Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dexter Ihnen

I love live music in Second Life. There’s an indescribable energy you can feel when you’re at the concert. By no means is it the same as actually going to a real life concert, but it’s close. There’s some kind of feeling you get when you gather with a group of people to hear an artist sing their heart out.

Yesterday I went to a concert put on by Dexter Ihnen at The Bay in the Kaiya Islands sim. He’s one of my favorite Second Life artist. He’s an Australian that sings in a funky Rock’n Roll style that I really enjoy. Yesterday he sang some original songs and some covers of songs by John Mayer, Marvin Gay, and Stevie Wonder just to name a few.

There’s some intangible pureness about a musician that sings and plays guitar without a backup band. It feels more intimate somehow.

Unfortunately I missed the last 20 minutes of the concert. My crazy uncle called me wanting to know my address. I have the strange feeling he’s going to send me something ridiculous, like a stuffed squirrel or something else equally silly. That reminds me, I need to cuss out my parents for giving him my cell number.

Did I mention he’s crazy?

Oops, went off on a tangent there… sorry about that!

Dexter put on a fun show and there was a good crowd there, 25 to 35 people at any given time. If you’re looking for live music, check out Dexter. You’ll be glad you did.

Live Music Fan Jon

Sunday, August 29, 2010


There are people in Second Life that LOVE to shop. I’m not one of those people. For example, I’ve worn the same cargo shorts and flip flops for about the last three years. I do change my shirt occasionally, but for the most part, I’m pretty much a fashion disaster. I went against my nature yesterday when I decided to try the Zombie Popcorn Hunt.

I was looking through the Showcase tab under Search when I happened to see it under the Featured Events section. I thought to myself, “I like zombies (who doesn’t), I like popcorn, this sounds kind of fun.” So off I went to check it out.

I checked in at the Zombie Popcorn Sim to register and get started. I learned that I would need to search for bags of popcorn (with the prize inside) located in stores throughout the grid. When I joined the group, I was given a note card with store landmarks and cryptic clues on where to find the popcorn bags in each store.

Now prior to this, I have only done one other hunt. It was a fishing hunt where you simply followed the Landmarks to stores and cast your 7Seas fishing rod into a small pond in the store. You usually got the prize within 2 or 3 casts. This hunt was much different, on this hunt you had to actually SEARCH the store. Some of the popcorn bags were in really obscure locations in the stores.  I’m not a patient person, by about the 5th store I was becoming frustrated. I’m not the most observant person, and this hunt showed me unobservant I really am.

I was on the verge of giving up entirely when I happened to run into Rain, a fellow Zombie hunter. She was nice enough to complement me on my blog (I put the URL in my profile), and I complemented her on her pointy ears.

Rain and I began to work together to find those gawd-damn bags of popcorn. It’s was at this point that the hunt became fun for me. Rain was pretty good at finding the popcorn bags, I think her pointy ears had some kind of radar ability that we regular eared people lack. We continued hunting together and chatting and having a good time, when we bumped into Soreena.  That's her in the green.

Soreena had done the hunt before and was helping a friend of hers find the bags. Rain and I joined her and her friend, and we became a pack of Zombie Hunters. With Soreenas guidance, we moved swiftly from store to store, scooping up bags of prize filled popcorn. Some die-hard hunters would call this cheating, I call it preserving my sanity.

Sometimes we did the happy danced to celebrate finding a popcorn bag.

But all good things must come to an end, Soreena had to leave us to go to a Second Life wedding, Our group kind of fell apart after that. I ended up finishing the hunt alone… well, finishing is too strong a word. I ended up following the landmarks to each store and only searching for the prize if I liked what I saw there. I skipped handbag stores and  ladies clothing stores, and the like on the second stage of my hunt.

I did find a couple cool stores that I'm plan on returning to. I think my favorite store was [Name Pending], that’s the actual name of the store, where I got my cool Zombie Girl T-Shirt.

There were several good prizes, more guys stuff than I thought there would be. But the real prize I received was the making of new friends like Rain and Soreena, and the fun I had along the way.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an ass load of popcorn bags to unpack.

Zombie Hunter Jon

Thursday, August 26, 2010


One of the great things about Second Life, is the ability to relive parts of our childhood. This takes many forms. Some people choose to spend their time inworld as a child AV (creepy!). Others play dress up with their AV’s, I’ve heard more than one person refer to Second Life as “Barbie’s for adults”. As for myself, I like going to places that I always wanted to visit as a kid…places like Bedrock!

