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"The 80's Unplugged" returns to the Infirmary on Thursday, April, 29! | "The 80's Unplugged" Returns!!! | 12 days without a new post... eek. | 80's music and fun? We has it!!! | A great time had by all! | A happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours! | A late start to the weekend, possibly. | A new DJ, and a few other changes... | A New Month... same great music! | A nice start to the weekend... | A quick note | A relaxing Monday to start the week... | A return to normalcy... | A ROCKIN' TUESDAY!!! | A special thank you to all our Loyalty Club members... | A warm fuzzy feeling, and of course a great night! | A week's worth in one post! | A Welcome Return to Normalcy | Almost to 100,000! | And another weekend arrives! | And away we go.... | And away we go.... | And buried in all the events of the past week.... | And now, on with the countdown!!! | And the 80's fun continues... | And the fun continues... | And the holiday rush continues... | And the stockings were hung in the nightclub with care... | And we start another week... | Another addition to the "staff" | Another great Monday! | Another Great Start to the Week!!! | Another great Tuesday!!! | Another great week already! | Another great week is underway! | Another Holiday! | Another Medic is appointed!!! | Another Monday, another great night! | Another Monday... | Another new Medic!!! | Another nice compliment... | Another nice compliment... | Another nice week... | Another night beyond our expectations!!!! | Another party in the books! | Another special night... | Another successful performance... well, mostly. | Another Wednesday... another party! | Another week, another great start! | Another week... same great atmosphere! | Another year older. | Apparently I've been neglecting my blogging duties of late. | April 10th - Six Month Anniversary Celebration!!! | April! Wow! | Arrrggh. | As always, St. Ivan's is the place to be! | As the week comes to its end... | Back at the controls of YOUR 80's experience!!! | Back at the controls! | Back in civilization! | Back in the saddle again! | Back in the saddle! | Bald in SL, and getting there in RL... lol | Better late than never! | Can you believe it'll be Christmas in two weeks? | Catching Up | Catching up | Catching up... | Changes afoot at the Infirmary.... | Changes, changes... all for the better, of course. | Christmas is coming! | Counting down to Christmas! | Dance Floor Redux again! | Dance floor saga, again | Ever get tired of reading about how great things are going? | Expansion already... new game room at St. Ivan's Infirmary! | Fat Tuesday, indeed! | First post of the new year! | Friday night, and a special birthday party! | Friday night... serious fun! | Friday... what a start to the weekend! | Friday: Better late than never! | FUN? WE GOTS IT!!! | Get an early start on the weekend! | Getting back to normal, now that the New Year is here. | Getting caught up again (sheesh!) | Getting over the hump... | Getting the weekend off to a proper start... | Good news, and bad news... | Good times had by all!!! | Got another great week planned for you at the Infirmary! | Got plans for Wednesday night? | Gotta love it... | Grand Opening on Friday, October 10!!! | Great nights, great people, great times had by all! | Great people = a great nightclub! | Guess I should check in a little more often... | Happy Birthday Norkight!!! | Happy New Year! | Here we go again... | Hey, we're back!!! | Hi everyone! | Home again, home again. | How many people fit in one Infirmary? | Hump day rocked, as usual! | Hump Day! | Hump Day!!! | I had the nicest compliment last night... | I love Mondays!!! | I'm feeling MUCH better now... | I'm going to have bruises tomorrow! | I'm ready for a party! | I'm ready for spring. How about you? | Is St. Ivan's Infirmary getting TOO popular? | IT'S IVAN'S BIRTHDAY!!! | It's Monday... another great week starts! | It's officially the Christmas season at the Infirmary! | Ivan Sings! The 80's Unplugged returns on June 10! | Ivan's on a roll!!! | Jessie ROCKED the house on Saturday! | Just a few changes... | Just a nice feeling... | Just a quick note to start the weekend | Just because Tee and I took the night off... | Just enjoying... | Just when you think it can't get any better... | Let's go! | Mardi Gras Rocked at the Infirmary! | Medic and DJ Updates | Memorial Day was umm... memorable! | Merry Christmas from the home of the 80's in Second Life! | Merry Christmas to all of you from us at the home of the 80's in Second Life! | Merry Christmas to all of you! | Midweek ramblings and general babble | Monday didn't disappoint! | Monday is STILL my favorite night of the week! | Monday kicks off another party week! | Monday, Monday... | Monday, Monday.... | Monday... an interesting night... | Monday: Back to business! | Mostly recovered... | New month... same great atmosphere! | NEWS FLASH! Just when you thought we couldn't improve the Infirmary any more... | Nice start to the weekend! | No April Fools Here! | Nork and Star ROCK! | Nork and Star rocked the house tonight! | Nork and Star RULE Sunday nights in SL! | Now that that's behind us... | Now THAT'S what I call entertainment! | OK, I think I'm finally getting caught up! | OMG - A birthday to remember! | On the heels of the biggest birthday party ever... | One of those nice Tuesdays!!! | Only 21 shopping days left! | Oops. I let RL interfere with SL!!! | Our 2 Year Anniversary is Coming Up! | Our anniversary is coming up fast! | Over 100,000 great people like you... | Pretending that nobody's noticed my lack of posts... | Ready for another fantastic night? I am! | Ready for the weekend! | Ready to kick off another party week? We are! | Rested and ready! | Ringing out the old year, and in with the new. | RL's been crazy busy... | RL... gotta love it! | See, you don't need us... | Silly but fun... and as always, great people!!! | SL search and our success | Slowly returning to normal... | So many women... so much great music... | Sorry about that... | Special performance of "The 80's Unplugged"! | St. Ivan's Infirmary is open for business! | St. Ivan's One Year Anniversary Party | St. Paddy's Day ROCKED at the Infirmary! | Star is another year better!!! | Start the weekend with Ivanbabble! | Starting off our third year... | Starting the week on the road... | Starting the weekend off right... with a twist! | Sure, as soon as I post a schedule... | Tee's Back! | Thank you to everyone who is helping to make St. Ivan's Infirmary a success! | Thank you! | Thank you, everyone! | Thanks to everyone who helped celebrate! | Thanks! | Thanksgiving week! | The 80's Unplugged - Thursday, December 17 | The 80's Unplugged Returns on April 30! | The 80's Unplugged returns on December 16! | The Best 80's Club in SL Just Got Better! Welcome Norkight and Star! | The biggest, best 80's Halloween party in SL! | The dance floor saga continues... | The fun never stops! | The Hits Just Keep On Coming! | The holiday weekend was a blast! | The home of the 80's has been CRAZY busy!!! | The home of the 80's in Second Life. | The Medics increase by two! | The most popular pure 80's club in Second Life parties on! | The Newest, Most Fun Nightclub in SL | The Official Start to the Weekend! | The party just keeps going nonstop! | The party never stops... | The Place To Be For Halloween!!! | The premier 80's club in Second Life. | The secret of St. Ivan's success. Again. | The Shortest 7 Days Ever | The week's just cooking along... | The weekend arrives! | The weekend is here! | The weekend's upon us!!! | The weekend... | The weekend: RL takes precedence for us, while Nork and Star handle SL! | There will be a short delay... | Things are good. | This beat goes on, and on, and on... | This is getting to be old news... | Thursday already! Wow! | Thursday brings us... well, you know.... | Thursday night will be delayed... please do not adjust your set... | Thursday: One of those nice nights... | Time flies by... | Tonight's the night! | Tuesday already! | Tuesday did not disappoint... | Tuesday night: The place to be, of course! | Tuesday was even better than Monday! | We're on Facebook! | Wednesday arrives... it's Hump Day! | Wednesday ROCKED, according to the numbers! | Wednesday: Nork and Star do it again! | Weekend's over, but the party never stops! | Welcome back! | Welcome back, Ivan! | Welcome DJ Lillith! | Welcoming another fantastic DJ team!!! | Well, Monday was interesting. | Well, that was embarrassing... | Well, the summer's over.... | Well, this was interesting! | What a crazy week! | What a nice week so far! | What a night! | What a night! | What a ridiculous night! | What a start to the holiday week! | What a start to the weekend! | What's up this week at the Infirmary? | Where did the summer go? | Where is a Medic when you need her? | Whew! | Whew. | Why do we succeed where other SL clubs fail? | Wow! A new post! Alert the media! | WOW!!! What a party! | Wow, it's February already! | WOW... Success beyond my wildest imagination! | Year One is behind us, and what a party! | Yikes! | YOUR early start to the weekend is here! | Your place to be! | Your place to be! |
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Filed: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 5:16:30 PM
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Merry Christmas from the home of the 80's in Second Life!
OK, I've outdone myself with being lax in updating the blog. No excuses. I'm just a slug.



It's that time of year again, the time where we gather together and celebrate so many blessings. Count them? I don't think it's possible.

I'm going to take the cheap way out and say this: as we celebrate our 4th Christmas at St. Ivan's Infirmary, I want to thank each and every person who's come through the door in the past 3+ years. Without you, our success wouldn't be possible, and we wouldn't even have a reason for doing this in the first place. Tee and I truly appreciate each of you, and we feel truly blessed to have met so many wonderful people and made so many dear friends. We love being with you, and we look forward to many more years of your friendship and love.

Filed: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 4:56:18 PM
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Welcome back, Ivan!
LOL... I haven't really been gone, but somehow or another I seem to have completely forgotten about this blog. Sorry about that. I could make up a whole bunch of reasons/excuses about why I've not been posting, but it wouldn't change the fact that I haven't made it a priority. My bad.

I'll be posting more in the coming days (really!) and we'll try to get you all caught up. In the meantime, of course you know nothing's changed... St. Ivan's Infirmary is still and will always be the home of the 80's in Second Life, and every night the best people in SL come in to talk, dance, and just generally have a drama-free good time!

Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT to do that thing we do... take your requests for the best 80's club dance music in SL, and generally preside over the silliness. I hope you'll be there.

Filed: Friday, July 15, 2011 at 8:47:01 PM
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A new DJ, and a few other changes...
... but one thing always remains the same: you know exactly where to find the home of the 80's in Second Life, right here at St. Ivan's Infirmary!

We've had a little shakeup in the DJ world: as Scott's new RL job has him cavorting around the country, he and Windy are cutting back on their Duo-DJ shows for the time being. You will still be able to catch their newly extended show on Saturday nights from 6PM to 9PM SLT, though.

And along with that, we'd like to introduce Vox Mullen, the newest addition to the St. Ivan's Infirmary DJ staff! Vox will be debuting tonight at 9PM SLT, right after Tee's and my show, and you will love him! With years of RL, SL, and Internet radio experience, he fits right into our little family.

I'll be posting an updated schedule shortly, but in the meantime I have a show to get ready for. Come on down tonight (Friday) and let Tee and I entertain you from 7PM to 9PM SLT, and then stick around for Vox from 9PM to whenever he decides he's had enough!


Filed: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 8:37:51 PM
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Whew.
Something always has to happen to make my life interesting... Part of being an entrepreneur, I guess. It all started Monday night... I logged in to get alerted by Jessie that there's no music at the club. I should take a moment to explain how the music at the club works, if you're inclined to listen: we have several different "streams" that we switch between at the club, depending on what's happening. Scott and Windy have their own stream, Conny has hers, Nork has his, Allan has his, 808 has his, and I have three separate ones: the one I use for live DJing, the one I use for my "80's Unplugged" show, and the one we refer to as the "autopilot" which is what plays when we don't have an event going.

The "autopilot" runs from a server at our RL office... the server is our "retired" old Web server from years ago. It's a rather archaic machine dating from about 2000, but it's always worked well to stream the autopilot. Well, until last night anyway. To make a long story short, it's toast. I tried CPR on it for about 5 minutes and gave up... at minimum, it couldn't find one of the hard drives, and I suspect there was more to it then that.

Fortunately, we have another server that hasn't been doing anything constructive for the last few years... another "retired" one, but much newer, built in 2007. So I dusted it off and spent a few hours bringing it back to life today... and the autopilot is alive, well, and better than ever!

Maybe I take it too seriously, but I refuse to have Internet radio playing at our club. We get so many compliments on our music selection, and we always hear about the other clubs who just stream one of the readily available Internet radio stations, complete with commercials. Our music, 24/7, is from our private libraries... and we take pride in being different.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled 80's party. Tee and I will be in tonight at 7PM SLT to take care of you... because you can't go a night without your 80's fix!

Filed: Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 5:11:26 PM
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Ivan Sings! The 80's Unplugged returns on June 10!
I guess it's been a while... I've been asked to perform my live acoustic show "The 80's Unplugged" again at the Infirmary. So, this coming Friday, June 10, at 7PM SLT, plan on being at the Infirmary to hear me perform your favorite 80's songs!

"The 80's Unplugged" is just what it sounds like... a celebration of the best decade of music ever. It's just me, a microphone, and my acoustic guitar... no backing MIDI tracks or prerecorded backing music (there are enough "karaoke" performers already on SL). But, it's definitely NOT a typical acoustic show... I go out of my way to play my translated versions of all of your favorite songs from the 1980s, including songs you would probably not expect to hear in an acoustic format. I'm not a campfire or folk singer... this show ROCKS! During the show, you will hear me sing and play songs from such diverse artists as Modern English, Duran Duran, Elvis Costello, Split Enz, Erasure, the Cure, XTC, Simple Minds, R.E.M., Crowded House, Romantics, Tears For Fears, INXS, Rick Springfield, Squeeze... and the list goes on and on. Every time I perform, I try to add at least 4 or 5 songs that you have not heard me perform before. There's never a dull moment... make plans to be here!

Filed: Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 5:07:43 PM
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Over 100,000 great people like you...
Yes, that's right. Our visitor counter finally ticked over to 100,000 a couple of weeks ago! It just boggles my mind to think that we've reached this plateau... we started this little club a little over 2 1/2 years ago, and I never thought it would become the success it has. And it's all due to great people like you... anyone can build (or buy) a building in SL and buy some fancy lights and throw in some decor. What makes us special? It's the welcoming atmosphere... and that's not something I can build it's all because you great people come in every night, dance the night away, and chat up a storm with everyone who comes through the door!

Anyway, we're already looking ahead to visitor number 200,000. We aren't going anywhere, and we certainly hope you aren't either. Come in tonight (Thursday) and join Tee, the Medics, and myself... as usual, I'll be taking your requests and keeping you moving to the best 80's club dance music in all of SL! Hope to see you!

Filed: Monday, May 09, 2011 at 12:54:20 PM
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Almost to 100,000!
Wow, can you believe it? As of this morning, the counter stands at 99,694 people through the door... 99,694 wonderful people like you who stumbled across our little nightclub over the past 2 1/2 years and helped make us the longest running pure 80's club in Second Life.

At our usual rate, I project that the 100,000th visitor will step through the door sometime on Friday. We'll have to do something special. I'm still wondering what will happen with our 5 digit counter... will it reset to all zeros like an old car odometer? I suppose I could just plaster a "1" in front of it...

Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say thank you once again to every single person who's been part of our success. We'll keep the 80's alive for you through the next 100,000 visitors (and beyond) because... well, because that's what we do.

Tee and I will be in tonight (Monday) at 7PM SLT to take your requests and keep the party going... Windy and Scott will be in ahead of us starting at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ Show". Yes, 4 solid hours of your favorite 80's club dance music played per your request, while you dance the night away with the best people in SL! There, now you know what you're doing tonight. See you then!

Filed: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 8:39:18 PM
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Start the weekend with Ivanbabble!
Hey everyone... just getting ready to start my show tonight. It's so good to be back... I ended up (as you probably already know) not making it in Monday and Tuesday as scheduled. Sinus surgery isn't as much fun as they make it out to be Anyway, I did make it in for last night's show, and it was a blast... it was so good to see everyone, and just settle back into my routine and enjoy the company of the best people in all of Second Life.

By the way, this kind of snuck up on us... do you realize that, assuming we continue at our current rate, that we will welcome our 100,000th visitor sometime within the next week or two? Wow! Two and a half years ago, I wouldn't have even been able to fathom the idea... I remember how excited we were when we reached 10,000 visitors. Now, it's almost 10 times that number. I'll be interested to see what the counter over the door does as it's only 5 characters... will it be like an old car odometer where it just starts over again at zero? Well, we'll find out soon enough.

Anyway, it's almost showtime, so I need to get ready. Come on in tonight if you're looking to party at the longest running pure 80's club in SL... I'll be spinning the tunes from 7PM to 9PM SLT, and of course Princess Tee and the lovely Medics will be on hand to keep things beautiful! We look forward to seeing you here!

Filed: Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 7:20:02 PM
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Hi everyone!
Here I am, in my recliner, recovering from the dreaded sinus surgery. I've been getting a lot of well wishes and questions about how I'm doing, so... your update

The surgery went fine... 24 hours later, after a LOT of sleep (thanks Mr. Vicodin) I'm doing ok. No pain to speak of, no bleeding, and other than the restrictions (no bending over, no blowing my nose, etc) I'm feeling pretty good, though quite tired. Planning on resting up through the weekend, and then we'll see how next week goes.

At this point, the schedule for the next 10 days or so is looking like this (thanks to Windy, Scott, and Dakota for filling in for me the next couple of days):

Thursday 4/14
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Windy and Scott

Friday 4/15
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Dakota

Saturday 4/16
6PM-8PM SLT DJ Windy and Scott

Sunday 4/17
4PM-7PM SLT DJ Conny and Troy
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Norkight and Star

Monday 4/18
5PM-7PM SLT DJ Windy and Scott
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Ivan and TeeDee

Tuesday 4/19
6PM-7PM SLT DJ Allan and Salena
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Ivan and TeeDee

Wednesday 4/20
5PM-7PM SLT DJ Windy and Scott
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Dakota

Thursday 4/21
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Ivan and TeeDee

Friday 4/22
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Ivan and TeeDee

Saturday 4/23
6PM-8PM SLT DJ Windy and Scott

Plus, DJ 808 has been making random appearances as well as RL allows... watch your group notices!

Filed: Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 4:45:52 PM
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Sure, as soon as I post a schedule...
... there's a change. Scott and Windy had a schedule conflict, so they will be doing their regularly scheduled Wednesday night show tonight (Thursday) from 5PM to 7PM SLT. Got that?

Dakota's first night was fabulous... lots of new people and old friends alike in to enjoy the show. Make sure you pencil in Wednesday nights from 7PM to 9PM SLT to come party with her!

Oh... yes, Tee and I will be in tonight as well to do our thing from 7PM to 9PM SLT. Hope to see you!

Filed: Monday, March 28, 2011 at 6:16:59 PM
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Changes, changes... all for the better, of course.
Yes indeed... it's been a while since I posted anything here (I'm not going to go into the gory details of why, since most of you know how the last month has gone for me with health issues) but it seems to me a quick "catching up" is in order.

First of all... you all keep on coming in night after night and having a blast... we've further cemented our place as the longest running pure 80's club in all of Second Life. To my knowledge, there is not another club that has stuck it out, playing strictly 80's club dance music 24/7/365 like we do. Seems that they all fall into the "70's, 80's and 90's" trap, or "classic rock", or whatever. We won't do that. We've shown that there is indeed a market in SL for a pure 80's club, and we have no intention of changing that. And the multitude of people who've come through our doors in the past 2 1/2 years (we expect to tick over 97,000 tonight, and that magic 100,000 number is only a short step away) show that we made the right decisions early on.

Anyway, about the changes... we've had a bit of a shakeup in our DJ schedule. DJ Lillith is taking some time off to catch up on RL (she promises to be back once things calm down), and DJ Norkight is cutting back to one night a week for the time being (after over 2 years of twice a week, I don't blame him). Not to worry though... we've actually expanded our live DJ shows with the additions of DJ Allan Jeffries, DJ Dakota Christensen, DJ Conny Sandalwood, and DJ Gunner Droverson. Add them on top of Windy and Scott, myself and TeeDee, Norkight and Star, and 808, and we've got you covered every single night of the week!

Here's the schedule for this week, which is likely to be the standard schedule.

Sunday
4PM-7PM SLT DJ Conny
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Norkight and Star

Monday
5PM-7PM SLT DJ Windy and Scott
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Ivan and TeeDee

Tuesday
5PM-7PM SLT DJ Allan and Salena
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Ivan and TeeDee

Wednesday
5PM-7PM SLT DJ Windy and Scott
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Dakota

Thursday
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Ivan and TeeDee

Friday
5PM-7PM SLT DJ Gunner
7PM-9PM SLT DJ Ivan and TeeDee

Saturday
6PM-8PM SLT DJ Windy and Scott
8PM-10PM SLT DJ 808

Still looking to fill that weeknight 9PM to 11PM SLT shift, so if you are or know one of the best SL DJs, playing pure 80's club dance music, and aren't afraid to talk up a storm on the mic, we'd love to hear from you!

Filed: Monday, February 21, 2011 at 6:24:55 PM
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Here we go again...
Well, hopefully your weekend went better than mine in RL... *rant follows*

If you haven't heard by now, the story is that Tee and I had karate training on Friday night (this is the final step to earn black belt in a 4 year program, every Friday and Saturday from January 14 through March 5, they do this final training twice a year) and early on in class I noticed that my knee didn't feel quite right. Not "OMG IT HURTS" but a pretty good ache and it felt a little wobbly, like it might give out to the side. We were doing a lot of pivoting and kicking, and my guess is that I twisted but my foot didn't, so my knee was the point that gave.

So, I limped through the rest of class and we went home, had supper, and did the Infirmary thing... and on Saturday morning it wasn't any better... in fact it was worse. I went to class, determined to struggle through as best I could (because I didn't come this far to give up). I made it halfway through warmups before the instructor pulled me out and we decided that I'd best sit this class out. So, I sat on the sidelines and participated as much as I could for the rest of the afternoon.

After class, Tee took me to the ER and they did their tests, decided that it exhibited all the evidence of a medial collateral ligament tear, and put me in an immobilizer, gave me Vicodin, and told me to make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. That appointment is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

So, that's pretty much it. Yes, I'm kind of cranky about it because (a) it hurts, and (b) I'm seeing all my work toward black belt going down the drain.

Anyway, that's RL. Let's get back to SL... tonight brings you the usual allotment of craziness and fun with the most beautiful people in all of SL! Windy and Scott will be in at 5PM SLT to kick things off with their "Duo-DJ" show, and then I'll take over at 7PM SLT along with Tee, if she's done shopping by then. We've got your 80's music played per your request, and you know it'll be a party, so we expect to see YOU here!!!

Filed: Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 1:45:19 PM
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Catching up
Wow! February already? Well, for those of you in the north, I have bad news... I woke up yesterday morning and saw my shadow, so you know what that means...

Of course, it's always 78 degrees and sunny in tropical Teeland, and we just keep on bringing the 80's to you 24/7. See, some things never change.

I haven't posted much (get ready for excuses) of late... between RL, not feeling particularly well the past few days (though I'm feeling MUCH better now) and of course preparing for the Green Bay Packers' appearance in the Super Bowl™ it's been a bit busy in Ivan's world.

Hope to see you tonight... it's been a great week so far, and tonight will be no exception! We'll start the party at 7PM SLT... Tee, myself, and the gorgeous Medics will be here to keep you entertained and dancing the night away with your favorite 80's music and the liveliest chat in Second Life. Come on... you know you want to be here...

Filed: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 6:36:21 PM
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The weekend is here!
Make sure you start it off right... you know where of course! Tonight (Friday) we'll finish out our week at the home of the 80's in Second Life with our patented "80's start of the weekend party" (ok, I just made that up but who's paying attention anyway?) starting at 7PM SLT! I'll be doing my best to keep you laughing, smiling, talking, and dancing the night away, aided by Princess Tee and our gorgeous Medics. Trust me, you do NOT want to miss tonight's event... otherwise you'll have to listen to everyone talking about it tomorrow!

Filed: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 6:09:09 PM
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The party never stops...
Yes indeed, we keep that fire burning... the fire that is the best 80's experience in Second Life! It's been a great week so far! Last night somehow ended up as an impromptu beach party... not sure how that happened, but when Nork's at the controls you never know what to expect. At least Ash provided me with an official St. Ivan's Infirmary labeled pair of trunks... otherwise I would have had to dig out the Speedo. And who really wants to see that?

We're keeping DJ Lillith in our thoughts, she's been caught up in all of the tsunami/flooding etc (she's safe, but the power is iffy so she can't stay online) so we didn't get to see her Tuesday night. Hope you can be back soon, Lillith, and stay safe!

Anyway, you'll want to be here tonight. The best 80's music in SL, complete with Tee putting up with my havering (it's my new word for this year, replacing "babbling"...), our gorgeous Medics, and of course all the best people in SL hanging with us and making sure that the conversation is lively and inclusive! Please do join us from 7PM to 9PM SLT... you'll be glad you did!

Filed: Thursday, January 06, 2011 at 5:36:48 PM
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Welcome DJ Lillith!
Yes, we're fortunate enough to have another of the premier DJs in SL joining us. DJ Lillith Canning will be holding down the 9PM to 11PM SLT spot on Tuesday nights at the home of the 80's in SL!

If you recognize the name, it's because she's been around for a while... as one of the owners of Swoon, one of the nicest clubs in SL. They've decided to retire from the club ownership business, but Lillith will keep on pumping out that great 80s music for us one night a week. You'll love her style, and her lovely Aussie accent (though she swears she doesn't have an accent).

Filed: Thursday, January 06, 2011 at 5:33:52 PM
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First post of the new year!
Wow... starting off another year at the home of the 80's in Second Life. Another great year is ahead... I can feel it!

The new year has already started off in style... we've had the best people in SL coming in every night to party with us (some things never change) and tonight we'll keep it going with Tee, the lovely Medics, and myself doing that thing we do from 7PM to 9PM SLT! I hope you'll be joining us... you don't want to miss a minute!

Filed: Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 4:22:18 PM
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Merry Christmas to all of you from us at the home of the 80's in Second Life!
As we wind down the Christmas season, I want to make sure I once again recognize everyone who has helped to make St. Ivan's Infirmary such a huge success, and the most popular pure 80's club in Second Life. We certainly couldn't have done it without you... our DJ teams of Windy and Scott, and Norkight and Star, and of course our lovely Medics Alyria, AnneMarit, Coyote, SaraRae, Lucki, Cora, MACY, Ashleigh, Kitt, Victoria, Macy, and Jessie, our Corpsman Ace, along with all of you Loyalty Club members. We truly do appreciate each and every one of you, and we look forward to an even bigger 2011!

The schedule for the remainder of the week (it's somewhat different due to Christmas):
  • Thursday, December 23: DJ Ivan and TeeDee 7PM - 9PM SLT
  • Friday, December 24: No DJ (it's Christmas Eve! What would you be doing in SL? Spend it with your loved ones!)
  • Saturday, December 25: No DJ (Christmas Day... it's family time!)
  • Sunday, December 26: DJ Norkight and Star 7PM - 9PM SLT (if it doesn't interfere with Nork's Boxing Day celebration)
... and then Monday, we'll mostly get back to normal. Tee and I will be on our annual Christmas week trip to see Tee's family, but at this point I suspect we'll mostly be in for our usual shows. You never know, though... watch your group notices for last minute changes.

Tee and I will see you tonight at 7PM SLT... don't be late! It will be the last time you see Tee and myself before Christmas, and we want to make sure we see all of you!

Filed: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 2:43:32 PM
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The 80's Unplugged returns on December 16!
It's Christmas time, and, I've been asked to perform my live acoustic show "The 80's Unplugged" again at the Infirmary. So, this coming Thursday, December 16, at 7PM SLT, plan on being at the Infirmary for a special Christmas version of the show!

"The 80's Unplugged" is just what it sounds like... a celebration of the best decade of music ever. It's just me, a microphone, and my acoustic guitar... no backing MIDI tracks or prerecorded backing music (there are enough "karaoke" performers already on SL). But, it's definitely NOT a typical acoustic show... I go out of my way to play my translated versions of all of your favorite songs from the 1980s, including songs you would probably not expect to hear in an acoustic format. I'm not a campfire or folk singer... this show ROCKS! During the show, you will hear me sing and play songs from such diverse artists as Modern English, Duran Duran, Elvis Costello, Split Enz, Erasure, the Cure, XTC, Simple Minds, R.E.M., Crowded House, Romantics, Tears For Fears, INXS, Rick Springfield, Squeeze... and the list goes on and on. Being the season, I'll even include a few 80's Christmas classics... and every time I perform, I try to add at least 4 or 5 songs that you have not heard me perform before. There's never a dull moment!

Plus, a dual reason to celebrate... that crazy pink haired chick and Medic, my sis Jessie, is celebrating her birthday on Thursday as well, so make sure you're here to join in the festivities!

Filed: Sunday, December 05, 2010 at 2:50:06 AM
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Christmas is coming!
The holiday season is here at the Infirmary... Tee's been decorating of course, and I've just finished hanging up 245 (!) Christmas stockings for all our loyal St. Ivan's Loyalty Club family members (have you been naughty or nice?)

Thanks so much for making us such a great place to be. I know I have said it before, but it's all about you, the wonderful people who have made us the most popular pure 80's club in SL. Tee and I will see you Monday night!

Filed: Friday, November 05, 2010 at 4:34:14 PM
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Hey, we're back!!!
Click here for enlargement!Wow, I've been really neglecting the blog. Well, for the last week anyway, I've got a good excuse... Tee and I were on vacation! We took a week off to enjoy one of our two weeks per year at our resort condominium in northern Wisconsin, a beautiful place on the longest chain of navigable freshwater lakes in the United States. Of course, we did this in November which meant that we actually had our boat in the water for one 1 1/2 hour trip, since it was 37º (that's Fahrenheit for our Canadian friends, translates to about 4º Celsius). Cold? You bet your sweet bippy. Still, we had a great week, and some much needed family time with my sons. We actually cut the trip short by about 12 hours and left Thursday night when we discovered that the temperature was going to drop to 18º F (again, that's -7º for you Canucks) and decided that we'd much rather be home in front of our fireplace.

Anyway, we're back, and ready to go! Windy, Scott, Norkight, and Star, along with the lovely Medics, took care of things at the Infirmary while we were gone, and looking at the traffic numbers for the week it doesn't even look like you missed us! We celebrated Halloween in style Sunday night with Windy and Scott combining with Norkight and Star for a great party with 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL... I'm still waiting for the pictures, as well as any bills for damage and repairs. Sorry that Tee and I missed the party this year, but as always RL and our family comes first... I'm sure you understand.

I'm going to post up this picture in the Halloween spirit... don't I look like the happiest guy in the world flanked by the lovely Coyote and Ana, previewing their Halloween costumes? This is actually from two weeks ago, but it's a great picture anyway.

Well, it's time to get ready for tonight's show... Tee and I, along with our lovely Medics, will be in tonight (Friday) at 7PM SLT to kick off your weekend with that thing we do: two solid hours of the best 80's club dance music in Second Life, along with the usual babble, silly conversation, and of course the most beautiful people in Second Life. I certainly hope you're planning on being with us!

Filed: Friday, October 15, 2010 at 4:28:29 PM
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I'm feeling MUCH better now...
Thank you so much for all the support and nice notes from each of you... it's amazing to see the love from all you great people while Tee and I have been out sick this week. Words can't describe the feeling.

I made it back last night (Thursday) to do our normal shift, though my voice wasn't quite there. Tee decided to spend another day off to get over her illness, so I flew it alone (aided by Medics Jessie, MACY, Coyote, SaraRae, and Ashleigh of course!) and we had a very nice night. Lots of new people, lots of old friends, and lots of great requests for the 80's club dance music we've made our name upon. After I finished up at 9PM SLT, NagatoYuki took over and kept the party going for a couple more hours.

Tonight (Friday) I'll be back again at 7PM SLT to do that thing we do, and hopefully we'll have Princess Tee back as well. I certainly hope you'll join the party!

Filed: Monday, October 11, 2010 at 4:27:29 PM
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Starting off our third year...
Wow! What a party we had Friday night! The Infirmary was definitely the place to be on Friday as we celebrated our second anniversary as the home of the 80's in Second Life. Continuing our tradition, the night started off with my "The 80's Unplugged!" acoustic guitar show at 7PM SLT, and then after an hour or so I dropped the guitar and picked up the headphones to finish out the night with an extended DJ show. Lots of people showing up (over 100 for the night) to help us celebrate.

Now, we start year 3. Tonight (Monday) Windy and Scott will kick things off with their "Duo-DJ" show at 5PM SLT, and then Tee and I will come in to take over at 7PM SLT. At least that's the plan... I'm feeling a bit under the weather and at this point I plan on being in, but we'll see, I guess. Regardless, we hope to see you tonight!

Filed: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 at 5:52:01 PM
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Our 2 Year Anniversary is Coming Up!
Wow... can you believe it? This week marks our two year anniversary of the opening of St. Ivan's Infirmary. Two years of being the home of the 80's in Second Life!

We've seen so many other clubs come and go in that time, but because of all you great people we are still, and will continue to be, the most popular PURE 80's club in SL. We'll be celebrating on Friday, October 8... trust me, it'll be a party to remember, including a performance of "The 80's Unplugged" and of course the usual great 80's music played by our professional DJ teams! Watch this space for details!

Filed: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 5:10:30 PM
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Tee's Back!
Well, the world survived a few nights of Ivan Unleashed.

Aw, it wasn't that bad, was it? Tee's returned after being gone since last Thursday, which means that things are back to normal at the home of the 80's in Second Life. Hope you'll be joining us this week, as we've got what you're looking for... what the other clubs wish they had... great 80's music, and great conversation from the best people in Second Life! (by the way, you're one of them!) Come on in tonight (Tuesday) as Tee and I will be in to preside over the general mayhem from 7PM to 9PM SLT... you'll be glad you did!

Filed: Monday, September 20, 2010 at 5:34:06 PM
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Got another great week planned for you at the Infirmary!
Yes indeed, the 80's just keep living on at Second Life's most popular pure 80's club! On the heels of last week, we'll do it all over again... every night we bring you the best 80's club dance music in all of SL played per your request by our professionial DJ teams.

Tonight (Monday) Windy and Scott will start things off at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, an exercise in great music and wacky good fun! Their show will be followed by Ivan and Tee at 7PM SLT, and Ivan's misbehavior and Tee's flying shoes promises to keep you in stitches all night long! Good thing we have Medics on hand

See you tonight!

Filed: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 5:20:01 PM
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Good news, and bad news...
Greetings once again!!! We kicked off another party week at the home of the 80's in Second Life last night... Windy and Scott started things off at 5PM SLT, and then Tee and I took the reins and carried the show for the remainder of the night. A great time... we've been welcoming new people every night, as usual, but we've also been seeing some old friends coming back after being away for the summer, which is always nice. We've reached that point in our SL existence, I suppose... people know they can always return home to us, and everything's comfortably as it always was.

Now, about the news I mentioned: two good and one bad (so we've got a net result of good, right?). The good news is that:
  • I finally got Tee a new headset (after her old one kind of got stomped on), so she's back where she belongs... with me, on the mic.
  • I think I finally figured out the issues we've been having with our Internet connection... if I'm right, it wasn't our ISP's fault at all, but rather an issue with interference in our WiFi network. As an experiment last night, I plugged the mighty netbook into the router instead of connecting via WiFi, and it was flawless all night. So, hopefully those issues of music cutting out are now in the past.
Now, the bad: our lovely latenight DJ Carolynn has had some changes in her RL schedule, and she won't be able to commit to doing her show for the time being. We'll miss her, and hopefully she'll be able to return at some point.

The party goes on, of course... Tee and I, along with the Medics, will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT to do that thing we do. Will you be here? I certainly hope so... we can't do it without YOU!

Filed: Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 4:39:56 PM
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Well, the summer's over....
Yup, that's right. Another Labor Day has come and gone, and as far as I'm concerned, that officially makes it fall (no matter what the calendar says).

