Category Archives: Sponsor Interviews

ROAWANWOOD ~ SEARLAIT NITSCHKE

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Searlait Nitschke of Roawanwood

Q:  Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life!  Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A:  I like to sponsor, to give an extra bit to the community…. For RFL. I have worked with it so often in real life and in SL so every little bit that I can do I try to.

Q:  Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life?  Have you been to a real world Relay?

A: Yes and yes. In Second Life I am one of the world builders for Fantasy Faire creating worlds on five different occasions for them. I’ve done displays for the RFL track a few times and have done some various events for different teams over the years. I try to get involved when I can.

In real life I’ve been a part of different teams and participated.

Q:  Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year.  Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A: I brought in some things, grasses, trees, and some little memorial boats.

Q:  When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?

A: Sure make me feel old. I came into SL at the end of June 2006.  A friend of mine on a forum I used to belong to started a thread talking about this great place that was in 3D where she flew around naked touring from sim to sim. Was having great fun doing it and wanted to share the link. She was quite impressed you could actually fly. That’s what brought me to Second Life, LOL

Q:  Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building and creating awesome products?  Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A: I role play when I can. I like to get into stories, and in depth characters. I have a lot of fun doing that. I love to write and that feeds into it. I can be quite the babbling para-rp’er. But often I am creating. I create the things I’d like to see or the things that people mention they’d like to see in their role play mostly. Ways to enhance a scene or living space. Most of my things have role play scenarios in mind. I’ve learned a lot. Modeling and 3d especially since mesh I felt I had to really learn to do it for myself. I’ve also learned that burn out is real. lol

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A:  Well it’s a little bit of this and that. It started out as a challenge to see how far I could go, plus I couldn’t ever find what I really wanted so this was my way of throwing it out there. I wanted to do it all. My business is really a personal project where I like to welcome people as family though I’ve gotten a lot quieter than I used to be.  

Mostly I stick to period pieces, medieval, fantasy, and some Gorean. I don’t do a lot of contemporary building, and even when I try it ends up looking rustic or something.

Q: Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new generation platform and will you also set up shop there?  Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A:  I don’t know. I haven’t decided.  Long term is relative isn’t it? My business is over 10 years old now…. Long term.  To try to remain a bit unique and still have fun doing it.

Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of  SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?  

A: Technically what I do here is my source of income, and yes they do.

Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or  someone who has really inspired your business?

A: Not at the moment, took me so long to find this (offlines and all things got eaten so had to go back to find) that I’m feeling bad that I didn’t get it done sooner! Lol

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SURGE FULL PERMED MESH ~ TAO DREAMSCAPE

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Tao Dreamscape of Surge Full Permed Mesh

 

Q: Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life!  Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A:  Hello! I have not been very active in Second Life for the past couple of years due to real life demands. I recently decided to get back to working full time in Second Life, and I thought that the expo would be a great opportunity for me to get back into the flow of things, and a great opportunity for me to do my part to help out with a great charity.

Q:  Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life?  Have you been to a real world Relay?

A: I have been involved with several  previous events in Second life for relay for life, I have however not had the chance to participate in any real life events.

Q:  Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year.  Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A: The biggest thing that I have worked on for the Expo this year is the building which houses the rest of my items at the Expo. It is an old industrial style building. I had a vision of a building that could be used as a commercial space, and could be converted into an industrial loft home, or pretty much anything someone might use such a building for, including its original industrial use. I had originally planned on displaying it as a home, complete with furniture and decor, appliances etc, but since I only recently quit my rl job, I simply did not have the time to complete it as originally envisioned. I created a chandelier for this building, and this is the item I chose to use for the relay. I do plan to release more items exclusively for the Expo that are in line with my original concept.

Q:  When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?

A: I first arrived in Second Life back in 2007. I had a friend in rl who turned me on to it.

Q:  Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building and creating awesome products?  Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A: In the early day of my time here, I spent a lot of time exploring different social environments, bars, clubs and such. I was especially drawn to spiritually themed hangouts. Nowadays when I’m not working, I’m usually shopping.

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A: Other than the fact that it is work for me, and a source of income, it is what I am most passionate about, more than anything else I have tried, and I have tried many many things in my life. This is the one thing that makes me happy, and satisfies my need for creative expression and personal freedom.

