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Landscaping Part 2

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It was brought to my attention that I had added our home’s landscaping pictures to my Flickr account and forgot to actually blog it (thank you Z!).  *facepalm* So, for those of you that like this side of my blog, here’s for you.  There will be one more part, since I still made some tweaks after this set of pictures, but the general build was becoming solid at this point.

 

 

This is at the lowest right corner of the property.  The weird looking white thing is actually a lit twig tent with a fire in front, and it looks really cute when the night setting is turned on, however, you wouldn’t have seen anything else, so I had to make the choice of a weird picture.  *grin*landscaping part 2_003

 

This is obviously the side that shows the above bridge’s side, along with our cliff line, just because those cliffs are so freaking amazing!  Walking them in mouselook (where you look through the avatar’s eyes) is one of the coolest walks!

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This is the look down as you walk down from the plateau on the left side of the above picture.  It has stairs to go down to the house or you can stop at the landing and take the ladder down into the new cave system that was installed (next post)

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This is once you hit the bottom with some rezzing spots, plants, and later on I added a seating area.  The slight sideways front view of the cliffs was kind of cool to me, so I had to include this shot.

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This is the lower level if you walk straight past the tractor/house in the above picture.  The pond comes with a willow that isn’t quite as pretty compared to most of our landscaping choices, and the animations and scripts are built into that willow, so I didn’t feel like fighting modifying to a different tree.  Instead I just moved an HPMD lit tree to the very back edge of the willow, so all of the anims and poses work perfectly still.  *pats back for creative thinking* 

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And another shot of the pond, but a little more of the detail plus the super cute open canoe cuddling seat/bed, to sit and watch the twinkling lights when an evening WL is selected.  🙂  (By the way, most landscaping features are either HPMD or Studio Skye, with flowers predominately from Heart Botanicals.)

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Caves come next and then the final version.  A few may overlap a little, since there are minor tweaks and it’ll be hard to keep track of honestly.  *grin*  Just wanted to warn you.  Make sure to check out the gorgeous caves though!!

New Landscaping Part 1

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We’ve been in the middle of a massive remodeling of our property for a few weeks now.  Half way in (where this post ends) I changed my mind on the direction I wanted to go and a lot of it got picked back up.  I can’t seem to plan these out very well.  I have to just get in there and see what works.  We accidentally created a tiny water room in the midst of the land pieces, which got me obsessed with having an underground area, so after the last picture here I went and found a cave kit.  Up came the land pieces, a cave system was put in, and land was put down around it.  I have almost all of it changed now, except for needing to put out some plants and little things like that.  Even ended up changing the building at the top of the cliff.  *laugh*  I stand by the belief that as a woman I can change my mind at any point in time and SL isn’t any different.  *grin* 

 

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We prefer to use some mesh cliff land forms, since they’re easier to manipulate than the world land, plus we can get a more realistic look.  In order to get help, I just make tons of copies of each piece and then Z could help move them into place too, so that’s why you see pancake stacks of pieces.  *laugh*  Goodbye to our little stream for now…we’ll see you next remodel.

 

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Kind of reminds you of Legos©, doesn’t it? 

 

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At this point we had discovered the accidental cave (you can see just the tip of some blue in the middle of the land in the bottom picture.  And I stopped taking pictures at this point, since another remodel of this area was going to start the next day.  Weeks later I’m still finishing up…*laugh*  So here’s the behind-the-scenes look of the craziness that goes into our designing our little edge of our digital world into the Eden that we dream up.  Hopefully you got a few laughs at the complete oddity of this.  *smile*

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Neighborhood Watch

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It was a rare night that most of us were able to be on at the same time and hang out.  I’m known for having really weird things in my inventory that I’ve collected over the years (I’m ancient in SL time) and the habit of collecting creative items has spread.  Instead of playing a game or something like that, we found funny animals to ride around the property on.  