Maybe that means things will finally calm down. Tee and I have been so caught up with vacations, work, and home improvement in RL that we haven't spent much time in SL the past few months... we come in to do our shows, and that's basically been it. We didn't even make it in last night, as regularly scheduled, after working all day on the house/yard (we dug 170 feet of trenches to run electrical conduit to both sheds and our pond) along with replacing one exterior door and repainting another after stripping 4 coats of paint from it. By the time 9PM (7PM SLT) rolled around, we were both exhausted and ready for bed.

Well, let's get back to it. I haven't been posting here as much as I had been, quite simply because (a) we've been so busy in RL, and (b) there honestly hasn't been much new to report regarding the Infirmary. We're still the home of the 80's in Second Life, of course, and we've been welcoming 80 to 90 people a day to our little club (last week we went over 80,000 total!) and of course people are still finding us to be the only pure 80's club in SL, and keep coming back for more fun... but that's nothing unusual. And I suppose I figured you all were getting tired of reading about "we had a great night last night with 83 people through the door and 4 great hours of music, blah blah blah...". If that's not the case, please accept my apologies.

Anyway, we've got lots to talk about over the coming weeks... in less than a month, we'll be celebrating two years (can you believe it?) of business in SL, and we'll have to have the party to end all parties. Plus, things always seem to pick up in the fall, now that the kids are back in school and people tend to spend more time in SL.

So, let's start it off tonight... Tee and I will be in (promise!) at 7PM SLT to do that thing we do... take your requests, babble incessantly about anything and everything, and make sure great people like YOU are properly entertained. Yeah, I know it's an old story... but it's the one that's kept us at the top of the list in SL. We'll have a great crowd of people to keep you company tonight, along with the great 80's music you love, the music that the other "80's clubs" in SL have forgotten about... and we'd love for you to join us. See you tonight!

Filed: Monday, August 23, 2010 at 5:49:08 PM
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Where did the summer go?
It can't be August 23. It really can't... I have so much summer stuff left to do!

(shrug) Oh well, I'll defer to the old adage that "time flies when you're having fun!". We've been having a blast at the Infirmary the past couple of weeks! The people just keep on coming in, looking for the 80's club dance music that we're known throughout SL for, and we just keep on serving up a great atmosphere of music, dancing, and fun!

I know I keep saying "things should be back to normal" but every time I say that, something comes up. Over the past couple of weeks, I've missed a couple of shifts: one on Thursday the 12th preparing for a major network change with our RL mailserver, and one the following Tuesday the 17th when I was just too tired and under the weather to come in. Add to that the problems that Carolynn's been having with her computer, and the DJ schedule's been all out of whack with 808 doing the best he can to fill in the absences. We do what we can

Tonight... it's Monday, which means that Windy and Scott kick off the week with their "Duo-DJ" show starting at 5PM SLT, followed by myself and Princess Tee at 7PM. We're still holding out hope that Carolynn can get her computer problems behind her and make it in for her 9PM shift as well. Come on down tonight... we'll make room for you!

Filed: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 6:14:47 PM
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A return to normalcy...
Well, Tee and I made it back from vacationland after a week and a half away. The cottage in Ontario was a great time, as always, and we even squeezed in a day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire on the trip back. Tee summed up the fantasy experience perfectly when she said "it's just like walking around in Second Life!". Next time we'll have to do the entire medieval costume thing so that we can truly immerse ourselves.

Now, things should be back to normal for the rest of the summer.

We were pleased to see that the Infirmary was still standing when we returned Monday night though we shouldn't have been surprised... all of our great DJs and Medics kept the place going strong in our absence. It's such a luxury to have friends like Norkight, Star, Windy, Scott, 808, and Carolynn to take our DJ shifts when possible, in addition to their own, while we were gone so that the 80's kept rolling along for all you great people!

We had a nice, albeit rather quiet, Monday night last night with Windy, Scott, Tee, myself, and Carolynn teaming up to take requests and keep the best 80's club dance music in Second Life spinning for 67 of you. Tonight, we'll do it all again with Tee and myself kicking the party off at 7PM SLT. Can't make it in then? Well, lovely DJ Carolynn will take over at 9PM SLT and continue until 11PM so that you get that 80's fix you need... the one you can't find anywhere else in SL. See you tonight? I think so!

Filed: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:23:55 PM
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Well, that was embarrassing...
Went in on schedule to do our usual Monday night show, following Windy and Scott's performance... and it lasted all of 10 minutes before I finally gave up, due to Tee's and my Internet access at home being "flaky". Every time we have a heavy rainstorm, our Internet access becomes unpredictable, connecting and disconnecting randomly. And that just won't do when you're streaming a high quality media stream.

So... back to autopilot we went, and I logged off so that I could argue with our ISP tech support. Carolynn came in a little early to take over the last part of our shift, and good times were had by all (of course!). As usual, a very nice Monday night.

Our ISP assures me that they will be out to replace ALL of our cabling right back to the pole, so hopefully this will finally be a thing of the past. In the meantime, Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) to take your requests and celebrate the 80's with you. I certainly hope you can join us!

Filed: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:17:36 PM
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Medic and DJ Updates
Took me long enough... but I finally got around to updating our "Meet The Crew" page. Take a look... we've got pictures of our newest DJs 808 and Carolynn, along with our newest Medic Coyote!

Filed: Monday, July 12, 2010 at 4:53:37 PM
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Getting caught up again (sheesh!)
Greetings everybody!

Hope you're enjoying your summer so far. Summer brings many things... and one of them is that I spend less time posting updates here. Sorry about that, but you all know how RL is. I'll try to do better, since every time I log inworld I have people asking me "when are you going to update the website?!?!?!?".

Things have been hopping here at the home of the 80's in Second Life... we've now reached the 75,000 unique visitor mark (how about THAT?) and we just keep on bringing you good people in every night. I've said it before, but it always bears repeating... with good people comes success, and the reason we're the most popular pure 80's club in Second Life isn't the music, or the decor... it's YOU, our great family members! With great people like you coming to dance the night away every night, the word just keeps on spreading. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and goodwill.

The holidays kind of threw our schedule into disarray (apparently all of our DJs decided to go on vacation at once) but now we're back in the swing of things. Since I've had a lot of people asking, here's our "normal" schedule until further notice:

Monday
5PM - 7PM SLT: Duo-DJ Team of Windy and Scott
7PM - 9PM SLT: DJ Ivan and TeeDee
9PM - 11PM SLT: DJ Carolynn

Tuesday
7PM - 9PM SLT: DJ Ivan and TeeDee
9PM - 11PM SLT: DJ Carolynn

Wednesday
5PM - 7PM SLT: Duo-DJ Team of Windy and Scott
7PM - 9PM SLT: DJ Norkight and Star
9PM - 11PM SLT: DJ Carolynn

Thursday
7PM - 9PM SLT: DJ Ivan and TeeDee
9PM - 11PM SLT: DJ Carolynn

Friday
7PM - 9PM SLT: DJ Ivan and TeeDee
9PM - 11PM SLT: DJ 808

Saturday
6PM - 8PM SLT: Duo-DJ Team of Windy and Scott
8PM - 11PM SLT: DJ 808

Sunday
7PM - 9PM SLT: DJ Norkight and Star

We'll see you tonight. You know you'll be here.

Filed: Monday, July 12, 2010 at 4:50:23 PM
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We're on Facebook!
Yes, thanks to our tireless Corpsman Ace Sloane, St. Ivan's Infirmary now has a Facebook page! You can check it out at http://www.facebook.com/StIvansInfirmary... it's a work in progress, of course, but your comments and suggestions are welcome!

Filed: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 5:44:31 PM
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Back at the controls of YOUR 80's experience!!!
Well, folks... here we are again. It's Tuesday night, and after my unscheduled night off on Monday due to my not feeling well, I'm declaring myself fit and ready to babble once again.

We had a fantastic week last week, averaging nearly 100 visitors per night, and this week promises to be even better! Last night (Monday), the home of the 80's in Second Life served up 6 hours of your favorite 80's music for your courtesy of Windy and Scott, followed by 808 (who ably jumped in when I was unable to do our usual show) and closed out by Carolynn.

You know it... the people like you, the ones who live for the 80's, have discovered that St. Ivan's Infirmary is the only pure 80's experience to be found in Second Life. We don't do 80's nights, or 80's theme parties, or "the music from the 70's to today"... we're all 80's, all the time, 24/7/365!

Come on down to the Infirmary tonight and party with us... we've got 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL all ready and waiting for you, along with the most beautiful, most fun people in all of SL all assembled in one place for your dancing and chatting pleasure. We're thoughtful like that.

Filed: Monday, June 07, 2010 at 5:03:24 PM
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Pretending that nobody's noticed my lack of posts...


Let's just go ahead with what to look forward to this week, ok? Make sure your plans include some time at the home of the 80's in Second Life... we've got a great week lined up for you with a minimum of 4 hours per night of YOUR favorite music played per YOUR request by our professional DJ teams! Tonight (Monday) brings our triple play of Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT), followed by Tee and yours truly (from 7PM to 9PM SLT) and then lovely DJ Carolynn (from 9PM SLT to 11PM SLT). Seems like a reason to party in itself!

Oh... and I promise to get you all caught up on the latest doings here at St. Ivan's, once I make some time to do so. Thanks for your patience, your friendship, and most of all for your part in making St. Ivan's Infirmary the most popular pure 80's club in Second Life!

Filed: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 2:45:10 PM
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Guess I should check in a little more often...
This always seems to happen about this time of the year... the blog gets neglected. Shame on me.

Well, this will be a short post regardless, as Tee and I are packing up to head back to our vacation spot. We have a timeshare week at a very nice resort in northern Wisconsin, and we spent Saturday through Tuesday there, returning home last night so my boys could go back to their mom's house (can't be missing too much school). Did our Tuesday night show at St. Ivan's, then spent the day in the RL office today, and now we're off again.

So, this means we won't be at the club for the rest of the week. Don't fret, though... your needs will be ably filled by Windy and Scott, Norkight and Star, 808, and our newest DJ Carolynn, along with our lovely Medics. Make sure you come in tonight (Wednesday) and treat yourself to a solid 6 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL, beginning with Windy and Scott at 5PM SLT, followed by Norkight and Star at 7PM SLT and then Carolynn at 9PM SLT. Your music, your requests... how could it be better?

Filed: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 5:27:10 PM
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Well, Monday was interesting.
Forgive me if I seem a little "bleary"... I've spent way too much time the past several hours poring over server logs. Read on and this will make more sense.

We had a great Monday night at the home of the 80's in Second Life (what? Did you expect any less?) Windy and Scott did that thing they do from 5PM to 7PM SLT, and then Tee and I took over and kept the festivities rolling till 9PM SLT, or somewhere around there. Tee left a little early, and in retrospect maybe I should have too

Around 8:45PM SLT, my Shoutcast stream (which provides all of you with that great 80's music you are hearing) abruptly went down. After checking a few things, I determined that the server it runs on (which also happens to be a server that houses about 400 of the websites that Tee and I host in RL) had completely quit responding. So, not only did my live DJ stream disappear on us, but also our "autopilot" stream (since they run from the same machine). Fortunately, Windy and Scott had just popped back in, and Windy graciously took over for me to get the last few requests in before setting her machine to provide an "auto-DJ" stream while I tried to figure out what the heck was going on.

Anyway, my colocation provider eventually was able to bring the server back up, and we're back to business as usual, even though I was up till about 5AM troubleshooting and swapping support tickets. The life of a network admin...

As stated, though, we're back in business. Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT to do it all over again, without (hopefully) the technical issues. And (as alluded to yesterday) we may just drop something new on you tonight (it was supposed to happen last night, but the stream issues kind of put a damper on things). We'll see you tonight!

Filed: Monday, May 17, 2010 at 5:45:46 PM
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And away we go....
Yes indeed, it's time for another update on happenings at your favorite Second Life nightclub!

Thursday night, Tee and yours truly played host to 88 great people who heard that St. Ivan's was where the party was at! Joined by Medics Jessie, Ashleigh, Lucki, and AnneMarit, we had a great time at our official "early start to the weekend" party.

Friday night, I went solo for most of the evening as Tee had to go help get ready for our church rummage sale, but I managed to behave myself long enough to get your Friday night requests in, and babble up a storm during all of it! My IM box was flooded with requests, and our lovely Medics Star, Ashleigh, MACY, and Jessie, along with our able Corpsman Dagger, kept the party alive and well. 808 relieved me at 9PM SLT and continued the fun for another couple of hours. All in all, a great night, with 89 of you making us your place to be!

Tee and I took the weekend off, as usual, but Scott and Windy combined with 808 for another great Saturday, and then Norkight and Star hosted their patented Sunday night madness. Absolutely fabulous crowds both nights, from what I heard, with 96 and 81 people joining us respectively.

Tonight (Monday) we start it all over again, of course. Windy and Scott will be in at 5PM SLT to begin the festivities, and then Tee and myself will be in at 7PM SLT to take you the rest of the way. Plus, rumor has it I may be making a little announcement about how we are going to make the home of the 80's in Second Life even better... but you'll have to be here to find out! Come on down... we'll make room for you!

Filed: Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 4:30:22 PM
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Ivan's on a roll!!!
Wow, two posts in one week! Alert the media!!!

Things just keep rolling along at the home of the 80's in Second Life... we keep playing your favorite 80's club dance music, and you keep on telling your friends and coming in to join the party!

We've had a great week so far... Tee and I welcomed 65 of you on Tuesday night, and had our usual great time dancing the night away with you and enjoying the company of the best people in Second Life! Then, Windy and Scott combined with Norkight and Star on Wednesday to bring you our weekly Hump Day spectacular... 81 people made up the party, and mad fun was had by all!

Tonight (Thursday), Tee and I return to the mic at 7PM SLT to get your weekend off to an early start. We're not going to wait for that silly calendar to tell us it's the weekend. Come on down and join us... our place, and our show, is waiting for you to come and just enjoy yourself! 'Cause that's what it's all about, right?

Filed: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 3:50:57 PM
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Wow! A new post! Alert the media!
Again, I'm a shirker. 8 days without a post. I'm starting to develop a reputation. Let's see what I have for highlights of the past week...

Monday and Tuesday of last week were the usual St. Ivan's Infirmary fare... Scott and Windy combined with Tee and myself to serve up your 80's favorites for 4 hours on Monday night, and then Tee and I did it alone on Tuesday. Fantastic crowds both nights, with 95 people on Monday and 81 on Tuesday.

Wednesday night belonged to Scott and Windy, along with Norkight and Star. Another great 4 hours of your 80's played per request for 84 of you. It's great to know that Tee and I can take a night off (as we do every Wednesday) and be assured that our club is in such great hands.

Thursday night, Tee and I took over once again after our regular night off and hosted our usual "early start to the weekend" party, having a great time with 84 of you.

Friday was a little (ok a LOT) funky. The weather consisted of rain and more rain, and our Internet access at the house was acting very flaky, ranging from not working at all to working very slowly. So, I packed up my equipment and drove a few miles down the road to our RL office, from where I did our Friday night show minus Tee (she didn't want to go out in the rain). I got a little bit of a late start, but all turned out well and the 74 of you that joined us had a great time!

The weekend arrived, and Tee and I took our usual RL time away from SL. Scott and Windy got things off to a great start on Saturday for the 89 great people who dropped in to party, however, and then 808 provided another couple of hours of his rare 80's remixes and demos. Then, Norkight and Star finished out the weekend in style, entertaining 72 of you with their signature blend of wackiness and great 80's music.

Last night (Monday) was another great Monday... 85 of you joined us for another 4 hour show, starting off with Scott and Windy, followed by Tee and myself from our once again reliably connected living room. Turned out that Tee had inadvertently nicked the cable connection into the house pretty well with a hedge clipper, and the rain was able to leak through the insulation. All's well now, though.

Almost lost in the events of the week... we welcomed our 65,000th visitor sometime on Thursday night! All I can say is... wow. Tee and I never envisioned this kind of success when we opened our little nightclub a year and a half ago. We appreciate every single one of you, whether you were #2 or #64,998... it's because of great people like you that St. Ivan's Infirmary is firmly entrenched as "The Home Of The 80's In Second Life"!

Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT to do it all again. The way I see it... you can either join us tonight for the time of your life, or you can read about it later and wish you had been here. I'd recommend the first choice but regardless, we know there are thousands of places you can be in Second Life, and we truly cherish every minute you spend with us!

Filed: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 3:49:58 PM
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Another addition to the "staff"
Yes indeed. We've added another "crew member"... our good friend (and Jessie's guy) Dagger is now officially a "Corpsman" (the male equivalent of our lovely Medics).

TeeDee and I are blessed with some very special friends... friends who have always supported us, and are like family to us. We've given these lovely ladies the title of "St. Ivan's Medic" (or, the male equivalent: "St. Ivan's Corpsman"). Though technically not "staff", these ladies and gents are available to help you enjoy your experience at the Infirmary... they welcome you to the club, answer questions about the club, and just might invite you into the Loyalty Club if they feel that you would be a good addition. And they occasionally like to take over... even if Tee and I aren't inworld, Jessie, Macy, Victoria, Kitt, Ashleigh, MACY, Cora, Ace, Lucki, SaraRae, AnneMarit, and Dagger are likely to just go ahead without us, sending out a group notice and letting you know that they are starting their own 80's party!

Filed: Monday, May 03, 2010 at 5:11:58 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
FUN? WE GOTS IT!!!
Click here for enlargement!Yes indeed... gotta love having the best people in SL (psst: that's YOU!) partying with us every night.

Getting caught up: we had an absolutely PHENOMENAL turnout on Thursday night for my acoustic performance of "The 80's Unplugged"! I guess I need to do this show more often. Thank you so much to everyone for your kind words... it makes performing for you that much more enjoyable. Tee and I finished out Thursday night with our usual DJ show, and the night was overall a great success with 114 of you wonderful people joining us.

Friday night started out normally enough... Tee and I started our DJ show at 7PM SLT, and then I got an IM from Dagger asking if I might be able to assist in something. Of course I acquiesced, and in front of all our friends, he proposed to my crazy pink haired sis Jessie! It was a great moment... and now of course we have a wedding to plan! The 80's party continued during and after all this, of course, with Tee and I playing till 9PM SLT and then turning things over to 808 for his show. Once again, a magical night, with 99 great people coming to be part of it!

The weekend continued the trend... Tee and I didn't come inworld at all, but Scott did a great (albeit Windyless) show on Saturday night, followed by 808 once again. Saturdays are rapidly becoming one of our busiest nights, now that we have not one, but two great DJ teams playing your favorite music. The 89 people through the door had the time of their lives! Then, Norkight and Star finished off the weekend with their usual Sunday night mayhem, joined by 85 of you.

Now, we start a new week. Start it off right tonight (Monday) at the home of the 80's in Second Life... Windy and Scott will welcome you at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and then Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to take you the rest of the way. Can't wait to see you!

Filed: Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 5:38:32 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Yikes!
Wow. It sounds like SL wasn't the place to be on Wednesday night. From what I've heard, it was quite the crashfest. Since it was Tee's and my "night off" I didn't hear about it till this morning (though I noticed that I hadn't received my nightly email with the traffic numbers for the previous day). Sorry you folks didn't have such a great night on Wednesday... but that's SL for you.

Monday and Tuesday nights were fun though... we had great crowds both night, and more of that crazy chat we're known for, backed by that great 80's club dance music you know and love.

Hopefully things will be back to normal tonight (Thursday)... remember, I'm doing a special acoustic guitar performance of "The 80's Unplugged" tonight at 7PM SLT, followed by Tee's and my usual Thursday night DJ shift. Hope to see you there!!!

Filed: Monday, April 26, 2010 at 3:46:38 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
"The 80's Unplugged" returns to the Infirmary on Thursday, April, 29!
As mentioned, I've been besieged with requests for me to perform my live acoustic show "The 80's Unplugged" again at the Infirmary. So, how about this coming Thursday, April 29, at 7PM SLT? Works for you? Great!

"The 80's Unplugged" is just what it sounds like... a celebration of the best decade of music ever. It's just me, a microphone, and my acoustic guitar... no backing MIDI tracks or prerecorded backing music (there are enough "karaoke" performers already on SL). But, it's definitely NOT a typical acoustic show... I go out of my way to play my translated versions of all of your favorite songs from the 1980s, including songs you would probably not expect to hear in an acoustic format. I'm not a campfire or folk singer... this show ROCKS! During the show, you will hear me sing and play songs from such diverse artists as Modern English, Duran Duran, Elvis Costello, Split Enz, Erasure, the Cure, XTC, Simple Minds, R.E.M., Crowded House, Romantics, Tears For Fears, INXS, Rick Springfield, Squeeze... and the list goes on and on. Every time I perform, I try to add at least 4 or 5 songs that you have not heard me perform before. There's never a dull moment!

If you like 80's music, you will love "The 80's Unplugged".

Filed: Monday, April 26, 2010 at 3:42:23 PM
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Thanks!
That's all I can say. Things are great, and it's all because of you great people that come out and make us the place to be.

Tee and I did our Friday night show for another great group of folks... 77 people through the door, and it was one of those giggly nights where anything and everything went. The 80's club dance music filled the airwaves, and the chat veered wildly from one topic to another, while all of you danced the night away.

Saturday evening, I performed "The 80's Unplugged" for a great group of people to benefit the Autism Society of America. The show went fabulously, and it was great to see all of you out to support this great cause!

By the way, I'm going to do another performance of "The 80's Unplugged" at the Infirmary this week, just because I haven't done it there since Christmas and I've been getting badgered about it by our friends. Look for another post with the details.

Anyway, Tee and I then logged out of SL for the rest of the weekend, but that didn't stop the party! Windy and Scott did their Saturday "Duo-DJ" show, followed by 808's unique mix of rarities and club remixes, and then Nork and Star kept the party going Sunday night with their distinctly wacky Sunday night show. 86 of you on Saturday combined with the 72 of you on Sunday to keep our image as the home of the 80's in Second Life alive and well!!!

Tonight? Well, it's Monday, which means another 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL played per YOUR request by Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT) and then Tee and myself (from 7PM to 9PM SLT). Will we see you there?

Filed: Friday, April 23, 2010 at 4:17:42 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Special performance of "The 80's Unplugged"!
I'll be performing my live acoustic vocal show "The 80's Unplugged" for the Autism Society of America benefit concert on Saturday, April 24th from 4PM to 5PM SLT. Come down and enjoy my show, along with a lot of other very talented performers... it's an all day affair.

"The 80's Unplugged" is just what it sounds like... a celebration of the best decade of music ever. It's just me, a microphone, and my acoustic guitar... no backing MIDI tracks or prerecorded backing music (there are enough "karaoke" performers already on SL). But, it's definitely NOT a typical acoustic show... I go out of my way to play my translated versions of all of your favorite songs from the 1980s, including songs you would probably not expect to hear in an acoustic format. I'm not a campfire or folk singer... this show ROCKS! During the show, you will hear me sing and play songs from such diverse artists as Modern English, Duran Duran, Split Enz, Elvis Costello, Erasure, the Cure, XTC, Simple Minds, R.E.M., Crowded House, Romantics, Tears For Fears, INXS, Rick Springfield, Squeeze... and the list goes on and on. Every time I perform, I try to add at least 4 or 5 songs that you have not heard me perform before.

It's a great cause, and I'm proud to be part of it. More information and a landmark are available at St. Ivan's Infirmary as well by the back door overlooking the water.

Filed: Friday, April 23, 2010 at 4:12:39 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
12 days without a new post... eek.
So I'm talking with my good friend and lovely Medic MACY last night, and she made it quite clear that I've been neglecting my blog again. (Actually she was complaining because she hadn't seen her name mentioned in a while)

So, here we go. Lots of catching up to do. Instead of running down every single night, because it gets a bit redundant to have every post read "we had a great night with 86 of you lovely people joining us for the best 80's club dance music in SL", I'll just give you an update.

Things have been pretty much "business as usual" at the home of the 80's in Second Life recently. We're consistently drawing very nice crowds each and every night, averaging between 75 and 90 people each night. After over a year and a half, it's great to be one of the Second Life "venerables" that people speak of as a place that's "always been there". It's been worth every bit of work we've put into it, and Tee and I truly appreciate each and every one of you who's been part of our journey... whether you've been with us from the beginning, or have just discovered us recently. We couldn't have achieved what we have without you. Especially MACY (there's your plug for the day)

Every night brings at least two hours of your favorite 80's club dance music, played per your request by one or more of our DJ teams: Windy and Scott, Norkight and Star, 808, and of course TeeDee and I.

Gearing up for a big weekend... Tee and I will be in tonight (Friday) to do our usual weekend kickoff for you from 7PM to 9PM SLT. Saturday night, Windy and Scott will take you from 6PM to 8PM SLT, and then 808 follows with his journey through rare 80's club remixes and other good stuff. Finally, Norkight and Star will finish out the weekend for you Sunday night from 7PM to 9PM SLT.

In the midst of all this, I'll be performing my live acoustic vocal show "The 80's Unplugged" for the Autism Society of America benefit concert on Saturday from 4PM to 5PM SLT. Come down and enjoy my show, along with a lot of other very talented performers... it's an all day affair. It's a great cause, and I'm proud to be part of it. More information and a landmark are available at St. Ivan's Infirmary as well by the back door overlooking the water.

Hope to see you soon!

Filed: Monday, April 12, 2010 at 4:41:10 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Things are good.
Yes, they are. Tee and I have reliable Internet access again, our little club is still the most popular pure 80's club in Second Life, and we have a new toilet in our RL house.

OK, maybe you didn't need to know that last part. Still...

Anyway, Norkight and Star ably covered for our absence last Thursday night with a two hour show enjoyed by the 89 people we were privileged to have visit us. I can't say enough about these two... they have been with us almost since the beginning, and I know I can always count on them to jump in when needed.

The Time Warner guy came Friday afternoon and installed an amplifier in our cable line, so Tee and I were able to return Friday night to do our thing and had a great time as always with 68 of our friends... a great mix of old friends and first time visitors (and new St. Ivan's Loyalty Club members, of course!). Then, as a bonus, 808 relieved us at 9PM SLT and did a couple more hours of his 80's club dance rarities. All in all, a great night.

Tee and I, as usual, stayed in RL for the weekend and took care of some things (including the aforementioned new toilet) while Windy and Scott did their "Duo-DJ" show on Saturday night, followed by another show from 808. A banner Saturday, with 98 people joining us. Norkight and Star finished out the weekend Sunday night in style, keeping 66 people happy by extending the weekend party.

Tonight? Monday's upon us... you can look forward to another 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL, provided by Windy and Scott beginning at 5PM SLT. Tee and I will be in to take over at 7PM SLT, and we expect to see YOU there!

Filed: Thursday, April 08, 2010 at 5:03:38 PM
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Arrrggh.
No, it's not "talk like a pirate" week. Tee and I have been having some Internet connectivity issues, and we're just spoiled because we've had Time Warner Cable for 9 years and this is the first extended outage we've had to deal with.

What does this mean to you? Well, it means that Tee and I may or may not be doing our usual Thursday night show tonight. I'm holding out hope that we have our Internet access back in time. If not, I may try tethering through my cellphone, which has the ability to act as a WiFi hotspot, though I don't know if it will have enough bandwidth to support both of us on SL plus the streaming for the music. We'll see.

Watch for your group notice tonight for an update. And cross your fingers.


Filed: Thursday, April 08, 2010 at 5:01:42 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
RL's been crazy busy...
... so I haven't made the time to keep you all updated over the past week. Sorry about that.

It's been business as usual at the home of the 80's in Second Life... Tee and I finished out the week last Thursday and Friday with very nice nights. Lots of giggles, snorts, and of course that great 80's music played per your request.

We seem to be holding steady at an average of around 85 people coming to join us per night... it's nice to be in that "established" state where we pretty much know what to expect each night attendancewise. When you've been in SL as long as we have, these things happen.

The weekend passed mostly uneventfully as Windy and Scott did their Saturday night show, while 808 had some streaming issues on Saturday night, so his scheduled show ended up being cancelled... we're working on getting that resolved in time for this Saturday. Norkight and Star ably kept you dancing on Sunday night, of course.

Then, another week started on Monday with Windy and Scott leading off, followed by Tee and myself. Tuesday night brought more of the same great times you expect as Tee and I went it alone, and then Wednesday night brought another great party with Windy and Scott being followed by Norkight and Star.

If Tee and I can get online tonight (see my above post) we'll see you tonight at 7PM SLT. If not, I'm sure one of our other capable DJ teams will step in to cover... no matter what, your 80's fix can be found tonight as always!

Filed: Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 4:04:22 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
April! Wow!
Now I think we can officially say it's spring.

Well, things are more or less back to normal at the home of the 80's in Second Life after the Monday night debacle. Whew.

Tee and I enjoyed a nice Tuesday night with 69 great people, taking your requests and keeping you dancing with all that great 80's club dance music we're known for. We were joined by our lovely Medics Ashleigh and Lucki, and a very good time was had by all.

Wednesday night, Tee and I stayed in RL as we usually do, but Norkight and Star performed their own patented brand of silliness while keeping the 80's music rolling for 63 of you. Windy and Scott unfortunately had a RL conflict and weren't able to make it inworld.

It's Thursday now, which of course means the official early start to the weekend (we're so impatient here) as Tee, the Medics, and I will be in tonight at 7PM SLT to do that thing we do for all of our best friends (pssst: that's YOU!) We'll see you tonight!

Filed: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 4:35:25 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
What a ridiculous night!
First, let me go on the record: I still love Mondays.

Monday night started off innocently enough... Windy and Scott got us started at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show and had a great crowd all ready for me when I got inworld at 7PM SLT. Tee had a RL business meeting, so she didn't get in until after 8PM SLT, and after the events to follow...

So, I got things going, sent out the requisite group notice, and things were going fine. We all started noticing that things were getting laggier and laggier, though... and by about 7:40 it became obvious that the region was slowing to a crawl. A very slow crawl. It got to the point where you would say something in chat and it wouldn't appear on the screen until about a minute later. Only the second time in over a year and a half we've had to deal with this, so I wasn't too worried... I let everyone know that I needed to restart the region (that ability is one of the nice things about being an estate owner instead of having to get LL support involved), and everyone found somewhere else to go for the 5 minutes I figured it would take.

Welllllllllllll.... 20 minutes later, the region still hadn't come back. We had the group chat open, and everyone was scattered across SL chatting away and waiting for the OK to come back, and finally I got LL concierge support on the line. And of course... the second I explained that the region hadn't come back online after the restart... it came back. Of course.

So... I got things going again, and within minutes just about all of the 30 or so people that had been in at the time of the restart came back. Amazing. I don't think there is another club in SL that has such loyalty from its members... they were just waiting, waiting, waiting... they could have given up and gone somewhere else, or logged off, but they didn't. They all waited for the club to come back so that they could come back to the party. Is that priceless or what? I've said it before, and I will say it again... the members of the St. Ivan's Loyalty Club are simply the best people to be found in Second Life.

Anyway, we finished out the night, and a great time was had by all 83 of you that joined us. As our great friend Coyote put it... "Nothing to worry about, Ivan... it's an adventure!". Well, let's hope that tonight is less adventurous. Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to welcome each and every one of you... and we hope that you can come on down to the home of the 80's in Second Life for a while and join the party!

Filed: Monday, March 29, 2010 at 2:22:53 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Let's go!
Can you believe it's the last week in March already?

Friday night went about as expected at the home of the 80's in Second Life... per my earlier "warning" I was quite late getting inworld on Friday night, as Tee and I had an earlier RL commitment. Still, there was a nice crowd waiting for me... I got started about 8:10PM SLT, and ended up going till past 9:30PM SLT to kind of make up for my lateness. Tee decided not to come inworld, so I flew solo for 74 great people who came by to start the weekend off in style with the best 80's club dance music in Second Life!

The rest of the weekend came and went as scheduled... Windy and Scott did their "Duo-DJ" show from 6PM to 8PM SLT on Saturday night, and then our newest DJ addition 808 took over for the remainder of the night. A total of 78 people joined us for a fun filled (and 80's filled) Saturday.

Sunday night brought another solo show, as Norkight went it alone due to some RL commitments for Star. That didn't stop any of you from joining us, as 76 great people came in to dance the night away!

Tonight? It's Monday, and of course that means yet another 4 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in Second Life played per your request! Windy and Scott kick things off at 5PM SLT, and then Tee and I will take you the rest of the way beginning at 7PM SLT. Come on by... you'll be glad you did!

Filed: Friday, March 26, 2010 at 3:43:32 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
A late start to the weekend, possibly.
We had another fabulous night on Thursday at the home of the 80's in Second Life! I had a few connection issues which resulted in about a 5 minute interruption of my stream, but other than that it was a great night with 72 of you joining Tee, myself, and Medics Ashleigh and AnneMarit.

Tonight (Friday) we'll do it again... Tee and I are shooting for being in to start at 7PM SLT, but we may be a little late as we have a previous RL engagement. We will be in to entertain you, though... and we hope to see you there!

Filed: Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 5:36:09 PM
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Just enjoying...
Yeah, I love my Second Life. Tee and I have made so many great friends, real people whose friendship has transcended the virtual line and crossed into RL in many cases, and it's just such a great feeling to be surrounded by all of you fabulous people.

Tuesday night was the funniest thing... I logged inworld and arrived at the club at 7PM SLT to be welcomed by... no one. Not a soul. I don't remember the last time that happened. After checking the map to make sure I wasn't at some Bizarro World duplicate of the Infirmary, I went ahead, flipped the land stream to my live feed, and sent my group notice out. Thinking "ok, a quiet night's not always a bad thing", I prepared to just kick back... but within about 20 minutes we had so many people in the club that it was hard to tell who was who with all the names floating above everyone's heads. Yes, a late start, but all ended well as we partied with 78 fantastic people!!!

Wednesday night, Tee and I stayed in RL, but Windy and Scott combined with Nork and Star to keep Wednesday jumping with a total of 79 great people coming by to dance the night away and have a great time. I can't say enough how wonderful it is to have all our talented DJ teams just come in and take over... Tee and I can just enjoy a nice RL evening and know that the club's in great hands. That's priceless.

Tonight, I'm ready to start the weekend! I know it's only Thursday, but that doesn't mean we can't start early. Come on down tonight and join Tee, the Medics, and myself for your fix of the best 80's club dance music in SL played per YOUR request, starting at 7PM SLT! Thursdays are always crazy great fun at the Infirmary, and tonight will be no exception!

Filed: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 4:56:55 PM
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Another great Monday!
What a night at the home of the 80's in Second Life!

It started off on a "not so great" note as Scott and Windy sent out a group notice letting everyone know that, due to RL commitments, they weren't going to be able to do their regular Monday show. RL happens

Anyway, Tee and I made it in time for our part of the evening, and what a night it was! Another one of those great Mondays where the conversation never dies, and the place is packed with great people having the time of their lives! A grand total of 81 of the best people in SL joined Tee, myself, and our lovely Medics AnneMarit, MACY, SaraRae, Jessie, and Macy for a great party.

Let's do it again tonight! Rumor is that Windy and Scott are going to do a special Tuesday performance of their "Duo-DJ" show tonight at 5PM SLT to make up for not being in last night, and then Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to take your requests for that great 80's club dance music and preside over the silliness for the rest of the night. I certainly hope you are planning on joining us...

Filed: Monday, March 22, 2010 at 4:31:05 PM
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Another new Medic!!!
Yes, we've added a new Medic to the fold! It's been a while since we rewarded any of our loyal ladies with the title of "Medic" so let's all welcome our good friend AnneMarit as the newest St. Ivan's Infirmary Medic!

As I have mentioned a few times, we don't technically have "staff" or "employees' at St. Ivan's Infirmary... the closest thing we have are our "Medics". These lovely ladies have no job description, no real responsibilities... they are just very good friends of Tee's and mine, who want to see the club succeed, and who are just incredibly fun to be around. While there are no official duties (unofficially, they do a great job of welcoming patrons and making sure everyone feels welcome), these ladies do have a few "perks" in their Loyalty Club membership... basically revolving around the abilities to invite new people to the Loyalty Club (it's by invitation only, which explains the fantastic quality of our group members) and also to send out a group notice and start up a party of their own.

