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Saturday into Sunday

October 12, 2007

As happy as I was with everything I was able to do on Friday (spend a little time with Tobie, explore, and get within 15 meters of meeting Brandy Rasmuson!), things only improved on Saturday.

During the day on Saturday, I was able to talk to my friend Annie, whom I’m sure you’ve seen mentioned on this blog or pictured in my Flickr stream, if you’ve looked very deeply into either one. Annie was one of the earliest friends I met in Second Life, and I still consider her one of my closest, even though we don’t get to talk all that much. Having the opportunity to talk to her without lag was great, and it made me realize how much I miss being able to do so (we *have* to meet up again soon after I get back, Annie!). She’s also uber-talented and sings in a great band called Toe’d Up, and if you ever get the opportunity to see them perform in world, I highly recommend you do so!

After I talked to Annie, I believe I did some exploring. Or I took a nap. Anyway, I found some way to fill my time 🙂 I also went to go see my friend ColeMarie perform. Cole’s a real sweetheart, and I’m happy when I can support her in world—something I haven’t been able to do in a while because of dial-up. While at the concert, I crashed, plus I was having problems with the audio stream, so I didn’t get to stay until the end.

Later, Tobie logged on, and we finally got to spend a lot of time together. When she came in world, I was at ETD looking around (it has changed a *lot* since I last shopped there). Tobie thought she’d come and try out some styles, but she really didn’t find anything she thought suited her. After a quick stop home to change, we started our date exploring Octoberville.

If you’ve looked at Eppie’s blog or Natalia’s blog, you probably have seen Octoberville mentioned. As you might guess by its name, it’s a Halloween/horror-themed build. I had a lot of problems there, partially due to the fact that I had zoomed my camera in with Ctrl+0 and forgot about it, so it was hard to see in the small areas of the build (of which there were many). Also, there is some kind of game/contest to the build (which I didn’t read about before entering), so there were a lot of people typing in chat attempting to find the clues, which hurt the experience.

A big, disembodied eye is stunned by Tobie’s beauty

I had been to another horror build, Ueno Shinrei Hospital, the day before after learning about if from a blog post by Eppie, so Tobie and I gave up on Octoberville and tped there. This build was really cool, as it reminded me of a blend of Silent Hill with Japanese ghost stories. It is built by Moeka Kohime, whose shop Edelweiss I recently discovered (I *love* the Alice in Wonderland dress I bought there—it’s the best I’ve found in world). Out of all the horror builds I’ve been to in SL, I would have to rank this one the best, though I’m still waiting for one that *really* scares me.

When we left the horror hospital, Tobie and I went to Dutch Touch. Tobie was determined to buy me a monthiversary gift (oh yeah, Saturday was our fifth monthiversary—yay!), so I allowed her to buy me an outfit, but I made her pick it out 🙂 There wasn’t a real threat of getting anything I wouldn’t wear, as all the Dutch Touch stuff is great (check it out if you haven’t already). I *really* like what she bought me, and you can see it if you scroll down a bit (I wore it later in the night, after Tobie logged off). I’m such a spoiled kitty 🙂

I believe it was at this point that Tobie and I tped back home. I think this was also the time that she tried on the free skins she got from Evian (not sure about this—she may have tried on the skins before we went out). If you’re interested in the skins (which come with shapes and a bottle of Evian as well), you can find them here. Credit to Looker Lumet for the info about the skins and the SLURL. Anyway, for the first time, I saw Tobie in a human skin. I was unsure how she’d look, as her shape seems *so* made for her neko skin, but she turned out to be totally beautiful in a human skin as well, so much so that I may have to convince her to try wearing it a little more 🙂

Adorable in any skin

At this point, Tobie and I started our alone time, so um, now I have to be intentionally vague. Let’s just say that we had a great evening.

It was very late when Tobie finally logged off, and I really, really, really didn’t want to let her go. It had been such a great night that I didn’t want it to come to an end. My kitten was tired, though, and I reluctantly said my goodbyes and let her go to bed.

After Tobie left, I began thinking about things and wandering the grid, as I often do when I’m alone. I think I talked to Codie for a bit during this time, but I don’t think my heart was much into conversation. So, I tried to think of places I wanted to see before I logged off. Not to make it seem too gloomy, but it kind of felt like someone with a terminal illness. Gah, that seems much too grave now that I’ve typed it, but it will have to do :/ Anyway, I knew I had a limited amount of time, so I wanted to fit in as much as I could.

I remembered that when I talked to my friend Annie, she mentioned that she was working on a haunted house. I told her that I really wanted to see it, and later, during the time I was logged off, she sent me the landmark. I had planned on taking Tobie there, but I totally forgot it, so I went by myself.

Annie’s haunted house was cute, and actually contained some of the items I’ve seen in the bigger builds. I didn’t take many pictures, though I did get this one of me and a bottle of absinthe, which I liked.