 

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Sis’s snail is new, but I bought all of us dinosaurs to ride at an Arcade event nearly a year ago, and we decided to check the new landscape via our critters.  By the way, the dinosaurs truly do make little huffs and grunts like you’d imagine.  So I (Bre) am on the Raptor on the left, Z is on the blue Triceratops, and Sis is on the funny as all get out snail.

 

 

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Z took off on his own for a bit, so I got out my new snail and the Sarcastic Sisters let our snails mingle while we chatted and laughed.  I’m thinking that we should take a stroll on one of the SL roadways and see what kinds of reactions we get.  Once we learned that Z had taken his Dino into the kitchen to eat the pastries I so neatly rezzed in there, we activated our neighborhood watch.

 

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Sis had also won a wandering snail that she gifted me, so we grabbed it to make the last stand as Z and Blue came out of the house.  It might not be the most intimidating neighborhood watch, but it’s the most unique you’ll ever see!!  Never fear, the Regulus Watch is here!

 

 

Stormy Beach

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When I’m restless I tend to lately get on in the wee hours and wander the places listed in the destination guide or where my favorite SL bloggers have taken pictures at.  One forever night I went to a recommended beach and it was so beautiful.  There are a lot of areas to the sim, Gale Storm Retreat, but after checking out the country fun areas, the beach called to me.  I haven’t been back to a beach since just before my 15th birthday, right before we moved from CA.  And I miss the call of that wild and beautiful ocean.  So this is just a “oh, pretty pictures” post.  At first I played with my windlights, since I generally leave it on CalWL, so that’s why it’s a little lighter at first.  Then I turned on local WL and my jaw dropped.  I turned up my graphics while hanging out and imagined myself into the storm.  If you’re in the mood for a very fascinating place, you must check out this sim.  Like I said, this is only the beach.  There’s a barn dance hall, some fun little buildings, and join the group (500L, but you get GG poses and more…); once you join you can rez vehicles to drive their roadway, which is the best scenic roadway I’ve found so far in SL since I became a mesh only snob.  If you’re into building your flickr feed as an SL blogger, I highly recommend you visit.  You’ll find so many themes to work with.  And on we go…

 

First, I found my first pose and started playing with WLs.  Although this is far from the best, there’s something magical about it, so I kept the picture.  Plus, check out that skirt!  I’m hardly out of it since Facepalm put it out.  Jean skirt top with a sheer skirt that is uber feminine.  As fun sized as I am, I’d need to be on Gene Simmons’ shoes to wear something this long and flowy in real life! *laugh*

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After the Red Moments WL I hit the dusky and that’s when I realized that there was a storm experience built into the sim.  Turn to local WL, turn up graphics, and turn up your ambient noises.  *happy sigh*  This is the realization pic that there is something awesome going on…

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I finally got everything set and was so mesmerized I forgot to change pose even.  *grin* Gives me a chance to show off the killer Letis Tattoo I found while cleaning inventory the other night.  I lost that for a few months.  Anyway, check out the lightning, the sun beams poking through, the birds flying around the little stilt house, and the crashing waves.

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Back to the left is a cute little seating spot (which I also happen to have at home), where you can see the ramp leading to the ocean, the start of the beach, and really get a good view out into the storm clouds.

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Down on the beach were several seating areas.  While listening and watching I felt a bit nostalgic for those annual trips to the ocean, plus, it kind of mirrored how my mind and heart have felt lately with all of the roller coaster emotions.  When I found this pose I sat back and did the same thing.  Closed my eyes, bowed my head, and listened.  I threw every fear, financial worry, and swirling emotions out into the raging storm, and I let them rage until the weight lifted.  Maybe that’s what I missed most from my youthful trips to the ocean.  I always sat and mentally threw my problems into the ocean, and let them be wild, and when I picked up the last of them at the end of the day my heart and mind would be calm again.  I forget to lay down my problems to The Maker and instead I pray for strength to keep managing or learn to control.  I forgot to turn over my emotions to Him and tried to get help to be a strong fighter, when we’re doing His work.  He is giving us the chance to find and love someone without a forever home, and is arranging for us to find her.  Thank you, Aunt Ina, for helping me remember.  I was blessed to learn about this sim at just the right time.

