Heard around the Great Canadian Grid this afternoon...
Mr. Avatar: "Where you there?"
Mr. Avatar's Friend: "Where?"
Mr. Avatar: "At the Gathering"
Mr. Avatar's Friend: "No, when was it? Where?"
Mr. Avatar: "Earlier today, at the GCG Cabin"
Mr. Avatar's Friend: "Aww no, I missed it"
Mr. Avatar: "Don't worry, there WILL be another one soon!"
Mr. Avatar: "Awesome!"
Today's third meet and greet known as "The Gathering" was a huge success. There were, coming and going, twenty-one avatars in attendance including Roddie Macchi and Gathering organizer Winter Silversmith.
The next "Gathering" will be held in mid-to late November at the Great Canadian Grid cabin, join the GCG Events group for notices. Hope you make it there!
This is the night when the gateway between
our world and the spirit world is thinnest.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before.
Tonight we honor our ancestors.
Druid Fit: The past must be cleansed away
For the future to start
The veil is at it's thinnest
We walk between the worlds; let us beseech the elements to walk with us
Fiesty (turns to the North)
I honor and welcome the Earth with an offering of ground wheat: (she scatters the ground wheat on the earth )
Earth, that stands beneath our feet, accept our offering!
You grow all around us, you tower above us.
Spirits of the Earth, we offer you this gift from what you have given us
Share with us comfort, knowledge and blessing.
Stand together with us and help us be strong
Fit (turns to the West)
I honor and welcome Water with an offering of cider: (She pours the cider onto the ground)
Water that flows and streams beneath all beings accept our offering!
You bring life and growth to all that lives.
Spirits of the Waters, we offer you this gift from what you have given us
Let us know the depths within ourselves; the source of all wisdom
Stand together with us and flow within us!
Fiesty ((turns to the South)
I honor and welcome Fire with an offering of ash: (She scatters the ash)
Fire that consumes and transforms; accept our offering!
You bring the light and warmth of all who have gone before
Spirits of the Fire we offer you this gift from what you have given us
Let your flames warm our spirits and our lives.
Stand with us and burn within us!
Fitheach ((turns to the East)
I honor and welcome air with an offering of feathers: (She fans the air with the feathers).
Air that gives us breath and spirit; accept our offering!
Carrier of visions; supporter of all life
Spirits of the Air we offer you this gift from what you have given us
Let your pure winds swirl and eddy around us
Stand with us and carry us up!
"This is the night when the gateway between
our world and the spirit world is thinnest.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before.
Tonight we honor our ancestors."
"Spirits of our fathers and mothers, I call to you,
and welcome you to join me for this night.
You watch over us always,
protecting and guiding us.
Tonight we thank you.
Your blood runs our our veins,
your spirit is in our hearts,
and your memories are in our soul."
"Tonight we celebrate Samhain.
It is the end of the harvest, the last days of summer,
and the cold nights wait on the other side for us.
The bounty of our labor, the abundance of the harvest,
the success of the hunt, all lies before us.
We thank the earth for all it has given us this season,
and yet we look forward to winter,
a time of sacred darkness.
(Fiesty takes a cup of wine and sprinkles some on the ground). “Summer is gone, winter is coming. We have cared for our friends and neighbors and have welcomed all good creatures into our community, We have gathered everyone here to be thankful for our bounty and to welcome the regeneration of the earth. We have gathered the harvest. Now it is at its end.”
( Fit takes her wine and sprinkles it on the ground).
“Summer is gone, winter is coming. We have raised our livestock and tended the creatures in our care. We have tended our herbs and made our potions. Now it is at its end.”
(Fiesty takes the rest of her wine and sprinkles it on the ground).
She says “Summer is gone, winter is coming. We have planted and we have watched the garden grow, we have weeded, and we have gathered the harvest. Now it is at its end.”
(Fit takes the last of her wine and sprinkles it on the ground).
“Summer is gone, winter is coming. We have planned and built our homes. We have enjoyed all the changes of the seasons of growing. Now it is at its end.”
Now is the time for individual offerings, if there are any among us who would like to make a contribution, be it prayer, song, poem, or story, you may do this now.
The time of light is ending; the time of darkness begins now. The fire that has sustained us through the light cannot hold against the dark to come. We honor the fire of the seasons past and light our torches from it to brighten our way in the dark days.
(Everyone lights a torch from the old fire which is then extinguished.)
Fit: Let us kindle a new flame to see us through until the light comes again.
(Fit lights a new fire near the altar.)
