039 SWF Gathering 18 February 2023

[10:01 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Welcome to Safe Waters Foundation weekly Merfolk Support Group. I will be leading today’s meeting. Welcome new and old merfolk and friends!
[10:01 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Safe Waters Foundation (SWF) is a not-for-profit group supporting the development of harmony and safety for merfolk and aquatics of Second Life, We bring together designers, retailers, sims, merrow, mermen, mermaids, siren, aquatics and lovers of same.
[10:01 AM] Celtic Infinity cheers for Miranda!!!♥♥♥
[10:01 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: ㋡
[10:02 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Because we usually have good attendance – please take a moment to remove all extra attachments and HUDS. We’d like you to dress low lag. Big poofy hair and jewelry are big culprits, as are bubbles, script things, HUDS, and such. If we all cooperate, more merfolk can participate with less crashing. Thank you for your help with this.
[10:03 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: so how was your week seafolk?
[10:04 AM] Celtic Infinity: It was good, thanks! How was yours, Miranda?
[10:04 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): hey everyone, so sorry I’m late! x
[10:04 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: not too bad, quiet getting warmer, tortoise is awake
[10:04 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: hey Cheeky it’s all good
[10:05 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): It was good met with Megs who has a sim we might want to work with
[10:05 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: oooh nice work cheeky
[10:06 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: that looks amazing
[10:06 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: oh?
[10:06 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: get with me after the meeting we can chat about Megs
[10:06 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): yes, Ohora and I met about possible collaborations
[10:07 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): SWF and OCWA are passionate about the ocean and sea life
[10:07 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): Yes it’s called Explore the Ocean
[10:07 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: nice ㋡
[10:07 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): *Experience the Ocean
[10:08 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): oops my bad
[10:08 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: was that what I saw on log on with the orca and that person on the rocks?
[10:08 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): there are so very few realistic underwater builds in SL, everything is so high fantasy. Have you got plans for a build, Megs? 🙂
[10:09 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): we have been up since last September
[10:09 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): there are 3 sims linked together and you can travel from one
[10:09 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): oh cool
[10:09 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): to the other underwater
[10:09 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): Experience the Ocean is very realistic
[10:09 AM] Marion Sopwith (Marion698 Resident): sounds good
[10:10 AM] Marion Sopwith (Marion698 Resident): tala Elicia
[10:10 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): it is
[10:10 AM] Elicia Parx: tala Marion
[10:10 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): So we should meet after the meeting
[10:10 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: okay we gotta swim on though
[10:10 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Our priority today is support – we’re all here to help each other, cause we’re awesome like that.
[10:11 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): I was hoping to meet tomorrow at 3:00 pm with you Miranda
[10:11 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): we have a Grand Opening today and I can’t meet after this meeting
[10:11 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: hrm that might be hard… I’ll be in a mardi gras parade
[10:11 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): hahaha
[10:11 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): well, Ohora and I want to meet with you
[10:12 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): and other mer folk
[10:12 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: friend me and we can chat
[10:12 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): to brainstorm like projects
[10:12 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): ok
[10:12 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): thank you
[10:12 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: okay so the order is my introduction-done, introduce the new folks, sharing questions, ideas, and support to help each other-ie; tails, hair, bodies, AOs, requests, etc, then PSAs and promotion of events, sales or what ever else needs to be shared, then I close us out with our goals, maybe a group hug and picture.
[10:12 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: so here we go
[10:13 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: anyone bring some one new who’d like to introduce themselves?
[10:13 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: A very short sentence is all that is needed – for example: hi, I am (your name) and I discovered aquatics (brief description of how you found us) and what I love about being aquatic is (explain here).
[10:14 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: so anyone?
[10:14 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): I am Megs Candles
[10:14 AM] Miranda Barrowstone claps
[10:15 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: welcome
[10:15 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): I am co owner of Experience the Ocean
[10:15 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): thank you
[10:15 AM] Celtic Infinity claps for Megs
[10:15 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): smiles
[10:15 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): who’s your co-owner, megs? 🙂
[10:16 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): JT Castanea and VW Sands
[10:16 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): I need to relog brb
[10:16 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): we have a group called OCWA
[10:16 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): Ocean Care World Alliance
[10:17 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: and what does it do?
[10:18 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: there went Ohora…
[10:18 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): we educate visitors about the oceans and we have a sea turtle rescue role play we do
[10:18 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): we also raise donations for SEE Turtles
[10:18 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): a nonprofit organization
[10:18 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: thats cool
[10:19 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): seeturtles.org
[10:19 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: thats pretty awesome.
[10:19 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): Is there an underwater build?
[10:19 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): wb Ohora
[10:19 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: thank you and welcome
[10:20 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: now we swim on to tech support
[10:20 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): Yes, we have a 70 meters deep underwater area
[10:20 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): Persu em
[10:20 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: yeah my ears plugged up just thinking about that
[10:20 AM] Celtic Infinity: 🙂
[10:20 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): chuckles
[10:20 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Now – what general questions can we discuss here today? Where do our aquatics need help? If you wish to share here – please im me so that I can call on you.
[10:21 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: When you are called on (and given our invisible talking stick) please swim up to this podium (so people can see you to im if needed) and share (very briefly and preferable in two or three sentences typed in advance as our meeting time is limited)
[10:21 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: anyone wish to ask questions or put out an idea for support?
[10:22 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: I’m gonna take this as a no…
[10:22 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): anyone heard from Grace? <3
[10:22 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: I have not
[10:23 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): I will need a few minutes to reload my inventory before I can speak
[10:23 AM] Marion Sopwith (Marion698 Resident): no
[10:23 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): over two months this time :/
[10:24 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: take your time. but I think I’ll move us to promos now. we’ll have time to talk more about OWCA
[10:24 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): Yes I am getting worried about Grace
[10:24 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: I once didn’t see her for 6 months
[10:24 AM] Celtic Infinity nods
[10:25 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: not playing can you top this… just saying sometimes rl kills her internet for a few months
[10:25 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Quick reminders/announcements

