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Summer fireworks time again!

May 28th, 2009 by Marianne McCann

Livingtree Firework Show – 5/30 at 8:00p.m. SLT
Summer is upon us, and that means the start of my Summertime firework shows! Come down to Livingtree this Saturday, May 30th at 8:00 p.m. SLT and join in the fun!



Refreshments will be provided for all. Event is free of charge. All are welcome, so come on down an enjoy. Come early, too, because the sim can fill up pretty quick!

Shows will be every Saturday at 8, though Labor Day!

While there, feel free to check out the island. All of Robin Sojourner’s stores (The AV store featuring her skin and clothing work, The Broom Closet, and Kick The Can for child avatars) are located there, as well as her texture tutorial, library, and Wiccan learning center. You’ll also find You Know… For Kids and Pygar’s Stuff That He Made main stores, as well as Marianne McCann’s herbs and plants.

Also, there are rentable (free) kayaks for exploring the island, a big playground, a swimming hole, drum circle, as fishing area (offering both Neo-Realms and 7 Seas fishing), and other goodies to explore. There’s even a few hidden surprises here and there!

Life imitates life

May 27th, 2009 by Marianne McCann

In the post-war era, many in the United States started to move out of the cities and into the suburbs. This was a product of the prosperity of the time, the rise of the “car culture” and the Eisenhower interstate system, and a number of other factors. It led to people commuting from their suburban residence to their job in the city, or traveling in from their homes for the nightlife and shopping opportunities the nearest cosmopolitan center could offer.

In Second Life, we need not do this. We can teleport anywhere we want. In the blink of an eye we can go from the Chakryn Forest to Planet Mongo. The idea of a “commute” is almost laughable in a world where one can teep or fly unaided. Even more so, teleporting is often less problematic (and certainly faster) than attempting to actually drive anywhere.

Tri-City Map, May 2009

This is why I find it amazingly funny that many of my sibling Bay City storeowners have been setting up residential plots in the Second Life Suburbs of Shermerville, Blumfield, and West Haven. Yes, you can commute from one to the other by driving over the Shermerville Bridge into Nova Albion and following Route 50 to where it connects with Route 66 and heading West past Channel island. It’s about a five minute drive, lag permitting.

More than this, we’re falling into real world patterns that fit these places. We’re having backyard barbecues. Yesterday, I sold lemonade out front of my place. I’ve had door-to-door salespeople. There’s even been talk of door-to-door trick or treating this Autumn.

So we have a world without limitations, yet we live in Levittown-style suburban “boxes” and have our mid-century style storefronts off in the big city. Do we do it because we’re comfortable with “first life” patterns, or because this is something we wish we had outside of SL?

Weekend Update

May 26th, 2009 by Marianne McCann

My weekend started with the SL Volunteer Appreciation party, which totally rocked! I especially enjoyed the “Teddy Bear Picnic” I spotted. What a collection! I actually have a lot of these.

The big event for me, though, was the prom at HardKnock Elementary. Ya we might be a bit young f’r a prom, but it was still fun. My friend (who I should prob’ly remind that while he is a BOY and a FRIEND, he is not a BOYFRIEND) picked me up at home an we went to din din at th’ Arbor an stuff before goin to the dance. It was a lot of fun. He even dropped me off at home afters which was really nice of him Here’s a piccie of us from the dance.

Saturday, well, was a really big important First Life day f’r me, so I wasn’t around too much. When I was around, I mostly spended my time watching the Hau Koda infohub get built. It’s themed around an Art Deco style airport, an Misty Mole was doing interior work all day. A buncha us who work in Bay City were all lined up outside the area, jes watchin’. It was kinda funny. Anyway, it looks super so far. I really like the “powder rooms” with posing stands an stuff.

Sunday was a Bay City Alliance meeting which – no surprise – was held near the under construction hub. A lot of the group ushed for some time to get that hub actually constructed, so it’s good to see it being done.

We had a big backyard barbecue that afternoon, inviting over a bunch of folks in the neighborhood an otherwise. It was kinda fun to do, with jes a random assorting of folks about, an even getting a “namecheck” from KONA radio (which was what we were playin). Seemed jes right f’r Memorial Day weekend to have grilled burgers an friends over.

I then spent some time exploring, including some hiking in the Lost Forest right around Rodeo (which is the piccie below), an some time completing the quests in Chakryn Forest. That was particularly fun, as a lady who was a witch was there, an me an my sis traded hints with her. Actual hints too, not “go look behind the tree over there” or “here, use this LM.” More like poetic hunts and clues formed spur of the moment, an not giving everything away too easily. I love random great roleplayin’ moments like that

Monday I spent the morning at… ya, Hau Koda where the hub is bein built. But this time flyin in planes with friends. An unlike any other darn school in the U.S., there was school at HardKnock yesterday. We turned in our final projects an also did our class photo for the yearbook. Here’s our class!

