Keeme’s Turn

January 19, 2009

As I’ve mentioned before, Keeme and I are sharing the land we own on Corona Cay. The original plan was for each of us to only take a couple of weeks to do what we wanted with the land, before we turned it over to the other. I had the land first, and plunked down my Nicky Patterson house to work on for awhile. I feel like I got some pretty good things accomplished with the interior, but never really fnished it or did much else. More and more time passed by, and I kept poking Keeme and asking him when he wanted to take his turn. He kept telling me that he was almost ready, he just had a lot going on in RL at the moment. I let some more time go by, and then a few nights ago decided to tear down my build. I figured if the land was clear, he’d get more motivated to do something.

The very next evening, I TP’d home expecting to see the empty land. But this is what I saw, when I rezzed in..

WOW. Not only did he put down a really cool looking build, but he landscaped, and everything! I have to admit, I am terrible with landscaping. I never did really landscape around our home on Nowhereville, and I sure didn’t plant so much as a flower while I was taking my turn with our new land. And here, Keeme has planted an orange grove to one side of our house, a bunch of Dogwoods on the other, and some bamboo shoots in the back. One of my favorite things he did was something simple, but I love the effect it gives…

I really love the cracked pathway, that leads down from the front porch to the street. The hill is on a very sharp incline, and I like how some of the pathway sections are turned at different angles or half jutting from the ground.. as if time and weather has moved them even more, and caused them to become more sunken and buried in the hillside.

This is another of my favorite things. As soon as I saw it, I made a beeline for it. I had no idea what it was, but I thought at first maybe it was an oriental fountain. I thought by clicking on it, that water would shoot up from the hole in the center. When I clicked, there was no water but a beam of light, instead. So then I thought maybe it was some sort of art sculpture, and was even MORE impressed. Later on, Itazura came by and said it was the hatch from that show, Lost. LOL. Keeme didn’t know it was the hatch, either. I have never seen the show, and apparently he hates it. But I begged him to let the hatch stay, because I still think it looks extremely cool, and I like it. 

I love what he’s done, so far. I think its pretty neat to be around someone for so long, and still discover cool things like this that you never knew they could do. In fact, part of me is embarrased now that I see how far I have to go, and how much I have to learn, still. It takes so much more than tossing up a couple walls and doors to make a build your own. But thats why we are sharing the land.. so we can do things like this together, and I can learn from him. He told me I can use the rest of the prims to add some things myself.. but I dunno. I like where he’s going with this, so far. I’d like to wait and see what he does, next.

Investing In Ideas

December 29, 2008

lot has happened in the past few days.  I’ve made a couple of very big impulsive decisions. And both of them, I’m quite happy with. 

The first was Christmas morning. I was on plurk, sipping coffee and catching up on things. Maybe it was the holiday spirit that got me, but I suddenly decided that it was past time that Keeme and I have land again. I was actually looking for a very specific type of land. Unfortunately, I’m SO specific in what I want, that realistically, I don’t think its out there. I was hoping for an area that was very low in traffic, residential only with no commercial builds, no beaches, sand or oceans. Lots of privacy. For terrain, I wanted something in a forest, woods, or possibly mountain setting.. lots of trees and grass. Something like Botanical. And I wanted to pay a tier of around $15/month.

As you can imagine, thats probably not out there. Or if it is, it’s going to take me some time to find. Meanwhile, Itazura Radio has bought Podcast Island from Gary Leland and is currently making a lot of changes and opening parcels up for rent. Since the Destination Station is a huge draw for traffic and its centered in the middle of the island, I didn’t think I’d want to buy land there. But after spending some time looking for land last night, I realized that I’m probably not going to find ‘that perfect spot’ anytime soon. If ever. So in the meantime, why not go ahead and rent some land on PI for Keeme and I to play with. I talked to Itazura and he showed me a spot of land across from Gomem’s castle. So, I went ahead and send him the funds, and got us some land! When I plurked it, Nicky Patterson saw it and sent me this REALLY cool prefab she built. I love it! And its only like 80 something prims. I dropped it on our land for now, but I still have some major terraforming to do. So, here are a few ‘before’ pictures of both the land and the house.

I was SO excited about this.. but I’m even more excited now because Keeme and I have some really great ideas for this land. First of all – my original plan was to put down the Villa Romano house thats been sitting in my inventory since right before we had to give up our land on Nowhereville. Its one of my favorite prefabs and I never even got a chance to use it yet. But when Nicky sent me this extremely cool house, she sent it to me full perms and said I could use it to play around with. I LOVE that idea because I’ve really been wanting to practicing modifying a house, but I’ve been afraid to try it with our last one. Both the crime house and the Villa Romano are the types that rez in several sections and have to be adjusted with a rezzing box. This one is all in one piece, so it doesn’t intimidate me to move it around or even delete and re-rez it. This will be PERFECT for me to practice retexturing the walls and floors, and possibly even adding on other walls or sections. I cannot say how happy and excited this makes me- not to mention that I LOVE how this house looks already! Nicky- thank you so much!! 

