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Good bye, farewell, and amen . . . at least for now

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.

 

 

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18 Comments

  1. Garnet Psaltery Garnet Psaltery December 13, 2012

    Be assured, Mr. O, we’ll be here waiting for your return.  Many thanks for your kind words and may your further treatment and recovery go well.  The very best to you.

  2. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse December 13, 2012

    Mr. Osterham, I hope that even if you’re unable to join us inworld, that you may still be able to listen to some of the broadcasts.

    Good luck your treatments are and may they be successful in retaining your eyesight. Hopefully we will see you inworld again from time to time.

     

  3. Kristos Sonnerstein Kristos Sonnerstein December 13, 2012

    So sorry to hear it’s come so badly for your sight, Mr. Osterham. I really do hope you find the best of luck and care for your treatments and return in full sight to the wonders of Babbage. But should you not be able to, I hope you carry wonderful memories with you. Take good care of yourself.

  4. Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs December 13, 2012

    I’m very sorry to hear that you have to leave us, Mr. Osterham. I do hope you’ll be able to return one day. You’ll always have a place here!

  5. Victor1st Mornington Victor1st Mornington December 13, 2012

    You take care of yourself Caesar!  New Babbage will be around when you come back :)

    • Orpheus Angkarn Orpheus Angkarn December 14, 2012

      Unless we blow it up… which we probably will…. but we’ll rebuild… like we always do… hehehe… Good luck to you Mr. O.

      • Caesar Osterham Caesar Osterham December 21, 2012

        Wait, I thought that blowing up (or alternately, setting fire to) Babbage was how we accomplish urban renewal when we weren’t Morningtonizing our builds.

  6. Ceejay Writer Ceejay Writer December 13, 2012

    You take care of YOU, first and foremost.  It may help you heal to be away from the sooty air for a while.  I hope you can return one day.  Meantime, you are in all our fondest wishes for a good recovery!

  7. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon December 13, 2012

    Oh, that is not good…

    Everyone at the power station is wishing for you to recover and return to our crazy world, although Unit #6 is thretening to make you clockwork eyes! I tried to tell him they don’t work in that other world, but you know how he is!

    Unicorn hugs and best wishes for the future! 

    • Caesar Osterham Caesar Osterham December 15, 2012

      Tell # 6 that a clockwork dog might work better for me. ;-)

  8. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg December 13, 2012

    We’ll miss you at the Gangplank, Caesar!  Please do take care of yourself, and if you are so inclined, send someone a note sometime to let us know how you’re getting on.   We’d love to hear how you’re doing. :-)

    • Caesar Osterham Caesar Osterham December 14, 2012

      Modern browsers being what they are, I can blow up the type here to a size that I can read.  So as events progress, I’ll keep everyone informed here.

  9. Jimmy Branagh Jimmy Branagh December 14, 2012

    Hang in there Mr. Caesar, an’ best of luck!

     

  10. Wilde Tomcat Wilde Tomcat December 14, 2012

    I don’t think we’ve met yet. I hope you’ll find a way to come back soon — whether via a new treatment, or a text-to-speak converter. Take care, Mister Osterham.

  11. Elilka Sieyes Elilka Sieyes December 16, 2012

    Mr O, maybe we can tempt you back onto chat via a text-viewer that blows up the text nicely (not with smoke and sparks – the other sort.)

  12. Caesar Osterham Caesar Osterham May 8, 2013

    UPDATE

     

    On May 1st I underwent vitrectomy surgery to remove the blood which had leaked into my eye.  The surgeon pronounced the operation a success and I am definitely on the mend.  However, it’s giong to be at least a month or so from now before I can return to participation in SL on anything but a text-based viewer.  But I fully expect to return before summer ends.

    • Edward Pearse Edward Pearse May 9, 2013

      Excellent news on the success. All the best for a speedy recovery.

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