Congratulations, AnneMarit!!!

Filed: Monday, March 22, 2010 at 4:30:39 PM
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Time flies by...
WOW! I close my eyes for a second and the next thing I know it's a week later! Geez, I thought I was doing better at keeping this blog updated

No excuses this time... I just haven't made the time to keep all of you posted on happenings at the home of the 80's in Second Life. Shame, shame on me.

A quick review of the past week at the home of the 80's in Second Life: well, no news is good news, right? It was a fairly typical week with an average of about 81 people coming to party with us each night, with a low of 72 and a high of 99. Consistency... we're all about it. Lots of new group members, and lots of laughs with our old friends. We're almost like that old shoe that's just so comfortable... but just when you think you know what's going to happen, the unexpected drops on you (or one of Lucki's anvils does). So, you don't want to miss a night!

Let's start this week off properly... tonight (Monday) Windy and Scott will take your orders for the best 80's club dance music in Second Life beginning at 5PM SLT, and then Tee and I will come off the bench at 7PM SLT to take you the rest of the way. We'd be thrilled if you came in to join us... we know there are thousands of places you can be in Second Life, and we appreciate every minute you spend with us!

Filed: Monday, March 15, 2010 at 3:56:32 PM
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On the heels of the biggest birthday party ever...
Yes indeed... another week starts at the home of the 80's in Second Life. And since I survived my birthday bash (thank you so much again, everyone!) we've got another great night planned for you tonight! Windy and Scott start us off tonight (Monday) at 5PM SLT with their world famous "Duo-DJ" show, and then Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to take you the rest of the way through your Monday night with the best 80's club dance music in SL played per YOUR request. What else could you ask for?

Filed: Monday, March 15, 2010 at 3:56:10 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
OMG - A birthday to remember!
Wow. That's all I can say. Wow.

Thank you so much to all of you who came out to help me celebrate my RL birthday on Friday. What a crazy, wonderful, magical, fun night it was! I know I always talk about how great all of our friends are... and then we have a night like Friday and it just reinforces that belief.

Tee and I arrived at 7PM SLT, and before I even got started with the show the club was filling up in response to Tee's group notice inviting one and all to come to the party. The Medics had given me an advance birthday present... MACY got all the Medics together and had each of them submit a list of songs for me to play (so I wouldn't have to pick them), so I started the night off with enough of a playlist to take us most of the way through the night. Also, Star, with input from the rest of the Medics, made me the nicest birthday card I have ever received. I'll be updating this post with a picture of it once I get back inworld and get a picture taken. Thank you so much to our lovely Medics... you are the best!

As far as the night itself... WOW! We shattered our previous attendance record with 127 people through the door! The place was simply jammed with wellwishers and people just looking for an excuse to party... and of course we delivered! The best 80's club dance music in SL filled the air, the chatwaves were jammed with great conversation, and of course I got my birthday spankings several times over. So many people... our wonderful Medics MACY, Kitt, Jessie, Star, Lucki, SaraRae, Macy, and Star kept the party jumping, and the usual great group of folks joined us in addition to several new people and some old friends we haven't seen in a while... because no one wanted to miss the opportunity to enjoy the fact that I'm another year older. Plus, it turned out that it was our friend Danyell's birthday as well, so we had two reasons to celebrate!

Tee and I did our show till a little after 9PM SLT, and then Windy and Scott took over for another hour to keep all these great people dancing (and get a couple birthday wishes for me in). All in all, a great night, and a great start to another year!

Thank you so much, everyone!

Filed: Friday, March 12, 2010 at 12:20:34 PM
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Another year older.
Yup, it's my RL birthday today. And for the record... I'm now 47. It's not such a bad age to be. When I was born, we had running water and electricity, and no, I've never met a dinosaur.

What a blowout we had Thursday night at the home of the 80's in Second Life! Our favorite Klingons Ganta and QatanI celebrated their third year of being partnered in SL, and QatanI asked me to help him prepare a little surprise anniversary party for his lovely bride. The place was jammed, and Tee, our lovely Medics Jessie, SaraRae, and Macy, and I took requests, played the hit tunes, and chatted up a storm with 103 great people! I believe I set a new record with 24 IM windows open at one time as the requests poured in.

Tonight? Well, it's Friday, of course, so we have our usual official start to the weekend bash, of course... Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to welcome each and every one of you, take your requests, and do up the best of the 80's for you once again. Plus, I suspect that the Medics might have something planned for my birthday... and it will probably be embarrassing so you won't want to miss it!

Filed: Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 1:54:20 PM
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And the 80's fun continues...
Yes indeed, we've been having a ball! It just goes to show you how easy it is to have a great time when you're surrounded by great friends and great music.

Tee and I had another fabulous Tuesday night... we arrived at 7PM SLT, sent out the group notice, and within minutes the place was jumping... our lovely Medics MACY, Ashleigh, Jessie, Star, and Kitt fulfilled their duties (which of course is just to hang out, be beautiful, and talk to people), the requests for that great 80's club dance music poured in, and when it was all said and done we had partied with 73 of the best people in SL!

Wednesday night was RL night for Tee and I, so we didn't come inworld at all... but 82 of you came in to party the night away with Windy and Scott from 5PM to 7PM SLT, followed by Norkight and Star from 7PM to 9PM SLT. Of course, Medics Lucki and Victoria did their part as well.. it's such a luxury to have these great friends and great DJ teams to come in and do their thing without my having to do anything at all it's almost like the club manages itself!

Tonight? Well, of course Tee and I will be in and we hope you'll join us for another 2 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in SL! How can I call it the best? Easy... it's the music YOU ask us to play! We'll be starting at 7PM SLT, and we'll see YOU there!

Filed: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 at 3:32:26 PM
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Your place to be!
What a nice night Monday was at the home of the 80's in Second Life!

Windy and Scott started the week off properly, getting the party started at 5PM SLT, and Tee and I arrived at 7PM to the usual great group of folks! We then took over, and aided by our lovely Medics Lucki, Ashleigh, and Victoria, we guided the festivities through the remainder of the night... new people just kept on coming in, and a great time was had by all 82 of you that joined us!

Tonight? Well, it's Tuesday, which means Tee and I do it all over again starting at 7PM SLT. Come on by. You'll thank me for it.

Filed: Monday, March 08, 2010 at 5:22:24 PM
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Whew!
Indeed... it's good to be the reigning champion!

Thanks so much to all of you great people who have made St. Ivan's Infirmary the most popular pure 80's club in all of Second Life! We know there are literally thousands of places you could be in SL every night, and we pledge never to take you for granted... it's because of you that we've achieved our success!

Friday night, Tee and I did our thing for 90 fantastic people... everyone looked fabulous, we welcomed some new friends (as usual) and Medics MACY, Ashleigh, Lucki, Star, and SaraRae kept things hopping as we danced to all your great requests while chatting the night away. What a great start to the weekend!

As usual, it was a RL weekend for Tee and I, but we had a great crowd on Saturday night... Gilbered had a previous engagement in RL, but we still welcomed 61 of you, coming in to party with Medics Ashleigh, Lucki, and SaraRae accompanied by our "autopilot" stream playing the same great commercial free music that we're known for. Norkight and Star did their usual Sunday extravaganza, keeping 73 of you company with Nork's unique take on the best of the 80's and Star's effervescent personality. We take good care of you.

Another new week starts tonight... Windy and Scott kick off their half of the best 4 hours of 80's music to be found in Second Life tonight at 5PM SLT, to be followed by Tee and yours truly at 7PM SLT. We'll see you then!

Filed: Friday, March 05, 2010 at 4:08:55 PM
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As the week comes to its end...
Another fantastic week at the home of the 80's in Second Life! And with friends like all of you, how could it be anything but spectacular?

Coming up on another milestone... I suspect that we will welcome visitor number 55,000 sometime this weekend. How about that?

Let's recap.

Monday night, the best 4 hours of 80's in Second Life kicked off with the "Duo-DJ" team of Windy and Scott at 5PM SLT. Tee and I came in at 7PM and finished out the night with 87 of you great people, and a fantastic time was had by all!

Tuesday, I got to go solo as Tee was down visiting our RL and SL friend (and Medic) Macy, and the hotel they were staying in didn't have WiFi. Grumble. Still, you didn't let the TeeDeeless night stop you, as another 87 of you came in to dance the night away!

Wednesday, another 4 hour block of 80's played per your request was yours as Windy and Scott took the first two hours, followed by the ever-reliable (and generally silly) Norkight and Star. Tee and I didn't make it in, as usual, but 86 of you came in to partake in the biggest 80's party in SL.

Thursday, it was back to business as usual as Tee and I entertained 77 of you. A great time, and lots of new friends joined our old friends... and by the time the night was over, they were all old friends! We seem to have that effect on people... once you come in, you always come back!

You see the pattern... every night brings a great group of people to dance the night away with us. Now, it's Friday (don't you just love hearing those words?) and we are prepared to launch your weekend in style! Come on in tonight... Tee, the Medics, and I will be here at 7PM SLT to ensure that your weekend starts with a smile. Come on down and party to the 80's with us!

Filed: Monday, March 01, 2010 at 3:49:45 PM
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New month... same great atmosphere!
It's March! That means spring will be here soon, right? Well, in any event my RL birthday is coming up in less than two weeks so that's always something to look forward to.

Regardless of the weather outside, it's always 78 degrees and sunny in tropical Teeland, and you never have to worry about dressing warmly!

Friday night, Tee and I did our thing for 77 great people, taking requests and making sure that the best 80's club dance music in all of Second Life was well represented. Fridays are always a great time, and our lovely Medics MACY, Star, Lucki, Macy, SaraRae, and Ashleigh kept the atmosphere light, silly, and beautiful!

We stayed in RL for the weekend, as we usually do but the party raved on without us at the home of the 80's in Second Life as Gilbered kept 71 of our friends entertained on Saturday night with his take on the 80's, while Norkight and Star partied it up with 81 of you on Sunday night!

Monday's upon us now, and tonight you get that special start to the week that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face... 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL played per your request by Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT) and then by Tee and myself (from 7PM to 9PM SLT). Come on by... you know you want to...

Filed: Friday, February 26, 2010 at 3:46:33 PM
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Back at the controls!
Yup. I survived Thursday night, being mostly recovered from whatever's been ailing me this week.

Tee and I did our regularly scheduled Thursday night show, and we had a great time! Joined by our lovely Medics Lucki and SaraRae, we took requests and played that great 80's club dance music for a nice crowd totaling 73 by the end of the night. A little quiet for a Thursday, but I gave up long ago on predicting any sort of pattern as to which nights are busy and which aren't. The important thing is that the people who were with us had a great time!

It's Friday now, and Tee and I will get your weekend off to its proper start tonight starting at 7PM SLT. I certainly hope you're planning on joining us...

Filed: Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 5:44:02 PM
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Mostly recovered...
Blech. I hate being sick.

The numbers report a great week thus far at the home of the 80's in Second Life... since I haven't been in, that's all I have to go on but Norkight and Star were happy to step in for Tee and I on Tuesday night, after I decided that the only place I was headed was to bed (thanks so much you two!), and I'm sure great times were had by all. Wednesday, being our normal night off, brought 4 solid hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL played per your request by Windy and Scott, followed by Norkight and Star. 62 people attended the party on Tuesday night, and 80 on Wednesday. See, you don't need Tee and I... the party goes on even when we're not there!

Not 100% yet, but Tee and I will be in tonight (Thursday) at 7PM SLT to keep the party rolling along with your favorite 80's songs, along with some you haven't heard in a while. Come on by and join us... you'll be glad you did!

Filed: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 2:20:22 PM
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I'm ready for spring. How about you?
I'm tired of winter.

Anyway, just catching up quickly... Tee and I share everything, which is as it should be and one thing she shared with me is the cold she had last week. I'm feeling just a little under the weather.

We had a nice night on Friday, getting the weekend started properly for 86 people who knew where the party was at! Tee and I were ably assisted by our lovely Medics Ashleigh, SaraRae, Lucki, and Jessie, and as always the best 80's club dance music in Second Life filled the club, along with some very lively and often silly conversation.

Tee and I took the weekend off, but Nork and Star did their Sunday night thing, of course, and they had a great night with 73 people joining them for a couple of hours of laughs and great times.

Monday, our "Duo-DJ" team of Windy and Scott got us started at 5PM SLT, and then Tee and I took over at 7PM SLT for another couple hours of fun. Another nice night with 102 of you joining us for your official start to the week!

Tonight (Tuesday) Tee and I plan on being in at 7PM SLT to do it all over again, and I promise not to sneeze on anyone. We expect to see YOU, of course!

Filed: Friday, February 19, 2010 at 3:15:34 PM
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Ready for the weekend!
It's certainly been another great week at the home of the 80's in Second Life! Thanks so much to each and every one of you who came in to party the night away... you're a part of our success, and we couldn't do it without you!

Wednesday night, as usual Tee and I stayed in RL. But, the Infirmary was once again THE place to be on Wednesday as Windy and Scott treated us to two hours of their "Duo-DJ" show, and then Norkight and Star took the handoff and kept the party going till late in the evening. All told, 101 of you dropped in for a while to enjoy the camaderie and dance the night away.

Tee and I returned to do our usual Thursday night show... and we had another nice night with 71 lovely people coming in to partake in the silliness. Medics Jessie, SaraRae, MACY, and Lucki joined us along with lots of friends, both new and old... and the highlight of the evening was a visit from our friend Jewel, who if you hadn't heard is the immensely talented creator of our Technics SL-1200 MK II dance floor (the big turntable you dance on!) It's coming up on a year since she built it for us, and we still get comments every night on how unique and perfectly "80's" it is. There's definitely not another dance floor anywhere in SL like it.

Tonight (Friday) Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to get your weekend off to a great start. Why? Because it's fun and because we'd rather be with our friends at St. Ivan's than anywhere else! See you tonight!

Filed: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 4:03:46 PM
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Fat Tuesday, indeed!
It was Mardi Gras unleashed on Tuesday night at the home of the 80's in Second Life! Tee and I were joined by 96 revelers, partying up the place with some fantastic Mardi Gras outfits! Tee, along with our lovely Medics Jessie and Lucki and our great friends AnneMarit and Lizabeth looked absolutely stunning in their outrageous yet sexy attire, and of course I couldn't be left out, donning my absolutely ridiculous court jester costume. Great people, great music, and the best conversation in Second Life... what more could you ask for?

Tonight (Wednesday) brings you 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in Second Life, played per your request by Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT), followed by Norkight and Star (from 7PM to 9PM SLT).

You might see Tee and/or I pop in... then again you might not. If not, come in tonight and enjoy the ride, and Tee and I will see you on Thursday!

Filed: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 2:02:50 PM
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Rested and ready!
Well, last night didn't go as planned. After I posted the previous entry, I started feeling not so good. Don't know if it was a sympathy thing toward Tee (these things happen when you're married) or what, but about 5:30PM SLT I decided that the only place I was going was to bed.

So, Windy and Scott were kind enough to extend their 2 hour show to... um, I don't know because I was asleep but the numbers show another great Monday at the Infirmary with 94 people coming in to party! Thanks guys... we owe you one.

We'll try it again tonight... my 14 hours of sleep seems to have knocked whatever was ailing me back into submission, and Tee's feeling better too, so we'll see you tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT.

Filed: Monday, February 15, 2010 at 4:50:19 PM
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Welcome back!
Another party week starts tonight at the home of the 80's in Second Life, and of course we're ready to deliver for you!

Friday night, Tee and I were joined by 85 people, ready to party! With our lovely Medics MACY, Ashleigh, Lucki, and SaraRae, we had a great time talking up a storm and dancing the night away, while laughing incessantly... it was that kind of night. Fridays are always fun, and this one was no exception!

The weekend? Well, as usual, Tee and I didn't come inworld at all... Saturday was a busy day in RL for us as we bounced around from karate tournaments to basement remodeling to playing with the boys. Sunday, being Valentine's Day for the rest of the world, was also Tee's birthday, and my son Ben's confirmation, so of course that was another busy day as well... though Tee's been coming down with a cold and it finally hit on Sunday so she spent most of the afternoon and evening on the couch while I worked on getting the ceiling installed in the basement rec room. As far as inworld, Ashleigh presided over a nice gathering of 67 people on Saturday night (Gilbered took the weekend off to get married) and then Norkight and Star took care of 80 of you on Sunday night with their own version of insanity.

Now, Monday is upon us again, which means we kick off another week of festivities with another 4 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in Second Life, played per YOUR request! Windy and Scott will start us off at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and then Tee and I (assuming Tee's feeling up to it) will take the handoff at 7PM SLT for the second half. We'll see you tonight!

Filed: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 2:41:54 PM
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Gotta love it...
Just got back from shopping (in keeping with my tradition of waiting till the last possible minute) for the February 14th holiday, which in our house has a dual meaning, being both Valentine's Day and also Tee's birthday. I think she'll be pleased.

What's up at the home of the 80's in Second Life? Well, as usual, Tee and I didn't come inworld on Wednesday night, leaving all you beautiful people in the very good care of Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT) and Norkight and Star (from 7PM to 9PM SLT). As always, they delivered... aided by our lovely Medics SaraRae, Lucki, and Ashleigh, the beat went on for 101 of you, and a great time was had by all!

Tee and I returned last night (Thursday) to welcome 91 of you for a nice little 80's party. Medics Jessie, Lucki, SaraRae, and Ashleigh were on hand, and as usual the atmosphere was filled with great gesture-free chat, lovely people, and the best 80's club dance music in Second Life. Plus, as an added bonus, our great friend AnneMarit mentioned that they had talked the previous night about how nice it would be to have a conga line... so of course I pointed Firefox off to XStreetSL, and within seconds we had about 20 of us doing the silliest conga line dance around the dance floor. Ask and you shall receive. We welcomed several new friends to our little family last night... and I can't help but point out that a few of them were wearing BlackHearts tags when they came in, but they left with a smile on their faces and "St. Ivan's Loyalty Club" tags over their heads! That seems to happen a lot.

We've got a bit of a schedule change this weekend, as our newest DJ Gilbered won't be in Saturday night as regularly scheduled. Something about getting married. Yeah, I guess we'll let him off for that.

Tonight? Well, of course it's Friday, and Tee and I will start your weekend off in style with another 80's bash beginning at 7PM SLT. You'll want to be here... trust me, I'm always right.

Filed: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 2:53:57 PM
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Ever get tired of reading about how great things are going?
Well... too bad 'cause that's just how it is at the home of the 80's in Second Life! Yes, life is good. Making new friends every night, hearing those same phrases over and over from our new arrivals: "Wow! This is so different than the other clubs I've been to... the music is great, and people actually TALK here!" Gotta love it... and all the thanks goes to YOU, good people of Second Life, for it's because of you that we've got the atmosphere we're famous for.

Monday night, Tee and I followed two hours of Windy and Scott's "Duo-DJ" show, coming in to a great crowd all ready to party. We had a grand old time with 93 of you joining us for your fix of the 80's club dance songs you know and love, along with those songs that the other clubs don't even remember. With Medics Ashleigh, Lucki, and SaraRae on hand, the night was a blast... who wouldn't have fun around these lovely ladies?

Tuesday night, I went it alone for most of it, as Tee wasn't feeling too well (she's doing much better today... thanks go to all of you who expressed your concern). Aided by Medics Lucki, Ashleigh, Kitt, SaraRae, and Jessie, we welcomed 89 of you for another two hour blast from your past.

Tonight (Wednesday), though being Tee's and my night off, brings another special treat for you... Windy and Scott kick off their half of the best 80's party in Second Life at 5PM SLT, to be followed by Norkight and Star doing that thing they do from 7PM to 9PM SLT. As always, we'll be taking your requests, making your dedications, and generally having a silly old time while dancing the night away... and of course, we'll see YOU there, because we can't do it without YOU!

Filed: Monday, February 08, 2010 at 5:18:32 PM
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Thank you, everyone!
As I mentioned a little while back, we surpassed the 50,000 visitor plateau last weekend. Dare I say that we owe our success to every single one of those people who have passed through our doors in the past 16 months? Not only do I dare... I shout it! THANK YOU EVERYONE! Without you, we'd just be another of the scattered "nightclubs" to be found around Second Life.

We finished out last week very nicely... Tee and I did that thing we do on Thursday and Friday nights, keeping 80 (on Thursday) and 76 (on Friday) of you folks company for a couple of hours each evening. As has been the case, our gatherings consisted of a nice blend of our Medics, old friends, and lots of new friends who will be segueing into the "old friend" stage as time moves on. With a club full of great people, our lovely Medics, Tee's fashion sense, and of course the best 80's club dance music in Second Life played per your request by yours truly, how could we go wrong?

Tee and I then, as usual, took the weekend off from Second Life. That didn't stop the party, though, as Gilbered rocked Saturday night for 74 of our friends, while Norkight and Star took care of 87 great people on Sunday. We just keep on keeping on... we just can't let a day go by without making sure that you people hear the music that you want to hear!

Another new week is upon us... make plans to join us tonight for another 4 hours of your favorite 80's club dance music, including of course lots of songs that the other "80's clubs" don't even remember! Windy and Scott will get us underway at 5PM SLT, and then Tee and I will be back to pick up where they leave off at 7PM SLT. See you tonight!

Filed: Thursday, February 04, 2010 at 5:42:06 PM
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The week's just cooking along...
Short note (to make up for the post below on "How to be a DJ in Second Life" which I believe is the longest post I've ever written)

Tee and I had a great Tuesday night, with 83 friends joining us to party the night away 80's style. We didn't make it in Wednesday (I had some work in the RL basement to do, finishing up my recording studio), but Scott and Windy combined with Nork and Star to entertain 87 of you crazies as only they can. Life is good at the home of the 80's in Second Life

It's Thursday... Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT. You'll be here. I know it.

Filed: Tuesday, February 02, 2010 at 5:40:08 PM
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And away we go....
Yup, another week gets off to a successful start at the home of the 80's in Second Life!

Things were a little dicey to start Monday off, with Scott unable to get inworld at 5PM SLT. So Windy took it alone, taking your requests and playing all that great 80's club dance music, while Scott finally showed up and was punished by being referred to as "the guest DJ" for the remainder of the 5 - 7 shift.

Tee and I arrived a little late ourselves, but we took the handoff from Windy and did our usual Monday madness insanity quality show for all of you. Aided by our lovely Medics Ashleigh, Kitt, Macy, Lucki, and SaraRae, we welcomed 92 of you great people to the biggest 80's party in Second Life.

Tuesday's upon us... Tee and I will see you tonight at 7PM SLT. Make sure you're here... you don't want to see it on the news tomorrow and be mad because you missed it...

Filed: Monday, February 01, 2010 at 3:59:14 PM
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Wow, it's February already!
Where did January go? Seems like last week that we were talking about Christmas...

Well, here's me dashing off a quick update to get you all up to speed on happenings at the home of the 80's in Second Life.

Once again, an innocuous little event passed quietly by on Saturday morning (why does this always happen when I'm not inworld?). Sometime between midnight and noon on Saturday, we surpassed the 50,000 visitor mark. I really wish this would happen during one of our shows, so we could properly welcome the milestone visitor. Still, it happened when it happened... and 50,000+ visitors in a little over a year is just one more little feather in the cap of our little club... demonstrably the most popular pure 80's nightclub in all of SL. That, of course, doesn't happen without all of you great people... we couldn't do it without you!

Anyway, the rundown of where I left off:

Wednesday: 87 of you dropped by to enjoy 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL, played per your request by the DJ teams of Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT) and Nork and Star (from 7PM to 9PM SLT). It's so great to know that Tee and I can take the night off, completely forget about SL, and know that our club is in such great hands.

Thursday, Tee and I returned to entertain 82 of you and preside over the general insanity. Lots of fun... the place was filled with our old friends, and of course we made a few new friends, who had a blast!

Friday, Tee and I kicked off the weekend, welcoming 93 of you to party the night away. Lots of repeat visitors from the previous night, who, having found their new home in SL, couldn't wait to come back and do it all again... when I got to the club at 7PM SLT, there were already several people waiting for the show to begin!

Saturday, we had a bit of a change in plans. DJ Gilbered was scheduled to come in from 7PM to 9PM SLT, but was having serious Internet connection issues and let me know an hour before the show that he wasn't going to make it. But that didn't stop 87 of you from coming in and partying with our lovely Medics SaraRae and Lucki... DJ or no DJ, the good times roll on! I keep hearing that our "autopilot" music stream (which is unique to St. Ivan's... you can't hear it anywhere else) is not only the best "radio" in Second Life, but plays superior music to a lot of the live DJs at other clubs. When you've got it, you've got it...

Sunday, Norkight and Star did that crazy thing they do for 83 of you... trust me, they are a blast! With Nork's understated delivery and sense of humor, along with the beautiful Star's general wackiness, it's easily the best Sunday night show in SL.

Now, it's Monday, beginning another week, another month... and you know what that means! You got it... another solid 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL, played per your request by the DJ teams of Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT) and Tee and myself (from 7PM to 9PM SLT). Come on down... you know you want to!

Filed: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 12:39:27 PM
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The party just keeps going nonstop!
Not too much to report today... I'm up to my RL ears in QuickBooks, trying to get invoicing done. Still, last night at the home of the 80's in Second Life bears a quick writeup, so I'm tearing myself away momentarily.

We had a great crowd, as usual... 78 of the most fun people in SL joined Tee and I, along with Medics Jessie, MACY, Lucki, SaraRae, Macy, and Kitt for our Tuesday night party. It was another one of those nights where I had trouble keeping up with the conversation as the requests were filling my IM box faster than I could play them (not that it's a bad thing, mind you).

The highlight of the evening, for sentimental old me, anyway was when our friend Frederic made the comment, and I quote...

"there are clubs that would *kill* for the crowd we have when we are just on the radio stream"

It's very true (heck, most of the other SL clubs get happy when they have 10 people in the building at a time), but what immediately struck me about the comment was Frederic's use of the word "we". It wasn't "St. Ivan's", it was "we". That says a lot. That reinforces my belief that we've accomplished the goal that Tee and I set out to reach when we opened the club... it's not Tee's and my club, but rather it belongs to all the members of the Loyalty Club. I do hope that all of you feel that way, because it's the reason for our success... without great people like you, we'd just be a building that played music and had a dance floor. It's why we are as popular as we are... because you do feel that the Infirmary is yours. And that's the way it should be.

Oh, incidentally... on the subject of popularity, I've been watching the attendance figures, and I expect that we will be welcoming visitor number 50,000 sometime next week. We will have to do something special for the occasion.

Anyway, Tee and I are off tonight (Wednesday)... but don't let that stop you! You've got 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL awaiting you tonight with Windy and Scott starting at 5PM SLT, followed by Norkight and Star at 7PM SLT. Drop by, and be prepared to stay a while... you won't want to leave!

Filed: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 1:22:41 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
What's up this week at the Infirmary?
It's been a bit chaotic of late. Not that it's a bad thing, of course. I guess that's kind of the point of building a successful SL business, no?

Friday night, Tee and I arrived at 7PM SLT for another weekend kickoff of nothing but the 80's. Did we have a blast? Well, of course we did... the chat was lively, the requests were plentiful, and with 102 of the best people in SL joining us, how could we go wrong?

Saturday night, we got a special treat as we debuted the newest member of the St. Ivan's Infirmary DJ team... Gilbered Grantly spun for us from 7PM to 9PM SLT and didn't miss a beat, bringing yet another take on the great 80's club dance classics. He's a great addition, and this means that we are once again staffed 7 nights a week! Even with the spur of the moment addition, 90 of you came to welcome Gilbered and dance the night away, and it was a very successful debut.

Sunday night, Norkight and Star did their thing for all of you... taking your requests and presiding over the most fun to be had in SL on Sunday night. I've said it before... Nork and Star OWN Sunday nights in SL, and 116 of you agreed with that and came for the party!

Monday was the usual circus... Windy and Scott did their "Duo-DJ" show from 5PM to 7PM SLT, and Tee and I arrived at 7PM to take over for a fantastic group of people! We had a great time as the conversation filled the air, I tried to keep up with the requests, and all in all it was a typical fun Monday as 104 of you joined us for the evening.

What will tonight (Tuesday) bring? Well, you won't know unless you're here, right? Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to start the madness... and trust me, you'll want to be part of it. See you tonight!

Filed: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 2:33:45 PM
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What a night!
Thursday night didn't disappoint those of you who chose to drop in at the home of the 80's in Second Life!

It started off innocently enough... Tee and I came in around 7PM SLT to do our usual show. We were joined by our lovely Medics MACY, Ashleigh, Star, Jessie, SaraRae, and Lucki (who was celebrating her RL birthday... complete with an on-mic rendition of "Happy Birthday to You" from Tee, which was priceless!). We had a nice group of people to start with... and then the floodgates opened. As usually seems to be the case, all it takes is a couple of people finding us for the first time, discovering that we are the club they've been looking for, and then inviting all their friends... and by the time Tee and I signed off at 9:15PM SLT, we had 94 people visit us! The place was seriously packed, the conversation was flying so fast it was hard to keep up, and we welcomed several new Loyalty Club members.

Let's see if we can do it again tonight! Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT tonight (Friday) to keep you entertained, and we'd love you to join us.

Filed: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 3:24:50 PM
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YOUR early start to the weekend is here!
Yup, our traditional Thursday night party begins tonight (Thursday... duh) at 7PM SLT. Tee and I will be in to take you through another two hour block of the best 80's club dance music in SL, played (of course) per YOUR request.

Wednesday was its usual blockbuster success at the home of the 80s in Second Life... Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT) and Norkight and Star (from 7PM to 9PM SLT) kept 96 of you entertained with the music and conversation you just can't live without. As previously mentioned and suspected, Tee and I never did make it inworld. Good news is that we now have some privacy in our RL house... all 7 windows in the living room and dining room now have cellular shades! And, it only took me 45 minutes to install them... which is far ahead of my usual pace. See, Tee has a formula to interpret my time estimates... multiply it by three and then add an hour. Since I estimated 20 minutes to install these, it should have taken me two hours... so I'm ahead! Right?



We'll see you tonight.

Filed: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 4:09:18 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Midweek ramblings and general babble
It's Wednesday once again, which means that Tee and I take the night off from the Infirmary (though we may pop in to make sure everyone's behaving... you never know). I had another item added to my RL "honey-do" list yesterday... on the 1 year anniversary of our move into our new RL house, our window coverings finally arrived! So, I get to put cellular shades up in the living room and dining room tonight. Looks easy, but we'll see...

We had a very nice night Tuesday night at the home of the 80's in SL. Tee and I flipped the switch over to our live DJ feed at 7PM SLT, and accompanied by our lovely Medics Lucki, MACY, SaraRae, and Jessie, we welcomed quite a few new people to join our regulars. The conversation was lively and basically pretty silly, everyone had a lot of laughs, and of course the best 80's club dance music in Second Life filled the air per our friends' requests. When the night was over, we had welcomed 85 people to our little corner of the world.

As I said, we're off tonight. We'll do our show again Thursday night at 7PM SLT... tonight (Wednesday) brings 4 hours of fun with Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT) and then Norkight and Star (from 7PM to 9PM SLT). Do yourself a favor and join the party tonight... you'll be glad you did!

Filed: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 5:37:29 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Monday, Monday...
Interesting night last night. We started out strong, and finished very quietly. It happens.

Windy and Scott started off our 4 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in Second Life at 5PM SLT, and Tee and I then came in to a great crowd at 7PM. Windy and Scott always bring the great people in. We had the usual Monday party atmosphere... the requests filled my IM box, and we all had a great time. All told, we had 96 of you folks come in to join us on Monday.

Typically, what happens at night (due to differences in timezones) is that we have an "early crowd" and a "late crowd". We have people packing the place when we get to the club, and then as they leave, people who have just logged in "take their places", keeping the crowd size fairly consistent. For some reason, the late crowd was um... late last night. As a result, our "early crowd" started saying their goodnights between 8PM and 830PM, as usual, but their "replacements" didn't come in. Because of that, by the time Tee and I finished our shift at 9PM SLT, we were down to Tee, myself, Frederic, and Renesmee. Oh well. I needed to get to bed early, anyway.

We'll do it again tonight... Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT with the medicine guaranteed to cure what ails you... another 2 hours of the best club dance music in SL, played per YOUR request! We'll see you then!

Filed: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 5:07:11 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The most popular pure 80's club in Second Life parties on!
I can NOT believe how time is flying by. Another weekend came and went before I realized it. It seems like last week we were hanging the Christmas stockings at the home of the 80's in Second Life, and now January is almost over.

Thursday and Friday nights, Tee and I did that thing we do for you people... hosting the party for all you good people. As always, we had a blast... we made several new friends, and of course lots of Loyalty Club members filled the club with the best conversation anywhere. We only had to use Noddington's "over-gesturing" anvil dropper a few times... for the most part, the chat was topical and full of laughs. 85 people through the door on Thursday, and 80 on Friday.

As usual, Tee and I had good intentions of coming in over the weekend... and as usual, it didn't happen. I did get an awful lot done on the RL house though... our basement rec room is about 90% complete, and a couple more weekends should do it! However, that didn't stop you from coming in for your 80's fix... we had a great crowd on Saturday, even without a live DJ, and then Norkight and Star welcomed lots of you on Sunday night for their unique show... they are a blast, and you are truly missing out when you don't come in on Sunday nights! All told, the weekend gate showed 103 people on Saturday and an even 100 on Sunday.

Tee and I will be in tonight (Monday) at 7PM SLT, following Windy and Scott's "Duo-DJ" show at 5PM SLT. That's right... 4 solid hours of the best 80's club dance music in Second Life awaits you tonight! Will we see you there? I certainly hope so!

Filed: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 4:50:10 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
What a nice week so far!
We've gotten off to a great start this week at the home of the 80's in Second Life, and we'll continue that right through the weekend!

Monday night, Windy and Scott outdid themselves with yet another 2 hour block of their "Duo-DJ" show. If by some chance you haven't heard these two, make plans to stop in when they're here, because you will never hear another show like theirs in SL! I then finished up the night, doing the 7PM to 9PM SLT shift per usual, taking your requests and getting all that great 80's club dance music delivered to you. 77 of you joined us for the night, and a good time was had by all!

Tuesday night, Tee and I fired things up at 7PM SLT for you once again. Tee left us a little early, but I stayed till 9PM SLT doing that 80's thing you need for 82 people.

Wednesday night brought another 4 hour block of 80's per your request, courtesy of Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT) and then Norkight and Star (from 7PM to 9PM SLT). Tee and I didn't even turn our computers on, instead having "game night" with my sons, but our not being there didn't stop 96 of you from coming in to dance to the music and chat the place up.

Here we are at Thursday night once again, and Tee and I will be in tonight at 7PM SLT to give you a couple more hours of the medicine that cures what ails you. Stop by and see us... we know there are thousands of places to be in SL, and we appreciate each and every minute you spend with us at the Infirmary!

Filed: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 5:50:25 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Apparently I've been neglecting my blogging duties of late.
Yeah, I've been slacking. My excuse? Well, I don't have one. So there.

We finished out last week at the home of the 80's in SL in style... Windy and Scott combined with Norkight and Star for another blowout Wednesday at St. Ivan's, dishing out those 80's favorites and partying it up with 73 of the greatest people in SL! (psst... that's YOU!)

Thursday and Friday were Tee's and my nights to come in and spend some time with you... as always, we had a grand time taking your requests, talking stupid (ok, that was my job) and dancing the night away. For those of you who were there Friday, you'll be glad to know that the squeaky toy has been retired. Great attendance both nights, with 69 and 82 of you joining us respectively.

Tee and I then took the weekend off from SL, as usual, but Jessie ended up hosting the Saturday night festivities with 85 of you coming in to have a good time and dance to the music from our autopilot stream (how many clubs in SL can say that?!?!?). Then, Nork and Star did their Sunday thing for 75 of you.

