Invitation to the St John Ball: The Beauty of Baroque

11 September 2014


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Lady Gabrielle Riel
cordially invites you to

The St John Ball: The Beauty of Baroque 

on Saturday, September 13, 1914
from 6:00pm - 7:30pm SLT
at The Edison Ballroom
in the St John Parish Sim

Light roleplay encouraged
Attire: 1890 - 1920 formal, Baroque
Music: Baroque Era by Gabrielle Riel,

St John Tea Transcripts - 09/03/2014

04 September 2014

[18:00] Gabrielle Riel: Good evening everyone. Thank you for taking the time to join me for tea.

[18:01] Holocluck Henly is looking for a spot for his wagon for autumn and winter. High hopes for a minute migration

[18:01] Selena (selenaanansi) is here for the pastries

[18:01] Gabrielle Riel: I need to keep tonight’s tea to 30 minutes in length. I have to log out for some RL tasks by 6:30pm SLT.

[18:01] Holocluck Henly: wooo

[18:01] Gabrielle Riel: So I will make this concise, but at the same time I’ll try to not make your heads spin. :-)

[18:01] Holocluck Henly will have an announcement too which is no surprise

[18:02] Gabrielle Riel: Ah yes - I know a good time for that in the meeting

[18:02] Holocluck Henly: :)

[18:02] Gabrielle Riel: St John is on a roll. We had a successful hurricane, which we will discuss in the second half of this meeting.

[18:02] Gabrielle Riel: And we have a new sim! Which will be our first topic.

[18:03] Holocluck Henly: That was quick too. was there a used sim for sale? or should I wait lol and not ask

[18:03] Selena (selenaanansi): YAY!

[18:03] Gabrielle Riel: Remember to hold your questions until I give the go ahead because it’s possible I have the answer already included in my information here.

[18:03] Holocluck Henly waits and didnt aska thing

[18:03] Gabrielle Riel grins

[18:03] Gabrielle Riel: Welcome Miss Brown :-)

[18:03] Gabrielle Riel: Topic 1: New Sim!

[18:03] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): thank you :)

[18:03] Holocluck Henly: Hello Miz Tilda :) Evening Miss Bayn and Good evening Barony lol didnt see you

[18:03] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): lagging badly sorry

[18:04] Gabrielle Riel: Bayou St John arrived early in the morning this Tuesday. It’s a full sim as planned.

[18:04] Wulfenbach Barony waves a manipulator at the greeting

[18:04] Gabrielle Riel: You all know that I have had the idea of the bayou sim since May. (Well since October 2013 ;-) ) I did not want to move on it until we made it through the summer.

[18:04] Gabrielle Riel: I had no idea how the summer was going to be for us. Usually Summer is the time of year when tenancy is low. People dump their SL land in May and then pick some back up in September.

[18:05] Gabrielle Riel: We were basically full through the entire Summer. That alone was a huge part of making the bayou possible.

[18:05] Gabrielle Riel: The other thing that happened over the summer was a consistent stream of messages from residents and potential residents who said they would lease in a bayou sim if I added one. The influx of visitors for the hurricane increased those IMs and notecards.

[18:06] Gabrielle Riel: (as I had hoped!)

[18:06] Holocluck Henly: :)

[18:06] Gabrielle Riel: I always thought I could fill a full sim bayou, but I was not 100% certain about it. I wanted to go slowly and make smart decisions that will keep St John strong.

[18:06] Emmanuelle Huntress: (because we're awesome like that)

[18:06] Gabrielle Riel grins

[18:06] Gabrielle Riel: Everything came together during the hurricane and so I moved on buying a full sim. And here it is! You can go walk around. Or boat. :-)

[18:07] Holocluck Henly: already did

[18:07] Holocluck Henly: lol

[18:07] Selena (selenaanansi) sneaks a donut hole thing and pops it in her mouth

[18:07] Gabrielle Riel: I also got a decent deal on it.

[18:07] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): or swim? :)

[18:08] Gabrielle Riel: This will give you an idea of what the used sim market is like right now.

[18:08] Holocluck Henly will keep an eye out on any scenic small parcels opening up in the woods

[18:09] Gabrielle Riel: The group notice advertising the sim for sale popped up on my screen.