Debating on whether to steal some of Annie’s absinthe

After leaving the haunted house, I visited the City of Lost Angel’s. I have been there a few times before, and I think a few of my better pics were taken there. It seems like every time I go there, regardless of the time, it’s always incredibly busy. I wandered the streets, trying to avoid interrupting the roleplay of everyone else while snapping a few pics.

On the streets of the City of Lost Angel’s

After I was satisfied with the number of pics I took, I traveled to Straylight. Though I had been to Straylight twice before, I really never had a chance to explore. Kriss really has received a lot of attention and accolades for the build, and it really has become one of the special areas of SL. Along with Koreshan, I think it’s going to be one of those places I love to visit just to take in the scenery and think.

Sitting in contemplation

While in Straylight, I sent an IM to Sand, whose blog I’ve recently been visiting and who you may have seen commenting here. The way she writes is very interesting, and I recommend you check out her blog if you haven’t yet 🙂 Maybe next time I’m in world we’ll get to meet face-to-face.

Finally, I tped back home to finish out the night. While there, Raul logged in, and I started a conversation with him. Raul is a great guy who I got to meet one night at the Super Fun Happy Club while it was still around (can’t wait to see Arahan’s next installation—Warholla, I think). I admire Raul’s talent and his generosity, and spending my last moments of broadband speaking with him was a terrific way to end my weekend.

I don’t know when I’ll have broadband again. A lot of that depends on things finally falling into place in RL. This weekend will help me keep going for a while, though. The only downside is the harsh readjustment to dial-up (I haven’t been in SL since Sunday). Eventually, I’ll be back, broadband or not 🙂

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14 comments

  1. I know you really want to see me in a human skin, but to be totally honest, I have a hard time imagining myself different from my normal neko self; the way I am in real life. Can’t you just accept me for who I am?

    *curls up next to her warm computer and takes a nap*


  2. Nice story, Chloe, thank you for sharing. BTW, great pictures too, I will check them out on flickr.


  3. Wow, I’m so cool that getting within 15 meters of me is blogworthy. 😉 I look forward to actually meeting you face-to-face at some point. 😀


  4. Tobie: No, I cannot accept you in your neko skin any longer. If you can’t change for me, then it’s over 😛

    Looker: Thank you! I’m surprised anyone read through the post, considering how long it turned out to be 🙂

    Brandy: It would be great to meet you in world 🙂 Maybe next time you come up on my MystiTool, I’ll hunt you down and annoy you 😉


  5. *sniff*

    I knew it was too good to last…

    *Tobie’s lip quivers as she slowly walks away with her head hanging down*


  6. Man Chloe you totally need to warn people about that haunted hospital!! You should defo not do it alone I was actually scared stiff haha!


  7. *wraps her tail around Tobie to keep her from leaving* (yeah, apparently I have a prehensile neko tail)

    Annie: Hee-hee, that place definitely is the scariest I’ve experienced in world. I’m still looking for the one that will make me tp away in fear, though 🙂


  8. Mmmm… loads of places to check, YAY ! It exists no longer, but a place that really scared me to the point my fur was screaming my tail away was this vampire castle near a fairy realm. Maybe it was that visiting one after the other I was just particularly sensitive ot the atmosphere. But ohhh holly kitten, it really gave me the creeps !!! I remember one of my eyes “drinking” the place through my throat and the other eye staring fixidly to my mini-map just praying no one, please just no one would appear and catch me intruding. I wasn’t caught. Could never return there no more for a long while cuz memories of the experience were too vivid. When I finally found the guts to go back, it was gone…


  9. Hi Chloe, I agree with you, it’s october now and somehow in search there are a lot of ‘haunted’ houses, activities and sims appearing with this haunted/halloween theme… And mostly I am not that impressed because a lot of those ‘haunted’ places all look a like… In my opinion there are up till now only three cool places with a horror-theme: 1. Shinrei Hospital because it was something new and exciting not knowing what to expect around the corner and I got accompanied by a nurse there who showed me around :-). 2. Devil’s Labyrinth: a labyrinth kinda scary filled with riddles and clues. 3. Octoberville; because the haunted house is just fun to explore (not scary but fun!) and I liked the Drive-Inn theatre where they show horrormovies. But like you, I am still waiting for something more spectacular in horror terms……….


  10. You could do a lot of fun things with a prehensile neko tail… 😉


  11. Thanks for sharing your weekend with us, and thanks for sharing this moments with me before log off, always a pleasure 🙂


  12. About Tobie, she is one of my favourite nekos (even in human skin 😉 )


  13. Sand: Wow, it’s too bad that castle isn’t there anymore. I’d love to go to a place like that.

    Eppie: We may not have given Octoberville enough of a chance. With my camera problems along with all of the people talking in chat, the atmosphere was kind of ruined. I’m still looking forward to visiting Devil’s Labyrinth sometime, though 🙂

    Tobie: Oh? Do tell 🙂

    Raul: I’m really glad I got to talk to you. It was a good way to end my weekend 🙂 And, strangely enough, I feel the same way about Tobie 😉


  14. Perhaps I’ll demonstrate the next time we’re together 😉



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