Now, another week starts. Will this be the week that I actually return to blogging on a more regular basis? We'll see... but regardless, you'll want to make sure your plans for tonight (Monday) include a stop at our little club. Windy and Scott will get you started at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and then Tee and I will follow up at 7PM with another couple of hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL. You KNOW you want to be here... we'll see you tonight!

Filed: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 4:20:09 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
OK, I think I'm finally getting caught up!
Whew. Almost a week into 2010, and I think I can take a breath now and relax a little. Aren't holiday seasons fun?

We had a nice little gathering last night (Tuesday) at the home of the 80's in SL... a little slow (which seems to be the norm for Tuesday for some reason). 96 people through the door to partake in the only pure 80's nightclub experience in Second Life, with lots of new faces and some old friends we haven't seen in a while. Everyone seemed to tire out early, though, which is not necessarily a bad thing as Tee and I were able to participate in the chat with our friends and generally have a great time.

We're off tonight (Wednesday), but that doesn't mean the party stops! Windy and Scott will start off 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show. Then, Norkight and Star will take over the helm at 7PM SLT to take you into the nighttime. Tee and I may stop in tonight for a bit, or we may just make it a RL night. If we don't see you tonight, we'll see you tomorrow (Thursday) at 7PM SLT to do it all again!

Filed: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 5:59:08 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another party in the books!
Well, it was back to business as usual on Monday night at the home of the 80's in Second Life. Scott started things up at 5PM SLT and had a fantastic crowd waiting for Tee and myself when we got there at 7PM SLT. By the time the night was over, we had once again welcomed 104 of you gorgeous people through the door!

Hope you're planning on stopping in tonight (Tuesday)... Tee and I will be there at 7PM SLT to give you another booster shot of that great 80's club dance music, played the way only St. Ivan's Infirmary can play it. Come on down tonight and join the party!

Filed: Saturday, January 02, 2010 at 11:09:45 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Getting back to normal, now that the New Year is here.
Well, Tee and I made it back to Wisconsin just fine. Had a bit of a delay in Indiana, and then another in Chicago which resulted in us taking a tour down Lakeshore Drive to avoid an accident out on the Dan Ryan Expressway. This resulted in our not getting home till about 9PM our time (7PM SLT) which delayed the start of our Friday show a little, as I suspected it would.

Once we got unpacked and propped up on the couch, I did finally get in to the club around 8PM SLT to play some music for you folks (Tee decided she was just too tired, and just snuggled up on the couch to watch). Our first party of the New Year was a success, with 94 lovely people (yes, that includes you, Erich, though this time you left the dress at home) dropping in to join the festivities. It was a great time, and I finally signed off just before 10PM SLT as my voice was pretty much gone and I was starting to make less and less sense as the day caught up with me.

Now, it's Saturday night, and I suspect that Windy and Scott are just finishing up... I'm sure you all had a great time. Tee and I spent the evening doing some family time with my boys, and per usual on Saturday didn't make it in.

So, as things get back to normal, we're back to our usual schedule. Norkight and Star will preside over their own particular brand of lunacy from 7PM to 9PM SLT tomorrow (Sunday). Tee and I will be in on Monday night at 7PM SLT, picking up where Windy and Scott leave off with their 5PM SLT show. We'll see you then!

Filed: Friday, January 01, 2010 at 5:59:03 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Happy New Year!
Wow, what a celebration! 104 people through the door on New Year's Eve to ring out the old and ring in the new. Tee took the night off to partake in her family's ritualistic card game, and I went solo from 7PM to 9PM SLT... taking tons of requests for that great 80's club dance music that the Infirmary is known for, and staying long enough to do the ball drop for our friends on the East Coast. Fortunately, we escaped the gridwide rolling restart up to that point, and our party was uninterrupted!

Then, in a nice surprise, Scott and Windy came in and took over the DJ chores to continue the party, since I needed to get to bed to rest up for the big New Year's Day drive from NY back to Wisconsin.

And that's where we are now... Tee's driving at the moment while I post this from my netbook, driving through Chicago. I'm hopeful that I at least will get in for tonight (Friday)'s show, though I'm doubtful it will be by 7PM SLT. Hope to see you then!

Filed: Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 5:43:15 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Ringing out the old year, and in with the new.
Wow. I figured I'd have all kinds of time to post the past week, being on vacation and all... and well, it just didn't happen. My bad.

I hope your Christmas was as wonderful and blessed as Tee's and mine was. Time with family, fellowship, and of course quite a bit of beer (reiterating: spending a week with your family)

Anyway, it's been business as usual the past several nights at the Infirmary... we all took Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off, but Windy and Scott surprised us with a Saturday performance of their "Duo-DJ" show, and then of course Nork and Star did that thing they do on Sunday night. Tee and I followed another Monday performance by Windy and Scott with our own show, and I did Tuesday as well while Windy and Scott combined with Nork and Star for another 4 hour Wednesday. I don't have the numbers right in front of me, but attendance was great as always with between 70 and 90 people each night, coming in for our special blend of the best 80's club dance music in SL.

Now, it's New Year's Eve. The plan at this point is that I'll be in tonight (Thursday) to help all of you wonderful people ring in 2010 by partying like it's 1989. If you don't have RL plans, come on by and celebrate with us as only St. Ivan's Infirmary can!

Filed: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 1:39:40 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Merry Christmas to all of you!
This will most likely be my last post before Christmas, and I once again wanted to extend Tee's and my wishes for a very Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.

Tuesday night was an incredibly fun and crazy night... it was Tee's and my last show before Christmas, and we blew the doors off the Infirmary with 107 of you coming in to celebrate with us! We were joined by our gorgeous Medics Kitt, Ashleigh, Jessie, SaraRae, Lucki, MACY, Star, and Cora, and the best 80's music in Second Life filled the air... the chat was silly, wacky, and all-inclusive (don't you just hate going to a club and finding everyone locked in IM with each other, or just spouting off canned gestures?), and it warmed my heart to see all the beautiful people coming together in our little club and enjoying each others' company.

Tonight (Wednesday), you get treated to another 4 hour block of the 80's... Windy and Scott will get you started with their "Duo-DJ" show at 5PM SLT, and then Norkight and Star will bring their patented brand of zaniness to you starting at 7PM SLT. Depending on RL, Tee and I might pop in for a bit tonight to just hang with all of you for a while.

Please enjoy all that Christmas brings you, and remember that the greatest blessing of all is your family and friends.

Filed: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 3:01:10 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
What a start to the holiday week!
As we wind down the Christmas season, I want to make sure I once again recognize everyone who has helped to make St. Ivan's Infirmary such a huge success, and the most popular pure 80's club in Second Life. We certainly couldn't have done it without you... our DJ teams of Windy and Scott, and Norkight and Star, and of course our lovely Medics SaraRae, Lucki, Cora, MACY, Ashleigh, Kitt, Victoria, Macy, and Jessie, our Corpsman Ace, along with all of you Loyalty Club members. We truly do appreciate each and every one of you, and we look forward to an even bigger 2010!

We had a great night Monday to start off the holiday week... at 5PM SLT, Windy and Scott treated us to a 2 hour block of their zany "Duo-DJ" show, and then Tee and I came in to take over at 7PM SLT. You could tell that people were looking for an escape from all the RL stresses of the holiday season... the conversation was even wackier than usual, and the 92 people through the door all enjoyed themselves thoroughly! Plus, I got to play Santa Claus, handing out gifts to all of our DJs and Medics to show Tee's and my appreciation for the great job they've done throughout 2009.

The schedule for the remainder of the week (it's somewhat different due to Christmas):
  • Tuesday, December 22: DJ Ivan and TeeDee 7PM - 9PM SLT
  • Wednesday, December 23: DJ Windy and Scott 5PM - 7PM SLT
    DJ Norkight and Star 7PM - 9PM SLT
  • Thursday, December 24: No DJ (it's Christmas Eve! What would you be doing in SL? Spend it with your loved ones!)
  • Friday, December 25: No DJ (Christmas Day... it's family time!)
  • Saturday, December 26: No DJ (unless someone volunteers, or Ivan decides he misses you too much)
  • Sunday, December 27: DJ Norkight and Star 7PM - 9PM SLT
... and then Monday, we'll mostly get back to normal.

Tee and I will see you tonight at 7PM SLT... don't be late! It will be the last time you see Tee and myself before Christmas, and we want to make sure we see all of you!

Filed: Monday, December 21, 2009 at 4:30:11 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Counting down to Christmas!
Only a few days left... can't wait to see what Tee got me

Actually, I can't wait to see her face, and the faces of my boys Ben and Tony, when they open their presents in RL... that's what Christmas is all about for me. I already have all I could wish for, both in RL and in SL.

The weekend was fun at St. Ivan's... 75 prople joined Tee and myself for our Friday night party. Medics Cora, MACY, Lucki, Star, Macy, SaraRae, and Ashleigh did their part to beautify the place, and we had our typical Friday night blowout with great chat and great requests!

Saturday night brought a special treat: Ash invited her uncle OhSo to come in and spin for a couple hours as our guest DJ! He did a great job, playing the favorites as well as some 80's obscurities from across the pond. Tee and I stopped in for a while (in between shopping trips) and joined the party. When it was all over, 73 people had come through the door to get their 80's music fix.

Sunday night, Tee and I didn't make it in, but Nork and Star did that Sunday thing they do, joined by 82 of our friends, playing their take on the best 80's club dance music in all of Second Life.

Now, it's Monday. You know what that means! At 5PM SLT, Windy and Scott begin our 4 hour set of the best 80's club dance music in SL, filled with great chat and their usual silliness. Then, Tee and I come in and take over at 7PM SLT to take you the rest of the way through the evening. We'll see you there, right?

Filed: Friday, December 18, 2009 at 11:32:57 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another successful performance... well, mostly.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to participate in my Thursday night performance of "The 80's Unplugged"! As usual, we had a few issues (I'm destined to NEVER start this show on time, it appears) but once we got the stream issues figured out (somehow my encoder got reset to AAC instead of MP3, which meant that the audio stream worked everywhere but SL) the show went on! I started late, about 7:25PM SLT, and took all of you through a one hour journey of my "unplugged" acoustic versions of several of your 80's favorites.

In keeping with my tradition of performing at least one song that I've never done before, and this time I kind of outdid myself... I wanted to make sure I did a couple of Christmas songs, and, well... the first one, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", done in the Bruce Springsteen style, went fine. That one wasn't new to me. However, about 4 hours before the show, I heard, on the radio, one of my favorite 80's Christmas songs "2000 Miles" by the Pretenders, and I thought... "I should do that!". Never mind that I had never, EVER, sang it before, much less played it. That's never stopped me before... and it actually was one of the better songs of the evening, in my estimation.

We had a great turnout both for "The 80's Unplugged" and my DJ show which followed and ran till 10PM SLT, with over 90 of you beautiful people joining us! Tee and I truly appreciate your support, and we'll be in tonight (Friday) at 7PM SLT to do our regularly scheduled Friday night DJ show. Come in out of the cold to sunny tropical Teeland and join us!!!

Filed: Friday, December 18, 2009 at 11:20:34 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Sorry about that...
Apologies to any of our late night/early morning partiers... our autopilot music stream was offline from about 5:15AM SLT to about 9:15AM SLT. It wasn't SL, or anything you did... a semi took out a power pole near our RL office (which is where the autopilot server runs from), and our power was out. All repairs are done, and it's back to 80's business as usual.

Filed: Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 3:35:01 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Hump day rocked, as usual!
Well, once again our 4 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in SL brought 'em in... Windy and Scott started us off at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and then Nork and Star took over at 7PM SLT to finish out the night. By the time it was all over, 81 of the most fun people in SL had passed through the doors to party with us!

Tee didn't make it into St. Ivan's on Wednesday (she was off doing SL Christmas shopping) but I stopped in for an hour or so to do some viewer tests (early verdict: Rainbow viewer or not, a netbook can't deal with a busy nightclub like the Infirmary, but Snowglobe on my laptop shows great promise) and of course enjoyed partying with our friends from "the other side of the bar" for a change.

Make sure you come in tonight for my special Christmas performance of "The 80's Unplugged", starting at 7PM SLT. I'll be doing my acoustic performance of several of the best songs of the 80's, along with a couple of Christmas surprises (80's style, of course). We'll follow that up with Tee's and my regularly scheduled (though pushed back an hour) Thursday night DJ stint from 8PM to 10PM SLT. Get here early!

Filed: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 3:27:29 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
A quick note
Gotta run, so this will be short... but I want to thank each and every one of you folks who joined Tee, the Medics, and myself last night. It was quiet for a Tuesday (always seems to get this way this time of year), but we had a great time with the 63 of you who came in to see us!

Windy and Scott are in tonight at 5PM SLT, and Nork and Star will take over at 7PM SLT. Tee and I (or at least I) will probably be in for a while... I'm doing a little experimenting with alternate SL viewers (as detailed in another post) and will probably be in and out. Otherwise, Tee and I will see you Thursday night... remember "The 80's Unplugged", my live acoustic show, starts at 7PM SLT!


Filed: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 4:25:25 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
A relaxing Monday to start the week...
Another nice Monday at the home of the 80's in Second Life... Windy and Scott got us started at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and Tee and I came in at 7PM SLT to finish out the night. We were joined by our lovely Medics Lucki, Kitt, SaraRae, Cora, Macy, and Ashleigh, and when it was all said and done, we had welcomed 70 of the best people in SL through the doors of our little nightclub. It's nice to have a quieter night on occasion, and to be able to talk one-on-one with our friends a little bit more without the general chaos that comes with a busy night.

Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT to do that thing we do... and we expect to see you there!

Filed: Monday, December 14, 2009 at 1:44:37 PM
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The 80's Unplugged - Thursday, December 17
Well, it's been way too long... I've been besieged with requests for me to perform my live acoustic show "The 80's Unplugged" one more time before the end of the year. So, I'm thinking that we'll schedule it for this coming Thursday, December 17, at 7PM SLT.

"The 80's Unplugged" is just what it sounds like... a celebration of the best decade of music ever. It's just me, a microphone, and my acoustic guitar... no backing MIDI tracks or prerecorded backing music (there are enough "karaoke" performers already on SL). But, it's definitely NOT a typical acoustic show... I go out of my way to play my translated versions of all of your favorite songs from the 1980s, including songs you would probably not expect to hear in an acoustic format. I'm not a campfire or folk singer... this show ROCKS! During the show, you will hear me sing and play songs from such diverse artists as Modern English, Duran Duran, Split Enz, Erasure, the Cure, XTC, Simple Minds, R.E.M., Crowded House, Romantics, Tears For Fears, INXS, Rick Springfield, Squeeze... and the list goes on and on. Every time I perform, I try to add at least 4 or 5 songs that you have not heard me perform before. Plus, being the Christmas season, I may even sprinkle in a couple of Christmas favorites (80's style, of course!).

If you like 80's music, you will love "The 80's Unplugged".

Filed: Monday, December 14, 2009 at 1:36:03 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
And the stockings were hung in the nightclub with care...
Counting the days down... Christmas is almost upon us, and Tee's getting cranky because in my usual manner, I haven't even started shopping for her gifts yet which means that she doesn't get to shake the presents under the tree yet. I suppose I should break down and go get them...

The weekend passed quite nicely at the home of the 80's in Second Life... Tee and I had a blast Friday night, joined by our gorgeous Medics Ashleigh, Lucki, MACY, SaraRae, Jessie, and Macy, along with 93 of the best people in any world, virtual or otherwise. Everyone was filled with holiday cheer and we had a fantastic time, dancing to that great 80's club dance music that has made us the most popular pure 80's club in SL. Once again, Saturday brought 67 people to the club to dance to the autopilot (apparently it doesn't matter that we don't have a live DJ on Saturdays), and then Norkight and Star welcomed 71 of our friends on Sunday for their weekly "No! The weekend can't be over yet" party. Tee and I didn't make it into SL on Saturday or Sunday, which seems to be the case of late as our RL weekends have been filled with "us time"... Christmas shopping, working on the house, or just curling up in front of the fire and watching a movie.

I'd like to take a moment here to do a little "blessing counting"... I've mentioned ad nauseum here how appreciative Tee and I are of all our friends, but it bears repeating: we love each and every one of you! I've been perusing the blogs and profiles of older acquaintances, other club owners and people who don't seem to have the happy SL that Tee and I do. It saddens me to see them complain about drama, about having to remove people from their friend lists, about having to ban people from their places, about lamenting over friends and loves lost... and at the same time it makes me realize just how blessed Tee and I are, and how cherished our friends are. Every day spent in SL is better than the last, and it's all because of the wonderful group of people we've surrounded ourselves with.

Tonight (Monday) starts another week of festivities... Windy and Scott will fire things up at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and then Tee and I will take the handoff at 7PM SLT. Make sure you stop in and say hi... but it would be best if you didn't have anything else planned, as you won't want to leave once you get here!

Filed: Friday, December 11, 2009 at 3:34:30 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Can you believe it'll be Christmas in two weeks?
Guess I'd better start my shopping (ducking to avoid the anticipated flying shoe). Anyway, the Christmas season is in full swing at the home of the 80's in Second Life... Tee and I, along with our lovely Medics Lucki, MACY, Kitt, Jessie, SaraRae, Star, and Macy, welcomed 79 of our best friends in from the RL cold on Thursday night. Lots of great requests, fabulous conversation, and several Christmas songs sprinkled in (80's style, of course).

A highlight of the evening was a visit from Morgana, a charter member of the Loyalty Club and one of Tee's and my oldest friends in SL, going way back to the days at The Brick... she doesn't come inworld much anymore, but it was great to see her and get caught up.

An update: remember how I had mentioned earlier that I had hung a personalized stocking in the club for each of our active Loyalty Club members? You know, I didn't think it was that big of a deal, but I'm amazed at the way our people responded... they seem honestly touched that I created a stocking for each of them! Apparently we're the only club in SL that has that level of friendship with our clientele. If that doesn't give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside...

Another festive weekend awaits us... Tee and I will get things started tonight (Friday) at 7PM SLT with another party filled with great conversation and the best 80's club dance music in all of SL, played per YOUR request. Will you be here? You'd better, because everyone else will!!!

Filed: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 at 5:19:56 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
And the holiday rush continues...
I swear, December must only be about 4 days long. It always seems to go by so fast, with all the preparations, travel, shopping, decorating, etc...

Last Friday night, Tee and I welcomed 71 people through the doors of the home of the 80's in Second Life, presiding over an atmosphere that was quite typical of late... lots of beautiful people (of course), the requisite silly conversation (of course) and a generally festive and fun time had by all! Tee and I then took the weekend off from SL, as we devoted the weekend to time with my boys, going out and slaying our Christmas tree and decorating the RL house. Didn't even turn my computer on over the weekend.

Sunday night, Nork and Star did that thing they do, continuing our tradition of playing the best 80's club dance music in SL per the request of the 73 people that came to join them. One of these Sundays, I just may have to stop in unannounced and make sure everyone's behaving... from what I've heard, Sundays are a blast at the Infirmary!

Then, Monday descended upon us once again, and brought a solid 4 hour block of that 80's music and fun that we're known for. Windy and Scott handled the 5PM to 7PM SLT timeslot, and then Tee and I came in at 7PM and entertained the 81 wonderful people that came to enjoy themselves. Made a few new friends as well... and I know we've all heard this before, but I never get tired of hearing it
"...been looking for a good 80s club with no gesture whores/spam/etc since i've been on, closest i found was Blackhearts, which was not close."
This from Chua, a first time visitor, who of course joined the family and will be back. The best part of our conversation was when I asked him how he found us, and he replied "straight Google search, looking for 80's music in Second Life". Yeah, we kind of own that title. OK, that sounds a little pompous on my part, but it's true... try it yourself! Google "80s nightclub second life", or "80s music second life" to see... we're the only pure 80's SL nightclub that makes the first page. We must be doing something right.

Anyway, now it's Tuesday, and Tee and I are preparing to do it all over again. My fingers are a little sore from knitting over 100 Christmas stockings and hanging them in the club last night (need to make sure all our loyal family members have their stocking hung!) but I'll fight through it and we'll see you tonight at 7PM SLT to do that party thing you crave!

Filed: Friday, December 04, 2009 at 4:21:00 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
It's officially the Christmas season at the Infirmary!
The two telltale signs of the impending holiday season appeared last night at the home of the 80's in Second Life... (1) Tee took down the Thanksgiving decorations and decked the halls with boughs of holly, and trees, and ornaments, and wreaths, and... well, you get the drift and (2) I played the ceremonial first spin of Bob and Doug MacKenzie's "The Twelve Days of Christmas". So, it's here.

I'll be spending the weekend virtually "knitting" Christmas stockings for the members of our Loyalty Club... not quite sure where I'm going to be putting them yet, as we have infinitely more family members than we did this time last year. I'll make room, though... each and every Loyalty Club member is important to us, and I want to make sure they each have a stocking hung with care!!!

We had a great night on Thursday night, with 96 beautiful people gracing the Infirmary with their presence. The air was filled with the requisite silly chat, veering off anywhere and everywhere, and the best 80's club dance music in SL made the night complete!

The weekend's upon us... Tee and I will be in tonight (Friday) at 7PM SLT, ready to take your requests and keep that great spirit that IS St. Ivan's Infirmary going! We'll see you there, right?

Filed: Friday, December 04, 2009 at 4:20:24 PM
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The Medics increase by two!
It's been a while since we rewarded any of our loyal ladies with the title of "Medic", and last night I decided that two more were warranted! So without further ado, I present the two newest Medics... our great friends Lucki and SaraRae! They've been more or less performing the Medic "duties" (such that they are) for quite a while, and I felt the time was right. I'll be getting them added to the "Crew" page on the site as soon as I get pictures of them.

As I have mentioned a few times, we don't technically have "staff" or "employees' at St. Ivan's Infirmary... the closest thing we have are our "Medics". These lovely ladies have no job description, no real responsibilities... they are just very good friends of Tee's and mine, who want to see the club succeed, and who are just incredibly fun to be around. While there are no official duties (unofficially, they do a great job of welcoming patrons and making sure everyone feels welcome), these ladies do have a few "perks" in their Loyalty Club membership... basically revolving around the abilities to invite new people to the Loyalty Club (it's by invitation only, which explains the fantastic quality of our group members) and also to send out a group notice and start up a party of their own.

Congratulations, Lucki and SaraRae!!!

Filed: Thursday, December 03, 2009 at 3:36:55 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Only 21 shopping days left!
Not that you have to get your favorite SL DJ anything for Christmas, but...

Not too much to report today, as I wasn't feeling too well last night (a 12 hour drive takes something out of you) and as such went to bed early and never made it into SL.

Wednesday brought our usual 4 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in SL as Windy and Scott, along with Norkight and Star, kept the 80s alive and well for the 84 people through the door.

Tee and I will be back at it tonight (Thursday) at 7PM SLT, doing that thing we do for you. Tee's got her Christmas decorations all ready to go, and I need to find room for over 200 stockings... gotta make sure all our Loyalty Club members have one! We'll see you then!

Filed: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 at 2:04:29 PM
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Home again, home again.
Yes, we made it back. Tee and I left Fredonia, NY (near Buffalo) about 8AM on Tuesday morning, and after stopping to visit my sis Jessie along the way (ok, she's not my RL sis, but it sure seems that way) we arrived back home in time to get unpacked, have some supper, and collapse on the couch before logging into SL to do our Tuesday night show. Tee decided not to come in, though she was sitting on the couch next to me and kept up with the chat while she got caught up on some work that had piled up during our travels.

Monday night, Windy and Scott got us started at 5PM SLT with their unique "Duo-DJ" show... there are a lot of DJ "teams" in SL, but these two have refined it to an art form! I took over at 7PM SLT, flying solo since Tee was out shopping (surprise!) I recruited our great friend Jenee as my partner in crime for the evening, and our lovely Medics Cora, Star, Macy, and Kitt kept the evening alive, electric, and entertaining. After the general slowdown of SL over the holiday weekend, it was nice to be back to normal with 103 people through the door.

Tuesday night, I again did the show solo and with the help of Medics Kitt, MACY, Ashleigh, and Macy, we welcomed 99 people to party with us to the best 80's club dance music in Second Life.

Tee and I are off tonight (though we may stop in for a while). Windy and Scott will get the party started at 5PM SLT, and then Norkight and Star will take over at 7PM SLT. Make sure you get down to see us tonight... you don't want to read about it tomorrow and wish you had been here!

Filed: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 at 2:04:03 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The secret of St. Ivan's success. Again.
In the continuing saga of trying to determine exactly why St. Ivan's Infirmary succeeds where all the other "80's clubs" in Second Life fail, I've spent some time thinking about exactly what makes us different. Sure, we've got the professional DJ teams, we've got the definitive library of music, we stay true to our format, we're friendly and welcoming to our clientele, we have a full sim with the resources mostly allocated to the club, we have the unique dance floor, we have the cool dances, etc. etc. etc.

You know, that's all well and good. However, it's not really anything that anyone else couldn't do, given the proper amount of time and money. While these things are all important (and honestly you couldn't have a successful club without most of them), they all just form a foundation, and collectively are a very small piece of the whole entity. As anyone who's ever run a RL restaurant knows, just having nice decor, the best service and the best food at the best prices won't get you far. You have to have that special "personality" that separates you from the rest.

I've made no secret of what I think that special "personality" is (and no, it's not me... a club can't survive solely on the personality of its owner for long). It's the clientele itself... the people we attract to the Infirmary, the ones who find it to be exactly what they are looking for. In effect, these people ARE the Infirmary... they become part of us, part of what makes up the whole.

So, I started thinking... what is it about these people, what is it that makes them so good to be around? And as I pored through profiles, searched back through chat and IM history, and just relived memories of the last year in my head... it dawned on me what was staring me in the face all along. I'll give the short version first, and then the long version.

Short version: For the most part, the people who are part of the St. Ivan's Infirmary family are in SL who they are in RL.

That's it, in a nutshell. It's not a "fantasy world" for these people... granted, we all look like we are 25 and beautiful, but putting that aside these people don't have a separate SL "personality". Using myself as an example: in SL, Ivan is 7'3" and dashingly handsome and fit. In RL, Michael is 5'9" and could stand to lose about 40 pounds. Other than that, however, Ivan and Michael are the same person. Tee, the Medics, etc... again, the personalities you see in SL is who they are in RL.

As I think about all the hundreds of people that make up the St. Ivan's Infirmary family, that same sentiment repeats itself over and over. These people are open and honest about their RL, and don't hide behind their avatars. They aren't afraid of letting us get to know them from a RL perspective, being comfortable enough with their RL to share it with us, rather than trying to escape it. We know where they live in RL, their RL names and those of their children, what they do in RL, etc. I've met several of these wonderful people in RL, and the whole "keeping RL and SL separate" or "what happens in SL stays in SL" baloney is not the persona of these people. The open, honest, and welcoming aura that is St. Ivan's Infirmary can't be accomplished while at the same time hiding behind a fictitious SL persona and keeping your RL a secret.

SL has its share of people who are "living a fantasy life". It can range from going through SL as a vampire, or a fashion model, or a wolf, or a hooker, or a medieval warrior, or an alien. For the most part, those people don't come to St. Ivan's, and while they would of course be welcome, they probably would find that they wouldn't "fit in" due to their need to escape RL and be something they aren't. And that's fine, and if that's what SL does for them, I'm all for it. We have a way of drawing your RL persona out into the open, though... be advised. You won't be able to help it, because it's impossible to resist the openness and friendship of our little family.

In short, St. Ivan's is a RL getaway, filled with real people, that just happens to be in a virtual world called Second Life. Coming into St. Ivan's and dancing the night away is no different than going out clubbing with your RL friends in RL... except that you are doing it virtually, from the comfort of your home. And that's what makes us different.

Filed: Monday, November 30, 2009 at 5:57:21 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Starting the week on the road...
Yes, that's right. We'll be heading back to Wisconsin tomorrow (Tuesday), stopping to visit my crazy pink haired sis Jessie along the way. For tonight, we're still in western New York. Tee's been off with her sister and mother since 8AM doing their annual Christmas "shop til you drop" extravaganza (it's their tradition to let everyone else beat each other up on Black Friday and through the weekend, and then shop on Monday when the stores are as empty as they get between now and Christmas). I'll be on to do our show tonight, but I have no idea if Tee will be or not since (a) they usually don't get done till about 11PM (8PM SLT) and (b) she's usually pretty exhausted by the time they get back.

Getting caught up... Windy and Scott started the Thanksgiving Eve celebration at 5PM SLT on Wednesday night, and then Nork and Star relieved them at 7PM SLT and finished out the night, playing all that great 80's club dance music you people crave and can't get anywhere else in SL. 86 people came in to dance, party, and generally have a good time with our great crew!

Thursday night was understandably quiet, being that it was Thanksgiving. Still, 50 people came through the doors to dance to the "autopilot" music played via our private media stream.

Friday, I did a solo act, as Tee was pretty bushed after two days of Thanksgiving celebrations, first with her mother's side of the family on Thursday and then her father's side on Friday. It was a little quiet for a Friday, though I noticed that the number of people online in SL was pretty much proportionally down by about the same amount. We had a great time nevertheless... Medics MACY, Kitt, Ashleigh, and Cora helped me along and kept the party going for the 79 of you that joined us throughout the night.

Saturday is normally an off day, as you know. However, lovely Medic Ashleigh decided to come in Saturday night and spin a few tunes... thanks Ash!

Sunday night was the Norkight and Star show, as always. A great crowd by the numbers... 70 people joined Nork and Star for their own brand of zaniness.

This brings us to tonight... Windy and Scott begin the festivities at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and I'll be in at 7PM SLT to take over and make sure that all of you get that 80's fix you need to get your week started right. We'll see you tonight!

Filed: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 11:15:12 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
A happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Gotta love technology... posting this from my Netbook connected to my smartphone via WiFi as we drive through downtown Chicago (ok, Tee's driving... you all know how I am at multitasking).

The party continued on Tuesday night at the home of the 80's in SL... a little quieter night than usual, though (a) I noticed that SL in general didn't have as many people logged in, probably due to holiday travel, and (b) Tee didn't post an event notice since we weren't sure if we were going to be in. No matter... the 63 people through the door had a great time as the air was filled with the requisite silliness and fun! The stars must have been misaligned or something, too, because for the first time in memory, we were completely Medicless for the evening. Must have been RL rearing its ugly head, or else our Medics had something more pressing to do .

The rest of the week is a little unsettled at this point... Tee and I won't be in tonight (Wednesday) as we are enroute to visit Tee's family for Thanksgiving, but Windy and Scott will treat us to their "Duo-DJ" show starting at 5PM SLT, and then Norkight and Star will be in to take over at 7PM SLT. Make sure your plans include a stop at the Infirmary tonight to refill your prescription of the best 80's club dance music in SL, played per your request!

Thanksgiving night, at this point, is unstaffed. Take a night off from SL and enjoy that family time! Tee and I will be back in Friday night at 7PM SLT from our remote location to get your weekend off to the start it needs... see you then!

Filed: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 5:48:51 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Your place to be!
As usual, that described the Infirmary on Monday night. Windy and Scott had some RL issues and were a little late getting started, but they brought in a fantastic crowd as always. Tee and I took over around 7PM SLT and by the time we finished up our set, we had welcomed 97 of you wonderful people through the doors of the home of the 80's in Second Life. The conversation was even crazier than usual... it all started when Scott lost his "thingy" (you had to be there) and went progressively downhill from there. It got to the point where I had tears in my eyes and couldn't talk, I was laughing so hard... and had to have Tee take over on the mic for a while. Whew. See what I mean when I say you don't want to miss a night at the Infirmary?

Tee and I are packing for our trip to visit her family over Thanksgiving tonight (Tuesday), but never fear... we'll be in tonight at 7PM SLT to make sure you all get your fix of the best 80's club dance music in SL! We can't deal with the puppy dog eyes and pouty lower lips we'd get if we didn't come in!

On that subject... tentatively, this is the schedule for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, 11/24: Ivan and Tee, 7 - 9PM SLT
Wednesday, 11/25: Windy and Scott, 5 - 7PM SLT, followed by Nork and Star from 7 - 9PM SLT
Thursday, 11/26: Stay home! It's Thanksgiving! Enjoy that family time!
Friday, 11/26: Ivan and Tee, 7 - 9PM SLT (this is tentative, depending on RL, but it's likely)

We'll see you tonight. You KNOW you don't want to be anywhere else!

Filed: Monday, November 23, 2009 at 5:44:52 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
And we start another week...
We started your weekend with a great Friday night at the Infirmary, as Tee and I welcomed 87 of you to the home of the 80's in Second Life. Once again, the requests for the best 80's club dance music in SL filled my IM box, and we had a fabulous, silly time dancing the night away and chatting about anything and everything. Our gorgeous Medics Ashleigh, MACY, Jessie, and Macy made everyone feel welcome, as they always do, and it was a magical night!

I had an interesting conversation with a lady visiting us for the first time, and she brought something interesting to my attention:
"It was so funny... we were searching for an 80's club, and not only was your place the most fun, it was also the only one that came up in search that actually had more than a few people there! And people actually talk here, instead of just staying in IM all the time!"
Yeah, I've noticed that myself. I get a kick out of all the search results that promise "the best" and "the newest"... and none of that seems to be true, because all the people seem to be at the Infirmary. Eventually, everyone seems to find us. And then they stop looking. That works for me.

Saturday was our usual unscheduled night at the Infirmary (everyone needs a night off once in a while!), but 58 of you stopped in to party without us. Tee and I did something we haven't done in a long time... after a day of celebrating my son Ben's 14th birthday, we logged in and actually went exploring the 99% of Second Life that isn't housed on a sim we own. We toured a couple of castles, spent an hour at an amusement park, and basically just had a good time.

Sunday, we didn't get in at all, but Nork and Star had their usual fab Sunday night at the club... 88 people through the door, and the usual good times had by all.

Now, Monday arrives... Windy and Scott will be in at 5PM SLT to keep you in stitches with their "Duo-DJ" show, and then Tee and I will relieve them at 7PM for our couple of hours of silliness and fun. We'll see you tonight!

Filed: Monday, November 23, 2009 at 5:35:10 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The home of the 80's in Second Life.
I just like getting the words "home" and "80's" in the same sentence... because they both describe the Infirmary so well.

"80's"? Well, duh...

"Home"? That one's not from me... I hear it so much from our friends who spend so much time at St. Ivan's. It's touching to know that so many people think of our little hole in the wall as "home".

Tee and I are so happy that we've been able to provide a place for you all to get together in SL, and we're looking forward to continuing to provide it for as long as you all keep making our club such a great place to be. Because it's all about you... as I've mentioned before, all of you are what make us great. The land and the building are just the "box that the gift comes in". All of our friends that comprise the Loyalty club are the "gift".

Filed: Monday, November 23, 2009 at 5:30:03 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Thanksgiving week!
For those of us in the states, anyway. Our friends north of the border couldn't wait, and had their Thankgiving celebration over a month ago.

What this means to us here at the Infirmary is a bit of a disruption in the schedule. Not sure how it's all going to play out yet, but Tee and I will be traveling to visit her family this week, and we may see a little juxtaposition in the schedule over the next 7 days. Don't worry, though... your 80's fix will be assured here at the home of the 80's in Second Life!

Filed: Friday, November 20, 2009 at 2:52:17 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
And another weekend arrives!
Once again, Thursday night brought good times to all at St. Ivan's Infirmary. Another nice, not so frenzied night with 76 of you joining Tee and I, along with our lovely Medics Kitt, Ashleigh, and MACY for a couple of hours of your requested 80's club dance music and all the associated fun. The conversation took various twists and turns through the evening, but there was never a dull moment!

Tee and I will be here, ready to welcome you, tonight (Friday) at 7PM SLT. Make sure your plans for the night include a visit to the home of the 80's in SL, because your weekend just plain won't be the same without the correct start!!!