Q: Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new generation platform and will you also set up shop there?  Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A:  I am somewhat looking forward to the new generation platform, aside from the fact that I will need to do some upgrades that will set me back a few bucks just to run the platform. I am however excited that Second Life is looking into the future. I feel that in order for Second Life to survive in the long term it will be necessary to evolve in order to take advantage of new technologies and appeal to a younger generation.

Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of  SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?  

A: I will let you in on a huge aspect of my Real Life. This is something that has had a lot to do with my absence in sl for the last couple years, due to major upheaval that it has caused. It was a little over two years ago, I came out to my friends and family as transgender. I have had some really difficult times transitioning, but today I feel that I am settling into my new life, and have never been happier. My experience has given me a new lease on life. I have learned to love and accept myself, and in turn I have lots love to give to others. My family does fully support me, and my Second Life aspirations. I am very blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.

Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or  someone who has really inspired your business?

A: I have a deep admiration for my colleagues who create such beautiful things in Second Life. Their creativity is inspiring to me,and alway pushes me to do better.

VARRIALE DESIGNS ~ SKYERYDER VARRIALE

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: SkyeRyder Varriale of Varriale Designs

Q:  Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life!  Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A:  I had so much fun last year with a smaller plot and running around pestering the Admins for more space, :P.  I decided to go all out this year. Plus, it’s one of the best charities!

Q:  Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life?  Have you been to a real world Relay?

A:  Only this one in SL but I am interested in other SL Relay for Life events, time willing. In real life I own a business which keeps me busy but I do donate to the cause.

Q:  Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year.  Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A: I am donating a brand new home for the Expo. it’s an eclectic villa much as you would find in South America or the Caribbean. Intentionally bohemian in style. I am not sure what my second item will be yet.

Q:  When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?

A: I did some freelance work for for Electronic Arts when I heard about Second Life’s economy. I came to explore and never left. That was more than 10 years ago.

Q:  Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building and creating awesome products?  Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way?

A:  The work takes up a lot of time but Sl does make it easy to make friends internationally which I enjoy. SL also has given me the ability to create homes and gardens with virtually, pun intended, no limits to creativity which is important to me.

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A: Well, Varriale Designs has been around for over ten years. As with anyone, my first houses were pretty basic but they sold which encouraged me to continue. I have always loved architecture and landscaping and I build homes I would personally like to live in in real life. A major part of my style is to bring nature inside with stone, wood and huge windows to enjoy the scenery although I build period homes also.  Up until recently I did whole region designs and I may do that again, time willing.

Q: Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new generation platform and will you also set up shop there?  Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A:  I definitely plan to stay in Second Life.  If you are talking about Sansar, I’m not sure. I have been there but I will have to see how it goes. It may not fit my needs.

Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of  SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?  

A:  I am an Artistic Director/ Owner of a dance studio. The studio has been in business for almost 30 years.  

Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or  someone who has really inspired your business?

A:  I originally came here with some friends from EA, TatianaDokuchic Varriale and Harleywan Haggwood.  Tatiana and I own a region together and separately own several conjoined regions known as the Coeur Duchy set in the late 1800’s France.  We rent homes there. Harley rents one of my regions for his very successful store Never You Mind. Tatiana owns a store called Tatiana’s Tea Room. Together we have 9 regions.

GALLAND HOMES ~ ROBERT GALLAND

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Robert Galland of Galland Homes

 

Q:  Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life!  Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A:  I’ve participated in one form or another in the Home and Garden Expo almost every year since its inception.  It’s an event I circle on my calendar and I have helped sponsor before. Most people have been touched by cancer in some form and its a disease we need to conquer.

Q:  Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life?  Have you been to a real world Relay?

A: I believe so, but because I work in the Home and Garden industry, this one sticks out to me most.

Q:  Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year.  Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A: You will have to see!  🙂 People can follow my teasers and releases at either https://www.facebook.com/GallandHomes/  or

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gallandhomes/

Q:  When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?

A: I signed up on October 18, 2006 in response to a Yahoo news story that ran that day.  I have heard that date had the highest sign-ups for SL ever, but do not know for sure.  I read about the working economy in the game environment and was fascinated I was going to flip land for fun and that evolved quickly into becoming a builder.  I was amazed how vast the world seemed.

