Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Wonder of Domino's

I had this conversation, then I thought it was funny enough to re-post:

[22:37:03]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: Hello Gorgeous!
[22:37:25]  chryblnd Scribe: heya :-)
[22:37:56]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: You may be asking yourself "self?  Does [insert RL name here] sound like she's had a partial lobotomy to achieve a 180 degree attitude change from earlier?"
[22:38:18]  chryblnd Scribe: lol
[22:38:23]  chryblnd Scribe: I may soon, at any rate
[22:40:06]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: the answer would be YES!  which accounts for the persistent use of my real name today.
[22:40:31]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: It started with the pizza.....instead of 2 crispy crusts I got one deep dish
[22:41:10]  chryblnd Scribe: \o/ pizza!
[22:41:46]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: But OH NO its doesn't stop there!  NOnonononoono....because we all know what I get when I order pizza.....
[22:41:56]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: DEEP CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKES!!!!!!
[22:42:14]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: I believe you were present when I discussed this ritual previously?
[22:43:00]  chryblnd Scribe: ummm ... Ima go with "no"
[22:44:39]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: no WAY!  I swear you were...ok, they arrive:
[22:44:54]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: two toasty mounds of crispy yet chewy deep chocolate cake
[22:45:19]  chryblnd Scribe: I'm aware of their charms
[22:45:21]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: oh!  good for you! ...stuffed with warm, melted yet not runny deep dark chocolate that explodes in your mouth when you bite down
[22:47:24]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: ...when I get them I place them somewhere they can stay warm and out of harms way while I eat my pizza.  ...When I am 3/4 full THEN AND ONLY THEN I will open the box, releasing the heat and enjoying their full 5 sensory experience

[22:47:51]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: there is lots of gumming and moaning as I take my time
[22:48:05]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: its a little ritualistic
[22:48:28]  chryblnd Scribe: bahahahaha
[22:48:35]  chryblnd Scribe: I am the same with hotcakes at McDonalds lol
[22:48:36]  chryblnd Scribe: you're so awesome
[22:48:50]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: BWAHAHAHAHA!  ...to top things off I ordered a whole 2 liters of diet coke (they don't have pepsi)
[22:49:24]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: only - and this is ground shaking - they sent CHERRY cola instead!  It threw off my whole ritual!
[22:49:33]  chryblnd Scribe: oh no!
[22:49:38]  chryblnd Scribe: so now you;re a little mad?
[22:49:41]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: no!
[22:49:46]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: quite the the contrary!
[22:50:02]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: get this, because it's not the cola that's ground shaking.
[22:50:15]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: for the last week Dita has laid low.  Literally.  She wont get out of bed.
[22:50:28]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: the new cola arrived and I bounced downstairs.
[22:50:44]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: ...did the exchange and bounced upstairs, in about the time it took to type that
[22:51:10]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: There were 3 boxes on the floor (for what they charge I get the 2 pizza deal and leave one for tomorrow)
[22:51:42]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: I was 1/2 way across the room when I saw Dita with a box...not just ANY box!  She had....
[22:51:47]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: THE LAVA CAKES!!!!
[22:51:53]  chryblnd Scribe: oh
[22:51:55]  chryblnd Scribe: no
[22:52:09]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: I thought she couldn't have opened it that fast BUT I WAS WRONG!
[22:52:36]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: As I saw her lift her dripping-with-chocolate snout, I sprang to action and yelled NO and launched myself.  Imagine a football player flying toward the end zone in so-mo
[22:53:00]  chryblnd Scribe: bahahaha
[22:53:22]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: ...uncharacteristically sluggish, she took 2 steps back, dropping the bulk of her quarry to the ground where she proceeded to lick it to death and then suck on the carpet
[22:53:32]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: 2 things struck me.
[22:53:43]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: 1.  how the hell did she know WHICH box?
[22:53:59]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: 2.  She loves pizza - and she passed up those, easier, boxes?
[22:54:42]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: 3.  We for sure share the same tastes - because Dita then proceeded to beg with a desperation not previously observed by humankind
[22:54:55]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: she wiggled
[22:54:59]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: she bounced
[22:55:07]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: she gave the "soulful stare"
[22:55:29]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: she tried to pull my hands down with her 11 pounds of skunk booty
[22:55:39]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: the nibbled
[22:55:42]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: she kissed
[22:55:53]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: she scent marked everything that didn't move
[22:56:00]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: then she started over again
[22:56:06]  chryblnd Scribe: hahahahaha
[22:56:26]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: I had to call Dad, who laughed over the phone
[22:56:38]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: finally I stopped hyperventilating and caved with a pat
[22:56:46]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: but HELL NO, no lava cakes
[22:56:49]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: sorry!
[22:56:51]  chryblnd Scribe: see, now you know
[22:56:56]  chryblnd Scribe: more chocolate
[22:57:01]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: no shit!
[22:57:05]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: wtf?
[22:57:16]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: anyway, I am always feeling better after those things
[22:57:21]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: :D
[22:57:27]  chryblnd Scribe: lol
[22:57:57]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: this is the no-hormone week on my pill. so I'm uber-emotional I think.  I am also going off the pill, so the next few weeks should see a lot of lava cakes in here
[22:58:17]  chryblnd Scribe: ohhhhh jesus
[22:58:22]  chryblnd Scribe braces
[22:59:07]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: I know
[22:59:10]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: I warned my dad
[22:59:21]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: IMPENDING HYSTERIA!!!!
[22:59:34]  chryblnd Scribe laughs
[22:59:57]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: oh sure, laugh now - just be prepared.
[23:00:02]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: I'm gonna act like a girl
[23:00:06]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: I hate that
[23:01:29]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: I've decided to sing Madonna.  I'm watching Glee for the first time, it's the madonna ep and I'm singing and dancing around
[23:03:11]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: just the good ones - express yourself
[23:03:38]  chryblnd Scribe: I like Madonna
[23:03:42]  chryblnd Scribe: never seen Glee though
[23:04:41]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: I have heard that it MY program, and I have to agree
[23:04:54]  Phoenix Gerhadsen: season 1 comes out this week, hope it's on instant-view