[18:09] Gabrielle Riel: I contacted the owner within about 15 seconds.

[18:10] Gabrielle Riel: By the time we had been talking about the deal for 2 min, she had 5 more IMs asking to buy the sim.

[18:10] Gabrielle Riel: I have a VERY rough terraformed terrain over there. It’s nowhere near finished. What you see now are the barest of bare bones. So please don’t look at it and then come to me telling me that you want a parcel in a specific location, because that location might end up not existing!

[18:11] Gabrielle Riel: One very important thing: I just forked out a very large amount of cash to get us this sim, so there will be a rental rights cost for the people that move into it, including folks who are current residents.

[18:11] Gabrielle Riel: However, I am making the rental rights cost as low as possible. I’m actually going to charge the same amount that I did for Lake St John. $2 L per sq. m.

[18:12] Gabrielle Riel: Additionally I will need the bayou residents to pay 4 weeks of tier up front. After those first 4 weeks you can go week to week or however you choose.

[18:12] Gabrielle Riel: (this is exactly how I did it with Lake St John)

[18:12] Gabrielle Riel: There will be a variety of parcel sizes, and keep in mind that Bayou St John, just like the rest of the estate is a triple prim sim.

[18:13] Gabrielle Riel: Here is a rundown of the parcel sizes, their rental rights cost and their first 4 weeks of tier. This list will tell you exactly how many Lindens you will need to lease the parcel of your choosing:

[18:13] Gabrielle Riel: (prepare for a lot of text - it will be more readable in the transcripts)

[18:14] Gabrielle Riel: Parcel = 256 sq. m. - 174 prims - $340 L per week tier - payment upon move-in = $512 L (rental rights) + $1360 L (1st 4 weeks of tier) = $1872 L.

[18:14] Gabrielle Riel: Parcel = 384 sq. m. - 261 prims - $510 L per week tier - payment upon move-in = $768 L (rental rights) + $2040 L (1st 4 weeks of tier) = $2808 L.

[18:15] Gabrielle Riel: Parcel = 512 sq. m. - 351 prims - $675 L per week - payment upon move-in = $1024 L (rental rights) + $2700 L (1st 4 weeks of tier) = $3724 L

[18:15] Gabrielle Riel: Parcel = 768 sq. m. - 525 prims - $1015 L per week - payment upon move-in = $1536 L (rental rights) + $4060 L (1st 4 weeks of tier) = $5596 L.

[18:16] Gabrielle Riel: Parcel = 1024 sq. m. - 702 prims - $1350 L per week - payment upon move-in = $2048 L + $5400 L (1st 4 weeks of tier) = $7448 L

[18:16] Holocluck Henly: Hello Duke. Have a seat

[18:17] Gabrielle Riel: I had not planned on going any larger than 1024 sq. m., although most of you know that I will work with you to get a parcel of the size you prefer, even if it's larger than a 1024!

[18:17] Duke (dukebearbnc): Hello all i didn't want to interrupt

[18:17] Gabrielle Riel: As of right now, Bayou St John is a bare sim...and I am not exactly sure when I’ll have it in move-in shape.

[18:17] Gabrielle Riel: I don’t think many of you know this, but I am basically back in school full time this semester, so I probably won’t have it done in the next week. I wish I could give you an estimate, but I honestly don’t know.

[18:18] Gabrielle Riel: Here is what we can do for now. If you know you want a parcel in Bayou St John, please let me know and tell me the size you want. I will NOT require any payments from you until the sim is in move-in condition.

[18:18] Holocluck Henly: Well a bayou isn't known for its mansions. it wouldn't make sense to have more than 1024 incl a "garden"

[18:18] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): can we have more than one?

[18:19] Gabrielle Riel: My thoughts exactly - and you can lease up to 2048 sq. m. - as one parcel or multiple

[18:19] Gabrielle Riel: Also, please let me know if you think you would like a houseboat versus a shack. I know several people who want houseboats, so I am building those parcels into the sim design.