Ad boards are awesome because they can help newer merfolk and aquatics find places to swim. If you need mer traffic, please consider renting an ad board.
[10:26 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Perks include helping the group and being allowed to post ads in the group chat twice a day. Add in the fact that anyone can ask for the stick and that is great exposure.
[10:26 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: You might also consider being a hang out.

Please also check our mer-mall just past the headquarters. space available and lots of great things.
[10:26 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Be sure to visit the safe waters foundation web site and event calendar at https://swfsl.com/
[10:27 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: and now…
Public service announcements
Now we allow a limited time for publicity. Who has something fun to share? A store, new sim, event, or news? If you wish to share here – please im me so that I can call on you.
[10:27 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: When you are called on (and given our invisible talking stick) please swim up to this podium (so people can see you to im if needed) and share (very briefly and preferable in two or three sentences typed in advance as our meeting time is limited)
[10:27 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: If you would like do a little aquatic public announcement – please im me now and I will let you know when it is your turn
[10:28 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: our first speaker is Cheeky
[10:28 AM] Celtic Infinity claps for Cheeky
[10:28 AM] Dana Enyo is Offline
[10:28 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: swim on up boo
[10:29 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): Hey everyone 🙂 I’m Cheeky, but most people know me as Neve!

I’ve got two releases in the weekend sales! Blossom has been updated to hud 1.4 and now comes with these custom sakura blossom bubbles. And Scalefade has been updated to hud finally for materials, it’s an almost seamless way to blend your skin to your nemissa scales in all Velour tones – I’m wearing pink fairy today!
[10:29 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): Blossom is 75L all weekend, and Scalefade comes in packs of three or four tones each for 50L per pack and various bundled fat packs.

Blossom: https://flic.kr/p/2ohuov3
Scalefade: https://flic.kr/p/2ohv7qw
Narwhal collection is still at enchantment: https://flic.kr/p/2ogcYcN
[10:29 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): Matti at Krature can’t be here today, but he has a brand new collab release this weekend on sale, The Links collection with Syzygy! The tail BOM kit is 50L, and the coordinating belly charm from Syzygy is 75L!
[10:29 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): Krature: https://flic.kr/p/2ohsLDP
Syzygy: https://flic.kr/p/2ohxLKy
[10:29 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): And, if you’re looking for more information and community in all things merfolk and aquatic, you can join Seafolk of SL in world or on discord:
In-world group: . Seafolk of SL .
Flickr Group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/14779835@N24/pool/
Discord Server Invite: https://discord.gg/XDDw2yzVnG
[10:30 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): And don’t forget, it’s the weekend, which means it’s nearly time for Mer Monday at The Sunken Atelier! every monday between 1pm and 3pm SLT, we will bring a chill set designed to bring together the seafolk community for casual conversation and good vibes. We hope you join us each and every week, and drop in and out when you need to. Join the Seafolk Group to keep up to date with events! We’re having a mardi gras themed party this week!! 😀 😀
[10:30 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): And, finally, you’re welcome to explore, swim and hangout at mermade’s Crystal Coast whenever you like, we’ve got deep, deep cool clear water for when you need to chill after you’ve shopped 🙂 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Crystal%20Coast/231/106/37
[10:30 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): thanks everyone! 😀
[10:31 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): smiles
[10:32 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: and thank you
[10:32 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Ohora, are you ready?
[10:33 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: I’ll take that as a no…
[10:33 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: okay im me when you are ready
[10:33 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): Yes
[10:33 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: okay she’s ready
[10:33 AM] Celtic Infinity claps for Ohora
[10:33 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: swim on up Ohora
[10:34 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): Nervously grips the talking stick in sweaty palms as she moves to the podium. The stick seems to have been chewed on but seems otherwise sound.

Yala everyone!