...and hope Domino's doesn't run out of Lava cakes....

NEW best IM bleed EVER!

[18:17:36]  Ms. X: Harder Mark
[18:17:42]  Ms. X: I want all of it
[18:17:56]  Ms. X: oops
[18:17:58]  Ms. X: sorry
[18:18:04]  Ms. X: wrong im

...you know, now that I think of it, this is a brilliant way to get people to talk to you that have been silent for awhile.  I think I'll try it.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Vote me into the Palais Jazz Festival! Go do it now! (I'll wait)

There are 2 slots open, the artists that get the slots will be determined by vote.  Votes are only 10L and you can vote here every day! 

This could be huge for me.  Please help!

(Details below)

The Palace will be holding a Jazz festival on May 8th starting at 1pm slt.  This will be a ticketed performance.  We have an awesome line up as it is including Maxx Sabretooth, TJ Oanomochi and Katia Keres  who are highly known in sl and are real life recording artists, just im them for their bios.

We have two slots open to start the show and will be holding the contest to see  which female and which male singer will be able to share the stage with such talent.  The winner will be paid for the show as well as take home 5% of the tickets sold and 100% tips!

You will then need to get your group members, or indeed anyone who wants to come and vote for you... the contest is a way to get other people aware of the festival and purchase tickets....To vote on your photo will be 10L a vote and they can vote once a day every day if they like!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

No Merci

Even more learning experiences!

As you know, my final tip jar (designed by ME!) has the "Styled By" button that gives the name and lm to the store of everyone that provides my on-stage look.  I am so damn picky that the designers managing to satisfy me deserve at least that pat on the back, and I'm happy to give it.

Almost all my friends are designers or performers - or performers that design.  Most have given me something that I want to wear onstage. 

Now, one of these friends has been with me since the beginning of my career and vice -versa - we have both helped each other every way possible.  This is just to be nice and because we're friends. 

I agreed to a weekly performance for her, for free, at a garden she created for this reason - even though  at this point I am actually cutting my tips-only gigs.  Once I decided to sing for her, I wanted to talk to her about boundaries and how she wanted me to present her, but she never had time.

Not to worry, I went on with my show, emphasizing her Look Book (that I distributed at all shows to be nice), and my Styled By card,  with no word from her one way or the other about my act as I continued.  Until last week.

Last week a friend (and designer) decided to drop by my show.  I said "Hello!"  mentioned that she also designed and happened to be on my style card, then proceeded with the usual promotion.

My "friend" chose that moment, in the middle of my show, to finally comment on my performance.  She flamed me via IMs.  She was irate that I promoted another designer in her store.  I, in turn, was thrilled to find I am now able to perform through anything!
Of course, if she felt this way perhaps she should have decided that I not use my style cards at all during her shows.  Or let me talk to her about my ideas regarding promoting her.  Or spoken to me with the respect that a good friend - a good friend that promoted her at all gigs as a favor - would deserve.

In any case, let this be a valuable lesson to you.  When performing for a store, make the owner sit down,  listen to the details of your set and approve it in writing.  Though I never crossed a line and truly promoted another person, I did venture into a gray area that could have been avoided with clear (or any) communication.  Don't fall into this trap - this is great advice in SL and RL as well.

Another piece of great advice for SL and RL:  when people complain about their friends always letting them down or something like that, there is usually a reason for this attitude - and it isn't their friends!  This particular person has praised me in dark times as one of the few people that never asks her for anything and is a true friend to her.  Danger!  Danger!

In this case I was outgrowing her tutelage and trying to find a way to free up my groups and time.  I just would not have chosen to end it this way or at all.

This has been your PSA for this week!  Go and play on!