Estate Update for St John Residents

27 July 2014

Hello St John Residents!

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer. Lots of folks are on holiday during the month of July, so I did not hold any town teas. The teas will recommence in August, but I wanted to let you all know about what will be happening in St John in the near future.

First of all, I'd like to welcome the following new residents to St John:

St John Pension
Kenny Moreland
Nephaera Cliassi
earthlight Palmira
Ravenstask Bayn
PeteEWheatstraw Resident
Kelcyeva Resident
As you can see from this list, the St John Pension is now full.

St John Parish
Swimmy Sandalwood
Emma Portilo
Bromios Resident

St John Woods
Meg Mosswood
Hel Darkthorn
Atabia Resident
cadence Carolina (welcome back!)

I usually do this welcome at tea, but since there has been no tea for over a month, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome the new folks. Give them a wave when you see them.

*Social Events*
We have several social events on the horizon.

Sunday, July 27 (TODAY) - I am bringing my monthly swing show to St John! It's "Songs from the Nightingale: Swingin in St John".  Show is at The Nightingale and from 6-7:30pm SLT

Thursday, July 31 - A rezday celebration for our estate manager CronoCloud Creeggan, who is turning 8! At the Edison Ballroom from 6-8pm SLT

Starting in August, I will be playing THREE shows a month in St John! Here is the rundown:

2nd Saturdays - The St John Ball - 6-7:30pm SLT - at The Edison Ballroom, formal & classical music

3rd Sundays - Songs from the Nightingale, NOLA & Early Jazz Edition - 12:30-2pm SLT at The Nightingale

4th Sundays - Songs from the Nightingale, Swing Edition - 6-7:30pm SLT at The Nightingale

*Town Teas*
Town tea is back! The next one is Wednesday, August 6. Our big topic for that tea will be our...


As of this writing I only have one piece of news on the hurricane: it will take place on the 4th weekend in August. Friday, August 22, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24.

I will be explaining our hurricane in much more detail over the coming weeks for those of you who have not experienced one of them. Of course if you have any questions, please let me know!

*Needs Assessment for a Bayou*

I have received several inquiries from residents asking if I will be adding a full sim bayou to St John. My answer to that is: I will if I can fill it with residents!

At this point I am just seeking to know resident interest levels in a bayou. If you would be interested in leasing in a bayou, please let me know. If you have friends who you think would lease there, please let me know that too. Also, please let me know if you would be adding the bayou property to any current St John holdings you have or if you would be transferring completely to the bayou.

There is one thing we all need to keep in mind about a new sim. The used sim market, after a 3 year slump, has bounced back with a vengeance. This means that there are not many used sims available, and those that are available are stupid expensive. This higher cost means higher rental rights costs. I'll be taking many things into consideration as I ponder a bayou for St John.

It's been a sleepy summer so far in St John, but as you can see, we have a lot of things on the horizon! If you have questions about anything I mention in this update, please let me know!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Miz Gabi

Invitation to a Journey of Music

10 July 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen
Gabrielle Riel and SL RFL Team ACTS
Invite You to a Journey of Music
to Celebrate the SL RFL Season

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12:30pm - 2:00pm SLT
at The Carntaigh Garden Ballroom, Winterfell Sim
Attire: Formal, any shade of purple, from any era

Rooms for Rent: The Return of the St John Pension

26 June 2014

Back when I owned New Toulouse, I had one of those residents that I call a "flipper".

Gabrielle Riel's Definition of Flipper: Someone who leases a parcel and then abandons it within a few weeks.

Flippers come in two flavors:

1. Someone who leases, then abandons quickly, and who then returns in a few weeks or months and then leases a parcel and abandons it quickly. Continue ad infinitum.

2. Someone who leases a parcel and who tells me how fabulous my estate is and how they have so many wonderful plans for things they are going to do in my estate. Their effusiveness tends to be over the top. Then, in a few weeks, they abandon.

So much for all those plans huh? I've actually learned to take over-the-top compliments and tons of fabulous plans as a sign that that person IS a flipper.

The flipper I mention above was a flavor 2. Tons of plans. IMd me a lot to tell me about the plans.

Then the resident abandoned within weeks with no notice. Unfortunately that resident had two very large parcels, parcels that are difficult to lease because they are so big.

I brainstormed. I asked myself how I could effectively lease that land and the thought that came to my mind was to create an apartment building on one of the parcels.

When I was a brand newbie in April 2006, I searched far and wide for an apartment or something like it. I needed a place to stay temporarily while I waited for the 5th Caledon sim to arrive. (Caledon Tamrannoch - I was a founder.)

I could not find anything at all! And I never forgot what that felt like. I had always hoped to create apartments someday because I knew there was a need for them. Apartments are also very cost effective.

I asked my intrepid architect Mr. Breitman to build me an apartment building. I wanted it to have six rooms. As always, he came up with something wonderful. He's such a master of maximizing space in the most creative ways.

Thus the New Toulouse Pension was born. I was initially very curious. Would it draw residents? Would it fill? Would it remain empty and be a total flop?

It ended up being a smashing success. The Pension filled and stayed filled. It was so popular that I added another apartment building that I named the Conciergerie and it filled up with residents and stayed filled!

My initial layout plans for St John did not contain a parcel for the Pension. Several people asked me if I was going to have a Pension and I said no, I did not have room for it.

St John has been on the grid for 6 months now. I have been able to tweak its layout a little bit on the edges as I have learned what residents like and need. Finally after 6 months....

The St John Pension is back!

It has 6 rooms. Each room costs $225 L per week and has an allotment of 117 prims. This is identical to the cost and prim amount per room that I had in the New Toulouse Pension. None of the rooms are occupied as of this writing, but I expect that to change quickly.

If you or anyone you know would like to lease an apartment in the lovely St John Parish sim, use the following SLURL to teleport to the Pension: . Click the vacancy sign for a notecard of information about the Pension.

Thank you, dear Flipper from years ago! If it weren't for you, I would have likely never discovered the benefit of having apartments in my estate.

Lemonade from lemons my dears. Lemonade from lemons.  I look forward to meeting the folks who become residents of the Pension!

Invitation to The Black Masquerade

20 June 2014

I believe in my mask - The man I made up is me
I believe in my dance - And my destiny
~ Sam Shepard

Lady Gabrielle Riel
Duchess of Carntaigh
Invites You To
The Black Masquerade

Saturday, June 21, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm SLT
at Azure dAlliez Sim

Attire: Black formal with masks
Music: Classical on
Proceeds for: SL RFL Team Hearts & Souls

Please join the Hearts & Souls SL RFL team for The Black Masquerade Ball in the Azure dAlliez sim.

Don your formal black attire and masques and join the other ghostly guests at the ball where Gabrielle Riel features classical music of the creepy variety for final event of the Saturday of Sizzlin' Halloween Weekend.