Friday, December 18, 2009

Bay City Rolling - Day One

I decided to take the advice of my friend, Mr. Headburro Antfarm, and walk through Bay City, ultimately making my way to the older parts of the grid.

I took an airship to Bay City - Docklands and disembarked at the airship terminal there.

Almost immediately, I encountered a gentleman sans clothes, suggesting that the city was not yet entirely civilized. (To be fair, he wore sneakers.)

[16:22] Rhianon Jameson: Greetings, sir.
[16:23] Nekkid Guy [name changed to protect the noob]: hi
[16:23] Nekkid Guy: i need a car
[16:23] Nekkid Guy: and some pants
[16:23] Rhianon Jameson laughs.
[16:23] Rhianon Jameson: Indeed, the pants may be a higher need.
[16:24] Rhianon Jameson: As a temporary measure, you might look in your Library folder in your Inventory.
[16:24] Nekkid Guy: i like the gothic look you got going on
[16:24] Rhianon Jameson: Thank you. :)
[16:25] Nekkid Guy: anyway any cars round here?
[16:25] Rhianon Jameson: Not that I know of, but I'm just exploring here.
[16:26] Nekkid Guy: ok
[16:26] Nekkid Guy: thanx
[16:26] Rhianon Jameson: The pants should really be a priority.

He was a polite enough chap, if one closed one's eyes and ignored the obvious problem. His rez day was that very day, which made me wonder what happened to the clothes he was rezzed with. But he wandered off in the opposite direction, so I continued my journey.

I next encountered a branch of the infamous Woodbury University (which espouses a Communist philosophy), which also seemed to house someone whose business was "SL Divorce Lawyer." As I am (a) not a Communist or (b) spousally encumbered, I moved on.

I stopped at the ice rink, but did not skate. Also in the category of seasonal decorations, the chapel had a little creche out front, as well as an ominous-looking heavier-than-air craft circling overhead.

The Acorn Building was part of a large complex of buildings, near the Ryman Auditorium. Buildings will apparently be very tall in the future!

The Wind in the Willows must be popular in this time as well, judging by the statue of the Mole, owned the Governor Linden. (In honestly, I have no idea why this mole needed a statue.)

On to Day Two...


HeadBurro Antfarm said...

Ooooo, Bay city! It's a fun place - designed as the typical American experience 1930s to 60s (I think - that's from memory :-D ) it was one of the Linden Department of Public Works first big projects and the Moles did a fine job. It's fun looking around for all the little 'easter eggs' the moles left behind :)

The double disk tower in one of your pics is the art gallery of my friend Holoclunk Henly (a RL comic book artist):

HeadBurro Antfarm said...

Oooo, I nearly forgot, my old mate Matianne McCann's shop is near there too. Mari is one of the prominent kid avs in SL and has a shop full of toys - perfect for big kids like me as well as little kids ;-D

HeadBurro Antfarm said...

And I nearly forgot again! The post about Mari's shop is the first time I saw anybody move and build in SL in a way that made it look like a RL world contruction site. It was a revelation to me and one of the key factors behind my current plans for my land in Steelhead St Helens (the other factor behind it was JB Hancroft's shop which she started building as he would a real shop:

HeadBurro Antfarm said...

Eeek! One last thing, promise! The air tower in the first pic is a key location in the hunt for Magellan Linden and he launched from the to discover (by crashing as is his normal method of landing or driving anything) the continent of Gaeta (sp?)

More on Magellan here:

HeadBurro Antfarm said...

And another - here's some pics of the parade we had to celebrate Bay City's opening :) Gawd, seems a lifetime ago!

HeadBurro Antfarm said...

Rhianon Jameson said...

Hi, HBA! Your comments about Bay City and the older sims, as well as your "road trip" entries, inspired me to check it out and do my own miniature road trip. Bay City is so large I couldn't do it justice (for example, I did see Miss McCann's shop, though I only stopped in for a moment).

It looked inspired by the 1950s and 60s, along with, in places, what the 60s envisioned as the future. Which means to me: some good stuff, some horrid stuff, and weeping at all the really fine architecture torn down to make it happen. (Well, not in SL, necessarily, but you know what I mean.)

I'm no expert on the subject, of course, and I realize I risk sounding like Prince Charles, but it's hard to believe some of the ugly crap people have not only envisioned but actually built in the last few decades. I work only blocks away from the FBI headquarters, and I used to decry that as the ugliest building I've ever seen (rivaled by the Christian Science church a few blocks away) - only to find that there is an actual school of architecture, Brutalism, that was popular in the 70s. They made the building that ugly deliberately! Go figure. But I digress...