Saturday, December 29, 2007
Lord Player used to go here with his family during the younger days. He wasn't aware that it had re-opened. It's a way cool place, a western themed town on a mountain top. Great place to take the family if you don't feel like dealing with the mega-corporate induced places in Florida.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Yup, it is now official. Steelhead has expanded. Still work to be done, bridges to build, trees to be planted, houses to be placed in lots. But, it's there, finally.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I am happy to report that after those tests, including a combination of turkeys and Daleks, we did not crash Harborside. Steelhead Harborside has passed the stress test.
Take a good look at these pics. Soon, this will be terraformed and become Steelhead's first expansion sim, Steelhead Harborside. Everyone is excited, and can't wait. As of this writing, Harborside isn't near Steelhead. Truth be told, it's a few hundred thousand miles away. Hopefully, the Lindens will push it into place soon.
Until then, we're all waiting, hoping that as we stand on the island, looking towards the direction that Steelhead City is located, that it gets that much closer.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Steelhead Harborside will rise from the oceans depths soon. Perhaps within a day or two. Everyone "Hoo". Most of you have been doing it since Tuesday. Now, Eugenia can have her farm, Myfanwy (correct later if I misspelled it) can have her treehouse, and Eladrienne can stop running over Caledon's Duchesses....Lady Eva's already under Ortega Protection because of that.
General plan for now, is to work on Steelhead's expansion every two months. Which is a good thing, because you get a chance to enjoy each sim before the next one rises from the oceans depths......and no, I'm not saying Desmond Shang's rushing through Caledon's growth (Hell, if I had five more sims to go before completion, I'd want to hurry). But this has been a long time coming, we're the last ones to begin expansion, but we're accomplishing everyone's dreams (especially those that have been here living in Steelhead for a long while).
Soon to follow with this expansion, the possibilities of more events in Steelhead. Which usually means someone wants a DJ......and I'm too territorial (it's a bad habit that I need to get out of, my apologies for being a greedy bastard......but it's fun). Eh, I should be ok. I've got the official Steelhead events. So, Nyah. ;-)
So, Happy Holidays, Steelhead. Enjoy our new beginning, it's going to be a fun trip.
(looks around to make sure Lunar's not within striking distance)
And don't forget to tip the Sheriff/DJ generously during Steelhead's events.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Truth be told, if the donations Lunar received the night before were to be counted, Shirtless O'Clock would've started right at 7:00 and not 7:15.
I remember when I first came to Steelhead. It was a ghost town. But, there was something about it that made me want to stay. Thankfully, things changed for the better.
Oh, there was some bad times. Most of which I will not go into details. But, we saw it through, as a community.
How close are we, you may ask (sure, you may, go ahead). Well, won't go into actual dollar figures, but USD wise, it's not much. However, with the holidays and Lunar and Tensai having to move in RL, the RL dollars have to go elsewhere at present. But, hey, it's the season for miracles, never know what may happen. But, trust me, be patient for a little longer, Steelhead Harborside will be here before you know it. I think, after that, future expansions will be slightly eaiser. I mean, Desmond Shang does it nowadays by lifting his pinky (and not very high, either)
Lunar has a list of people who greatly deserve thanks for helping, all greatly deserve it. Hopefully all the hard work will pay off. I personally, would like to thank Mr. TotalLunar Eclipse for taking the task on Steelhead's expansion. I know it has been a real headache for you, but everyone, Steelhead and Caledon, greatly appreciates this.
Harborside is close. You can just about see it on the map. Hang tight, folks, it's all going to pay off.
Then, we'll pimp Steelhead Boomtown......what?!? Hey, I've got plans for the plot that I'm renting in that sim. Everyone's gonna love it.
Monday, December 10, 2007
TotalLunar Eclipse wishes to hold a fundraiser for Harborside this Saturday, December 15th, at 7:00 PM SLT, at the docks of Steelhead City. It'll be a three hour event, the theme is "Pirates". But, we're also borrowing a Caledon tradition, Shirtless O'Clock.
If I have my facts straight, there'll be tip jars set out for certain male individuals (myself included). Once the tips reach a certain amount for each jar, the males take their shirts off. But, I've added a certain extra for those interested.....
IF, someone rents a 1024 lot on Harborside at the event.....I'll go shirtless right then and there, and stay that way for the rest of the event (Human form not Werewolf form). IF all available lots in Harborside get rented out........I'll finish out the event in a grass skirt. Mind you, Lunar has to have the lindens in his hand for the land tier of the plot you're renting.
