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Veterans Day and Election Day 2016

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Jem, Conan (who couldn’t be present) and I all salute our country, our veteran relations and ancestors, and our democratic process.

In part, Veterans Day and Election Day are close enough together this year that I decided to combine the two together into one post. This isn’t normally my practice, but the theme I’m going to talk about here links into both, as it’s a matter that links the two days together.  As I’ve done before, I’m writing for all three of us, and adding their signatures to this article with my friends’ review and permission, for which I thank them most gratefully.

We at Around the Grid all have a father or grandfather who served in the U. S. armed forces at some point — as well, doubtless, as any number of ancestors we have never known — and we were raised “traditionally” enough to have a reasonably strong sense of patriotism, along with belief in our country and its inherent good and decency.  Our ancestors fought on behalf of the United States in any number of wars, going back to the Revolutionary War, because they believed in those facts.  They desired the right of a man — and now of a person — to be free, to determine their own destiny with the least imposition of rule by the government over them, and only by their own consent when the government did institute a law of some kind.  Jem and Conan haven’t mentioned any specifics about their fathers; but I can tell you that my own, as I think I’ve mentioned in the past, fought and bled for those ideals in France in World War II.  (This is the reason I wear the purple duster I have on above, for Dad’s Purple Heart; and the purple strip in Jemmy’s dress is suggestive.)  Many more since have fought, or simply served and stood ready to defend this country against its perceived enemies.  Again, as this blog tries to do every year, we salute those men and women — not always understood, never enough appreciated, often wounded in spirit as well as body, but willing to lay their lives down if called upon for the greater good.

Please don’t stop here; more words, even more important, are past the turn of the page.

Where To Find Gift Cards In World?

Where do you find them?  Why at this list of places, of course!  If you’re planning on some Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones, go down this list and see if there are any stores listed that they love.

And, if you have a Plurk account and know of one that hasn’t made it on the list, be sure to add it!

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Winter Time In Full

I mentioned what was going down the other day, without including a picture — because, well, it was still in the building.  Here’s the finished product.

The texturing wizard is JD Lemur, and he’s available for hire for other projects.  This didn’t require giving him manager privileges, believe it or not — but it did take a hell of a lot of prims, including icing over the river between my main “island” and the small piece of ground I have across the river.  After that, JD’s friend (and my neighbor), Jessie Kleiner, did the final landscaping  I left a few green things around, mostly across the river, but there’s that one green tree you see over on the right; that’s one of the four oak trees that haven’t “dropped their leaves.”  I’m down to 70 open prims for the duration; it’s worth the investment, though.

The prim level is going to go lower in the near future, as I’m building a cavern to house the Holy Family for this year’s Posada progress toward the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life.  Watch this space around December 3-4 for my annual rundown on the visitation.

Transylvania 6-5000

When you materialize inside a pentagram, you know you’re in for some strange things going on….

The Transylvania sim is dedicated to the vampire, as you can guess.  Among the things you’ll find there is this:  the Vampyre Cultural Centre, which celebrates the more cultural phenomenon in the arts, such as paintings.  It’s featured right now on the startup screen of the Linden viewer; if you materialize inside the pentagram, turn until you see the sign on the archway, and just walk on.  You shouldn’t need to worry about Bloodlines players (if that’s still a concern); that business is officially discouraged in Transylvania.

Academic Survey for Second Lifers: New World Notes

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From New World Notes comes an invitation to participate in an academic survey — which we’ve seen a fair few of lately, including one on purchasing habits and reasons inside the virtual economy.  This survey deals with a variation on that old question that has plagued many a psyche, not to mention a conscience, since we started going through Second Life:  Am I really interacting with a man or a woman on the other end here?

New World Notes: Virtual World User or Gamer? Please Take This 5 Minute Survey for an Academic Study on Male & Female Avatars

Read Ham’s article carefully.  There are two separate links, for those who are men in real life, and for those who are women.  Click the appropriate link to continue.  The survey itself will ask you if you prefer to use a male or female avatar in world.  (No personal information is gathered, such as name or E-mail address.)  The questions look a little peculiar, and seem to be focused on avatars who participate in sword-and-sorcery RPG areas.  (I wonder if it was originally meant for World of Warcraft players?)  Beyond that bubble, it looks quite straightforward.  Hamlet has promised a writeup when the results are released.

Caoimhe Lionheart has excellent things to say here. Second Life gives you magnificent opportunities for letting you be you, even if it is as sort of an alias. Take advantage; play around with the possibilities!

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But for the rest of us, well, it’s a different story. It’s amazing, even in a Second Life, there can be an amazing trend to conformity, I say, buck tradition, be you! The wonderful thing about SL fashion is relatively cheaply you can experiment with so many different styles, mix and matches. So experiment, play and above all, have fun with yourself. Who knows? You might put together the next “Great Look.” And differentiating yourself from the pack in SL modeling is a must to be noticed.

Anything is Possible...

For the weekend, I wanted to wear something kicky and fun and chose the “Optical” dress from designer Nevery Lorakeet of *LpD*. This fun piece hints of Paris in springtime with its tighly molded and sleeveless bodice. The skirting is scrumptious with a white mini attractively detailed with voluptous tufts of satin about the hips. The entire effect is completed with a color-blocking…

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Third House Move This Year

For the third time in less than a year, my landlord decided to close down — apparently because of lack of time to handle the responsibilities this time, but once again I was in the house market.

It took some work, but I found this place in Tropical Sands region, pre-furnished and at my price.  I even have 60 prims left in allowance.  Add in tons of water, full house controls, beautiful landscaping around the entire sim and a long-established landlord, and I think I’ve lucked out.

If anyone is in the market for a house or apartment, check out Heartsdale Rentals; you can teleport from here.  They have places from luxury to basic 25-prim apartments, and it looks like a good location.

Posted February 16, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Lifestyles, Personal

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