Filed: Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 12:18:38 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
See, you don't need us...
As mentioned earlier, Tee and I took Wednesday night off from SL. However, the party continued without us... the "Duo-DJ" team of Windy and Scott got the festivities rolling at 5PM SLT, and then Norkight and Star took over at 7PM, providing all of you with over 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in Second Life! Looking at the traffic statistics, it was another successful night, just missing the century mark with 97 friends, old and new, coming in to dance the night away!

Our RL night consisted of family time with my boys, playing some games and conducting a science experiment. One of our RL clients is a beef and poultry farm, and to show their appreciation for the work we've done for them, they mailed us a 18lb frozen turkey, packed in dry ice. Now, I wasn't going to pass up this opportunity... so after dinner, we took a bucket of water out to the garage and proceeded to deposit the dry ice in it and fill the garage with "fog". Yeah, I'm amused easily... but we had a great time. Gotta love RL.

Tee and I will be back behind the controls tonight (Thursday) at 7PM SLT. Stop in and see us... you'll be glad you did. Just don't make any plans to do anything else tonight, because once you get here you'll find you don't want to leave!

Filed: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 3:45:06 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Getting over the hump...
I look at the calendar and it's Wednesday already. In fact, I'm still getting over the fact that it's November already. Wow.

Thanks to everyone who made St. Ivan's Infirmary the place to be in SL on Tuesday night... Tee and I, along with our gorgeous Medics Kitt, Macy, Ashleigh, and Jessie, welcomed 83 of you through the doors. A little bit more laid back of a night than Monday, which is nice... I wasn't quite as overwhelmed with IMs and requests as usual, and was able to just relax and chat up all of you who came in for your 80's fix. All in all, a nice, fun, relaxing night with friends... and isn't that what SL is supposed to be about?

Tonight's Tee's and my night off... my boys will be home, and it'll probably be another family fun night. Windy and Scott will do their thing from 5 to 7PM SLT, followed by Nork and Star from 7 to 9, though, and your 80's fix is assured by our crack DJ teams!

Tee and I will see you Thursday night at 7PM SLT... doing what we do, for you, because that's why we're here!

Filed: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 3:44:48 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
SL search and our success
I've made no secret of what I consider to be the single most important reason for the success of St. Ivan's Infirmary. It's the people we draw, the best people in SL, who understand the value of great conversation and camaraderie with others. New arrivals to St. Ivan's always leave with a smile on their face, having made new friends during their stay. And then they keep coming back, passing it on to the next batch of new arrivals.

Of course, none of that does us any good unless the new people can find us in the first place. And marketing in SL is just like any other business in RL... an SL business without proper marketing is like a RL business with an unlisted telephone number.

On a side note, I've been compiling some statistics while learning how SL uses land descriptions, traffic, etc. to determine search results within SL (it's amazing what statistics you can find if you know where to look). While I'm not going to go into the whole "how it works" thing here, I am going to say that I'm very pleased with how our miniscule marketing within SL has contributed to our ability to draw the people looking for what St. Ivan's offers. Considering the fact that we're really only "staffed" for a few hours a day, it's amazing that we are outdrawing other clubs who spend much more on advertising, who resort to "campers" and "bots" to artificially drum up their traffic numbers to appear higher in search, and whose owners/staff are inworld much more than Tee and I are.

Getting to the point, the only clubs that have been outdrawing us over the past several months have been Swoon (which isn't really an 80's club, but gets great traffic, and deservedly so) and BlackHearts (which draws a, shall we say, more "noobish" crowd than we do... people seem to discover BlackHearts first, and then "graduate" to other clubs once they find out that others do it better). And in both cases, they are much more "24/7" than we are... yet we come close to their traffic numbers with only a few hours of staffing per day. I haven't spoken to anyone affiliated with BlackHearts in months, but I've had some nice conversations with the owners of Swoon (very nice ladies) and they've built probably the premier pure dance establishment in SL... plus they have the luxury of being able to be inworld quite a bit more than Tee and myself. When you consider that Tee and I are only inworld about 12-15 hours a week, compared to some of the other club owners who are inworld that much in a single day, I think we're doing pretty well.

Filed: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 1:08:22 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Monday didn't disappoint!
Another successful start to the week... Windy and Scott got us started at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and then I took over a little after 7PM and kept the party going. With our lovely Medics Kitt, Star, Cora, and Ashleigh making sure everyone was properly welcomed, we just squeezed past the century mark with 101 beautiful people coming in to dance the night away! Tee joined us late, as she decided that her inventory was becoming intolerably messy and stayed home to sort through it, leaving me unescorted for most of the evening. At least I didn't get into too much trouble.

The highlight of the evening occurred around 7PM SLT, when our friend Virtualexploit got everyone's attention and asked our friend Sela to check her email... that's right, he proposed to her, and she accepted his partnership right on the dance floor at the Infirmary, where they first met! It was truly a special moment, and we all extend our congratulations to Virtual and Sela!!!

Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT to make sure you all get your 80's fix. See you then!

Filed: Monday, November 16, 2009 at 2:14:30 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
And now, on with the countdown!!!
OK, we're not really counting down to anything... I was just having a Casey Kasem moment. It was either that or "keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!"

Friday night, as usual, brought the requisite silliness and banter that has defined St. Ivan's Infirmary as the place to be in SL... Tee and I welcomed 86 people looking for (and finding!) a place to kick back, enjoy their requested 80's club dance music, and dance the night away while talking with their friends and making new ones. Joined by our lovely Medics MACY, Jessie, Ashleigh, Macy, Cora, and Star, the night was anything but quiet as the chat wandered from subject to subject, with never a dull moment. Our great friends Manwell, Lucki, Noddington, Branwen, SaraRae, Circe, Cycloppers, Hankk, Dru, Jezie, Coyote, AnneMarit, Scarlett, Jenee, Conlaoch, Xyia, and Molly were all on hand through the evening to help us welcome all the new people who searched us out and found the pure 80's dance club they were looking for!

After Tee and I threw the switch back to our private "autopilot" media server, Tee went to bed while I hung out for a couple more hours with friends AnneMarit, Conlaoch, Dansi, Xyia, Ace, Noddington, Branwen, Kate1, ItIsMe, Suzy, and Stefy. Once in a while, it's nice to just "sit on the other side of the bar"... kicking back and enjoying the company.

Tee and I then enjoyed a nice RL weekend, not doing anything of note... just enjoying each other's company, watching a couple of movies, enjoying the Packers' win over the Cowboys, and generally puttering around the house. The computers stayed off for the most part.

Norkight and Star had a nice night on Sunday, with almost 70 people through the door to enjoy their unique brand of mayhem and mirth. I can't say enough about these two... they put on a great show, and it's such a pleasure to be able to take a night off and not worry about a thing, knowing that Nork and Star have matters well in hand.

Tonight (Monday) we start another week... you will be treated to another 4 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in SL, played per your request, as is our hallmark! Windy and Scott launch the festivities at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and then Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to take over for the remainder of the night. Mondays are always our busiest night of the week, with over 100 people coming to see us, so get here early for best results... you don't want to miss a minute!!!

Filed: Friday, November 13, 2009 at 4:06:24 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The weekend's upon us!!!
Of course, we couldn't wait for the weekend to start, so Tee and I unofficially started the weekend early on Thursday night at the home of the 80s in Second Life. Well... I did anyway. (Tee had a new dress she wanted to wear, and can you believe that out of the 2412 pairs of boots she owns, none of them went with the dress?). So, off she went footwear shopping while I got the party going, and she joined us later to model her spectacular outfit.

We had a really nice night, with 83 great people joining us to hear their favorite 80's club dance songs played per request. The conversation, as always, took several crazy tangents during the evening, including a Google research project initiated by Tee to prove that she's not the only person in the world who has any memory of a family of little people living in the bookcase on Captain Kangaroo. (Yes, you did read that correctly.) So far, the tiny bit of evidence that Tee has found to support her claim is pretty flimsy... Lucki claims that she will work on it today (though she doesn't remember them either). Personally, I think she dreamed it. We'll see what turns up.

See what happens?

Tee and I will be in to join you tonight (Friday) at 7PM SLT... and we promise you another 2 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in SL, along with conversation that you will be dragged into whether you like it or not. See you tonight!

Filed: Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 4:17:34 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Hump Day!!!
Another Wednesday has come and gone, and once again St. Ivan's Infirmary was the place to be!

Tee and I took our regularly scheduled night off (more on that below), but our crack DJ teams of Windy and Scott (from 5PM SLT to 7PM SLT) and Norkight and Star (from 7PM SLT to 9PM SLT) made sure that we didn't miss a beat when it comes to ensuring that you people got the 80's club dance music you NEED played per YOUR request! By the time the night was over, our fabulous Medics Kitt, Macy, and Cora had welcomed 92 of you wonderful people! Looking at the attendance list, once again we had that perfect mix of old and new friends, and added several new people to the Loyalty Club.

About our night off... as you all know, in RL Tee and I live in the tropical paradise of Wisconsin and one thing we needed to do to prepare for the winter we know is coming is to make room in the garage for my Excursion, because I'm too old and cranky to be dealing with scraping frost off the windows in the morning. Tee's gotten half of the garage all summer for her Escape, but I've been parking in the driveway so we could park the bikes and scooters and such in the garage. One of the things we needed to do was to find a home for my 300lb air compressor, since the Excursion is pretty much wall to door in length. The back part of our garage is walled off and contains a mudroom and my workshop, and I found the perfect place for my compressor... on the ceiling over the mudroom. Unfortunately, that necessitated finding a way to lift this beast 8 feet in the air.

What do you do in a case like this? Why, you ask for your 11 year old's advice of course! My son Tony looked at it and said "what if you build a ramp up to it and then use a rope and pulley to pull it up there?" BRILLANT!!! So, I modified his advice a little and built a 16 foot long ramp out of 2x6s and 2x4s, and used a heavy duty ratchet strap to inch it up the ramp, stopping every couple of feet to retension the strap. It took about an hour, but the good news is that I got it up there, pretty much by myself (with Tee watching, holding the ladder, and ready to speeddial 911) and no one got hurt.

Anyway, Tee and I will be in tonight (Thursday) at 7PM SLT... we've got the music, we've got the babble, and all we need to make it a great night is YOU!

Filed: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 4:12:15 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
This beat goes on, and on, and on...
Yes, I could just repeat myself from the previous post. I'll try to change the words around a little bit so that it looks like I thought about it.

Tuesday night, joined by gorgeous Medics MACY, Ashleigh, Cora, Kitt, and Macy, Tee and I welcomed 108 of the most beautiful people in SL to our little nightclub. What a blast it was... I couldn't even keep up with the requests for all that great 80's music, and I had to make sure I kept up on local chat, since it never slowed down!!! Great people and incredible conversation, complete with lots of silliness. That's what we do and why we're the most popular pure 80's club in SL!

Speaking of silliness, I had the bright idea to try to get the new club, built by our lovely Medic Cora, rezzed before the show. Since we never seem to be empty any more, I figured there wasn't any good time to do it, and I might just as well go ahead and do it while we had people there. I left myself 2 hours, since the plan was to delete all 243 pieces (!!!) of the old club and then rez the new club in its place, leaving all the dance balls, dance floor, fireplace, bar, games, and the rest of the decor in place. It went well, though (a) it took all 2 hours to accomplish and (b) I had about 10 people dancing and talking during the process... these folks just couldn't wait for their St. Ivan's Infirmary fix till Cora and I were done! It was so funny listening to them as the club disappeared from around them... and even funnier when I dropped the new club on their heads! Other than messing Lucki's hair (I'm still paying for that) no one was injured, and the new improved club is in place.

Come by and check it out... honestly this wasn't so much of a "remodel" or "makeover" as it was a proper "from the ground up" rebuild of the existing club by Cora, who is a way better builder than I will ever be. On casual glance, it doesn't look much different (I'm not one to mess with success). However, Cora added a small stage to the right of the front door, and an "Annex" outside to house all of the St. Ivan's T-shirt boxes, etc., instead of having them stacked outside the door. Structurally, those were the only changes... but look closer and you'll see that all the issues with overlapping textures and corners not matching up "just right" have been corrected. It just plain looks 1000% better. Thanks so much to our lovely Medic Cora for taking the initiative on this!

Tee and I are taking our regularly scheduled night off tonight (Wednesday)... but never fear, for Windy and Scott will kick off 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL at 5PM SLT, to be followed by Norkight and Star at 7PM!

Filed: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 5:12:57 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another Monday, another great night!
I love Mondays. I know I keep saying that, but it's because it's true... we always have a great time.

Windy and Scott started us off with their "Duo-DJ" show at 5PM SLT... they always bring the people in, and Tee and I arrived to take over at 7PM SLT to be greeted by a full house! By the time midnight had arrived, we had broken the century mark once again with 103 of you lovely people coming in to dance the night away with us! I'm seeing a lot more new people the past few weeks, which is wonderful of course and gives us a great mix between our new friends and the countless number of you who've been making us the most popular pure 80's club in Second Life for months and months.

Tonight (Tuesday), if all goes well Tee and I will be ready for you at 7PM SLT, taking your requests for the best 80's club dance music in SL, enjoying your company, and dancing and laughing the night away. The reason I say "if all goes well" is that I've finally figured out that there is never a good time to attempt our re-rez of the building... we just don't seem to have a time when we're empty, so I am going to try to rez the new and improved St. Ivan's Infirmary (built by our great friend and incredibly talented builder Cora) tonight before the show.

What could possibly go wrong?

Come on in and join us tonight... hopefully there won't be too much construction debris.

Filed: Monday, November 09, 2009 at 3:55:11 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Weekend's over, but the party never stops!
Did all of you have a good weekend? Tee and I did... in a rare display of self-control, we didn't even turn our computers on either Saturday or Sunday. Instead, on Saturday we got the rest of the leaves raked up from the 184 trees on our lot (boy was THAT fun!), did some other general home improvement stuff, and attended my younger son Tony's graduation to 2nd degree black belt in karate. Then on Sunday, we went to church, watched my older son Ben clean up on trophies at his karate competition, and had game and movie night with the boys. RL... remember that it always comes first.

From the SL world... Friday night Tee and I arrived at the home of the 80's in Second Life at 7PM SLT, and along with Medics MACY, Ashleigh, Cora, and Jessie, we welcomed 87 friends and Loyalty Club members to the Infirmary, and the place was hopping! Great times had by all... the requests filled my IM box, and we celebrated the 80's as we do every night with great conversation and general silliness. Then, Sunday, not to be outdone, Star and Nork placed their unique stamp on SL with their own special brand of mayhem and mirth, partying with Medics Ashleigh, Kitt, and over 70 of you people!

Monday (today) brings 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL just for you... Windy and Scott kick off the festivities tonight at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, followed by Tee and yours truly at 7PM. Great people, great music, and great fun... of course we'll see you tonight!!!

Filed: Friday, November 06, 2009 at 4:30:57 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Just a quick note to start the weekend
The weekend is here, and with it comes (of course!) another blowout Friday night at YOUR place to be in SL! Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to take your requests, make your dedications, and generally preside over the silliness. What's a Friday without flying shoes, right?

Filed: Thursday, November 05, 2009 at 5:18:29 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Just because Tee and I took the night off...
... that didn't stop all of you beautiful people from stopping in at the home of the 80's in Second Life and partying the night away!

Tee and I took Wednesday night as an "us night"... my boys were with their mom, we didn't have karate class, or house projects, or anything. It was nice to get home from the office and have nothing to do for a change, so we took advantage of it.

Meanwhile, the Infirmary rocked along without us... Windy and Scott started things off at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and Nork and Star made sure everyone stuck around after 7PM SLT with their own brand of silliness and great music. All in all, we welcomed almost 90 of the best people in SL before the night was over!

Tee and I will be back at it tonight. We'll see you at 7PM SLT for another dose of the medicine that cures whatever ails you... the best 80's club dance music in SL, and the best conversation from the best people in SL (pssst.... that's YOU!!!).

Filed: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 at 3:38:32 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Great people = a great nightclub!
I don't think I say that enough. While I know that without Tee and I, the Infirmary would never have been built (well duh), the reality is that without all of you Loyalty Club members, we never would have become the most popular pure 80's club in Second Life. All the dance balls and music in the world doesn't mean a thing if people like you aren't there to create the great atmosphere we have.

Our pastor at our RL church is fond of saying "the church is NOT the building... the church is the people IN the building." And that's the way I feel about the Infirmary. St. Ivan's Infirmary is not the building, or the music, or the decor. It's every single person that comes through the door. The club is just a place for all you great people to get together and have fun... it's the box that the gift comes in.

Like any good entrepreneur, I keep my finger on the pulse of what the other "80's clubs" in SL are doing. I commend them for their persistence... I watch them redecorate, take their club down and rebuild it repeatedly, change their format, offer all kinds of silly theme nights and prizes... and yet we still receive the lion's share of people like you, looking for a pure 80's club. The part of it that the other clubs don't seem to understand is that all the redecorating/events/rebuilding in the world can't take the place of great people and great conversation. Face it, we're not in SL to be by ourselves... we want to meet other people who share our interests, and enjoy the company of others! And great people draw more great people... that's how we got where we are today.

That's what makes a night like last night possible... Tee and I welcomed over 90 people just like you through the door Tuesday night. Lots of old friends, and several new ones as well. And they all assure me that they will be back... comments like "this place is so much fun!" and "I laughed all night long" and "I've never felt so welcome anywhere else" and "OMG you have a great voice, I've never heard a DJ like you in SL!" (ok, I had to include that one) ... that's what explains why we keep getting busier and busier every night.

Again, thank you so much for all the kind comments, and for your friendship. Each one of you plays a part in our success, and we appreciate each and every one of you.

Tee and I are taking the night off tonight... but you'll still get 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL, played per your request of course! Windy and Scott will start things off at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, followed by Norkight and Star at 7PM SLT. Get yourself in and show them some love!

Filed: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 at 6:05:41 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Tuesday already!
Going to be hard pressed to repeat last night's party, but we'll certainly give it a try! We kicked off the work week in style, with Windy and Scott getting things underway at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show. Tee and I were a little late getting in, but when we took over around 7:15PM SLT, we already had a fantastic crowd, who stuck with us through our show and looked absolutely fabulous doing so! By the time the night ended, the home of the 80's in Second Life had welcomed 113 of the most fun people in Second Life through the door... a great way to start out the week!

Tee and I go it alone tonight (Tuesday)... we'll be in at 7PM SLT to make sure you get your fix of the best 80's club dance music in SL. We owe it to you, our Loyalty Club members and esteemed guests... without all of you, we'd be... well, we're just thankful that we have all of you to support the biggest pure 80's club in Second Life! We love every minute we spend with you, and we'll see you tonight!

Filed: Monday, November 02, 2009 at 6:22:19 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The Place To Be For Halloween!!!
Click here for enlargement!Well, in SL anyway. We promised you the biggest, best Halloween party in Second Life, and we delivered, by all accounts. By the time the clock clicked past SL midnight, we had SHATTERED our previous one-day record, with 120 of you joining us to party!

Tee and I kicked things off at 7PM SLT, along with our special guest DJ Macy who was visiting us for the weekend in RL. So, of course I strapped a mic on Macy and forced her to talk... lol... and she did great! We entertained all of you until about 9:15PM SLT, and then Scott and Windy took over for another couple of hours to keep the party going! We had a great time, with great conversation, and of course the best 80's club dance music in SL... and most of you beautiful people came dressed in your best 80's themed costumes!

Here's some of the highlights (click on the pictures for enlargements):









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Ace (Luigi) and Raquella (Princess Daisy). What's more 80's than Super Mario Brothers?

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Hankk (the gangster in the coffin, carried by his pallbearers, and Macy, the grieving gangster widow... though rumor was that she had him rubbed out for the money)
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Ivan (He-Man) and TeeDee (She-Ra). By the power of Greyskull...
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Our lovely Medics Kitt (Jessica Rabbit, and no, she's not bad... she's just drawn that way) and Cora (Cinderella) flanking Ivan (He-Man), with TeeDee (She-Ra).
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Our great friend, the lovely Lucki (ALF). Cats were nervous... very nervous...
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The lovely SaraRae (hula dancer), with our Medic Ashleigh (the Scream) and Star (Cyndi Lauper) in the background at far right.
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The Duo-DJ team of Scott (the Headless Horseman) and Windy (Elvira) took the baton from Tee and I and kept the party going through the wee hours.

Wow, what a party!!! Thanks so much to all of you who made it great!

Then, Nork and Star had their usual Sunday night extravaganza, welcoming 99 of you to the home of the 80's in Second Life. After all the festivities of the previous couple of days, Tee and I didn't even make it in... we took the night off and hit the sack early, but it's great to see all of you showing Nork and Star the love!

Tonight (Monday), we start another week... Windy and Scott will get you started at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to take you the rest of the way. We'll see you tonight...

Filed: Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 11:31:30 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Oops. I let RL interfere with SL!!!
Sorry about that... as mentioned previously, Tee and I had announced that we would be be late coming to the club on Friday night, due to my boys hosting a RL Halloween party at our house. We had hoped to be at the Infirmary by 8PM SLT.

Well, that didn't happen. The party ended up going past 9PM SLT, and by that time we figured that you had all given up on us.

According to the group notices I received, however, Cora invited everyone down at 7PM SLT, and then Nork and Star stepped up to fill the void (as they always seem to do) and it looks like a good time was had by all, as over 80 of you came down to the club to party with Nork, Star, and the Medics. See, you don't need us *sniffle*

Anyway, please accept our apologies. Tee and I will be in tonight (Saturday) at 7PM SLT to host the biggest and best Halloween party in SL! Dust off those Halloween costumes (and we will be paying special attention to those costumes distinctly 80's themed) and join us for a couple of hours of great conversation, beautiful people, and of course the BEST 80's club dance music in SL, played per YOUR request. Everyone else will be there... and we suspect you will too!

Filed: Friday, October 30, 2009 at 1:33:47 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The biggest, best 80's Halloween party in SL!
Just reminding you that the biggest and best Halloween party in SL will be happening at, of course, YOUR place to be... St. Ivan's Infirmary!

Tee and I will be doing a special Saturday night show on the 31st, starting at 7PM SLT. You are cordially invited to come on down to the home of the 80's in SL and dance the night away in your best Halloween costume! Of course, be as creative as you want... but we'll be paying SPECIAL attention to those costumes that are distinctly 80's themed! We've got a reputation to uphold, you know!

Filed: Friday, October 30, 2009 at 1:22:38 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
A great time had by all!
Wow, what a night on Thursday!

I knew it was going to be special when I logged in on Thursday night around 6:50PM SLT, and immediately received an IM from our lovely Medic Ashleigh:
"There's about 14 people in the club now and I was just sayin you should be here in about 5 or 10 minutes .. then you appear online."
Nothing like a built-in crowd when you start your show...

So, I busted on down to the Infirmary and we had a banner night! Tee didn't get in until about 45 minutes later, as she was off with my boys getting supplies for the Halloween party they are having at our RL house tonight... but she did get in, and by the time the night was over, we had danced with, chatted with, laughed with, and played requests for 93 of you!

What a night.

Then, I stuck around SL for a couple hours afterward to facilitate a sim purchase for Cora and Jane... I'll give more detail on that in a future post, but let's just say there will be another region appearing soon, attached to the Teeland estate.

As mentioned, tonight (Friday) my boys are having a Halloween party at our house. Plus, our lovely Medic (and Tee's best SL friend) Macy will be up to visit us in RL for the weekend. Tee and I (and Macy!) will be in to take your requests for all that great 80's club dance music you know and love, but it probably will be closer to 8PM SLT by the time we get in. Come on down and see us... we'd love to have you!

Filed: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 12:27:05 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
And buried in all the events of the past week....
... something quietly slipped by without my even noticing it. Sometime on Saturday, we welcomed visitor number 30,000. Not bad, not bad at all...

Filed: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 12:20:50 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The Shortest 7 Days Ever
A week went by without me even realizing it! Wow!

Been pretty much business as usual the past week at the home of the 80's in Second Life. Our lovely DJ Windy's back (whew) from her surgery, and she's once again teamed up with Scott on the early shift on Monday and Wednesday. Welcome back, Windy!

Tee and I did our show last Thursday and Friday, entertaining and partying with over 90 people through the door each night. Saturday, you people didn't let the fact that we didn't have a DJ stop you... 82 of you came in to party with the Medics, and over 90 of you came in Sunday to have your usual silly good time with Norkight and Star!

One thing I've been noticing is that the Infirmary has become a hangout for people... not just at night, but also when we don't have anything special going on... even during off hours. It's getting to be a rare occurrence when we are completely empty. That is pretty cool, if you ask me... it wasn't my intent when we originally opened (I figured we'd be busy during the couple of hours a night when we had a live DJ, and then we'd be empty until the next event) but it makes Tee and I feel great when we have people tell us that they like to hang out there during the day with a group of their friends. The common thread is always the music... I keep hearing that refrain "your music is so much better than anything at the other SL clubs, because they try to pass off free Internet radio as their club music. Even though it's automated when there isn't a DJ, there still aren't commercials, and it's not the same stuff over and over and over."

OK, back on track. Where was I? Oh yes, Monday. Our 4 hour DJ show kicked off with the still Windyless Scott (though Windy stopped in to see us for a while) and Tee and I continued the show till a little after 9PM SLT. Mondays are always great, and this one was no exception with over 80 of you joining us. Then, Tee and I carried Tuesday ourselves with 2 hours of your requests played for just under 80 of you. Last night, Tee and I were not in (as usual on Wednesday) but Windy and Scott combined with Nork and Star for another solid 4 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in SL, enjoyed by (once again) about 80 of you wonderful people.

Whew. I need to get back to posting more often. Procrastination makes for long posts...

Tee and I will be in tonight (Thursday) at 7PM SLT. We'll see you then

Filed: Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 6:16:35 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another nice compliment...
Got an email from our dear friend and Medic MACY yesterday, and I thought it was worth sharing:

"I was just chatting with "GK", a newer member, and she said..."
[20:04] GK: I really like it here at St Ivan's... probably won't find me at the other 80's club much anymore :)
[20:04] MACY Ametza: what other one did you go to again?
[20:04] GK: blackhearts mostly... and club rockaway every once in a while
[20:05] MACY Ametza: that's right. I remember now
[20:05] GK: i used to go every weekend when they had that Blackhearts 2, but they closed that down... that was a while back.
[20:07] MACY Ametza: well this place is sooooo much better! lol
[20:10] GK: It is... it feels like "home" already :)

Gotta love it. That's why we love providing you people with the venue you've been craving, and why we continue to do it.

Filed: Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 6:16:02 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
And the fun continues...
We're all in SL because it's supposed to be fun, right? Well, we here at the Infirmary are doing our part to make sure we're on the good side of the "fun line"... and all the feedback I keep getting from our Loyalty Club members tells me that we're doing something right.

At 7PM SLT Tuesday night, Tee and I welcomed yet another great group of you beautiful people for a couple hours of fun, filled with your requests for 80's club dance music along with conversation which, like the gorgeous estate sim of Teeland, is as lagfree as anything in SL. If anything, we're consistent, as the 90 visitors from Monday were followed by another 90 visitors for the day on Tuesday.

Wednesday night, Scott got everyone going at 5PM SLT with his half of the "Duo-DJ" show (I talked to Windy briefly last night and she's raring to come back as soon as she's recovered a little more from her surgery). Nork and Star took over at 7PM SLT and continued the party, and before the day was done we had welcomed... get this... another 90 people into our little club! The consistency continues...

Tee and I will be in tonight (Thursday) at 7PM SLT, of course, to do that 80's thing we do. Why? Well, because we love you all, of course! It's amazing how we've been doing this for over a year, and yet it still doesn't feel like a job, or a chore... we enjoy it even more than we did a year ago, and it's because of all of you wonderful people.

Filed: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 1:34:42 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another week... same great atmosphere!
Yes, another week starts at the Infirmary. Can't believe it's coming up on the end of October already.

Nork and Star had a great night on Sunday night... 73 of our friends stopping by to give Nork their requests for all that great 80's club dance music. Tee and I didn't make it in, but all reports show another fantastic night... Sundays in SL are OWNED by Nork and Star!

Monday night, our 4 hour block turned into 5 again (that seems to happen on Mondays). The Windyless Scott came in at 5PM SLT (Windy's recovering from surgery, and we all wish her a speedy recovery) and got things off to a great start... then Tee and I came in at 7PM and continued the tradition of playing the best 80's club dance music in SL for the remainder of the night. Tee bowed out about halfway through, as she wasn't feeling well, but I stayed, and you beautiful people (90 by the end of the night!) kept me there till almost 10PM SLT... I needed the extra hour to get all of your requests in! Then, I threw the switch to the autopilot and stuck around for another hour or so, just because we were having so much fun and I couldn't tear myself away!

Have I said this lately? You guys and gals are the best. No other club in SL has the atmosphere that the Infirmary does, and as much as I'd like to take credit for it... it's because of all you Loyalty Club members. Tee and I just provide the location and make sure you hear the music you want to hear... but past that, it's all about YOU, and without you we'd just be another place in SL.

Oh... of course, Tee and I will be in again tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT to do it again. You'll be there, right? You wouldn't want to miss it!

Filed: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 1:25:22 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Changes afoot at the Infirmary....
I finally got talked into it...

For those of you who don't know the history, Tee and I built the Infirmary from scratch in about 48 hours a year ago. We were in a hurry, and quite honestly it kind of shows in the build quality. I've always intended to go back and rebuild it to a higher standard... but between RL commitments and the fact that we're always so busy at the club (it's not vacant that often, and I don't want to close it for any reason) the rebuild has gotten put off again and again and again.

Once again, the Medics come to the rescue. A couple of weeks ago, lovely Cora asked me if she could recreate the club the way it should be built. I thought about it for about 3.6 seconds and said "Do it!!!! If we wait for me to have time, it'll never get done."

Well, she's done so. She is an incredibly talented builder, and she has rebuilt the Infirmary from the ground up. I've got it in my inventory, ready to rez, and I'm hoping for this weekend to unveil it.

Upon casual inspection, it won't look that different. There are a few changes, but in most regards you'll recognize it as the same club. Why mess with success? Unlike a lot of other clubs who change their look monthly (or so it seems) we've constantly had people telling us that they loved the club the way it is (it's admittedly very different from most of the other SL clubs), so we're maintaining that continuity. Look closer though, and you'll see the difference... the textures will be matched perfectly, the quality of the build will be unparalleled, and there will be just a few minor changes to the layout.

As I said, hopefully I'll get it rezzed this weekend. Thanks again to Cora for taking this on, and for ensuring that the Infirmary remains THE place to be in SL!

Filed: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 1:14:45 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Friday night, and a special birthday party!
Yup, October is a crazy month at the home of the 80's in Second Life. First, we had our one year anniversary. Later this month, we'll celebrate my rez day, MACY's rez day, and of course have the biggest Halloween party in SL.

And, on Friday night, we celebrated our dear friend Scarlett's RL birthday! What a blowout that was! Almost cracked the 3 digit barrier for the day... 98 of you beautiful people came through the door to help us celebrate! Scott (minus Windy) started things off at 5PM SLT with a two hour DJ show, and then Tee and I came in at 7PM and went till almost 10PM, playing all that great 80's music and dancing the night away with all our friends! On behalf of Scarlett, we thank all of you who helped her celebrate her birthday!

Filed: Friday, October 16, 2009 at 3:37:27 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Getting the weekend off to a proper start...
Yes, we accept the challenge! And, as always, we got a head start by officially starting the weekend on Thursday night.

Following Wednesday's 4 hour block of 80's music played by our crack DJ teams Windy and Scott, and Norkight and Star, Tee and I hosted a very nice gathering of you beautiful people on Thursday night. 87 of you joined us on Thursday as we rocked the place... joined by our lovely Medics MACY, Jessie, Ashleigh, Kitt, and Cora, we had a fantastic time!

Once again, we welcomed a few new people to the St. Ivan's Loyalty Club... people like you, looking for an authentic 80's nightclub experience without the "OMG" gestures, the campers, or the paid dancers. Several commented on the music selection and the fact that it wasn't the "classic rock" pawned off as 80s music by other clubs and the great conversation with people who actually remember what it was like to be in a nightclub back then. Another comment made, which made me smile, was that it was nice to come into a club and not be hit with the barrage of offers of notecards, landmarks, and group memberships. We've found that people like to get to know us a little bit (and vice versa) before receiving all that, and the way we look at it... let's make sure you like the place first. If you want a landmark, or a notecard... we're happy to give it to you. We're not so rude as to push it on you before the place even rezzes for you, though. You'll get a group invite after you're comfortable with us... not before. We're confident that you'll be back, and we can afford to wait a little bit. And I'm told that most of you appreciate that.

Come on in tonight... Tee and I will be launching the festivities at 7PM SLT, and we have a special surprise planned for tonight (can't tell you what it is, otherwise it wouldn't be a surprise!). We'll see you there!

Filed: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 6:19:27 PM
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Hump Day!
Yup, celebrating Hump Day the same way we do every week at the home of the 80s in Second Life... with 4 solid hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL! Windy and Scott will get you started at 7PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ Show" and then pass the torch to Norkight and Star at 7PM SLT for their patented brand of silliness.

We had yet another great night on Tuesday... 86 of you beautiful people came in to dance the night away!

Tee and I will probably drop in at some point... Cora's been working on a project for St. Ivan's and it's getting close to being done, so we need to check on that... plus, I need to update the playlist on the autopilot server to better reflect the largest library of 80's music in SL, with several new additions (and some removals of music that just doesn't quite fit our atmosphere) and of course we've got the usual estate maintenance and all that but we'll try to make it in to say hi to all our friends!

Filed: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 3:47:27 PM
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Monday is STILL my favorite night of the week!
There's just something about Mondays. Maybe it's people burning off steam after having to go back to work after the weekend... who knows.

Windy and Scott kicked off the festivities at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and Tee and I arrived at 7PM SLT to find the place packed! We took the handoff, and by the time we finished our shift of playing the best 80's club dance music in SL, the door counter had clicked off just shy of 100 people coming to get their 80's fix!

Gotta love it.

We'll do it again tonight... Tee and I will fire things up at 7PM SLT. Be there... you know you want to.

Filed: Monday, October 12, 2009 at 1:21:13 PM
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Now that that's behind us...
... we can start working on Year Two.

Nork and Star kicked things off on Sunday night with their usual shenanigans, mixed in with that great 80's music you all crave. I popped in to mingle for the last hour of their show (it's nice to just come in and be part of the masses once in a while), and we all had a great time with a nice little crowd... almost 80 of you joined us before Sunday was over.

Tonight (Monday) brings a new week, starting at 5PM SLT with Windy and Scott's "Duo-DJ" show, bringing you the best of the 80's in their inimitable style. Tee and I will take over at 7PM SLT and keep all of you entertained for the rest of the evening... and we hope to see YOU there!

Filed: Monday, October 12, 2009 at 1:11:36 PM
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Year One is behind us, and what a party!
Wow, what a night! We definitely celebrated the end of our first year in SL in style!

How did we do it? Why, the same way we've celebrated the 364 nights before it, by giving you people what you want... the best 80's club dance music in SL, great conversation, and the most fun, drama-free (and gesture-free, more on that below) atmosphere to be found in the virtual world.

I managed to make it through Friday evening without coughing on anyone and though I had to cancel my live acoustic show due to lack of voice, we had a great time regardless! Tee and I headlined the festivities, and we had a full complement of Medics on hand as Cora, Kitt, Star, Macy, Ace, Jessie, Victoria, MACY, and Ashleigh beautified the place and made sure each and every one of you felt like part of the party. Somehow along the way, it was decided that the dress should be formal, and everyone dressed the part... I dusted off my pink tux from Jessie's wedding, Ace was dapper in his tux as well, and Tee and all the Medics seized the opportunity to pick their most glamorous evening wear and make us look respectable!

Joined by friends old and new, we enjoyed a banner night with almost 100 people through the door. A magical night all the way around, with some of the funniest conversation ever (Tee had to take her mic off for a while, she was laughing so hard). As always, we welcomed a few new friends to the family... and the comments as always proved why we've succeeded where others have failed. Our new friend Lucki summed it up well when she told me:
"Manwell was looking for 80's music... and we've been looking for some place that people CHAT, cuz gestures put me into a coma! We found the right place... all the other ones we've been to were just gesture factories!"
With comments like these, it's no wonder that we've easily become the most popular pure 80's club in Second Life.