So, spread the word. I'm allowing myself to be embarrassed to help out Steelhead's expansion.....but it's been a big strain on Lunar, so if it helps, it'd be worth it.
Also, any male's who'd like to help out with the Shirtless O'Clock, allowing yourselves to go shirtless, let us know.
Friday, it's "Around The World" at the Kokopelli. Saturday, "Harborside Fundraiser: Pirate Themed Event With Shirtless O'Clock" at the docks.
Gonna be a fun week...........
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Naturally, there were themed music.....well, the punk part, at least. The Ramones, The Casualties, etc. Diamanda had gotten me hooked on Korpiklaani, so that was played. Along with the usual sort of shtuff I play, along with the Xmas classic, "Christmas At Ground Zero".
The highlight.....watching the Conga Line stop in place.
After about two and a half hours, the combination of Second Life, Winamp, and Evil Vista (a product of Barthelmess Enterprises, naturally) was getting to be a bit too much for my machine, I had to stop and log off.....which gave Diamanda the chance to ask Lunar if she could stream for a bit, thereby continuing the fun.
I have finally been reunited with SAM Broadcasting, my old DJ program I had before the freak storm fried my old Aether Machine. Next step....seriously considering downgrading from Evil Vista. We shall see.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
1) I'm a member of the Puppeteers of America
2) I prefer using my full name, making sure people know my middle name, Baum (similar to "Bomb")
3) I suffer from depression, along with a bit of paranoia.
4) Before coming into Second Life, I've had bad experiences with online virtual communities. When Darien Mason's player had told our email group about Second Life, decided to give it a try and came up with a name that, should I chose to leave, would be easily forgotten, hence, Fuzzball Ortega......now imagine if I ever did leave how people would feel
5) I had a one night fling with a married woman (and I'm glad it was a one night fling, she had more mental problems than I did)
6) I used to take IQ tests just for the helluvit, no rhyme or reason, just passing the time. Always felt that it wasn't really how smart you are, but how much common sense you have that shows whether you're dumb or not. For the record, IQ is around 170....unless I'm under a lot of stress, then it drops to a 130.
7) I have sketches of puppets, a set design, and several notes for a children's program that I'd like to have made and put on television. I do have a script, but I'm not happy with it.
8) If there was one woman that I'd like to be with, it would be Charisma Carpenter.
And there we go...now I have to pick 8 people to tag and let them have their say.....in that case, TotalLunar Eclipse, Emilly Orr, Darien Mason, Christine McAllister, Eladrienne Laval, Annechen Lowey, Hotspur Otoole, and Amber Powalski...consider yourself tagged.
Here's the rules:
(1) Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
(2) People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
(3) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
(4) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog
Ok? I'm done. Now, you kids get off my lawn, I just mowed.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
You see, it's simple, Lunar's close to filling up Harborside. It can't magically appear until all available plots have been pre-rented out. So, send TotalLunar Eclipse an IM when in world and find out more information. We've got Desmond Shang, himself, working with us, helping us in Steelhead's growth (which has been a long time coming).
Also, it should be noted, that it's a 100% guarantee that once Harborside has magically appeared, a certain Jobias Barthelmess will return to make my life a living heck......and how many of you have been waiting for him to rear his evil head?
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
First, I'd like to apologize for the delay in the Jobias storyline. With the recent announcement of Steelhead's expansion plans, the building of the new town hall, and the appointment of new councilors, we've been busy.
Second, interest in Steelhead Harborside has been amazing. Hopefully, everyone will read the covenant and respect our wishes on how the sim is to look. The long term plan for Steelhead was to have up to ten or twelve sims, if at all possible, way things are looking with Harborside, we may be close to that goal by next summer, but don't quote me, may just be six by then.
Third, the overall layout for Steelhead, with all planned expansions, is basically a recreation of the Northwestern United States, Oregon in particular. Our problem being, if you check Steelhead out, Lighthouse Island, which faces the sea, is on the eastern part of the sim. I suggested to Lunar, since Caledon could be considered a colony of the United Kingdom, perhaps Steelhead could be the same. Simply sail west of Oregon, and eventually, you come to this American settlement, and that it's possible to still have that Northwestern feel to it. Another option, see the fourth part below, is flip the sim around. Lunar had another option he may go with, I was just throwing out ideas.
Fourth, it's quite possible that we may move Steelhead to another area on the grid. Lunar's plans for expansion would eventually bring it close to the sim Sleazywood. We may move, we may stay put. Hard to say. So, don't go around saying that we're moving. Nothing is set in stone.
