I can’t believe it’s five years since I joined SL, yet somehow it seems as if I’ve always been a Second Life resident! My Rez Day was yesterday and I woke up and saw that there was a new article on Virtually London (lite), curiously I turned to the front page and there was this picture of me in my tiny avatar and blue dress, yes my little red panda av! but who did this, put this on Virtually London (lite)? well naughty Hibiscus Hastings, that’s who! My friend Hib had remembered my Rez Day and was asking readers to guess who the red panda with a Rez Day was! Friend Ed put a comment on there and I added one too, telling Hib I would get her later for this publicity! That evening I thought I would take some photos for my Rez Day, we were scheduled to play Greedy Greedy later so that was how I was to spend my Rez evening. I put on a nice dress and went over to Run around Sue’s because it was open early and I danced around taking pictures. As I danced friend Drax logged on and came over, we chatted and I continued to take more pics and I mentioned it was getting near the time arranged to play Greedy, as Ed, Hib, Web, Drax and I were all joining in the game. However, Drax was saying, wait till it’s time to start before we teleport, so I said ok, but got a bit suspicious after it got late and we should have gone over to the Greedy table. Drax kept making excuses and by this time I guessed something was up! He gave me an adorable beagle puppy for my Rez Day and I really looked forward to seeing it later that night (I rezzed it later and it’s so cute! I’ve yet to pick a name for him!). Finally Drax said we ought to go over and we teleported to Hib’s land! well as I landed I saw that we were surrounded by our wonderful friends! Yes Hib had arranged a surprise party for me and I had a lovely time, best ever! Simon dj’d for us and we danced the night away. It was a Rez Day to remember and I managed to take some pictures as you see! I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along, TXBarb, Janis, Brie, Seany, Simon, Al, Poppy, Ed, Eliza, Pink, Nils, Truths, Nahi, Drax, and Hib (naughty Hib!). (It was Eliza’s Rez Day a few days ago and I posted her celebration story on CNN . I nearly put my Rez Day on there too, but CNN have hidden SL stories so far down into their new style format that people can no longer just trip across our stories, so it looks like they have sidelined SL after all. I read today that main media channels are losing a lot of their audiences to independent news channels because people think they aren’t getting the full real life news because they are being censored; apparently CNN have lost the most viewers, said to be 50%. Maybe it’s time for the main media to realise that people are waking up to what is happening in the world today, it’s not only about them taking out the fun things like SL, it’s about them treating people like children who have to be fed the news they want them to read and not what is really going on. After all the world economy won’t make main media reporters, bosses etc exempt from the outcome that the governments plan for us all!)
I want to thank all my amazing friends for giving me such a wonderful 4th Rez Day! Good friend Eliza, whose own Rez Day was last week, invited me over to her lovely Magic Valley land where she showed me around and treated me to a Rez Day cake (she took the beautiful black and white photo, also see more pictures on Flickr). Then my dear friend Brie Janick invited me over to the West End Club where they held a surprise Rez Day Party for me. Ed, did an article for me on Virtually London (lite) too! Thank you Ed! You all made my day fantastic and I had a brilliant time! (4 years is a long time in SL and I put together a little bit of my history on CNN to mark the occasion.)
I remembered the other day that great designer Johnnytreadlightly Nightfire had given me a beautiful airship called the Gilded Gobbler some time ago. Johnny and Alphonso who own Genius Inc make some fantastic stuff and the Gobbler has so much detail, it’s like a floating mansion. I asked Drax if he wanted to go for a ride in it and decided a sandbox was the safest place to try it out.
I didn’t do too badly, I took off and slowly steered the ship around the sandbox with Drax sitting at the back probably worried about my driving, but he looked pretty relaxed! The interior of the ship is beautiful and you could actually live it in quite comfortably if you had a spot of land to put it on when not flying.
I am pleased to say we landed safely with no broken avatar bones! so I’ll be taking it out again, maybe I’ll show it to Kat and Laredo in New London next week, as long as I don’t crash into Big Ben! I’ve always stuck to viewer 1 in SL and suddenly thought I would try the Phoenix viewer again and I’m glad I did, it’s opened up a whole new world of SL make-up for me, with the tattoo layer I can put different eyeshadow and lipstick without changing my whole skin!! Hibiscus has tried it too and it means a lot of new shopping trips for us!! It helped last night as I wanted to look my best, I was going to a Rez day party which had a 1920’s theme. I’d been to a demonstration in Virtual London in the afternoon, the people there were supporting the real life students who were demonstrating in Manchester about tuition fees and I hastily wrote an article to put on CNN about it. They were a nice bunch of people in Virtual London and they are trying to support what they think is an unfair issue. As the writing took a bit of time I didn’t have long to look around for an outfit for the 1020’s party. It was Brie Janick, Barbie Bohemian and Clive Hissop’s joint Rez Day celebration and I guessed everyone would look stunning. Luckily I found a bargain at Lemania, a gold evening gown with a 20’s look and quickly made a headband with a feather to add to the short bob haircut I also bought, so I was ready to go. The party was just amazing, there were 40 people in that little club at one time and everyone had a brilliant time.
Brie excitedly called us over to pose with her at the end of the evening and we all clambered around getting into position on the poseballs!
We took loads of pictures and I’ll be putting mine on Virtually London (lite) later in the week. The West End Club owned by Brie, Clive and Cute is so popular and they work really hard to come up with new events all the time. The crowd that go there are a really nice bunch of people and it’s good to have such good friend in SL and it’s always fun being with them. I hope Brie, Barbie and Clive enjoyed their party!!
I can’t believe it is my third Rez Day today, three years since I came into SL and I was afraid to talk to anyone in case I was doing it all wrong, never having played computer games, it was all a bit worrying. But looking back over the three years I’ve met so many lovely people and made so many friends that I’d recommend it to anyone!! Happy Rez Day to me!!!
A very happy Rez Day for yesterday to the lovely dizzy and sweet Eliza Janus! Eliza was celebrating her third Rez Day and she called all her friends over for a photo shoot.
Eliza had all the poses ready and we shuffled about trying to get into position, I think I picked a bit of a severe looking pose but thought it best to stay there once I was sorted, lovely Eliza was carried in the arms of Jason and Alphonso and looked very elegant with a feast of goodies on her head, including what looked like her Rez Day cake! Poor Damanios ended up with a noose around his neck and I’ve no idea why!
I hope you had a wonderful day Eliza and I hope you will celebrate lots and lots more SL Rez Days in the future, you are a star!!
I travelled back over, to the shortly to be closed, Victoriana last night and bumped into the Mayor who owns the sim and had a chat with him. He is such a gentleman and kindly spoke to me for a few minutes. There is so much sadness surrounding the closure of this top showcase sim that I decided to write another article late last night for CNN, I hope the Mayor doesn’t mind. http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-424887 The picture below is me and Hibiscus having a great time in Tinytoriana, part of the Mayor’s sim, a few days ago before we heard it was to close.
Wishing a very happy rez-day to Drax! It’s his second SL birthday and he doesn’t look a day over one!
I took him to New Brighton the other day to show him what a typical English sea-side looked like, as he is from America. We went on the pier and they had those things that you put your heads through to take photographs. Well we had a really good time, it was a lot of fun.
I’m not sure about his swimsuit in the picture below, but at least it looks like he bought a good pair of shoes at last!
We finished up buying a doughnut each and sat down for a while to eat them, it was a brilliant day, I’m still not too sure about that Mankini though, hehe!