The map above bears a date of June 16, 2003 — a mere five days before Opening Day. I suspect that was when the image was recorded, and that it’s a little older… but not much. Note, first of all, that the community projects in Bonifacio, Dore, and Oak Grove now all have map pins, and the Welcome Area in Ritch is no more. More significant, of course, is the addition of four more sims, of which the first (April, 2003) was Kissling.
We have already seen many regions which hold no examples of their earliest occupation, and others which have remained nearly intact through their history. At first glance, even after Inspecting a few builds, Kissling seems to fall in the latter group… that is, until you look it up in the SL Wikia, which carries some poorly-explained references to “prim banks” and “griefing”, and this photo:
|Photo credit: Charlie Omega, SL Wikia|
Then again, we know how quickly things can change in Second Life. By June, the high-rises had been scraped off the plateau and replaced by the quaint village which still stands. Most of the builds, but not all, are associated with two names: Harald and Joan Nomad.
Both of them were prolific builders, working often in collaboration, and were involved with community projects in other regions besides Kissling (such as Yamato in Dore, and Americana in Blue). Harald also appears to have been a pioneer in vehicle construction and scripting. The photo above is his shop, where his glider and hovercars can still be purchased, seven years later.
Joan’s style was both more domestic and more whimsical — for example, this part of a nutritious SL breakfast:
Though their names dominate, the Nomads were not the only well-known oldbies to establish themselves in Kissling. Buck Weaver, who sold some of the first items in Natoma’s Avatar Central, still has a shop in the center of the village — “Established 2003 (& still the same crap)”:
That’s how the store is listed in his Picks, but it’s not crap — even after seven years, a texture on a prim is a texture on a prim. The deciding factor is the quality of the textures, and Buck’s have stood the test of time. His prices are also extremely affordable — L$10 or less for most items.
Kissling, Boardman, and De Haro are connected by more than just history. There’s a flying trolley, called the Telehopper, which makes regular automated runs back and forth. For reasons perhaps only oldbies understand, it’s driven by a hippo.
After leaving Central Station (Harald Nomad, June 2003), its next stop is Joan’s Bar and Marina, down off the plateau and snug up against the border with Boardman.
Almost completely built by Harald, and also mostly in June 2003. I think they were in a hurry to prepare for the 4th of July of that year:
No nametags, and the avvies in the photo aren’t identified otherwise, but I suspect that’s Joan and Harald.
There are many more photos in the Kissling section of my online album (including one of Haney Linden, who’s been a visitor to this blog of late)… but I should mention this one in print:
A look at the overview photo at the top of this entry (which was taken in May) shows a high-rise on the western peninsula. It was the main store for Builders Choice, a texture outlet owned by another long-time Resident, Bob Bunderfeld. After standing in that spot for longer than I’ve been in SL (easily seen from the Luskwood Tree unless you turned draw down), it was replaced a couple of months ago by that sign, which otherwise speaks for itself. Bob Bunderfeld is alive and well in InWorldz – he’s on my friend list over there.