Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Under Construction!!!


“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men, and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results... but it is the effort that's heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.” 
― George R.R. Martin
And so it goes that we decided that the Retreat is ready for a make over. This will be a big job, but once started needs to be finished. Maybe not in one day, but it will be done.

And here we are measuring the area for the new house and landscaping. We will move out of the apartment, which will be for rent after this and move into the new Retreat Home. 

I discovered a pattern while I was looking at the history of the Retreat. The first house on this property was established June 12, 2012, with a house that fit the then 2,048 sqm lot. The second home the Le Clos Miran was erected on July 30, 2014, on the new and improved 4,096 sqm lot.

And here it is July 17, 2017, with the new construction on the now 32,768 sqm lot, which also includes the Basement Club and the Galicia Art & Cultural Hall. Amazing! Looks like summer is the time when I get restless and want to create. Now worries the next change might not happen until 2020 but on an entire sim that time. We are safe for now :)

Stop by and check out the process.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Superhero and Villains

What is a hero?

....a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities and a superhero would also have some super powers as well.
We had an excellent time at our Superhero-Villain set at the Basement Club Subway. However, it seemed to be more villains this time around than superheroes.
Good thing for Mr. Incredible(Greg) to save the night. There also was Wolverine(Micheal), who is considered an " anti-hero"
  The term “antihero” is misleading because it literally means the opposite of hero if you break it down, but the proper definition means no such thing. The fact is, an anti-hero is still a hero, and Wolverine is both anti-hero and superhero. He has super powers which he uses for good causes.
I am sure it was not easy to figure out who the winners were for the costume contest, but eventually, there were 3 winners.

Black Widow (Deb) made sure the subway was safe before she left. So good to have people in high places.

Finally a moment with Mr. Incredible alone.
If you missed this great set, don't worry because something new and great is already being thought about. So excuse me for a little bit here, while I go and take care of this guy. See you soon!!!

You will see the Subway again for another set in the near future.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

WONDER WOMAN



I think I’d like to fly 
Through the air with amazing speed. 

Strong yet feminine, 
Wondrous and a woman.

Wonder Woman (me), Greg, Jack and Shy, and Shannon gracefully falling to earth.
Let me backtrack here for a second. Before we went on this skydiving experience we did have our first set of the superhero/villain adventure at the Basement Subway.

DJ Dandy delivered some fabulous tunes and the trivia was for some of the nerds out there. Some of those answers were hard others easy. I guess it all depends on how much you know about these characters.


DJ Dandy....no joke

Some brought their own super-powered vehicle

Dance, dance, dance

After all that was done, I came up with the brilliant idea to skydive from this location back to the grounds. So I lured the crew onto a platform and said come sit and then stand on the chair. I guess since I am Wonder Woman they all listened, even Greg :)

All I had to do now was to count down...3,2, 1 and off we went falling down. Weeeeeeeeee....that was fun.








And we all made it down safe...well after all they had Wonder Woman looking out for them. (hahaha I did like it when I took that platform right under their feet).

Come back tomorrow for some more Superhero-Villain adventure from 6-8 PM SLT...just follow the teleport to the subway.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Milan Gacha Mall & Roller Rink

When I need a break I usually go and look at different gacha places. You never know what you might find. Some are true bargains, like this outfit for 45L.

I came across a really cool place because it was not just for the gacha but you actually have to walk around there and explore and I found this really great roller rink.
This place is at the Milan Gacha Mall and owned by Sarrah Madrox Nightly. Sarrah was kind enough and skated with me and she showed me all the moves. So much fun chatting with her.

Please do go and check it out and tell her Anjelikka send you. The roller rink would be a very cool place to have a party event or a DJ set. I have to talk some more to Sarrah about this but this is a great place. I am so glad I explored it.

How to occupy yourself...

...there is no reason when you are on your own that you have to sit there and feel lonely. I try to most definitely stay busy and do the things I like to do.

You can have fun in the sun with a little help of some plastic dudes.
That is of course just one way. The main thing is not to isolate yourself completely from the world, which I love to do during the summer. These guys above were no trouble at all. They did what I asked them to.

As I was traveling through this sim to do what I love most of all in second life as well as in real life to take photographs, I came ran into an old friend from Germany. 

It is always so "kewl" to find out what someone has been up to.

I also finished some subway tickets for the upcoming Superhero set next week, which of course I had to show off to Greg.
I hope everybody will come and check it out...it is pretty damn cool there. Get your free tickets along with some other nice things.

