NOTE: This article was originally published on December 7, 2011, on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Some changes have taken place in Second Life, and so I have revised the article where needed to avoid confusion.
USS Arizona sinking following explosion of her magazine, 7 Dec 1941; photo from U. S. Navy History and Heritage Command collection
“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan….”— President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, speaking to a joint session of Congress.
The world changed — massively — for Americans on that December day. While most of us were going about our Sunday routines — perhaps sitting in church for the day’s sermon or Sunday school, or getting out for brunch with friends — a squadron of Japanese aircraft carriers were turning into the wind and launching attack bombers. Japan was stymied in its plans for expansion of its “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” by an American embargo on oil, machine parts and other needed goods, and afraid that the U. S. would respond if it attacked British interests in Southeast Asia, and planned a preventive strike against the American Pacific Fleet in Hawaii to forestall any action against it. The Japanese had planned to shave its “notification” to the U. S. government of hostile intent as closely as possible to keep a warning from being sent to the American bases in and around Pearl Harbor; but clerical problems in decoding and typing the message eliminated any validity to their weak attempt to observe the niceties.
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Just a fast note, as I’m crunched for time, but today is my seventh rezz day. Couldn’t let the day go by without at least making a note! Peace to all, and I may have more to say on the blog’s 7th Anniversary in November.
For me, it was Peter Davison, he of the celery stick in the lapel of his cricket jacket (laughing). Happy 50th birthday to Doctor Who; it’s been a rocky ride at times, but almost always interesting. (And you gotta dig the theme song!)
Remember, no matter the body, Who is the Doctor!
Today, I hit a milestone of a kind. I first rezzed in Second Life five years ago. It’s always a time of reflection for me on what I’ve done, but I don’t think I’d have done much different over this time, if anything. There have been changes and improvements, though. I’ve gotten in some more photography that’s getting pretty good, am becoming more involved in my store (Harper’s Fine Art) once again, and am now branching out into Real World sales with prints available through Bigoom (see the sidebar if you’re interested).
My recent purchase of a chunk of sim gives me a location for better work, more pleasant living space in world, and the room to expand if I choose to, such as building a new, larger and more versatile studio. I’m also considering moving the store to another front, though staying with my current commercial landlord (Tegg Bode), who’s been there to help me from the beginning and has worked with me to solve some sticky problems at times.
One thing hasn’t changed, and that’s friendships. Most of my interaction with my friends has been via outside social media (Plurk, with connections to Facebook and Twitter, so that everybody gets almost the same thing), but I’m usually available to my friends when in world. (If anybody needs a temporary model and I have the time, give me a ring!) Even my landlords have been nice, cooperative folk to work with; I’ve already noted Tegg above, but bo Heartsdale was wonderful when I was living in one of his houses for several months, and I’m hopeful of relations with my current landlord as well.
Thanks for coming along with me so far. I hope you’ll keep following, and that you’ll look forward to November, when I do the fifth-anniversary piece for this blog.