 I can’t wait to start practicing with terraforming the land and then start working on the house. And now that I have Photoshop, I can begin learning how to make my own textures.

Which brings me to the other idea Keeme and I have. For one thing, we’re going to share this land by taking turns with it. I’ll take a couple of weeks of playing around with the land and the house- and then I’ll completely clear everything back down to bare dirt again, and turn it over to Keeme. Then he’ll have it for a couple of weeks, to do anything he wants with. We did some talking and also plan on collaborating on some neat ideas for the land. We have some things we want to work on together, so the land I’m renting will probably be changing often as we work on some of the things we’re talking about. Its going to be a LOT of fun, and a great learning experience. I’m very excited and very happy. 

I can’t wait to see what the future brings.

Warning! Mushy Christmas Post Ahead

December 25, 2008

Technically, this is not my ‘first’ Christmas in SL. I rezzed in world for the first time last December 18th, so although I was ‘here’, I didn’t really experience Christmas in Second Life, because I was too new. I didn’t know hardly anyone yet, and I was still hanging out in the newbie areas because I didn’t know what else was out there. In fact, I don’t remember anything about Christmas day in SL last year. I assume I logged in, but probably just for a short time and then left without seeing anyone or doing anything.

This year though, has been so much different. I’ve been in world for just over a year now. I’ve gotten to see the seasons change, I’ve gotten to experience all the holidays celebrations as they have unfolded. From Halloween through Thanksgiving, and this whole month leading up to Christmas. I noticed, the first time I started to see snow appear on some sims. I noticed the first Christmas trees and holiday decorations.

I used to hate Christmas. Yeah, it kind of sucks to say that, but its been true for years! Christmas lost a lot of magic for me once I was old enough to be out on my own. Christmas is usually a lonely and stressful time for me. I suck at finding presents, and the combination of not driving much (phobia), procrastination and not a lot of money takes a lot of the joy out of the holidays.

This year though, has been very different. I’ve had so much fun watching the month long buildup all December as Christmas and New Years approaches.. everyone has been in high spirits, everywhere I look I see snow, Christmas trees and menorahs, holidays cards and gifts are being exchanged, all my friends are happy. And so am I.  And its been so great to be able to share Christmas with Keeme. That guy makes me laugh and lights up my life in so many ways.

Speaking of that! I had such a wonderful surprise on my rezday, and then an even BIGGER one a couple of days later. I didn’t even know that many people knew it was my rezday on the 18th, but Keeme put together a really sweet rezday party for me that night. He TP’d me in and when I saw some of my friends gathered together on Podcast Island, I was SO touched.  I thought that was completely sweet, and it really made my night. He kept apologizing later on for it being so small and ‘lame’, but I thought it was wonderful! I just felt bad that he kept beating himself up over it, needlessly.

A couple of nights later he came online and said he wanted to show me some yardsale places, because he was thinking of starting a new blog related to outdoor home items. I was all into it and was about to start pulling landmarks out of my inventory of different places he should check, LOL. He said he wanted to show me another place he had been to earlier, and sent me a TP. The destination said “Yard Sale $$$”, but when I took the teleport.. I landed at the Destination Station on Podcast Island.. surrounded by tons of my friends! I really can’t tell you how shocked and surprised I was. That completely blew me away- I was NOT expecting any sort of party for my rezday. Not to mention a double/fake out surprise party! Keeme showed me this notecard he had been sending out. It made me laugh so much, because I didn’t think the first one was ‘lame’, at all!



Rez Day Party for my girl.
She thinks she “found out” about a party I am having for her Thrusday 12/18 – her rezday… so I am having a mock party on that day at podcast island. Anyone who wants to come and play the part of a bored guest… please do so at 8PM. The real party will be

TIME – 8PM SL time
PLACE TBA (Crap Marnier is hooking us up! She loves that cat *GLOWERS AT CRAP*)

for details, please see
Chugabug Goodnight
Keeme Brown

So the deal is to fake her out on Thursday and BAM! Surprise on Sat.

OKAY, back to your porn.

Keeme has spoken… bring anyone you like… lets crash some sims.

And not only he organize this great party for me, but he put together the sweetest video of all the snapshots from the past year.  It must have taken him ages to do this, and I was so blown away by it. I love it!

I want to thank all of you for making my rezday so awesome. 

 Thank you for coming, and thanks for all the gifts and well wishes. It meant a lot! In fact, thank you ALL for making 2008 such a wonderful year. I love all you guys! *HUG!*


December 6, 2008

Written by Keeme

It has been a while since my last drink… wait! Wrong group.