Q:  Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building and creating awesome products?  Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A:  Like many creators, a majority of my time over the last eleven years has been spent on a building platform.  Like most people, I socialized more at the beginning and explored. I flew in SL a bit. I did have a period where I co-owned a roleplay venue and found that I enjoyed that hobby in SL.  As the years have passed, though, I have returned to my primary love and that is creating architecture.

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A:  I started Galland Homes as a venture in late 2006 and opened for business on February 3, 2007.  I have always tried to use an interest I had as a child in forming spaces and creating architecture people will enjoy.  I was the kid in that had the two-story clubhouse in the woods with a bridge to the treehouse in the apple tree. I’m amazed none of us were killed.  🙂 In fact, as a child I wanted to be an architect, but ultimately went down a different RL career path.

My focus in the earlier years was in creating large and luxurious houses with water effects that were most at home in canal/country club like atmospheres.  I had a lot of early Tuscan and Hawaiian renaissance homes for example. I think with all artistic forms, what happens in RL has affected what art has been presented in SL.  After the world’s financial troubles in late ‘08 and ‘09, you saw a shift towards people wanting more modest and cozy offerings and people were spending less on virtual land.  I think that things are slowly swinging back, but a lot of my offerings now are more traditional craftsman family homes or southeast Atlantic beach style homes you would find in the Carolinas, Georgia, etc.  I have felt a real pull to return to my roots and am excited to start developing some Tuscan and Mediterranean homes soon.

I participate in a modest number of events, but will be trying to find a balance this year with creating intermittently for events, but offering more mainstore shopping experiences.  I think that customers still like the chance to come and tour a house in a setting that I can present at the Galland Homes in world store. I am enjoying creating and hope that in 11 years, I will still be going and be able to reflect on 22 years of creating houses in Second Life.

Q: Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new generation platform and will you also set up shop there?  Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A:  I have had an account in Sansar since being invited.  I have not done a great deal there or offered builds for sale yet.  I will monitor the world and make offerings when I think the time is right.  It really is a different world than SL and not meant to cater to the same person or purpose.  I believe that for the time being, the financial incentive exists to focus solely on SL.

Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of  SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?  

A:  I am fairly open about my real life to those who know me.  I have a professional career and my own business in the real world too.  My experience in SL made that possible as I did not have to rely on working for others to make ends meet as I transitioned into having my own rl business.  My family has known about my business in SL since day one and, while they did not understand it at first, has always been supportive. I am a father of three, two of whom are under four, so I balance a lot and sometimes the SL work has to take a back seat, of course.

Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or  someone who has really inspired your business?

A: There are a lot of people who have helped along the

way.  Too many to mention and I would not want someone to feel left out.  My earliest friends, Montana Laurasia, Zane Kleene and Cesta Bohemia, none of whom have been active for some time, were huge supporters of me early on.  Some may remember JJ Lanes, the Caribbean furniture maker. Rory and Kris also were once valued partners in crime, but have since long gone as well. I now enjoy camaraderie with so many talented creators in and out of home and garden.

CHAMPION HORSES ~ NICOLYTI

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Nicolyti of Champion Horses

photo by Roman Godde

Q: Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life! Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A: We always try to! It is such a wonderful charity and much needed in this world.

Q: Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life? Have you been to a real world Relay?

A: We have done all the winter breedable fairs as well. No, unfortunately I’ve never had the chance….yet

Q: Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year. Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A: For this Expo, we created a stunning new coat, the Silver Buckskin, available in many different breed packs, to be sold exclusively here at the event. We also created a Champion Warrior, a warpaint Thoroughbred, OOAK (one-of-a-kind), to ‘champion’ the fight against cancer.

Q: When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?

A: I started Second Life over four years ago, and like many, followed a friend from another game I played. You know, at first, I wasn’t sure it was for me, but I am a people-person, and it was a great fit for me.

Q: Tell us about more about your SL business?