Fit: The circle is closed; the season of light has ended and the dark holds sway. Go all in peace and light until we meet again.
The demand for storage space at the Manitou harbour district means that the Elmwood Faire Park must be relocated. Manitou Tourism has made space available in the Manitou Market Mall across from the Elk Bones Tavern. The former park space in Massey will be leveled and storage units will be constructed for the harbour in time for the winter freeze-up. The gypsies camping in the park have agreed to relocate to the new park in Meaford district. The move takes place on Sunday, October 30.
These photos have been taken from several locations across Manitou and show the progression of the storm that arrived around one on Saturday morning. The storm is expected to remain in the continent until Monday delivering twenty to forty centimetres of snow. Due to the freezing rain and high winds associated with this storm air travel is not recommended at this time.
Manitou, Muskoka, Minesing, Massey
Expect snowfall accumulations up to forty centimetres, one foot, by Tuesday.
Expect snowfall accumulations up to twenty-five centimetres, eight inches, by Tuesday.
"Residents should expect moderate to heavy snowfall this weekend. Muskoka, Minesing and parts of Midland and Massey will be hit the hardest. The storm will arrive on Friday night to Saturday morning as flurries. By the time it moves out of our region on Monday night we will receive accumulations up to thirty centimetres, that's a foot for our American folks.
Monday, Halloween night, will be cold around minus two Celsius, twenty-eight Fahrenheit, and flurries" reported Stormy Waters of the Lloydminster Abbey Weather Service. "That's Halloween Night in Canada, cold, flurries, and winter is knocking on your door with a trick for everyone" Stormy said. The flurries are expected to begin late Friday night to Saturday morning. It's coming folks, bundle up!
After twenty years in operation the Wretched Raven in Manitou has been closed and demolished. The old tavern has made way for a new college building funded by Silversmith Estates.
"At the latest committee meeting we were told that the Tavern had fallen six months behind on its lease and the city wanted to demolish it. Since it is not a historical building the city took back possession of it to make room for the new college" said Holden Wrinkle of the Manitoulin Historical Society.
"Silversmith has gone <expletive> mad!" growled former tavern owner Reid Vansloven "we were behind a little but times are tough Silversmith knows that!. But Silversmith is bullying us because we are a bar and it does not meet with his 'new Manitou' regime!"
"Mr. Vansloven's remarks are false and offensive to me" said Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith "I am not bullying or picking on the bar. They were behind in their lease and we repossessed the building. It is not the first lease we have cancelled this month as you know."
When asked what purpose the new college would serve in Manitou, Silversmith had this to say "The plan is to make rooms in the college available for anyone who wants to teach arts classes".
"We're not dividing up the land too much so it does limit how many classes can take place at once but it's another venue for people to use free of charge" Winter said. The campus is approximately five thousand square metres which the west and east wings having the own dedicated parcels of nearly eight hundred metres each. Winter continued "Each wing has three classrooms, unfortunately because of layering only 1 class or meeting can occur at a time".
The main hall will be available for exhibit space and shows. The first exhibit will be set up by Manitou Tourism featuring the services offered by the RealLife organization 'Kids Help Phone'.
Residents of Manitou have been inquiring about the increased law enforcement presence across the city.
Police Sergeant Jonathon Steel responded to the Corran Journal's request for answers to the increase in police protection. "The grid has been under threat lately from poachers and potential griefers due to the recent opening of an unnamed OpenSim grid and a recent Hypergrid Business tabloid article. This has increased the level of security in our community. We are tracking visitors to our continent and any perceived threats will be banned and reported to GCG Admin".
When asked if the Manitou Emergency Services keeps a 'watch list' of potential threats Sergeant Steel replied "Yes, we won't lie about it, every region owner has a list of avatars they watch out for. We have kept one since Adam Time and his slanderous rantings against Winter Silversmith, and half the OpenSim metaverse it seemed most days, over a year ago now."
Winter Silversmith had this to say about the increased police activity "I do everything I can to protect my residents and merchants from harm. All renters have the ability to eject and freeze any threats to their safety and I always encourage them to report any griefers to me and GCG Admin. We will not tolerate that crap in the Great Canadian Grid."
Copied from The Great Canadian Grid Facebook group, posting by Roddie Macchi, October 24, 2016.
After all the hypergrid business trash talk... I thought it was time to post something from me.
There's an old saying my Dad use to say..."You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all the people all the time."..For awhile now I've been wanting to write a little note on how I feel about all this but then I remember why I made my grid... because I love the virtual life.. and I love people.. not all of them mind you now that I have seen how cruel people can be to one another... but most of them.