Fifth, This was the reason for this post. How to advertise Steelhead. In the past, we were going along with the term, "Weird Wild West". It was coined by former sheriff/current doctor Darien Mason. At the time, it fit. Unfortunately, as I stated in a different post, the city matured. Oh, we still got the weird, but we needed something catchy that would bring in a curious person who's never been to one of the themed sims (Steelhead, Caledon, Antiquity, New Babbage, etc), and maybe want to stay. Naturally, there was Steampunk, just as Caledon, New Babbage, and a few others have been known for. But....Steelhead needed something different, and NOT because we think we're better. We would never act that way towards our friends from Caledon, New Babbage, Antiquity or related sims. But, you see, Steelhead is..........different.....
Here's an incomplete list of Steelhead resident. One manager (who WON'T wear the tag "Mayor", even though, technically he is) is a Moon Elf. The other manager, "Mrs. Mayor" (I am soooo dead), is our resident girl genius who likes to blow **** up. Our resident doctor, who has lived in Steelhead for over 12 SL Years (two years RLT), has a daughter who's a steam powered android (currently living in Caledon), a son who's a pus.....Neko, his family is cursed, and he also gets a kick out of reanimating the dead (although it's not allowed in Steelhead....."Mayor" said so). And the sheriff, as everyone is well aware, is a werewolf.
So....how best to describe Steelhead, since it's obviously more than just Steampunk. It wasn't until Herr Baron opened up the Europa Consulate in Steelhead, and I learned about the Girl Genius web comic (created by comic book great, Phil Foglio, with his wife, Kaja), that the term.....the proper term to best describe Steelhead City.....was discovered.
Steelhead City is a Gaslamp Fantasy. Gears, fantastic airships, mechanized life and Frankenstein's monsters. Journeys to the bottom of the sea and the center of the Earth, incredible thinking machines and lots of mad scientists--all with a lovely pseudo-historical flair! That was Kaja Foglio's description. She coined the phrase Gaslamp Fantasy. And quite honestly, the whole concept fit Steelhead to a T. Of course, it could also describe Caledon as well, but Steelhead does tend to show more of the fantasy elements. Personally, I think this is the perfect term to use when describing Steelhead, when advertising it.
Steelhead City has a future, and it's looking bright.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Eladrienne Laval recently accepted the position of editor of the Steelhead Anvil. Before, it was only available in world. Now, thanks to Miss Laval, it's now a part of the Wonderful Wide World of Blog. It'll be a monthly "publication", although I'm sure if special needs arise, she'll do a special edition.
The link to it is on the side here. Busy adding more aether journals to the list. More fun to come, stay tuned.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Lots of people have wanted to see Steelhead grow. Chief among them, Caledon's own Desmond Shang. He had taken Lunar under his wing, and gave him lessons in Desmond Shang's Real Estate 101. It's nice to know that he cares for Steelhead.
Now, I don't think Steelhead will ever grow as large as Caledon. I'd say, maybe, ten to twelve sims total. Then again, it's all a matter of supply and demand. Never know where the path may lead. Naturally, this will all be a ways down the road, but it's great to see it getting started.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
For a clip from the upcoming episode (October 24) check here: http://tinyurl.com/32y46h
Oughta be interesting.
Scroll down to page 14. There's a very nice article on the recent Harvest Festival that Steelhead City and the Independent State of Caledon held.
Monday, October 8, 2007
My faithful butler, how are things in the Old Country? I have found our prey, after all these years. It's true, he left the Old Country in order to search for his sister, the one born without that damnable curse. He has been many things during that quest. A war hero, a gambler, a wanderer.....now, a town is foolish enough to choose him to be a lawman. Steelhead City, located in the Pacific Northwest.
This Grid is a most unusual place. One that definately needs better governing. Too many non-humans are allowed to roam the streets. HE has gained allies amongst citizens of The Grid, both human and other. I have watched them, and studied them, looking for their weaknesses.
I have travelled to the Independent State of Caledon....yes, the same Caledon of legend. His allied are in abundance there:
Lady Amber Palowaski, 15th Baroness of Baeurhoff De Caledon. A woman of magic. Through a few contacts in the Caledonian Underworld, I have learned that she has offered her magical services to him.
Diamanda Gustason, they have come to refer to her as "Lady Whoop-Ass". I have seen this with my own eyes, the woman is superb with the sword.
Hotspur O'Toole. An Irishman. Member of Caledon's MI-5. An enemy of The Dark Ocean Society (get in touch with our contacts in that organization, let's see what they know of him).
These are but a few. As you can tell, he has befriended some high ranking people.
As for Steelhead City, you will be receiving a seperate package, this will include all the information regarding it's citizens.
