Oct 15

Hey Readers; today’s post is for the first event that Joshua attended last month, on September 20th, in the Saratoga Springs Family Community of Second Life.

That month, on its last day this year; I told you about it… Now, let’s get into the RP scene and have a look into what happen within that event, that day:

*Porter is already present within when Joshua arrives*

Joshua heads into the church, walks to the second pew on the left side; walks to the end, he sets his ‘Shark’ down to take his backpack off. He sits down on the pew after putting his backpack on the end, then picks up “Reef”.

Porter vocally greets the boy with, “Hey Joshua…”

Joshua signs, “Hey there…” as his reply.

Porter continues the conversation with, “You here to learn the bible?”

Joshua knows quite a lot about the bible, “There something to learn all the time….” he signs as an answer to the question.

Porter sighs “We’ll give it a few minutes. Usually it takes several weeks for people to start showing up. I am glad you came.”

*Kandee arrives*

Kandee greets Porter.

Porter replies with, “Hi Kandee…” then directs her to the little boy and continues, “Well,  Joshua here knows sign language.” He just signed to me.

Kandee replies to the statement with, “Ok.”

Porter says, “Quite a vocabulary, too.” and asks “Remember anything from College?”

She responds with, “Little bits…” continuing with, “We will manage.”

Porter tells Kandee the following, ” So… The adult class tonight; I was going to lead with Inventions of the fifteenth century found in the bible.” and “Maybe, we can start with something cool like that for Joshua.”

Kandee exclaims, “Awesome!”

Joshua hears the statement and thinks, “See… I didn’t even know that; learned a new thing about it.”

Porter looks at Joshua, “Hey buddy” he signs. “Sign slowly for Miss Kandee, and share with us what you know; I don’t want to bore you…” He continues with “Well… Maybe I do.” and gives the boy a wink.

Joshua does the quick yet easy sign, “Ok.”

Kandee signs to Joshua, “How are you?!”

Joshua signs in reply, “I’m… doing… Good. Went shopping… before… coming here.”

Porter starts the study with, “Ok… Well let’s talk about the cool things that God did.” He continues to sign while he speaks.

Kandee does a nod.

Porter tells, “In the beginning, God did all this cool stuff, according to the Book of Genesis.” then reaches into his pocket and pulls out a brand new kid’s bible for Joshua; signed “With Love, from Miss Kandee and Mr. Porter” He signs to the boy, “We had a feeling you would be here.” Then he asks towards Kandee, “So…  if you will help him; Kandee open to the picture of God creating man…”

Kandee quickly turns to the right page, gently tapping on the picture when she finds it.

Joshua signs, “You did?!” in response to the remark.

Porter then goes on after the exchange, “In Genesis, which is the first book; Chapter 2; ver. 7… We see that it states, “The Lord formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…” He glances at the other two before finishing, “…and the man became a living being.”He take a moment;  “So… Here are two really cool things…” He pauses. “That maybe, we can focus on tonight.”

Porter continues on with, “First…” while allowing a second or two pause, “Science has discovered that the human body is comprised of some 28 trace elements…” He does another pause, “All of which are found…” He makes a motion for someone to raise their hand; to answer the question, “Where?”

Joshua takes a moment to ponder the statement…

As Porter waits for an answer; he asks a rhetorical question, “Is it…” pauses, “the movie theater?”

Kandee thinks, “Hmm…”; exclaims, “Popcorn…” as her answer.

Porter directs a question to Kandee, “Kandee; we like movies…” He pause before asking, “Can we find the trace elements there?”

Kandee replies, “I do not think so…”

Joshua slowly raises his hand.

Porter proceeds while approaching the podium with, “Well… I know what you are thinking…” He reaches behind the podium and pulls out two warms bags of popcorn. As he handles a bag over to Joshua and Kandee, he states, “But, nope, not at the theater….” Look at the boy, “Joshua, tell Miss Kandee where we find them.”

Joshua signs out his reply, “On earth; our planet?!”

Porter proclaims, “Yep… You got it, buddy!” with the gesture of ‘a big thumbs up.’

Kandee looks at Joshua, then to Porter; surprised.

Porter continues the bible study with; ” Interesting fact…” He says, “I just thought of it…” Imply the following statement(not that I am the only one to think of it) to everyone; “But… when someone has a heart attack…” He pauses mid-sentence; then finishes it off with, “What is the first thing we do?”

Joshua start to bounces in his seat, as he gets excited that he knows the answer, signs it out; “We… open their… mouth.”

Porter signs to Kandee, “You better read up,… this kid is going to take your job, sister.” while smirking at her. He then asks her and Joshua, “What do we do with their mouth?”