[18:19] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): ok thank you

[18:20] Holocluck Henly: woo

[18:20] Gabrielle Riel: Many of you have seen me build sims and you know that I get the sim to a good state for move in, I get the residents in and then I basically tweak and polish it, well...forever. :-)

[18:20] Gabrielle Riel looks at Selena - I know someone else who does that too :-)

[18:20] Selena (selenaanansi): ^^

[18:21] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): should we send you a notecard with our requests?

[18:21] Gabrielle Riel: I am constantly redoing things in the sims, upgrading things. I can tell you that the foliage and terrain-feel will be like that of the land on the Western edge of Lake St John. Obviously the two sims adjoin and need to blend into each other.

[18:21] Holocluck Henly: you putting a rail in again like the old days? Was that used?

[18:21] Gabrielle Riel: Yes, notecard is best - no rail

[18:21] Holocluck Henly: yay no rail!

[18:21] Gabrielle Riel: Boats! We boat!

[18:21] Holocluck Henly: I didn't want to just blurt that out before

[18:21] Gabrielle Riel: Or walk!

[18:21] Duke (dukebearbnc): :)

[18:21] Gabrielle Riel: Or swim!

[18:22] Gabrielle Riel: My first goal is to get all existing St John residents into parcels *before* I put them on the open, public market.

[18:22] Gabrielle Riel: So to make sure this is clear in the transcripts: please send me a notecard or an email with your size preference, and if you are thinking houseboat.

[18:23] Kara Trapdoor: will you be posting in the group parcel size, prim and pricces? I'm sorry I missed the first part

[18:23] Gabrielle Riel: I have also decided to do something new - and that is to provide an incentive for referrals.

[18:23] Gabrielle Riel: I listed those before you arrived, you'll see them in the transcripts.

[18:23] Kara Trapdoor: oh ty : )

[18:24] Gabrielle Riel: What I mean by this is that if you are a current St John resident and you bring in a friend who leases a parcel, I will give you a week of free tier. Bring in 2 people, you’ll get 2 weeks for free.

[18:24] Gabrielle Riel: I’ve never done this before, so I will see how it goes, and *perhaps* I’ll make it policy. We shall see. I need to see if it works well for everyone.

[18:25] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): this is so exciting!

[18:25] Holocluck Henly: I'm psyched

[18:25] Gabrielle Riel: You'll just need to let me know their name and they will need to confirm they are referred by you.

[18:25] Gabrielle Riel: I have one very important note about referrals. VERY important.

[18:25] Emmanuelle Huntress: Until we run out of space

[18:26] Gabrielle Riel: I ask you all to please NOT approach existing residents of New Toulouse with intention of convincing them to leave there and move here.

[18:26] Gabrielle Riel: This is actually why so few people knew about St John when I launched it. I asked my residents to not approach anyone in NT. While I know I could have advertised the estate launch better, it was more important to me that people learn about St John in their own time.

[18:26] Holocluck Henly: what if they're expressly asking?

[18:27] Gabrielle Riel: Then you can tell them. If they are seeking info of their own volition, I am ok with that.

[18:27] Holocluck Henly: same policy as when we started sj. no problem

[18:27] Gabrielle Riel: Exactly

[18:27] Gabrielle Riel: Now, if you know people who were residents of NT but who are no longer residents? I am fine with you contacting people like that.

[18:28] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): understand

[18:28] Gabrielle Riel: But I want no active "poaching".

[18:29] Gabrielle Riel grins - even though I've been accused of it in Caledon just a few weeks ago! ;-)

[18:29] Gabrielle Riel: You all know better. You know how strongly I feel about ethics.

[18:29] Holocluck Henly: I remember that. like you need to poach

[18:30] Gabrielle Riel: People are in SL for fun, for the most part

[18:30] Gabrielle Riel: They should live where they choose when they choose

[18:30] Gabrielle Riel: And if they want to move on, then cool

[18:30] Gabrielle Riel: I do not believe in emotional blackmail to keep residents.

[18:31] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): yes and you know people like to make a change from time to time

[18:31] Gabrielle Riel: I have never, in 6 years asked anyone to stay in my estate.

[18:31] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): moving in here is a bit easier than RL moving

[18:31] Gabrielle Riel: I've had people WANT me to ask them to stay. :-)

[18:31] Holocluck Henly: aw contraire it's been drama free.