In particular, there's Doctor Darien Mason, son of Jeremiah Mason. Claims not to be like his father, and is an old war friend of the Lycan, but......as they say, "Like Father, Like Son".
But, have no fear, my faithful manservant, my plans have been put in motion, and I will have my revenge on the Lycan, despite his allies.
Ortega will be disposed of, mark my words. Then.....well, as I said, the Grid needs better governing....perhaps world domination should start here.
Your employer and Master
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Perhaps TotalLunar Eclipse might explain this in more detail.....even better if Tensai Hilra had a blog of her own, but this much is certain, Linden Lab has done everything, including moving Steelhead to a different server (more than once if I understood the conversation right), and we're still redmapping. Have no idea what's happening.
Something else that's weird.....I seem to have an early warning system when there's problems in the sim. Seems to be just me, as nobody else I've talked with has seen this. The columns at the Kokopelli Stage, as well as the outer walls on several of the buildings across town, start changing color, kind of a rainbow. Sure enough, when I see that, my stream starts screwing up or the sim will redmap.
As for the stream, having only one computer, I'm not aware of songs skipping or knowing that there are problems hearing the music unless someone tells me......or some asshole is rude about it. Let me assure you, a huge percentage of that issue is due to the problems Steelhead has been facing, a smaller percentage is me having to stream using Winamp (I had SAM by means other than paying for the full version, and lost it when the old computer fried) with Windows Vista (which I think is the reason I'm getting the early warning system scenario, while nobody else is).
I've got a gut feeling that when Steelhead Harborside rises from the depths, and we had several events over there, there would be no issues with the stream. As far as the issues in Steelhead City.......we must be patient. We have two of the best managers in all of The Grid, even though they are frustrated by these circumstances, they haven't given up. We'll get to the bottom of this. As the old saying goes, "Caledon Wasn't Built In A Day"
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Have to make a few more IM's contact a person or two, and the Jobias storyline goes back into full swing. Steelhead and parts of Caledon will be used as settings, most of it in blog entries across the aether. I've decided to wait until after the Harvest Festival, though.
After that, Cousin Purdie will be taking the spotlight. Few surprises in that respect, mostly this'll be blog entries, with Purdie getting his own blog (ooooo, a spin off series). I made arrangements in Steelhead for this......and when showing Lunar and Tensai something that'll play a major role in that storyline, Tensai took great interest in that thing that I showed them....far as I know, it'll lead to nothing dangerous. She may start to get very creative in a build, though. Trust me, it'll be fun. Not every idea I give her leads to something or someone being destroyed......
Aaaaaaaand after that.....who knows. May come up with something else, may take a part in someone else's adventure. Let's see where the fun'll lead us.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Alot has changed during that time. Steelhead has changed. Changed to the point that the bordello isn't depended on being our main source of lindens. In the six months that I was appointed sheriff and TotalLunar Eclipse and Tensai Hilra were hired as managers, visits to Steelhead have doubled than what they were before. On the second level of the Steelhead Hotel, is a picture of what Steelhead used to look like (this was after the Kokopelli was built after the art gallery was torn down). As you wander through Steelhead now, you'll see that it's changed greatly.
Very soon, the shops across from the hotel will have a new look, as will Melissa's Used Goods and Doc Wranglers. There will be a new town hall. The docks, I've heard, will be completely redone. Even Lighthouse Island will have a new look. Rent has also been doubled. Eventually, we're not going to be "The Cheapest Place To Live". The Old Steelhead City will be but a memory.
Soon, a new sim will rise from the depths of the ocean. Steelhead City will continue from where the road ends at my house, and we'll have "Steelhead Harbor" (may still be a working title, but I do like the title). Rent in this new sim will be more than Steelhead City's recently raised prices, I believe (and please don't quote me) that it'll be the same price on some of the earlier Caledon sims, or close to it.
We have always had the respect of Caledon (despite some communication errors that caused a few problems here and there), as well as a few other sims, too. The residents work together, acting as an actual bone fide community. Steelhead City has always been a place that has alot of potential, and now it's starting to show that potential.
Perhaps the slogan should be: "You go to Deadwood to get shot, Caledon for tea, Steelhead City to be with friends and family"
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
While exploring there, I found one of the coolest sculptures I've ever seen. Check out this pic, tell me if that isn't cool.....