A: I am actually the General Manager of Champion Horses, having been the personal, real-life assistant to the owner, Ken Edge. He has left them in my hands to grow and expand and make people aware of the great race horses they are. Their racing mechanics and fluidity is, I think, the closest Second Life came come to real racing. They are challenging and take real skill. They are also just fun to breed. We have many that just enjoy that aspect.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building an amazing business? Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A: You know, I said earlier that I am a ‘people person’.. .that wasn’t always the truth. I was rather closed off in many ways. Second Life has changed me, for the better. In the beginning of my SL journey I explored and experimented, like most, but that random wandering isn’t really for me. I like to have purpose, meaning, and I love to help people. I actually enjoy keeping my ‘campers’ happy, and I love creating all the new horse coats and manes and tails, and learning, in baby steps, the scripting aspect too.

Q: Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new generation platform and will you also set up a community there? Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A: I have mixed feelings on that. I believe the owner of Champion Horses would like to expand to that platform as well, but I will remain here and continue the good fight 🙂

Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?

A: I am happily married, with two grown boys. My mother doesn’t really understand Second Life, lol, but they all support me in my endeavors in it, and actually think ‘its cool’. I work for the same man, the owner of the horses, in real-life also, managing his many servers and his radio company and just about anything and everything he throws at me….it can be a lot!

Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or someone who has really inspired your business?

A: Not really, and the horses are their own inspiration. Having had horses in real-life, it was a great fit for me. I will say, I recently lost a very dear friend, in real life and SL, and she was involved in these Champion Horses in a big way, our own little personal ‘champion’. She has been the glue that held this wonderful equine community together, and she continues to do so. She left big shoes to fill and will forever be a part of us. (Blessings to her always, Cheryl Baskein.)

BIOBREEDS ~ OZZIE DRUCKER

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Ozzie Drucker of BioBreeds

Q:  Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo/Breedables Fair and for your support of Relay For Life!  Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A:  We have participated in past years and this year is no exception.  We always look for ways to do our part for RFL. 🙂

Q:  Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life?  Have you been to a real world Relay?

A: For years we participated in the Bid Me Bald promotion that the Relay Rockers do every year. And that has been incredibly successful thanks to Trader1 Whiplash. The BioBreeds group made us number one for all those years till the Lindens teamed up on us last year!

Q:  Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo/Breedables Fair this year.  Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release?

A: We created 4 “Epics” for this.  A male and female Bunny and a male and female Border Collie. If you care to see them they are here:  Home Expo 6 (227,5,23)

Q:  When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?

A: I first came to SL in 2005 and left soon after because my computer was just not ready to handle it.  I returned in 2008 after hearing Ray Kurzweil talk about virtual reality. I simply planned to immerse myself in SL. And I did.

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?

A: Originally I developed a fairly large property company but soon became interested in breedables and opened the first breedable market in SL (The Farm) and then partnered with Bytecode Republic who codes and Charity Goldfarb, who textures, and launched BioBreeds. We created breedable dogs.  We have expanded and now create dogs, horses, Wild Ones, Farmimals and just recently we released Bunnies! 🙂 We have a great group and a staff that is completely focused on helping them in any way possible.

Q:  Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building an amazing business?  Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A: I think I have covered most of that.  But i think my biggest takeaway from my time in Second Life is learning that no matter where people are from, no matter what their background, essentially we are all the same, with the same problems, opportunities, needs and wants.

Q: Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new Sansar and will you also set up a community there?  Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A:  I joined Sansar ofc.  We have looked at it as a future option.  But right now we are committed to maintaining and and continuing to build our presence in SL.

Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of  SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?  

A: I have owned several businesses in RL which has helped me tremendously in launching BioBreeds in SL. My total time now is devoted to BioBreeds.

Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or  someone who has really inspired your business?

A: Just like anyone else, I was greatly helped by a number of people when first in SL.  From them I learned the value of helping new people adjust to SL. I continue to do that. Special thanks would have to go to Charity Goldfarb who I helped originally but who quickly became my mentor! Lol  And as far as breedables go, I would thank everyone who has developed those and helped build the breedable community.

The Grove Country Club Estates ~ Crito Galtier

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR:

Crito Galtier of  The Grove Country Club Estates

Photo by Roman Godde

Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life! Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A: To support a great cause!

Q: Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life? Have you been to a real world Relay?

A: The Grove has done a fundraiser in SL. I’ve not been to any in RL.

Q: Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year. Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A: The Grove is SL’s premier residential community. We created a snapshot at the Expo giving people a glimpse of our community as well as a beautiful place to rest. Make sure you see our memorial dedicated to those we have lost to cancer.