[18:32] Gabrielle Riel: Your SL is yours

[18:32] Gabrielle Riel: It's not for anyone else to put pressure on you to do anything.

[18:33] Gabrielle Riel: It's gets into that "abuse of residents" area that you guys know makes me blow my top.

[18:33] Emmanuelle Huntress nods

[18:33] Gabrielle Riel: People will learn about Bayou St John in time

[18:33] Holocluck Henly: drama! *crack of thunder*

[18:34] Gabrielle Riel: And if they make the choice,of their own volition to move here, then fine

[18:34] Emmanuelle Huntress: No drama. *points finger* :)

[18:34] Gabrielle Riel: I am not concerned in the least about filling the sim. It will fill. :-)

[18:34] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): I have no one I would ask to live here anyhow

[18:35] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): just a few goats :P

[18:35] Gabrielle Riel climbs off her soapbox - are there any questions about what is happening with Bayou St John?

[18:36] Allyah Nayar: I will need to catch up on the transcript. My apologies for being so terribly
late.

[18:36] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): No except it's a wonderful surprise

[18:36] Allyah Nayar: It truly is. I may have squealed a bit when I heard.

[18:36] Holocluck Henly just wants to see it happen and see what opens up in time for autumn

[18:37] Gabrielle Riel: My time is short - but I do want to briefly touch on the hurricane

[18:37] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): ,e too Allyah

[18:37] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): me* too

[18:38] Duke (dukebearbnc): Ms Allyah please have my seat

[18:38] Holocluck Henly: I did too but on a lower octave

[18:38] Gabrielle Riel: Doc, there will be space for you in SJW for Fall

[18:38] Gabrielle Riel: Several people there are transferring

[18:38] Holocluck Henly: we'll talk :)

[18:38] Gabrielle Riel: I was an idiot to think I could do a tea in 30 minutes. :-)

[18:38] Selena (selenaanansi): you are late, Duchess!

[18:39] Allyah Nayar: Oh no, your lordship, I truly am very comfortable here, but it's ever so gallant of you to offer. *smiles*

[18:39] Gabrielle Riel: I've rearranged things here - juggling, but ok

[18:39] Gabrielle Riel: Topic 2: Hurricane Diane :-)

[18:39] Holocluck Henly applauds

[18:39] Kara Trapdoor: Yes, that was a fantastic weekend.. great job

[18:39] Allyah Nayar: She was quite the terror.

[18:40] Gabrielle Riel: I want this to be a discussion and not me listing things off to you. I’m just curious how you think it went. I am interested in feedback because I improve the event each year. I'll tell you all how I feel about it and then I'll open up for discussion.

[18:40] Allyah Nayar: My raccoons are still chittering about it.

[18:40] Gabrielle Riel: I think it was an amazing success. This hurricane really is the culmination of the three that I did before it. This one had the benefit of a lot of lessons learned.

[18:40] Gabrielle Riel: I do have to tell you all how beyond amazing you all were. You guys just embraced it and did all sorts of creative things. We has *great* parties every night!

[18:41] Gabrielle Riel: Previous hurricanes had full community involvement, but there was something different about this one. Maybe a larger % of our total population got out and “played”?

[18:41] Emmanuelle Huntress: While some of you may understand how much work it is for the staff to pull it off, it was worth it by the reactions I saw and the way everyone got into it

[18:41] Holocluck Henly: There were TWO parties on TWO rooftops Saturday night!

[18:41] Gabrielle Riel: Maybe it’s different because St John is mine, built by me from the ground up? Maybe I was super energized because I did not do one last year? I can’t put my finger on it, but something about this one was magical.

[18:41] Emmanuelle Huntress: Agreed

[18:42] Holocluck Henly: I only wish RL let me stay through more of it. were there fires?

[18:42] Gabrielle Riel: They have all been great...but this one was so special.

[18:42] Gabrielle Riel: No, no fires.