Every Wednesday I, Ohora Sessa, lead the Weekly Wander at 4:30 pm Each week I will guide explorers to interesting aquatic destinations in our fascinating watery world.

Would you like to get to know the SWF hangouts better or just fancy a swim? Please come to the SWF Chat Pavilion Wednesdays at 4:30 pm slt. or take this mer taxi. Lusa em!

Union Passage (50,237,1)

Passes the talking stick back.
[10:34 AM] Miranda Barrowstone smiles
[10:34 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: ~Persu Em~
[10:34 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Thank you
[10:35 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: okay takes the stick twirls it and notes its been nibbled on
[10:35 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: dang gribbles
[10:35 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Tala I’m Miranda and I come from Antiquity.
we have 16 sims to swim through, homes available, shopping spaces, mer spots, and active groups.
[10:35 AM] Celtic Infinity claps for Miranda ♥
[10:36 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: We are totally inclusive, kids, mers, furs, landers all welcome.
LGBT+ friendly, we even allow for mer toplessness under water.
[10:36 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: cause you know they’re just boobs. just don’t flash the humans. they’ll get nosebleeds and nose bleeds attract sharks.
[10:36 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: lots of paperwork for dad…
[10:36 AM] Celtic Infinity: 🙂
[10:37 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: we have a system called TCS. its a craft/trade/rp system that allows you to trade goods with other mers or landers. You can harvest and create things.
[10:37 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: and the merstuff is finally rolling out.
[10:37 AM] Celtic Infinity: Yay!
[10:37 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: soon we’ll have bull whip pickles
[10:37 AM] Celtic Infinity: O.O
[10:38 AM] Miranda Barrowstone calms down
[10:38 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: I just really like pickles
[10:38 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): Yay!
[10:38 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: So if you have any questions, or need lms please shoot me an im. Persu em ㋡
[10:39 AM] Eisenwald Easterwood (Eisenwald Resident): tala,
[10:39 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: anyone else want to share? we can chat more about Ocean Care
[10:39 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: tala welcome ㋡
[10:39 AM] Celtic Infinity: Tala, Eisenwald 🙂
[10:39 AM] Marion Sopwith (Marion698 Resident): tala eisenwald:-)
[10:40 AM] Eisenwald Easterwood (Eisenwald Resident): tala, Marion
[10:40 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): Hopefully you will be able to set up the hud so you don’t die from drowning as a mermaid lol
[10:40 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: a teesny bit late but you can always chatch up with the web site
[10:40 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): can a mermaid drown? :O
[10:40 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: I just go OCC then I can still get exp and not drown
[10:41 AM] Celtic Infinity: Suffocate, yes.
[10:41 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: with the hud as it is… yes
[10:41 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): eek
[10:41 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: they are trying to fix that still
[10:41 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: thats why OCC is an awesome setting because it still works
[10:42 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): In Antiquity you could
[10:42 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: basically yes
[10:42 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): OCC?
[10:42 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): I have to go now, I’m so glad to have met everyone
[10:42 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: take care
[10:42 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: lusa em
[10:42 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): We have a Grand Opening at SLEA2 today
[10:42 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: nice
[10:42 AM] Celtic Infinity waves goodbye to Megs
[10:42 AM] Megs (megscandles Resident): take care!
[10:43 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: hey drop an im in the chat and it’ll go with the log
[10:43 AM] Inish Karu is Online
[10:43 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): Okay Megs I will see you tomorrow
[10:43 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: okay any other shares?
[10:44 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: would you like to have some mild chaos?
[10:44 AM] Miranda Barrowstone distributes sugar
[10:44 AM] Celtic Infinity: noms
[10:45 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: -=giggles=-
[10:45 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): We always have at least mild chaos
[10:45 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: well if there are no more shares I can end the meeting early
[10:46 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: everyone cool with that?
[10:46 AM] Marion Sopwith (Marion698 Resident): yes indee!
[10:46 AM] Celtic Infinity nods
[10:46 AM] Marion Sopwith (Marion698 Resident): +d
[10:46 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): sounds good to me!
[10:46 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: okey dokey
[10:46 AM] Ohora Sessa (Cathy Jackson): Sometimes not so mild chaos lol
[10:46 AM] ᴄʜᴇᴇᴋʏ ʙɪsᴄᴜɪᴛ (Neve Nebula): thanks as always Miranda :)))
[10:46 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: welcome ㋡
[10:46 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: ~Persu Em~
[10:46 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: Thank you
[10:46 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: for coming
[10:46 AM] Miranda Barrowstone: This meeting is now adjourned. Remember our SWF goals:

  • to assist those considering an underwater life
  • to increase awareness in the general public that there is an underwater option
  • to make mer resources (events, projects, groups, retailers, sims, designers) visible and easily accessible
  • to assist, as possible, with the viability of mer resources so they may continue to be available to the community
  • to promote the conservation of rl oceans, lakes and waterways and the nature that relies on them

Now go mingle and explore! Thanks for joining us this day!!