Joshua waits for Kandee to answer before he does.

Kandee ponders; “Hmm….” than answers, “We breathe into their mouth?!”

Porter asks another question, “Care to guess; what year CPR was invented?” He then pulls out his cellphone to look up the answer.

Joshua ponders.

Kandee blurts out, “1978” as her first guess then proclaims, “I love guessing…” She states another guess, “2003”…

Joshua signs, “I don’t know that one…”

Porter explains, “I had to look it up… ” He pauses, “I can’t answer this one” then signs for Joshua, “I kinda cheated.”

Joshua didn’t notice as he looks at the windows of the church.

Kandee smiles.

Porter exclaims, “First person to answer right, gets to…” Pauses for a second while he thinks, “Be the first person to answer right!”

Joshua signs, “312 A. D.” then realizes that he has make a mistake.

Porter laughs, ” You are so close, Joshua!”

Joshua  sighs, “I meant to say B.C.”

Porter laughs some more, “Nope.. Still close.” He proceeds with saying the answer while emphasizes a statement, “1,960 years after the birth of Jesus; there’s no telling how long there was between the creation of Adam; the dirt dude, and Jesus. and the year, again “1,960”

Porter then explains, “So, there are people who say that the Bible is a fairy-tale, and that it isn’t real(not if it’s fake).” He take a moment for a breath, “How did the bible know that breathing in someones mouth and nose was the breath of life, and how come all the trace minerals that make the body come up are from the earth?”

He continues with, “Just saying… I learned something this week.” then asks, “However, I want to hear what you two think.”

Kandee smiles then states, “Jeremiah 1:5” She read the entry, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou calmest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Porter flips through his bible…

Joshua does a quick shrug of his shoulders to express that he currently doesn’t have an answer to sign.

Porter flips the pages until he comes to the one that has the entry, voices, “Nice” then asks, “Tell us why you brought up Jeremiah 1:5?”

Kandee responds, “Let me refer to Isaiah.”

Porter says, “Okay…”

Kandee flips to Isaiah; “Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:” she reads out.

Joshua gets frighten; he nervously looks back at the front door and around the foyer of the church…

Kandee watches the boy and studies his eye movement; she looks around as well.

Joshua doesn’t hear the sound of a horse again; forgets his train of thought.

Porter signs after seeing his reaction, “The Spirit of the Lord should not be frightening, Joshua…”

Joshua “What were you asking?” he signs.

*At this point, I had to as Joshua; change how I would RP the answer that I had; felt that it wouldn’t be one that a boy his age would comprehend on expressing with other RP details that you all know.*

I get that the first part is saying that before we know that we, individually are known before we find ourselves.

*Harley, a horse arrives; because of another detail, I have to excluded the dialogue exchange with Porter and Harley*

And with the second part, the “heaven” is our universe that we’re still exploring and asking question about it.

*After this, I go back into how Joshua would react to the RP.*

Porter starts to end the evening’s bible study session.  “I think that is exactly what that means.” He starts with; “Even though WE don’t know what our choices and decisions are…” Pauses, “It seems that HE does, Joshua.”  “We are able to choose; but…” Porter takes a deep breath, “Looking at the timeline just of CPR and the scientific proof of the same trace elements in our bodies that are in the dirt…” He asks, “Doesn’t it make sense that we would want to just…” Pauses again, “you know at least be a little curious?” Porter continues with a statement, “That is another Bible meets Science question.” He asks Joshua the following questions before closing, “Would you like to lead bible study next week?” He take a moment and continues, “I’d give you a week to look that up and share…”

Joshua doesn’t answer.**

Joshua signs to the statement; “That is another Bible meets Science question.” his reply, “That it does.”

Porter then ask a final question that would head the next Bible Study session; “What does the Science say about the heavens, and how does the bible back it up?”

Joshua again, doesn’t respond.**

Porter realizes the time, “I think we need to come to a close, tonight.” then asks, “Can we pray before we do?” He looks to Kandee, “Miss Kandee, would you like to lead in Prayer?”

Kandee responds, “Sure…”

Porter signs to Joshua “We are praying now, sir”

Joshua bows his head.

Porter bows his head.

Kandee speaks and signs, “Dear Lord… Guide our hearts… To be more like you; may we lead by example and continue your work. We pray for peace in our world and ask for you to guide us in these uncertain times. We pray this in your name… Amen.”

Joshua looks back up watches them and wonders, “Why she is continuing  to sign?” He sighs, “Its not like we are deaf and can’t hear the prayer. Only those with impaired hearing would need to visually see the prayer.”**

Porter signs and silently whispers “Amen.”

