Saturday, 8 August 2009

Rotten Stinking Swine Flu

Just my luck, I contracted swine flu, which then got on my chest and made me somewhat ill. After going on a recorded voice call merry-go-round I ended up having an argument on the phone with the receptionist at my doctor's surgery who gave me one of the phone numbers I'd already called. She insisted I would get to speak to a human as it was a special number. That number, with a recorded message, listed all the numbers I had called before ringing the 'special number'. The swine flu website diagnosis had told me I had a swine flu complication and should contact my local GP (doctor) immediately and make an appointment, but the receptionist told me that I was not to go there.

Eventually my doctor called me back and said I should go to the surgery and pick up prescription for some antibiotics, to which I pointed out I was told I should not go there. He said he would mail it to me. Ten minutes later the receptionist called me and said she would FAX the prescription to my local pharmacist and I should go there and collect it. So off I trundled to the pharmacy and then found that the FAX had arrived completely black as the receptionist had sent it the wrong way around. Eventually this was cleared over the phone and I got my antibiotics.

I'm pleased to say that I am now slowly on the mend and hope to be back in action real soon. OINK OINK!!

Monday, 21 May 2007

The Vortex Night Club

The Vortex Night Club was opened March 2006 and has over 700 members. It has a realistic look and feel with a high standard of music provided by our many DJs. We hold live DJ events everyday, 7 days a week. The Vortex is friendly, warm and welcoming and we pride ourselves on being a safe and clean zone, which is part of the appeal for many of our members.

It is very popular with many of the virtual kids, although it is not exclusively a kids club. We welcome everybody, whether they choose to be a kid, an adult, a furry, alien or any of the myriad of avatars available in Second Life. At one time we even had Pathfinder Linden as a member and can boast at having 4 Lindens in the house at the same time.

It costs about $90 USD a month to run the Vortex and is paid for by our member's donations who ensure the tier is paid way in advance.

We recently added Dante Achterbahn to the management team who has been doing a fantastic job and helping to maintain our high standards of entertainment.

We have moved The Vortex a few times for various reasons and we are currently in our sixth location. Be sure to visit the The Vortex in its current home in O City.

Sunday, 20 May 2007

In the beginning.......

I joined Second Life on 13th December 2005 as a refugee from Active Worlds, Runescape and Ogame. The moment I arrived I was addicted, hook, line and sinker, here was the vision of the future I foresaw when I first joined Active Worlds back in 1997, and life has never been the same since. I saw straight away this was the life for me and upgraded to premium membership. The picture shows me on my 9th day at The Shelter. My avatar was Gemini mark 1.

From the moment of conception I chose to be a kid, I figured I was unlikely to get 'hit upon', I certainly got that wrong (EEK!!), but I also found it helped me find many new friends everywhere I went. There weren't many virtual kids at that time and it was weeks before I met any, and most of those were girls.

One of the people I met was Hoo Doolittle, a really lovely lady who was later to become my virtual mommy. She is one of the nicest people I have met in SL and I was very lucky to have found her. She introduced me to her dear friend, Boo Doolittle, also a really lovely lady and now my SL aunty.

On my 13th day I visited a club called The Drop In where the owner had noticed in my profile I had been an entertainments manager in real life and he promptly persuaded me to become a manger at the club. within a couple weeks the owner quit SL for personal reasons and bestowed the Drop In on me which, due to my financial circumstances was a poisoned chalice, but I threw myself in to the club none-the-less. We had around 200 members who loved the friendly welcoming atmosphere. The ladies frequently commented that they felt safe there.

It was then I met Kris Spade whilst dancing at my friend Dane Zander's club, The Blueboy Club in Apollo. I still remember now the moment he walked in looking very panache in his suit. He has been a member of SL since 2003 and is one of the first virtual kids. Within days Kris became my partner and best friend in Second Life. He is very special to me and added an extra sense of fun and meaning to my SL and I can't imagine SL without him. He persuaded me to close The Drop In and build a new club and this was the beginning of The Vortex Project. Little did I know how much of my time was to be consumed on this project.

It was around this time that Kris and I were exploring and we came across Loki Boy Avatars, a store that sells boy avatars and clothing, a rare thing back then. Then without warning a jawa av appeared which turned out to be Loki Eliot, the store proprieter. Loki was to become a great friend and my SL brother.

Over the next few weeks I started meeting other kids, new converts and newcomers and Second Life started to become more interesting. It was an exciting time which I greatly miss.