As most of you know, I have been having serious issues with my eyesight since the end of Summer. (Goodness knows that I’ve kvetched about it often enough in open chat.) These issues have now become severe enough to at least temporarily force me from active participation in SL. (I can no longer reliably read any type smaller than 16 point and most images are fairly blurry unless I am viewing my screen from a distance of about four inches.) Although I am responding well to treatment (which consists of monthly injections into my right eye), I may not ever be able to follow along with in world chat again. As this latest loss came upon me without warning, I have been unable to set up the dead man switch I had planned for this eventuality. Because I have treasured the time that I have spent wandering the streets of Babbage and am so fond of her citizens, I am taking this moment to say a few kind words.
I have loved Babbage ever since I first laid eyes on the city. The very streets screamed to me “This is right. This is home.” Although I have never participated in the role play aspect of the city, I have loved the characters there as much as I have those written by Dumas, Fleming, Herbert, Zelazny, and Ellison. The sight of Babbage in the winter still makes my heart beat a little faster. And the city’s holidays are firmly ensconced on my RL calendar.
But even more than the setting, I have loved the people I have met in that sooty old city by the Vernian Sea. I have danced with you; fough both alongside you and with you; cheered your triumphs; commiserated with your sorrows; and taken you into my heart as my comrades.
Though I have loved you all like brothers, there are few of you I would like to single out for a few kind words. I was taught that you criticize people in private and praise them in public, back when I was a RL sergeant. So here goes:
• Tenk – You have given us the best playground ever in Babbage. The consistency of the place makes it feel familiar.
• Victor – I learn something new every time I attend one of your sets. I have also been amazed as I watched you constantly rebuilding everything.
• Blackberry – You helped me find my SL vocation. You called attention to my live photoblogging the first ever Foot Tappin’ Friday and that led me to becoming a viritual photojournalist.
• Edward – I can always count on you to find some truly mad piece of music which will astound me. I am dreadfully sorry that I missed this year’s Christmas edition of Breakfast in Babbage. I have also so thoroughly enjoyed the radio dramas you’ve presented at the Clarendon.
• Book – Blackberry may have helped me find my vocation, but you have been the one who inspired my efforts. Whenever I see your event photography, I am reminded of how far I have yet to go.
• Ceejay – You know, I never though that you’d actually duel the trolley. Nor did I anticipate it sulking like Achilles to avoid the fight.
• Kimika – You took my idiot idea of “raptor on a stick” and took it to its ultimate lunatic conclusion. I have always been astonished by your creativity.
• Gabrielle – Radio Riel has been the soundtrack of my life for a long time now. Thank you for this wonderful thing.
• Cap’n Red – One of my fondest memories of Babbage is dancing with you on the frozen rink at the old Red’s Revenge. I also still laugh like a lunatic whenever I see the picture of that godawful Christmas tree.
• Garnet – Thank you for taking over my duties as Foot Tappin’ Friday’s official unoffical photographer. I’m sorry that it’s going to take longer than I anticipated for me to take up my camera.
• Alexis – I love the Pirana that I bought from your store. It’s probably my favorite toy ever. I am also glad that my last ever shot at Foot Tappin’ Friday for this year was one I got with you, my friend.
• Jed – You are still my favorite old soldier, Commodore.
I do hope that this is only a temporary parting of the ways. But if it is permanent, know that I have loved every moment of the time I have spent with you. Thank you all for the time we had together.