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PAPER CLIPS HUGS By Author unkown Discovered and copied by Falariia Edit note: Everyone should write those far from home.
Georgia, was trying to raise her two sons when the Gulf War broke out. She heard about soldiers in the service who had no family and needed pen pals. Letters addressed to “Any Soldier” Were distributed by commanding officers who noticed any soldiers getting little or no mail. Georgia wrote to 25 such soldiers almost daily, most of them men. Keeping up with 25 pen pals on a daily basis almost consumed Georgia’s time and talents. She sent poems, little stories, and words of hope and encouragement. When there were time constraints, she would write one letter and copy it for everyone. Greetings were sent whenever she knew about a special event, like a birthday. One day, Georgia received a letter from a soldier that was depressed and discouraged. She pondered as to how she could help lift his spirits. It was then that she noticed that at work there were paper clips of various colors. Georgia took one of the yellow paper clips and photo copied it in the palm of her hand. She sent this picture with the paper clip with the following message: “This yellow paper clip that you see in my hand represents a hug that I am sending to you. You can carry this paper clip in a pocket or anywhere, and whenever you feel down, you can just touch and hold it and know that somebody
cares about you, and would give you a hug if she were there.” Georgia sent a copy of this picture along with a paper clip and the message to each of her other correspondents. After the war ended, Georgia received one of the pictures of her hand holding the yellow paper clip, and on the back were over 150 signatures of people that had been given her “hug”. During the years, Georgia named other paper clips. Pink came to mean a kiss, green was for good luck, and so on. Years later, Georgia was giving a class as part of a seminar for positive thinking. She shared with the members of the class her paper clip symbolism, and made a bracelet of multicolored paper clips for each of them. One of the women exclaimed “So you’re the one!” The class member told Georgia that she was visiting her brother and needed something to hold papers together. She had noticed a yellow paper clip on the refrigerator held there with a magnet. She borrowed the paper clip for her papers. When the brother saw it, he grabbed it and scolded her, and told her never to touch the yellow paper clip again. Now she knew why. No one will ever know how far her message has spread, nor how many lives have been touched by a simple yellow paper clip.
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Loyalty What is Loyalty. Well the dictionary defines it as “a feeling of devotion, duty, or attachment to somebody or something”. But what does this really Mean? In my experience loyalty is a very rare commodity. It is the act of placing others before yourself; standing behind those you call your friends even when things are bad. When you know things are bad and can still stand behind someone is the true test of loyalty. it is the act of the selfless, the behavior of true friends and true companions. (I am not talking here about the loyalty of a significant other here, I will deal with that in a moment.) when friendships with others are involved, where do your loyalties lay. Are they with whom ever has the strongest argument, are they with those you trust, are they able to shift easily. These are questions one must ask ones self on a constant basis. Who’s word do you take when two friends are in a disagreement? When do you make the choice and how do you show your loyalty? are you the person who no matter what will stand behind your friends, be there with them no matter what? I have seen many times where someone who is close to another toss them aside for a new face when their “usefulness” is over. On the internet it is easy to forget that the people you are around are real people with real personalities and feelings behind the screen. It is easy to walk away because they do not affect Your personal real life situations. Sadly this is not always the case. There are many people who are on the internet as their only form of social interactions. This, to them, is going out at night. Instead of going to the bar they come here. This is where their friends are. They spend majority of their days talking and interacting with those they call friend here and when those friends turn their backs on them for that new
shinny and fresh face. I have also seen where there are those who will go to the ends of the earth for another on here, Where friends have come together to help out a friend who is in a hard spot, and made a real difference in their lives. I have met several of my friends from online face to face. Some of them have become lifelong friends who I visit regularly. But loyalty on the net is a fickle thing. When you have a relationship on line, are you really in a “relationship”? or is it a one sided. You look at your mate in the relationship and do you wonder are they being true to you? Are you being true to them? Is your “mate” on line with you in real life or are you really married and use the internet as a way to “cheat” on your spouse. Are you honest with those involved? Being Loyal to your significant other both virtual and real life can be hard to do and the lines can get blurred very easily. Your mate online is often very easy to slip away from. On line relationship tend to only last a short time because of this. People’s loyalties shift very quickly with those they meet and then jump into a “relationship”. Many have more than one screen name and keep these hidden from their mate in an effort to have an escape route. So I ask you again, Where do your loyalties lay? Loyalty comes in many incarnations in this area. It is very hard to draw the lines when feelings get involved. And when the dust settles, many times you find out who your true friends are. I have faced all these questions many times myself with groups and with organizations on IMVU. When do you walk away and when do you stand behind someone. And how far are you willing to go for those you call your friend. Loyalty is the true mark of friendship and it’s one of the rarest things to find.