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Curled up in the chair with the storm raging in front of Bre and I, I found some peace.

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Fundraising in SL

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Since I’ve had fundraising and donations on my mind lately, debating what may work in a small town and with my not being able to campaign in person, I’ve been a little more aware than usual about SL fundraisers.  I have attended a ton in the years I’ve been on.  Relay for Life is one of the main ones I go to on a regular basis and then one for a friend to raise money to get her trained medical assistance dog.  There are always fundraisers going on and what’s really cool is just how generous people can be.  The exchange rate for a Linden (SL currency) is 1 USD for 250L (lindens – currently; the exchange rate fluctuates).  With such a wide exchange rate, people don’t usually bat an eye at dropping 2500-5000L when it’s a touching need.    Although it’s a relatively small donation in USD, there is massive exposure, so a person can get some true help, and it’s awesome to read the stories about how the donations helped.

 

Anyway, I went to two this past week and one the week before.  One was a Sci-fi themed Relay for Life event and another was a group of designers that got a silent auction together to help a friend designer who is facing some very scary medical costs and issues.

 

This is a shop during Fantasy Faire with some donations for the American Cancer Society.  I’m absolutely fascinated by this designer’s artistic ways of bringing beauty into SL.  I bought the light systems, except for the rays of light coming down on the left side.  *scratches neck self consciously* I’m kind of obsessed with the designer right now and am slowly buying a lot of their artistic decorations to incorporate into our second lives.  Plus, this looks like the perfect place for fairies to jump from star to star or angels to hover in pure beauty while watching over their ward.  *sigh*  I absolutely love the artistic creativity in SL just as much as the generosity.

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Then I hit the Sci-Fi Relay for Life.  I’ll confess and you can throw tomatoes at me (I’ll bring the spices and we’ll have a mild salsa), but I generally prefer Star Trek and The Orville-type versions and not the Star Wars kind.  I don’t know why, but just recently discovered this.  I still usually really enjoy this event and the “space” creativity is so much fun.  This year just didn’t have the same feel for me, but I’m hoping it was really successful.  I got a few fun space-based poses and props from a favorite designer that was donating part of her proceeds, but mostly I just appreciated the designs.  There were space ships flying all over, but I somehow never got a good shot.  I actually sat in the diner and used my cam to explore that area of the sim, honestly.  The designer did an amazing job on the detail.  Plus, there were wolves walking around in Next Gen uniforms and that was a community that I am not very knowledgeable and sound like a freak when I try to make small talk.  *facepalm*

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I have several pictures of the event for the sick designer.  It really hit home that her body has turned against her and is killing her if she can’t get the money together to have a special procedure.  With all of my health issues, I cried a few times while reading the explanation and seeing the pics of her avi that an SL photographer took to sell for donations.  The photographer made sure that there was one very broken type, while all of the others were incredibly empowering and optimistic, and very phoenix rising from the flames.  Ugh, I’m going to have to stare at the ceiling if I write much more.  Anyway, it was a neat silent auction and the extra venue they had (which was empty because it wasn’t event time, thankfully, since I’ve been extra introverted even on SL lately) was so nostalgic, although I’m not THAT old to have caught it the first go around.  So Z, no smart mouth comments about my age and nostalgia.  I’m not over 40 yet, so don’t start. *laugh*   It did, however, remind me of all of the Soda Shop Oldies infomercials that still play now, with clips of the singers in the beautiful venues, which I watched with my parents throughout the years (and listened to).  All sexy Rat Pack-kind of beauty.  So I actually hung out at the venue for the beautiful scenery as I cleaned up some of my latest inventory.

 

First though, I couldn’t resist bidding for a live performance by a country singer on SL.  Have I mentioned that I love how I can hear singers, thespians, authors, and musicians perform around the world even when I’m in pillow city to ease the pain?  I took a moment to utilize their hay area pose to chill and cam around for some other things to bid on.