Q: When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?

A: I just celebrated my eighth anniversary here in SL. I originally joined to participate in the role play communities SL offered. For most of my early years I played a gladiator at some of the ancient Roman sims. I still take to the arena now and then and enjoy the thrill.

Q: Tell us about more about your SL business? For our readers who don’t know about The Grove.

A: The Grove Country Club Estates is SL’s premier residential community offering people a place to live that is dedicated to quality and uniqueness. Unlike any other community in SL, The Grove offers a wide range of venues for events like our live singers to places to get married or have parties. Spanning twelve manicured sims, The Grove is truly the most beautiful place to call home!

Q: Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building an amazing residential community? Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A: Aside from all the great friends and relationships I’ve made over the years, my passion in both RL and SL is music. I enjoy hearing the amazing talent SL has as well as making magic happen when they all come together to perform at The Grove. There is no greater joy for me than hearing two singers that I think would be great together and then making that happen.

Q: Are you also planning to set up a community in Sansar, at some point? Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A: I’m not planning on setting up in Sansar yet.  I’m having too much fun in the SL world. As for long term goals, I plan to continue delivering a rich and active community at The Grove for the foreseeable future. There’s SO much to do!

Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?

A: I’m in the very exciting wireless industry in the technology project management field. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time in my 1913 historic home which I completely restored.

Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or someone who has really inspired your business?

A: I’d like to thank all the great residents of The Grove for making it so special. Above all, I want to thank my staff for creating it as well as helping to support me in the day-to-day operations. I could not do this all on my own and my team really excels at what they do and are as passionate about The Grove as I am. Go TEAM!

STRAY CATS ~ Nicolyti

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Nicolyti of Stray Cats
photo by Roman Godde

Q:  Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life!  Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A:   We try to participate in at least one RFL event every year.  This is such a worthy cause and much needed. Stray Cats enjoys helping however it can.

Q:  Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life?  Have you been to a real world Relay?

A:  I’ve not had the opportunity to go to a real world relay yet, but it’s on my bucket list.  In terms of other participation, we have also been in the last two or three Winter RFL fairs to help with support.

Q:  Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year.  Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A:  Well, as it is springtime, we created a new breed of Fawn kitty for exclusive release at this event.  The fawns are precious, and available in many colors of pelts.  Our OOAK is a Gryphon kitty, a wannabe gryphon, shall we say 🙂   Half eagle/half lion. I’m not sure where that idea came from, but it’s what I came up with, lol. Strong and powerful and able to fight the fight against cancer.

Q:  When did you first arrive in Second Life and what brought you to Second Life?

A:  I started Second Life over four years ago, and like many, followed a friend from another game I played.   You know, at first, I wasn’t sure it was for me, but I am a people-person, and it was a great fit for me.

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A:  I am actually the General Manager for Stray Cats, the owner being Ken Edge.   I work for him also in real-life as an assistant and manager of sorts.  Stray Cats are so darling, a truly lovely little breedable, but not without their ups and downs in the past.   I have been managing for 1.5 years now, and love love making new kittens, pelts, eyes, ‘stuff’ for the community. I strive for not only to keep the creative and fun aspect of breeding these kitties alive and well, but also, to create and maintain a happy, homey, comfortable environment for all our breeders and patrons.  We all know that Second Life can have maybe a little too much ‘drama’ sometimes…. Well, within this little kingdom of mighty felines, we are a family.

Q:  Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building an amazing residential community?  Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A:  You know, I said earlier that I am a ‘people person’.. .that wasn’t always the truth.  I was rather closed off in many ways. Second Life has changed me, for the better. In the beginning of my SL journey I explored and experimented, like most, but that random wandering isn’t really for me.  I like to have purpose, meaning, and I love to help people. I actually enjoy keeping my ‘campers’ happy, and I love creating all the new kitties, and learning, in baby steps, the scripting aspect too.

Q: Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new generation platform and will you also set up a community there?  Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A:   I have mixed feelings on that.  I believe the owner of Stray Cats would like to expand to that platform as well, but I will remain here and continue the good fight 🙂  There is only so much of me to go around….lol

Q: Do you want to share a look at your life outside of  SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?  