You cant imagine my surprise and joy when Melian TP’d me to Bedrock. As the world came into focus, I was transported back to a time when girls had cooties, (some still do), soccer was the only thing worth talking about, and my bedtime was 8:30. I spent a lot of time in front of the tube watching Fred and Barney get in and out of trouble, and now I was getting the chance to visit them.

We hopped in the flying saucer for a quick tour of bedrock. I highly recommend this first, it gives you a good idea of where everything is located.

Next we stopped by the Boutique to "go native”. I chose a Fred like tiger skin suit, while Melian went with a cheetah skin dress. She looks good as a naughty little cave-girl.

Now that we were dressed in our stone age outfits, it was time for some prehistoric activities… like Putt Putt. The controls took a little getting use to, but it was fun and challenging.

After Putt Putt, we took a little break to ride the Dino powered Ferris-wheel.

Then hit the Bedrock Bowl to knock down a few pins. If you can get a score of 100 or more, you win a cool prize.

If you want to try some prehistoric air travel, try the Bedrock Airport.

And to end our strenuous stone age day, we took a long relaxing soak in the Mud Spa.

I could have literally spent all day here, there’s also 7Seas fishing, a drive in movie, a well appointed dance floor, the Quarry where Fred works, Fred and Barney’s houses, the Bedrock Fire Station, Police Station, Water Buffalo meeting lodge. If you feel like driving from one spot to another, there are stone age vehicles that can be rezed for travel; but be careful… the sim in on a platform and its easy to drive off, like my friend (who shall remain nameless) did. There are also several hidden spots around Bedrock for you to explore. See if you can find them!

If you’re a Flintstones fan, this place is a must see!

Stone Age Jon

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Heaven's Pirate Cove

When I came back from my year long break, I spent my first day going through my landmarks, figuring out which were still good and which weren’t. To my dismay, one of my favorite hang outs, Sunset Cove was no longer around. I sent an IM to my friend, super hot Neko-girl Melian, asking what had happened. She told me the sim had closed, but many of the people had moved to a new place called Heaven’s Pirate Cove. Melian gave me the landmark and off I went to check it out.

I spent a few minutes looking around when I happened to bump into McKenna. I have a habit of perving a persons profile when I meet them, it’s a good way to get an idea of the kind of person they are….besides that’s what profiles are for. To my delight, I found that she was partnered with Solar, a friend of mine from Sunset Cove. As it turns out, Solar and McKenna own and manage the sim. I asked if they had homes for rent, and she was nice enough to give me a tour of the sim and show me what they had.

Solar and McKenna.  Good looking couple arn't they!

Heaven’s Pirate Cove is a mature, clothing optional sim. It’s open to the public, but the homes are private. The grounds have 7 Seas fishing, a club house, a couples retreat, and several hidden spots where you can cuddle with that special someone. There are meandering waterways throughout the sim that you can explore on jet skis or boat.

There are also two Heaven’s Pirate Cove clubs that hold weekly events.

Club 2Embrace holds events on Mondays and Tuesdays 6 to 8 pm SLT. Mondays there are hosted Zyngo games. OMG I love Zyngo!

Dizzy’s - For Hot Sax is a jazz club that holds events on Thursdays and Sundays 6:30 to 8:30 pm SLT. Dress code is strictly Black Tie during event hours. The club itself is reminiscent of the old school jazz clubs of the 30’s.

McKenna ended our tour in front of an empty house and I experienced what I can only call a Magical SL Moment. It was a feeling of rightness, of correctness, like this was the place I was supposed to be, a place that was waiting for me to find it. Call me emo, but I’ve come to realize something special about Second Life.

The world is digital, but the feelings are real.


Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm So Xcite'd

There's a saying that I like, goes something like this...

Friends will help you move, real friends will help you move bodies!

I discovered the Second Life equivalent of this saying last week.  The situation didn't involve bodies, but rather... body parts.  You see, I learned long ago that what I may be seeing on my screen isn't necessarily what other people are seeing when they look at me in Second Life.  Being aware of this fact, I decided to have my new friend and landlady extraordinaire McKenna help me with getting my coloring right on my genitals.  One must look their best at all times, especially now that I'm living in a clothing optional sim.

I knew I could count on her for two reasons.

