Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost."

John Jay Chapman

My town.

There's nowhere like it.

New York City.

The capital of the World.
Contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers aren't cold and vicious. We're blunt and honest. And while we'll knock your tourist ass down for standing in our way, we'll rally around like family in a crisis and take care of each other in a heartbeat.

We ARE crass. And tough. And desensitized. We walk with purpose - smooth straight steps - everyone's got somewhere to be. We look through you, not at you. We walk by celebrities like they're panhandlers. We think drag queens ARE the norm.

We are Sex and the City. We are Gossip Girl. We are Law & Order.
We are original and untouchable. We are the ultimate trendsetters.

We ARE cocky because – hell yeah, we ARE that great. :)

We ARE the city that never sleeps.

Ever land in JFK at night? Look down on the brightest lights ever and take a deep breath. Breathe in the air that fuels a million stories. I dare you to find that anywhere else.

We are the town of brunches with mimosas..of salons where you spend more time gossiping and sipping white wine than getting your hair done. We're the land of the insanely high heels and the too expensive handbags.

We're the place where Wall Street matters most.

We are the ultimate snob town.

We own apartments on the upper east side..and houses on the waters of the Hamptons. We pay all of our life savings away to live like this just for a few months.

I’m sure where you live is great.


I couldn’t live anywhere else in this whole wacky world.

Because, baby..NOTHING tastes like New York.
Until next time,

Monday, April 28, 2008

What a Week..

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about wandering around the American Cancer Society sim, meeting new people and seeing SL in a very different light.

Well. After I met Bryan and Glenna, things took on a life of their own. They introduced me to Arizona who helped me join Team Relay Rockers in the Relay for Life (a division of the American Cancer Society). She gave me donation kiosks, notecards, guidelines and more.

As Borday would say, my wheels started turning (faint burning smell generally indicates that..). I knew that running a one day party/event would be tricky. It always conflicts with someone's schedule - work/DJing (ahem)..and then we all know RL sneaks in and takes over on the weekends as well. So I figured..a week long event. Everyone would have a chance to catch at LEAST one night, right?

So many clubs, so many choices - each owner always MORE than willing to be generous with their club space and time. But the club I spend the most time (and came equipped with my two favorite DJs) was The Bee Hive owned by, none other than the always willing to help, Busybee Beaver. I think her return IM to my initial inquiry came about two seconds after I sent it. Zero hesitation. :)

The plan? We'd run a week long event - during the usual Bee Hive operating hours - encouraging everyine to put all tips into the donation kiosks. Usual contest money was thrown in as well, with contest winners for the nightly themes receiving goodies from our favorite designers/builders.

And when I IMed my most excellent partner in crime, Kim, for help? Another "YES!" IM with zero hesitation. And everyone knows, when you have a partner in crime, only good things can follow.

So with Kim, Busy, Borday and Crighton on board to give up their time and money for a good cause, we got to planning. Theme nights..prizes..freebie give aways. The whole nine. The culmination of our madness was to be a Spank Pack auction - where you could buy your own member of the Spank Pack for a PG date of your choosing.

With generous hot spots and builders - like Moxie, Alternate Metaverse, Realasm, the Savoy, Jenda, Am, Cataplexia and Bill - we were stocked with great stuff!

And so the week started with the Brandefuzzism's kicking off in high gear. 15,000L on the first night from the generous trivia fiends!

Gilligan's Island docked at the Bee Hive, as did "Wear Your RFL Gear" night.

Friendly Fire came in and ROCKED the house for Party Like a Rockster night. We couldn't have asked for anything better than REAL rockstars to tear the Bee Hive up.

A few insanely organized e-mails from Kim and fright inducing IMs with Crighton brought us to the auction night.

And so..we all kinda had little mini-freak outs. What if nobody showed? What if nobody bid on it? What if we didn't meet our 50,000L goal (I had 50,000L, and Kim was optimistic with 100,000L)? What if we had gotten all dolled up for nothing (do the guys even HAVE these fears? If so, they SO don't show it)?!

And the night began. Crighton reads the notecards, Kim and I shouted our asses off - trying to keep up with the bids and chat and the music. And everyone came out. I mean..EVERYONE came out to support support the Bee Hive..and ultimately to support the Relay for Life. Bidding wars broke out - both hysterical and awe inducing (the amounts were insane). Heck, even I got swept up, bidding 20,000L (uhm..I don't HAVE 20, I prayed a little for someone to bid higher..ROFL). A phone in bid was placed for Busy by Ehric (with a slight threat of abuse if anyone dared go higher). I put my gun away and let Moo go up (though I think he went for far less than he's worth because people were afraid of getting shot..). Jenda took the lead, netting 40,000L (for a PG date!) as we all gawked at the kiosk which now well surpassed 100,000L.

Well, I'm glad *I* didn't have to follow Jenda in the lineup (sorry, Kim) - talk about scary! But we ladies didn't do too badly.

And at the end of the night? We had raised 233,030L. Almost $900US.

I think I was just short of passing out.

I was tired. Kinda felt like I'd been yelling for two hours in RL. LOL !

But..I was wired and giddy.

I counted and re-counted and triple-counted the kiosk totals. The amount was really right.