Then, I continued my struggle on the Main Grid. Something happened last night, not really sure. Maybe it was the fact that I had put Second Life in "Compatability Mode", basically changing the properties to where Second Life would be running under Windows XP mode. Maybe, it was the fact that, instead of clicking on the shortcut, I went under start and found the program and clicked from there. Maybe it was because there was a windows update that got downloaded, including two updates fro the Nvidia card, and they got installed. Maybe it's all of the above.
Whatever it was, last night, the computer did not lock up on me. I dealt with the regular lagging that we're all used to. At one time, I teleported home and I was Ruthed. After a couple of hours, I did relog, as I usually do, but for the most part, spent a good four and a half hours in Second Life with no problems.
Not sure if my problems solved, and I'm not jumping up and down with joy just yet. But it was a positive sign.......
Now........I have to deal with what I've been missing.
Friday, August 24, 2007
It has to be something simple. Maybe I need to take some items out of the systems tray. Disable some of those programs when I'm in world. I don't know. Found a page on the EA Games website about how to get some of their games to run on Vista if problems are experienced, wondering if that would work with Second Life? Funny thing, Sims 2, all it's expansion packs, and it's booster packs all loaded onto the computer with no problem, runs smoother, too.
I know my Irish friend Hotspur is experiencing problems, although I think he's on a laptop. I'm on a PC.....can't be the same problems we're experiencing? Maybe I need to adjust my preferences......I dunno....
But rest assured. I shall conquer Windows Vista. You will see me in world on a regular basis, again. So, be ready to cheer me on as I return.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
So.....not sure when I'll be back in world. Hopefully, shouldn't be long. At any rate, doubt I'd be ready for tomorrow night's event. Hopefully, Lunar'll be able to get that covered. I know I shouldn't worry about that, but it sort of bothers me.
At any rate, once I'm back in world, the Jobias Barthelmess storyline goes back into full swing. This'll be a combination of in world roleplaying and blog entries, and hopefully, it'll be alot of fun.
So, you guys take care. Don't cause any problems while I'm gone. I'll see you all soon.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
TotalLunar Eclipse and I have been discussing possibilities of having "Guest DJ's" perform in Steelhead, and, albeit unfortunate on my part, this gives us the chance to showcase different DJ's.
July 27th's event, which is "Robot Rampage", my sister, Angelica, will be providing the music. She is an incredible DJ, and if you haven't been to one of her sessions, you should be in Steelhead. Trust me, you won't be disappointed, as the owner of Three Lions Pub used to put in his announcements when Sis played there, "If there's something you want to hear, chances are Angelica's got it".
We've also gotten messages from Red Caliber and Foxxy Innis for helping out. Finnian Fitzgerald has volunteered to help out. Sir Edward is usually busy sometimes, having to come into some of the events at a later time, but if I'm sure if he could arrange it, he'd pitch in one night. And, of course, TotalLunar and Tensai both can bring the music to Steelhead.
Naturally, this is until after the first weekend in October......then Fuzz is back on the scene. Also been having some issues with playing the music (either it's skipping or it'll stop altogether), hopefully, I'll have it all worked out by the time I'm able to play the music again (Brother in Law suggested it's the music stream, seems they've run into that problem in the past...we'll see).
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
TotalLunar Eclipse saw him across the street from the sheriff's office. Qlippothic Projects, who was close by, also walked towards him. He did nothing, just carried on a conversation, commenting on the town, it's build and all. Which was amazing, in itself. If it's not human, Jobias has no use for it. He hates Lycans with a passion, but I'm sure that he has no love for elves, furries, or steam powered androids.
Messages with offers of help continue to head my way. I appreciate it, very much. Remember, though, Barthelmess is a very dangerous man. If you meet up with him, be extremely careful not to provoke him. This is a man who overthrew a kingdom. Who's to say that he won't try the same here on The Grid?
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I pray that it's just someone who's birdwatching.....................
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I know I'm planning on seeing the film the weekend it's released, and I'm sure that other residents who make their home in Caledon, New Babbage, and Steelhead City, among others, will be watching this film as well. There may be even some new vehicles introduced into Second Life, based off of the ones featured in the film. I know a carriage I saw in the trailer would be one of those things Caledonians will want in their inventory.
Check out the film's website: http://www.goldencompassmovie.com/
Saturday, July 14, 2007
While in Caledon Tam, I walked from behind a tree and turned to find myself facing one of the aliens. The barrel of it's weapon was aimed straight at me. Amazingly, like something out of a dime novel, Hotspur O'Toole rounded a corner and, seeing the predicament I was in, got the aliens attention, allowing me to make a quick getaway. Eventually, Caledon was victorious, and the invaders were vanquished.