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This is the auction area on the left, with the concert venue on the right, which is where I hung out for a few hours.

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I bought a lot of 100% proceed items and straight up donated to the nearby tip jar, and kept Bre in the praying position, so we could both offer a prayer for this bright soul who is looking at a young death if this doesn’t work.  My practical part of the brain was screaming about needing to save and be humble enough to ask for help, too, but my soul needed that, especially with all of the turmoil for the last few months.

 

Gaming tends to have such a bad reputation, but I hope this helps someone change their mind and see that there are some incredibly generous people who are helping people they will never meet in person.  In what some would say is just a game.  I’m proud to be part of this other world that reflects all of us.  You can find more edgy pursuits if you want to, but there are so many incredible people to support, meet, and even appreciate their talents.  It was really beautiful to go to three fundraisers within mere days and see the amazing generosity.  Sometimes all you can see is the bad and what needs reform when you look at the world.  I’m thankful to be part of another world that is huge, but has a small village, “we look after our own”, atmosphere in some places.

Cheeky Pea

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I hit SL’s Cheeky Pea’s recent sale when Seraphim’s blog announced it, just to take a peek, even though I seldom have enough lindens for their incredible decor and buildings.  The sale was actually jaw dropping affordable and I was able to get quite a few items.  I got really inspired to work on the landscape again when I found their awesome covered bridge with built in solo and PG couple animations.  I also got inspired to redo the dining room and living room, but the bridge makes a lot bigger impact, so that’s what I took more pictures of.  *grin*  (I’ll try to remember to show off my farmhouse inspired dining room.  I’ll just leave it at mason jar chandeliers.  Yeah, it’s that cute!)  And back to our regular programming…

 

Although I love the new Studio-Skye pond scene we incorporated into the landscape a few weeks ago, this bridge didn’t fit in with the brick and mossy area, so Z and I changed up the end of the property for the bridge.  We opened up the beginning of our stream from the Linden Ocean *grin*, and then I worked two days on getting the Happy Mood cliff hill pieces adjusted.  I either poked past the property line, had uneven land so land either came through the mesh landing or the landing hung in the air, or I accidentally sent chunks of mesh flying into other areas of the property.  *cracking up*  It was an interesting challenge.  

 

The animations aren’t actually bento, so there are definitely a few mesh body crossings with legs coming out the other person’s or arms landing in weird ways since it’s not based on the bento skeletons, but overall they are so sweet and fun.  I added in a few of the new Studio-Skye cliff rocks into the wider opening and I think this spot is now just as awesome as the pond.  Although I’d never have the nerve to sit on the edge like that, but that’s why it’s my indestructible avatar doing it!  *tries to smother an evil laugh*  What I really like is that the bridge looks incredible in all windlights, although I had a brain fart and forgot to turn on the lights when I decided to play with the evening WLs, and my internet connection will most likely show its anger if I try to put FS on while I’m blogging, so no evening pictures.  *facepalm*  Let’s blame it on Fibro Fog and skip along.

 

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The animations are set throughout the whole bridge, so you have a lot of options and can get some really sweet pictures, or just have a cute view if you decide to randomly sit with your MAlt or something.  You do you.  No judgement.  *grin* 

 

Although Luke was kind enough to try out all of the anims and was patient while I flipped through tons of WLs or waited for the facial moods to match well enough for the poses to make sense, I couldn’t resist taking a picture when my LeLutka’s Whimsy mood setting left Bre sticking her tongue out at him while his Catwa Neutral mood cycled on.  I have the most awesome and patient roommates.  If you’re reading, bonus kudos and I’ll hit the gacha resale for a gift for you if you mention this post.  *grin*  By the way, you probably can’t see unless you zoom, but I had Bre honor 420 with a necklace with the chemical compound.  *laugh* Yet again I have proven that 140K inventory has advantages, because I pretty much have something for anything.  (And yeah, I put the latest League skin on display, because the Alessa is so well done!  If you want a female avatar that looks a little more mature than the more common cute looks, try out League.  The Alessa version has the sassiest eyebrow shape, too.  But the shading and highlighting…yeah, even I stared for a bit at the smexy pixels.  *grin*)

