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Sandwich Mini Yard Sale

Shopkeeper

If you read my previous post (Dispossessed), you know that, if each of us in SL have a part in the general scheme of things (though I think not), mine wasn’t exactly in the virtual real estate arena. It isn’t that, at a personal level, I did terribly bad –I did everything there was to do, except to implement an advertising campaign, but that was intentional. I actually managed to rent a second lot to another friend for a couple of months, and though she recently abandoned it out of inactivity on her part (having too much to do in RL right now), it wasn’t because I failed at the job. There’s not much to do as a landlord anyway, especially when the only thing you have to “worry” about is to run an automated rental system (and there are a few to choose from) to keep everything in check. By the way, that plot is still vacant [click to visit], if anyone is interested.

The next thing I decided to try was to be a shopkeeper.

I’m not that industrious –nor skilled– as to become a content creator, so no: I’m not designing or selling original content of any kind. I’m just reselling my surplus of unwanted or no longer wanted gacha items that have been polluting my inventory for some time.

My “conditional love” to gacha-related affairs ended some time ago when this commercial strategy turned abusive circa last quarter of 2013. Since then I have almost stopped going to those spending orgies (some people insist in calling them events), except when some of my favorite creators decide to participate and come up with nice sets worth dying for (such as those taking part in the promising 6o Republic, starting tomorrow). Yet, even though my “involvement” has come to an (almost) absolute halt, I still have enough tradable goods to fill a warehouse or two. So, instead of renting a table or a booth in one of the many public yard sales, I decided to use another plot I own in Bay City to establish an improvised, and surely temporary, variety store to get rid of everything I can.

Sandwich Mini Yard Sale

For this other enterprise, I’m occupying an area no larger than a 512 sq.m. plot with a double bonus prim allowance, or about 234 LI in all. I’ve been restocking the shelves (and the floor, and the walls, etc.) whenever they look empty, and that’s like two or three times a week sometimes. I’ve been selling the stuff for reasonable prices (usually quite below the original price), but frankly, I never thought I would have to resupply so often. So popular are all things gacha, I guess, that it’s no wonder there are so many resellers grid-wide.

But searching stuff in SL inventory is a burden beyond anyone’s tolerance, so it gives me the creeps every time I have to look for tradable goods to sell. As a result, I’ve been tempted to end this adventure whenever I have to rezz non-copyable items during SL common tantrum states. Yet, by thinking it’s a good way to let other people benefit from things I don’t need anymore, but which are too good to simply throw away, I still persist (for now) in this project. Though these objects are simply representations with not much tangible worth, I still see them as possessing a convincing enough value to refrain from deletion remorselessly.

To visit this little shop, locate the northeastern-most corner of the Sandwich sim in the western part of Bay City. There you’ll find a small warehouse building that goes by the name of Sandwich Mini Yard Sale [click to visit]. Be welcome anytime, but don’t expect to find wondrous items or quite a lot. It’s not the Epic Gacha Market after all.

Cube's Cave

Deep underground

Some people make good use of SL ground level –the rest do not. A lot of people abuse the skies –some do better. Merpeople are  beginning to reclaim the depths of SL seas –where sailors find themselves occasionally after a sim crash or any other happening– but there’s very few that dig underground. And the “why” may have a reason: though it’s quite easy to lower the terrain level to a minimum, only on rare occasions the results are interesting.

First of all, it’s not possible to make a natural-looking tunnel in SL. Instead, you can go for a narrow channel or a trench and then cover the top with an object, as the need asks for. But then, the walls may not be that convincing, unless the ground texture matches that of a seeming cave, or again use another object to compensate for the lack of nature’s way. Another option could be to use one of the few cave kits like the one recently introduced by Cube Republic of Ossahna Gardens. You can see some examples of his demo in the pictures below, or visit the store (a must) to take a closer and better look.