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In the wake of the holidays I felt the need to speak on this as we all are approaching a period of the year where the world seems to be either very good to us, or very unfair. The season of presents, family and other novelties and celebrations are coming up with the following New Year and therefore resolutions and promises of self change. When you sit yourself down here are some things I hope people reflect one regardless of any religion they come from. Number one, the spirit of being thankful. Let us take a moment in our time to be thankful for what we have. Even if it is not what we hoped for or wanted, let us take the time to be thankful for the blessings we are given are very few and far in between. Let us all never embark on the thought which we are in comparison to others and their holidays, how much or less fortunate they are in comparison. The Holidays are not about what is given, however if anything they are the one time a year where we can stop and be grateful for all we have whether small or in great abundance. While we are doing that, we also need to let us also take a moment and be realistic about our resolutions and realize that we should not wait until the new Year to make promises. Though if we do so, we should make them things we need to reflect much on and can reasonably foresee accomplishing. Whether it is a few things, one, or many, we need to make the choice to be honest with ourselves. We are in charge of what we do day to day, so therefore we are the ones we need to police ourselves. In the Sangha (Which is A buddist term for Community) We must remember that each of us is a part of that Sangha and our thoughts and projections of those thoughts and what energy we put out to the world around us by our actions we are
responsible. Like water ripples from a stone thrown in the pond, we forever change our world. In such case as a pond after the stone is thrown in it. Even though we may be able to retrieve the stone, what we do in this world greatly shapes our Sangha forever. Like the Pond which is forever changed, our mark on this world is permanent. So if this is a time of year where one pushes to try and reflect and start the New Year with a promise of change, then focus not on the large things. Rather, focus on the small things. The greatest problems of this world could have been solved when they were but tiny issues. If we all took the patience and love to simply agree to disagree and leave things as one sees them, many wars would never have taken place. If we took time to just love people for who they are, and not judge them by much of what they do because of our intentional need to pass judgment on others, we would be amazed how much more people would accept and be trusting. So many things could be amazingly changed if we focus on the smaller things. So this year, let us focus on the smallest blessing of all, the Blessing of being thankful for our friends, our families, whatever or whoever do we have. For there is no guarantee we will have them in the future and we never know what we have until it is gone. This year, let the path to a better world start with a smaller path, one we will make. For one good direction by one person, can make the way to a world of endless good. Try to understand others better than to judge them, try to accept people as they are versus how they persent to be, try to forgive where one will normally not. The Gentle art of blessing is so small and yet so powerful, when you do so, you will see how much power you truly do have to shape a world. The Art of being thankful in oneâ€™s world can build a mountain of sturdy good.
If you wish to write to the Monk send all questions to askthemonk@yahoo. com and he will reply to you in our next issue.
This months spotlight mesh keeps with the Christmas theme... we will be showing what has been derived from The SnowGlobe room by Geooo There have been 50 derives as of today so plenty to choose from for your special room. Rooms are listed in alphabetical order
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BECAUSE OF LOVE BY UNKNOWN AUTHOR DISCOVERED BY FALARIIA A brother and sister had made their usual hurried, obligatory pre- Christmas visit to the little farm where dwelt their elderly parents with their small herd of horses. The farm was where they had grown up and had been named Lone Pine Farm because of the huge pine, which topped the hill behind the Lone Pinefarm. Through the years the tree had become a talisman to the old man and his wife, and a landmark in the countryside. The young siblings had fond memories of their childhood here, but the city hustle and bustle added more excitement to their lives, and called them away to a different life. The old folks no longer showed their horses, for the years had taken their toll, and getting out to the barn on those frosty mornings was getting harder, but it gave them a reason to get up in the mornings and a reason to live. They sold a few foals each year, and the horses were their reason for joy in the morning and contentment at day’s end. Angry, as they prepared to leave, the young couple confronted the old folks “Why do you not at least dispose of The Old One.” She is no longer of use to you. It’s been years since you’ve had foals from her. You should cut corners and save so you can have more for yourselves. How can this old worn out horse bring you anything but expense and work? Why do you keep her anyway?” The old man looked down at his worn boots, holes in the toes, scuffed at the barn floor and replied, “ Yes, I could use a pair of new boots. His arm slid defensively about the Old One’s neck as he drew her near with gentle caressing he rubbed her softly behind her ears. He replied softly, “We keep her because of love. Nothing else, just love.” Baffled and irritated, the young folks wished the old man and his wife a Merry Christmas and headed back toward the city as darkness stole through the valley.
The old couple shook their heads in sorrow that it had not been a happy visit. A tear fell upon their cheeks. How is it that these young folks do not understand the peace of the love that filled their hearts? So it was, that because of the unhappy leave-taking, no one noticed the insulation smoldering on the frayed wires in the old barn. None saw the first spark fall. None but the “Old One”. In a matter of minutes, the whole barn was ablaze and the hungry flames were licking at the loft full of hay. With a cry of horror and despair, the old man shouted to his wife to call for help as he raced to the barn to save their beloved horses. But the flames were roaring now, and the blazing heat drove him back. He sank sobbing to the ground, helpless before the fire’s fury. His wife back from calling for help cradled him in her arms, clinging to each other, they wept at their loss. By the time the fire department arrived, only smoking, glowing ruins were left, and the old man and his wife, exhausted from their grief, huddled together before the barn. They were speechless as they rose from the cold snow covered ground. They nodded thanks to the firemen as there was nothing anyone could do now. The old man turned to his wife, resting her white head upon his shoulders as his shaking old hands clumsily dried her tears with a frayed red bandana. Brokenly he whispered, “We have lost much, but God has spared our home on this eve of Christmas. Let us gather strength and climb the hill to the old pine where we have sought comfort in times of despair. We will look down upon our home and give thanks to God that it has been spared and pray for our beloved most precious gifts that have been taken from us. And so, he took her by the hand and slowly helped her up the snowy hill as he brushed aside his own tears with the back of his old and withered hand. The journey up the hill was hard for their old bodies in the steep snow. As they stepped over the little knoll at the crest of the hill, they paused to rest, looking up to the top of the hill the old couple gasped and fell to their knees in amazement at the incredible beauty before them. Seemingly, every glorious, brilliant star in the heavens was caught up in the glittering, snow-frosted branches of their beloved pine, and it was aglow with heavenly candles. And poised on its top most bough, a crystal crescent moon glistened like spun glass. Never had a mere mortal created a Christmas tree such as this. They were breathless as the old man held his wife tighter in his arms.