 

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As I hit the lavender WL for the final picture for the bridge, I caught one of my favorite pictures for our picture gallery in the living room. Although SL is via the internet, this is the perfect picture to represent our friendships in SL.  No matter how many miles separate us, we’re hanging out and having those incredibly deep conversations that the second life inspires, because we don’t have our walls up when we’re pixels.  It’s the bridge for some of the closest friendships I may ever experience and am so glad I have this new piece to remind me to be grateful every time I log in.

 

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Today I hope that you find a way to pamper your soul.

 

 

Landscaping in Progress

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Since I buy the landscaping pieces, but Z is the land owner that can actually landscape (and, although I’ll never say this out loud, he has a better hand at landscaping as well), I usually just rez all the pieces out in a prim clearing, so it’s easy to see what items we have, and then I can just rez a copy for him to move into place.  Whenever we decide to work outside the middle of our property becomes a massive mess of landscape pieces, vegetation, Jian animals, and outbuildings.  So when I ran across a “tractor” at a spring fair the other day, I knew it would be a fun vehicle to pull out of the inventory for moments like this. 

 

Honestly, I’m also just a sucker for anything funny or weird.  *laugh*  I literally have a folder named “Funny crap” that is stuffed full of things like a doughnut launcher, tin foil hats, a moonshine jug with animation, zombie fishing pole (yep, a brain as a lure; it’s awesome to pull that one out when others RP as zombies *smirk*), and even have a wearable port-a-potty that lets me throw rolls of tp at others via mouselook.  

 

So I decided to throw out some home improvement decor among the rocks and then ride around in my tractor.  My odd antics usually cheer up the roommates and always makes projects more entertaining.  Plus, sometimes a girl just has to blast a little “Redneck Woman” and take a drive, even if it is in a pixel world!

 

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We took out some cliff pieces, added in the pond piece I picked up the other day at Studio Skye, and worked the pieces around to incorporate the stream on the side of the property.  We still have a little bit of work to do, but it sure is looking awesome!  I couldn’t resist harassing Luke to take some pics with me using some of the built in pier animations during a break.

 

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Z and I even found a way to utilize the Skye Rustic Bridge I got last year and it works perfectly with the pond, if I say so myself. While I was debating where to put some plants around the bridge, I noticed what a pretty shot it made from that vantage point, so I’m closing with it.  You can just barely see Bre and Luke sitting on the pier at the back of the shot, with the stream fills the pond.  I may not get to do this in the real world, but I’m thankful that I get to enjoy a replication of nature’s beauty.  I hope you are able to take a moment to yourself and enjoy some peace and beauty, wherever you are.

 

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Shopping and A Little Unhealthy Competition

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Since Spring Cleaning is a bit tough for me I usually end up taking it into SL and organizing or changing things up.  It’s one of the few places I can be totally in control and get everything done without tiring out or paying the price tomorrow.  Win-win, except it can be a bit frustrating for my roommates.  *laugh*

 

I all ready changed up houses and furnishings in the past month, so all I need to do is finishing redecorating and then I’m done with the house for the moment.  That leaves landscaping and out buildings for me to fiddle with.  Mawahahaha.  (That’s for you, Z.  You’re welcome.  Go ahead and picture me rubbing my hands together with an evil smile, because I so did it when I thought of you sighing over me messing with the landscaping.)  We’ve had the same landscape through fall and winter, so I thought it was past time to get creative.  I dragged Luke along to Studio Skye’s Sim, where all landscaping products are displayed in a gorgeous sim layout, to help pick out some new pieces to incorporate into the home landscape.  We ended up wandering all over and appreciating the incredible areas, as well. 

