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Amanda Crisp

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  1. Dancing with my Partner at the Blarney Stone......ending the weekend on a sweet note :-)
  2. SL is great......here we don't just walk correctly - we can fly ;-) *Hugs*
  3. Chilaquiles verdes con pollo :-) ..and as someone else said....coffee would be my #2
  4. I originally came here in September of 2005 and have been in SL continually ever since, altho I have retired my original "Main" after running into a very determined Stalker with about 20 alts that LL was and is able to do very little about. I understand why LL has issues dealing with people who are that determined..., and walking away from that big Inventory was a better decision than dealing with the Griefer-of-the-Week. I came over in a mob; a bunch of us moved here from a dwindling and now-defunct MMORPG - so I had the advantage of having an immediate group of friends to do things with..... I spent a LOT of time in my early years in roleplay-sims and on the periphery of Club Work (my longtime Partner is really into Hosting and DJing here in SL) These days I DJ and socialise more than anything. SL has been a place for me to decompress (my RL career was a real pressure-cooker and involved metaphorically herding cats) and I was lucky enough to find someone here that kept me "logging on regardless" since the first month I was here ;-) That's been over a decade now....... Post-Script: SL has also helped me recover from a RL Mishap. I suffered a stroke some years back and although speech and physical therapy in RL have done wonders - I was very self-conscious about talking to people or even going out in public for a couple of years (when people hear you slur your speech, see you have issues getting about and assume you're drunk or mentally handicapped, its humiliating). I had always been one of those Type-A over-achievers, and suddenly I was "limited".....SL was my place to be "normal" while I was working feverishly in RL to recover from the stroke-related deficits, and that did my self-image a lot of good. I'm much better now and working full-steam ahead in a new career; but I monitor the "Shockproof" stroke support group even today; there are more of us out there,,,, “Scars are not injuries. A scar is a healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole.” ― China Miéville
  5. Actually the main club I work at does not allow gestures from Staff :-) Any gesture spam you see there is guest-generated :-)
  6. TBH the reason I moved from hosting to DJing is that in a busy venue; DJing is less stress than hosting attentively :-) SAM broadcaster was a good investment for me :-)
  7. HUDs..... The Good: -You can get one that gives you a positive alert when someone trips a preset Radar Range and prompts you to type them a greeting. This saves you a little embarrassment when you "miss" a guest who showed up in a group or you were already frantically banging out personal IMs to other guests and didn't see the passive radar. Some Residents are prone to IM heckle Hosts and DJs who miss their arrival. -Huds can let you toss up a titler for some things (I use mine for humor, like when I set it for "clothing optional Night" or "strip the DJ night" for Naughty Night. They are also useful for things you might have to SAY repetitively like; "Relay for Life Kiosk at Main Entry" when (like me) your typing is a little slow due to a RL disability (like the stirring my brains took some years back). -Some HUDS can make it easier to access the area-security tools to ban griefers. Griefing events is a problem and the faster you can shut it down, the fewer Guests you lose. The Bad: -HUDS do not usually handle display names well on auto-greet, so stay away from that. -HUDS can be very repetitive for other to listen to canned gestures and greetings -HUDS performance can be affected by the Lag-monster. Overall, there is a big difference in working a small venue and a larger place where people arrive in gaggles and where you WILL have to figure out how to deal with Stalkers, Griefers, Lovesick Guests and other things that take up lots of time. Social skills are a -must- but using a few passive tools can help your time-management and allow you to focus on your guests. Observation: Its also good to note how much WORK the Host does vs the other staff......and be aware that at many venues the House tip-jars are set at lower levels for the Host than other staff... -Greet new arrivals (that means deciphering cutsie and often unreadable custom name fonts - so save time and look at their profile) -Be sure and ask departing guests back -Promote the event in group IM and with Group Notices -Make new Guests welcome and ensure they know what entertainments and facilities are available. -Deal with griefers and love-sick Guests who want 100% of yours or some other staff-members attention (preventing them from doing their job) -Deal politely and respectfully with guests who are being disruptive or causing technical issues with their avatar-attachments. -Run the contest by setting it up, reminding people to vote, making sure contestants are in-theme, handling disputes (complaints that someone's Alts gamed the vote) -Handle social issues as they happen -Promote the NEXT event -Have a new or new-ish "In theme" outfit or costume every event
  8. I would advise "be careful where you work" as well. I have worked places that were BDSM-centric and where the Submissives made up 80% of the population. They were always complaining about not being able to keep steady staff; but the Submissives Didn't Tip ( their custom was Dominants-only-Tipping ) and the Dominants rarely showed up. This was a local custom and not common in SL - so you won't run into it a lot (I hope). I changed venue and my tips jumped about 300%. The moral: "Know Thy Venue"....
