Bay City

Bryce Carter’s Office… take 1

I’ve been working on and off to recreate a Marlowe-esque office for my Bay City PI, Bryce Carter. This is it so far (although the av’s look and AO have changed now)
Bryce Carter in his office_003

This it the old Bryce look:
Bryce Carter - thru the blinds_008

This is the new (the one above looked very odd in profile):
Bryce Carter

I’ll keep tinkering and posting 🙂

Where I am…

Where am I? That’s a good question you didn’t ask there and therefore you deserve an answer. Aren’t you glad you came? Don’t bother about trying to leave, I’ve locked the door. And the windows. And that chimney has been blocked off for years. Now sit down and let your Uncle HB tell you all about it. It all started with a couple of dickheads…


~~~~ wavey fade dissolve ~~~~


… And that’s how it went down. What do you mean you nodded off? Look, I’m not going through it again, I’ll recap the end part but that’s your lot, jeez!

  • HBA is staying in Steelhead St Helens but selling three of his five plots (contact me if you’d like one – mate’s rates of course).
  • HBA is also keeping his place in Cowell – it would take Sal burning the village to ground to get me out of there!
  • Ryne is staying in Steelhead Shanghai renting from Krystine.
  • Ya Yiwama I have yet to decide about – he’s either going to rent from Gia in Shanghai or move to Bay City and rent from Marianne McCann.
  • Alt No 4… Whilst there *is* no fourth alt yet, I *may* just create one to RP in Bay City instead of Ya Yiwama (who was only ever created to be a monster after all, hence the name).

What this means for my writing is that once “Gang Wars” has finished (it’ll be over very soon, at least my part in it will be) I’ll not be doing another one in Steelhead for a bit. I’ve done more than 18 months of writing there and whilst I’ve got more ideas, I don’t have the same drive. I refer you back to the starting point of this wee fireside chat. Let the babies have their milk and all that.

No, I’m going to be writing some stuff set in and around Bay City. Noir stuff. Horror noir. Think “Steal Head” mixed with “Goodunnit” but with Primouth motors instead of airships.

Mari comes a-callin’

A while back I was up in my (very basic) sky workshop high high high above St Helens when Mari came over to see the wooden wood-work lathe I was building…
Mari & the lathe_002

Mari’s a cracking builder so it’s always nice to show her stuff as I’m still such a noob at it (and I think I always will be). She was a great help with my log cabin and I wanted to show her that I’d actually started enjoying building after moaning on at her about how tedious rezzing and moving and colouring prim-after-prim-after-prim could be. Here she is with my lathe and guide pictures taken from t’interweb behind her (I was in the middle of altering all the textures so the final result looks a bit different, but that’s for another post)…
Mari & the lathe_001

After I picked her brains we chatted for a while and she showed me the Primmer cars that were going to used in Bay City’s 2nd Anniversary parade – based on the American Shriners I just can’t stop smiling when I see them!
Mari & the lathe_003

The Bay City Blues…

I missed Bay City’s 2nd Anniversary Parade. After all that planning I sodding well missed it. I didn’t mean to but the Gods that rule either/or/and (delete as appropriate) SL’s lag & my PC conspired to give me a whole weekend of crashe. Things would start out OK, but then everything would start t o g e t v e r y s l o w







before crashi

ARGH! In the end I couldn’t get back in so I buggered off to watch telly & brood. I did manage to take some shots before I exited the field stage left – here are a selection but there are lots more in the Bay City Flickr Group. Also check out there folks for their far better (and longer) experiences: Marianne, Osprey & Adric. And a big old TY to Mari & her Bay City/Nova Albion friends for arranging such a fun event!

Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade (2010)_021

Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade (2010)_016

Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade (2010)_012

Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade (2010)_002
p.s. That Duck! is me!

Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade (2010)_006

Join the Bay City Parade this weekend

Come join Bay City’s 2nd anniversary parade this Sunday 16th May at 12 noon SLT – you’ll have a great time!
Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade Poster

Marianne McCann (and all the Bay City planning team) have done a great job organising this year’s celebrations – don’t miss it! Here’s the route – join us at the start point (SLURL: City – Argos/11/11/24) for the parade or meet us at the end point for the party!
Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade Map

Osprey has put a call out to all Ducks. QUACK!

Bay City’s 2nd Anniversary Parade – Coming Soon!

Hard to believe that it’s been two years since the Moles finished the last lick of paint on the (then) newest city in SL and the eager beavers who wanted a slice of Americana were preparing to move in. I took part in the opening parade but missed the first anniversary one as I was away (damn RL!). I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it this year but the date and time are yet to be fixed. Keep your eye on the Bay City Twitter channel and you could do worse than following Mari & Holo’s blogs 😀
Bay City's 2nd Anniversary Teaser Poster

A SteelCobra over Sansara

Whilst I was over in Bay City admiring the work going on at the site of the planned fairground, I noticed a helicopter passing overhead. A quick check revealed the pilot’s name to be one I recognised – SteelCobra Calamari, Emporer of Steeltopia & friend of Steelhead. A quick radio call and he put his whirlybird down right next to me with practiced ease…
SteelCorbra Calamari of the SCSE

It seemed he was on official SCSE, Steeltopia Consortium of Scientific Endeavors, business and was exploring the oldest part of the grid (and my old stamping ground) North West Sansara! He ofered me a lift and how could I say no?
SteelCorbra Calamari of the SCSE SteelCorbra Calamari of the SCSE
SteelCorbra Calamari of the SCSE

In no time at all we were soaring over some very familiar landmarks (well, familiar to me and readers of this blog – they were pretty new to the SCSE!). We followed Route 66 past the old Bay City asslyum and into Nova Albion
SteelCorbra Calamari of the SCSE

Where we passed over Salazar’s bridge in Nova Albion
SteelCorbra Calamari of the SCSE

Over the ever-busy Ahern welcome area…
SteelCorbra Calamari of the SCSE

And into Oak Grove which is next to my old home of Murray 🙂
SteelCorbra Calamari of the SCSE

Where I had to bail out as RL was calling – but a huge thanks to SteelCobra for both the lift and the chance to bore someone new about the history of SL 😀
SteelCorbra Calamari of the SCSE

Bay City’s Fairground Breaks Ground!

A recent call from Marianne McCann sent me dashing over to North Channel, the region between Nova Albion & Bay City to see the latest exciting development in Bay City’s exciting short life – following a meeting of the Bay City Alliance, Michael Linden was hard at work on raising an island to house a fairground! I TPed over and found the access route shut off…
Bay City Fairground

Pressing ahead I could clearly see just how hard Michael was working – he had a barge set up and the Alliance’s plans set out so he knew exactly where to dredge and where to drop.
Bay City Fairground

Bay City Fairground

I had to leave but when I came back a few days later, the land mass was all but finished! Next stop, add the rides!
Bay City Fairground
(That’s the ‘burbs of Shermville at the top and the Grignano region of Nova Albion to the right)

I can’t wait to see how these plans turn out!
Bay City Fairground

Three Times The Fun!

Big time kudos to Holo, Mari and the others from Bay City for organising the first ever Tri-Cities parade (and to Osprey for her usual bang-up job on publicity) because the Halloween march through the cities and leap off Shermville bridge was a hoot! Everything happened on time and the party under the water afterwards was a blast!

Here I am (a zombie version of me) on my steampunk horse 🙂
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

The Nova Albion Parade off to meet the others on the bridge!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

The bat killed Lucy!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

LisaHot plays a mean drum and fires a meaner cannon!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

On the bridge a the sun came up…
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Osprey looking teh sexeh!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Lucy needs a shave!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Kumi gets it oooonnnnnnn!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Holo leads the Bay City parade up the bridge…
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Getting ready to jump…
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Heere we all goooooooooooo!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Party with da fishes!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

The Tri-Cities Halloween Parade

Bay City Halloween Parade Poster

Starting at noon (SLT) on Sunday 1st November, the Tri-Cities (Nova Albion, Bay City & Shermville) are holding a HUGE “Day of the Dead” halloween parade and it’s open to all! Find out more over on Osprey’s blog here as well as Holo’s blog and Mariane’s blog. See you there!