 

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Even if you’re not into landscaping or have a LL home, so you can’t landscape, I still recommend visiting the sim.  It ranges from enchanted paths, mountains with cliffs, and even a beach area.  There’s a great snow area as well, so make sure to check it out come winter time, too.  Some of our favorite winter landscaping features are from there (and Christmas decor at Real Waves, of course).

 

We found some great mesh rock pieces and then an awesome little pond scene with a bunch of animations built in.  Although I’m a bit of a mesh snob and can’t stand prim trees usually, I’m a sucker for willow trees, and when I found a built in animation for sitting together, chatting, under the tree, I couldn’t resist getting it.  It’s a little more cuddly than I usually go for, but it’s just so enchanting!

 

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After spending my lindens we followed the sound of rushing water up and around the hill.  We found a beautiful waterfall piece overlooking the next scenery set up.  Although the sun was going down I bullied Luke into posing for a picture near the falls.  I honestly think it is one of the prettiest water pieces in SL right now.  Someday I hope to start our property all over again and use waterfalls as the starring feature of the landscape.  In the meantime, I get to enjoy them at Studio Skye.

 

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After a beautiful afternoon we decided to hit a new-to-us place in the Destination Guide.  It has a TP board full of locations to hang out and even drive or race.  Since Luke saw my new little vehicle, he decided to challenge me.  He had picked up the “Race-a-loo” while at Hogs and Cart Wheels doing the For Him hunt.   So it was a loo vs loo race, although it was a tad unfair, since his was so much bigger than mine, but I evened it out with the (nearly uncontrollable) speed of my little racer.  It was so funny I had to add an antique filter to the picture, since that’s going up on our living room picture gallery. How’d my dust taste, Luke?  *cracking up*

 

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Although the location was mostly prim based and not as scenic as I’m used to seeing on the Destination Guide, I love that they encouraged rezzing and riding on all areas of the sim, so when you’re looking for a new place to explore, don’t forget the Destination Guide.  And I’m just going to end it here, because I keep having to delete the bathroom humor that keeps popping into my mind while trying to write an ending for the post.  *laugh* I hope you have a wonderful week and get to find a fun adventure that will give you a few laughs.  🙂

Easter Egg Hunting SL Style and the Motorized Crapper

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In SL hunts are very popular.  Designers participate in a themed event and give something they have designed for free or a very affordable price.  It’s a generous way to help new users build their inventory and a great way of attracting new shoppers, since a lot of hunters are pixel hoarders and will shop at a store while exploring new-to-them designers.  Hunts happen all year with a variety of themes and can feature avatar components, furnishings, and even building components.  Sometimes it’s really hard to pass up a hunt and I couldn’t resist the Easter Egg Hunt at Cupid’s Textures (Slurl embedded, but they’ve moved a few times, and my internet is acting up, so I’m unable to run SL at the moment for me to double check the slurl.  If it doesn’t work and I’ve forgotten to update this, then please drop me a reminder.)  

 

Anyway, I was hunting the eggs containing textures (think of it as applying the picture of what you want a sphere to be – it could be a basketball, a bubble for an avatar to sit on, a beach ball, you get the picture.  The prim is the building block and the texture is applied to show what that building block is.).  I’m really bad about collecting and hoarding textures ever since I started to learn how to build and modify things, so I always hit hunts with texture prizes.  While at the shop I noticed a secondary hunt and picked them up as well.  I was surprised to unpack the second hunt’s eggs and find Easter themed motorcycles and trikes.  I’m a sucker for unique items, so I took the trike for a spin right away.

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The trike cannot be modified, so I went back to see if they had a non-themed version available.  While checking through their products I could not resist one of the funniest things I have ever seen in SL.  A motorized crapper.  Seriously.  Like a scooter with a massive toilet attached and either smoke or stench filling the air.  I usually try to keep my wording mild, but the usual PC words just don’t do it justice.  I immediately bought it and had to take it for a spin, with pajamas and hair in rollers to make it a truly memorable experience.  

