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Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Sighs and now we know why I am no longer any good to run a venue, I can't be dependable as much as I used to be.  But Have no fear......some things the health issues I just refuse to let stop me from.    For instance....the line up is done for this years Spring Prom and after Prom Party.  shhhhhhh its a secret.  The theme and date.  LOL Last year when I posted it 15 minutes later someone else posted the same theme prom and that it was being put together.  So not even the performers know the theme yet.  I am just waiting for a couple of more things to come together......the invitations being made and lining a photographer up.  Once they are all in place the invitations will be going watch for it.

The other thing I refuse to let health issues hold me back from is Stand Up 2 Cancer.  This year we are attempting something different.  SL is such a diverse community, made up from people all around the globe.  There are Stand Up 2 Cancer Organizations in quite a few other countries,  We are hoping that instead of just directing the fundraising activities to just the US that we hold a place in many of the global organizations, so that residents have a choice.  To donate lindens which would go to the US organization or to donate directly to the country nearest them with the use of a credit card.  We want to make our fundraising efforts as diverse as our community.

I am also considering an event to raise funds for Nepal.  The devastation they have gone through, the loss of lives, the costs of getting them the help they will need.  There are only two other times I have worked on fundraisers due to catastrophes.  The first was when Moody organized the fundraiser for Haiti, the second was when we put put together a fundraiser for Rodanthe.  So I will be contacting International Red Cross and seeing exactly how where monies go that we may raise.  Most of you know I am a bit hardheaded about transparency and accountability.  It comes from the 20+ years of working on non-profit boards before I ever came to sl.  Some local, some statewide and a couple national.  I have been extremely lucky over the years to have the exposure and experience I have.

The next couple of weeks will be extremely busy for me as my oldest is walking across the stage-very pregnant to receive her Master of Education degree.  and a couple of weeks later giving birth to my second granddaughter.

Now back to the things I have not written about but want to make sure you get caught up on.  Come to think of it....this is already long, I should probably start another.


Keep in mind as I go through these, I am the self proclaimed world's largest procrastinator.

On April 16 I ventured one of my all time favorite venues....Kickin.  When I got there it was toward of the end of Liam Defoe's show.  I stayed for Vinnie aka Acoustic Rhapsody and then my buddy Johnny Paramour (besides he always does my favorite Clint Black song for me).  I can never say enough good things about Kickin.  If you don't make a habit out of going you should, it is always fun, the owners LilMissPriss Lane and ScrtsSafe Waco have to be some of the nicest on the grid.  Everyone always feels so welcome in their warm embrace to their guests.  Such a great atmosphere, and great lineup of talent......I can't picture a more fun time.


Johnny Paramour at Kickin
Liam Defore

Vinnie aka Acoustic Rhapsody at Kickin

I did it make to one more event on the 16th.....there was no way I could pass up Russell Eponym and to top it all off, he was at someone that I consider one of very closest friends' venue , CeSoir.  Not even going to touch on the people yet.  This venue is one of the prettiest I have seen.  Live music, readings, art, and the most beautiful settings to hold it all in.  Now I will tell you that the owners of CeSoir. Aeon and Mirelle, I can not possibly say enough good about them.  They are truly some of the best couple you will ever meet in sl.  Mire tickles me to death, if I am quiet for too long, I will get the note card or email saying she hasn't seen me and wants an update on how I am doing.  She is one of the most caring people I know.  Russell and I go back to when I first opened to BS's.  Over the years a strong friendship and bond formed......he also is an amazing performer and is well deserved of the his name The Music Whisperer.


Russell Eponym at CeSoir
That was a lot for one day.....

The 17th of April I was only able to make it to one venue.....but ohhhh so worth it,  It was a new venue for me.  The best part of sl is finding these gems.  Branagh's Jazz, where I got to see another wonderful old friend, the oh so very talented Phil Setner.  Phil is the kind of performer that makes you what a voice!!!!!  It is something I always think when I hear him and I was able to bring him to BS's for the B2B Awards ceremony....Just when I was thinking the wow, what a voice, two other people im'd me me saying the same thing.

Branagh's Jazz

Phil Setner at Branagh's Jazz

Chuckles time to move on to Part 3 of this blog.


The next few days I just took some time and enjoyed SL.  There are some really fun places in sl.  At past Christmases I have sent out landmarks to many different themed sims that I thought were done so well and so much fun.  This the kid side of me....the same kid side that is so proud of the amusement park and the roller coasters that are there...of which I should be adding in another one or two in the next couple of weeks.  I just like to check them out first and make sure they are quality.

I also finished the line up for this years prom and after party. Just about finished the build for it.

Now that you have heard all the excuses I have had, back to venue hopping on the 29th of April.  I started out at the Rhodehouse.  Sometimes it is just amazing to me how many live music venues are in Second Life that I have never been to.  The Rhodehouse is one of them.  I have seen them in events many times, yet this was the first time I had visited them.  What a comfortable venue.  I listened to
Brendan Shoreland while there.  What a wonderful time.