I ain’t posted in a while (but have had a few drinks since) and thought I should stop by and say hello… maybe clean out some o’my pictures n such. This pic was taken at some Cliff Dwellers place near Route 7 where Nika and I have been stranded the last two months since leaving our home in Nowhereville. I got busy then I got crazy. Nika been strung out on the H, Fricken is doing catnip freebasing, its a mess.

I love old cars so Nika snapped a few photos of me up against the billboards (and maybe some of me screaming at the damn ban line near by). I HATE BAN LINES! I dunno where we are heading anymore or why we even set out on the journey, but when I figure it out I will come and tattle.

Much love all… hope everyone is doing ok. I miss y’all


I Was Only Trying To Help!

October 27, 2008

You know how sometimes you mean well.. but no matter how hard you try to improve a situation, the worse it gets? Well, that happened to me last night. Sorta. 

Last night, Keeme was driving around Podcast Island in the General Lee. I found him idling on a corner, and tried talking to him. No response. After trying to get his attention for several minutes, I gave up and went back to the excellent Grid Wide Ghosthunt that everyone’s been doing. An hour or so later, I came back to check on him. He was still in the same spot, not answering. Turns out, he had fallen asleep. Remember my recent post about how he ‘kidnapped me’? Well, it was payback time.

Er.. I mean I was just trying to help him by moving him to a safer spot! You know.. so he wouldn’t get hit by another car or anything. Right?

I really just wanted to push him up to the top of the bridge, so when he came back he’d find himself in a completely different area. That was my intention, at least. Unfortunately, the bridge turned out to be a lot more steep than it looked.. and his car was heavy!

Now things were starting to get bad! I just wanted him at the top of the bridge.. but his car was sliding over the edge. The more I tried to ‘save him’, the worse things were getting. Even when I tried to build a series of ramps to get him out.

In the end, sadly.. I was unable to save my partner. All I could do was stand back and survey the damage. And then run away before he wakes up!

All Work and No Play

October 21, 2008

A funny thing happened to me the other day, that I felt like sharing.

As I’ve mentioned before, I spend a lot of my time in SL hidden away somewhere, working on one thing or another. I have a bad habit of not getting out to socialize much. Its not that I don’t want to- I really DO. But its like I have some weird form of OCD that makes me feel almost guilty if I’m not getting something done. I often find myself tucked away on some abandoned island or some other out of the way spot with no one around and little distraction.

So the other morning I was over at Mudshake, writing a post for Second Homes. I was so involved in what I was doing, I didn’t really notice Keeme come online. Actually I think I did, but I was busy and distracted and hadn’t had much of a chance to talk to him yet. Then I ended up getting a phonecall that pulled me away from the computer for the better part of an hour. When I finally got back to the computer..I wasn’t at Mudshake anymore. In fact, I didn’t know where the hell I was. All I could see was that I was pushed up against some ban lines with my camera going crazy.. and Keeme standing near me, building some box and looking suspicious. He’s the only person who I have given map rights to.. Turns out- I was being kidnapped!

Seems that while I was gone, Keeme decided it was time for me to take a little break. I wish I had gotten a picture of where I ended up when I came back to the computer, but I was too confused at the time to think of it. He took this snapshot along the way, and sent it to me. I still had NO idea where he had taken me or how we got there. So we went back up to Mudshake and he retraced the steps for me. Turns out, he had pushed me onto a bridge and over the side.. through a canal to the side of a hill. Down the hill and over some traintracks – the ones in this photo. I got stuck on the tracks so he built some sort of battering ram and used it to knock me over the edge of the tracks and into the grass again. Then he continued pushing me down the next hill until we got hung up on some ban lines. I guess thats what he was building when I came back- something to get me over or past the area I was stuck on, LOL. I thought it was the funniest thing! After all that, I did take a break to hang out with him. We had a nice explore around some castle/dungeon. We split when we fell through a trapdoor into a dungeon full of scary look ‘toys’ and devices and a guy named “Merle” showed up! We escaped from the dungeon and ended up at a pretty beach where we rested and talked until Keeme had to go. It was nice.

I’m glad I gave him map rights- it did me a lot of good to have him come and force me to take a break, when I probably wouldn’t have before. 

But speaking of work.. one of the projects I’ve been working on lately is trying to recapture the gorgeous views and feelings of home from our old place on Nowhereville, and bring them back to “Crime House”. I still have the house packed up in my rezzhud, so we can ‘go home’ whenever we feel like it. But the big thing we were missing was the view.. when you’re 400 meters in the sky, lets face it- the view sucks! So, I’ve been working on putting panels over the windows of Crime House and matching up the pictures I took out the windows on our last night on Nowhereville.

 Its not perfect, by far. But it still makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I ‘look out the windows’. Its really hard to get the textures lined up perfectly.. so some of the windows look better than others. The first time I was working on it, I TP’d Keeme in and for just a second, he thought we were really home.  (Then he accused me of ‘tricking him’, and ran out the door, LOL) But anyway.. all in all, I think its not too bad.

It’s not Home Sweet Home, but it’s close!