Friday, December 31, 2021

Christmas at The Goblin Cave And The Happy Vixen

By Bixyl Shuftan

As Christmastime approached, various communities and places held parties. Among them was the Goblin Cave at Caledon Downs, hosted by Cynthia Farshore, which held it's event at Tuesday December 21st from 6 to 8 PM.

Come join us at the Goblin Cave Tuesday the 21st at 6 PM as DJ Cynthia presents Abby Normal's Christmas Dance, a selection selected twisted tunes, funny or odd.  Parodies, offbeat, just generally funny like Bob Rivers. Join us at the Goblin Cave in Cynthia's Winter wonderland region. Feel free to explore. She has decorated the whole region with Christmas.

Cynthia was on the dance floor with everyone as the music played. 

There was a mix of tunes from traditional Christmas fare, and the not so traditional such as "Santa Clause Is Watchin'" You by Ray Stevens, "I Came Upon a Roadkill Deer" "It's the Most Fattening Time of the Year" and "Didn't I Get This Last Year" by Bob Rivers, "A Pirate Christmas" and "We Need A Little Krampus" by Tom Smith, "Rusty Chevrolet" by Da Yoopers, and others. 


There were avatars of all kinds from the festive,

To the small.

At the end of the party, "Caledonia," the unofficial anthem of the Caledon community, was played.

On Wednesday December 22, the Happy Vixen would hold it's Christmas party, Nydia Tungsten's "Twisted Christmas" event.

Today is the day, the day we throw up our arms and scream to the heavens NO MORE! We have been Christmas'd to death starting November 1st So if you are as fed up as I am come to my "Twisted Christmas" event, (make sure the kiddies are out of the room) as we poke fun and holes into the "Christmas spirit" of course I mean the shopping spirit, it all starts at 7pm SLT TONIGHT at THV. 

The event was a poke at the over-comercialization of Christmas, shopping malls hyping holiday sales as early as October, as well as the constant Christmas jingles that made the normally cheerful songs seem rather sachrine. And "DJ Naughty Nydia" played a Christmas set as only she could, with various parodies from mild to wild to "What the f***?!" They ranged from Mike Rowe's "Santa's Gotta Dirty Job." to "Al Bundy's Christmas Poem," to "Flu Ride" by Bob Rivers, "It's the Most God-Awful Time of the Year" by John Lovitz, "Grandpa Got Run Over By a Beer" by Weird Al Yankovic, "Grandma Got Knocked Up By A Reindeer" by Shockwave, and some we can't even list the song titles here.

As always, Nydia was the DJ for the event. She joined her partner Brandi in wearing a mousegirl avie.

And a couple others joined them at the front of the dance floor in anthro mice looks. 

"Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse..." she would say in group chat, "MAY *SS! We got FOUR of them shaking their BUTTS!"

 There were plenty of people in Christmasy outfits, some cheeky, and some more traditional. 

Not everyone had a Christmasy look, but it was all in the name of fun.

Nydia would put up some naughty and cheeky cartoons, many of which we can't show unless they came out blurry. She also put up some drunken reindeer and "Frisky the Snowman" made an appearance, making cheesy pick-up lines at the girls, "You must be from Tennessee! Because you are the only TEN I see!" "Did you get those pants on sale? Cause if they were at my house they would be 100 percent off." "Oh no not the naughty snowman!" the girls facepalmed. 

A few of Nydia's tunes were so off the wall, they left some people "floored."

Someone tried flying like one of Santa's reindeer.

It didn't quite work.

After the two hours were up, Nydia changed back to vixen, and there was some funning around, such as with this old "Carmeldansen" cube.

Nydia being angelic.

And a look Nydia doesn't show often, the character she named herself after from her "Switched Destinies" novel, "One of my (close friends), Jian, made an avi of her. I am SO proud of it. I only wear it for special occasions, so I don't soil her image (laughter)."

There would be other Christmas parties, such as the one at Club Cutlass on Friday night. But there's not enough room to describe those in detail as well. 

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year

Bixyl Shuftan

Monday, December 13, 2021

Bay City's Annual Tree Lighting

By Bixyl Shuftan

On Sunday December 5, Bay City held it's annual Tree Lighting party. 

The event was held in the North Channel sim from 1 to 4 PM. 

