fabulous scripted motorcycles. Also sometime after that another newcomer, Cubey Terra, bought the land right behind Trent.

Garth got busy right away moving our house and adapting it to our new surroundings. Our new bedroom went under the runway.

Our bedroom backed onto the edge of the sim.

A funny aside, back then when a sim went down when you logged back in you rezzed into the next sim over. Although Clyde was PG next to us was Hawthorne an M sim. Very often we would see half naked and/or naked Avatars rez right out of our bedroom window. They would hurriedly put on clothing while they were waiting for Hawthorne to pop back up again. I might add that as small as SL was in those days most were friends or acquaintances. hehe

I wasted no time bringing over my lighthouse to our new island in Clyde and then I set to the landscaping of our new home and building the marina.

I love making ponds and landscaping around them. I even have a little deer grazing.

Chat at you later.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Our Friends I

We had and still have some great friends in Second Life.

Zebulon Starseeker and I used to hang out a lot together when I was in Shipley. He startled me one day when he showed up dressed like a schoolmarm!

Jack Orlowski, the self proclaimed War Lord of Jessie was a great friend of mine, he used to visit me frequently in Shipley and would keep me stocked with his latest creation in guns.. After Garth and I moved in together he continued visiting and he and Garth also became good friends.

And we dropped in frequently at his bunker in Jessie. I haven't seen Jack in a long time now and he is not listed in Search.

One day while sightseeing around the grid I took this picture of us hovering over Taber, one can see Ama Omega's Casino below.

Little did we know that day how intricately we would be involved in the history of Taber over the next five years.

Another fun friend of ours is Loki Pico, we ran into him often on our travels. You will see more of him later, he is a very colorful part of Second Life.
It's Loki Pico, He and She!

Bonecrusher Slate was a special friend, a great builder. You can see his Bonecrusher Hall on our home sim of FairChang Village. He was a very active member of the Americana Group and was responsible for many of it's fabulous builds. He built the original landmark build of Americana, the famous Fanway Park. Unfortunately it was lost when he left SL after receiving his Doctorate. You can find a pretty good copy of it that Garth built for Americana Redux back in 2007. In FairChang Vista NE.

One day Jai Nomad and I were touring SL and ran into a newly created Avatar (that is a polite way of saying noob) Jeri Garcia!

Newbie Misty Rhodes moved into Federal, the sim next to where I had my land. I passed by and she was busily building her house. I stopped and helped her with her pool and waterfall. We have been friends ever since even though we don't see each other often.

Then there was our great good friends Oda VonLenard and Sinatra Cartier. We four were hanging out on the beach together when Garth asked me to be his flat mate. I don't see Oda anymore, I am told she isn't in SL anymore. But of course Sin is famous for his wonderful rendering of Frank Sinatra's music. He came to sing at my 5th Rez Birthday. He is a great and generous good friend.
Zana Feaver and her alter ego… hehe

Chat at you later

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

September 2003

I didn't realize how long it has been since I blogged here. After I moved into Garth's flat in the Blue region that the Americana group owned I made a roof garden on top of his apartment building. We sat up there a lot and chatted with friends.

Here we are on the roof garden with CrowCatcher Valen and Fleabite Beach.

They both would stand up for us in our SL wedding and 3½ years after in our RL nuptuals. Flea is still my dear friend.

In September Garth decided he wanted to build a house for us on my property in Shipley. I told him I liked California ranch with lots of windows. Also I needed 5 meter ceilings, as I dislike being in a building where I can't move and see easily.

I sent him some pictures off the internet and he did his own research and came up with what I consider a fabulous build.

It basically was only a large living room with dining ell. To this day we still use that house. Of course it has been modified a lot over the years, but the bones are still the same.

This is the finished product in Shipley. You can see today's version in FairChang Village

Char Linden asked us to come up with some new games to play,, so Garth and I brainstormed and finally came up with 'Jeopardy' and 'Limericks'. In those days the Mentors were paid L$500 to host events such as Show and Tell, Trivias, puzzle games etc.

Limericks was fun, people had to come up with an original Limerick to recite and at the end everyone would vote for the best, we had L$500 given us by the Lindens to hand out as prizes.

I held the Limerick contest on the roof deck of our house. Garth participated one evening with his limerick:

There is a young lass I call Hunny
Who loves to build but it's funny
whenever she does
you should see such a fuss
I get doubles of things except, Hunny

Those contests were lots of fun except that because we lived in an 'M' region some got a little racy and in the end I suspended the Limerick evening.

Enough for today, chat at you later.

Friday, February 13, 2009

August 2003 Brings Big Changes in My Life

I went to a lot of Trivia events hosted by various Mentors. This picture is of Cal Rogers (he was a newbie) and me at at Disney trivia in the old Clara Amphitheater.

Fey Brightwillow and Tinker Bell at the same Clara Amphitheater.

Garth joined the mentors in August also, he mostly mentored helping people with scripting but occasionally hosted a Show & Tell on Stage 4.

I expanded my holdings in Shipley by buying a large tract of land to my north and proceeded to spend a lot of time making my fishing dock and a Marina. I built a boardwalk around the hill with the intention of it going to my garden/pool spot, but it didn't quite get there due to the height difference. I struggled with all the different angles. A great and fast builder I never was! I had great fun landscaping it also.

I didn't know how to terraform but the land had a couple of depressions and I filled them with prim water and had my ponds!

Hamlet Linden (who is now Hamlet Au or Wagner James Au) used my Marina for an interview for his New World Notes.

I also spent a lot of my time cruising around Second Life looking at the sights,here is a picture of Chip Slates's Lighthouse.

And a view of Bonecrusher Slate's Fanway Park in Blue. You can see a recreation of Bone's ballpark on FairChang Vista NE. Garth built it for Americana Redux some time ago.

A pics of me and Sinatra Cartier (as a Hot Dog) chatting.

The first Burning Man.

Jack Orlowski who was Jessie's Warlord for a while.

Tweake Underhill's Lighthouse in Welsh (which is now a Treehouse).

My RL birthday is August 22nd and Garth gave me a copy of his first Helicopter. Not being very nimble in SL it took me quite a while to learn to fly it. A few days later I actually flew it across Second Life, from the Blue sim through to Morris and Ahern then to Shipley.

Coincidently the evening of the 22nd was the grand opening of Bonecrusher Slate's Chinese Theater in Americana (Blue Sim). It was a very gala event planned by the inimitable Baccara Rhodes. I think that was her first event in Second Life.

It was also Garth's and my first date. We ended up leaving the Gala early to allow more visitors into the region to attend the opening. A group of us went to Ramon Kothari's place in Shipley.

Garth and me on Ramon's deck.

Garth began IMing me after that first date and coming to visit me in Shipley. Then on the 31st he came to visit and we hung out with Oda and Sinatra on the beach, Sinatra at one point expessed concern that I didn't have a house and offered to let me live in his Hotel in Americana. Frankly I was quite happy with just hanging our on my Fishing Dock! Then Garth added, "Come be my flatmate"! Fatal words, hehe. He had an Apartment House in Americana that some of the people in the group lived in. I remember Jai Nomad was one of the residents.

Well not being shy, I said 'okey'. We made plans for me to move the next day.
He IMed me in the morning just to double check, and I said 'Sure, I am already to move."

I had told him I had furniture, cause his apartment (or flat as he called it) was empty except for a couple of pictures, But in reality all I possesed was a round table with 4 attached chairs.