The following night, at the Steelhead Saloon, I sat at one of the tables with TotalLunar Eclipse, Hotspur, and Lady Christine McAllister-Pearse. Angelica had set Lunar a telegram, worried about me because of news from our home country in regards of Jobias Barthelmess escaping. So, I told them the tale, which I now put down into this blog:
It was twenty years ago, after our wolf tribe had accepted me as a warrior, that Jobias Barthelmess overthrew the King Vladimire, monarch of the country. Jobias was an evil, twisted man, whose only thought was that of dominating all. He especially hated all werebeasts, and ordered his army of henchmen to hunt all of us. The wolves and the cats had set aside their differences in order to stop the slaughter, with other werebeasts joining us.
We managed to get inside the courtyard of the palace. The human and furry citizens who valued freedom joined us. Silver bullets were fired on all of us. A few of my fellow Lycan were felled by silver tipped arrows. A wereboar ran ahead of me, knocking several of the henchmen aside. As he was stabbed by several silver daggers, I lept over the fray and climbed up the palace walls.
Jobias was alone. I suppose arrogance clouds ones judgement, and Jobias was an extremely arrogant soul. We never spoke to each other. Simply stared. He then pulled out a pistol, I quickly jumped to one side of the throne room and removed a shield that was hanging there. Using it as a discus, I flung it towards Jobias. It hit him in the hand holding the gun. He screamed in pain and dropped to his knees. I leaped over and grabbed him by the neck.
Down below, the army of henchmen looked up to see their fearless leader screaming, as a werewolf held him over a balcony. The battle was over.
Later, I had reverted to human form and watched as the king's guards were escorting Jobias away. He gave me a look that sent chills down my spine. The King decreed that Jobias was to spend the rest of his life on Devil's Crag, a rock of an island that housed the prison. The currents of the ocean were extremely strong, and no creature could swim it. The reef was also very sharp and dangerous that the only way on the island was by airship. In a nutshell, escaping was somewhat impossible.......or so it was thought.
Now, we've recieved word that Jobias did, indeed, escape. He and several prisoners were able to hijack the supply airship, taking a few hostages with them. The hostages were found a few days later. Amazingly, they were unharmed. The authorities were able to track down the other prisoners, who were hiding in various places across the country, but Jobias wasn't found. My father feared that Jobias is searching for me, to exact his revenge.
Despite that, I shouldn't worry. After all, I was hired to be sheriff of Steelhead City for a very good reason, more than just looking damn good in a cowboy suit. But, a part of me is being very wary. I'm seeing things out of the corner of my eye, quickly turning when I hear a noise behind me. Jobias is a devious conniving individual. If he is truly coming to exact his revenge on me, I have to stay focused. There's no telling what he may do, or where he may strike.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
And speaking of family.....I had received word that a cousin of mine and Angelica's has been wandering on the mainland. Purdie Uggla is a nice fellow, a bit uppity and prim and proper like.....perhaps he'd be best fit for Caledon. One great thing, like Angelica and myself, he's great at the music. Perhaps I could get him a job somewhere......
But then, there as bad news that I had received from the old country. Something that I've dreaded, a werewolf's nightmare come true..........
Jobias Barthelmess has escaped..........
Sunday, June 17, 2007
A somewhat decent shot of Angelica, and a great shot of the back of Patrick's head. Also, behind Angelica is Miss Katt and Lunar's hair.
.......ain't no damn way in all of Creation that you can come close to giving her what she's already got. Besides, Patrick's an ok guy. Family's approved him........Uncle Lonnie humped his leg, so you know he's well liked.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Edward Pearse as a Ghostbuster, Emilly Orr as Wednesday Addams, Christine McAllister as a ghost from Ghostbusters (I presume). Person in the back is a friend of Edward's, whose name eludes me at the moment
Addison Barrymore as a cheerleader from any given movie or television series featuring cheerleaders, think "Bring It On", and Finnian Fitzgerald as Spongebob SquarePants.
TotalLunar Eclipse and Tensai Hilra livin' it up, Matrix Style
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The other Tombstone was only spoke of in hushed whispers around Steelhead, mostly due to what the previous Tombstone had said about it. However, on a whim, I decided to hope on my airship and fly to this Tombstone. I was very impressed with the town, itself. Didn't meet too many citizens on that day. I then sent a telegram to TotalLunar Eclipse, and he quickly came to Tombstone to look around as well.
Turns out that this Tombstone is under new management. One of the new owners, Lunar had met at one time, already. Lunar quickly helped out the new owner with advice. We mentioned our alliance with The Independent State of Caledon, something they were wanting to have as well. And we offered the branch of friendship to this Tombstone, inviting them to our event this coming Friday.