Part of the event was the charity auction, also known as the silent auction. Various items from vehicles to gift cards were up for bid.

The money raised went to the Child's Play charity, which helps children in their stays at hospitals with games and gaming equipment. 

The main event was the music and dance party just in front of the stage.  

GoSpeed Rasere (GoSpeed Racer) was the DJ for the first part of the event, playing classics like "I'll Be Home For Christmas," by Frank Sinatra, "Christmas Time Is Here," "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," twists on classics such as "Over The River And Through The Woods" by The Chipmunks and "Twelve Days Of Chirstmas" by John Denver and the Muppets, and modern tunes such as the parody "Toy Sack" by Bob Rivers.

Marianne McCann, Bay City's best known citizen, was there, wearing clip-on reindeer antlers.

Marianne would bring up some of the things in the silent auction, "I want to once again talk about some of the items today. First, there is a Bay City parcel on the auction block. It's in a lovely part of Falconmoon, and well worth considering for those who wish to join Bay City, or want a new parcel. You'll also find your choice of GenusProject mesh head next ot it ,as well as a full eBooy library from R. Jacques. Those will be usable on your e-book reader of choice."

Someone went, "Shhh about that Genus head Mari," grinning. Mari responded, "Oh, was not not supposed to mention the GenusProject head? Cuz that looks like a heck of a deal. ... Oh, sorry. Right." She went on, "There's a lot of great cars, boarts, and planes available. ... Lusch Motors, if you didn't see, is a two-for-one prize. a car for you, and a car to give to a friend. We'll leave it up to you to put a big, floppy red bow on it for the holidays."

Pygar Bu dances along next to someone who was "bearly" moving along.

At one point, a conga line formed.

And over time, more people hopped on it.

At 2PM, GoSpeed would close with "WKRP In Cincinnati Closing Credits." And then the first of the live musicians, Tamrya Haden (Tamrya Sands) went up on stage. 

There was various chatter, including some discussions about Christmas songs, "Amusingly, partridges (chukars) would usually nest on the ground, not in trees." "Maybe that's why it being in a pear tree is such a big thing."

There was a little joking around about the silent auction, "Sorry DeeDee, I can't let you outbid me. My kids will never let me hear the end of it." Marai went, "You'll find some really lovely art from Elan (Ineffable Mote), but again, stop bidding on the one I want." GoSpeed commented, "Bid on my books! They were inspired by Second Life, especially Bay City and E-Bar."

Other things to do included skating, but while I was there, I didn't see anyone at the rink. I wasn't there long enough to see the actual tree lighting.

In past years, April Linden would often show up. But as she retired this year, sadly she no longer appears.

At 2:28, Mari announced, "With a donation of 2500, we are over last year!" So besides people having fun, the party was also a success in raising money for Childs Play.

After an hour and a half longer, the party would end. But this isn't the last of the fun for the month. On Friday December 31 is the New Year's Eve bash, in which people say goodbye to 2021 and hello to the new year 2022.

Bixyl Shuftan

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Some Halloween Parties in Second Life

By Bixyl Shuftan

There isn't another time of year quite like Halloween. In real life, there's all sorts of spooky fun parties, and people wear costumes to look like what they want. In Second Life, people can already look more or less what they want to. But the occasion gives them the opportunity to go wild and take on looks they otherwise wouldn't. And of course there are all sorts of haunts.

Some places, such as the Happy Vixen, had a number of Halloween-themed events across the month such as "Orange and Black." The events had been moved to this year's Halloween area as well, the ghost pirate island

And there were the Halloween pranks, like the one I pulled a couple days before Halloween with an avatar I don't usually wear.

