Monday, May 28, 2007

Amusement Parks

Trying to find places to visit in SL can be fun. Even though the search function can challenging at times, it also can be helpful. Think about the things that you like to do in RL or would want to do in RL. Just type it in. That is exactly how I discovered amusement parks in SL. I just typed in "amusement park."

I have visited a few amusement parks in SL. One stands out in my mind, Prim Hearts. When arriving at Prim Hearts, you are on a transparent teleport hub over the water. To enter Prim Hearts, exit the platform, cross over the small parking lot, and enter under the large entrance arch. The Info Center will be on your left; however, Sarg Bjornson currently gives you a note card promising more information cards and an interactive map HUD soon. The entrance area also contains a picnic area where you can sit an talk with friends.

As you get to the fountain, your journey around the park begins as you decide to go to the right or left. The park is basically created in a big circle, so when you have made it all around the park, you will be right back at the fountain.

Some of the rides you will find at the park include:

Log Flume
Bumper Cars
Mine Lift
Swinging Ship
Combat Submarines
Freefall tower
Full Inverter Swinging Ship
Spin n' Puke

Not included on the list is a roller coaster that twists and turns and rolls you upside down. (I couldn't locate the name of the ride.) Some of the rides that swing you up and down, like the roller coaster and the Full Inverter Swinging Ship, even give you a bit of a buzz looking at the ride virtually. Well, at least it did with me and my motion sickness issues. *laf* Most of the rides are meant to work with you and a friend or more. You all board the ride. Then, someone can activate the ride.

At the entrance of the ride, is a marquee with the name of the ride. Below it are signs to click for more information and the cost of the ride. Prim Hearts also sells the rides. If you are there to ride the rides, don't let these signs bother you. Riding the rides is totally free. However, if you are going to build an amusement park or want to add a ride to another location, the rides at Prim Hearts are very good.

There are also a couple of "games" to play around the park, RC Boats and and an Indy-type racing game. You sit and control the miniature boats or cars around the track. These I have definitely not mastered yet. I need more practice.

To visit Prim Hearts, CLICK HERE. (Prim Hearts 56,143,27)

However, it would not be fair if I didn't mention the two other amusement parks that I frequent, Djorkland Amusements and Encogia Park. They have some rides similar to Prim Hearts, but also have some things that gives them their own individuality.

The areas at Djorkland Amusements that quickly come to mind are the games area and the roadside attractions area. The games area has air hockey, Sim Invaders, Boogie, Promenade Breakout, Meteor Storm pinball, Skee Ball, and a roulette table. The roadside attractions area has odd things you would see on the roadsides traveling like the Giant Potato, Giant Ball of Twine, and The Pencil Tree. To visit Djorkland Amusements, CLICK HERE. (Djork 240,202,24)

Some of the unique rides at Encogia Park are a ferris wheel, water slide, sky lift, and carousel. The area also has a dance floor and beach. The area has some nice, long straight roads too. I tried out my roller skates for the first time at Encogia. The roads made it easy to practice the tricks. To visit Encogia Park, CLICK HERE. (Encogia 136,158,23)

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Kim Seifert

Do you like good music... especially good Country music? You are going to love listening to the live concerts of Kim Seifert.

I don't remember where I first heard Kim's beautiful voice because I attend her live concerts regularly. The picture on the left was taken at a concert in Nashville last night. By far, Kim is my favorite SL live performer. Kim's melodic voice shines through in her performance of slow songs, and she has a powerfully smooth voice when she "kicks it up a notch."

Kim has a wide arrange of songs in her list of abilities. Her list includes songs from artists such as Alan Jackson, Allison Kraus, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Carrie Underwood, Elvis Presley, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson, Lee Ann Rimes, Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Pat Benatar, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker, Trisha Yearwood and many others. Did you notice some "non-country" artists in that list? Kim likes to throw in a tune from another music genre once in a while, and she's quite good at those songs, too. Kim has also written some of her own songs. Twister in Heels is a great, catchy song of Kim's own creation.

Kim likes to have fun at her concerts. Her version of Monster Mash, called Monster Crash, is an amusing tune about crashing in SL. And, due to Kim's popularity, I have experienced a crash or two right in the middle of her concerts. Kim provides a dance ball to activate a Monster Dance during the tune, and her friends have been known to pass out monster masks. A friend of Kim's, Remote Hudson, joins Kim on stage and "plays" guitar during the performance.