You see, I made my grid for me. My friends in the virtual world and my virtual family and their friends... that's all... no one else. Then others heard about my friends and their friends of friends and they all wanted to be here because that's what it was about.. friends hanging with friends... then money came into the issue... creators wanted to be here... they wanted currency they wanted low cost sims... i thought ok.. but only because my FRIENDS want you here.
You have to understand that... this grid was not made for commercialism..it was made with love and friendship and I think the money moguls and you all know who you are...have ruined that. And to be honest, I won't let that happen again. This is my grid... my friends... my family and their friends. We are quite happy here with or without money or expensive stuff.
Do we welcome creators and landlords here by all means... but don't ever think we need you. I'm sorry if this kinda hits home but the truth is... we were happy here way before money came into the picture. And I think its time that we stepped back and remember that. Because I'm going back to that... with or without anyone's support be it creators or anyone.
I never needed to set up a ticket support group with my friends... because we just messaged each other... now that i have over 600 regions to worry about for you and over 4000 residents asking questions... ya ok.. its hard to get to them all when its just me...remember its just me... i have people in world that help but their not the real staff in the real world... ummm that's all me... because again... I made this grid for me and my friends..and we welcomed everyone in. I sit back and think wow..if i had never let that many into my grid...would i have gotten such lash back from everyone on HG Business... but then i remembered OH YA!... they think i made this grid for them lol...
so I think I'm done being mr nice guy... and killing myself so that everyone can be happy in my own home. I don't know of one other grid owner that actually comes to your regions and helps you or talks to you...
Yep, this is me taking off my hat and saying i did what i could for yas... i think ill go back to my cabin, doing what I love with my grid and my friends here that have been here since day one... and have fun again...
Roddie Macchi (Roderick MacDougall)
As the blessed new year for pagans and neopagans alike fast approaches we take a look at Samhain (Hallowe'en) activities across the Great Canadian Grid.
First, what is Samhain, well it is defined as Samhain (pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in, is a festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the 'darker half' of the year. It is said to be the night when the veil between the living and the dead is lifted and the dead roam the earth. Many people around the RL world, including Winter Silversmith, celebrate the passage to November first as the start of the 'spiritual new year'.
In the Great Canadian Grid it is a time of reflection, ceremonies, parties and of course Trick or Treating.
Samhain Ceremony, Mara Solais, GCG
There will be a ceremony held at the Drum Circle at 2 pm GCG Time on October 30, 2016.
Cedar Point, Kingfisher Bay, GCG
This brings us to our next stop, the Police Station in Cedar Point, Kingfisher Bay 89,214,22
Anna Wright is preparing for another adventure into the RolePlay world for GCG visitors and members who really want to get into the spirit. The house pictured below has been decorated for the holiday by the Stanley children living there, you can find it at Kingfisher Bay 210,148,22.
Beginning at the Police Station a 'trick or treat' walk will take you on a real-life search for fourteen stops around the town of Cedar Point. The route will be from the police station to the cannery , restaurants and shops and then ending in the residential street at the Lavender Dreams.
Runners Paradise, GCG
Before you know it, Hallowe'en is here........and gone again too. So at Juggy's freebie & cheapie shop you can find some Hallowe'en goodies. Some free, some at a low price including a small Halloween Scene, located behind the bridges to the right of the furniture store.
75, 186, 23
50, 188, 89 (TP in front of furniture store)
zun's Refuge of Spooktacular Fun
Your next stop has to be zun's Refuge in Manitou. zun zun has decorated her side yard with all sorts of spooky scenes and they are all free so grab a copy of each today. The entry gate is located at Manitou 43, 53, 21.
Winter Silversmith (Kevin M. Klerks): Thank you for taking a few moments from your busy schedule to answer some of our questions Roddie. Okay, let me begin by asking you about the recent conversations involving commercialization of the Great Canadian Grid. Why is having a commercialized grid bad, is that the business plan that made SecondLife and InWorldz the massive worlds they are today?
Roddie Macchi (Roderick MacDougall) of the Great Canadian Grid: You’re right. The objective of their business plans is to make their developers money, that’s why they put so much expertise and time and effort into what they know… to make money from it. I agree, they should, it is their livelihood, their income, their families’ way of living and putting food on their tables. I will never ever put that down or disrespect that, that is how they make ends meet.
Winter: And with you it's different?