[20:09] Penny Shuftan (DeafLegacy Resident): Bix??
[20:09] Penny Shuftan (DeafLegacy Resident): There you are :)
[20:09] Bixyl Shuftan: Hey there, I found a scary Halloween costume
[20:09] Penny Shuftan (DeafLegacy Resident): Wait a minute, you're a human
[20:09] Penny Shuftan (DeafLegacy Resident) screams in horror
[20:09] Bixyl Shuftan: Heh heh
[20:09] Muertos Okawa (Muertos Ashbourne): OMG!!!!!
[20:09] Bixyl Shuftan: I guess to scary, just a moment
[20:10] Scratch Musikatt (ScratchMusikatt Fox): *Giggles insanely* good costume! That thing's horrofying
[20:10] Clove (VoxDragon Resident): that is scary
[20:10] Bixyl Shuftan: Hey Snowy
[20:10] Muertos Okawa (Muertos Ashbourne): That's super scary
[20:10] Penny Shuftan (DeafLegacy Resident): Hi Snowy sis
[20:10] Bixyl Shuftan: I think I found a scary Halloween look
[20:10] Muertos Okawa (Muertos Ashbourne): Heyas Snow
[20:10] Now playing: Silver Screen Orchestra - Theme from "The Omen"
[20:10] Snowy AngelBun Lefavre (Skylark Lefavre): Yeah Bix you are scary
[20:10] Bixyl Shuftan: heh heh
[20:10] Snowy AngelBun Lefavre (Skylark Lefavre): hi Penny sis
[20:10] Clove (VoxDragon Resident): hi snow
[20:10] Snowy AngelBun Lefavre (Skylark Lefavre): Hii Clove
[20:11] Penny Shuftan (DeafLegacy Resident) yanks a gun out and cocks it before aiming it at Bix
[20:11] Penny Shuftan (DeafLegacy Resident): Please... kindly.. change your avatar, Bix bro...
[20:11] Bixyl Shuftan: okay, changing
[20:11] Muertos Okawa (Muertos Ashbourne): LMAO
[20:11] Scratch Musikatt (ScratchMusikatt Fox): set phasers to furrify!
[20:12] Muertos Okawa (Muertos Ashbourne): LMAO 

 Here's a better picture of the avatar in question, taken a few years earlier at a Halloween Club Crawl.

On Saturday October 30, Club Cutlass, the main club of the Sunweaver community, had it's Halloween party.

Well, this guy sure used his brain with his costume.

Xanadu would also have a Halloween Party that night.

A number of places would have events on Halloween Day. This included Virtual Ability.

They were doing the monster mash.

Gentle Heron herself was looking a little green.

The National Space Society would have a small Halloween party.

With some Halloweenish science posters.

The Spooky Strides event, raising money for the Relay for Life, had it's last night. 

Among the performances on the last day and night was by Drum.

The Bouncing Bunny Beach Club would have a "Monster party." DJ Mattie was playing the music.

Trick or treat.

Only some of those attending went into what could be called a monster look. But it was a monstrous good time.

Also having a Halloween party was the Fallout Shelter in the Deadlands. 

Rebel Wolf, aka The Baron, had a good-sized party there.

For a place still recovering from a nuclear war, they were doing pretty good, for one night anyway.

It was quite the Halloween bash. 

Among other places having events were the Furry Fashion Lounge, and the Goblin Cave at Caledon Downs. 

At 5PM SL time, the main event in the Sunweaver community started, the Happy Vixen's Halloween party.

"Alright all you ghouls and gals. Dj Jazz is kicking it off at The Happy Vixen Haunted Island tonight from 5 to 7. Playing all the Halloween tunes and hits.  Everything from old school horror to current. Oh.. and did I mention there's a Fishbowl event happening?  No? Well here ya go then. Dishing out not one but TWO epic prizes this evening awarded out on the top the hour. 2500L awarded out at the first hour and another 2500L at the close of the event. Want in? Simple, be there and be in theme for a Halloween party."

The "Howloween" event was of course at the ghost pirate island area, and drew quite a crowd.

At one point, there were two dozen present, and probably more than three dozen were there at some time in the four hour party.

From 5 to 7PM, DJ Jazzy played the music. From 7 to 9PM, DJ Squeaks did the tunage.

For the first half of the event, the 2500 Linden prize had been boosted to 3000 L, and the usual prohibition against club staff entering was lifted. The prize was split between Aubrytia Resident (Nikkita Sugar Lefavre), ShinyWhiteDragon, and DeniseUnicorn Toonie. For the second half of the event, the 1000L prize was split between Piper Pekli and Gil Otaared.

Eventually, it would be time for the ghosts and goblin avatars to be put away for another year, or at least until the "Nightmare Before Christmas" event. But it was a fun event for all. 

Bixyl Shuftan