Thank you so much, each and every one of the almost 27,000 people that have passed through our doors in the past year. It's because of you, and it's all for you. Tee and I have been touched by each of you in one way or another, and we are grateful for the opportunity to give back to you in any way we can.

Filed: Friday, October 09, 2009 at 4:44:01 PM
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A special thank you to all our Loyalty Club members...
Once again, I want to thank each and every person who has passed through the doors of St. Ivan's Infirmary over the past year. We could not have made our mark in Second Life without all of you... and each of you played a role in our success. Most of you have joined the ranks of the St. Ivan's Loyalty Club, and we want to make sure that you are all properly recognized for your support.

A special tribute, of course, is due to all of our Charter Members of the St. Ivan's Loyalty Club. This elite group of wonderful people have been with us since Day 1! It's because of them that we got the club built in 48 hours, what with them badgering us to finish and open up so they could come see! Most of them still drop in regularly, and some of them we don't see quite as often as we'd like, but each and every one deserves our thanks for helping us make St. Ivan's Infirmary what it is today.

So, to our friends and Charter Members: Alza, Dunamisgirl, Hankk, Jessie, Lorrie, Macy, Morgana, Oogachakka, PattiSue, PC, Scarlett, Spock, and Victoria... we can't express how much your support and friendship means to us. Your belief in us when we first started and your help as we grew made us what we dreamed of... and each and every one of you shares responsibility for our success! We love you guys!

Filed: Friday, October 09, 2009 at 4:16:36 PM
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Tonight's the night!
Yes indeed... tonight St. Ivan's Infirmary officially celebrates ONE YEAR of being the home of the 80's in Second Life!!!

Exactly when we opened is a bit of a gray area... Tee and I finished our frantic 48 hour build of the club on Monday, October 6, 2008 and then opened on a "test" basis that night. We had our grand opening party on Friday, October 10, 2008, so I've always considered October 10th our anniversary date. So in keeping with the Friday party tradition, we will celebrate our one year anniversary tonight!

The plans have been scaled back a bit... due to my recent (and still ongoing to an extent) illness, I will not be performing "The 80's Unplugged" tonight. We'll make sure we get that rescheduled shortly. Still, make sure you come to see us tonight... Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to make sure that we celebrate this historic occasion properly, taking your requests and playing for you the best 80's club dance music in Second Life! There's a rumor floating around that one of our other crack DJs might put in an appearance as well... and of course we welcome you, all our old and new friends. We could NOT have done this without you... and the celebration is not for us, it's for YOU... the beautiful people who made it all possible, and who proved my belief that we could be successful in SL with a club that played pure 80's dance music 24/7/365!

We hope to see you tonight... make sure you stop in and say hello! Of course, once you come in, you won't want to leave... our people seem to have that effect.

Filed: Thursday, October 08, 2009 at 7:57:27 PM
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Back in the saddle!
Yes, you heard right. I've examined myself thoroughly and declared myself ready to take the ball and get back into the game. I can't help it... I miss all of you!!! Besides, I can't deal with all those puppy dog eyes and bottom lips sticking out every time I tell you that I won't be in...

Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to do our scheduled Thursday night show, providing you with two solid hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL played per YOUR request... we'll be there till 9PM SLT, or till I pass out, whichever comes first.

Filed: Thursday, October 08, 2009 at 12:09:44 AM
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Where is a Medic when you need her?
Well, this week has pretty much been a washout for me. Had a nice weekend till about 6PM Sunday night, when I felt the nasties creeping up on me... then proceeded to spend most of the next few days in bed (and no, not in a good way). Seems I caught one of the several variants of the crap going around.

Fortunately, our crack DJ teams stepped right up to fill our time slots... Scott and Windy did all 4 hours on Monday night, and Nork and Star took Tuesday night in addition to their normal Wednesday night slot. It's so great to have all these people you can count on in a pinch.

At this point, I'm expecting that Tee and I will be back in on Thursday night, barring a major relapse. Gotta plan for that big anniversary party SOMEONE promised you...

Filed: Friday, October 02, 2009 at 3:18:53 PM
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St. Ivan's One Year Anniversary Party
Yes, as previously posted... on Saturday, October 10, 2009, we will be marking one year since we unleashed St. Ivan's Infirmary on the residents of Second Life. It's been a great year, and I know the second year will be even better!

Due to some scheduling conflicts, and because I just think Friday is a better night to plan something like this we will be celebrating our anniversary on Friday, October 9. We're still working out all the details... but expect hour after hour of the best 80's club dance music in SL (did you expect any less?) played per your request by our professional DJ teams, along with a live acoustic performance of "The 80's Unplugged" by yours truly, as well as some other surprises. Keep checking back for details... but I want you to know that we will make sure that YOU, the reason for our success, are properly entertained and properly rewarded for your loyalty over the past 12 months!

Filed: Friday, October 02, 2009 at 3:04:26 PM
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80's music and fun? We has it!!!
Thursday night... a great night, from start to finish. I got the group notice sent out at 7PM SLT, and before I even had a chance to close the notice window we had people swarming the place. 85 of you lovely people through the door... great requests, and some fabulous conversation filling the air, while the most beautiful people in SL danced the night away!

Tee and I will be in tonight (Friday) at 7PM SLT to get your weekend started properly. Plan on being here... you want to know what people are talking about on Saturday when the conversation turns to "hey, did you hear what happened at St. Ivan's last night?".

Filed: Thursday, October 01, 2009 at 5:53:09 PM
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A New Month... same great music!
Well, October is upon us. What happened to September?

Had a nice night at the home of the 80's in Second Life on Tuesday. Things started off a little slow, but by the end of the night Tee and I had a pretty well packed house, per usual... 65 people through the door, with most of them arriving toward the end.

I didn't even make it in Wednesday night, as I was in bed by 9:30 again trying to get past whatever is ailing me. Tee was in for a couple of hours working on beautifying our new home. Looking at the numbers, though, the Infirmary had a banner night with 97 people through the door... Scott and Windy had a great show from 5PM to 7PM, and they then handed off to Norkight and Star from 7PM tp 9PM. Gotta love having all the best DJ teams in SL under one roof.

It's only a matter of time before we break that magic 100 barrier. Maybe tonight? Come be a part of it! Tee and I will be in at 7PM tonight, and we expect to see YOU for your early start to the weekend (who wants to wait till Friday?!?!?)

Filed: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 5:53:40 PM
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Our anniversary is coming up fast!
Wow. Can't believe it's been almost a year.

October 10, 2009 will mark ONE YEAR that St. Ivan's Infirmary will have been in existence. In that time, we've gone from being "just another place that plays 80's music" to being recognized as the only destination for an authentic 80's nightclub experience in Second Life.

Who do we have to thank for this? Well, it starts and ends with the 24,096 people (as of midnight on Tuesday morning) who have passed through our doors in the past 354 days. Every single one of you has contributed something to our success, and we could NOT have done it without you.

We'll have to come up with a special recognition of visitor number 25,000... though every one of you, from number 1 through number 24,999 is just as important to us.

Watch this space for announcements on exactly how we're going to celebrate... but I promise you it will be the anniversary party to end all anniversary parties! Our reputation would allow no less...

Filed: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 5:41:25 PM
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As always, St. Ivan's is the place to be!
Once again, the weekend got away from me, so I haven't been able to post as often as I should.

Thursday night was another night on the quieter side, with *only* 62 people through the door (I remember when we were happy to get 20!) but as always, we had a great time. The big item of note is that we added another "crew member"... our good friend Ace is now officially a "Corpsman" (the male equivalent of our lovely Medics).

The rebound started Friday... Tee and I welcomed 81 of you gorgeous people, people looking for the most authentic 80's nightclub experience in Second Life. Once again, we welcomed a few new friends... and once again, we heard the same sentiments we have heard before: "Wow! I didn't think a place like this existed in SL! We tried other places, but they don't know what 80's club music is, and no one would talk to us! We've found our home!"

I don't need to add anything to that.

Saturday, our new DJ team of Devel and Aingeal provided the entertainment for 83 of you, keeping our tradition of playing the best 80s music in SL alive for you. Tee and I worked on our new/old parcel, restoring our house to its original place at the top of the hill overlooking Teeland. We were in a hurry the first time we placed it (a year ago... we had 48 hours to get a nightclub built!!!) and this time we are taking our time with the landscaping, doing it right. We're here for the long term (Tee has informed me that she is NEVER moving again in either SL or RL) and we've got the luxury of time...

Sunday, Nork and Star took ownership of the evening (as they do every Sunday night) and had their usual fantastic night with 84 of you through the door. Tee and I took the night off from SL, as I wasn't feeling too well... some 24 hour thing that ran its course very quickly, but I fell asleep during the Packers game and other than a few hours during the evening, basically slept the rest of Sunday away.

Monday... back to business. Windy and Scott started things off with a bang with their "Duo-DJ" show at 5PM SLT, and by the time Tee and I finished up the second 2 hours of the 4 hour block, we had welcomed 85 of you to the home of the 80's in Second Life. Good times, great friends, the best music, and fantastic conversation... I know I sound like I'm repeating myself, but that's what you can expect at our little club... and it's only getting better every single day as we welcome more and more of you to the St. Ivan's Infirmary family!

Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT to give you what you NEED... a couple hours away from the stress of RL, and from the drama of other places in SL. Come in and dance/chat/party your troubles away... we're here for YOU!

Filed: Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 4:57:55 PM
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Thursday brings us... well, you know....
...only another night of great music and conversation at the most popular 80's club in Second Life!

Wednesday night was, of course, the usual party... Windy and Scott got us going at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and then Norkight and Star picked up where they left off at 7PM and kept all of you beautiful people entertained with their patented blend of 80's music, wit, and silliness. All in all, over 70 people enjoyed the Infirmary on Wednesday night... Tee and I made it in just for a few minutes, as we had to go run the backhoe on our new/old parcel at the southwest corner of Teeland and get our house moved. Dig, dig, dig... my back is killing me!!!

Of course, Tee and I will be in tonight to do that wacky thing we do at 7PM SLT... come on by, we'll be ready for you! Jump into the conversation while dancing to your requests from the largest library of 80's club dance music in SL... all your friends will be here, so why wouldn't you?


Filed: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 12:55:44 PM
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One of those nice Tuesdays!!!
Kind of a quiet night at the home of the 80's in Second Life on Tuesday night, at least by our standards. Every so often, the stars align properly (or whatever) and we get to enjoy a more intimate night with our close friends. Honestly, it's kind of nice to be able to kick back and just enjoy everyone's company without the craziness of a typical night.

Only 55 people through the door on Tuesday, but we had a great time. Our lovely Medics MACY, Kitt, Cora, Ashleigh, and Macy all joined us, along with our old friend and new Corpsman Ace... and we were blessed with the company of our good friends Oogachakka, Hankk, Cynthia, Calypso, Revo, Stepup, Gemma, Crystal, Jason, and Alexi, just having a good time dancing to the best of the 80's and having some great (and occasionally wacky) conversation.

I need a night like this once in a while.

Tonight, I expect that the place will be hopping... Windy and Scott start us off at 5PM SLT with their "Duo-DJ" show, and Nork and Star will be in to take over at 7PM... giving you another 4 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in SL. Tee and I may be in for a while... as related in another post, we have a load o' landscaping to do in preparation for the move of our house back to Teeland. Hope to see you tonight!

Filed: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 2:09:55 PM
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The home of the 80's has been CRAZY busy!!!
Been a crazy weekend, but we've kept on serving up that great 80's experience you beautiful people crave!!!

Let's go back to last Thursday. We kicked things off, as scheduled, with my performance of "The 80's Unplugged" which went very well. I debuted, per my reputation, a couple of songs that I had never actually performed before (or even rehearsed for that matter) and had the distinct privilege of entertaining over 40 of you during my one hour show. After the show (and encore, of course) I traded my guitar for my DJ phones, and Tee and I kept a fantastic crowd of you moving on the dance floor until 10PM SLT. A great night all around, with another new attendance record of 94 people through the door!

Friday, Tee and I got in at our usual time. Another great night, with 90 of you beautiful people joining us before the night was over. We were boosted, of course, by a surprise Friday performance by Windy and Scott from 5PM to 7PM SLT, adding up to a solid 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in Second Life.

Saturday was the debut of our newest DJ team, Devel and Aingeal. Tee and I only made it in for an hour or so to make sure they got off to a proper start, as Saturday is our RL night which was actually a continuation of the rest of Saturday for us, which spilled into most of Sunday, as we undertook a 48 hour remodel of our RL kitchen). A fantastic night, with 88 of you through the door to welcome Devel and Aingeal!!! With the addition of these two, we are now back to providing you live DJ teams every single night of the week.

Sunday night, Tee and I never made it in, due to the aforementioned kitchen remodel... but Nork and Star had their usual banner night, bringing their unique take on the 80's to all of you. 72 people through the door, which is a little slow by our standards of late (though still very respectable numbers, which most other SL clubs would kill for!!!) and of course great times had by all.

And Monday... of course, always my favorite night of the week. Monday didn't disappoint, either... with 77 of you gracing us with your presence during another 4 solid hours of the 80's music and fun you crave! Windy and Scott kicked things off at 5PM SLT, and then Tee and I took the handoff at 7PM to finish out the night.

Good times, great friends, great music... how could things be any better?

Filed: Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 1:40:09 PM
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Welcoming another fantastic DJ team!!!
Yes indeed... as if 3 great DJ teams weren't enough, we proudly introduce Devel and Aingeal, your new DJ team at the home of the 80's in SL!!!

As with all of our DJs, Devel brings his on-air broadcast experience and knowledge of 80's dance music to Saturday nights at the Infirmary. His lovely partner Aingeal will make you feel welcome and join in the insanity as we continue our tradition of entertaining you not just with the music, but with the camaraderie that only a professional DJ can bring.

Check them out... Devel and Aingeal will be holding down the 7PM to 9PM SLT slot on Saturday nights at YOUR only place to be for an authentic 80's experience... St. Ivan's Infirmary!!!

Filed: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 6:03:29 PM
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Thank you!
Just felt the need to say that to you, all our Loyalty Club members. As we approach one year in business in SL, I wanted to make sure you knew that Tee and I truly do appreciate each and every one of you. Without you guys and gals, we would be... well, just a big empty building that plays great music. We know that YOU are the reason we have become the most popular 80's dance club in SL, and we love each and every one of you!

Tee and I have the night off tonight... Windy and Scott will be in from 5PM to 7PM SLT to kick off 4 crazy hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL, and Norkight and Star will be in at 7PM to carry you on through the night. You mignt see Tee and I there... who knows what RL will bring tonight

Also, remember: tomorrow (Thursday) night, be at the Infirmary at 7PM SLT sharp to catch me performing my live vocal/acoustic show "The 80's Unplugged"! The place fills up, so make sure you've got your spot reserved!!!

Filed: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 6:03:59 PM
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Just when you think it can't get any better...
... then Monday comes around.

I had posted previously about how we've broken our attendance record twice within the last week. I knew I liked Mondays...

Windy and Scott kicked things off with their "Duo-DJ" show at 5PM SLT, and had a great crowd by the time Tee and I got in to take over at 7PM SLT. And the magic continued... I heard a couple of new friends, who were visiting us for the first time, comment "Wow, I've never seen a SL club this busy... look at all the people!". How many?

Well... we shattered our previous record, with 93 of the most beautiful, most fun people in SL joining us on Monday!

Wow. We must be doing something right.

I had someone suggest the other night that maybe we should do a theme night, with prizes, etc. I asked why she thought we should do that, and she responded "to bring people in!"

I smiled and nodded, all the while thinking "umm... and if we did bring more people in, where exactly would you propose that we put them?"

Contests, themes, prizes... that's what other clubs do to try to get people OUT of our club and into theirs!!! I think we'll stick with what's working for us... for every person that's asked about these things, I've spoken to several who have told me "That's exactly why we come here... because you DON'T do all the theme and prize stuff! All that does is bring people in who are only there to win a few lindens, and couldn't care less about the other people here." And that's not what we're about.

Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT... and I sincerely hope you will be too, because we wouldn't be the most popular 80's club in SL without YOU!!!

Filed: Monday, September 14, 2009 at 3:21:44 PM
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"The 80's Unplugged" Returns!!!
By popular demand, "The 80's Unplugged" is back! On Thursday, September 17th, Tee and I will bump our DJ show back an hour so that I can do another live performance of "The 80's Unplugged"... the most unique solo vocal show in SL!

"The 80's Unplugged" is just what it sounds like... a celebration of the best decade of music ever. It's just me, a microphone, and my acoustic guitar... no backing MIDI tracks or prerecorded backing music (there are enough "karaoke" performers already on SL). But, it's definitely NOT a typical acoustic show... I go out of my way to play my translated versions of all of your favorite songs from the 1980s, including songs you would probably not expect to hear in an acoustic format. I'm not a campfire or folk singer... this show ROCKS! During the show, you will hear me sing and play songs from such diverse artists as Modern English, Duran Duran, Split Enz, Erasure, John Cougar, XTC, Simple Minds, R.E.M., The Motels, Crowded House, Romantics, Tears For Fears, INXS, Rick Springfield, Squeeze... and the list goes on and on. Every time I perform, I try to add at least 4 or 5 songs that you have not heard me perform before. If you like 80's music, you will love "The 80's Unplugged".

Get here early... the show starts at 7PM SLT, and the place definitely fills up fast

Filed: Monday, September 14, 2009 at 3:14:35 PM
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Another Medic is appointed!!!
It's been a while since we welcomed another Medic to the fold, and on Friday night I decided it was time! So, without further ado, let's all congratulate the lovely Cora on her appointment!

As I have mentioned a few times, we don't technically have "staff" or "employees' at St. Ivan's Infirmary... the closest thing we have are our "Medics". These lovely ladies have no job description, no real responsibilities... they are just very good friends of Tee's and mine, who want to see the club succeed, and who are just incredibly fun to be around. While there are no official duties (unofficially, they do a great job of welcoming patrons and making sure everyone feels welcome), these ladies do have a few "perks" in their Loyalty Club membership... basically revolving around the abilities to invite new people to the Loyalty Club (it's by invitation only, which explains the fantastic quality of our group members) and also to send out a group notice and start up a party of their own.

Filed: Monday, September 14, 2009 at 3:13:53 PM
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Great nights, great people, great times had by all!
Another week has come and gone at the home of the 80s in Second Life...

Thursday was a little quiet, with only 55 people through the door (of course, they were 55 of the most fun people I've ever been around), but Friday bounced us right back with 71 friends joining us for another round of the best 80's club dance music in SL!!! We welcomed several new members to the Loyalty Club, and I stayed WAY too late on Friday (as usual) hanging out with Cora, Lizbeth, Star, and everyone else who was just having way too much fun to leave!

Saturday was Tee's and my off day, as usual. We try to take one day a week and completely stay out of SL. One highlight is that we welcomed our 20,000th visitor sometime during Saturday morning. We are planning a big celebration for visitor number 25,000... stay tuned for that.

Sunday night, Nork and Star took over and had a fantastic crowd... it's always a great time with these two. I got in to have some fun with everyone during the last hour of their show (it's nice to be able to come in and not have to do anything for a change)

Windy and Scott will be in to welcome you tonight (Monday) at 5PM SLT for their famous "Duo-DJ" show, and then Tee and I will be back in 7PM SLT. Get here early for best results!

Filed: Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 8:17:13 PM
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Thursday already! Wow!
Time goes so quickly in Teeland...

Tee and I welcomed 67 people to the home of the 80's in SL on Tuesday night. A great time was had by all, of course... lots of lively conversation filled the air, the requests kept me hopping (though the streak starts over again... I had a request for "I Love Rock and Roll", the most overplayed 80's song in history, and my streak of 134 consecutive nights without playing it came to an end), and all in all it was a very nice night.

Then came Wednesday. Not to be outdone, our 4 hour DJ block of Scott, followed by Nork and Star, broke the record we set on Monday night with 82 people through the door! Just as I suspected, having 4 solid hours of 80's played by our professional DJs per your request is bringing even MORE of you beautiful people into our little club!

Tee and I got kind of sidetracked on Wednesday night... we were going to do some work on the Isle of Tee, but then I found a 4-wheeler ATV in my inventory that I had forgotten I had. So, I rezzed one, gave one to her (they are full perm), and we spent the next hour tearing around the estate. They even work underwater... After doing donuts and jumps on the Isle of Macy, we ran into (ok, not really "ran into") Cora, who was doing some work on the Western Anteeles... so of course I gave Cora a 4-wheeler too and we all had a good time riding around. Got a tour of her new house too... the only house bigger than ours .

Back to work tonight... though we don't consider it work, but rather a couple of hours with our best friends. We'll see you at the Infirmary at 7PM SLT... be ready to dance!

Filed: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 at 3:49:47 PM
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The holiday weekend was a blast!
Hope you enjoyed the three day weekend (assuming you're Stateside like us). Tee and I had a very nice RL weekend... the boys and their friends didn't burn the house down during their campout on Friday night, and we spent the rest of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday alternating between doing a little work on the house and putting about 150 miles on our scooters. The weather was fantastic, and it was nice to just spend time together and have fun without having schedules forced upon us.

SL wise... Friday was actually a better night than we expected at the Infirmary (I never know what to expect on holiday weekends). 66 of you beautiful people through the door... the overall numbers for SL in general were down on Friday, but we didn't see it. Lots of new friends joining us for the first time, and the friends we've made over the previous few weeks have become regulars ... Tee and I were joined by Medics Kitt and Ashleigh, along with our "newer" friends Cora, Lena, Mack, Ana, Redd1, trina, and Rickygear.

We didn't get in at all on Saturday, but Sunday was the usual Nork and Star blowout... 70 people through the door, all enjoying the fantastic show that Nork and Star put on! Tee and I stopped in for a little while, just to make sure everyone was still clothed...

And then Monday (Labor Day). All I can say is... wow! Another record breaking night at the home of the 80's in Second Life! Windy and Scott got things started at 5PM SLT with their famous "Duo-DJ" show, and then Tee and I took over at 7PM. By the time the night was over, we had 82 people through the door... a new record for the Infirmary! Wow!

It's amazing... we seem to defy the trends that the other clubs in SL have followed. Every single month, our attendance grows! We must be doing something right... we are a little over a month away from the one year anniversary of our grand opening, and (by my calculations) we are about 5 days away from hitting the 20,000 visitor mark. I'm shooting for 25,000 visitors by the time our anniversary rolls around... we'll have to have a prize for the 25,000th visitor or something.

Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT... you'll be there. You know you want to.

Filed: Friday, September 04, 2009 at 4:46:10 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another Holiday!
Well, not yet, but those of us here in the States are looking forward to a three day weekend. We've earned it, right?

We've had a great week at the home of the 80's in Second Life... Monday was huge, Tuesday was a little slow by our standards (only about 35 people through the door during the show, but they were 35 truly fun people!), then Wednesday and Thursday picked right back up, peaking on Thursday with 64 of you coming to spend some time with us.

Now, it's the weekend... Tee and I will be in at 7PM tonight to keep you in stitches and play all that great 80's club dance music you know and love. Things might be a little noisy as my sons and 4 of their friends are celebrating the end of the summer with another campout in the "park" known as our back yard. Conveniently, Tee had 2/3 of a cord of firewood delivered this morning, and it's not going to stack itself if you know what I mean... right now, it's heaped on the patio and I'm thinking a little bit of manual labor from the boys in exchange for hot dogs and marshmallows sounds fair...

Anyway, we'll see you tonight at 7PM SLT. Get here early for best results!!!

Filed: Monday, August 31, 2009 at 6:16:02 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Monday, Monday....
Just a quick note (on my way to a rehearsal with my RL band). Mondays always seem to be the day that I spend trying to catch up... and never succeeding

Did I mention that we love all of you?

A very nice weekend... had a fantastic night on Friday (once we got a few stream issues worked out) with 73 people through the door, all ready to party like it's 1986(?) (ok, I know that's not how the song goes, but I'd take 1986 over 1999 anytime!) and then Tee and I basically took the weekend off and did the RL couple thing. It can't ALL be SL especially since the summer is winding down and we have to enjoy this weather while we have it!

Nork and Star had their usual great night on Sunday... 63 happy people through the door! I made it in right at the end of the night, just to strut around and say I own the place... gotta do that once in a while! Plus, I'm like all of you... I truly enjoy their show! They are so great, and we are truly blessed to have them!

Anyway, make sure you have a few hours set aside to come spend with us tonight at the home of the 80's in SL... Windy and Scott kick things off with their "Duo-DJ" show from 5PM to 7PM SLT, followed by Tee and myself from 7PM to 9PM. That's right... 4 hours of the best 80's club dance music in SL, played per YOUR request!

We'll see you tonight!

Filed: Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 3:44:32 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Wednesday ROCKED, according to the numbers!
Apparently the ONLY people that didn't make it in to the Infirmary on Wednesday night were Tee and myself! I got sidetracked reterraforming Tee's and my island home, so we never got down to the club.

Still... wow! Windy and Scott kicked things off at 5PM with their "Duo-DJ" show, followed by Norkight and Star from 7PM to 9PM SLT. The numbers don't lie... 73 of you beautiful people through the door, dancing the night away to the best 80's club dance music in Second Life!

Tee and I have some finishing touches to put on our island tonight, but we'll be finished in time to be at the home of the 80's in Second Life by 7PM SLT. Come on down and join us (you know you want to!) and let's get that weekend off to an early start!

Filed: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 3:21:49 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Got plans for Wednesday night?
Well, now you do. Tonight brings another 4 hour block of the best 80's club dance music in Second Life, played per your request by the DJ teams of Windy and Scott (from 5PM to 7PM SLT) and Norkight and Star (from 7PM SLT to 9PM SLT)! Make sure your plans for tonight include a stop at the home of the 80's in SL... these professionals will keep you in stitches all night long! Good thing we always have Medics on hand

Tee and I are off tonight... we had a very nice night on Tuesday with about 50 people through the door, and tonight I need to get caught up on some land baron work (our friend Cora is moving to a 1/4 sim parcel on the Isle of Tee, and I have serious terraforming to do!). We just may stop in at the Infirmary to check up and make sure everyone is still clothed though... you've been warned!

Filed: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 4:01:41 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another great week already!
And it's only Tuesday! If you were in last night, you already know that we have added the fantastic Duo-DJ team of Windy and Scott to the St. Ivan's Infirmary family! Windy and Scott started their premiere show at 5PM SLT and had a nice crowd... lots of our Loyalty Club members joining their friends from the Club Odyssey days.

We're still working out a schedule, but for the time being it looks like we will see Windy and Scott on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5PM to 7PM SLT, ahead of either myself and Tee or Norkight and Star. You now can look forward to four straight hours of the best 80's club dance music in Second Life!

Tee and I then took over at 7PM SLT and had a very nice night... by the time we finished a little after 9PM, we had about 60 people through the door, and of course a great time was had by all. I actually got a very nice compliment last night... one of our new friends had this to say:
You guys have done it! It's just like being back in the 80's, and it's nice to just dance and talk without any silly contests or theme nights. Let the other clubs do those... we'd rather just come in and let you entertain us!



See what I mean? If you offer quality, you don't need gimmicks. I love hearing things like this.

Tee and I will be in at 7PM tonight (Tuesday) to do it all again. You're all cordially invited... for without you, there is no party! We love you guys and gals!

Filed: Monday, August 24, 2009 at 1:41:58 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
NEWS FLASH! Just when you thought we couldn't improve the Infirmary any more...
To make a long story short, we had an incredible opportunity "fall into our lap".

The bad news: our friends Scott and Windy, a talented DJ team in their own right, made the decision to get out of the club ownership business. As such, Club Odyssey is no more... which is a shame, as they had a very nice atmosphere and a very similar clientele to ours. Club Odyssey will be missed.

Now the good news: Scott and Windy have agreed to come over to the Infirmary and do their DJ show here a few nights a week! What this means to you is that we will now be staffed with the best professional DJs in Second Life from 5PM to 9PM SLT! Scott and Windy will be taking over the 5PM to 7PM shift, doing their "Duo-DJ" show... and then at 7PM either Tee and I or Nork and Star will take over to keep the party going!

Now, you beautiful people won't have to wait till 7PM for the party to start! Come on in and check out Scott and Windy tonight (Monday) at 5PM SLT... you won't be disappointed!

The home of the 80's in Second Life just got even better... let's all welcome Scott and Windy to the St. Ivan's Infirmary team!

Filed: Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 5:52:37 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
I'm ready for a party!
And why not? Getting close to the weekend, RL is finally behaving again, and I get to look forward to another fantastic night at the home of the 80's in Second Life!

It's been a very nice week so far... Tee and I had great crowds both Monday and Tuesday nights, and Nork and Star had the busiest night of the week last night! We're averaging almost 60 visitors a night over the past couple of weeks. Wow. Just goes to show that all the good people of Second Life appreciate quality and reliability... people know exactly what to expect at St. Ivan's Infirmary (a professional nightclub experience) and of course we are happy to deliver!

Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to do that thing we do... and we, as always, are so appreciative of all the kind comments and suggestions we receive from you beautiful people. We've attracted the BEST people in SL to our little nightclub... and the fact that you keep coming back, night after night, tells us we must be doing something right!

Filed: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 3:31:51 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Now THAT'S what I call entertainment!
Promised you a surprise last night, and it was a smashing success!

St. Ivan's Infirmary already has great people, a fantastic atmosphere, the best 80's club dance music in Second Life, and a DJ (me ) who's not afraid to talk up a storm and give you that professional nightclub atmosphere that most other clubs in SL lack.

So what could make it even better?

Well, while Tee and I were off on our vacation, we talked about trying something new. Now, when you come to St. Ivan's on the nights featuring "Ivan and Tee", you get both of us live! That's right... Tee is now on the mic with me! She has quite a bit of experience in RL hosting radio and TV talk shows, so this seemed like a natural. We debuted her on Monday night, and the reviews were um... "more Tee, less Ivan!"

Hey, wait a minute...

Well, I suppose I can share.

All the 40 or so people through the door on Monday night seemed to like it. It's just like being in our living room! Now, you get to look forward to Tee's beautiful voice putting me in my place while we continue to give you the ONLY true 80's nightclub experience in Second Life. George and Gracie... move on over... there's a new team in town!

We expect to see you tonight (Tuesday)... Tee and I will be in and ready to entertain you at 7PM SLT. Get here early... the home of the 80's in Second Life fills up fast!!!

Filed: Monday, August 03, 2009 at 7:01:06 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Slowly returning to normal...
Another short post. Man, I miss the simplicity of my life from just a couple weeks back...

Anyway, things are almost back to normal in the Web hosting world. RL... arrrrrgggghhhh.

We had another fantastic week at SL's home of the 80's last week, and I'll write more about it as time permits. Let's just say we keep getting busier and busier, and leave it at that for the time being. Thank you to all of you beautiful people for making St. Ivan's Infimary your only destination for a true 80's experience!

Tee and I will be in tonight (Monday) to entertain, dance with, and otherwise hang out with all of you... our best friends! Hope to see you at 7PM SLT!

Filed: Friday, July 24, 2009 at 7:39:15 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
RL... gotta love it!
Well, as you all know I never made it into SL Thursday night. Fortunately, Nork and Star stepped in to fill the void once again gotta love those guys! Sounds like everyone had a great time, as usual... Tee was in and out throughout the night and said that it was a pretty typical night at the Infirmary.

Long story short... after the events of a couple weeks ago, Tee and I decided to move our servers (we own a web hosting company) to a different data center. And that's what I was doing last night. 6 hours... geez.

Anyway, Tee and I will be in tonight (Friday) to entertain you, chat with you... and to be honest, I need the night out with all our friends! Doing our show at the club always puts a smile on my face, no matter how bad the RL day went.

Filed: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 7:15:39 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
How many people fit in one Infirmary?
OK, I give up trying to predict what will happen on a specific night.

The only pattern Tee and I have been able to determine in almost 10 months of owning one of the more popular 80's nightclubs in SL is that... there is no pattern. I've resigned myself to accepting that on any given night, it could be slow (well, by our standards anything under 20 people is slow) to very very busy.

Tee and I arrived at the Infirmary at 7PM SLT on Tuesday night, ready for another great night ('cause let's face it... every night is great with the people we have!) I fired up all that great 80's club dance music that has made us famous, and sent out the requisite group notice. And over the next 30 minutes or so, we had about 10 people trickle in to dance and chat. Looked like one of those nice, relaxing nights where we could just kick back and talk with our friends... quieter than usual (we usually average 30 to 40) but fun just the same.

Then... the floodgates opened.

By the time Tee and I signed off at about 9:30PM SLT, we had over 70 people through the door! It was crazy! We had several people come in for the first time, be welcomed by our lovely Medics Jessie, Kitt, and MACY, and after spending a few minutes with us, the realization set in that they had found the club they were looking for! So, of course, they proceeded to invite their friends to join us... and a fantastic time was had by all of us!

Wow. If this keeps up, I may actually have to make the place bigger. It got to the point where we had people dancing out on the deck... now, I don't know if it was for space reasons or just because they enjoyed the view (or wanted Bob the orca not to feel left out) but we definitely had a full house! That's the advantage of owning an estate sim... we can easily handle more people than will physically fit in the club.

Anyway, Tee and I may be in tonight to visit... Nork and Star are in charge tonight. Stop in and enjoy yourself for a couple of hours... that's why we're here, and why we are known as the home of the 80's in Second Life!

Filed: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 1:50:30 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Catching Up
OK, this blogging thing is getting to be hard to keep up with! Between RL (lots going on there) and SL (from the time I log in to the time I log out, I'm talking to someone... it's rough being Mr. Popularity) it seems like my good intentions at daily updates are just that... good intentions. Once again, it's been almost a week.

Anyway.

Let's go back to last Thursday and Friday, which were mirror images of each other. Great music (of course!) and great times had by all, with the upward trend that started on Monday continuing. A total of 49 people through the door on Thursday and 55 on Friday during Tee's and my shifts. Wow. That's all I can say... the word is definitely still spreading! Just when I think we've reached a plateau, we get even busier. And lots of new faces sprinkled in with our old friends.

Tee and I took the weekend off and took my boys up to our family cabin, just to get away and enjoy some family time. We grilled some very tasty steaks, played some cards, played with the dogs, and had one of those nice weekends that are the reason that SL will always take a back seat to RL... there's no substitute for quality time with your loved ones. Sunday afternoon, we stopped on the way back for a 45 minute trail ride (it was the first time on horseback for the boys) and also did the gokarts and bumper boats (which are a blast!).

Norkight and Star had their typical Sunday night... all reports were that the 40+ people through the door had a great time, as is to be expected at St. Ivan's.

Monday night, we had an entire group of people come in (they just kept calling their friends to excitedly tell them about the great place they had found) and between our old friends and all our new ones we had over 50 people join us!

I can't express how grateful I am to all of you wonderful people who make St. Ivan's Infirmary such a great place to be... sure, we play the music, but that is such a small part of what makes us what we are! Without you, we would not be here... and Tee and I are so pleased that out of the thousands of places you could be in SL, you choose to spend time with us.

Filed: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 1:27:02 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The premier 80's club in Second Life.
I have to admit... I like the sound of that!

One of our new friends used that phrase last night, after inviting about 10 of her friends to join us. I love hearing how much people enjoy themselves at St. Ivan's... both because (1) it feeds my ego (come on, anyone who couldn't admit that to him/herself in the same situation needs a serious heart to heart with him/herself), and (2) it validates Tee's and my belief in what we are doing. Our goal, established almost 10 months ago, was to give 80's music lovers in SL a place that they could count on for good conversation, no drama, and the music they remember from that magical time... all of it, not just the 20 songs that they play on "All 80's Weekends" on the radio.