After all that hard work doing what I love to do and on such a hot hot very hot day, it is time to jump into the water.
Stay busy...keep moving...you can do this!!!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Kraken (or the grumpy old man)

Somehow the Kraken and the grumpy old man are the same. He creeps up from the deep of a lifetime lived and then all of a sudden there he is. The Kraken!

In the real world, it is really a problem and has its official name too, like irritable male syndrome. What causes this? There are many reasons the Kraken comes out of the man you care for or a neighbor you know or maybe the aging boss. the number one reason may be health related as the body changes in men just like women. Let's face it men lose their hair get a belly and even grow some manly boobs. All that can make you grumpy for sure.

Another reason could be loneliness. When you are alone it can get very depressing and the downfall on that is the more alone you are the grumpier you will become.

But this is also true:


They were grumpy young men, and they got old. They're a minority, you know. Most old men are perfectly nice, and some have even mellowed with age. But some have been rehearsing all their lives for this role.
Of course, when they were young they called it something cooler. Sulky, maybe. A little sullen. Over-critical, perfectionistic.
Then in middle age, they got irritable, even disgruntled.
And finally, after years of practice, they reach their full potential.
Voila! Grumpy old men!

Get off their lawn.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Calling all Superheroes....


It is the year 2017 and the villains have taken over the Subway Station at the Basement. We are calling all superheroes to come and help us defeat (party) them...

This event will be 2 days on Saturday, July 15 with DJ Dandy and his set of superheroes tunes. On Sunday, July 16 DJ Likka will take over. We will have a "best superhero/villains outfit" contest.
There will be other freebies as well as a trivia game about Marvel and DC comics...so brush up on your knowledge.

Please, Captain America...HELP!!!
I will fly with you Batman
How rude! One of the villains broke the entrance sign.
So mark your calendar, because you do not want to miss this both parties are from 6-8 PM SLT and a special Teleport will be there for us...who knows Superman may pick you up.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!!

You are probably celebrating Fourth of July parties all over Second Life and as well as real life which is a great thing. We should always show patriotism to our country.

@the Basement Club upper level. 4th of July celebration 2017
While you are out there enjoying the BBQs and the fireworks remember the reason why this date is important. Although in the beginning of this date Americans did not really celebrate that did not happen until later. 

After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.

Whatever you do on this day and all days BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TIFFANY’S COLLECTION

So, yesterday I saw this beautiful ad for yellow waterlilies by Tiffany's Collection. I loved them right away and I figured they would look great at the Retreat.


The website said 25L$ if you buy them at the store, so I went. In order to get that special price, you have to join their group, which is free. I did and nothing happened, it denied me the water lilies. I really wanted them.

I wrote a message to Tiff herself who is the owner of the store and told her about this issue. I was very happy when Tiff got back to me and invited me to come back to the store so she could help me solve the issue.


This was such fine customer service from her I would most definitely go back to the store. There are lovely things here and with the special offers to her group members, you cannot go wrong.

Look at how gorgeous my beautiful waterlilies look in my pond. I love them. Thank you, Tiff for the great product and your kind customer service. Huggs!!!



Read more about Tiffany's Collection in this article by Love to Decorate.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bright light city gonna set my soul....

Gonna set my soul on fire
Got a whole lot of money that's ready to burn,
So get those stakes up higher
There is one pretty woman waitin' out there
And she is all livin' devil may care
And I'm just the devil with love to spare
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas!!!


               Well, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, so the saying goes. We won't tell.
We were actually at Rock Candi's Vegas Show. Which was pretty amazing, because Candi is such a great builder and changes her club every Tuesday into a theme.

Up to no good?

My mother always said when I am not doing anything and I just sit there 'I'm up to no good'. I had to look up that term and in the urban dictionary, it describes it as someone who is acting suspiciously and/or is doing something naughty.


I am always up to good. I write, research, think(maybe some naughty things here). In fact, I wrote this poem a few year back and that was when I had a lot of time on my hand(which is another term I have to research further, darn English confuses me.)


TIME
Use your time you got with thought,
Never waste it on a useless plot.
Whether you are white or black
You get the same amount in fact.

If you procrastinate by day
And only take the time to play
You may soon ask yourself; oh no,
Where did all your time go?

Each day you live and breathe
Be thankful for that time and seize
The moment in your thoughts and mind.
Good things come for those who are kind.

When you are young and new
You never think of time, not you.
But as the years pass by
Time is important and now it does fly.

Today is a good day to start
And do what is in your heart.
Now is the time, the moment of today
So get up and get on your way.