The Rhodehouse

Brendan Shoreland at The Rhodehouse 4_29_2015
From there I went on to see a special friend....Josie Anderton at the The Titanic.  Another amazing live music venue and so much more owned by my dear dear friend Mara Menges.  For those that are not aware The Titanic is built to replicate the one from the movie of the same name.  The Titanic Build has been visited by some very famous people one which has made numerous blockbuster movies and been written about in some very famous publications.  Mara also maintains a memorial with every name of every person lost on the Titanic.  I remember the day she she sat me down and related the whole story to me.  It is amazing.  She took the time and introduced me to a few different people, and it was then (though I already knew after meeting one of Oprah's producers in sl) that you truly never know who you are talking to in Second Life.  In Real Life they come from all walks of life.  I know the story about the Titanic, I know that myself personally have met VP's of major Fortune 500 companies and retired professionals that still do consulting work.  I have met Academic Professors, and many from some part of the medical field.  I am lucky that many have trusted me with their rl, but even the team knows I do not any under circumstances share that information.  Even when it is kind of disgusting.  So I am honored that Mara shared her information with me and took the time to introduce me to a few people that she knew.

Josie Anderton is a sweetheart of a woman.  When I first met her we did not become fast friends because I was gullible enough to buy into a friend's drama.  As time went by we became amazing friends, not even remembering why we had not spoken much to each other before.  The day she stood on a stage at a fundraising event I had put together, and dedicated "Thank You For Being a Friend" to me, brought tears to my eyes.  The song meant so much to me that I had a builder  have it played in gift that I sent out to those that were on the team with me, because they meant and still mean so very much to me.

The Titanic

Josie Anderton RMS Titanic, Ship Of Dreams.4/29/15
After seeing two very old friends I popped over to another venue I had not been to Sundown Beach to listen ElvisAronPresley Lisa.  It has been quite some time since I had seen him.  The last time it was a formal venue and he took the time during his performance to dance with each woman that was not already dancing.  This time, he has added a band it is not formal.

Sundown Beach

ElvisAronPresley Lisa atSundown Beach, 4/29/15
Off to Mystic CoveWhere I was given the opportunity to listen to the amazing David Csiszer  It is always wonderful when I make it out to see friends perform..

Mystic Cove

David Csiszer at Mystic Cove 4/29/15
That was it for me for the day.


Finally I am getting to the end of this blog.  I am really long winded this time......reminiscing a lot as I write.

Yesterday the 4th of May I was able to get back out.  As I checked events I saw another friend performing and off I went to Ecnad Nation to listen to the talented Kevin Thomas.  Another very recommended performer.  It was an all originals show and Kevin is wonderful at originals add to that the charming personality and it is always a very wonderful performance.

Ecnad Nation

Kevin M Thomas at Ecnad Nation 050415

When Kevin was done, I took a break for a bit, then later headed over to The Gspot to see Ganjo Mokeev, unfortunately he was having technical difficulties and had to cancel the show at the last minute.  The G Spot Block Party is ALWAYS a fun place to just hang out.  They had a great stream and my buddy Jolie Serendipity came over and we waited for the QuadRadix.  You can't help but love the QuadRadix....4 streams dualing together --Max Kleene, Denny Mac, Sabian Inglewood, and Ben Cleanslate

In the meantime we got to discussing the next upcoming Awards show her builder group has at BS's and its theme.  As the QuadRadix took the stage I asked their management team if they could perform that song.  So I gave them the time and date and the song name.  Unfortunately, well fortunately for all of us, but unfortunately for that particular event, they have to work around their performers' individual schedules and this will not work for for them.  So I am looking of someone that can perform the cover song "We Built This City on Rock and Roll"  If you know of anyone, please let me know.

The G Spot

QuadRadix at: the GSpot 050415
As I finish up this blog, I wanted to say thank you.  I hate going on about my health issues, but in the little I have said, so many of you take the time and check up on me.  Often times just leaving me messages that I am in your hearts.  You truly have no idea how very much this touches me.  I love each and everyone of you...You have given me so much.  If I could find a way to stretch my arms long enough and give you all the biggest bear hug known to man, I would.

This morning as I was finishing up this blog I ventured out to another to another new to me venue, Voodoo Blues.  Again another venue I have often seen in events but never been to.  I loved it.  I also got to hear LoneWolf55 Genesis.  I have not had feeling of what a great place to relax and have my morning coffee since Guthries closed.  Today I found it while listening to LoneWolf and relaxing at Voodoo.  I will be starting many more days there.

I have noticed something,  the events in the earlier hours of of the day are very slim with only one or two venues doing anything.  If I had someone that I could count on as a reliable General Manager, I would reopen BS's.  There is so much that is missed by not having music going.

Voodoo Blues

LoneWolf55 Genesis at Voodoo Bayou 050517

Look for something from me in the next couple of days to help the people of Nepal.  And watch for that invitation to the spring prom...It will be amazing.