Suddenly, the old man gave a cry of wonder and incredible joy. Amazed and mystified, he took his wife by the hand and pulled her forward. There, beneath the tree, in resplendent glory, a mist hovering over and glowing in the darkness was their Christmas gift. Shadows glistening in the night light. Bedded down about the “Old One” close to the trunk of the tree, was the entire herd, safe. At the first hint of smoke, she had pushed the door ajar with her muzzle and had led the horses through it. Slowly and with great dignity, never looking back, she had led them up the hill, stepping cautiously through the snow. The foals were frightened and dashed about. The skittish yearlings looked back at the crackling, hungry flames, and tucked their tails under them as they licked their lips and hopped like rabbits. The mares that were in foal with a new years crop of babies, pressed uneasily against the “Old One” as she moved calmly up the hill and to safety beneath the pine. And now she lay among them and gazed at the faces of the old man and his wife. Those she loved she had not disappointed. Her body was brittle with years, tired from the climb, but the golden eyes were filled with devotion as she offered her gift--Because of love. Only Because of love. Because of Love Christmas Night Tears flowed as the old couple shouted their praise and joy... And again the peace of love filled their hearts.
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Little bit of Music............. whole lot of Mayhem Up close and personal with Music Mayhem Radio’s Dj’s and staff by kayjaycee So, I managed to pin down the members of the awesome audio sensation that is sweeping the stream that is MMR - Music Mayhem Radio - and I found out first hand a little taste of whom it is who puts the ‘mayhem’ in Music Mayhem Radio. MMR comprises of some crazy characters, each bringing their own special brand of brilliance to the listening public. They all seemed to come into MMR differently though. Each was drawn in, and now either unable or unwilling to escape because they all genuinely love being part of MMR. There are three main DJs, each hailing from a different continent, making this station a truly international affair. Music really is the international language! The MMR family comprises of DJs Kodexx, Dalton, Kaiden, and their fill in, SkunkMonk - that’s the on-air crew. From time to time you will see the (sometimes) behind the scenes staff members too including; ScarletEbony(Scar), Misha, HEmpAradiaBowhaven(Ara) and Geo. Some with dual roles; the ‘Hostesses -with-the-Mostestes’, Scarlet and Ara with Misha lending a hand, Ara in public relations and Manager Geo and finally, Misha as assistant manager.
Dalton – I don’t work for MMR .. I work with MMR… I’m sort of.. rented Kayjaycee: rented? So you’re a prostitute? Kodexx -Yeah he’s the MMR whore actually. That suits him perfectly. He gets all dolled up. He puts on the red lipstick, suspender belt, really tight skirt and … we all get physically sick Dalton – That’s what actually worries me. That you actually think that .That means you have a picture of me in your mind like that. Kodexx - it’s burned into my brain. Dalton –You know I don’t wear red lipstick Kodexx – it’s rouge, sorry (Dalton would like for me to add in here that he is cheeky, articulate and drop dead gorgeous..his words)
Let’s start with DJKodexx, the one they all seem to love but also blame for everything. The founder of MMR, DJKodexx; affectionately known as Kode- The Crazy Irishman. Not only a popular name DJing in IMVU and Second Life, Kodexx lends his larynx to CRY104fm in his home town of Youghal , Ireland and can also be stalked spinning in a number of Night Clubs all over his tiny island of a country. He’s an integral cog in the MMR machine. He seems to be the positive energy that keeps listeners and employees coming back for more. It seems there was more than just one reason for this phenomenon. When asked who the problem child of the group was, it was pretty much a unanimous decision that it was indeed, Kode. HEmpAradiaBowhaven: KODE - he is the problem child Geo: Kodexx Misha: Yeah.. Kode is the problem child. I’d have to agree. Skunk: Let’s just say we all have our unique personalities. The ‘problem child’ varies as to the situation. Apparently if there are females around, it’s me, if u want swear words. It’s Kodexx
Despite him being voted the problem child, they also agreed that they loved him to pieces, but also that he had to be kept on a short leash, he’s crazy, funny as hell and he was a great boss to work with. (I’m thinking they were covering their bases there!) Geo: Great face for radio :) Misha: Kode is all heart. Kaiden: He’s an all-around great man. ScarletEbony: He’s a GREAT boss HEmpAradiaBowhaven: we wouldn’t trade him for anything Misha: He doesn’t care about pixels. He is here to create an environment for people to listen to great music and have a blast.. drama free.
