Monday, September 25, 2017
by Chigadee London
Our Second Life friendship graduated to real life friendship with Skype conversations and phone calls, and I learned that she did not have an easy real life which was fraught with health issues. She rarely complained, even though she came close to death many times but fought back with such courage, she seemed almost invincible. We all thought she was going to bounce back from her last bout as she had done in the past but I think St. Peter and the angels were finally ready for her arrival.
In the last months of her life, I was in constant contact with her family, particularly her daughter in law (Brenda) who was completely devoted to her. Brenda was sincerely touched and appreciated the outpouring of sentiments by friends and communities Breezes was involved in. The following is a short message Brenda sent me after learning about the Tombstone Memorial which was organized to honour Breezes. It gives a glimpse into the real-life Breezes (Jeannie).
"A few things about Jeannie. She absolutely loved to sit on the deck and watch birds. Bluebirds were her favorites followed very closely by cardinals. She really liked her Kindle. She would read detective and murder mystery. Her TV was always on the food network. 24 hours a day. She loved shopping online. Food, clothes, dishes, etc... (laughter). The family had a beagle named Daisy about 40 years ago and she always talked about her Daisy. Still has a picture of that dog. She was smart, but very naive in an old fashioned kind of way. Very friendly with a soft marshmallow for a heart. I told her she was my magical genie. She would laugh and joke about falling off of her magic carpet because she never learned to drive or to even ride a bike. She was born with tremors in her hands and it limited her. She always hated that. She especially hated to eat in front of people thinking they would notice. She was right handed but had to learn everything by using her left hand. Very determined lady with a desire to make it work." - Brenda
So as you all see, Breezes was as kind, sweet and smart in real life as she was in Second Life. Rest In Peace dear Breezes. I was truly blessed and honoured to have you as a friend in Second Life and real life. I miss you.
Friday, September 22, 2017
By Bixyl Shuftan
I then asked about her writing commentaries following her decision to put her fiction writing on hold. She told me, "I've spent most of this year neck deep in the controversy that has pretty much destroyed The Furry Community." And why did she think it was destroyed with so many fans of this genre of written and visual fiction and art, as well as the many users of furry avatars on Second Life. She answered, "To enjoy being a fan of anthropomorphic you have to leave the community. In the community is nothing but identity politics, hatred, and threats." Hadn't the community faced challenges before and more or less recovered from them? She told me there was one that it hadn't, "The only challenge that approached this magnitude was the Burned Fur War. And the community never recovered from it. We've lived in its shadow ever since, and it has a lot to do with why there are bad people in positions of power all over the community who look on this new attack on the community as a chance to finally have their way with Furry Fandom. ... The damage is permanent and will only get worse. You can look at Marvel Comics and any other company, fandom or web site that has been invaded by these same people. Their objective is to destroy, and they will continue to hammer away at the fandom until nothing remains but ruins."
As Perri continued her commentaries, they were less about the community of anthro fans and more about analyzing political trends. She told me, "What's happening to Furry Fandom isn't an isolated incident. It's part of a massive political movement that is causing irreparable social destruction all over the world. It would make no sense to try to address what we face in the Furry Community without dealing with the worldwide disaster that is currently unfolding. ... Much of Europe is already devastated beyond repair, but the same tactics that are being used against The Furry Community, most other fandoms, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook."
Perri told me the response she got was mainly positive, "I was mainly preaching to the choir. Those being attacked in the fandom looked to me as one of the few concerned who could write well and get their message out that they are not what they're being accused of. But those attacking them just call anyone who doesn't agree with them a Nazi, say Nazis don't get a right to speak, and they use every underhanded trick they can come up with to silence their opposition, as well as to close the ears of everyone else with treats of blacklisting, doxxing and real life character assassination. And every day another major Furry site falls under their agenda, Fur Affinity being the latest to implement their kind of censorship. Though we lost Flayrah and Dogpatch Press as far back as last year. So there is no longer any freedom of speech in The Furry Community, and everyone is under threat."
