December 14, 2009. The call went out in group chat: 32/80 MM ‘the Grifter’ @ Black-Kat Choppers http://slurl.com/secondlife/Quasar/25/246/64. As it happened, I was free, relaxing, you could even say “wasting time”. So I tp’d over to see what one finds at Black-Kat Choppers. BIKES!!!! OMG – it was a bike shop. I was thinking helicopters. Nope. Hogs. Choppers. Bikes. Oh yeah. I slapped THAT board for sure.
As the morning rolled on, I thought about that bike. So I mentioned to Honour that if she had the time, maybe she’d go and slap the board too. And I also mentioned it to Shenlei and Oura and Jonah. Next thing I knew the four of them were standing about at Black-Kat, tp’ing in their friends and discussing MOI. They were maligning my reputation and trying to figure out the name for my (new) motorcycle gang. I was ashamed that the four of them were working so hard to get me my bike. I wasn’t doing much – I was actually spending much of that morning crashing and rebooting my machine. One of THOSE days. I decided that if they were going to put so much effort into it, I needed to as well.
The store manager, angel Doomdale, was very friendly and helpful. I suppose some stores might be angry at people tp’ing in friends to lock the MM board. I don’t know. Maybe stores like that, maybe they hate it. But in any case, angel was completely friendly and helpful, explained the different bikes to us. She showed us the demo model out front, told us about other inventory. She was very helpful, good-natured and she knew her stuff. There was also the black cat itself. I LOVE the animated pets that are available in SL. Sigh – remember Frenis? I have seen several cats and a few dogs. There was an adorable black cat with white paws wandering about the store. This one had wonderful animations.
Well Shen and Honour had to move on to other efforts. I brought Bailey in and she pulled in other Midianites. I tp’d Panacea in. *grin* This was Pan’s first MM board. LOL. We explained the concept to her. She grasped the essence (FUN!!!) immediately and began tp’ing friends in. In no time it seemed we’d run that board up to 70/80. *grin* We decided to stop (even though we had more names we could have IM’d. Poor Chestnut!!! She was at work. By the time she got home and tried to slap the board – it was locked!!! 😦
Okay, this was unacceptable to me. If I am going to have a motorcycle gang – Frenis Freedom Riders or whatever – Chestnut is going to be part of it. But I knew she’d be all silly about me giving her a bike or giving her the money to BUY a bike. So I went to to the store to see if I could buy the bike and have the store deliver it to Ches, thereby forcing her to accept. *grin* I spoke to angel who told me they didn’t have that set-up, but she would contact the store owner, iozz Dreadlow, and ask him. angel IM’d me when iozz came inworld and I went back to chat. *grin* He thought I was crazy, but finally he agreed. I paid iozz for the Grifter and he dropped it on Chestnut. *grin* My gang would be complete. Again – iozz was friendly, helpful and good natured. If iozz and angel are this nice to a one-time shopper, imagine how great they must be if you are really looking for leather attire and choppers. This is not a shopping blog, but when I find stores and vendors and builders who are helpful – I want to tell you all about them. So for sure Black-Kat Choppers gets the Ahuva seal of approval. I’m looking for an excuse to go back and buy another bike….
Well, the original plans were that we’d all get on our bikes and pose – Ahuva’s gang. But things don’t always work out as planned. Oh we all got our bikes as I said – we locked that board. But I never had time to get hold of everyone for a group shot. We never even settled on a name for our gang, so I never made the group tee shirts as I promised. I DID rez my bike and try it once. *grin* I know Panacea rezzed her – she told me she was too short. Chestnut rezzed hers and blogged it.
But I put it aside until last night when I was visiting Honour. I don’t remember what got us started, but we decided it was time to rez the bikes. That of course required that I find appropriate black leather clothes and boots. I was totally surprised to find that I had a box of boots I’d never rezzed – and that they’d be perfect for the bike. Good thing I never cleaned my inventory as I planned. I was definitely too short for this bike. You can adjust your position by touching the rear fender. I moved forward, up, forward, up, forward, up. Finally my arms reached the handlebars. But my tush was WAY above the seat. *grin* Never Fear. I AM A BUILDER. I added a pillow. Just like atomic life. LOL.
Honour couldn’t be bothered with adjusting the seat. She simply added her own pose ball. *grin* We all have our own way of solving problems. But we both did ultimately get on our bikes and RIDE!!! *grin*
Now all that we need is a gang name. And a group picture in our gang tee-shirts, on our bikes. 🙂