After the prayer; Porter states, “Miss Kandee… Joshua, I need to take off; I need to clean the stalls and feed the dog.” He takes a moment, “Next Sunday… we’ll figure out a midway time. I have the sermon we delivered on Friendships online and in Bible Times from last year, re-written if you want to hear it again…”

Kandee replies, “Sure; Brother…” then says, “Take care, Joshua..”

Joshua doesn’t know what Porter is talking about.**

Porter says “See you soon, Joshua… I am glad you came. That bible has stickers in it, kiddo….”

Joshua signs, “Bye” as Porter and Kandee leave.

Porter walks outside; looks at the horse and goes back inside, “One second… I forgot something important.” He walks back to the boy; leans down and hugs Joshua,”You are a pretty good kid… Yo… Maybe this week we can go fishing!” he signs to the boy.

Joshua accepts the hug and signs back, “I know that… Really?!… I like fishing.”

Porter yells back into the church, “Really… Joshua… Tomorrow!”

Joshua set the Bible: Kid’s Edition down on the pew to put his backpack back on his shoulders; forgets the bible and his stuffed shark as he walks to the aisle and out of the church.**

*Porter leaves getting on Harley, the horse from earlier. Kandee leaves as well.*

*end of the scene*

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Well, Readers; did you enjoy that? It did get rushed at the end; RP is about taking turns.

The lines that have two stars(**) are those that as Joshua, weren’t able to be written during the scene. They were added for the post. Also, let’s appreciate SIM where this RP scene happen and those that were in it:

Porter in SL is PORTER(comicwriter007)

Joshua is Joshua(joshuathighfield)

Kandee is Just Kandee(kandee.streamer)

and

Harley; since he was mention, is Harley Maximum Grey(namidator)

The Church

Sep 30

Hey Readers; as of this post, I’ve found… Actually, I have made more time to myself out in RL. With that, it means that several things have happened; the biggest being, I have quit the job that I was working at for most of this year; I haven’t been playing Eve Online since that action; and, I’ve come back to SL while I figure out what to do in RL until and/or after my trip next month for my birthday; which, I may write about after I return from it.

Anyways, telling you all of that isn’t the reason for this; it is to tell you that the setting for my RP story has progressed/changed some. The setting of the story first originated to be set near a coastal town/city then, with me finding about Crack Den in SL; I started to reset the setting there. Well, that didn’t progress too much.

I do have an Arc for the story that moves it from CD to where it may stay for a few years as this location within SL, better satisfies how I want to progress my RP story…

That’s right, you guessed it; the Family Community of Saratoga Springs.

 

Saratoga Springs Group

 

From what I’ve been told so far, the community is based on the RL city in New York state of the same name. Within SL, it uses four SIMs to make its community. In them, you can find a lot; luxury homes(to rent), shops to browse, a community pool and much more that would be required to make a community and create a SL family.

Come check them out…

Welcome Center of the Saratoga Springs Family Community

Nov 30

I am sure that all of you have been wondering that question…

Well, looking back to the posts that I have done; its apparent that I’d missed doing at least 7 to 8 other posts.

In those months, RL got a hold of me, discovered an online game known as Eve Online, and really haven’t been around SL because of numerous reasons(Eve Online, mainly).

This post is mainly to inform you, readers; that I am going to change a few things with being the author of this blog.

In “Sneak Peak”, I mentioned that I would be doing a posting on the fifteenth of every month; then in “A Surprise, Somewhat”, mentioned that I could do a posting on the thirtieth as well if I chose to do so. Well, I still be doing that to a sense; I will be posting on those days or, really have a post published as if it was written on either day but, not every month.

Then, with “”Short” Story Postponed” I mentioned that I am working on one titled, “The Highfield Family Grows”. Well, I have shorten its title to “The Highfield’s Grow” and I am, in fact, still working on it.

Mar 15

Well, readers; allow me to tell you how my vacation went. Hence, the reasoning if you have been following my blog, why there isn’t one posted for last month.

To put it briefly, that is how my vacation was; brief… Getting down to where my friend, her son, and I were going went well. Our first night is where our stay turned brief. See; our plan for our vacation was to spend most of our two weeks that we had, in Veracruz, Mexico. But, since my friends son was joining us this year, we came to the agreement to spend our first two nights in Mexico City.

We were in Mexico City because we wanted to this year, see the ruins that were near that city and do other things that just isn’t in Veracruz; plus, so that my friends son could finally meet his grandparents, whom live closer to Mexico City than Veracruz.