When you attend one of Kim's concerts, don't forget to tip her. Her tip jar is usually sitting right up on stage beside her. When you tip Kim, you'll get a sweet surprise in return.

To see more information on Kim Seifert and to view a calendar of upcoming performances, visit Kim's website at

Friday, May 18, 2007

The Bantam Dell Book Shop & Cafe

While still on Help Island, I met an avie that was delving into Second Life just to attend a live event with author Dean Koontz. Although I do read, I'll have to admit that I had not read anything by Mr. Koontz. I just prefer a different style of read. However, I have to admit the the idea of "meeting" a famous author through SL intrigued me.

The day before the event my newly found friend sent me a teleport to meet him at The Bantam Dell Book Shop & Cafe. He was very excited to have found the location of the event. We looked around and agreed that we would meet there for the event the next day. Luckily, I logged on SL 30 minutes before the event because the region filled to capacity. It took me a good portion of that time, as a newbie, to maneuver around the room to find my friend.

I was intrigued seeing Dean Koontz's avie and hearing him read a section of his upcoming book, The Good Guy, and answer questions. Even though I haven't read any books by Mr. Koontz, I was surprised to find we had some common ground - we both have golden retrievers. (Yep, has nothing to do with books.) He answered a couple of questions about his beloved Trixie.

So, what is the morale of the story? Whether you love to read or just want to experience a unique event, visit The Bantam Dell Book Shop & Cafe. You can sample books, have a coffee, sit and talk with friends, attend author events, participate in book discussions and listen to seminars. Join their group to receive information about events. CLICK HERE to visit The Bantam Dell Book Shop & Cafe (Sheep Island 123,28,25).

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Riverwalk Cliffhouse Arts and Attractions

If you haven't discovered Riverwalk yet, you are missing something very special! At first glance, one might think that Riverwalk is a nice art park. Well, it is. Strolling through the beautiful landscape and looking at the wonderful art pieces at every turn is an adventure in itself. The area if full of creative pictures and sculptures.

The teleport into Riverwalk takes you to a terraced cafe area. A bar area is on the same level as the teleport point. You can add a glass of wine or a rum and coke to your inventory at the bar. Use the bar area as a place to sit and talk to a couple of friends. While you are around the bar area, pick up a note card on Riverwalk to help you with your tour.

The lower level of the terrace area has a couple of cafe tables. This is a nice place to let your avie "eat" while you chat with a good friend or a date. The terrace area is a good place to sit and watch the fireworks nightly after dusk.

One of the first surprising things I found here is a maze. The Riverwalk Maze is a stone building with stone pillars inside that create a maze to walk through. Okay, I have to admit it. I did not make it through the maze on my first attempt. When I made it through on my second attempt, the accomplishment was just much sweeter.

The swans on the river are available for rent to take a ride. Invite a friend and take a tour via the river. I suggest that one reads the instructions that are given to you about riding the swans. It does make using the swans much easier. I learned the hard way.

You'll never know what you discover here. While walking through one of the multi-level structures, I discovered a chess set.

At the end of Riverwalk near the dam is a carnival swing with a popcorn machine and a fortune teller machine near by. Sit on a swing and click in the white/ivory portion of the ride's center to begin and end the ride. I got dizzy riding it virtually. However, it was very fun.

One of Riverwalk's newer attractions is a water slide. The water slide is on the opposite side of the river from the terrace area. It towers into the sky. To get to the top of the water slide, you need to fly. Once at the top, it will cost you a couple of Lindens to ride the slide. It is a fun adventure. When done, your avie will walk on water to get to land again.

There are many other sites to see at Riverwalk including all the beautiful scenery. Go take a stroll around by yourself or with a friend. To visit Riverwalk CLICK HERE (Ganymede 142,228,60).


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Sexy & Classy in Second Life

Right after I left Help Island back in March, I looked for a clothing store. I wanted to set myself apart from the other new avies. Afterall, I am a girl, and we want to be seen for our individual beauty. Since I'm a computer teacher, I resorted to Google which led me to a blog on shopping in SL.

I found a store called Vitamin Ci. Vitamin Ci is a store owned by Ciera Bergman in Hefferoo. I still shop there today. I love the sexy and classy outfits Ciera sells. Clothes range from dresses, skirts, tops, pants, and bikinis to mens and maternity clothing. Right in the middle of the main floor is a display that keeps us up to date on what is new.

My first shopping experience as a newbie was a good one. I even won a dress on the prize chair.

To visit Vitamin Ci CLICK HERE (Hefferoo 155,168,28).