According to Dalton though, Kode is gay as the day is long and affectionately calls him “Numbnuts’ with which Kode quickly follows with the as equally affectionate term of “Shitbrick”. Dalton- shh I didn’t tell you that bit Kodexx- fucking asshole! Listen.. I’m walking in here saying I’m straight ok… I’m very fucking straight kayjaycee – hey that’s not what I heard, sorry. Dalton – I only said you were gay to put her at ease because.. you know.. everybody likes a gay best friend Kodexx- you could have said I have a smaller cock or something like, make me feel better about myself like
So as Kodexx’s sexuality came drastically into question, he revealed this may be a long running joke between himself and one of the other main DJ’s Dalton – oh and by the way Kodexx, (person’s name) is a man.. not a woman Kodexx- (laughter) Dalton – you know the one you felt up their dress the other night Kodexx – (nervous giggle) ooh.. kay… kayjaycee & Kodexx - this is not helping his profile as a straight DJ Kodexx - yeah but I get it a lot. I’m kind of a gay icon.. um.. but.. I don’t want to be Dalton – Yeah, that might have been my fault.. sorry! Dalton - I didn’t say it… I suggested it live on air on TNT radio Kodexx - oh you said it! Dalton - I might have like said.. he likes.. man love.. But I apologised the next time. Didn’t I? Kodexx - Yeah and you played Gay Bar for me so thanks for that. Cheers.
Dalton - He’s in to ladies. In fact it was only the other night when we were in bed that he put his arm around me and said ‘listen Dalton we really need to sort this out’. I will get back on, and I will apologise properly. Kodexx – No! You’re never getting on TNT radio again, dickhead! Dalton – Kodexx actually met a woman in Singapore... Kodexx – oh here we go.. Dalton -her name was Wun Long Tong and she fired ping pong balls out of her snatch at him for a week. He didn’t get laid but… Kodexx - Dalton actually came over afterwards to try and meet the same girl. He met a girl called.. JOHN and he ah.. didn’t have a snatch Dalton and Kayjaycee – laugh Kodexx - he had a beard and biker tattoos Dalton – I was wondering why she always wanted it from behind…now I know Kodexx – he’s still dating her Dalton – I was well into her for years…
Speaking of sanity, this was a subject broached on several occasions. Surely one must have to have a few screws loose to be on air.
Dalton – I think the staff of IMVU have told her we’re a bit mad Kodexx- Really!? Where would they get that idea from? Dalton - I have no idea Kodexx - I’m perfectly fucking sane, I have the papers to prove it. I have the discharge papers to prove it as well! Dalton- yeah I had some papers to say I had some discharge once too but it’s cleared up now kayjaycee – oh no… Kodexx - seriously man.. you keep going on about your anal discharge.. that’s not good like Dalton - I never said it was anal. You just assumed that Kodexx - well you do have discharge; verbal fucking diarrhoea Dalton – hahah Kodexx - that’s why I hired ya
So what possible explanation could there be for someone to posses all these qualities? Apparently, just being Irish was enough reason to explain all of this and more about Kode. Misha: Lol.. He’s Irish.. that’s enough of a reason! kayjaycee: hey! I’m quarter Irish :P Misha: So am I.. but he’s like.. “IRISH” HEmpAradiaBowhaven: oh come on I love the Irish accent!
With an accent that makes panties wet and girls melt, I wonder if Kodex knows his popularity is hanging on his accent? Which begs the question, is it just the accent that lets him get away with half the shit he does?
Although despite all this apparent love and affection, there is some rivalry in the group. Oh yes, it’s true. Kode might have ‘the accent’ but there is nothing like ego when Kaiden tells you she is the selfprofessed Sex Kitten of the station. With her sexy silky tones and her devilish witty tongue she tells me;
HEmpAradiaBowhaven: I agree ScarletEbony: Mhms: I agree
Kaiden: Everyone loves a lesbian. You can be straight...I can turn ya....
HEmpAradiaBowhaven: oh yeah ,the accent
Kodexx –That’s lies!
Kaiden: Nah..if you wanna know what lets him get away with stuff, ask Misha... Dalton – wait a second, where’s the bit about DALTON gets all the girls wet? Dalton’s awesome? Kayjaycee: no mention of you.. Kodexx- That’d be the day what! (giggle) That’d be the day.
Dalton – she’s not going to turn me into a lesbian! Kodexx - I’m already a lesbian trapped in a man’s body. I still can’t get enough women. It’s horrible Kodexx – Kaiden is sweet. We love her, You know.. you want to pat her on the head and then give her a pat on the arse. We love her though
Dalton – oh.. I thought so
Dalton – kind of like what you do with a dry powder fire extinguisher – a gentle pat on the head
Kodexx – the only way Dalton would get a girl wet would be to hit her with a bucket of water
Kodexx - a gentle pat on the head and then kick the living fuck out of her (laugh)
If there is a problem child in every family, surely there too has to be an angel, the innocent one. I was surprised for the first time amongst this group; they couldn’t reach a unanimous decision. It seems Kaiden, ScarletEbony and HEmpAradiaBowhaven just about crushed me in the rush to put their hand up for this title. I say you will just have to tune in to MMR to make your own mind up on this one. ScarletEbony: I had a halo but it broke. My horns got in the way. Trouble is only my middle name ;) I’m sure we all shared the same conclusion as Scar. As the conversation slid drastically into discussing alleged penis sizes....