The night was going well until I got a knock at the door of my hotel room. This particular hotel wouldn’t allow us to book three people in a two bed hotel room. We had to book two separate rooms… Anyways, before we had gone back to the hotel for the night; we ate at McDonald’s. Well, My friends son decided that he would get some dessert; an Oreo con Kranky… Not knowing that the “Kranky” part of the dessert was chile peppers added to the ice cream. So, back to the knock; my friend had came to me to inform that her son is having stomach pain thinking that it was that dessert. It was serious enough to where had to call an ambulance and get him to the hospital. Well, there they concluded that it was appendicitis; which it wasn’t…. But, thinking that it was that, we were in a bind; have surgery there or risk his life and fly back and see if it really is appendicitis.

We ended up taking a bus back to Veracruz since that is how we got to Mexico City. Then, flying from there to home since most of luggage, we had keep in our hotel room that we had in Veracruz and only brought what we needed for our short stay in Mexico City. I am realizing that explaining this, isn’t brief… Anyways, my friends “stomach pain” was actually a kidney stone, which of, we don’t know why didn’t show up on the X-Ray.

Next time, hopefully you’ll be reading “The Highfield’s Grow” as my next entry…

Jan 15

Before I get to explaining the title of the entry, I am going to say; Happy New Year! Yes, I know that I’m expressing it quite a few days behind; but, I hope that your 2013 will be bright.

Now, onto explaining the title…

The first entry that I had planned to write for this year, would have been titled “The Highfield Family Grows” But, I realized that I need more time to work on it and with that, you may not see that actual story til March 15th.

Next month, you will possibly be able to read it. The only reason that you may not, is because I will be on vacation.

Dec 30

First off, I gave this entry’s title; to be more of a statement… Yes, this month has the biggest holiday that everyone looks forward to, but that is only to those that care to really celebrate it.

This entry, is just really to keep up my “Monthly Goal”… There, would have been several entries this month; but, with the event that happened in RL prior to the day that I was going to post my monthly entry. It turned this month’s plan, off course.

Well, I don’t have much more to say…. See ya.

Nov 30

Well, this should be a surprise…  I am writing a entry before the 15th of next month.

Actually, its not really a surprise as I decide that one of the entries that I was going to do on the 15th of December, could be done on the 30th of November.

I figured that I can actually do; if I chose, do two entries a month if the month is considered of 30 days. Having each entries roughly two weeks apart.

Well, after reading my “Introduction” entry, I realized that I had already told you about SL.

Its a Virtual World much like WoW, SW:TOR, and IMVU. However, not into great detail how I view SL.

I view SL as an aid to the visual aspects of my story… Well, several of them, as I, while being virtual in it have created, changed, and/or added more content to the main story that I came to SL for help.

This ensembles the idea of the blog, I think… Hopefully, any of you that are reading this, are looking forward to meeting my first/second character.

Nov 15

Well…

¡Hola ¿Cómo estás?

Right… Most of you, probably have no idea what I just said. That’s ok… “Hello! How are you?” is the translation of that greeting. I greeted you that way because I at first, I couldn’t think of how to introduce myself as the author/blogger to this blog and that; that greeting is Spanish. Which in real life(RL); I know a few phrases given that my father is Mexican although if you saw me, you wouldn’t see that connection.

Two days ago; to those that read that entry, today is the restart of this blog. I, as the author; figured that the best way to restart this blog that I have had for some time, just haven’t been consistent with, was to do the first entry as an “Introduction”, hence the title of this entry.

First off, being the author of this; I want you, the readers, should I actually start to have some, know that I have decided to use a pen-name, “P. J. Highfield” to keep my identity safe, well safe enough to where it feels comfortable for me to tell you the stories that I created around Second Life and one which I adapted to that virtual world; which was the reason that I continue logging into that world and is the reason why I requested to have this blog created.

I, now realize that this entry isn’t appearing much like the introduction that I had envisioned. Oh well… At least, I have one.

Next month, I may have two entries for you to read… One, will be a brief description of Second Life(SL) with how I see it and the other, about my first character and his story; which has a major change since being in SL, to where his now involves him having a twin.

Nov 13

In two days, I will be restarting this blog of mine… Well, making every 15th of each month; the day that a new entry is posted or several are posted.

Below, are a few of my characters to several stories, with one that includes all of my characters as a whole; that I have adapted to “live” within a virtual world known as Second Life(SL) with their SL account names in parenthesis, that this blog will be about:

Joshua T. Highfield/Lockhart(PJ Highfield/JoshuaTHighfield Resident)

Douglas M. Highfield/Lockhart(Highfield McAndrews/DouglasMHighfield Resident)

Nikon Genesis(Nikon Genesis)

Ardyn Lexington(Ardyn Lexington)

Mariah Chiung(Mariah Chiung)