[18:42] Ravenstask Bayn: It was  a magnificent beast

[18:42] Holocluck Henly: maybe next time we'll have the fires LOL shhh I didnt say that

[18:43] Gabrielle Riel: How do you all feel about it? Any specific things that really "blew you away"? :-D

[18:43] Holocluck Henly: *rimshot*

[18:43] Gabrielle Riel grins

[18:43] Allyah Nayar: I'm sorry I missed it the parties as well, but it was great fun. I loved the eavees
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[18:43] Allyah Nayar: waves

[18:43] Holocluck Henly: I liked the drenching rain and the turbulent waters

[18:43] Kara Trapdoor: but there were little smoky burst at lightening strike areas at times were there not? i mean no full out fires

[18:44] Ravenstask Bayn: the swirling, crashing waves

[18:44] Kara Trapdoor: no zombies rose from the swamped graveyard

[18:44] Gabrielle Riel: Good - that wave placement was totally new - I think it worked!

[18:44] Allyah Nayar: I was able to gather all my beasties and felt like I was reenactive Noah's ark!

[18:44] Gabrielle Riel: No. No Zombies. No fires.

[18:44] Kara Trapdoor: the waves were great

[18:44] Holocluck Henly: making my way through the lake on my gravy boat

[18:44] Duke (dukebearbnc): I enjoyed the tornadoes during the rooftop party :)

[18:44] Gabrielle Riel: I have learned that less is more. In reference to the fires and zombies.

[18:44] Emmanuelle Huntress: the sound of the rain was hypnotic

[18:45] Holocluck Henly: lol it almost crashed me. I liked it way over in the distance

[18:45] Duke (dukebearbnc): lol

[18:45] Holocluck Henly: well next year the zombie can be limited to the bayou. give them their own place

[18:45] Holocluck Henly: for zombie fans
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[18:45] Gabrielle Riel: Miss Emma got to see the hurricane from the other side for the first time

[18:45] Holocluck Henly: think about it :)

[18:45] Gabrielle Riel: The "work your ass off" side.

[18:46] Emmanuelle Huntress: Amen.

[18:46] Gabrielle Riel grins

[18:46] Allyah Nayar: The alligators like them.

[18:46] Gabrielle Riel: Now the year swings back to Mardi Gras, our other massive event

[18:47] Allyah Nayar: Alligators. (sorry, my typing is dreadful tonight. )

[18:47] Holocluck Henly: lots of pet alligators will proliferate in the bayou I reckon

[18:47] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): I have a ridable one, he's my pride and joy

[18:47] Gabrielle Riel: I'll be testing gators

[18:47] Allyah Nayar: Chuckles. One can only hope.

[18:47] Holocluck Henly raises his hand

[18:48] Holocluck Henly: now miz gabi?

[18:48] Gabrielle Riel: Some things have really improved technically since the last time I created a bayou!

[18:48] Gabrielle Riel: Yes please - Doc has an announcement

[18:48] Holocluck Henly: Yes!

[18:48] Holocluck Henly: Maison Bleu sustained much damage during the hurricane

[18:49] Holocluck Henly: It was rebuilt and duly blessed by a voodoo priestess for luck and prosperity

[18:49] Holocluck Henly: and now has a discrete little club upstairs

[18:49] Holocluck Henly: I call it my pre-speakeasy

[18:50] Holocluck Henly: Every first Saturday of the month I will host big band, swing electro swing, old jazz etc

[18:50] Holocluck Henly: old and neo and revival

[18:50] Gabrielle Riel: Yay event!

[18:50] Holocluck Henly: you're of course all invited . It debuts this Saturday night at 6! The swing moon!
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[18:50] 'Tilda Brown (izabel.jonstone): sounds lovely Holo.

[18:51] Holocluck Henly: I'm in SW St John Parish... Still a Maison Bleu with a little green door to the Swing Moon club

[18:51] Holocluck Henly: I expect so :)

[18:51] Duke (dukebearbnc): Will you be sending out a group  notice and link?

[18:51] Holocluck Henly: I hosted swing randomly on mainland. now it's come home

[18:51] Holocluck Henly: yes I will!

