Flashback: Relay For Life, Second Life 2007-2013

One of my greatest passions is being of service or helping anyone in almost anyway. Relay for life has been like a precious dear child to me. It’s so surprising how many residents don’t even know that relay for life happens in second life every year. I found out about it in 2007. I’ve been in love with the event ever since. Plus, where else could I girl wear her pajamas and roller skates and still look stylish?

kimi relay 2007 with counter

kimi relay 2008 with counter

kimi and dutch

There is just something so fun about spending the whole weekend with your closest friends racing to see who has more miles on their counter. I’ve made some of the most incredible memories I’ve ever had in second life during relay for life. It’s like a frenzied weekend you wish would last forever. I’ve only ever invited those closest to me to partake in the race “with” me. And I love how each year my lap distance decreased. Clearly proof that real life changed over the years.

Here is a copy of the 2007 Relay for life course Map

rlfl map

The concept of so many people donating sims and having them all pushed together like kids in bunk bed at summer camp just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Relay for life is about coming together with a group of people you don’t know to effect change in the lives of people you may never know. In second life it’s also about growing together with people you do know, somehow your bond is strengthened during the frenzied weekend of skating. Between meeting other friendly skaters and exploring the different exhibits, it’s so much fun experiencing it all together. I love it when it’s time to use the follow option and be pulled around for hours at a time. It’s like free time on the meter. And when it’s my turn to pull, I don’t even mind, because I’m so glad to have the company I’m with.

Honestly, I’ve spent most of my time not enjoying the exhibits or spending time with my friends, but actually painstakingly filming each and every one of the 30+ sims that exist with each event.

Random 2007 Relay Conversation in time

[16:21] Him: hey lady
[16:22] Him: I couldnt get on when you were on
[16:22] Kimi Ayakashi: hello back
[16:23] Him: what are you doing?
[16:23] Kimi Ayakashi: taking final shots, the sims are being taking down as we speak
[16:23] Him: nooooooo
[16:23] Him: the space place is?
[16:23] Kimi Ayakashi: gone already
[16:24] Kimi Ayakashi: but that was the mini version
[16:24] Kimi Ayakashi: the real version still exists
[16:24] Him: ok
[16:25] Him: hug me
[16:27] Him: ahhhhh
[16:27] Him: I get to feel Kimi again
[16:27] Kimi Ayakashi: eh
[16:27] Him: I was getting touch withdrawal
[16:27] Kimi Ayakashi: well
[16:27] Kimi Ayakashi: I didn’t miss u FYI
[16:27] Him: uh huh
[16:28] Him: and you didn’t get mad either, did you?
[16:28] Kimi Ayakashi: no I did yesterday
[16:28] Him: you really did
[16:28] Him: lol
[16:28] Kimi Ayakashi: u gave me a smile
[16:28] Kimi Ayakashi: keep it
[16:28] Him: I got on later and you weren’t on
[16:28] Him: what should I give you?
[16:29] Kimi Ayakashi: whatever u feel like
[16:29] Him: not a froen
[16:29] Him: frown
[16:29] Him: maybe a kiss
[16:29] Kimi Ayakashi: or maybe….
[16:29] Him: I feel like touching you
[16:29] Him: but that is normal
[16:30] Him: lol
[16:30] Kimi Ayakashi: “I miss you too, sorry I couldn’t get on” or “awwwww how cute!”
[16:30] Kimi Ayakashi: SOMETHING FOR FuCKS SAKE
[16:30] Him: but I know you trust me. 🙂
[16:30] Kimi Ayakashi: but I don’t care
[16:30] Kimi Ayakashi: do what u like
[16:30] Him: you are really mad!
[16:30] Him: aren’t you?
[16:31] Him: for some reason I cant get mad at you anymore
[16:31] Him: I like all you do
[16:31] Kimi Ayakashi: LOl
[16:31] Kimi Ayakashi: YES
[16:32] Him: you want to punish me?
[16:32] Kimi Ayakashi: I said something
[16:32] Him: or just kick me in the nads?
[16:32] Kimi Ayakashi: I didn’t want to say
[16:32] Kimi Ayakashi: something.. mushy
[16:32] Kimi Ayakashi: and ..
[16:32] Kimi Ayakashi: pfft
[16:32] Kimi Ayakashi: screw u
[16:32] Kimi Ayakashi: lol
[16:32] Him: 🙂
[16:32] Him: well, you shouldn’t have fallen in love with me. 😉
[16:33] Him: if you hate me so.
[16:33] Him: lol

That story will eventually come around during the flashback series of my blog posts. What’s important here is that I spent 3 Relay’s filming and putting it all together when I have no interest whatsoever in the technical aspects of machinima. That however is overridden my desire to save the work of all the people who come together each year for such a wonderful event.

For one reason or another, only one of my videos currently exists and it’s the 2008 version.

While I’ve never had the best graphics card to take on such projects, my heart pushed through the choppy filming and edited anyway. I hope you enjoy it.