But why resort to calling someone you don't like a Nazi, considering the unofficial rule in internet discussion that once someone invokes the name of Hitler, the discussion is for all practical purposes over on the grounds there can be no further rational argument. Perri commented, "True, but there is someone worse than Nazis. Someone who could be considered the parent group of Nazis. The people accusing everyone who doesn't agree with them of being Nazis are Communists. They march through the streets of America and Europe bearing the flags of Communism, while burning American flags, and turning our streets into riot zones. That is typical Social Justice Warrior behavior. That's how they took down 2 The Ranting Gryphon, by accusing him of encouraging suicide with his free speech."
Perri believes what happened was that one or more of the people she was criticizing complained to Facebook, which responded by shutting down her account. She had gotten no warning about changing future or present content, "It just went poof." She felt there was no point in contacting them about restoring her account, "They won't talk to me unless I have some kind of official document with the name on the account on it to prove Perri Prinz is a real person. They don't have to show mercy to Second Life characters. I've been in violation of the TOS from day one. And I'm not going to be bullied into opening an account with my real name. It's not worth fighting. This is one of the things that makes Furries vulnerable to Social Justice Warriors. All it takes is one well placed phone call and there's nothing we can do to defend our sites."
So as a writer, was what happened with Livejournal and Facebook hard on Perri? Not necessarily. She told me, "Actually, it was being involved in this situation that was hard on me. It's not easy trying to write things that will get through to people who openly reject common sense. I'm enjoying being out of the spotlight for a while." So she was taking a break from writing, "I think I've done enough preaching to the choir. It's going to take someone bigger than me to tackle this business."
So what were her plans now, in and out of Second Life? Perri answered, " I plan to be in Second Life as much as possible, with REC (Recoyote Mindes) being in such bad shape, and Erik seems to need me here as well to give him a sense of security. I may tinker around with Spectral Shadows over the next few months and come back next year on the new site Niko is building. That would be my plan. But The Furry Raiders are still after me to keep being their voice. I expect I'll be asked to write some stuff for their site. I'll do my best on that."
At one point, Perri slipped on a varriant of the "Furry Raiders" armband, one that was pink and blue, "Back in the 70's and 80's we used to wear these. They were for holding cigarettes and other small items."
Perri and I talked a little longer. At one point, she expressed concern that Second Life's furry communities were not necessarily free of the threat of the radicals she had been criticizing. She felt they could easily come here, infiltrate, and try to cause division and discord. Part of their strategy of divide and conquer.
Spectral Shadows picture by Tigers Kitten
Friday, September 15, 2017
By Adrian Wise
It wasn't before long the dust shook off the gal, and a Lady walked Allen Street in search of her next wild west adventure co-starring everyone in Tombstone.
If I had to retell of Miss Breezes days in Tombstone, I am far from over.
If I had to let you in on a little secret to her magic... I just may be persuaded to do that.
One footprint at a time~
"Miss Bree" steadily gobbled up folks hearts daily as she journeyed the dusty landscape living in the town of Benson until finally settling in Black Diamond Hills for her Role Play home. There she would become that town's Doctor, Owner of the Cantina "La Cantina de la Brisa", Baker for the Orphans of Tombstone and some how or another went head to head with the most outrageous Outlaws as Teller in the Bank of Benson... later- Head Teller of the Territory. It was no secret she had her eye on a young sturdy Calvary Officer and would be seen at dances and Meet and Greets with him.
One Prim, two prim, three prim MORE~
Tombstone celebrates each and every holiday likewise "Miss Bree" saw to it that garlands or flags flew, appropriate flowers bloomed, treats were baked, candies distributed and (naturally) her surmounting wardrobe matched. Yes.. that "Santa that gives Hot Cocoa" was ever present. Be it Dias de los Muertos or Mardi Gras Each holiday perfectly sparkled to match her eyes.. after all- it was another reason to go shopping!
The Genuine Article~
We will forever remember "Miss Bree" to whom no goal was set too high. No challenge left unabated. No Storyline incidental. In court as Witness or Juror, patching up folks after Small Pox outbreaks, Apache raid the town or attend their Pow Wow (In full regalia I must add) Rodeo, Round-Up or Posse; Hunting, Fishing; Celebrating Wild West Life.. she wore so many Hats... so many.