I think I may have told everyone at the Bee Hive (post-party) that I loved them..fifteen times. LOL
My fears..well..they had washed away when I shed my clothes to dance around in a bikini. And now..I was just so..happy. To feel like we'd done something to fight this monster that, as you all know, touches everyone.
I can't thank everyone enough to being a part of this - for working with me, the Relay Rockers and the Relay for Life, to help the American Cancer Society work towards a cure. I can't thank you enough for donating your time, your money and your energy into this week. This would never have been such a great success without you all. A Friendly Fire..well, they donated their time and tips and rocked the house. Thank you Case and Mack for being such great supporters of the RFL.
And a special thanks to Kim..because without her, I think it's certain I would have drowned. :) Thanks for being my smilie face life preserver Kim.
And now..some pics!

And now? Post-fundraising week?

Well..I'm just taking it easy now. :) Because I'm pooped.

Until next time,


Thursday, April 17, 2008

What Type of Food Are You ?

You Are Mexican Food

Spicy yet dependable.

You pull punches, but people still love you.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A Day Out at Sea..

Crew on Kim's boat, Resilience. BigD was on the other side of the sail..I think he was making kissy faces at me, though. Hmm.

After I ran the boat into an island..we all relaxed and stretched our legs.

Ehric had to talk Busy back onto the boat. She was scared of my sailing.

:) Pretty girl pose on Moo's boat. Yeah. I rock it better than Ehric does.

That's BigD on his side of the boat. His girlish screams were minimal. He's tough.

How the day started..
I don't think I've spent a whole day in a bikini since I was a noob.
:) From sailing with Kim as the sailing with Borday as the's been a pretty good day.
I sailed a little..shipwrecked us..but did set up a cute little camp side for Busy, Ehric, Moo and I.
I'm tired now. :) Hard work being a sea-chick.
Peace out, yo.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sobering Reality in SL

When I started playing around in SL today, I kinda had my blog set up in my head. I'd chronicle my funny zoo adventure with Kim and BigD. Unfortunately, I've decided to make that a blog for another day.

In my entire time on Second Life, I've found that the best thing - no..really, the most unselfish thing I should say, that I have participated in have been the charity events.

Something about it makes me feel good.

So I decided I would head over to the American Cancer Society and check out their main office in SL. See if they needed a volunteer.

When I TPed into the office, I met a Caregiver. Translation..? Someone who takes care of a loved one with cancer. We chatted for a bit and he led me to a meeting currently in progress for those either currently living with cancer or survivors. And I sat for a while..and listened. And my heart broke a little..because cancer is a monster. It's a destructive monster. And then I realized..that even with this monster living inside of them..these people were still living. Still fighting and still helping each other through everything.

And gives everyone something. But I imagine for might give them peace. Second Life is a lot of's a place where avis don't get sick. They don't feel physical pain. They don't get vomity from medication. And when they lose their's because the Lindens found it more convenient to put it in their ass.

But mostly..Second Life is a place where people can connect. Where you may find people who share common shopping likes..dislikes..common music loves..and above all else, support. Support for your good days, your bad days. Your successes and your failures. Your pain and your joy. that I've witnessed it firsthand, your sicknesses and your health.

I never expected SL would be a place where you could log on..and find someone who may have just gone through what you're going through physically..and tell you what to expect. They can assure you of what will pass..and comfort you when you feel inconsolable.

And this Caregiver who was kind enough to lead me to the meeting? Well, he also took me to a church he built at his home for he and his wife. And I lit a candle for my dad and added it to the dozen or so candles he had lit for his loved ones.

And it's tough.

You know.

To not have control over everything in life. Especially your own body. Not not have something you can physically fight..just detroy your body. And to watch that happen to someone you love..well that's equally as hard.

And this has been a heavy post. :) I'll lighten up next time, I think.

I'll even post pictures to relieve the edge on this post.

Remember to get a physical. :)

Ladies, don't forget your mammograms!

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death. ~ Robert Fulghum

Until Next Time,


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Art and the Second Life..

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind. ~ Magdalena Abakanowicz

There is something to be said for the Art World. And while my Second Life has mostly become about exploring new types of music, I can never stray too far from my love of art. And while I was not successful in finding any Andy Warhol exhibitions (come on..he's AMAZING, and putting all of his artwork together in one SL venue is more than could be imagined in RL), I did fall into the Second Louvre - SL's version of the Louvre Museum. And while the art is mostly that of SL artists on the wall, it was fun.

I've always wondered why art doesn't have a bigger presence in Second Life. Is it because of copyright/ownership issues? Because people would rather share their OWN artwork than those of artists long since gone from this Earth? I've seen the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition..I've checked out Mona Lisa at the DaVinci Museum and posed with Greco/Roman statues at the Second Louvre, and I have no answer. While today's world has some of the best artists - recognized and those not so recognized, we can't possibly forget the Great Masters, can we?

As we pay homage to the great literary masters (past and present) by keeping them alive in schools (To Kill a Mockingbird, anyone ? *ahem*) and remaking the books into movies (Beowulf, anyone?), we should do the same with art. Sure. Art comes in all forms. It can inspire, it can offend, it can repulse, it can awe..but at the end of the day, art is just that. Art. It's for you to think about and discuss. Mull over. Decide what style suits you best. What colors..textures..images provoke you to think, to speak, to act. What makes art..MOVING to you.

So..if you get a chance..pop into the various museums/cultural institutions in Second Life that you may not be able to visit in Real Life. never know who you'll run into.. :)

P.S. - If only the Met and MOMA would make a presence here. :) Talk about bringing art to the World. Hooooooo!