I took some time on the last weekend day of SL9B to go around on my own and experience a few more exhibits. Strangely, I didn’t take pictures, I just… played.
I especially liked the ‘History of Second Life’ exhibit, and spent some time there reading notecards and making “bonk” noises going through. Then I spent a lot of time taking pictures of various stages. Unfortunately, the “mesh” Lake stage photo didn’t get saved properly – forgot to refresh the image. ARGH!
Here’s a small gallery of photos… mostly of stages and friends’ builds.
I ran into my friend Mistletoe one night toward the end of the big party, and batted some ideas around; I have a second parcel (well, Dhughan does) in Steelhead St Helens and I can’t seem to get started on it. So I offered it to her as a sublet after looking at some other possible “new homes” in the Steelhead Nevermoor area. She decided in the end to go condo (heh) in another Lionheart parcel:
Lelani made me an extremely generous offer. In SLâ€“ as in RL reallyâ€“ I tend to be very friendly to many indeed anyone who doesnâ€™t outright prove theyâ€™re too much of an asshole to deserve it, but I tend to be close with few. Lelani, I count among the few. Sheâ€™s got a place in Steelhead as does Thaddeus, actually and offered to sublet some of it to me. I thought it over and finally decided against it for a ridiculous reason, but still a valid one: I want to set my own TV and radio changer. Because when I can do that, I really feel like my territory is my own.So I ended up getting a small residential parcel back in Lionheart. Iâ€™m taking a different approach this time; instead of rezzing the farmhouse that I used to have before, Iâ€™m making multiple skyboxes. A play yard with a treehouse for Petal. A Japanese tea garden for guests. A big home theater where I put my big giant TV. A small wooded grove with a duck pond on the ground. It gives me something new to create, and thus, something to look forward to, instead of something to stress over.
That’ll work well, though it would have been fun to be neighbors again. I do like the idea of having different living and playing spaces in the “overhead.” I’ve done something like that up to now; I’ve consolidated all my Mainland holdings in Pini now (finally dumped the last of my old Tintafel parcels) and I look forward to hanging out more at Cafe Wellstone, which is located below me at the bottom of the bluff.
I should have been inworld a lot more this week, but was still taking a break – kept up via reading blogs and forum posts, but that’s hardly an excuse! We did have some RL stuff to attend to (fun events, at last) and also I had some important (mumble, mumble, rhymes with ‘snapping’ ) to catch up on.
I did start building something, though, in my home grid. It’s a trolley car! I’m thinking of putting in a lunchbox diner on my new mainland plot, which is just across from the Pini station/sidetracks.
It’s just roughed into shape at the moment; I’ll have to relearn some things and also think about the proportions more.
My RL grandfather was a trolleyman in Colorado Springs; when that ended, he went with the latest technology of the day and started a business repainting and refurbishing cars for the well-to-do. But the heyday of the Colorado Springs trolley system is still remembered; it seems that they’re trying to re-create a system there, if they ever get through the wildfires of this summer.
It’s very basic at the moment, just a rough sketch. But it’s taking shape.