It's a Kind of Magic~
When you reside in a Sim garnished for roleplaying it's rare to know the typist for who they are beyond the well constructed words on your monitor, that is unless you have the passion "Miss Bree" had for everything going on around her.
Typically referred to as "OOC" or "Out of Character" it is the moment you echo the thoughts & experiences of the typist to share who you really are. In real life, our Outlaw characters do not kill people, our Judges do not sentence folks to hang and our Doctors do not tend to mass quantities of Children with the Small Pox. I myself, although known to be long winded, am not a politician.
On rare occasion the tale of a rattlesnake (for instance) would surface prompting "Miss Bree" to not only instruct the townsfolk how to kill it, but offer tasty recipes and advice on how to tend to the skin and bones for jewelry ... something we'd come to find out she'd practiced in her youth for survival. Thus a new chapter unfolded. For most of us, the Wild West is our dream world, for Breezes Babii it's where she grew up, educated and raised a family. It would not be long before many of her musings were stripped away to reveal the genuine article- the strongest of beautiful women battling though thick and thin only to chose to grace us with what laughter and free time she had left after years of various challenging illnesses.
When Tombstone joined the Second Life "Relay For Life" Breezes recalled the "Relay Rockers" Team to us- another of her HUNDREDS of fond memories on the grid. She was simply never short of compatriots who about her cannot say a discouraging word. "Miss Bree" had a simple code of ethics. You need not try so hard to befriend her.. you just already were and possibly always was....
A. Wise, Mayor
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
I asked GoSpeed why she chose her particular account name. She answered, “When I first signed up in 2006 I was going through the list of available last names. As I scrolled past Racer, I saw the GEICO Insurance commercial featuring Speed Racer (on TV). So, on a lark I chose GoSpeed Racer.” Recently, she has been using the display name "GoSpeed Rasere." She explained, “This past year I changed it to Rasere because I am using GoSpeed as a character in my writing and I wanted to avoid intellectual property issues with my name.”
which was in the Newser for a cartoon in 2011. When I asked her if she had ever raced with it, she said, “No, it's a very fast vehicle and that often leads to crashes and horrible sim crossing snafus.” She won a nice sports car from 2Zm as a prize for winning the Miss Bay City Contest. That it had a "5" painted on it, GoSpeed smiled, calling it "Pure coincidence."
When I asked if there are any other peaks to winning the Miss Bay City Contest beside the title and bragging rights, she answered, “Nope, nothing else!” There are no specific events she has to attend, or/and responsibilities of the title, but GoSpeed intend to attend as many Bay City events as possible. Of the crown, she says she will wear it mainly at these events. GoSpeed has been attending events in Bay City since 2009.
GoSpeed would like people to know that KONA Stream is still alive and kicking after nearly 11 years inworld, "Our homepage is www.konastream.com . It's (been) doing quite well the past year. Listenership in and offworld has increased.”
GoSpeed is also a budding novelist, who has completed the drafts to two novels She is working on a third. When asked what they were about, she explained, "They are novels about a futuristic simulation where SL avatars are reconstituted as living AI. Our social media presence is preserved and then used with computer algorithms to synthesize personalities." That is, their personalities are based on how their users used the avatars in actions and virtual speech, and, "on how the algorithm interprets the imagery, blogs, etc... You may have read an article where researchers say that based on a person's lifelong Facebook and other social media postings that an somewhat accurate represntation of their personality can be emulated. So, our avatars live on, but they won't totally be us. I hope to self publish by the new year."
You can go to her personal Second Life blog at https://gospeedracer.wordpress.com/ to read more about her stories and other things about her. The link to GoSpeed's blog as well as her other media sites is: http://about.me/GoSpeed_Racer .
Pictures from Bixyl Shuftan and GoSpeed Racer.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
By Gemma Cleanslate
“I know I don't walk so well , but hey I do love SL for keeping me dry even underwater.”
“Bang figure out the rest sometime
survived and decided mmm what have I decided.