We're hoping this alliance is much better than with the previous Tombstone. Plan on offering any help to them that we can. Even planning on, like we're doing with Caledon, sending an ambassador over to represent Steelhead, and yes, we've already got a candidate in mind.
All in all, this little trip was well worth it.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Angelica Trescothick, my dearest sister, her favorites are "Something That You Said" by the Bangles and "Dr. Online" by Zeromancer...although, having the talent for music like me, she has more, but those are the two that she's told me as being ones she loves.
Christine MacAllister: Robbie Williams.....doesn't matter which song, just as long as it's Robbie Williams. We've had to clean the dance floor at times from her drooling everytime he gets played
TotalLunar Eclipse: "Crazy Bitch", it reminds him of Tensai Hilra.
Emilly Orr: If it's obscure and hard to find, she's going to ask for it. But, there are times that she's asked for a song that wasn't so hard to find. I think Nelly Furtado's "Maneater" is one she likes to hear.
Kattrynn Severine: I always save "White Winged Dove" by Stevie Nicks for her. If she's not at an event, or if she's running late, it gets saved for when she is there.
Qlippothic Projects: Assemblage 23's "Let Me Be Your Armor" is her theme song.
Pink- "U and UR Hand", the ladies get a kick out of this song.
Elvis Presley- "A Little Less Conversation"...ok, it doesn't get played every week, but it's a good song, along with the club version of Tom Jones' "Sex Bomb", to play during these events.
VNV Nation- A lot of good songs from this group.....but it's "Standing" that I always play on Friday Nights. It does remind some of a bad time in their lives, but they are seeing past the pain and allowing me to play it, since it's something that I enjoy playing
The list is always growing, sometimes changing. Depending on the events, I try to throw in a few songs to try to fit the theme.
Egyptian Night: I played the Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian" and Steve Martin's "King Tut"
I stayed with the fifties motif during the Sock Hop event.
Comic Book Night: I started out with Puffy Ami Yumi's "Teen Titans Theme", played Prince's "Scandalous" and "Batdance", the theme from "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", "Particle Man" from They Might Be Giants, "Kryptonite" from 3 Doors Down, "Pocket Full of Kryptonite" from Spin Doctors, "Video Kid" from Birthday Massacre, "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies, Jennifer Saunders' version of "I'm Holding Out For A Hero", Nickelback's "Hero", "Take On Me" by Ah Ha, and "You're A Star" from Josie and the Pussycats. Some of these songs were requested, the others I think I surprised a few when they were played.
So, yea, I have fun playing the music during events. Twice now, I have dealt with people publicly complaining about a song that I was playing. Only thing that pisses me off about that is that it tends to ruin everyone elses fun. It's like they're too ignorant to realize that God created the volume control for a reason......
Thursday, April 26, 2007
How're things going with you? Things in Steelhead City have been fluctuating at best. I don't see why you prefer living in the big city, when Steelhead is THE perfect place to be.
You remember meeting Darien Mason? I told you how he was possessed by a demon and all. You said that nothing good will come out of it. Well, you were right, but before the demon could do anything evil, the man within took over and manage to drive away the demon. So, demon gone, Doctor back. He's currently in Caledon recovering from his ordeal, but he will be back in Steelhead, resuming his medical practice.
I spoke with Miss Katt, the other night. It's a rarity, mind you. She usually stays in her house on Lighthouse Island. She's very shy and quiet, but she's been getting out more often and talking with everyone. She thanked me for all that I've done in Steelhead City. Matter of fact, she thanked me several times for all I've done, but you know me, if I'm expected to do something for someone, I try to give a hundred and ten percent. I did tell her about you, and how you're as musically gifted as I was (Ok, I said that you were more gifted than me). Perhaps, when your schedule permits, you can come to town and give a performance one night. I know that the citizens will enjoy it immensely.
The Griefer Gang has been showing up in Steelhead more and more. I swear, the more the town changes for the better, the bigger of a target we become. But, hey, your brother managed to take care of them. Couple of times, when I was out of town on business for Katt, TotalLunar and Tensai had dealt with them. This town's in good hands.
I know that you were shocked over our SWAT Team that we have.....I mean, Nuns With Guns, it's a scary thought (but, hey, I'm Methodist, so what the heck), well I just recently deputized someone to protect the harbor. Sushi the Whale. You shouldn't be shocked, I mean, we come from a family of werewolves, werecats, wereboars, wererats.......a whale being deputized should be no surprise.