DjKodexx: its 11 inches....I told ye exaggerate when talking to the press DjKodexx: I’m a big boy
Misha, the assistant manager and sometimes hostess, lends a bit of ‘spice’ to the operation. The self-professed perfectionist Virgo, was voted to be the ‘Brains of the Operation’. Again this was a unanimous decision. She apparently keeps the world of IMVU abreast of upcoming events through pulse and leads random room hops to introduce the crew to new listeners and get the face of MMR out there. Misha: I had the gang go out into random rooms, gift a radio.. Get to know the IMVU community to spread the name of MMR. Dalton- it’s getting out to a broader audience that matters Kodexx– absolutely
Speaking with the members of MMR, it was soon apparent they obviously had a connection. Not only that, the DJs in particular, were extremely quick witted; a quality I was told was essential for the job. A little online stream radio station had to get its beginnings from somewhere, especially being such a well run program it can’t be all amateurs running the show. How did MMR even get its beginnings?
Dalton – we met a couple of years ago when Kodexx came in the club because his sister was DJing in the club and he got a job straight away Kodexx - I was setting up clubs in Second Life and I was setting up the ergonomics of the clubs, the way a club should look because a lot of clubs were setting up. I worked for a while in a club in Second Life and I got fired from it and then I kind of landed on Dalton’s doorstep with no money, no friends, no job so I said (crying girly voice) “Can I have a job please?” That was two years ago Dalton – about two and half years ago now. Then he got married and said ‘would you DJ at my wedding?” Kodexx - Jesus Christ Dalton - and that’s where it started. That’s where the whole banter started because before then it was just chat. I played Mozart when they went up the aisle and Beethoven when they went down the aisle then they wanted the first dance surrounded by flowers and swans and everything and he said ‘can you put something really, really sweet on for my first dance?” and so I put ‘Right Said Fred, I’m too Sexy’. Kodexx - (laughs) and it sort of started from there
Dalton – So since then, I walk in the club and he puts on Patsy Cline, Crazy and says that I’ve asked for it and then he walks in and I put on Gay Bar and tell all his team mates including the ones on the ship where he works, that he sings it in the bath and it’s just… it’s what people seem to love. They love banter
Kodexx - Dalton, shut up for fuck’s sake will ya. Answer the questions, don’t give your fucking life story, you’re boring the shit out of the woman.(laughs) Dalton - you know what it is, he doesn’t like anything unless it’s about him..
Kodexx - How MMR got found was I was working for another radio station, I was actually working at Dalton’s club and a person from IMVU and Second Life, GroovyLoopyLou, said there was a radio station on IMVU looking for voice DJs and I auditioned for them and they said “yeah, excellent stuff we’ll give you a Country and Western stream” I nearly puked (giggle) Kodexx - It was their second stream you know, they weren’t sure on giving me their first stream straight off so I played one gig on a Country and Western Stream and I got bumped onto their main stream straight away. I played a second gig on their main stream AND happened to take the piss out of the owner of the radio station and found my ass fired.. (laugh) So that night I was making a new room for IMVU and I was going to open it with a gig with that radio station and me DJing and I said fuck it, I’m not working for them anymore let’s just open it anyway and that’s how I started with my own radio station basically. Kayjaycee – you’re so quick witted. Kodexx - You’ve got to be quick witted in this business. if you’re DJing with Dalton, you’ve got to be on your fucking toes (laugh) or he will tear you asunder! No we have a good rapport, we bounce off each other well so I love DJing with him and stream flipping. It’s fun. (Djing is when one person djs a gig... Stream flipping is when multiple djs use the same stream and bounce it between them so you can have different djs in different parts of the world doing the same gig)
Kodexx - -looses connectionDalton - He gets that though ‘cos his internet goes through his router out into a (high pitched leprechaun voice) ‘potato’ out in the ground And what is the Xx Kode? Where did the name come from? Kodexx - I got the name when I was downloading porn, that’s where I got the name from. kayjaycee– (laugh) Kodexx - See! That’s the honest to goodness truth! No one believes me when I say that. I was downloading porn, OK, and I went to press play on the a video and it says.. I was waiting like three days ‘cos it was on that old telephone download like the old like telephone download thing, that DSL shit. It took about 9 days to download a picture. It was that and I downloaded a whole porn movie and it must have cost me oh, 75 quid in phone call prices. I could have bought the porn actress for cheaper and then when I pressed play and it says ‘you’ve not got the right codex’ and I said ‘oh my Christ you’re shitting me!’ so I said from that day onwards I would always be the right codex; K–O-D-E-X-X. So that’s where I got the name from. From downloading porn Kodexx - And what’s funny is my palms aren’t hairy at all and I swear to god I did so much wanking as a young lad I should have made life sized sperm models of myself like kayjaycee – that’s so gross! Kodexx -That doesn’t go in the magazine kayjaycee! Life sized sperm models, that does not go in the magazine..
MMR is wildly rising in popularity. Their production is smooth and professional and you would be excused for thinking they weren’t a mainstream on-air station that you’d listen to from your car. I asked the MMR staff what it is that MMR has that no other station has, what is it that makes it work? Misha: Us. Misha: We work as a unit. HEmpAradiaBowhaven: we all are very close too so we tend to draw people in more Geo: the mayhem of the different blend of people from all over the world: Irish, English, American, Aussie... What more can u ask for? Skunk: The way different music and personalities can blend and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. i.e: taking the best bits from all and making something new and unique
ScarletEbony: We are a lively bunch. Upbeat and friendly. Kaiden: Mhm. We work together to push forward rather than just put a DJs name down on a schedule. Like tonight, we fed off of one another. No script, just pure impulse and working together. Nowhere else would you see something like tonight. ScarletEbony: I went to a gig and fell in love with MMR Misha: I dragged her in. HEmpAradiaBowhaven: it’s more than just music
ScarletEbony: Most IMVU radio stations are basically boring. We here at MMR give a fresh and yes AP version of what the others stations are missing, plus the staff interact with the people in the rooms.