  9. Curses! My dark secret revealed......I am a Tiny .... :-)
  10. SL has plenty of sexy pics, advertising pics and just plain porn.....it needs more Sweet pics, and here is one of my new favorites :-)
  11. Showing off the car...or just showing off :-)
  12. Hey, this is THE place to express the way you see yourself! After a furry-friend of mine had a social mishap here, I started a group called The Acceptance Project (pretty much for anyone who is different in Sl than they are in RL...fur, gender, alien, robot, etc) and one thing I've seen a bit of is a "certain element" that expects SL-you to mirror RL-you (usually they view SL as sort of 3D Facebook or a RL Dating Service - they're not evil, its just perspective on what SL is...) - so its usually best to look for close SL friends in areas that are LGBTQ-friendly. Open minded people exist all over the grid, but as you're starting off here - its IMO best to have people about who are supportive. There are some awesome human-beings on this very forum ;-) Feel free to friend me inworld or call on me if there is any way I can help :-)
  13. Exploring SL with my Partner, Skye..... Yes, I was looking at her butt......
  14. Thanks! I use Ikon "Hope" mesh eyes and that color is "Dew" :-) The only post-shoot edit on that pic was the crop.
  15. I've seen many mafia roleplays in the modern roleplay sims. They do well and ad to the Story *if* the players keep a good separation between what id *in character* and their *out of character* interactions with other Players. I have also seen Russian-Style Mafiya that continually crossed the line between in-character and out-of-character cause so much drama that they killed two roleplay sims. That was mainly poor player-ship and poor Administration though, not because it was in-character organized crime. One thing about unscripted roleplay though, when out-of-character egos get involved it can be messy. Even the powerful mafiosi need to be prepared to lose occasionally, so that the other players don't shy away from RPing with you......
  16. /me loves all y'all too...... just please don't pass the pics around.....
  17. That actually looks awesome :-) Bento heads were an issue for me at first, until I finally realized that I was trying to recreate a look that happened because of the flaws in the old system shape. When I reset my mental image to what I was trying to create when I first came to SL, I was immediately happier because I -had- that now :-)
  18. Amanda brings her Boss to the thread.......and ditches him like a bad prom date....... (( Dilbert has the Pointy-Haired Boss....I have a reptile..... ))
  19. I have no acceptable excuse....I was up because I'm crazy enough to work those hours.....
  20. Because people of Extreme Awesomness never sleep well at night :-)
  21. I really hate it when rah-rah junior management types confuse slogans for leadership :-) They usually resist being trained out of that behavior, but enough "tell me how treating people like pre-schoolers helps us build a grown-up team?" Counseling sessions and they finally get the idea :-) Demings Point #10 "Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the work force asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships, as the bulk of the causes of low quality and low productivity belong to the -system- and thus lie beyond the power of the work force."
  22. My observation that from the 1970's until now, many companies wanted the label "Team" or "Team Based" but didn't want to actually -do- teams because then you have to hire specific (expensive) workers who can function in that kind of environment :-) They want technical ability with social skills - and that costs $$$.
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