I have to cut this letter short, Gerami Fizz, the gunsmith, has returned to Steelhead and opened up a shop, I need to make sure some of the citizens don't hurt themselves with guns they buy.
Give Patrick my best. Love always,
PS. Did you get a letter from Papa? Grandma's still farting.......I'm so glad we're not still living in the old country.
Monday, April 23, 2007
"Earthquake?" I thought, remembering the flood that destroyed the town that stood on this land before Steelhead, "Or is Tensai experimenting again?"
Then the scream. The blood curdling scream echoed throughout the entire city. I jumped up and rushed out of my office. There was a wicked smell in the air. I think, due to my heightened senses, I was the only one who smelled it. Finnian Fitzgerald came running up to me, apparently in an all night poker game.
"Fuzz," he asked, "the hell was that?"
The scream sounded again, I perked my ears trying to determine the exact location. I was then able to determine the exact location where it all originated, Darien's. I left Finn where he stood and ran towards House Bloodwing, I fought the urge to fully transform into the wolf, hoping that it wasn't necessary. I arrived at the home of Darien Mason to find Darien laying face down on the ground. It was then that I noticed, the hair was different, the horns were gone, his skin looked.....human? It had been a long time since I last saw Darien as a human. Darien slowly stirred, then started to get up.
"Easy, Doc." I said, "Take it slow."
"Doc..." he whispered, then he looked at me, "Yes, that's right. Doctor Darien Mason."
I smiled and nodded. "Welcome back."
Tears ran down his cheeks and he looked up to the sky, "Thank you, God" he said, "I'm free! I'm finally free!"
He got up and dusted himself off. "Fuzz," he said, "you will excuse me for a bit."
"Sure, Doc, I'll be here if you need me."
"As Cappers always are." He replied with a smile, he then turned and walked into his home, closing the door behind him. I then went into my home
A couple of hours later, I walked out of my house and saw Darien standing at his postal box. Looking up, I noticed a figure at the clock tower peering over at him, a quick whiff and I recognized Emilly's scent. I then walked over to Darien. He saw me approaching and smiled, he then proceeded to explain what had happened.
The incubus, which had been residing in his body, was finally banished from this mortal realm. It was never to return for seven generations. Darien, Doctor Darien Mason, the man that I knew during the war, had finally been able to free himself from the demon that was becoming uncontrollable. Even the SWAT Team had started to grow concerned.
"That's great," I said, "this city needs a doctor, and you are a skilled surgeon."
"Yes," he replied, "in due time. For now, I......need to do some travelling."
"But, you've already seen the world."
"No, the demon saw the world." he replied, then pointed at his human eyes, "I'd like to see the world through these eyes."
Later, MeQal Anna and I stood at the train station. Darien sat in the car, looked out the window at us, and tipped his hat. The train pulled out and the changeling turned and looked at me.
"How long is seven generations?" he asked
"The way your family goes at it, seven generations will be this Friday." I replied.
"Change is good." MeQal said as he walked off the platform, heading back to his store.
"Yea," I whispered, as I looked at the tunnel where the train had disappeared into, "sometimes it's for the better."
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Not every member of the family is born with the gene. My sister, Angelica, as far as I know, has shown no signs of being born with lycanthropcy. Probably taking after Mama's side of the family, a noble group of people. I often joked that I was named Fuzzball because I was a werewolf, Angelica was given an angelic name because the neighbors had already named their daughter Demonica......Sis always hit me after I said that.
Ah, Angelica, I did finally find her, but first, a flashback: Growing up, despite my werewolf advantage, Angelica was always beating me up. I would tell my parents and they would say the same thing every time, "Fuzz, leave your sister alone". I didn't deserve the beating.......some of the time. Ok, I did use her dolls for target practice.....and there was the time that I shaved her cat......I did put pink dye in her shampoo, but she DID look good with pink hair. But, despite all that, she was my sister, and she was someone I cared for very much.
She had left home to see the world. She had written to Mama and Papa on a regular basis. One day, the letters stopped coming. I took it upon myself to find her and to make sure she was ok. You know some of what had happened in my quest, army, fifth queen, Steelhead City, Sheriff.
The full story will be told in the "Weird Wild West Tales", but I was finally reunited with my dear sister, now going by the name Angelica Trescothick and married to one Patrick Aderdeen. Finding her involved an adventure of griefers, gunfights, federal marshalls, tightrope walking, rock climbing, and Angelica beating someone other than me up. Just know that we've been reunited, our parents are happy, and the cat's fur did grow back........and it was Angelica, when we were kids, who put the snake in the nanny's purse. Boy, did that old lady scream.