Roddie: I, on the other hand, don’t need to do this for the money. I know that sounds like I’m bragging but the fact is I don’t. I don’t because I have no kids, no wife, nothing that pushes my abilities except one thing. The people. I love people. I love people and our residents because I have no one else. Sounds weird but it’s the truth. I love helping others and making others happy. It’s literally all I have in me to give.
Winter: You recently closed the GCG Freelands. Many grids across the OpenSim offer free land to new members why have you chosen to go against the trends?
Roddie: I closed the Freelands because, bottom line, we need the space. A lot of people who live there aren’t even inworld anymore. We have hundreds of creators looking for free spots to put their stores. So, why not give the creators their space for their stores and new residents can seek out free homes across the grid.
Winter: What about new members who don’t have a lot of money and are looking for a place to call home?
Roddie: We have tonnes of regions offering free homes and free parcels, including you Winter.
Winter: Yes, that’s right, we do on Manitou and I know several other established land developers who offer free parcels for anyone who needs a home.
Roddie: All new members should ask for help in the GCG Chat room, or from one of our staff members or volunteers or from anyone that’s what makes GCG so special… it’s the community feel you get living here.
Winter: You are no longer offering scenic regions on the website, are these no longer available and why the change?
Roddie: The way members purchase regions have changed because it’s time to go back to what and how I started this… as a cottage country escape for friends and family to come to and live here and enjoy. It has gotten so commercialized that even I didn’t like it <laughing> but we’re back and being the grid we once were well known as.
Winter: And what is that?
Roddie: The friendliest and best event grid place going of course <smiles>
Winter: You’ve added a second GCG Marketplace region, why and how much does it cost to set up there?
Roddie: The GCG Marketplace is growing, and many new creators are coming in and setting up. It is free to them, no cost, so if they don’t sell anything it’s no sweat off their backs and all it costs them was the time to set up which isn’t that much. We will be creating as many Marketplace regions as we can as each Marketplace is filled <smiles>.
Winter: This year GCG lost one of its largest music venues, the Dreamland Group when Jen Smith took a break from managing. Is there an opportunity for growth in the entertainment industry or are music venues dying out here?
Roddie: Jen Smith is a hard worker… too hard of a worker… what she does is go crazy on entertaining and then poof she kills herself from working too hard and has to take a break. So she will probably be back again but for now she’s resting.
Winter: I have heard comments about how slow it is on the grid during this past summer and right now, thoughts on that?
Roddie: You have to remember we’re Canadians. Summer time is slow on the grid and winter time is booming. Why? Because we are outside in the summer and inside during the winter <laughing>.
Winter: Why did you create a GCG Communications region and what do you hope is the result of this new region?
Roddie: The GCG News region was created to allow all grids, not just GCG, and their news to be able to say “Hey, this is us” meaning their paper and their news on their grid. I am very proud to have media like that here.
Winter: People come, people go and people come back again. Why do they leave GCG? What brings them back?
Roddie: Well, I didn’t make this grid so others could make money off me and that’s what bothers them because I can say that. But let’s face it when buyers aren’t buying the creators leave and that, to me, is an insult not only to me but to my residents for pay for their regions… who pay to be here… who pay to have things and then suddenly if a creator isn’t making money they leave?
Winter: I can tell that that bothers you.
Roddie: To me, that’s selfish, not thinking of all their customers who bought from them enough to stick around when the economy slows down, it’s like a slap in the face. “Thanks everyone, I sold what I can but now that no one is buying I’m outta here”. That’s disgusting.
Winter: And the solution to that you feel is offering free stores?
Roddie: Yes, so now what I’m doing is giving creators free stores. No gain no loss. In other words, it won’t cost them anything to be here, so plop down your stuff. It is doesn’t sell it shouldn’t matter to you because it didn’t cost you anything for the space to sell.
Winter: What do you think about creators who set up their products for sale and then disappear for months on end, what we call in the business 'parking your prims'?
Roddie: If you put out your stuff for sale and then you are never around even with not having to pay then that’s just them being ignorant and not caring about their customers. What did you go into business for if you don't want to take the time to serve your customers and support them with their purchase.
Winter: Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us this evening. Is there anything you would like to add?
Roddie: The GCG is here to stay. I said this before three years ago and I mean it. Why? Everyone thinks that this is all just a business to me <laughing> too funny. No. I created this grid on my own with no devs (developers) or Terry or anyone a long time ago and why well because I knew how to. I knew what people wanted and I know how to run a grid. I did it before. I won’t say where but let’s just say I know what works. I love my creation, it’s me. Everything you see is me, it’s my baby and always will be. I will never let it die no matter what.
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