Kaiden: Most of us have a bond...and that bond just keeps growing. Hmm a key..I’d say it’s just how we keep it a riot of laughter, good music, very chill, no bull, and we just all see one another as Family. Not co-workers we “have” to deal with.
Misha: We just have to do new things no other station does.
Kodexx - it’s all about knowing your audience
HEmpAradiaBowhaven: and just the humour, making it fun, keeping everyone going
Dalton – The biggest thing about it, you go to one of Kodexx’s gigs or mine or Skunk’s, they take the piss out of themselves, I will.
Kaiden: Well, we do things most stations don’t think about...
Kodexx - if you can’t laugh at yourself, you’ve no right laughing at others Dalton – As you get to know your audience more you get to know there are lines you don’t cross because people are on these in world things for their own reason. It’s world humour. I’ll play ‘midlife crisis’ and dedicate it to myself half way through a gig, people then realise, the DJ isn’t taking the piss out of everyone, he’s joining in with it. They’re on them because they don’t go out or they‘re stuck in and it’s a reality check sometimes. There are boundaries you don’t cross and there are certain things and there are certain things you can play with when you’re on the mic. It is that fine line with not offending but making sure everyone enjoys. Kodexx - well we invite people to make fun of us Dalton -yeah Kodexx - We invite it, to bring it on because what it does is… the worst possible thing you can have in an IMVU or Second Life gig is all these people in a room and no one speaking in local chat because we want to draw them all out and have fun and the best way of doing it is self-depravation. You make fun of yourself it invites people to make fun of you and creates fun and draws people out. They have a strict ‘No Drama’ policy and they believe that this is another one of their secrets to success. Misha: There is no drama.. period. Any, if met head on.. in a room or with the staff, we have a ZERO tolerance for drama. I feel that is what makes us differ. You will never come to an MMR gig and there be a disturbance. Dalton – We show each other respect. We know if we leave for a week, our staff know what I want. People have new ideas and come to me and run things by me first. For people to buy into your music, you radio station, your club, your staff has to buy into it first. Everybody within the core staff knows exactly what they are doing and how to get there and if you have that, the people coming into listen to the music will buy into it too. Kodexx- We take the poo and the piss out of each other something horrible, there is like nothing sacred but as soon as we are on a gig, once my intro goes on on a gig, it’s like a snap (click) and everybody, I mean everybody, is ultraprofessional and we get the job is done, everyone has fun and there is no drama on the floor. There’s no argument, there’s no one fighting, there’s hell breaking fucking loose on Skype but the public sees us bang on and sorted
The main aim of the station is fun and good humour. They believe in the positive energy vibe not just amongst their staff (which is immediately evident) but in passing that out to their listeners too and really giving them not just a party or event to remember but also just a great place to listen to any time of the day or night. They are upbeat and friendly and everything they do is with good humour. They do things other stations just donâ€™t think about doing or darenâ€™t even try. They also have heart and can take on a serious tone when needed Kaiden: For example. 9\11. Kode had audio from the accident..and played it from when the first tower was struck. Until the last tower that fell.. and read personal stories and letters from then... Earlier this year in April, MMR presented a cheque made out to the L.E Aoife Welfare Fund for 367 Euro in aid of the Waterford Regional Hospital Childrenâ€™s Fund . This money was collected by Music Mayhem Radio and was made up of donations from IMVU and Second life. Donations came from all over the world.
Dalton – I just want to say one thing, over the last year, including Kodexx, we’ve done charity work for quite a few things. We’ve had two amazing charity nights. They were both run through MMR as well. We started off with one from Skunk and then Kodexx asked if he could do one. We set everything up and I think it currently stand at $2000 Kodexx - the first gig we did was for UK Air Ambulance and we raised money for that. Dalton - it was about 400 UK pounds…which is about $5 (giggle) Kodexx – It’s amazing amount of money when it’s through a 3D platform. I mean people are donating in pence when you think of it that way. Then we did a gig for a friend of mine, he lost his brother in-law who was murdered and they didn’t have enough money to bury the guy. We came up with half the burial cost for him and a local tattoo parlour did the other half rest and they gave him a good send off. Then we did Waterford Regional Children’s hospital in Ireland and we raised money for them, and you know, It’s nice to, you know I hate cliché terms but, I like to give something back. It’s lovely to do something Dalton - we did a 4th one where the 2, 3 DJs, three worlds, one living room Kodexx - what was that charity? That was the Cancer Society Dalton - Yeah Skunk did that one. That was for MacMillan Cancer Kodexx – what we did, I went to England to see Dalton to go to a music festival and Skunk and another DJ from Bunny’s and MMR came down to the house as well and the three of us in one living room did a gig to raise money for cancer society. It was pretty good as well
Not all of the MMR team work from scripts. They are a well-oiled machine because they know how to work off each other, read their audience and have a blast right along with their listeners and fans. They keep the party rolling even if there isn’t one there.