Anyway, back to that phrase. The premier 80's club in Second Life. Mari always used it to describe the Brick, which was kind of laughable since between the live performers and disco nights there wasn't really much 80's going on there (unless you count a few John Hughes movie posters on the wall). It sounds nice, and using a $10 word like "premier" gives a snooty factor to it, and of course St. Ivan's Infirmary and our clientele are the epitome of snootiness OK WAIT A MINUTE!

Reality check!

Sheesh.

The whole reason we have achieved the status we have in SL is because we AREN'T snooty! Everyone is welcome, it's a very loose atmosphere, and it's just good clean (well, most of the time) fun. No rules. No drama. Just great music and great people.

So, Mari can keep her "premier" status... I much prefer the "real world" terminology to describe us, the phrase which has become synomonous with St. Ivan's Infimary: "The home of the 80's in Second Life". We dance to the music of the 80's, we reminisce about life back in the 80's... and, to paraphrase another of our Loyalty Club members:

"When you call it the 'home of the 80's', it makes me feel happy... because it says that St. Ivan's is 'home', which is how we feel. This is the place we can always come back to after exploring the rest of SL. This is the place where we come in and feel welcome, like we are among friends."

Anyway, back to business. Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT, to make sure that your "home" is ready and waiting for you. You're always welcome at St. Ivan's Infirmary... and it touches us everytime one of you refers to it as "home".

Filed: Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 8:56:17 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another week, another great start!
When you're recognized as the home of the 80's in Second Life, you expect no less, of course...

Monday night, Tee and I kicked the week off with our usual Monday night party... 41 happy people through the door between 7PM and 9PM SLT, looking for (and finding!) the best 80's club dance music in SL. Lots of great conversation, fun, and dancing... Medics Kitt, Ashleigh, MACY, Kristenlee, and Macy (yup, both of the Macys!) were in to keep the mood beautiful, and lots of great requests made and played ('cause that's what we do!).

Tuesday, more of the same! A little busier (44 people through the door during the show) and just a silly great time had by all. The upward trend continues... and for a second night we had a full complement of lovely Medics to keep things beautiful!

Then, Wednesday. I haven't done a Wednesday show in what seems like forever, since Norkight and Star have been doing such a great job... but yesterday RL caught up to Nork (some silly excuse about moving to the new RL house they built) so I jumped in to cover (we owed Nork one anyway for covering for us last Thursday). Tee wasn't in long, as she was recovering from a medical procedure she had done Wednesday morning, but Star was there to act as my "sidekick", so we had a "hybrid" of the two DJ teams in action! And the upward trend continued... 47 people through the door, all great people having the time of their lives! Kitt, Ashleigh and Macy were on hand to perform their Medic duties, and it was a blast!

Tee and I will be in tonight (Thursday) at 7PM SLT to continue... and let me tell you, as enormous as my ego may be I know that the reasons for our success are each and every one of YOU coming in to make St. Ivan's Infirmary what it is... THE only place to be for the 80's experience in SL! See you tonight!

Filed: Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 1:49:49 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
A Welcome Return to Normalcy
Well, Friday was exactly what the doctor ordered. A fun, uneventful (nothing bad anyway!) night at the home of the 80's in Second Life, with all of our friends. That is exactly what Tee and I needed after the events of the previous day!

A fantastic crowd... it started off slow, but that's normal in summer because people tend to be doing RL stuff with their families later into the evening. It picked up nicely and by the end of our shift we welcomed over 40 people through the door. Great people, great music, great conversation. Just like most nights... consistency!

I bring up the last word because I have been hearing from so many of our friends and Loyalty Club members that "consistency" is one of the most valued items that St. Ivan's Infirmary delivers. We started up over 8 months ago with the idea of bringing the good people of SL a true 80's experience, with live professional DJs (not Winamp wannabes) and we have never wavered from that format. Not once. And that's what people respect!

When you are a leader in your field, you don't change what people expect from you. Quality and consistency are the hallmarks of a professionally run business, and we pledge to continue to provide you with the same experience we did 8 months ago, 6 months ago, 3 months ago, etc. We know you appreciate it, and we will still be doing the same one year from now!

Filed: Friday, July 10, 2009 at 4:37:16 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Bald in SL, and getting there in RL... lol
Well, it's been an interesting couple of days.

Tuesday was a nice "return to normal" for Tee, myself, and St. Ivan's... we got back into the swing of things at the RL office, and then had a fantastic night Tuesday night... well over 40 people through the door, all looking for (and finding) the only destination for the 80's in Second Life. It was so nice to be back with our friends, laughing, chatting, and spinning the best 80's club dance music in SL... our lovely Medics Ashleigh, Kristenlee, MACY, and Kitt (returning from several days of computer problems) made sure everyone was welcome and properly tended to, and our old friends Red, Torvar, Vegavex, Opalesce, Annie, Ace, Dunamisgirl, Taliesen, Jonboy, Tiffany, and Oogachakka were with us for most of the night, along with several new friends as well. All in all, a great night.

Wednesday night, Norkight and Star took the helm and did their usual great job of entertaining everyone, welcoming over 30 people and keeping them dancing and chatting for a couple hours (actually, MACY tells me they went overtime because they were having so much fun!). Tee and I took the night off from SL to finish unpacking from our trip and just spend a little time together.

Then came Thursday.

Without going into too much technical detail, we had an RL business issue... our colocation provider for our Web and email hosting services had a network problem with their upstream provider, and the upshot was that all of the over 300 websites and 2500 email accounts that we host were offline for most of the day. I think my hairline receded about 2 inches over 12 hours, dealing with angry phone calls from our clients while trying to solve our network issues. I was up at our colocation facility until 1:00 AM Friday morning, assisting them in troubleshooting and fixing an issue which was out of their control, and thusly out of our control. Talk about a helpless feeling... anyway, we finally got it resolved and I was able to come home to Tee.

Obviously, Tee and I did not make it into SL to do our usual Thursday night show, but the ever reliable Norkight and Star came to our rescue and picked up the slack for us by doing their show for the second night in a row. Again, over 30 people through the door, and good times had by all (I haven't talked to them, but I'm sure that's the case... you can't help but have a good time when you are dancing at St. Ivan's!).

Tee and I will be in tonight (Friday) at our usual start time of 7PM SLT to give you lovely people what you crave... and to once again show our appreciation for your support. We love you guys and gals!

Filed: Tuesday, July 07, 2009 at 12:12:11 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Back in the saddle again!
Or in my end of the reclining couch, anyway.

Tee and I ended up driving partway back home Sunday night, staying overnight in Cleveland, and then drove the rest of the way today (Monday), stopping along the way for a visit with my dear SL sis and RL friend Jessie. We arrived home, unpacked, bathed the dogs (I have NO idea what they got into last night, but it was not pleasant), and ordered a pizza just in time to log into SL and do our regular Monday show.

It's good to be back. Had a nice night... quieter than I expected, but the 15 to 20 people that came through the door were a lot of fun, and of course the best 80's club dance music in SL filled the air, along with some great conversation. Medics Ashleigh and MACY were on hand, and we made a few new friends in addition to welcoming back a couple of people we haven't seen in a while.

All in all, a very nice night.

Now, I HAVE to get some sleep... a 600 mile drive and a 2 hour DJ show pretty much took the life out of me, no matter how many Diet Pepsis I drank today. Tee and I will be back in tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7PM SLT, rested and ready to welcome all of you for another night of great friends, great music, and great fun!

Filed: Sunday, July 05, 2009 at 12:28:31 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Back in civilization!
Well, Tee and I made it back into the States on Thursday, after a nice time at the family cottage in Ontario. We stopped at her dad's house in western NY state for a few days to visit her family, celebrate the 4th, and all of that. I'm just happy to get back to where we have a legit broadband connection again!

Thursday night, we got in to do our first DJ show in almost a week (thanks so much to Ashleigh for holding down the fort for us on the nights we usually do our show). We were a little late getting in on Thursday, but had a nice night anyway with about 30 people through the door (a little slow by our standards, but with Friday being the legal holiday I suspect that people had taken off for a 3 day holiday weekend in RL).

Friday night, we did our usual show (again with a late start due to the fireworks show here... RL's gotta come first sometimes!). Another nice night... close to 40 people dancing the night away to the best 80's club dance music in SL. A nice mix of old and new friends.

Then, today (Saturday) being the 4th... we just took the night off. I popped into SL for a couple hours to relandscape the Western Anteeles region, splitting into smaller islands with more waterways for your boating pleasure. Didn't even go into the club... it's a holiday, and people were spending time with their RL families, as they should.

We're hitting the road again tomorrow to make our way back to Wisconsin... stopping tomorrow afternoon to visit Tee's grandparents, then her aunt, and Monday morning finishing the drive back with a stop to see my beloved crazy pink haired sis Jessie along the way. She's only my SL sis, I know... but she's special to us, and ours is another of those SL friendships that has crossed into RL.

Nork and Star have the comm Sunday night... we'll probably pop in for a while. Otherwise, we'll see you Monday night!

Filed: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 at 10:02:36 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
A week's worth in one post!
Once again, I neglected my blog... shame on me! For once, I actually had a decent reason though... the past week has been, to put it mildly, kind of crazy and definitely not normal.

Let's go back to last Tuesday and pick up where we left off... for whatever reason, be it SL issues or people going and doing RL stuff (as I suspect would be the case during the summer months... the only thing I would have to compare it to was last June when I was at the Brick, and there were never many people there anyway) we had an incredibly quiet night. Only 24 people through the door for the entire 24 hour period. Not that it stopped those of us that were there from having a great time... Medics Kitt, Ashleigh, and MACY were on hand, our good friends Taliesen, Cliff, and Jonboy were in to even the ratio out , and we had a few people wander in (and of course join the Loyalty Club, since they found the 80's music they were looking for!).

Wednesday night, as usual, was the Norkight and Star show. Tee and I took the night off since (a) we had to get Tee ready for her trip to Chicago, where she met her sister, mother, and nieces for a "girls weekend", and (b) because Nork and Star do such a great job that we don't need to be there to clutter things up. Back to normal with lots of our friends there and some new friends as well... about 30 people through the door during their show.

Then came Thursday night... which was a new experience for me, and was kind of a strange night all around. First of all, I put Tee on a plane at 2:30 for her girls weekend, and then returned first to the office and then home without her. You need to understand that in RL we are married, first and foremost... plus, we work together (we own the business) and tend to do most of our extracurricular stuff together as well, so we are as close to a true 24/7 couple as there is. It was honestly strange logging into SL to do my show Thursday night, knowing that she wasn't going to be there with me. Anyway, the show went on, and attendancewise was a pretty typical Thursday with about 40 people through the door. Ash acted as Tee's stand in for the evening (though she was an hour late!) and of course she along with Medics MACY and Kitt kept everyone feeling welcome. Of course, if you remember, Thursday night was the night of Michael Jackson's passing (I'm going to wait till all the hoopla dies down before I post my thoughts and remembrances on MJ) so I played more than the usual amount of MJ music, which kind of morphed into a celebration of all the 80's artists who are no longer with us. Wow... there are a lot of them! In addition to MJ, I played songs from (deceased singers in parentheses) Baltimora, Robert Palmer, Queen (Freddie Mercury), INXS (Michael Hutchence), Big Country (Stuart Adamson), Naked Eyes (Rob Fisher), Quiet Riot (Kevin Dubrow), Dan Hartman, The Cars (Benjamin Orr), The Clash (Joe Strummer), Mike and the Mechanics (Paul Young), Rick James, EBN-OZN (Ned Liben), and then closed it off with Jim Carroll's "People Who Died". It seemed appropriate... and kind of disquieting, since most of them are my contemporaries. Makes you feel older, and more appreciative of what you have...

Friday was another strange night, since I didn't get into the club till about 8:30PM SLT. My son Ben competed in the Badger State Games (kind of a state level version of the Olympics) on Sunday (more on that below), and as part of it was selected to represent the martial arts field at a pregame ceremony at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball game (class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers). So, we were at the game of course (they won in a thrilling come from behind finish!), and didn't get home until about 8:15PM SLT. Even with the late start, it was a great night... Medics Kitt, MACY, and Ashleigh kept everyone entertained till I got there, and we finished with about 40 people through the door (since I started so late, and since Tee wasn't home anyway and I didn't have anything better to do, I ended up playing till about 11:30PM SLT).

Saturday, I basically got packed up for the second part of Tee's trip and the first part of mine... more on that below. Then, I made a special Saturday night appearance at the Infirmary since it happened to be our good friend Spock's rez day, and Scarlett and Jessie planned a great party! We had a great time, and a great turnout.

Sunday morning brought the Badger State Games competition... I spent the morning watching Ben compete in his three events... weapon forms (he placed 5th out of 5... oh well), open hand forms (he placed 4th out of 7, just missing a medal), and sparring (he placed 2nd out of 6... SILVER MEDAL!). Six years of training is paying off! Then, it was hitting the road time... along with the dogs Packer (our Brittany) and Triscuit (our beagle) I drove down to Chicago to pick Tee up from her girls weekend. Then, we continued on for another 12 hours of driving to her family's cottage in Westport, Ontario (on the east end, about an hour north of Kingston). We arrived Monday morning at about 8:00AM, and after a couple of hours of sleep went into town to pick up our new DSL modem, along with grocery shopping etc.

The rest of Monday, broken up by a couple of naps were filled with my trying to get our DSL to work. While it seems to be working *somewhat* well, it is very slow, due to the poor line quality way out by the cottage. I attempted to DJ Monday night at the Infirmary, but after about 20 minutes gave up because the DSL connection just isn't good enough to stream all that great 80's club dance music. So, Monday night ended up being an "autopilot" night (same great music, just less Ivanbabble).

Tuesday night, I didn't even attempt to DJ, but logged in long enough to get our lovely Medic Ashleigh set up to try her hand at DJing. It went well, from what I've heard... she has an incredible library of 80's music at her disposal as well. Now, if we can just get her a microphone . I don't know if I say it enough, but Tee and I are so blessed to have the Medics... Ashleigh, Kitt, Macy, Kristenlee, Jessie, and MACY take the "job" so seriously (which is funny, since they don't get paid and have no real responsibilities) and are always so happy to step up to the plate and run the place when Tee and I aren't there. We love you ladies!

Sorry for the long post, but I had to get you caught up. I will try not to neglect my blog in the future (ok, I've said it before but this time I mean it!).

We've enjoyed the past few days here on the lake, and tomorrow we'll be packing up and driving down into NY state to spend a couple of days with Tee's dad (who has a much better Internet connection, courtesy of my setting it up for him ) before heading back to Wisconsin. Hopefully we'll get into SL tomorrow (Thursday) night to get things back to normal with our usual Thursday show!

Filed: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 8:48:39 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Catching up...
Wow... where did the time go? I'm not keeping up with my blogging duties! Stupid RL! So anyway... let's get up to speed on happenings down at the home of the 80's in Second Life.

Thursday night, Tee and I returned from our regularly scheduled night off to fire things up at 7PM SLT, right on schedule. Medics Kristenlee, Macy, Ashleigh, and Kitt were on hand, of course, to welcome a little under 50 people through the door, with a lot of them being new friends searching for (and finding) the definitive place in SL for 80's club dance music. Several new group members joining our (not quite so little anymore) family... welcome aboard!

Then came Friday... ok, one of the stranger nights in recent memory. I was expecting a smaller crowd than we have had on recent Fridays (due to summer arriving and people having RL plans with their families) but we actually had a very nice night with over 50 people through the door! Medics Kristenlee and Ashleigh made sure everyone was properly welcomed, in the St. Ivan's tradition... I keep hearing how refreshing it is to have "hostesses" which I guess the Medics are, kind of, who understand that you can make people feel welcome without resorting to shouting out the same tired "THIS CLUB ROCKS" and "I LOVE THIS SONG" gestures over and over and over. We're better than that (at the Infirmary, we talk TO our visitors... we don't shout AT them), and it's nice to hear that it's appreciated by our patrons and friends!

Anyway, a great time was had by all, marred only by a 5 minute interlude where some biker gang wannabes rode their bikes into the club and proceeded to push people around. After everyone got done laughing at them (come on, it's a GAME... you can't hurt an avatar!) I had to eject and ban them to get rid of them... after the novelty of their little act wore off, they became more like a swarm of gnats (a mild annoyance, and you get tired of the buzzing after a while). That's only the second time I've had to do that in over 8 months of being in business. That says something about the quality of our people at the Infirmary.

Weekend time came... Saturday and Sunday were RL days for Tee and I as it should be... did some work around the house, put about 50 miles on our scooters, and enjoyed the weather and each other! My RL band had a gig Saturday night in Green Bay, which went very well.

Tee and I returned to the Infirmary last night (Monday) and welcomed about 40 beautiful people between the hours of 7PM and 9PM SLT... all in all, a pretty typical Monday of late. Medics Kitt, Ashleigh, and MACY beautified the place nicely, and we had a nice mix of old friends (Oogachakka, Ace, etc.) and several new friends as well, who aren't looking for a place to enjoy a night out now that they've found us.

Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT, because you neither expect nor deserve no less than the best 80's club dance music in ALL of SL! We hope to see you there!

Filed: Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 5:33:53 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Silly but fun... and as always, great people!!!
OK, Tuesday got a little silly on us, as seems to happen occasionally. It started out Tee and I arriving on schedule at 7PM SLT (regardless of what a group notice sent out by my friend and Medic Kitt said... apparently her clock was quite fast) The Loyalty Club members and first time visitors poured in to hear the premier 80's club dance music in SL, as is the case every night. However, since we seemed to have a higher ratio of Canadians on hand than normal, what started as a lark became an impromptu "theme night" and a bit of an obsession for me... seeing how many 80's hits in a row I could play by Canadian artists. I got to 11 (with no repeats of artists) before I finally caved in to my responsibility to play the requests of the rest of the people at the club... all in all, a fun night with almost 50 people through the door! Plus, as a bonus of having all these Canucks in the club, I learned about the Canadian delicacy "poutine" which is something that Tee and I will have to try when we take it on the road to our cottage in eastern Ontario in a couple of weeks.

Our lovely Medics Jessie, Kitt, Macy, and Ashleigh were on hand, of course, to beautify the place, and Tee was her usual fashion diva and knockout. I don't think anyone actually pays attention to me when they have these beautiful ladies to look at!

Wednesday night, Nork and Star did their show, getting a bit of a late start due to that pesky RL delaying Nork's appearance. Still, even with the late start, it would appear that we had a nice crowd through the door. Tee and I took the night off from SL (we didn't even turn on our computers), instead taking a nice moonlit walk down by the river about a quarter of a mile from our house. Gotta enjoy those RL moments with the love of my life

Tee and I will see you tonight at 7PM SLT... we'll be there to entertain you wonderful people after having a nice dinner to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary (as you know, we've been together in RL for a little over 10 years, finally tying the knot on June 18 of 2005). We hope you can join us at the home of the 80's in SL!

Filed: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:38:43 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Ready for another fantastic night? I am!
Back in the swing of things... Tee and I presided over yet another fantastic Monday at the home of the 80's in Second Life! St. Ivan's Infirmary was a'hoppin' with close to 50 people through the door between 7PM and 9PM SLT... these people were there for one reason alone - to dance to the best 80's club dance music in SL! Lots of new faces along with our regulars and Medics (including Ashleigh, who rejoined us only a few days after giving birth to baby Maddie in RL... is that dedication or what?). The Loyalty Club ranks swelled by a few, as our new friends asked to be invited so that they could come back again and again!

Tee and I will see you tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT... bring your dancing shoes and your great conversational skills! We can't do it without YOU!

Filed: Monday, June 15, 2009 at 6:14:45 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Starting the weekend off right... with a twist!
Well, Friday promised to be an interesting night for us in RL when my 13 year old son Ben informed us that he had invited 3 friends of his and his brother Tony's over for a campout/sleepover. We have been talking about this ever since we bought the new house, and apparently he took my "let's plan this soon" and turned it into "ok, we're doing it tonight!" So, Tee went across the street to the store and purchased what was needed to answer the question "how much does it cost to feed 5 boys between the ages of 11 and 13 for a campout". (If you're curious, the hotdogs/chips/soda/marshmallows/candy etc came to just under $70).

Anyway, we set up the tent and proceeded to stay out of the way as the boys had a great time... playing football, tag, Frisbee, etc.

In the midst of it all, I came up with the idea that since (1) we had a fire going in the outdoor fireplace, and (2) since we do our DJ show with our laptops through WiFi, wouldn't it be fun to pull a couple of lawn chairs up to the fire and do the show from the back yard? And it worked out very well... the marriage of Internet technology and a night out under the stars is a wonderful thing! We had a great night (slower than the couple previous nights, but Fridays tend to be a little slower in the summer since people have RL family stuff going on). The two big bits of news were that (a) our Medic Ashleigh wasn't in, because she was busy in RL having a baby (baby girl Madelaine, 7 lb 8 oz and 19"... congrats Ash from everyone here at the Infirmary) and (b) we added another Medic to our fold with the well-deserved appointment of MACY (we refer to her as "uppercase MACY" since we also have our original Medic Macy). Can't have too many of these beautiful Medics around to liven the place up...

We closed up our night and went to sleep after a great night. The boys, on the other hand... I don't think they got more than an hour or two of sleep. As long as they had fun, right?

Tee and I, as planned, then took the weekend off from SL and computers in general to make sure that RL didn't get neglected... had a great time with my boys, worked on the house, spent some time rummaging through yard sales, and just enjoyed each other. Rested and ready for another week at what is honestly known as the "home of the 80's in SL... we'll see you tonight (Monday) at 7PM SLT!

Filed: Monday, June 15, 2009 at 6:11:56 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
What a crazy week!
I got caught up in RL and neglected my blog... my apologies to you for my tardiness!

Let's start with last Tuesday night... fun as always! 46 of you beautiful people through the door during Tee's and my show... as has been the case of late, about an even split between our regulars and new folks looking for (and finding) what they have been looking for in SL: an honest-to-goodness club playing the premier 80's club dance music in SL, complete with great conversation and great friendships! Medics Ashleigh and Kristenlee kept the party going with their wit and beauty while Tee and I entertained with our well-known antics in between requests!

Wednesday night was Nork and Star's turn... and as usual, they had a fantastic crowd (34 people through the door during their two hour shift). After spending a little time with our friends Scott and Windy at Club Odyssey, Tee and I stopped in for one of our rare "hanging out with the crowd" nights... sometimes it's nice to just be part of the crowd and let Nork and Star do their thing. A great time had by all!

Thursday night was pretty much Tuesday redux... 47 of the most fun people in SL, all in one place for your enjoyment! Medics Ashleigh, Kitt, Kristenlee, and Macy joined us for what is becoming a typical night... lots of great conversation and great music with the BEST people in SL.

Then came Friday... continued in the next post.

Filed: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 at 1:21:32 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Good times had by all!!!
Another great Monday... but then, why would we expect anything less? A fantastic crowd of people are what make a club great, and tonight was no exception... Tee and I started our show at 7PM SLT, our lovely Medics Kitt, Jessie, Kristenlee, and Ashleigh were on hand (of course), and by the time we finished at 9:30 (overtime once again... can't help it if the requests just keep coming in!) we had close to 50 of the most fun people in SL through the door, looking for the only place in SL that can back up the claim of being the ONLY destination for a true 80's experience!

Great night, great people. What else is there to say?

Oh... the streak was broken. Someone FINALLY asked me to play "I Love Rock and Roll", and of course I acquiesced, because the reason I am there is to play requests. So... 181 consecutive days without playing the most overplayed song in the 80's world came to a halt. New streak starts tomorrow.

Got a nice compliment from one of our new members...

"Hey DJ, you're doing an amazing job. I'm a DJ as well, and people like you are why I could never pick up a microphone, because you do it so damn well :) I'm totally blown away, you no doubt be a real radio DJ."

and another conversation, one which has become much more common of late:

"G": how u doin bro
Ivan Boomhauer: doing great!
"G": this your place?
Ivan Boomhauer: yes it is!
"G": nice digs
Ivan Boomhauer: thank you! We like it...
"G": u do any other djing?
"G": i m talking other clubs
Ivan Boomhauer: no, just here... the place and I are one and the same
"G": ok
"G": u sound pretty f***ing good and i only been here for 5 min lol
"G": i was gonna see if u wanted some side work
Ivan Boomhauer: ah :-) well, i appreciate it, but this is about all I can handle...
"G": i bet
"G": r u a rl dj
Ivan Boomhauer: retired... I was back when this music was new, did clubs and radio in the 80s
"G": i can tell your a pro
Ivan Boomhauer: :-) nice to know I still have it!
"G": yea u rock bro

I'm sincerely humbled by conversations like this... it is great to know I "still have it". And for the record, honored though I am by requests to DJ at other clubs, it's not going to happen. I don't need the money (though a bit of research and a little bit of ego says that I could easily be the highest paid and most sought after DJ in SL if I ever decided to take it on the road) and I owe it to our Loyalty Club members, those who are the reason we are such a force in the SL club world, to "stay at home" with our friends and continue to build the 80's club that everyone has been looking for in SL.

It's nice to hear, though

Tee and I will be back in Tuesday night at 7PM SLT, just like we are each and every week. You can set your calendar by us... it's the least we can do for you.

Filed: Monday, June 08, 2009 at 6:19:46 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Ready to kick off another party week? We are!
Another Monday upon us... and that means another week of fun at the home of the 80's in Second Life! Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT... come on in, you know the drill... we'll entertain you with the best 80's club dance music from the largest library of 80's music in Second Life... complete with me, the most talkative DJ in SL, and Tee, the most beautiful sidekick! Plus, you need to try out the new dances that Ashleigh has brought in, on the most unique dance floor in SL!

The weekend was kind of uneventful for Tee and I personally... we started off with a nice night at the club on Friday (a little slow by our standards with about 30 people through the door) and then Tee and I proceeded to not even turn our computers on over the weekend! And yes... it was by choice... we spent the weekend together, as life partners like us need to do just doing the things that needed to be done and enjoying each other's company in the process.

I took a look at the stats from the weekend, and Nork and Star had a very nice night Sunday night (as they always do) with over 40 people through the door. It makes our paltry 30 on Friday seem slow by comparison... of course, we're spoiled now and have to sit back and remember when we were thrilled to have 15 people in at one time, a number that most clubs in SL would be happy with.

More changes afoot as time permits... stay tuned for details. In the meantime, we hope to see you tonight... why you would want to be anywhere else, I have no idea...

Filed: Friday, June 05, 2009 at 12:34:31 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Dance Floor Redux again!
Click here for enlargement!Only this time, I called in the professionals!

Our friend Jewel is a very well-known and immensely talented builder in SL, and the other night she mentioned to me that she had designed a dance floor a while back. You all know that finding the perfect dance floor has been a thorn in my side ever since we opened the Infirmary, so of course I jumped all over this...

So, we went out to an open area in Teeland so she could rez her original floor. And it was very cool! Quite unique... in keeping with our 80's atmosphere, it seemed appropriate... a turntable, complete with tonearm and a rotating record. She asked me for my opinion... now, I may not be a whiz at building (though I'm good with cubes) but trust me I know what a DJ turntable should look like, having spent the 80's in RL spinning records at nightclubs and on the radio. We put our heads together, I made some suggestions, I Googled a couple of pictures so she could see what I meant... and the result made its debut Thursday night at the Infirmary: the only dance floor based on a "to scale", incredibly detailed reproduction of the definitive DJ turntable of the 80s: the Technics SL1200 MK II!

Any self-respecting DJ knows that the Technics SL1200 MK II is the definitive turntable for a club DJ (unless you go on the cheap and use a Numark). This is the turntable, debuted originally in 1972, that created the wave of club DJing as we know it, complete with scratching, beat mixing, and sampling. And Jewel reproduced it to perfection, scaled to 16m x 20m... the perfect size for an SL dance floor (that size keeps everyone in chat range).

I about wet myself when Jewel showed me her finished work. It's perfect! St. Ivan's Infirmary now easily has the most unique and coolest dance floor of any club in Second Life! If you were an DJ in the 80's (or for that matter even today, since they are still making them) you would walk into the Infirmary, take one look, and say "hey, that's a Technics SL1200!".

Not that we needed another draw necessarily, but I suspect that we will be getting visitors to the club just to see our dance floor... it's THAT cool, and it just may make the list of "must see" objects and builds in SL! And it looks fabulous with our friends and Loyalty Club members dancing the night away on it... tonight, being Thursday, brought a great crowd in as always, with over 40 people through the door during our shift.

Tee and I will be in Friday night at 7PM SLT to get your weekend off to its proper start... we expect to see YOU there! Trust me, anywhere else will be a disappointment... and we don't want that, do we?

Filed: Thursday, June 04, 2009 at 6:12:29 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Get an early start on the weekend!
Ah, Thursday... the night that all the beautiful people who just can't wait for the weekend come out in force! And we'll do it up right at the Infirmary... Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT to pick up where we left off last time... I'll be spinning the best 80's club dance music in SL, while Tee shines in her glamour and makes me look pitiful by comparison! The party won't be complete unless YOU are here!

I stopped in for a little while on Wednesday night, just to make sure everything was happening as scheduled, and of course Norkight and Star had everything under control! They always get a great crowd on Wednesdays, and last night was no exception... over 40 of the best people in SL came in to party!

Oh... color my face red I don't even pay attention to the things I build, apparently. In a previous post I was wondering what would happen when my 4-digit visitor counter ticked past 9999, which it did last night... silly me, it is actually 5 digits, so we are safely now in the 10,000+ range of visitors over the past 10 weeks or so. Once we get closer to 99,999, I'll worry again... but that won't be till at least August (confident, aren't I)

Plus, big news on the horizon... I have retained the services of one of the most talented builders in SL to design what will be easily the coolest and most unique dance floor at any club in SL! It may be ready tonight, it may not... stay tuned for details...

Filed: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 at 1:11:04 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
What a night!
It just keeps getting better and better at St. Ivan's Infirmary... I think we can safely say that the word is out. We're no longer a secret, we haven't been for quite some time, and if there is anyone out there who is looking for the true 80's experience in Second Life and hasn't been here yet... well, they need to climb out from under that rock and get over here!

Tee and I fired things up Tuesday night at 7PM SLT, and our lovely Medic Ashleigh sent out the call to action with her group notice. Stop me if you've heard this before... but within minutes the place was rockin'! Over 50 unique visitors through the door during the show... made some new friends, and saw a few who've been out and about for a while! They always come back. And of course, all our new friends requested to be added to the membership rolls of the Loyalty Club... I think we've doubled our membership in the last month!

I think I need to script a new visitor tracker... I put up the one we have now on March 12 (my RL birthday!) and in the time since, we've just about maxed it out! When I set it up, I never dreamed of needing more than 4 digits... but as of this morning, the counter stood at 9,936 vistors in the last 82 days. Hmm. I wonder what it does when it gets to 9999? Guess we'll find out today!

I've been going above and beyond the past few weeks, scouring the earth for any 80's club dance songs I might be missing, and that combined with requests from our great Loyalty Club members has pushed the largest library of premier 80's club dance music in SL to over 8000 songs now! Plus, last night marked the 180th consecutive night that I have NOT played "I Love Rock and Roll" which is getting to be a personal thing, since that seems to be the one song that the other so-called "80's clubs" use as their anthem and play several times a night. I'd rather entertain you, the true people of the 80's, with the other 7999(ish) songs we have.

Tee and I are off tonight (Wednesday)... we'll see you on Thursday night at 7PM SLT, though we may just stop in for a bit to party with you beautiful people for a while. Norkight and Star will be in to entertain you with their wit and repartee. Oh, and they will keep you moving with more of the same great 80's music you expect from us!

Filed: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 at 4:41:36 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Is St. Ivan's Infirmary getting TOO popular?
Now there is an sentiment you won't usually hear from a business owner... and no, I don't think there is necessarily any such thing as "too popular". The past few days have shown that we definitely don't have any trouble filling up the place, though!

Friday night was quite honestly the busiest night we have ever had without a special draw (I don't consider Norkight or myself DJing as a "special draw"... we come with the place!) By the time Tee and I finished at about 10PM SLT (we were having so much fun we went an hour past our normal stopping time) we had over 60 people through the door. Wow. I don't know what else to say.

Saturday night, Tee and I mostly stayed out of SL, other than spending some time with PattiSue and Buddy at the grand opening of their new club "Star Dance Dome". It was very nice, very romantic, very relaxing (kind of the anti-Infirmary) with the mellow tones of DoctorLove Magic. I think they will do well.

Sunday night, we didn't come in at all... Nork and Star had another great Sunday though, according to what we heard Monday and what the visitor counter showed.

Then came Monday... and it was basically a repeat of Friday. People are finding us, and coming to party with us... people specifically looking for 80's music, played by an interactive DJ like Nork or myself (had several comments on how the song intros over the mic are what makes the difference) and these are quality people. Without exception, each of them requested to be added to the Loyalty Club membership rolls. 54 unique visitors between 7PM and 9PM SLT... all there just because of our atmosphere!

This got me to thinking, and I know I have expounded on this before... but what makes St. Ivan's Infirmary different? I've come up with some more reasons, all which together equal a very valid argument...
  • The music is very defined, not "60s to present" or "a great mix", etc. People identify very closely with a specific type of music, and to be honest the ones that identify with the 80's are by default the "killer market" that every business owner craves... we tend to be between the ages of 35 and 50, with older kids who don't demand our attention as much as the young ones, and we are at the peak of our "disposable income" time in our life. And we're pretty happy with ourselves. This makes for a great group of people... we're past the point of trying to impress everyone else, very secure in who we are.
  • We don't "feature" outside performers... the owners are the draw. It's a fact of life that people in SL follow performers, and when they move from one venue to another they generally take their crowd with them. It's hard to maintain a consistent clientele with, for lack of a better term, "groupies". The successful clubs (like us... Club Odyssey is another example) are the ones who have owners that are worth coming to see. Since Tee and I ARE the entertainment, in addition to being the owners, people stay longer and come more often... and that's how friendships are born and nurtured. Again, making for a great core group of people.
  • We're self supporting. I've mentioned this before, but we will NEVER ask you to support us financially. The tips are appreciated, of course, but honestly we don't need them... and if we received no lindens whatsoever from our clientele, it wouldn't change a thing about how we run the club. You will NEVER hear us asking you to "show us linden love" or "cover our expenses"... I'm sorry, but in my mind that's just rude.
  • No overgesturing hostesses. OK, this is a personal pet peeve of mine (though it's mentioned often when I talk with our clientele)... you know who I mean, the ones who have to fill the chatwaves with the flowery, all caps, annoying little blurbs about how cool we are or how we rock or whatever. We don't need that... you people can make your own judgments about that without the gestures... and the fact that we get busier each night shows that you have good judgment. I'd much rather see the "chatwaves" filled with the great conversation that you beautiful people have made us known for!
  • Judicious use of group notices... we send one, and only one, notice per event. I see a few other groups that I belong to sending out multiple "Get here now! It's half over and you are missing it!" notices... people, relax! If people don't respond to the first one, it's because they have other plans. Sending out 4 or 5 group notices per event is a sure way to force people to leave your group. We won't do that.


OK, enough for one post... Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT, doing it all again. We so look forward to spending this time with you, and hope to see you!

Filed: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:19:05 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
There will be a short delay...
Hate to do this to you, but I am way too tired to post anything tonight (had our busiest non-special event night EVER at St. Ivan's) I'll get back here this weekend.

Filed: Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 5:23:16 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The fun never stops!
Well... it appears I never got to posting about Tuesday night! Oops!