EntrancewayFloraCrystalsBridgeQuick exit

This is not the only cave building set out in the market of course, but you have to visit it and hear for yourself the –almost– fairy-like atmosphere achieved by the also included sound emitters, among other extras. Its walls have a slippery appeal, contrary to Fanatik’s set (the next pictures), which are more rocky and somewhat dry. This other one also has a more natural sound set (though frankly I don’t know if it’s included in the same package).

Fanatik entranceInside formationsStalactites and stalagmitesDoorMore rock formationsQuick escape 2

I’m not a speleologist, so I can’t tell you what type of cave each one is, but I bet you’ve never seen so fabulous doors protecting a SL cave before. This is from Cube Republic. First, they are closed, then they are opened.

Cube Republic Vine Door, closedCube Republic's Vine door, opened

Isn’t it meshxy?

Fanatik’s set has several addons with PG and Adult poses, among other things,  that will add extra functionality to certain special chambers. Take a look at this adult-enable cave pond, available separately.

Pond

If you want to make full use of SL multiple layers, don’t forget to experiment with any of these two cavern building sets. To visit Ossanha Gardens, click here; for Fanatik, click this way. Pictures were taken in the respective inworld stores.

Marcus Ansia 1

Ansia against the sun

While trying to get my inventory back in order, I found something that I didn’t know I may be interested in till last week: SL sailing. Well, I knew there were people fond of SL seas despite the rough sim crossings and other technical peeves. I even have a few friends that own large vessels (they rarely use them anyway), but that was it. Last Sunday, though, I came across a sexy boat I thought I could try myself, and so it sparkled my new-found longing for the sea.

I always go for waterfront parcels when I’m about to rent a new plot because I’m pretty aquatic by nature, so I don’t know why I never tried sailing before. Now I’m into it, and for the last few days I’ve been exploring SL marinas, mostly along the Blake Sea and the coast of adjacent continents, in search of a nice slip to moor a small craft. Actually, I was looking to buy a humble parcel, even going premium and risking mainland, but hell everything is so expensive around there, that I’m sure it will (most probably) never happen.

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There are plenty of docks all over the grid, but not all of them have public access or offer slips for rent. I even find it curious that two Linden-controlled areas, Bay City and Nautilus City, despite having such prominent marine names, lack a proper harbor (well, they do, but hmm… they’re not that “practical”, you know). That’s pretty stupid, if you ask me, but such is life…

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During my explorations, I came across a fabulous marina that I hoped would offer slips for the common man, but after noticing all boats were mostly of the same maker and model (with some exceptions), I thought it was a yacht rental instead (you can rent land and houses in SL, and there are car, bike and boat rezzers, so why not?). Yet, I didn’t find where to pay for a ride, or how much was the fee. So I asked the owner, Marcus Ansia what was this place about. It turns out this is just his living quarters (the what?). He likes to paint boats (and that’s why there are so many of them) and enjoys a realistic-looking port. And yes, he keeps the area open to the general public. Sailing enthusiasts can even visit the docks to rezz their ships if they wish to or need a place to do so. Anyone can also use the nearby landing strip to set their aircrafts to the skies.

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The Calpe Airfield & Marina, as the place is called, is so close to the Blake Sea, that it would be an ideal starting point if it were public. It is just a few sims north of the popular Tradewind Yacht Club in Dex, for those that know that landmark.

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Although there are no rules to enter the place, use common sense and don’t abuse the owner’s trust so we can keep enjoying such a great corner. The parcel description says: “Privately owned Civilian Airfield & Marina. All Aviators and Mariners are welcome to rez their ‘LIGHT’ Aircraft & ‘SMALL’ Sea Vessels here.” Caps show owner’s emphasis, not mine, so be respectful and keep his words in mind when visiting.

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I couldn’t stop taking pictures, isn’t it obvious? Congratulations to Marcus Ansia for owning such a beautiful and enviable piece of SL paradise.

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To visit the Calpe Airfield & Marina in Balista, follow this slurl.