Oh well look at me and then you will see I didn't make a good decision. Mercysakes”
That was Breezes!!
A wonderful friend for over 10 years, a writer for the SL Newspaper and for the SL Newser for some time. We spent many hours almost every day talking and camping together in the old camping days. We went to parties together and once in a while shopping.
Early on she found a home in Samarkand, a roleplay kingdom that had tourneys, knights, and a Queen. Breezes loved it there, and I was invited to watch a tourney and have lunch with the Queen, whom she loved. It was a splendid place.Breezes made many loving friends there. I thought at the time it would be her long time home in SL. But the queen died and Samarkand was no more. Breezes was heartbroken and wandered for a long time searching for a new home that she could love as much.
She loved fashion, and made sure she was always dressed in the latest fashion, why we camped so much! She shopped the best designers and never threw out the boxes. She worked for Chigadee London in her hat shop, but I will let her tell you about that, and was a shoe model too.
Finally she found a new home that she loved and has spent the past few years in, Tombstone, that is based on Tombstone Arizona in the late 1800's, as a role player. Her favorite time there was being in the bank, especially when the cavalry came with a deposit. I went to some trials in the town where Breezes was a witness to a crime and it was always fun to listen to her testimony. I will let the Mayor of Tombstone, Adrian Wise tell you more about her life there.
When I first met Breezes it was at a party where my then partner, now absent, Qwark Allen, was djing. He invited her and, wow, was I jealous. Here was this gorgeous avatar with spectacular clothes. I thought she was after him (laughter), We became friends though, and when she learned about my first thoughts she and I had a good laugh. Bree is the one who introduced me to Dana Vanmoer, owner of the SL Newspaper and started me on my way to reporting.
She loved dancing at parties and made an effort to stop by at least when she got a call and came in her Tombstone clothing to any kind of party . She came and went like the wind that she was. Early in our friendship I learned that she did not have any audio, until much later, and never heard the music but was always there gamely dancing.
She was never very good with prims so I helped her move to new homes several times and placed the furniture and moved curtains for her. If you came to visit before I got there you would find furniture and decor in one big pile and curtains everywhere.
Her friends,Perry Krell and Leigh Elton Krell , planned a new sim that included animals. So Bree became a lion and greeter for that sim. It was one of the only times that I saw her not dressed in finery but the lion was meticulously groomed!! She was also active with the Relay for Life for many years and dearly remembered for her involvement.
There were so many aspects to Bree, some of which I even do not know though we had many long conversations about life, real and Second Life.
“Many obstacles in my life .We all have them..With my loving friends they will help guide my way.May any who read these words have the same good friends around you. The Lord above will watch over us, the angels will wrap their wings around and help guide."..... Her words...
For almost her entire Second Life, her health has not been good. And there were several crises. But she revived so many times after a bad spell I think we all expected her to just have infinity here. I did get to talk to her for a bit on June 26 for the last time and am happy for that since. I know it was her last visit to Second Life, and she told me so. As Dolleyes Barbosa of Tombstone said, “ she will be a beautiful angel, and the best dressed one too.” I will miss her deeply as I know her many friends here will.
A poem by Saadi, a knight of Samarkand, who wooed Breezes.
"The day was hot under a cloudless sky
The air was still and heavy o’er the city it lie
The city it lay silent sleeping in the heat
Until a gentle breeze came by.
She whispered o’er the city awakening all she touched
With gentle cooling fingers softer than a dove
She stirred the air around us and made us smile and sigh
And made up feel so happy that a gentle breeze came by.
We took her to our hearts and bade her always stay
And hoped the love within her would never go away.
Whe touched out lives and souls with her gentleness that day
When that gentle breeze came to stay."
Thanks for the memories and “Thoughts “, Breezes Babii. I hope you have found your Samarkand. We love you.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
As Ari and I played the duet, not much was being said. But some people do have something to say while the music was being played.
"I love to play duets with you." said Ari (arisia.vita) "The violin adds another dimension to the music."
"That is a great... :) always love it with violin and piano together in a beautiful duet." said Minya.