Kodexx – oh that’s a debatable one. I do personally. I know Dalton doesn’t (laugh) Kaiden: I like things completely raw and unplanned. Just relaxed and with friends sharing the love of music and a good laugh. In my line of work, working from plans is a must. So of course this leads me to beg the question, if they didn’t always run from scripts, then, were they ever stuck for words? Dalton – yes he (Kodexx)was stuck for words. We did this gig where we stream flipped one night and he’d basically built up and built up and built up the music and I think the last tune was “We’re Going to Get Higher” and the next DJ put on ‘John Denver –Leaving on a Jet Plane’ and he was absolutely gobsmacked. Kodexx - I was disgusted! (laughing) Dalton – and she basically destroyed it Kodexx – you can imagine we built the music up for basically ¾ of an hour before, building her up and building her up, and then the last track was “IT’S GOING TO GET LOUDER!” and then” HERE WE GO DJ GROOVYLOU!..…”(singing) Leeeaving .. on a jet plane…” and I’m going ‘oh for fuck’s sake you’re a shit!” Oh we ripped the piss out of her on that one.
All hailing from different countries, it’s not often they can meet face to face but on one occasion there were three of them in one house after meeting up for a music festival, decided to flip the stream together for a gig. Dalton – we did that once. You know that gig we did that gig the three of us so I said to Kodexx, ‘your track is next’ so I said ‘it’s ‘so and so’’ so he announced the wrong track, (all laugh) he did it as a joke for me so then I screwed up and announced the wrong track and so Skunk is there being all professional as he is because he’s mister professional and he’s got the stream cued and he’s even wrote it down, by pen, what he’s going to say next and I thought ’ he’s just not going to screw up here’ so I went over to the TV.. and mooned! Kodexx - it was the funniest thing I’ve ever saw in my life and Skunk went from ‘and the next track is!.. blaa waaa blaa blaa” I pissed myself laughing. I had a big pool of piss underneath me Skunk: Yeah I’m still under therapy for that. Dalton’s arse still gives me nightmares
As for the type of music MMR plays, it’s as wide and varied as the people who run it. Anything goes from the 50’s right up to experimental music of today. MMR staff takes requests but have the knack of knowing what order to play them in to keep the flow of the station to an easy and pleasurable orgasmic sensation for the ears. In saying that though, don’t ask Aradia to ever request country! Misha: We do our absolute best to serve the listeners Kaiden: That is ONE thing we do take into consideration. If it’s something BI-POLAR of what we are playing it’s less likely to be played. Misha: I like groups like Nickelback.. Daughtry.. easy.. good lyrics. ScarletEbony: I like all music. 50’s to now. Kaiden: Well, I have a very wide range of music myself. Even when I DJ I can mix it up and play it off well. There’s usually always a joke or reason behind what I play like tonight. I am a bit darker into music too. I can play some metal and what not. One of the only times the staff does rely on a script to work from is when they host a fashion show. This of course allows for the opportunity of the more sneaky members of the staff to play with said scripts! Kaiden: Misha adding words to scripts....almost made me say’ tits’ on air. For a Fashion show.... I caught it before ...and just laughed. Misha: I did that to Kode also. Kaiden: Yeah..’cept he actually said it. HEmpAradiaBowhaven: oh god the fashion shows are hilarious; Kode trying to name all that stuff and names ScarletEbony: Fashion Shows are hard but the staff and DJ’s do, do a great jobs. Tongue tied and all.
So with such a tight knit group, there would have to be some saucy little titbits to report surely; A hidden lustful romance perhaps? It seems though the common answer was no, until Kaiden hinted at a possibly hidden secret romance between Kode and Dalton, but they were strangely unavailable to support or refute this claim until later in the week when they dropped this bombshell on me: Dalton –yeah. I know he’s got big breasts. I’ve slept with him Kayjaycee– oh!? Dalton - in a tent! At the festival! Kodexx – Dalton slept in a tent with a mattress, a blow up mattress and big fucking duvet cover and pillows and I slept..underwater. I opened my tent and like a fucking tsunami came through the fucking thing. Dalton - He slept on a mattress called Never –SayNo- Nora. It had a mouth on one end as well. I’ve never seen one of those pink, with a mouth and feet Kodexx - Everyone at the music festival wakes up and says ‘ Oh, I had a great night’s sleep last night” I look like fucking earth worm gym and the fucking water floods into my tent Dalton – and he’s telling everybody this and I’m still zipped up in my nice warm dry tent and I’m thinking ‘I’m going to have to get out of the tent in a minute and say.. “Do you want to sleep in my tent tonight?” So I unzip the tent and sort of put my I-don’t-mean-this voice on and said “You know, if you’re wet can come kip in my tent tonight” Kayjaycee - I thought you were supposed to use those lines on the girls? Dalton – we do use those lines on the girls, but it obviously doesn’t work.