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I wasn’t ready to stop, so I decided to drive through a little hotel.  Part of me really hoped I’d run into someone to get their reaction.  LOL 

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When I discovered that the hotel was empty I decided to really put the crapper to the test (no, not that!).  I hit the skateboard park and had a few startling moments when it decided to autonomously drive out of control.  It decided to drive off the end of the build and fall three “theme platforms” down before coming to a stop.  So of course I had to start again to see what would happen.  *grin*

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I look forward to more adventures with my hand, dandy, motorized crapper, but in the meantime I need to google if I should also wax the toilet seat or just the porcelain before parking her in the garage…

 

 

A Hurricane Hits SL

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From March 31st into April 1st I had the most incredible immersive experience in SL ever.  A designer did some very creative scripting to create a multi-staged hurricane on the Asphyxiation Point sim.  I had a rough weekend, so I had planned to escape into organizing Bre’s inventory, but when I saw Strawberry Singh vlogging about it on YouTube I ditched the organizing and had to check this unique experience out.  In my 10 plus years on SL I have never came across the talent or creativity in a designer to create an actual sim wide non-static event like this.  It was truly the most incredible four hours, so settle in for a slow loading page, because I’m going picture (slideshows) crazy on this post.  *grin*

 

It all started out pretty nice with a light rain and rescue personnel preparing in the upper parts, until the sky suddenly darkened and the rain began to fall hard and fast, quickly beginning to flood the lower portion of the Point.  

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The winds began to shift and it seemed like rain was coming from all directions.  People began to crowd together as the sky continued to darken.  The lighthouse beacon became diffused by the rain.

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The storm raged and the water began to climb within an hour of that soft, deceptive rain storm.  The lower portion of the Point was a scary reminder of the effects of flash flooding; murky water soon stood six feet deep and destroyed the fire station, theater, and homes alike.  Soon the ocean surged over the banks.  

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The hurricane hit so fast that some people became stranded, a few even waiting on top of vehicles.  At 6PM (SLT) the lead rescue personnel announced that he was going back to the courthouse since he wasn’t able to see much anyway.  His conversation over the radio with rescue personnel based out of the courthouse at the higher level of the Point could barely be heard over the storm.  “…Any update on when we expect the eye of the storm?…That’s probably the best time to mount a rescue…”

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After an hour of watching the torrential rain destroy the lower Point the eye of the storm approached.  The lead rescue personnel reminded everyone to not be fooled…”The storm is not over by any means.  We are just in the eye is all.  But it does give us an opportunity to launch rescue missions for those marooned.”  Rescuers headed down the ramp to awaiting boats, while some were mesmerized by the beautiful sky and once-again gentle rain (yep, I was totally in the some group).   Civilians watched as the rescuers brought back people who told the watchers about waiting on top of cars or climbing to other high spots while waiting for rescue.

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A few people stood their ground and deterred looting while the basement apartments, slums, and seedy underground all became fully submerged.

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Rescuers were startled to discover a body caught up in debris in an alley.  The first casualty of the hurricane.  (For modesty’s sake there were no close ups or pictures taken of the body’s recovery.)

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Lightning began to streak across the sky, as if to warn that this storm wasn’t over.  All too soon the rain began to pelt the rescuers who raced to finish a last run before the back of the storm forced them to return to higher ground.  

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As the storm began to rage again the ambulance transported the survivors to the courthouse, where a makeshift shelter had been assembled.  With a last look I teleported home.  The hurricane continued for a while longer, with recovery and cleanup scheduled for later.

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Note: Names have been removed for privacy, but due to the immersive role play experience I felt that the other avatars were a vital part of the event and included them.  If you are one of the avatars and would prefer to not have your avatar displayed, please do not hesitate to contact me privately via email at georgiasbathproducts@hotmail.com.

 

Although I do not role play, this was an incredible in-world experience and served as a reminder of how quickly a hurricane can devastate an area in the real world.  This is one of those instances where SL truly touches and changes you.

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