An here’s my final project. It’s a lot like the Bay City promo video I did, but entirely different too. Still, some of ya might find it entertaining f’r a minute. Itll give some idea of jes what we do at HKE.


Yay HardKnock class of 2009! Graduation is this comin weekend – Like the prom, it’s also different that we graduate every year. It’s someting special to end the year with, I think, even if most of us will be back again come fall!

After school, I spended some time jes at th’ house, runnin my lemonade stand. I sold five whole glasses!

An that’s the weekend!

Bay City’s First Anniversary Celebration!

May 7th, 2009 by Marianne McCann

Dateline: Bay City! In May of 2008, a new land appeared on the grid: Bay City! In that time, Bay City has grown and become its own very unique place. The plucky residents of the city by the bay have prospered — and in celebration, join them on Sunday, May 17th for a parade and party!

Bay City's First Anniversary Celebration

Bay City's First Anniversary Celebration

Be part of a parade on Sunday, May 17th, starting from the airship mooring in Bay City – Docklands and travelling down Route 66 to the park at Bay City – Handa! Once in Bay City – Handa, join us for a party in the park featuring Edward Kyomoon, DJ Doubledown Tandino, and Yaro Pinion!

zOMG! A handy Map!

Bay City Anniversary Map

Bay City Anniversary Map

Parade preperation time (if needed)
Saturday, May 16th at 3:00 p.m. SLT
At the airship mooring in Bay City – Docklands

Parade staging
Sunday, May 17th at 12:00 p.m. SLT
Meet at the airship mooring, with additional room in Hau Koda, next door.

Parade viewing:
Don’t feel quite like the march, but still want to take part? We have parade viewing areas!
Bay City – Imaginario
Bay City – Falconmoon
Bay City – Rollers

Parade end:
Parade will conclude in the park at Bay City – Handa — but hang around for fun and festivities in the park!
Edward Kyomoon at 2:00 p.m. SLT
DJ Doubledown Tandino at 3:00 p.m. SLT
Yaro Pinion at 4:00 p.m. SLT

All events hosted by the Bay City Alliance.

Weekend Update

May 4th, 2009 by Marianne McCann

Hi everybuggy! A much busier weekend this time ’round than last. Fair wanring, too – a lot of stuff with Bay City below. Like every third word or someting.

Started out on Friday, exploring Avaria with my sister an brother. They recently redid the ground level with completely new terraforming an stuff. I loved it before, an I love it again. Still some of the prettiest “open space” in Second Life.

May first was the start of the Bay City Flea Market, a project of the Bay City alliance. We managed to get Linden Lab let us have the Message of the Day (MotD) for the weekend to promote it, which meant tons of traffic came by. I had a selection of my regular stuff all marked down, some stuff I’ve never had a store space for, an even some ol’ inventory stuff to get rid of. The event went super well for alla us.

Of course, that is also May Day, so I made sure to dance around a may pole on Livingtree, like I have for the last couple years now.

Beltane Dancer

Saturday was a busy RL day, so not as much SL time. One thing I did help cause was getting an Artilleri location in Bay City. I’m very excited about this, cuz Artilleri is one of those stores I’ve wanted to see in Bay City. Definitely fits the time frame an sells great stuff. They’re new location there fits the city beautifully, too.


That’s my “ebil plan” with Bay City, by th’ way. I want to see some of SLs best there, great content creators who make amazing things that fit the overall “feel” of the area. Really want to see Bay City live up to the plans, an be the best of the SL Mainland. So far, I think were doin’ a good job.

Anyways, I also did some exploring that day, finally getting some time to hunt around Rustica. What a beatiful sim, with lots of nooks and crannies. I loved this arch way, with its dwarf face.

Rustica Guardian

Sunday started with the Bay City Alliance meetin’, where we all talked about the flea market an the upcoming Bay City parade and party to celebrate our first anniversary. This will be a big, big thing. Expect to see a little of everything there! More on this soon. :-)

I also got some time to check out the latest from Madcow Cosmos and Lorin Tone. I was really checking to see if the Blurtophones were out in the stores yet (not yet!), but Lorin showed me some of the other “coming soon” avvies. They’re making some amazing things. Here’s a sitar playing avvie the two of them have been working on. Amazing work!

Sitar player

An last, is this. You see, I had a pose from -RC- Cluster in my inventory jes doin nuttin’, an sorta an idea for a piccie, an Johnny was available so I had ’em pose with me. An he’s a boy, an a friend, but that does not make him a boyfriend!

Me and Johnny

An that’s th’ weekend! Hope ya’ll had fun!