1.  She's use to me IMing her semi-noob questions at least 2 or 3 times a day as I become reacquainted with SL.

2.  She's the sweetest and most giving person I've met since coming back. To know her is to love her!

The conversation went something like this...

Me:  Hey Mac, got a minute? I need your opinion on something.

McKenna: Sure, what's up?

Me: Well, I kind of have to show you, you in the sim?

McKenna: Let me TP you.

She TPs me to her location and I show her my goods.

Me:  Is my thingy the same color as my skin?

McKenna:  LOL, actually it's kind of reddish, what have you been sticking that thing into?

Me:  Hah, I don't kiss and tell :P

I make a color adjustment, and ask again.

Me:  How about now?

McKenna:  Nope, too dark.  You know, only in SL is a conversation like this considered normal.

Me: Hah, I was just thinking that too :P

Another adjustment.

Me: Now?

McKenna:  Too light... and its also not hanging quite right.

Me: Dammit, I'm discolored and deformed :P

McKenna:  ROFL, wait, what model is that?

Me: X3

McKenna:  You need to upgrade, there's an X4 out now.  Solar has one, its so much better and a lot easier to match to your skin.  You can even trade in your old one.

Me: Now you tell me :P  OK I'm off to Xcite then.  Thanks for the info :)

McKenna:  No problem, have fun cock shopping :)

Feeling only mildly embarrassed, I tucked away my pigment challenged tool and headed to Xcite!

I always get a bit nostalgic when I shop at Xcite!  Back in 2005, when I was a 3 day old noob, my friend took me there to get my first cock.  Without a doubt, it was the most surreal experience of my second life.  After I made my purchase, I wet to rez the boxed cock and pull it out.  In my inexperience with rezing objects, I accidentally rezed it inside a wall at the store, and couldn't get it out.  Luckily an Xcite! employee was able to get it out of the wall for me. 

Then I said words I thought I would never say to anyone in my life...

"Thanks for getting my cock out of the wall."

Ahh.. memories.

But I digress. 

I headed into Xcite to get myself a new and improved X4 cock...

Please excuse the lack of pictures of my shopping experience, I don't want to have to put a parental advisory disclaimer on my blog waring of adult pictures and such.  Thank you for your understanding.

I was amazed to find that they had made a giant leap forward in cock technology.  You first selected a "core" that the rest of the cock would attach to.  Next was the shaft, of course there was a plethora of choices... length, girth, and orientation (points up or strait when erect).  Next was your choice of testicle styles... high and tight, low and dangly, and everything in between.  Next, your choice of accessories, piercings, cock rings, sounds, tattoos, even clothespins you could attach to your balls. (cringes)

I made my selections (wouldn't you like to know... but I'm not telling), paid and got my boxed cock.  Remembering my 2005 cock catastrophe, I TP'd home to unpack and try out my new purchase.  Here's where the new X4 really shines (no pun intended).  Once attached, I click on my new schlong, and an inworld Internet window popped up connecting to the Xcite website, asking me to select my options.

I was really amazed, you could actually color your cock by selecting which skin, from which maker you would be wearing, and your cock would be matched.  It took about 30 seconds for the all the options to be applied in Second Life... and I was done. 

Operation Cock Upgrade complete!

I highly recommend the X4 for you guys out there, ladies it also makes a great gift for that special guy in your life.

After going through all this, I learned yet another valuable Second Life lesson...

Friends will tell you when your shoes don't match your outfit, real friends will tell you when your cock  doesn't match your skin.

X4 Jon

Friday, August 20, 2010

Back Again

There’s something magical about Second Life. It’s real and unreal at the same time. Nowhere else can you skydive, dance, ride horses, go surfing, explore an alien world, and make a new friend… all within thirty seconds of each other.

But as fun and interesting as all these things are, the most magical thing about Second Life is the people. The people keep me coming back, and back, and back again.

I’ve been a Second Life resident since 2005. I’ve taken several breaks from the game for various reasons… pursuing other interests, playing other games, and everyone’s favorite… drama overload. These breaks have lasted from a couple months to over a year, and now I’ve come back again.
I’m constantly amazed by the people I meet. Some living only a few miles away, others living several thousand miles away.

I’m recently back from a year break and once again, SL has worked it’s magic on me. On my first day back, I reconnected with old friends, made some amazing new friends, and found a new home and family on the grid.

In this blog, I hope to share with anyone bored enough to read this… my new journeys and discoveries, both places and people I stumble across in this amazing world.

I’ll see you inworld.

Second Life Jon