Time stands still when you dream
You fly over rivers it may seem.
So each night take the time
To dream and fly mountain's climb.

Never regret the time that's gone
It never comes back to anyone.
Look forward to the hours you share
With friends and family everywhere.

In the autumn of your life,
Don't forget to kiss your wife.
Seconds now pass quicker, it seems
One day you walk in Heaven's beams.

I better get busy with some home projects before my time runs out...



Monday, June 26, 2017

'Man'icure and 'Man'scaped

Well, it is certainly not illegal for men to paint their toenails and why should it be?

An emerging breed of man, the metrosexual, shows his soft, sensitive, feminine side. If you have never heard the word " metrosexual" then get ready for it. It is not a new term, it has been around, but it describes those men who do take care of their feet and hands and go to the beauty salon rather than the barber. 

They love shopping and trendy things. and no that does not mean they are gay, not at all. They are very heterosexual.


Every man should go out and pamper themselves a little once in awhile. That does not mean to just take a shower and brush your teeth. Get that beard trimmed and that hair styled. You are not a caveman, we passed that era. Don't be a hairy ape...trust me no woman wants that. 

Experts say many women now want their guys to take it off, take it all off – from eyebrow tweezing to the intimate waxing procedure jokingly called a “boyzillian” or “bro-zillian.” There was a time, not all that long ago, when the well-groomed man kept his hair cut short and his beard trimmed. Maybe, if he was really dapper, he got his nails buffed, too.


That’s not enough anymore for some, and an increasing number now regularly go to get “manscaped,” i.e. pruned, waxed, plucked, threaded and shaved from head to toe.
So, there you go that is the expert advice on being a well-groomed man. Once you do all that you will look debonair.
Much better now. We'll take about that ear hair later.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy 14th Birthday Second Life! Let us PARTY together :)

Amazing when you think that Second Life has been around for 14 years. So when people tell you it is just a game, well not. There are studies out there that a game lasts only for a little while and eventually fade away.

I look forward every year to the big celebration for the birthday in Second Life. It gets better all the time. So many great artists here and too little time to see it all. 




In honor of second life's birthday bash called Carnivalesque, we will have our very own SL party here at the Basement Club.
Wear a costume or mask and be part of the celebration.

June 25th 6-8 PM SLT


Monday, June 19, 2017

A little piece of Happiness....

Happiness is something everyone wants to have. You may be successful and have a lot of money, but without happiness, it will be meaningless.
Happiness is a decision you make. It is absolutely free and available to everybody.

All this month of June we basically celebrate our 1 year anniversary being together. We have known each other more than that. We have been to each other's weddings and were happy for each other. We have been there when the heart ached of disappointment. We have been friends and explored places all over Second Life. We have grown to be more in many ways.

Of course, I give him a hard time every day and what is amazing about him is that he is always calm. He can be silly, very funny and oh yes talk talk talk but when it is serious he is there to listen and comfort me.

A little piece of Happiness is being with you...it is. Happy Anniversary Month...may we have much more together.

My advice as it is in real life, treasure those few true friends...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Writer's Block?

So, sometimes I get just stuck when it comes to writing or creating. I looked that up and somehow came upon "writer's block" You have to understand for me to comprehend this in English I always have to visualize the word. Well thinking of a big block I am sitting on did not explain nor help me.

Some kind of intervention cannot hurt I suppose, but I may have to look for more answers. 

Okay. Okay. I know caffeine isn’t good for you. But sometimes you need something to keep going. Don’t waste your fantastic ideas just because you can’t keep awake.
Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee. Green tea sounds great about now.
Being around my cat always helps me relax and think of new ideas. Maybe my blog should be about cats? What do you think? Okay, maybe not then.
There are many ideas you can find online if you ever get stuck writing or being creative, but do allow yourself to be still for a moment as well.
pictures were taken at 

Lick: Asian Fusion

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Happy Flag Day!!!

You should never be afraid to raise your flag and be proud of it. So stand tall and repeat after me:

"I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL."

I don't know of any country that does not honor their flag, so before I get too political I support this flag and this country.

Now going back to the regular program...oh yes I had the honor today to be part of the USO show held at Sacred Ground. Thank you 

US Navy Vet for creating that sim.


I must say the show by "THE OUTSIDERS" was amazing. If you missed it you need to check their dance group out.

I was able to video most of the show and will leave some links where you can watch it here:

USO SHOW SACRED GROUND

I also have the honor to create a website for Sacred Ground and as I get more information, I will update that as well. At the moment the grounds on that sim are being worked on and I have been promised to get a view of it fairly soon.