Being so popular and reaching out to more and more people, why isn’t MMR a public radio station? Kodexx - the most listeners we had at one time on the radio station was almost 5000. What we did was we had about 50 – 60 listeners in IMVU, this is all off the top of my head as far as I can remember, and TNT radio flowed into our stream and they picked up our stream and they broadcast to over 4 and a half thousand people. Kodexx – Do we want to go out in the general public? Of course we do. The ultimate goal for any club in Second Life or IMVU, is to go out to a general audience. The more numbers you have, the more popular you are, the more fun it is. But the most important thing with doing that is to keep dignity. You don’t want to completely sell out. I could play ads 24/7 but I don’t want to do that. I have a idea for a radio station and I want to keep going with that Kayjaycee: so how will you try to get out to general public ? Kodexx - (thinking sigh) how would we do that? That’s the 24 million dollar question really (laugh) What we’re doing is trying to get as many new listeners as possible and tell their friends. It’s basically that, you know what I mean? We advertise in magazine, we advertise here and there, I’m sure Dalton is advertising in Second Life. It’s the hardest things to do. Everyone has a circle of friends and they bring in their circle of friends and you can get caught in a rut of that circle of friends and we need to get more new listeners in and new circles of friends and eventually it goes viral. That’s the idea of it, is to get as many people in as possible. I would love to have a real life radio station
MMR is loved by its hard-core fans and even just its drop in listeners. They have a strong team and they love what they’re doing, so how are they going to keep taking MMR forward? Misha: Keep giving the Mayhem
Kaiden: Little bit of music...whole lot of Mayhem.
Kodexx - (whispering) ten inches…. ten… inches....
P.S. Listening to the crew from MMR, one could sit with them for hours. The banter and conversational flow amongst them was a joy to be part of. There were however a few titbits I couldn’t QUITE fit into the interview format but I couldn’t quite leave them out either so here we go How to NOT chat up girls –Dalton and Kodexx Style Kodexx - I wonder if you like spiked your own drink and then went to go have a wank, would that be like a self date? Flagellation? Dalton – I don’t know. Isn’t that the same as trapping your arm under the toilet seat when you’re sat on it so your arm goes numb and it feels like someone else doing it? Kodexx - yeah, yeah Kayjaycee- I don’t think it’s not supposed to be under the toilet seat, isn’t over the back of the chair? Dalton – oh no Kodexx - oh I don’t know. Looks like you’re speaking from personal experience there Kay Kayjaycee – Get it right. Practice makes perfect Kodexx – She’s thought about it a lit there. I’m sure you practice a lot Kodexx - this interview’s gone south man, get off the line quick! All – laugh
Dalton – practice makes pervert! Kayjaycee – (mic fades out) Kodexx – yeah Peru. According to Dalton is the capital of South America. Geography was never his strong point. Dalton – it’s where Paddington Bear came from Kodexx – he had marmalade sandwiches Kayjaycee – I thought you were supposed to make fun of yourselves, not others? Kodexx – oh we make fun of everybody.. eeeverybody Dalton and Kodexx keep their jokes fresh and upbeat and original and offthe-cuff...or do they? Kodexx - go on. I know you’re dying to tell the joke about the fucking doll. I know you want to Dalton - no Kodexx - go on Dalton - no Kodexx - I know you want to do it Dalton - you do it Kodexx - OK. Dalton went into a sex shop with a blow up doll over his arm and says “I want to return a doll. I think it has a cold” and the girl behind the counter says “no, no, no .. she’s just full mate.”
Dalton – and Kodexx did get an email from the same sex shop saying “excuse me the double ended vibrator that you did buy can we have it back ‘cos it’s actually our fire extinguisher.” Kodexx - oh god my sides are sore from CRYING Dalton - don’t worry I do that every time you spin Kodexx - yeah. The essential things you need to listen to Dalton’s stream, your PC, ear plugs and headphones. I wish every day Dalton’s mic gets screwed.. never happens
Now being mindful, I didn’t once call Kodexx a leprechaun, ask to see his luck charms or say to be sure to be sure to be sure, but upon hearing that I was Australian... Kodexx - before we go, can you sing the Neighbour’s theme? We’re all going to sing the Neighbour’s theme once.. (Commences singing on his own) Dalton - on no please… It brings back bad memories Kodexx – (singing) everybody needs goood neiiighbours…. with a little… Dalton – you know I kissed Madge once. Anne Charleston who plays Madge, I snogged her in Nottingham Kayjaycee - what!? Dalton – it was at the stage door club after the gig and she was in a panto and she was with Harold at the time but he was in Australia and I asked her for a kiss and I was rat arsed and I thought I’d dreamt it and I have a Christmas card of Madge; Ann Charleston and I snogged her. No tongues! Kayjaycee - she’s like 104 Dalton! (Ann Charleston, one of the actresses from the long running Australian Soap, Neighbours was born in 1943) Kodexx - yeah three years younger than Dalton Dalton – she was good on her age! Geo - all I can say is SERIOUSLY??? Dalton
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Because I do not know you face to face All I have to offer is words of love and grace I am far from unblemished and flawless But with you I find some kin and solace A woman who shows her love through action Who has the innate ability of personal attraction To those who are lulled by your presence You’re a woman of quiet substance Who will do anything for those she’s loves or bite the head of those who shove! I think you are far stronger than you think you are With wisdom and understanding that stretches far It’s taken me a long time to learn how to trust But have learned you are fair and just I’m sure often I can make you quite crazed Please no my heart is always in the right place We do not often talk to keep our connection But know this is all said with great affection I consciously make it my aim each day To make you smile or laugh or giggle in some way This is my way of showing love to you For the little everyday things that you do I wish I could shower you with balloons and confetti (Now all I have to rhyme that with is yeti!) Happy Birthday my Mumma Bear For you with hugs and great care. Love kay