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!

Thanks,
Gabi

Jed is 9!

17 July 2016


You are invited to

Jed Dagger's
9th Rezday Celebration

on Monday, July 18, 2016
from 6:00pm - 7:30pm SLT

at The Clarendon
in the New Babbage Sim

Attire: Steampunk
Music: Eclectic
Played by: Gabrielle Riel 

The St John Nautical Cotillion Ball

24 June 2016


Lady Gabrielle Riel
Prim Minister of St John
and The Duchess of Carntaigh
cordially invites you to

The St John Nautical Cotillion Ball

on Saturday, June 25, 1916
12:00pm - 2:00pm
at Edison Hall in the St John Region

Music: Classical
Attire: Formal, 1916, Uniforms, Regalia
Event in Support of Swashbucklers for Life

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John/220/56/24

Les Remerciments de Jeudi

11 February 2016


From La Mardi Gras to Les Remerciments de Jeudi. (Thursday Thank-Yous)

St Johnians - what an amazing couple of days we had from Sunday through Tuesday!

I have so many people to thank for helping me make Mardi Gras happen.

I am still going on very little sleep, so I am going to apologize in advance if I miss anyone in these acknowledgements. Please know that any omission is due to my exhausted body and brain. If I realize after I post this that I have missed someone, I will come back here and update this post.

Thank you to The Flapperettes for making our Mardi Gras kickoff unique and amazing and full of the spirit of 1916 New Orleans!

The Flapperettes show provided us with a record-breaking moment in St John: the most avatars in a single St John sim since we launched two years ago! We maxxed at 57 avatars.


Thank you to Lelani Carver for creating and placing many of the estate Mardi Gras decorations and for providing textures to all residents. Additional thanks for being the PR and social media queen who sent the information all over the Second Life Universe and beyond!

Thank you to Ali and Kitty for putting up decorations throughout the estate (Kitty) and in St John uptown (Ali). Those were details that I needed and that I was unable to complete on my own.

Ali gets extra thanks for the wonderful fireworks show that she created and ran all day yesterday! She put hours of work into that and the results were amazing.

Thank you to all of the people who created floats for the parade! I received 17 floats and was able to run 16. That is the highest number of floats that I have ever run in all of my years of doing Mardi Gras. They were beautiful and creative and looked damn fabulous going up and down Canal Street!

Massive props to Eve for being the Float Whisperer while I was dealing with a real life issue at the worst possible time. I can say that without a doubt, we would have not had a parade if it were not for Eve's help on the floats.

Thank you to all of the DJs that played on Mardi Gras Day: cadence, Pru, Viola, Rudy, Boone, Edward, Dee and Rock (who tried!). Everyone played killer sets and the crowds loved it. I can't even express how happy I am to be in a position in which I know enough DJs to schedule an all-day event in St John. I have not been able to create and run an event for an estate like this since 2008, before I owned New Toulouse.

Thank you to all of you who offered whatever help you could. I was not always able to take you up on your offers, but you have to know they meant everything to me.

Thank you to all of the revelers that participated in the celebrations yesterday. You brought Mardi Gras to life in our Second Life!

I am so grateful for St John and the fact that we are actually growing. Somehow we are bucking the trend and expanding during a time when so many estates are downsizing or closing. I assumed that by the time I hit my 10th rezday that my time in Second Life would be gradually winding down as my estate shrunk. That's not was has occurred!

Thank you St Johnians. I don't know if you realize it or not, but you are in the midst of making magic...and that is exactly what I wanted for all of you.

With much love and so many thanks,
Gabi