So the Date For Down Under got off to an extremely rocky start. Catero Revolution had decorated Seven Ultra Lounge beautifully for us, and Malkavyn Eldritch retextured our auction podium so it looked as if it grew right there in the club like a neon violet toadstool. People started filing in an hour early, and at 20 minutes before the auction was due to start it became clear that we were in trouble. God bless SL, it was one of those days that makes you want to start up a chainsaw and pay a visit to a certain office in San Francisco. The server just wasn't able to cope with that much fabulous all gathered in one spot and went down in a screaming heap twice - just like a certain vampire you may be acquainted with. The delicious Ryker Beck offered her home sim but it soon became clear that no, that wasn't going to happen either as it was a homestead with a cap of 20 avatars. It was around this time that some people started IM'ing me and telling me to cancel.
NOT. AN. OPTION.
Then the sun shone through the clowds when the wonderful Jackson Vantelli earned his future spot as an archangel when he offered us his sim that was set up for a wedding, so we packed up the whole kit and kaboodle and 100 people descended upon it en masse. Hooray, says I - the sim can take us all, and the auction machine was working! It's .... it's working...? Damn, it's working, right? It's NOT??? AGGGHHHHHH WHY AREN'T YOU WORKING YOU PURPLE PIECE OF SHIT!
At this point it was 40 minutes past the estimated start time. And as wonderful as the crowd had been - right down to the awesome Seven staff who came along and did their thing on a strange sim anyway - it was clear that they were becoming restless. So. Yeah. Um.
[19:42] Winter Jefferson shouts: SCREW THE BOX. We are going to do this the hard way. This auction is going live!
And after that... it was a thing of sheer beauty. Everyone called out their bids and I did my best to follow them in the madness of an extremely pumped up crowd. Okay, so we were bidding on grey blobs, but that didn't dampen the spirit of the event at all. And personally I think it worked out better the anti-technological way. It was definately more intense and involving, and the psychological warfare was like grand slam tennis.
Some of the highlights were:
- The heated battle between Antonia Marat and Callie Cline for the startlingly naked Truth Hawks, sporting the most miscoloured peen in SL history.
- The dizzying heights that the bidding on Payton Heron climbed to - which finally ended after a full twenty minutes at sixty five thousand. And then Jonny Tobias strutted up to the stage and broke precedent all over again.
- The fact that I'd thought Grady Echegaray was on the sim when I opened up the bidding on her... and she and her friends were stuck elsewhere. So she appeared just in time for her respectable closing bid of six thousand... but then her friends clubbed together and sent a donation of another twenty thou.
- And Achariya stepping up to the podium, the bids starting at one... two... three... then the voice of Katat0nik Pigeon cut through the crowd with "twenty thousand!" - and a half a dozen Ach fans almost went for her throat.
With the unbridled generosity of the bidders and the patience of everyone over the epic four hours.... the amount at the end of the day was $643,477l. I have the results of who owns who's ass here, as I know everyone wants to know. The numbers below don't add up to the total because we had a few people just dropping off donations and not bidding, and there is also a sum of 30k that will be arriving soon as someone crashed immediately after their winning bid.
Truth Hawks went to Antonia Marat for 21,500l
Ryker Beck went to Candy Cerveau for 30,000l
Hibiscus Flossberg went to Truth Hawks for 8,055l
Sylar Boyd went to Callie Cline for 31,000l
Grady Echegaray went to Bianca Darling for 6,000l
Faery Sola went to Truth Hawks for 5,000l
Callie Cline went to Shai Delacroix for 20,000l
Cherelle Capra went to Truth Hawks for 5,002l
Newdoll Nikolaidis went to Leah Pleides for 50,000l
Achariya Maktoum went to Katat0nik Pigeon for 20,000l
Bianca Darling went to Johnathan Sprawl for 39,000l
Ashia Tomsen went to Bianca Darling for 15,000l
Vasean Talamasca went to Ryker Beck for 20,000l
Glamouramama Boa went to Aaren Reyes for 30,000l
Payton Heron went to Ashoka Eales for 65,000l
Tesa Jewell went to Kira Paderborn for 20,000l
Catero Revolution went to Leah Pleides for 28,000l
Dakota Buck went to Stein Shilova for 21,173l
Dove Swanson went to Brandy Rasmuson for 22,000l
Jonny Tobias went to Ryker Beck for 60,000l
Ruina Kessell went to Bianca Darling for 3,000l
Lazaro Nakamichi went to Newdoll Nikolaidis for 5,000l
Felicity Blumenthal went to Sands Leavitt for 30,000l
Seikatsu Koba went to Newdoll Nikolaidis for 5,000l
Autumn Hykova went to Newdoll Nikolaidis for 17,000l
Lawless McBride went to Dove Swanson for 15,000l
Winter Jefferson went to Milli Santos for 15,000l
I was lucky enough to be bought by my good friend Milli. I have heard frightening ideas from our friends of what to do with me, though - including forcing me to watch Home Shopping Network for hours on end. *shudder* But wait, there's more! I'm not offering steak knives... but I do want to send a very deep, undead heartfelt thank you to everyone who was a part of this in any way. That's the biddees who volunteered not only their time on the day, but the two hours they are spending with the bidders who bought them. And some of those gorgeous people are amongst the busiest on the grid. I also want to thank the buyers, who opened their hearts and wallets for this most urgent of causes, resulting in thousands of real dollars being donated to the bushfire victims who lost everything. I also had great support from people like Voshie Paine and Milli Santos who helped co-ordinate the event, and I have massive appreciation for our DJanes Sierra Sugar and Summer Deadlight. My gratitude to the management and staff of Seven Ultra Lounge for allowing us to attempt to hold the event at their club, and lastly the 99% of people who were there just having a good time supporting the cause and keeping it drama free. All the proceeds went directly to the Victoria Farshore account that Dakota Buck has registered with the Australian Red Cross, and I will be sending the full transaction history along too.
And lastly I need one more thing from everyone. I need you all to forget about this and let me go back to being mean. It's taken me a year to build up this reputation as a badass, FFS.
I don't really like any of you, you know...
As a final update, the 30k was delivered as soon as that bidder was next online, and one of Callie Cline's friends who was unable to make it on the day sent along a further 20k. So the auction's final total was $693, 477l. I'll let Autumn or Kota announce the current Appeal total.