Sunday, March 18, 2018

Top o’ the mornin’

"Top o' the mornin': This phrase simply means “Good morning,” although no one seems sure why. The phrase is not used that commonly in Ireland anymore, but traditionally the correct response is “And the rest of the day to you,” which means “Enjoy the rest of your day."

We hope you had a fantastic St. Patrick's Day and may you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.
DJ Dandy and Likka rocking the shamrocks

We had a super cool party with green beer and all at the Basement Club. DJ Dandy provided the tunes and it was superb as always. Stop by anytime, we are here Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings with nothing but the best music. Trust me on that you can go to many venues and you will hear the same stuff over and over but this is why the Basement Club is different you will hear unique music from all genres.

The party continued later with DJ Likka at Totally 80s Club with only Irish Bands from the 80s and it turned out to be the best St. Patrick's Day party ever with the 36 leprechauns who attended.
Totally 80s Club St. Patrick's Day Party with DJ Likka
Kaylee and DJ Likka ( thanks Kaylee for the pic)

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

Spring Break on the Horizon

Although I still have a few weeks before Spring Break, I am thinking of taking a short trip somewhere in real life. Now, I question myself why they call it Spring Break? Who came up with that term and what does it mean?
In the old days there was Palm Springs when you drove up and down Palm Canyon Drive which took you hours because of the traffic. You would see tons of people with barely anything on. It was not a good image for this town at all and then when the former mayor Sono Bono put a hold on it and stopped the madness, the wild and crazy people stopped coming. Whew!!!

Then there is San Diego on the warm California Coastline. It’s going to be a Toh-tally tubular time! "Fer shurrr!" San Diego has tons of things to offer and not just for the College crowd, but there is something for everybody. I like the gas-lamp quarters with all the restaurants and jazz and blues clubs. You will find plenty of music and food here.

So, whatever it is you are gonna do for Spring Break, get out there and do something. Oh wait, I forgot you all don't get a Spring Break. Oh well, I will post pictures and write about it, it will be like you have been there. Fer Shurrr.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Venice in 1600

11th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education

March 15-17, 2018

Theme : VRevolutions

The VWBPE Conference is a completely virtual conference that is conducted using simulated environments. Participants experience the conference through a virtual reality type setting including conference rooms, theaters, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference.

The conference is free to attend. The cost of the conference is covered by sponsorship and donations.

It was great fun playing the Mme Donna Pericolusa best friend of the duchess. I was able to convince Dandy and Greg to come and wear some vintage clothes and blend into the scenes of Venice.
The beautiful nights in Venice
Women in Venice, as elsewhere in Italian society, were expected to obey their fathers and their husbands and dedicate themselves to childbearing, charity, and piety. Women of the middle and lower social ranks had more freedom than those of the nobility and high bourgeoisie. They were able to own property, participate in the public life of the marketplace, and defend themselves in court. Prostitutes and courtesans were numerous in a city with a large and mobile population, a large group of foreigners, and an elite of unmarried noble males (who remained bachelors so family wealth would flow to the next generation undivided). Venice also had a large number of women, committed nuns (including many forced as children into the convent as a cheaper alternative to marriage), abandoned children, widows, and former prostitutes, who lived in convents.
Some poor soldier look for a lady.
Greg AKA Sir  Derek Browning
Dandy and Anjelikka AKA Parry 'Sly' Morden and Mme Donna Pericolosa
Here we are on the Black Pearl.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

2018 Spring Photo Contest

I am happy to announce the Spring 2018 Photo Contest is ready to start.
Please stop by the Retreat and take your pictures.
Post them in our Flickr group.

The contest runs until April 10, 2018
Winners will be announces April 15th, 2018 
They will be displayed at the Galicia Art & Cultural Hall.
L$ 500 first place
L$ 300 2nd place
L$ 200 3rd place

Rules: Pictures must be taken at the Retreat
Enter as often as you like!!!
Good luck :)

Friday, March 9, 2018

"fester" or not to "fester"

The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes. No matter what the disappointment is one must move on and be stronger than before.

You can ask someone older than you for directions, because the wise have lived through it and may have answers. Never  fester in it too long because that can get toxic. It turns into resentment and even more disappointment. 
Things that fester have a decaying odor, and bad feelings can have a decaying effect on friendships and the heart. Letting bitter emotions fester often leads to their getting worse.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Time for Balance

Greg trying to impress me with his balancing skills, ha!
But on the serious note, there is a time when you need to balance your life and get some nice harmony back. My suggestion is to always  disconnect on the weekend. I hear the excuses already, but try it, at least for one day or even a few hours each night. Put the phone down and turn off the computer. Give your work brain a rest. 

Set aside quality time with your family and friends. Don’t just sit in front of the television, really connect and pay attention to those you care about. Make a date with your significant other, have coffee with a friend.Really get to know the people around you.

Most important is to laugh, joke, play, find your sense of humor, subscribe to a daily joke or get a tear-off calendar. Nothing makes the feel better as fast as a good old-fashioned belly laugh.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mme Donna Pericolosa

This is Mme. Donna Pericolosa all dressed in blue. I will tell you more about her later, but she is a character in a Role Play in Second Life.

This is actual part of the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference 2018.