"Well, all I can say is that I think your music just saved my Second Life!" said Krip Lyter.
But nothing would change my mind that Ari makes the most beautiful music, with or without the violins. I stayed until the end as I played the violin and Ari played the piano. I can only hope to one day play the duet with Ari.
* * * * *
There was a few people at the concert. It happened at a small cafe, Romany (135/30/22).
When Ari arrived at the cafe, and started playing the piano, I got the violin out and started playing as well. The music that came would get a few comments from people at the concert.
“Together, you and Ari are making magic!” said Gaia Maria (mariaseconda).
“The magic is in each of you here.” said Ari. “The music just sets it free.”
Ari was right. As the music continued, so did the comments.
“This is indeed a great piece. And you two are doing a wonderful job with it.” said Whys (docwhy).
When we started playing a piece called “Claire de lune,” Gaia Maria said, “Oh, I have very special memories of this piece, involving Nice, my honeymoon, and something delightful that happened.”
It's not just about the music that we were playing as it turned out. “When I was a little boy and saw my first violin concert, I kept expecting the bow to cut the violin in two.” said Ari with a smile.
“That makes sense in a way, Ari.” said Whys, smiling.
As the concert came to an end, Gaia had something special to say, “Ari and Deaf, this has been an absolutely lovely concert ...thank you so very, very much! And thank you all for being who you are, and for helping to make this event so special.”
“Thank you all for coming, and Deaf for playing with me.” said Ari.
Thank you, Ari, for letting me play with you. It was something that I will never forget. I hope that one day, Ari and I will get to play the duet again. Who knows? As I am concerned, the concert was the unforgettable and the best I have been to in which I was a part of.
Friday, September 1, 2017
I went to interview Snowy Sugar Blossom (Skylark Lefavre). Snowy Sugar Blossom is a General Manager and DJ at the Happy Vixens Club. She is also a backup DJ at the same club. Snowy Sugar Blossom is also a DJ at Eternal Desires and Club Cutlass. Sundays and Wednesdays are her days off.
When asked what part of DJ does Snowy likes the most, she has this to say, "Sharing my passion and likes which is top ten hits of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, plus some songs after. What I enjoy pleases me when others enjoy it. I try to stick to a theme. Love and Feel Good music. DJing also makes me feel good personally as music is the medicine that makes the world right and perfect. It can cure many problems or help me work harder. DJing is an outlet that allows me to take my medicine. My world since I was a toddler was built on music since my mother set me in front of the TV to watch Bobby Goldboro I think his name was."
I asked Snowy which album does she play the most while she's DJing at the club. "There are messages in each song a tale and story. Each story has power power to influence your day and your life. I take those with a happy message that instill faith and hope too and play them. This is why you don't hear me play songs of breakup and love loss unless requested." said Snowy Sugar Blossom. "I believe songs speak feelings better than people can with their mouths. There is a song for every single situation and then some. You just have to open your ears to the lyrics and interpret it the way it was intended. Music inspires me when I DJ so I choose my song list carefully."
Snowy has been DJing for about a year, feeling she had evolved and gotten better quickly. There is always room for improvement, she says. Snowy plans on being a DJ for as long as she possibly can, "Trying to please everyone is hard enough, like walking on a path of broken glass without cutting up your feet. Its not impossible just hard as you have to learn your audience."
"I'm not the first person to carry the name DJ Snowbuns, and I may not be the last as another will take the name." Snowy told me. She has a number of avatars from fox, to bear, to human, to pony, but is best known for her white bunny, "The bunny is my identity, my personality, the way I live, the way I eat, the way I love, the way I think. I am a bunny yes, as it chose me not the other way around. I hope while I carry the torch I can be as good as those before me who had the DJ handle."
Snowy and I talked some about bunnies, which included my own rabbit doll in real life named "Bun-Buns." Snowy told me, "Some call me this a lot."
Snowy Sugar Blossom has something to say about being the DJ. "I DJ to make people happy not for the money. The money is a luxury, but not the reason I DJ. It comes in handy yes, but the reward is seeing people happy and loving and enjoying my passion. That is the best payment I could ever get."