Hurricane Frédérique

23 September 2016

I sat at my desk in my sitting room and stared at the pile of unopened mail in front of me. So much! So much to do! So much to catch up on!

I sighed, feeling overwhelmed. I'd been so damn busy in that other place (called Real Life) that I had fallen behind on my work in St John. How am I going to get all of this done, I wondered?

I began to open and read the mail and make notes. One histrionic missive made me raise my eyebrow, so I set it aside to deal with later. I sorted the mail into piles. Here are the vacant parcels I need to process. Here are the requests for land. Thank heavens they seem to equal out.

"Gabi....oh Gabi...."

I could hear a man calling my name from outside. I smiled, recognizing the voice. I got up and went out on my second-floor veranda that looks out over Lake St John.

And there, hovering right across from me was my a balloon.

Not only was he in a balloon, but he had a weather vane attached to a hat on his head. There were a variety of instruments hooked to the side of the interior of the basket. I recognized one of them as a barometer.

"Well now," I said. "THIS is not something I was expecting to see today."

Guy grinned at me. "Do you like my weather station balloon?"

"It takes the 'weather balloon' concept to a whole new level my love," I said.

When Guy arrived in St John earlier this year, I had told him that we had unusual weather events. We have a hurricane every year like clockwork and it snowed three days every year...the SAME three days every year! December 24, 25 and 26. With weather like this, you'd almost think it was scheduled!

Being a scientist, Guy had expressed interest in studying our weather in St John, as it is so unusual. I had completely forgotten that he wanted to do that....until this very moment as the basket of the balloon bumped up against the railing on my second-floor veranda.

"Nice hat," I said.

"Yes, nice hat," said a voice from the ground.

Guy and I looked down from our respective perches to see CC standing on the ground, shading her eyes and looking up at us.

"If anyone knows good hats it's you CC," I said. I noticed she had a folder in her arms.

"Hey there CC," Guy called. He then turned his attention to me. "Gabi, in all seriousness, something is up with the weather. I decided to take this rig out for a test spin just for fun, but the readings I am getting concern me. It's why I floated over. I had to tell you."

"He's right," said CC. "That's why I'm here."  CC is St John's meteorologist and she has the telegraph at her place.

"Oh hell," I said. "There is a hurricane coming, isn't there?"

"Yes," said Guy and CC in unison.

"This one is Hurricane Frédérique,"added CC. "The telegraphs with the details started coming in about 30 minutes ago."

"Move over," I said to Guy. "The Duchess of Carntaigh is coming on board!"

I hiked up my skirts, clambered over the railing and slid into Guy's arms in the balloon. I grinned up at him, hopped up on my toes, slipped my arms around his neck and kissed him.

"Where to Milady?" he asked once he had recovered from my enthusiastic greeting.

"Take us to CC's. We have an emergency telegraph to send," I said.





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St Johnians Nominated for Rezzie Awards

15 September 2016

I am pleased to announce that two St John residents have been nominated for Rezzie Awards. The Rezzies honor content creators in Second Life.

In the Home and Garden Category, Noctis (Yelena Istmal) is nominated for Best Bathrooms, Best Gothic Builds/Furniture and Best Historic Builds/Furniture.

In the Content Creation Category, Palette (Amelia Smythe) is nominated for Best Full Perm Fabric/Upholstery Textures and Best Customer Service in Full Perm.

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Welcome St John Beach

10 September 2016

About a month ago, I added the sixth sim to the St John estate. Say hello to St John Beach!

Last weekend, I finally had the chance to complete the sim. It is now open, with parcels available for lease and rooms available in the St John Hotel.

St John Beach is very loosely based on Grand Isle, Louisiana. The theme is "Gulf Coast Resort in 1916".

One feature that I built into the sim is a "landing strip" for St Johnians who like to fly. St John is big enough now for period-appropriate aircraft.

St John Beach:

The St John Beach Hotel

The St John Beach Cottages
North Island
The Beach Landing Strip

2016 St John Hurricane Update

17 August 2016

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Bonjour St Johnians!

I have an update regarding our Hurricane Frédérique.

As you know, I scheduled our hurricane for this coming weekend, August 19-21. I have traditionally done my hurricane on the third weekend in August. Frédérique will be the 6th hurricane that I have done in my time as an estate owner.

I always knew that at some point a time would come when our hurricane collided with an actual hurricane or flooding disaster. It appears that 2016 is the year it happens.

This week there have been tens of thousands of people in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana whose homes have been devastated by flooding due to severe rain. This disaster came out of nowhere and has hit hard.

I have been watching the news and weather for the last week about this situation and I know many of you have watched it too. As the situation worsened, my unease of having our virtual hurricane grew. I reached out yesterday to St John residents and I talked to people as a group and as individuals about how I am feeling.

We have two options: postpone the hurricane or go ahead with it but make it less “severe”, specifically not bringing the water level up as high as I usually do.

This might sound silly to those of you that have never experienced one of my hurricanes, but part of the fun is when the water gets high enough for us to boat in the streets of the city. We become Venice for a weekend. There is just something about rowing your boat down the street that is a lot of fun!

Additionally, the high water level works in conjunction with the visual and audio effects I use to create a really intense, immersive experience. It would be a less intense experience with lower water.

The risk of postponing is that we could run into this scenario again in a month. There could be an actual hurricane or flood happening. A postponement is also an inconvenience for the folks that were planning hurricane parties this weekend. Everything needs to be rescheduled and communications need to go out about the change.

After much thought and some really good discussions with St John residents, I have decided to reschedule Hurricane Frédérique for Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25. The actual flood waters have started to recede, and while the people affected by this tragedy will not be close to having their lives back in 5 weeks, it is my hope that they will at least see at light at the end of the tunnel.

One of the things that I have learned over the years doing these hurricanes is that it’s a very cathartic experience. We are in no actual danger, but we spend a weekend together on the adventure and we hang out and enjoy each other. By the time the hurricane is gone on Sunday evening, we have a feeling of having made it through something together. It’s very powerful and it’s also empowering.

Therefore, we will have our hurricane and I will keep it at its usual level of intensity. We’ll just have it on the 4th weekend in September. September 23-25.

If you have any questions, please let me know!