Yesterday, while I was relaxing with my first glass of chilled wine of the week, I checked twitter and saw hilarious pictures of Draxtor Depres in all kinds of situations, wearing his OC Rift and being totally immersed.
A meme, as it goes, fast and growing, started by Loki Eliot and soon followed by many others – filling up my twitter with the most creative, funny images. Of course I could not resist in participating and placed an immersed Drax in Le Tour de France and in Amsterdam!


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The past week has been, in real life, very stressful – as I mentioned briefly in another blogpost. It wasn’t just the time of year and week of my Mom’s birthday (the 4th of July) which always seems to bring me in a melancholic mood this time, although that was a part of it as well. Last week, I got the kind of phonecall I have not had in 20 years…the one you don’t want, but they happen. At 8AM ‘Hello, this is the Cardio ER of the hospital, we are calling you to inform you that your father has been brought in with a cardiac arrest. He is stable now, but could you please come over? ‘ .

The type of phone call that makes me drop everything and just hop in the car and drive – not worrying about my bad hairday anymore, the blouse I put on in a hurry wasn’t ironed, the jeans were a bit dirty and I slipped into winterboots while it was a melting 25 C degrees already, on what would turn out to be the hottest day in Dutch weather history.
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‘Many years have passed since those summer days
Among the fields of barley
See the children run as the sun goes down
Among the fields of gold
You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold ‘


While for most of my SL friends, who are in the USA, today..the 4th of July is a day of celebrations, festivities and fun, for me it brings me back to when I was a little Caity.

The 4th of July is my Mom’s birthday, we used to celebrate it while on holiday in Italy, on the camping at Lake Garda. We got to eat ice creams all day, the adults got drunk (well I realise now they didn’t get a flu, ahem…..) and all was good and cheerful. My Mom occasionally complained her birthday was never at home, but always on vacation.

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Of all my big plans to visit the SL12B regions this week, and blog about them, nothing happened. What did happen was too much real life, taking up all my time and energy and took away the inspiration to explore and write for some days. And still a bit.
All will be fine, it is just one of those periods everything comes together – unplanned and out of the blue – and we all know those periods will slow down and life will be back to normal!

I found the time in the late evenings to log in for a bit, for distraction and even had a couple of hours today. Upon logging in I received a notice via SL Blogger Support about a new sim, open to the public, promising us a great photography location: Ironwood Hills.
Just what I needed!

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Last night I was really looking forward to attending the interview by Saffia Widdershin in the Auditorium, where she would talk to Patch and Dee Linden.

I was on time and even had some time left to visit and explore the magnificent Ixtlan Stage on the Dazzle sim! A wonderful, magical, build with tunnels and lots of shiny crystals – leading you to a center court of sorts, in a strange but calm atmosphere. Lovely!

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Hard to miss, but in case you did: this weekend SL12B opened, 15 regions filled with resident-made expositions to celebrate Second Life’s 12th Anniversary.

From the press release:

Spanning 15 regions with over 200 exhibits and more than 600 performers, disk jockeys and speakers, SL12B is a showcase for the accomplishments and content of all SL residents, celebrating the anniversary of Second Life© leaving its initial beta in 2003.

Tonight I finally found the time to visit, a first visit of many, and I was in awe over the main stages…as I am every year.
Yes, I will go explore the rest, but today I went to see the epic Cake Stage, the seriously amazing Main DJ Stage and I also spent a lot of time in the welcome area, The Station.
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