Monday, January 2, 2017

Scenes From New Year's Eve 2016

By Bixyl Shuftan

New Year's Eve has been celebrated for many ages, at least in places using what's called the "Gregorian calendar." The Julian calendar which it's based on came about in 45 BC, which gives some idea just how long it's been celebrated. Besides marking the end of the Christmas holiday season, and one last chance to have a good party before having to get to bed early the next night for work the day after, usually it's been a chance to look back at the old year and look forward to the new one. But 2016 saw the demise of many public personalities, including childhood heroes, from old age, disease, violence, or the effects of hard living earlier in life finally catching up. This became a year to be despised by many, someone dubbing it the "Year of the Reaper." So that gave a number of people additional reason to look forward to New Year's Eve and the stroke of Midnight to finally put the year behind them.

Shockwave Yareach was among those doing things to celebrate the end of 2016, including making a "Burn in Hell 2016" hat, which he passed out to some at Club Cutlass' New Year's party on Friday night. He also did a video in which in real life he blew up a calendar, which took a little more effort than planned. "The old year didn't want to die," one remarked when seeing the youtube.

Going about on New Year's Eve, it was in my Luskwood striped skunk avatar instead of the fox. I guess with all of the formal outfits in some parties, black and white seemed to be the thing to do.

I heard there was an event going on at the International Space Museum at Spaceport Alpha, but by the time I got there, the fireworks show had come and gone. I went aboard the boardable rocket for my own personal fireworks.

Club Serenity, which Grease Coakes recently reviewed, was among the locations having events early in the day. The normally sci-fi club had been winterized into an ice cave. Grease and DJ Khyra, who can be found at the Happy Vixen club on Mondays, were among those spinning the tunes.

For the Sunweaver/Angel community, their Saturday night venue of Club Cutlass was closed that night, but there was another hangout that officially opened that night, the "Goblin Cave" at
Pacific Waters (185, 178, 31). Although it's owner Cynthia Farshore planned to start things off at 8PM SL time, things got started off at 7PM.

The Goblin Cave has a jacuzzi and a couple of couples' spots, but it was the game room that got the attention of the crowd, at least for the first couple of hours. There was a pool table, SLopoly, chess, and the popular SL favorite game "Greedy." But the star of the show was a Second Life version of "Cards Against Humanity," a game with a cheeky sense of humor in which sentences with one or two blanks pop up, all the players but one pick one of the set of cards they were given to fill in the blanks, and one randomly selected player takes the part of judge to make the call on the best answer. Not surprisingly, people are inclined to give the funniest, or most perverse, possible answer.

 The first player to win ten rounds in the Second Life version of the game is declared the winner. So who won, well, I won't say as the cheeky nature of the game makes it one in which winning makes it look like they have a bit of an odd sense of humor.

Just before 9PM SL time, or Midnight EST just as the New Year first reached the United States, the party moved to the dance floor and bar, where the crowd danced away for a while. Cynthia played the tunes from her Farshore Radio station. We talked about a few things as we danced, including that the "Year of the Reaper" would claim one more celebrity on the last day. But on the whole it was mostly optimism about what was ahead and happy to spend the evening, and early morning, with friends. After Midnight SL time, those left began retiring for the night one by one.

At T1 Radio's Legend's club in Arinultra Cay, Trader Whiplash played the tunes for a crowd that included a number of personalities from the Relay for Life. The party lasted from about 7PM to some time after Midnigh SL time.

The Furry Fashion Lounge had a special New Years Eve bash that night, starting up at 9PM SL.

DJ Moff (Moffetmephit) was spinning the tunes, but instead of being behind the regular DJ Booth, he and the hosts took on the appearance of a rock band, "The Lem n' Ems," named after their host Lem Aiko.

One of the latest starting events was the "Prim Drop" at Bay City's North Chanel sim in the Fairgrounds. The event gets it's name from New York City's Times Square's "Ball Drop," which has been taking place since 1908, and broadcasted over radio and then television since the 1940s. 

The party started a little before 11:30 SL time. Marianne McCann, like other major Bay City events, was the organizer of this party, "You outdone yourself, Mari!" And at ten seconds to Midnight, the prim, now lit and glowing, began coming down.

 And when 2017 had officially come to Second Life, fireworks went into the air, as well as some ticker-tape that floated down. There were cheers, and a few couples kissing one another. "The prim is down! Here's to a new year!" Marianne announced, "It's my pleasure to bring this to all of you, my friends in Bay City and elsewhere, and everyone who called Second Lifer a Second Home."

 Among the people in the crowd was Draxtor Despress, who shot this video of the event, "Thanks to Drax's live stream I didn't have to miss it when locked up!" "Can't say I've ever seen you sober, Drax."

And so, Second Life bade 2016 farewell, and welcomed in a new one.

Happy New Year, Second Life.

Bixyl Shuftan

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