[18:51] Holocluck Henly: The tea room and gallery are still at ground level. and a rocking chair outside if you like

[18:51] Gabrielle Riel: I want to slip a link in here for you here and for the benefit of the folks reading the transcript

[18:52] Holocluck Henly: I may still randomly host afternoons of old music too sometimes

[18:52] Holocluck Henly: let me fetch one :)

[18:52] Holocluck Henly: St John Parish (63,84,24)

[18:52] Gabrielle Riel: Miss Kara made a fabulous movie of the hurricane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz4wosvTH-s&index=1&list=UUZEsV0fwUr6wE6XaLuZfd1A

[18:52] Gabrielle Riel: Take time later to check it out.

[18:52] Kara Trapdoor: oh .. yes.. : ) ty : )

[18:53] Holocluck Henly: woooo

[18:53] Gabrielle Riel: When I watch it I can see the hurricane from the inside. meaning I see details I don't always see while I am doing it.

[18:53] Holocluck Henly: look forward to see this later

[18:53] Kara Trapdoor: wish it were better.. I'm on a laptop and use the freebie Moviemaker so don't get too excited lol

[18:53] Holocluck Henly: I got lots pics as do others on flickr in the Riel Estates group

[18:54] Gabrielle Riel: I need to do a blog post with more links. I got sucked into the RL back to school hurricane.

[18:54] Duke (dukebearbnc): Ms Kara you are way to modest. That video is outstanding!

[18:54] Emmanuelle Huntress casts a baleful eye at the lazy typist who still hasn't gotten the pictures posted

[18:54] Gabrielle Riel: Hello Mr. Carter :-)

[18:54] Kara Trapdoor: Emma and I blogged it too

[18:55] Randolph Carter (gryffin.hax): Hello!

[18:55] Kara Trapdoor: that is Emma Portillo .. each on our own blogs with plenty of pics too

[18:55] Gabrielle Riel: We've gone from 3 Emmas to 2 - one left

[18:55] Holocluck Henly: Hello mr Carter!

[18:55] Emmanuelle Huntress: I am Emma Prime.

[18:55] Kara Trapdoor: : )

[18:55] Randolph Carter (gryffin.hax): Hello, Doc!

[18:55] Kara Trapdoor: It confused me for a while lol

[18:55] Gabrielle Riel: You are indeed! Constable Emma.

[18:56] Kara Trapdoor: http://karasecondlife.blogspot.com/2014/08/hurricane-diane-is-here-at-st-johns.html

[18:56] Kara Trapdoor: There's my blog pics

[18:56] Kara Trapdoor: can look later

[18:57] Gabrielle Riel: Well, this took an hour. But the juggling in RL here is not bad, and I had to get the sim info out.

[18:57] Gabrielle Riel: Any other questions? Comments?

[18:57] Emmanuelle Huntress: I love our residents.

[18:57] Emmanuelle Huntress: You guys make it easy to EM

[18:57] Kara Trapdoor: It is a great group and sims

[18:57] Gabrielle Riel: I do too. :-)

[18:58] Duke (dukebearbnc): I consider myself very lucky to have blown in with the hurricane

[18:58] Gabrielle Riel: I've seen so many crazy things in other estates over the last 6 months.

[18:58] Gabrielle Riel: And I just smile.

[18:58] Holocluck Henly: I became a resident of NT following Hurricane Bernadette

[18:58] Gabrielle Riel: Because I am so happy here. :-)

[18:59] Gabrielle Riel: On that happy note - I declare this tea adjourned! 59 minutes baby!

[18:59] Holocluck Henly: Wooo!

CC Reports from Hurricane Diane

22 August 2014

St John estate manager CronoCloud Creeggan has provided several dispatches from our community.

Stormy Weather in St John
http://ccslfashionista.blogspot.com/2014/08/stormy-weather-in-st-john-in-character.html

St John: The Witchy One's protected house
http://ccslfashionista.blogspot.com/2014/08/st-john-witchy-ones-protected-house.html

Dance in Defiance of Hurricane Diane in St John
http://ccslfashionista.blogspot.com/2014/08/dance-in-defiance-of-hurricane-diane-in.html

More dispatches will follow.

Stormy Weather

Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky. Stormy weather. Since my man and I ain't together, keeps raining all the time.

From Stormy Weather by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler



I woke early, during that time when dark is transitioning to dawn. A soft rain was falling. The drops were so light that I could just barely hear them.

I rolled over in my bed and stretched luxuriously. It had been a relatively cool night so I had slept very well. The summer heat in St John was intense most of the time, even at night.