A:   I am happily married, with two grown boys.  My mother doesn’t really understand Second Life, lol, but they all support me in my endeavors in it, and actually think ‘its cool’.  I work for the same man, the owner of the cats, in real-life also, managing his many servers and his radio company and just about anything and everything he throws at me….it can be a lot!

Q: Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or  someone who has really inspired your business?

A:  Not that I can think of, at this moment.   My breeders, my fellow cat-lovers are my inspiration, every day.  I love getting to know them, to care for them, and to keep ever-growing in the myriad of possibilities that these wonderful Strays can be.

Sponsor Spotlight

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Sandi Glas of Glas Houses
photo by Roman Godde

 

 

Sandi Glas has been a participant at the Home & Garden Expo for several years now.  She shares with us why she chose to sponsor this year’s Expo.

Q:  Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life!  Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A:  On a personal level, there is the connection to Relay For Life that I have as someone who has lost my father to cancer and as a survivor myself.  As a builder, the Home & Garden Expo is THE event of the year and an opportunity to have my work seen by more people than would just stumble across my store or my MP listings.

Q:  Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life?  Have you been to a real world Relay?

A:  This is my 7th year at the Expo, having taken part every year since 2011!  Yes, I have taken part in real world, local Relay events dating back to when I was much younger than I am now.

Q:  Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year.  Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A:  I’m bringing two new house designs to Expo this year.  One is a prairie style that, at 64 meters long, is the largest house I’ve ever built.  The other is, of course, a mid-century modern ranch because, well…MCM rocks. Those are two that I know for sure.  Anything else I bring I want to be a surprise to myself.

Q:  When did you first arrive in SL and what brought you to Second Life?

A:  I recently celebrated my 10th rezz day!  Initially, I came because I had read the notorious BusinessWeek article about Second Life and, being in college at the time, thought I might be able to get a paper out of the idea of SL’s virtual economy.  I stayed for the delicious guacamole.

Q:  Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building and creating awesome products?  Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A:  Besides building, I own a small, six region estate that keeps me quite busy.  I find that the satisfaction I get from meeting new tenants and providing them a place to build their dream home far outweighs the nagging fear that each month might bring financial ruin. 🙂  I do most of the things everyone else does in SL; I shop, I go to concerts, I shop, I go to dance clubs, I shop, I explore the amazing sims created by people with far more talent than I, I shop, I take part in some decidedly adult activities, and I shop.

 

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A:  Glas Houses was established originally for the sole purpose of allowing me to compete as a pro in the build competitions put on by the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum.  Very much to my surprise, people actually liked and purchased my homes.  FLWVM is, sadly, long gone, but I continue to build houses and people continue to surprise me by purchasing them.  I have since branched off into doing custom designs, which I find delightful because I get to balance the clients ideas of what they want with the urgings of the ghost of Frank Lloyd, who seems to think I should build what I want and the client should shut up.  Frank said that, not me.

Q:   Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new Sansar and will you also set up shop there?  Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A:   I’m a dinosaur who still prefers to build inworld with prims.  Okay, I have failed miserably when it comes to learning how to use 3D programs.  Also, I have a Mac, so the new gen platform isn’t interested in me.

Q:   Do you want to share a look at your life outside of  SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?  

A:    I’m a lawyer, but not the kind you call if you have a DUI or murdered someone or your neck hurts because someone ran into you.  I’m the kind you call if you want to merge your company with another one, or your company might have accidentally covered up disposing of nuclear waste by pumping it into the lake a nearby town gets its drinking water from.  I really don’t talk to my family about second life ever since my college roommates took to calling it “Sandi’s naked slavegirl game”.

Q:   Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or  someone who has really inspired your business?

A:   I’d like to thank all my friends who have been patient with me and encouraged my building over the years, with special mention to Mechelle Oceanlane, Wendy Starfall, Elizzabeth Short, and Claire Sykes for their encouragement, and in the case of Mechelle and Wendy, their patience in teaching me basic building way back when.  I want to remember Frey Bravin and Rosalie Oldrich, both of the FLWVM and both of whom are no longer with us. And, lastly, I want to mention Cain Maven, who is a way better builder than I’ll ever be and still treats me like an equal anyway.