Thursday, May 19, 2011


Someone asked me the other day, "So have you crossed the grid yet?" A fair question, to which i replied "Errrm, not yet :)"

It's been about six months since I picked up my carpet bag, accepted my gifts of catnip, tape and bunny slippers from the three wise women, and proceeded to begin Bootfest. A festival of noobish looking horses, vacant beach cabanas and castles, and I might add a great deal of solitude. And went I wasn't in solitude I often wished I was.

Wow, six months, and I'm only halfway there! Mind you about five of those months have been spent mooching around old haunts, dressing better than a hobo, getting to know old acquaintences, experiencing, learning, evolving. Always learning. Yeah, I'll walk the bloody grid! But what's the hurry? From experience, I would imagine that walking the whole grid non-stop would be enough to put anyone off SL forever.

My attention has recently shifted to other manifestations. Machinima is the new black for Bunky Snowbear. Writing and art, even building, is now occupying a lot of my SL headspace. Here's my first SL film, The Geek! Thanks to the delightful Evie Falconer for her grace and patience, and local Melbourne Jazz outfit Banana Oil, who split up twelve years ago, but put out a cracker of an only album, Guava Lampo.

By the way, it's not my voice (it's on the track), and SL lags baaaad when I record at high resolution so it's lacks pixels, but it does the job. YouTube has a habit of taking out audio on behalf of MGM who think they own every friggin piece of music in the world, so it may be defunct in a few weeks.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

...the rules of the road

THE HOBO RULES: As inscribed in the Annual Convention Congress of the Hobos of America held on Aug. 8, 1894 at the Hotel Alden, 917 Market St., Chicago, Ill.

#1. Decide your own life, don’t let another person run or rule you.

#2. When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.

#3. Don’t take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos.


#4. Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but ensure employment should you return to that town again.

#5. When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts.

#6. Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals’ treatment of other hobos.

#7. When jungling in town, respect handouts; do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who will need them as bad, if not worse than you.

#8. Always respect nature; do not leave garbage where you are jungling.


#9. Try to stay clean, and boil up wherever possible.

#10. When traveling, ride your train respectfully, take no personal chances, cause no problems with the operating crew or host railroad, act like an extra crewmember.

#11. Do not cause problems in a train yard; another hobo will be coming along who will need passage thru that yard.

#12. Help all runaway children, and try to convince them to return home.

 #13. Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday.

Dedicated to all SL hobos, their friends and supporters. Thanks to my ummm....model