As the years went on, real life made it difficult for me to even remember the event as I spent so much time away from second life. But this year I’m very excited to partake in the Relay for life 2013 and I have someone I can’t wait to ask to come. Wish me luck!

To register for this years event head to the website here. March 9th – 17th.

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Flashback: My very own place

One of the first things I did when I left the island was to get a new look. I thought black wings, black halo, black thigh high socks and a black dress were the way forward for me. The other noobs actually loved it. I had an air of… danger… or was it… mystery.


my own place

After I chose my perfect outfit my amazing mentor invited me over to his house. I was so taken with the idea of having a house and being invited into a man’s house. While this was a virtual world, my mind was so confused. He was so kind and we sat talking about second life and his experiences in this virtual world. My nervousness however, never went away the entire time we sat in his home talking.

mentors house

Fascinated with the idea of having a home in a virtual world, I asked my mentor, how I could have my own place. He did a little bit of searching for me and showed me 1 property and I immediately fell in love with it. I was so frikken sold when I saw the beach. A beach at my fingertips, lol. Yes please.

own land

Ibiza was the sims name. Love, romance, and war seemed destined to happen on a sim with such a romantic name. This might sound strange now, but, when I bought my land, I could walk endlessly into the sea unobstructed. There was no invisible wall stopping me from going forward a few feet from the shoreline. Although I do remember when that update happened.

Ibiza was a truly beautiful residential sim divided into 4-ish parts. There were sims across from Ibiza that were beautiful. How I would love to have that land again. But every time I visit, it’s a mall. I guess I would have to buy the entire sim to have it. Someone buy Ibiza, turn back into a beautiful tropical residential sim and give me my plot back. =)

Take a ride to my first home here. I wonder what it has become since I’ve written this.

The purchase of the land at Ibiza was my initiation and a hitting of the start button to living as a proper second life resident.

Enter adventure.

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Flashback: Help Island

I’m not sure what percentage of residents experienced or even remember help island. While I’m not sure when help island stopped being the welcome center to new residents, it was the place that I began my sl journey. The island was filled with helpful volunteers appointed by Lindens. I imagine, for many new residents, now the main grid must feel like an empty wasteland where finding help is impossible.

When I began there was help everywhere. Help island even had areas specifically designated to teach you how to do different things in second life such as scripting and building. Not only that, the helpers would actually add you as a friend and be available whenever you needed them, even after you left the island.

Enter Callista.

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I loved help island so much I stayed there for a week before I ventured out into the unknown big world of second life. I was warned that once I left help island, I could never come back. That really scared me so I made sure to get a good grasp of all of the new concepts being presented to me. Well, all of them accept scripting. I tried to understand it, but I just couldn’t.

My mentor was absolutely amazing. He was a retired military man if I remember correctly. I loved that no question was silly and I couldn’t possibly ask the same question too many times. Clearly, the man had the patience of a zen master.

The concept of prims was an exciting idea but I wasn’t sure I would actually ever truly grasp them. (I’m not sure I have still) But I had fun playing with them and contorting them to their limits. Meeting other new residents was really fun. I remember meeting a female helper, I remembered thinking how beautiful she was. She was wearing pretty shoes and hair and I knew I wanted to look just like her.

I also knew it was time to leave the island, if for nothing else, to go shopping. It’s so cute how absolutely terrified I was about what might be awaiting me outside.

calli looking ahead

I had no idea that 7 years later I would still be in this world, or have any idea about all the people I would meet or the loves I would half love… okay and maybe fully love. Truly a time of innocence.

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1/20/2006

Flashback: It was January 20th, 2006 that I began a very confusing journey into the world of second life. I just read a blog post where a long time resident, Yordie Sands was saying goodbye to the grid forever. Or at least for that particular persona. I completely understand her reasons, I’ve been there a million times. But reading her post gave me the strongest desire ever to finally make this blog.

I’ve been around the ringer so many times that I’ve come back around full circle. I’m now a NOOB (and I mean that very lovingly) again. Second life has become magical, yes magical.

Old Noob style fun

Old, but very new Noob style fun

But that’s boring. Let’s start at the beginning.

I want to take you through the history of my second life. I’ve often heard my second life could be a very good book and at one point in my second life, my profile was actually read like a juicy tabloid magazine by many residents.

I know that there are so many new residents everyday, and they will never know about some of the best places that have existed in second life in the past. I want everyone to know my journeys and favorite places.

I will start this first post off right with a picture of my very first avatar. And while she may not look like much by today’s sl standards, trust me she (I) was one hot chick.

My very first sl pic.

My very first sl pic.

Meet Callista Thatcher. My very first avatar. Btw, the shirt I’m wearing, I believe I made it. Yup… very early signs of entrepreneurial-hood.

She was shy, cute, naive, oh so lovable, friendly, new, fun, adventurous, and had no sense of fashion.

The point of writing that is I now realize how different Callista was from my new avatar (equally as old) Kimi Ayakashi. Very interesting that me controlling avatars with different names, would appear to be different. Or maybe it’s more about the experiences of Callista helped to shape Kimi.

Hm, what experiences you may be wondering, well, I will surely tell you.

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