Not yet fully awake, I curled up and sighed happily. My body wanted to go back to sleep and the sound of that lovely summer rain was lulling me back into dreams.

I smiled. I was happy. Happier than I had been in years. All thanks to St John.

St John had been so unexpected. I had no idea that New Orleans would call me like a siren. St John is my creation. Mine. No one else's. I poured nothing but myself and my love of New Orleans into it. I have not had a sim that was so purely mine since Caledon Carntaigh, which I had left at the end of 1908.

I love St John. I love its residents. Sweet, sweet St John.

I smiled again and started to drift to the sound of the rain...

...rain....

...rain...

It's raining. It's mid August. There is something...something I need to remember...

What is it....

Oh my God!

I leaped out of bed and ran to my desk. Oh God....! I started tearing through the drawers. No...where are they?

I found what I needed at the bottom of stacks of papers in the bottom drawer. Thank God I saved these. I tossed a packet of papers on to the desk.

It was a packet of telegrams. Telegrams I had sent from New Toulouse in 1910, 1911 and 1912.

Hurricane Adolphe. Hurricane Bernadette. Hurricane Charles.

I did not even stop to put on clothes. I yanked on my robe over my nightdress, grabbed the packet of telegrams, ran down the stairs and out the door of The Nightingale, heading for CC's house on Rue Arsenal.

CC had kindly taken on the role of St John's meteorologist as a part of her estate manager duties. My former weatherperson had been Captain Starling Alecto, but he was spending the majority of his time at sea these days. I knew CC would be ideal for the job. She would be able to gather the data we needed very quickly.

It was still barely light out when I pounded on her door. She was there in an instant, letting me in. The rain was still light, so only my hair was slightly wet.

"Gabi...what on earth...?, she said.

I interrupted her. "CC, I need you to check your weather instruments *now*! I need you to send a telegram to the U.S. Weather Bureau *now*!"

CC looked at me, alarmed. "You don't think....? But it's only sprinkling!"

"No, I don't think, I *know*. I can feel it."

CC learned years ago to take my "psychic Gabi vibes" seriously. She ran upstairs, heading for her instruments and I was right on her heels.  CC is so smart and lightning fast when dealing with technology and data. I knew we'd have answers quickly. She sent the telegram to the U.S. Weather Bureau. The response was scarily quick. That was not a good sign.

"You are right Gabi. It's a tropical storm that is turning in to a hurricane."

"CC, please watch this. Also, "

I handed her the stack of old telegrams.

"I need you to send these. Some of the addresses have changed but I know you know all the current ones. I have to go. I have to go get Emma."

And with that I was dashing back down the stairs, slamming through the door and running up the street to the docks on the North side of Saint John Parish.

I heard CC's voice behind me. She was calling out her window. "Gabi! It's Hurricane Diane. That's what's coming. Diane!"

Bloody Hell. Bloody hurricanes, I muttered.

The rain was steadier now but still not strong. My robe was wet. I looked down. Bare feet. Lovely. I forgot to put on slippers, shoes, anything!

I grabbed one of the rowboats on the dock and started rowing like a madwoman out to Emma's island in Lake St John. The water was calm. It was just rain coming down, so I made it to her porch relatively quickly.

Emma responded to my pounding. There I stood, on her porch, completely drenched. My nightdress and robe hung dripping. My hair had escaped its ribbon and hung down my back, also dripping.

"Well, Chère", she said. "Ain't this an odd time for a swim?"

"I wish. I need your help Emma. We have Hurricane Diane headed right for us. St John has never been through a hurricane. Many of our residents have never been through a hurricane."

Emma nodded. "Alright then," she said. "I'll start emergency procedures right away."

"Excellent. Thank you," I said. "It's our first year with our own emergency team! We never had that in New Toulouse. The crew from New Babbage was always so wonderful to us."

"I've got this Gabi," Emma said with a smile.

"Of that I have no doubt sweetie! Let's do this," I said.

I hopped back in the boat and headed back to St John Parish. I needed to get the sandbags out on the wharf and to let the residents know about them...and the hurricane.

I sighed heavily.

St John, we are in for some stormy weather.



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