Just the Essentials   Leave a comment

(Sigh)  Now where’s the blasted bellhop?  Surely he knows I’ve gotta get to my room and change.  Why, I’ve worn this dress for four whole hours already!”

I hope you’re having a good vacation.  We’re all enjoying some time away while we recharge, but I did find this new dress from Azul, and so ….

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The details:

  • Head: Akeruka Deluxe Rachel
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands
  • Eyes: IKON Hope eyes (Sapphire)
  • Hair: eXxEsS Katiusha
  • Dress and choker: AZUL Lisa (Sapphire)
  • Hat by Kelini Couture (vintage)
  • Purse: MULIER x 1992 Prouler clutch (Noir Croc)
  • Shoes: Hysterical Heaven heels

Makeup unknown (no notes)

Photographed in Hau Koda region

Bluenose   4 comments

I wasn’t sure I’d find anything like the boat behind me — a replica of a hundred-foot fishing schooner, similar to a very famous one from Canada — but I lucked out in the end.  While I was wikiwalking today, you see, I was reminded of what some claim is the most famous ship in Canadian history, one most of us take for granted every day because it’s in our pockets, and we see it so damned often that we “forget” about it.  But never, never completely ….

The 1920s were the last great days of the wind-driven North Atlantic fishing fleets, including out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  In 1921, the schooner Bluenose was launched, in part to participate in the dory-fishing trade on the Grand Banks, but also to get revenge on the Americans for winning a schooner race sponsored by a newspaper.  She could work hard — she carried eight dories, which would be launched up to four times a day when she was active during the fishing season — but she was designed as much for speed, with a very unique profile in the water.

The Bluenose handily won the right to represent Canada in the 1921 International Fisherman’s Trophy, and proceeded to take apart the American Elsie in October to win the Cup.  She and her captain, Angus Walters, defended the Cup in 1922 against the Henry S. Ford.  The 1923 race ended in controversy, and another wasn’t held for years.

The ship continued mostly successful in racing, and represented Nova Scotia in 1935 for the Silver Jubilee of His Majesty King George V; but her paying days as a fishing boat were ending.  Motor trawlers started taking over the trade from the dorymen in the 1930s; that and the Great Depression hit the wind-driven fishers hard.  The Bluenose‘s greatest racing challenger was at hand, though — Gloucester’s Gertrude L. Thebaud.  The Thebaud defeated her in a challenge cup in 1930; but the Bluenose had the better of the American boat in the International Fisherman’s Trophy, defeating her twice — and ending with the trophy in her possession in 1938.  That was the end for her, though; her masts were removed afterward by new owners, who moved her to the Caribbean in 1942 and turned this beauty into a diesel-powered coastal freighter.  She ran aground off Haiti in 1946, was abandoned, and broke up on the reef.

The Bluenose has never been forgotten by Canada, though.  At the height of her fame, the schooner was placed on the reverse of Canada’s dime coin, where she has sailed ever since.  Even before that, she was commemorated on one of Canada’s most famous stamps; and again in 1988, on a stamp honouring Angus Walters, her long-time captain.  And a replica, Bluenose II, built from her original plans, sails the waters out of Lunenburg to this day as a living museum and “ambassador” of Nova Scotia.

Southern Typhoon   Leave a comment

Photograph by Diana Myeong, © 2018

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Are We Blue   Leave a comment

Am I blue?
Am I blue?
Ain’t these tears in my eyes
Tellin’ you?

— “Am I Blue,” by Harry Akst and Grant Clark

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2 for 2   3 comments

It’s been five years since I got this RL personal in this SL blog.  But I do like to share happiness when possible, and this is a happy moment.  My youngest has graduated from the local high school tonight, and will be heading on to college in the fall.  It’s entirely possible that the house will be empty this fall, as his sister is hoping to enter medical school as well; she graduated from college back in December (which I forgot to share at the time, but I was flat exhausted that day).  It’ll be the first time in 26 years we’ve been by ourselves if that’s the case, and it may take getting used to.  On the up side, it’ll give us a chance to clean out the house some!

Posted May 22, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Real Life

A Journey   Leave a comment

It’s a journey … that I propose … I am not the guide … nor
technical assistant … I will be your fellow passenger …

Though the rail has been ridden … winter clouds cover …
autumn’s exuberant quilt … we must provide our own guide-posts …

I have heard … from previous visitors … the road washes out
sometimes … and passengers are compelled … to continue
groping … or turn back … I am not afraid …

I am not afraid … of rough spots … or lonely times … I don’t
fear … the success of this endeavor … I am Ra … in a space …
not to be discovered … but invented …

I promise you nothing … I accept your promise … of the same
we are simply riding … a wave … that may carry … or crash …

It’s a journey … and I want … to go …

Nikki Giovanni, “A Journey” (written 1943)
From The Collected Poems of Nikki Giovanni, ©2003 by Nikki Giovanni; published by HarperCollins

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The details:

  • Head: Akeruka Camille 2.5 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands 2
  • Eyes: IKON Hope eyes (Royal)
  • Hair: D!va Hair Scarlett
  • Outfit: Indyra Alais Halter (Saffron) and pants (Espresso Dark)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Leya
  • Jewelry: Indyra Chablis ring (Gold/Black); EarthStones Ruffle Around earrings (Emerald/Gold); Indyra Sylph bangles (Gold)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Livia Nella (Omega, slot 5)
    • Lipstick: alaskametro Mage (Omega, slot 6)
    • Nails: ZOZ Soft Flowers Tips (Omega, slot 8)

Photographed in SSOC region (Tokyo WindHill City)

The Royal Ladies of the Universe   Leave a comment

It’s been a busy time for all four of us, between our various RL jobs, activities and families; but especially for me.  You see, I just semi-retired … I’ve taken up new, easier occupations, but retired completely from my retail job.  Another Christmas shopping season like the last would have been soul-crunching, if not crushing.  And I’m not really up to the physical demands of retail in many ways, what with my RL age.  (We won’t go into details!)

But also, the last child will be leaving the nest to enter college in the fall — he graduates from high school next week — and that would mean, if I were scheduled for a night shift, that the husband would come home to a dark house after a long shift at the office.  After over 12 years of going through this, that’s not any good.  Last year, I asked if there were a chance of getting placed permanently on morning (opening) shift at all, and informed that wasn’t possible.  That, plus various changes at several levels in the company, made me feel it was time to “turn in my papers.”

And so, with that, it’s time to celebrate!  A change of clothes, a change of skin … hell, even a change of hair … and then sweet-talking the other ladies to do it with me.

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