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Gabi Hates

The messages always eventually make their way to me.

“Gabrielle Riel HATES me!”

“Gabrielle Riel HATES so-and-so!”

“Gabrielle Riel HATES us!”

I have been hearing “Gabi Hates” gossip for over a decade and it still takes me aback when one of these statements wends its way to my ears. The gossip is often accompanied by “and she is out to get me/get us!” statements.

You would think that I’d be used to this by now, but I seem to have retained some sort of strange naiveté, or perhaps it’s just a defense mechanism to block out negativity, because I still have the same reaction each time I hear gossip like this, which is: what the…?

Hate. It’s such a strong emotion that implies active focus. While there are some things and some people that I feel strongly about, hate is far too intense of a descriptor for my feelings for anyone. Hate takes effort. Hate takes time. And guess what? I don’t have enough time or effort to hate anybody!

My time and effort are spent on my daily tasks, both in and ou…

Training Videos: Taking and Restoring Objects

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In order to assist St John Parish residents with sim tear-down and set-up, I have created these videos to help make the process quicker and easier.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Important St John (Parish) Announcement

Dear St John Parish Residents:

I am sending this communication to you directly via notecard in Second Life.

I am also sending it via in-world group notice and I am posting it on The St John Intelligencer and my Songs From The Nightingale blog so all St John residents can see it, however this information is of utmost importance to the residents of the St John Parish region.

First of all, I apologize for the very late notice about this, but something that will benefit St John greatly has come together suddenly and from out of the blue. I had to make a difficult decision to move forward with this in spite of a less-than-ideal timeline.

Please know that I would have made more time for this change if I had been able to. Sadly the logistics have worked out in a way that require us to make some drastic changes in a very short amount of time in the St John Parish sim.

So...what is this change?

I have been offered the opportunity to acquire a grandfathered full sim. Right now I pay $1370 USD per mon…

Hurricane Gabrielle Event Schedule

Last updated Friday, August 18 at 7:10am SLT. Friday, August 18
7:00pm - 9:00pm SLT Hurricane Gabrielle Kickoff Party Hosted and played by Zed Raven at The Cajun Queen in St John Parish SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Parish/108/85/23
Saturday, August 19
7:00am - 7:00pm SLT Music at Sugah’s on the Roof Hosted by Sugah’s and played by their DJs at Sugah’s in St John (Uptown) SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John/206/124/23
1:00pm - 3:00pm SLT Prudence Jekyll’s 3rd Rezday Hosted by Prudence and played by herself and 3 Guest Presenters at The Conservatory in St John Woods SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Woods/190/217/56
6:00pm - 8:00pm SLT A Piece of the Action Hosted and played by Edward Pearse at The Seraph Club in St John Islands SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Islands/122/203/1503
8:00pm - 10:00pm SLT Kitty and Iliana’s Hurricane Party Hosted by Kitty and played by Iliana at The Love Shack in Bayou St John SLURL: h…

Hurricane Gabrielle

Continued from: http://gabrielleriel.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-partys-over.html
I was sitting at the kitchen table across from CC in hangover agony and sipping my orangeade hangover cure when I said, “Let’s have the very bad news now CC.”
CC opened the folder on the table. I saw exactly what I had expected to see, which were weather forecast documents and telegrams.
“The U.S. Weather Bureau started sending these yesterday evening,” said CC. “I was in the process of gathering all of this to come notify you when Kitty called and told me that you were...incapacitated…at The Nightingale.”
I winced in regret. Lovely. Some Prim Minister I was, off getting blind drunk as an emergency was developing that would threaten St John.
“Thank you for coming over and for bringing this information CC,” I said. “I’m sorry I was not in a place to be able to hear it last evening. So, I assume this means what I think it means? There is a hurricane on the way?”
CC nodded and then...smirked. An actual smirk! What o…

The Party's Over

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The first awareness I had was the music. I know this song, I thought...

What song is this, I wondered?

Ohh, I recognized it. It was Astrid S, “The Party’s Over”.

The words and tune floated through the darkness behind my eyelids, filling me.

“Pour all the champagne, make it rain, have our own parade, we don't feel a thing, Chardonnay, running through our veins…”

Chardonnay...

Ow. I winced. Oh my head…

My head hurt. Badly. Really, really badly!

I thought, maybe it won’t hurt so badly if I don’t try to move. So I remained still, listening to the music.

“We don't have to go, go home,we can stay here, laid out on the floor, have one more 'til the room clears, pour all the Champagne, make it rain, we can stay here, stay here...”

A brief memory flash from the previous evening hit me. I was sitting at the bar at The Nightingale, drinking Chardonnay. I had started with Chardonnay. Then switched to Pinot Noir. Then to my favorite, Champagne.

I hadn’t been alone. Selena and Pru were t…

The 7th Annual Riel Hurricane

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Ladies and gentlemen, I invite you my 7th annual Riel hurricane in Second Life!

Nest weekend, from Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20, come experience the wild adventure of a hurricane in the community of St John.

The storm will start to move in on Friday afternoon and it will increase in intensity through Friday night and into Saturday. The storm will start to abate on Sunday and should be clear of the estate by Sunday evening.

As always, I will have some story-based roleplay posts here on my blog in the days leading up to the storm. I will also be posting our event schedule.

You can stay up to date with all of our events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rielestates/

Please join us next weekend for our hurricane adventure!

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Parish/128/108/23


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