Tuesday was very nice... a little quieter than recent nights, but still very nice (about 25 people through the door during the show). When Tee and I got to the club, our renewed friend PattiSue was there waiting, relaxing out on the deck overlooking the water (it is SO nice to have her back!) and our lovely Medics Kristenlee, Ashleigh, and Kitt were on hand, ready for another great night! As has been the case lately, a good mix of old and new... our old friends Logan, MACY, Pooky, Flyboy, SusieQ, Cliff, Toad, Rucker, and Taliesen were joined by several new friends, including brand new Loyalty Club members Jewel, Torvar, Vwanweb, Aurelia, Darian, and Indygo. Great people, great conversation, and great fun... the kind of fun you can only have when you have a fantastic group of people like this together, just talking about anything and everything (and of course dancing to the premier 80's club dance music in SL, played by yours truly)

Wednesday night, Tee and I pretty much left the club to Norkight and Star (they do a fine job without us hovering over them!) while we spent some time re-terraforming and landscaping Teeland (with the recent rash of people moving in and out, we figured it was time to take a look at the landscaping). Turns out Oogachakka wasn't as thrilled as we thought she would be with the kangaroo family we placed across the road from her house... how were we Statesiders supposed to know that roos are more of a nuisance than anything Down Under?) Anyway, Nork and Star did their usual fantastic job, with about 30 people through the door during their show.

Tee and I will be back in tonight (Thursday) at 7PM SLT, to make sure you get your Thursday night off to a proper start (we wouldn't want you 80's music fans to have to settle for going to one of the "pretenders" claiming to be 80's clubs). See you tonight!

Filed: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 5:57:46 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Memorial Day was umm... memorable!
We survived the woods! We had a very nice holiday weekend, spending Saturday and Sunday up at the family cabin with my boys and my sister and her husband. We came back late Sunday night and spent the day on Monday doing some of those "new home" things... putting up some shelves in the garage, hanging up pictures, etc.

We got into SL Monday night about 6:30PM SLT. Much like Friday, Tee and I didn't quite know what to expect... would people still be vacationing? We went into it ready to do our normal high-energy show, regardless of whether or not it was busy...

And, of course it was! Greeted by our lovely Medics Kitt and Kristenlee, and our great friend MACY (uppercase intentional as we are blessed with two Macys and we need to keep them straight!) I fired up that premier 80's club dance music and within minutes we had a great crowd. Lots of new people, proving that Tee is indeed the marketing whiz when it comes to making sure that everyone in SL knows that we are the only place to go for a true 80's experience! Lots of our regulars, too, of course, and even a few people we haven't seen in a while! The counter ticked off 47 beautiful people through the door during our set.

Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) to do it all again... why? Because we love you guys and gals! And because we don't want you to have to settle for anything less than the best... if you've checked out the other clubs claiming to be 80's clubs, you know what I mean.

Filed: Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 12:49:03 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The Official Start to the Weekend!
Well... Tee and I didn't quite know what to expect Friday night, being the start of a three day weekend and all. Perhaps people would not be in SL, instead leaving to enjoy their RL plans tonight... for the first part of the evening, it appeared that Tee, Kristenlee, and I were going to have a private party.

Shows what we know. The floodgates opened, and by the time we signed off at about 9:15PM SLT, we had our busiest night of the week... again, I don't have the official attendance numbers, but I know I counted 29 green dots on the map at one point, and I suspect we were in the high 40s overall. Another great night, with the best people in SL.

Lots of new people, along with the usual suspects and one very special guest... I talked to my old friend PattiSue before we got started (more on that in another post under "SL Stability: A Case Study") while I was off checking out her new place on my way to support our friend Windy over at Club Odyssey, and she and her guy Buddy came in for the first time in months. Great to have her back... PattiSue was always one of my favorite people, one of the more genuine people I have met in SL. She and Buddy are starting their own club, so I don't know how often they will be in, but any time with them is a bonus. And of course Tee and I will be sharing our wisdom as to what we have learned in our time owning a club, helping them get off the ground... because that's what friends do.

Tee and I are off to the family cabin in RL for the weekend... Nork and Star will be in, and we will see you on Monday night!

Filed: Friday, May 22, 2009 at 1:29:01 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
A warm fuzzy feeling, and of course a great night!
You know, I have said several times that Monday is my favorite day of the week. Just something about coming back from a weekend off and seeing all of our friends, getting caught up on the events of the past few days... and of course it doesn't hurt that we always seem to be PACKED on Mondays.

Writing this tonight, I realize that there are a lot of parallels between Monday and Thursday. The same type of people, either "not done with the weekend" on Mondays or the "can't wait for the weekend to start" fever of Thursdays.

Tee and I arrived at 7PM SLT to be greeted by our lovely Medic Kristenlee... we switched the stream over and sent out the group invite, and within about 30 minutes a fantastic crowd had formed, as it always seems to (hey, when you have the reputation we have as the place you can always count on for 80s and nothing but 80s... well... )

Too many beautiful, drama free, great to be around people to count... I didn't get the stats for the day yet, but I will guess about 40 people through the door in the 2 hours that we did our show. And of course the best conversation in SL as a bonus... had a couple of people saying things to the effect of "OMG stop it... you're killing me here! I can't stop laughing!"

I was thinking about the club today as I was driving back from a RL thing... and one thing struck me: how people actually rely on the club, on Tee and I, and how thankful they are that we created this place for them. Funny thing is, quite honestly, we bought the sim and built the club simply because we wanted to have fun with it (SL is after all first and foremost a game, of course)... but something funny happened along the way. We became a fixture, a place with a certain level of expectation. People now come in and have that same expectation that you would have if you went to McDonald's for a Big Mac (ok, it's not a great analogy, but work with me here)... that they will come in between 7PM and 9PM SLT, and a party will be in progress, with great people, great music, and lots of fun to be had by all. That's just the way it is expected to be, every night.

Tee and I are not at all shy about thanking our friends and patrons for spending time with us, helping us to realize our dream... and almost to a person, the response is "no, thank YOU for making a place like this for us to enjoy!" I can't describe the feeling I get when I hear that... to know that we are making a positive difference in people's life in SL, no matter how silly it may all seem.

We'll be back to do it all again tomorrow (Friday) night at 7PM SLT... because it's what expected of us, and more importantly because we love doing it so much. Thank you, friends, for helping us realize our dream!

Filed: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 6:35:40 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another great Tuesday!!!
Amazing how much difference an event notice makes . Tee and I got in Tuesday night, fired up that great 80's music complete with Ivanbabble, and within minutes we had a full house, or something approaching it anyway (the counter said 43 people through the door during the show)! Once again, a nice mix of Loyalty Club members and several new friends... and as usual, a few asking for an invitation to our Loyalty Club (and of course receiving said invitation!).

Lots of nice compliments on the club in general, the music more specifically, and my voice in particular by a few folks. I had a couple of people ask me "You're a professional DJ, aren't you? I love your voice... I have never heard any other DJ in SL that sounds like you do... they all sound like kids, if they even talk at all!". Well, I appreciate the compliment... and yes, as is chronicled elsewhere on the site, this is not just something I decided to do as "part of the game"... I did spend most of the 80's in RL as a nightclub and radio DJ. Though I've been retired from the radio world for several years now, it all comes back very easily to me... and comments like these make me smile, knowing that "I still have it!!!"

Tee and I are off tonight... it's the Nork and Star show at 7PM SLT! Make sure you stop in and dance to Nork's great blend of 80's favorites and slight obscurities, and be ready for the infectious personality of the lovely Star! We may or may not stop in, depending on RL, or perhaps we may go exploring the rest of SL . Or, more likely, Tee will take me shopping, which means that I hold her virtual purse whilst she adds to her collection...

Filed: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 6:09:25 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Monday: Back to business!
Yup... back at it! Tee and I arrived at the club at 7PM SLT, and another nice evening ensued! Lots of great conversation with the best people in SL, and of course that great 80's music powered by YOUR requests! About 25 people through the door... due to a scheduling malfunction, Tee didn't get our event posted, so other than a couple people who found us by searching it was pretty much just group members (not that there's anything wrong with that!)

I had a nice little conversation with a new friend, who basically reiterated what we already knew... we are the only place in SL claiming to be an 80's club that actually delivers on the experience. In her words: "omg you guys actually play the music that they played in the RL clubs back then!" I think that sums it up nicely

Tee and I will be in at 7PM SLT tonight (Tuesday) ready to deliver once again! Stop in and see us... you'll find, like so many others, that your search for the true 80's experience in SL ends at St. Ivan's Infirmary!

Filed: Monday, May 18, 2009 at 6:06:14 PM
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The weekend: RL takes precedence for us, while Nork and Star handle SL!
As mentioned, we had a RL wedding to go to on Saturday (one of our employees got married!) and it was a very nice day. Gotta get out and hang with our RL friends once in a while!

Sunday, we basically stayed around the house... we bought our new RL house back in January, and we are still putting the finishing touches on it! The basement is FINALLY done... well, almost anyway (you RL homeowners know how that is). Nork and Star handled the DJ duties both Saturday and Sunday nights... our lovely Medic and my crazy pink haired sis Jessie got the party started on Saturday, and then Nork and Star arrived to complete the entertainment! Had about 30 people through the door each night... a good quantity to guarantee a successful party!

It was honestly a little strange not being in SL for a couple of days, but nice at the same time to remember how fortunate we are in RL as well and enjoy it a little bit. Plus, having great friends like Kitt, Jessie, Kristenlee, Ashleigh, Nork, and Star to keep the club running while we are out is a bonus... we truly do appreciate you guys!

Filed: Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 6:05:49 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Friday: Better late than never!
Well, Tee and I finally made it in on Friday around 7:40PM SLT... we had a RL party to attend, where I performed my first ever "live in person" RL performance of "The 80's Unplugged"! Our lovely Medic Kitt sent out the group notice around 7, letting everyone know that we would be in and to get a spot reserved on our dance floor! It was a typical Friday evening, notable for nothing other than a great group of people (about 30 through the door) and of course the premier 80's club dance music in SL! Tee and I stayed till about 9:30PM to make up for being late, and a great time was had by all!

Tee and I are taking a RL weekend break (we have a RL wedding to attend on Saturday) so we'll see you on Monday night!

Filed: Friday, May 15, 2009 at 12:44:12 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Thursday: One of those nice nights...
A quieter night tonight, for whatever reason. It's been a while since we had one of these... peaked at 19 people in the club Thursday night, which honestly is a nice break from the hectic pace of our usual nights. Tee and I were able to relax a little and chat more with our friends... Medics Kristenlee and Ashleigh were on hand to pretty up the place, and in between playing all the usual great 80's music (I took the opportunity to dust off some songs I haven't played in a while, and got several appreciative "OMG I haven't heard this song in forever!" comments from the good patrons) we had a chance to have much more one-on-one conversation than is usually possible on a Thursday.

Tee and I will be in Friday night, though we will probably be on the late side... we have a RL thing to attend. Our backbone provider for our hosting service is having their annual party, and they asked me to do a RL live performance of "The 80's Unplugged". This should be interesting... the first time I have done it in front of people who can actually see me! I don't expect it to be a late night, so we should be at the club by about 8PM SLT, if not earlier. The Medics have been alerted, of course... so don't be afraid to join them as they warm you up for our show!

Filed: Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 12:43:37 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Wednesday: Nork and Star do it again!
Tee and I took Wednesday night off from the club... it's Nork and Star's night, and we try to at least occasionally venture outside our estate to see what else there is to see in SL. We had a great time... spent some time at Bedrock (I now have a Water Buffalo hat, and Tee kicked my little tushy in bowling at the Bedrock lanes) and did some shopping, and some relaxing...

From all indications, the Infirmary was once again the place to be in SL for 80's music on Wednesday night! Star seems to have recovered from her birthday party, and they welcomed over 40 of you beautiful people through the door. I don't know how many times or how many ways I can say it... these two are such a great team, and we are so lucky to have them at St. Ivan's!

Filed: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 12:42:59 AM
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Tuesday night: The place to be, of course!
Another great Tuesday! I did a little dot checking, and we were about as busy as the other two "legitimate" 80's clubs (BlackHearts and Club Rockaway)... had about 50 people come through the door to join us. The requests, though overwhelming at times, were met (of course!) and a crazy good time was had by all. Made a few new friends tonight, who will be back... to a person, echoing the same sentiment: "This is the place I've been looking for! The music is better than anywhere else, and people actually TALK here!"

Tomorrow (Wednesday) brings Nork and Star for their own special brand of the 80's... plan on being here, you do NOT want to miss it!

Filed: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 12:30:28 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Star is another year better!!!
Click here for enlargement! I wanted to post about this earlier, but I had to keep the secret!

Yes, we had Star's surprise birthday party at the Infirmary tonight... and our lovely Medic, hostess, and Nork's sidekick certainly has a lot of very dear friends that love her very much! (myself included). Tee and I got to the club at 7PM SLT, and started things rolling... several of Star's friends were there already, and Nork brought the birthday girl in around 7:20 or so. What a party it was... we came close to setting a new record for most people in the club at one time (we had over 40... can't do THAT on mainland!) and it was perfectly outstanding! The 80's music, played by yours truly, kept the beautiful people dancing all night, and you almost had to take a number and stand in line to get into the conversation, people were talking so much! All in all, a fantastic night... and once again, happy birthday, dear Star! We love you!!!

Tee and I will be in Tuesday night at 7PM SLT... we'll get the party started once again! Hope to see YOU there!

Filed: Monday, May 11, 2009 at 5:31:51 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The weekend...
Click here for enlargement!OK... there is a reason for the picture, it's at the end of the post...

Most of my weekend was spent actually accomplishing some RL stuff for a change! We finally have our garage back, as my workshop is now done and all my tools etc have moved to their new home.

Tee and I were only in on Saturday for a few minutes, to make some arrangements for Sunday. Jessie had a nice little Saturday night crowd once again, about 30 people... that girl knows how to throw a party, DJ or no DJ!

Then, Sunday night... an example of how the best laid plans... well, you know...

We were going to launch Jayiel's beach party area with a performance of "The 80's Unplugged". Unfortunately, I couldn't get hold of Jayiel when the time came... and as such had no way to change the parcel stream so that I could perform. So, we moved the show to the Infirmary, where I performed for a nice little crowd of our friends... Macy and Hankk, Ooga, Kristenlee, Kerbouchard, JennaVictoria, Joss, Pansy, and Norkight... (plus a few other people who dropped by whose names escape me). It was fun... I used it as a bit of a warmup for a RL version of the show I will be performing next weekend (feed me a few beers and I will volunteer for anything!)

After the show, Norkight fired up the DJ setup for his regular Sunday night show... it was a blast!

Tee and I stuck around for most of it... and the big event of the evening was that I made the mistake of leaving my laptop unattended for about 15 minutes while I was off picking up the pizza we ordered for supper. So, of course, while I was gone, my dear sweet princess, the love of my life, my darling TeeDee... she swiped my laptop and dressed me in one of her dresses! Nice, huh? At least she could have made my socks match the dress!!! To prove I have absolutely no shame, the picture in this post is the photographic evidence (there, now I can't be blackmailed by it!!!)

Everyone had a great time, though (a large part of it at my expense!) and another successful Sunday is in the books. Tee and I will see you tonight (Monday) around 7PM SLT... a big thing happening tonight, which I am not at liberty to divulge... you'll have to come in to find out!

Filed: Monday, May 11, 2009 at 5:17:00 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
A nice start to the weekend...
You know, as Tee and I were finishing up some RL errands Friday night, I said to her: "I have a feeling we are in for a slow night tonight. No particular reason... just a feeling I have."

Shows what I know. Boy, was I wrong!

Things did start off a little slow... Tee and I started the Friday night show at 7PM SLT, playing that premier 80's club dance music for a nice little crowd... and then things kind of exploded. By the time we logged off at 9:30PM SLT, we had welcomed almost 40 of you beautiful people to St. Ivan's Infirmary! We made several new friends, and a crazy good time was had by all! The best part was toward the end of the evening, when people started to leave, saying "ok, I need to get going, but I just want this song to finish first."... and then, when the next song started, they would say "OMG I love this song! OK, just one more...."

I love that. Apparently after over 25 years in the RL club DJ world, I still know how to read a crowd and keep them dancing. That's the difference between just having a big collection of music, and keeping the people happy.

On to the weekend!

Filed: Friday, May 08, 2009 at 5:17:00 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Better late than never!
Well, as advertised, Tee and I were a little late getting to the Infirmary on Thursday night. My son Tony was singing the national anthem (with the rest of his school choir) at the local minor league baseball game, and of course we couldn't miss that!

So, we got to the club around 7:45 SLT... I had previously texted our lovely Medic Kitt to alert her to the fact that she was in charge till we got there , so she sent out the group notice at 7PM and we were greeted by a nice little crowd... about 15 or so when we got there.

I fired up the DJ stuff and started playing the requests, and by 9:30PM SLT, when I finally switched back to our autopilot stream, we had a very nice night attendancewise... a little less than 40 people.

Back to normal tonight... Tee and I will be in at 7PM to kick off your weekend in style! You wouldn't want to be anywhere else, would you? I didn't think so...

Filed: Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 4:54:27 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another Wednesday... another party!
Used to be that we celebrated a crowd of 20... but as we've become a major player in the SL club world, it's become kind of "old hat"...

Tee and I logged into SL about 8PM SLT just to see what was happening... and of course I had to do the green dot check to see what Nork and Star were up to at the Infirmary. Of course, I was not disappointed... the map was covered with dots, as usual in the evening hours... 45 beautiful people through the door on Wednesday night! You folks just love Nork and Star! And with good reason... Tee and I dropped in for a while (it's nice to be at the club as just "one of the crowd" for a change while they run the show!) and we were not disappointed... lots of beautiful people, dancing up a storm to Nork's fantastic collection of 80's music and filling the chatwaves with lots of good, fun conversation!

We'll be in tonight (Thursday) sometime after 7PM SLT to do our usual show... we might be a little late as we have a RL event (my son is singing the National Anthem at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball game tonight). Have faith though... we wouldn't leave you hanging!

Filed: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 4:18:36 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Tuesday was even better than Monday!
Well, I didn't think things could get any better...

Tee and I arrived RIGHT on time at 7PM SLT (so that we don't get yelled at by our lovely Medic Ashleigh ) and another fantabulous night kicked off rather innocuously... for the first few minutes, things were quite quiet, only about 7 or 8 people. I noticed that many of our "regulars" weren't online, which happens occasionally. Nothing wrong with those "intimate" kind of nights, of course...

... and then the floodgates opened.

The beautiful people started coming through the door... and by the time we knocked off at about 9:30PM SLT, we had over 50 of you come in to party! Yes, even busier than Monday night! As I mentioned, a lot of our "regulars" weren't around for one reason or another, but we welcomed so many new friends, incredibly fun people... it was a great night! The requests were flying in faster than I could play them, and a fantastic time was had by all... and we swelled the membership rolls of the Loyalty Club by about 10 more!

I got to talk with several of our new friends, and the sentiments sounded familiar:
  • "wow, a DJ who actually plays 80's music like it was played in the 80's"
  • "this place is so much fun, way better than the other clubs we went to"
  • "it's nice to find a place that plays great music without dancers or campers or escorts"
... and my personal favorite, from our new friend Nochiko:
  • "I don't need contests or prizes, just great music and great people"


How can I say it any better than that?

Tee and I are off tonight (Wednesday)... Norkight and Star will be in to take very good care of you. Make sure your plans for tonight include some time with the best people in SL, dancing the night away at the Infirmary!

Filed: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 4:40:42 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Monday kicks off another party week!
My favorite day of the week, once again!!!

Tee and I got in at 7PM SLT, to be greeted by our lovely Medic Ashleigh's group notice exhorting everyone to come on down (she didn't even wait for us to get there!). I fired up the premier 80s club dance music in SL, and within minutes... well, you know...

I'm feeling like I am starting to repeat myself, but how many ways can you put your thrill of seeing all these beautiful people into words? A fantastic crowd on Monday... lots of old friends, several new friends who were searching for an 80's club (and immediately stopped their search once they found us)... plus the diehards from Club Odyssey who came over following Scott and Windy's show! All in all, almost 50 people through the door between 7PM and 9PM SLT... we are happening, people! And it is thanks to you that we can realize this accomplishment!

Tee and I will be back in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT to do it all again. Will you be there? I hope so... you wouldn't want to miss the fun, would you?

Filed: Monday, May 04, 2009 at 1:13:40 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Nork and Star RULE Sunday nights in SL!
Another Sunday, another fantastic performance by these two! Tee and I didn't make it in Sunday night (our loss) but all reports indicate that St. Ivan's was once again the place to be on Sunday night! They had over 40 people through the door between 7PM and 9PM SLT... which once again made St. Ivan's the busiest 80's club in SL! And I am sure the conversation was great... Star has this way of keeping people entertained while Nork dives into his collection of great 80's music, makes sure every request gets played, and enlightens everyone with his wit and wisdom over the mic.

I love having these two at the Infirmary... I have no doubt that Tee and I could take a week off, turn the place over to them, and the club would not miss a beat.

Filed: Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 1:13:03 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Jessie ROCKED the house on Saturday!
Well, as I have mentioned a few times, we don't technically have "staff" at St. Ivan's Infirmary... other than Nork and myself as the DJs, and Tee and Star as the DJ sidekicks, the closest thing we have are our "Medics". These lovely ladies have no job description, no real responsibilities... they are just very good friends of Tee's and mine, who want to see the club succeed, and who are just incredibly fun to be around. While there are no official duties (unofficially, they do a great job of welcoming patrons and making sure everyone feels welcome), these ladies do have a few "perks" in their Loyalty Club membership... basically revolving around the abilities to invite new people to the Loyalty Club (it's by invitation only, which explains the fantastic quality of our group members) and also to send out a group notice and start up a party of their own.

There is a point to this...

So anyway, Tee and I got logged in on Saturday night around 7:15PM SLT, with plans to head over to Scott and Windy's Club Odyssey and see a couple of live performers making their SL debuts. Right after we got in, we got a Loyalty Club group notice... seems my crazy pink haired sis and charter Medic Jessie decided that it just wasn't right to have Saturday night go by without a party! So, she sent out the word... and within minutes the place was packed! That silly girl had over 30 people respond to her invite... as many as I get when I send out my notices!

Maybe it isn't me they come to see after all!

Anyway, Jessie did a fantastic job of keeping the party going! It proves once again that, while the music is paramount to a great club atmosphere (though we didn't have anyone acting as a live DJ, we of course had our custom private stream running, which is soooo superior to clubs that try to get away with Internet radio... have you ever tried to dance to a commercial? If it was a RL club, you would be out the door so fast....) it's also about the people, and the conversation. In my opinion, that is the trifecta of SL club success: the music, the people, and the conversation. If you are missing any one of those three, all the latest dance balls and flashy dance floors and lights won't do you any good... all they do is illuminate your otherwise empty club.

Jessie, you showed my faith in the Medics on Saturday night. Love ya sis!


Filed: Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 12:30:10 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Friday... what a start to the weekend!
WOW! One of those great nights! Tee and I arrived at 7PM SLT, as usual... and even before we sent out the invite, we had about 10 beautiful people come in! Apparently our reputation precedes us some people just can't wait for the best 80's club dance music in SL!

From there, it just got better... the people kept coming, and the requests kept piling up... during my shift, we had 38 people come through the door! Pretty good for a Friday, historically one of the slower days of the week. My dot check comparisons showed us to be the busiest of the clubs that portray themselves as 80's clubs. And fun? I couldn't leave! We lost Tee to slumberville about 9:30PM SLT (we're two hours later here in Cheeseland) but you beautiful people kept me hopping till 11:30PM... a 4 1/2 hour shift! I keep thinking "there is NO way that tonight can beat last night in terms of fun"... but the conversation was absolutely fantastic!

Tee and I will be off for the weekend... at this point, no one scheduled on Saturday (though you never know) and Nork and Star will be in Sunday night. We'll probably stop in over the weekend. See you soon!

Filed: Friday, May 01, 2009 at 1:41:36 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Another night beyond our expectations!!!!
Wow... what a night! Had over 40 beautiful people come in to enjoy the show on Thursday... we started off with my vocal/guitar performance of "The 80's Unplugged" a few minutes late (as usual) because I was busily printing up the words to a song I heard on the radio today and have never done before, not even in the shower! I simply had to do it, though! Of course, that's one of the attractions (more on that below)... let's all see if Ivan can pull off performing songs he has no business performing... but I delivered!

Did my usual 60 minute set, plus two encores by popular demand and then tossed the guitar and wireless mic aside and fired up the mighty Netbook to DJ a couple more hours of the premier 80's club dance music in SL! People came, and they stayed... we made a brave attempt at crashing the sim, or at least people's SL clients, but that's the beauty of a full estate sim... with a 100 avatar limit, we have never even come close to reaching the point at which the sim's performance is affected. Try that on a mainland parcel!

Lots of old friends, coupled with new faces, many of who came in because they found my live performance by searching "Events" for live music, and then stayed the rest of the night because we are so damn much fun! We welcomed 12 new friends to the Loyalty Club... and they had a blast! I had a very nice conversation with one lovely lady who follows SL live performers, and she echoed a sentiment I have heard several times during my live performances:

"It was so cool to hear an actual live performer who doesn't use prerecorded backing music! Listening to most of the other performers in SL is like being at a karaoke show... all they do is sing to the music. Even if they play guitar, they still have a fake band behind them. You have the guts to go out there raw... to just bare yourself as the only thing people are hearing. It wasn't perfect, but that's what a live show is supposed to be... flubbed notes, missed words, breaking out laughing when you are singing. I loved 'Beat's So Lonely'! I love that song, I thought you sounded great, and afterward when you revealed that you had never sung it before, I was shocked, because I thought it was perfect!"

Kind words... thanks so much! I only post this for one reason (ok, two... because it makes me look good and feeds my already enormous ego)... because it proves what I have been saying all along, that people appreciate genuine performers in SL. I'm DEFINITELY not perfect, and quite a few of our friends have told me that is what makes the show so appealing. I have no shame and if I hear a song that I know enough of to make it recognizable, I will plunge in and do it, because about 80% of the time I can pull it off... and the other 20% is at least entertaining to the people who are here laughing up a storm and dancing the night away! But you are guaranteed one thing at my performances... whatever goes right is due to whatever talent I am blessed with, and whatever goes wrong is my own damn fault... no one else to blame!

Anyway, Tee and I will be back at the controls on Friday at 7PM SLT to welcome in the new month with more of that great 80's music you all know and love. We hope to see you there... we can't do it without you, and you are the reason we have become a major player in the SL nightclub world!

Filed: Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 12:59:37 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Nork and Star ROCK!
Well, we actually made it in to relax with our friends at the Infirmary for a change, without having to work! Tee and I took care of RL business first Wednesday night, heading over to the karate school so we could test for our new belts (I am now a red striped belt, which is the 10th of 12 before earning my black belt, while Tee is now a blue belt, which is the 7th of 12!). After we got home and collapsed (hey, this is a SERIOUS workout) we logged into SL. Tee went shopping (of course) while I headed over to the Western Anteeles so I could redivide the land for Tappanga (she now has 3/4 of the entire sim!). Then, we met up at St. Ivan's, in time to take in the last hour of the Norkight and Star show. I have to tell you... one of the best things that has happened since we opened the Infirmary was to bring these two in... they truly do put on a great show! Kind of a Bizarro World version of Tee and I... Nork is the quieter one, while Star is the outrageous, flirty one who gets everyone going! The music was outstanding, of course, because our Loyalty Club members would not settle for anything less than the best, and Norkight delivered! Good times were had by all... lots of silly good talk and lots of beautiful people.

Tee and I will be in Thursday... at 7PM I plug in my guitar for a one hour performance of "The 80's Unplugged", followed by two hours of our regular Thursday DJ show. Come on down... we'd love to see you!

Filed: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 1:21:18 AM
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Tuesday did not disappoint...
As expected, another fantastic night at St. Ivan's! Tee and I fired up the DJ setup at 7PM SLT, after we tore ourselves away from our friend Windy's DJ show at Club Odyssey. Like flies to a bug light (ok, bad analogy but it's late!) the beautiful people swarmed in... lots of our old friends including Jayiel, Reefer, SusieQ, Bandito, Jasmine, and Henry, our beautiful Medics Jessie, Kitt, and Ashleigh, and several people coming over from Club Odyssey (including Scott and Windy!) who still had a lot of party in them after Windy's fantastic show! We peaked at about 25 people in the club, which seems to be our happy number.

Lots of great requests for that premier 80's club dance music we are known for... and some of the silliest conversation... Ace and Raquella took the "Infirmary" and "Medic" theme to an extreme, with Raquella in a very nice scrub outfit (wow, everything looks good on her!) and Ace as the doctor on rounds, complete with clipboard and that shiny thing that they wear on their forehead. He was offering free examinations to all the lovely ladies, though I am not sure anyone took him up on the offer...

I'm liking the way this schedule is working out... the people looking for great 80's music, fun people, and professional DJs can start the evening at 5PM SLT over at Club Odyssey with Scott and Windy, and then when their show is over at 7PM come on over to our place for a couple more hours of fun with us! Almost like we planned it that way!

Tee and I are off on Wednesday, leaving the mic to Norkight and his lovely sidekick Star. The DJ team might be different, but the great people and great music won't be! Come on in on Wednesday night and be a part of the best place to be any night of the week! We'll probably pop in for a while too, to enjoy the company of you beautiful people... hope to see you then!

Filed: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 1:01:52 AM
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The 80's Unplugged Returns on April 30!
By popular demand, "The 80's Unplugged" is back! On Thursday, April 30th, Tee and I will bump our DJ show back an hour so that I can do another live performance of "The 80's Unplugged"... the most unique solo vocal show in SL!

"The 80's Unplugged" is just what it sounds like... a celebration of the best decade of music ever. It's just me, a microphone, and my acoustic guitar... no backing MIDI tracks or prerecorded backing music (there are enough "karaoke" performers already on SL). But, it's definitely NOT a typical acoustic show... I go out of my way to play my translated versions of all of your favorite songs from the 1980s, including songs you would probably not expect to hear in an acoustic format. I'm not a campfire or folk singer... this show ROCKS! During the show, you will hear me sing and play songs from such diverse artists as Modern English, Duran Duran, Split Enz, Erasure, John Cougar, XTC, Simple Minds, R.E.M., Crowded House, Romantics, Tears For Fears, INXS, Rick Springfield, Squeeze... and the list goes on and on. Every time I perform, I try to add at least 4 or 5 songs that you have not heard me perform before. If you like 80's music, you will love "The 80's Unplugged".

Filed: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 1:14:21 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
This is getting to be old news...
... but Monday is still my favorite day of the week. The place was just jumping tonight... I counted 35 people at one point (didn't have much time, as you people keep me busy with your requests! When you are known as the club that plays the premier 80's club dance music in SL, people expect service!) and as always the conversation was fantastic! I don't see how any other club can claim to be the friendliest club in SL... this is a tough act to beat!

Made several new friends tonight... and Tee, I, and our lovely Medics Kitt, Jessie, and Ashleigh made sure that they felt welcome. They might not have known anyone when they came in, but they sure knew all of us by the time we left, and I'm sure we will see them again tomorrow night!

I was challenged to play a few particularly difficult 80's requests... and of course I delivered! Can't claim to have the depth of 80's music that we have without being able to handle just about any request from the 80's!

Tee and I will be in to make sure you are properly entertained once again on Tuesday night at 7PM SLT... we hope to see you there! We know that there are thousands of places you could be in SL... and we truly appreciate every minute you choose to spend with us.

Filed: Monday, April 27, 2009 at 1:21:18 AM
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Friday night... serious fun!
WOW... Friday was one of those nights where we couldn't play the requests fast enough! We were having so much crazy fun that I yielded to the masses and ended up doing a 4 1/2 hour shift (7PM to 11:30PM SLT) just because it was such a magical night!

Not the busiest night (we only had about 15 people at our peak) but it was the most fun I've had since... well, the last time. Good times, great requests from our collection of over 6000 80's club dance tunes... and of course the best people in SL!

Tee and I are taking the weekend off to do all those happy things that we do in RL... we may pop in, or we may not. Remember that SL is never more important (or better) than RL... while it's a wonderful place, it can never take the place of a happy RL.


Filed: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 1:10:01 AM
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I'm going to have bruises tomorrow!
Just one of those nights where you are smiling the whole time...

Tee and I started up the show at 7PM SLT, and for some reason the club filled up with women. At one point there were 14 ladies there, and 'ol Ivan the only representative of the male population. So, my dear dear friend and Medic Kitt decreed that it was officially "pick on Ivan night". How that is different than any other night, I don't know... but I know that for the next couple of hours we had some of the funniest and best conversation we have ever had! Between Kitt, Kristenlee, Ashleigh, Jessie, Susie, Macy, Star, Elise, Manac, Trisha, and even Tee (yes, she joined the opposition!) I never had a chance. Though if you saw these beautiful ladies, you would feel that the abuse was worth it

As the night moved on, Hankk, Norkight, Johnny, Ace, and Bandito arrived to even the playing field a bit, but I was still the main attraction. And I'm not sure I mean that in a good way. Apparently I'm a very big and easy to hit target.

Did I mention that during all this, in between fending off the "attacks" (and all kidding aside, it was all done in love and friendship) I managed to fulfill requests and play two hours of the premier 80's club dance music in SL? I just need to point that out... I am capable of multitasking, at least sometimes...

All in all, a great night. A little on the slow side compared to recent nights (just might have something to do with the troubles Linden was having earlier in the day... I noticed that the number of people online was about 70% of normal) but these nights prove that it's not always about having a packed house. Whether we are busy (usually) or slow (sometimes) we always manage to make it a memorable night at the Infirmary!

Tee and I will be in at 7PM on Friday night, and you know what that means... more of the same great atmosphere that YOU have come to know and love! We expect to see YOU there!


Filed: Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 2:33:59 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Just a nice feeling...
... that's what I get every time Tee and I walk into the Infirmary and greet our friends. We had a very nice night on Tuesday... our Medics Kitt, Ashleigh, Jessie, Macy, and Kristenlee prettied up the place, and we welcomed a few new friends... plus Tee's and my old friend Bandito FINALLY came back to SL! He's been out for several months, taking care of RL business... and of course, the first thing he did was to look up his favorite DJ team (even though our club didn't exist the last time he was in SL, he went the extra mile to find us)!

Wednesday, we had some RL stuff to do but dropped in to the club for a while on our way to doing some estate owner stuff for Jayiel, along with some general landscaping... Nork had the crowd dancing up a storm, and Star was doing her best Star impression It's such a blessing to have another DJ team that we can rely on to keep the place hopping on our off nights... most clubs don't even have one decent DJ, and we are privileged to have two! Because, let's face it... if you are going to succeed with a dance club in SL, you MUST have DJs that keep the energy level up... it's not just about the music (if that was the case I could just turn freebie Internet radio on), but it's about that personal touch that only a live DJ, speaking to YOU over the mic, can achieve...

Had about 25 people each night... not huge numbers by our standards, but I'd rather have 25 fantastic people like we do, with all the friendliness, lack of drama, and happy chatter, than 50 boring people stuck in IM or complaining about their lives. Just walking into the club can't help but raise your spirits and put a smile on your face!

Oh... Tee and I will be at our usual stations on Thursday night at 7PM SLT, ready for you to come in and dance the night away! But then you knew that, already...

Filed: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 2:15:25 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
So many women... so much great music...
What a start to the week! Tee and I got in Monday night around 7PM SLT... I fired up some of that premier 80's club dance music, and within minutes we had over 30 people dancing the night away! The requests made the music great, I only had to untie my tongue 6 times during the night, the conversation was even better than usual (even more comments about how welcoming and friendly of a place we have) and of course the ladies were beautiful. Medics Kitt, Ashleigh, Macy, and Kristenlee were all on hand, of course... Ooga dropped in to see us and stayed the whole night, our new friends Graham (Ashleigh's RL hubby!), SusieQ, Ace, Noshiki, Coco and Ezra joined us, and of course lots of our dear friends filled out the crowd... Hankk, Kristeena, Logan, MACY, Skylei, Jayiel, Piper, Kerbouchard, Aeon, Scarlett, Spockers...

Tee brought up an interesting point... we seem to have an incredibly disproportionate ratio of gals to guys every night. At one point last night, we had 23 ladies and only 4 men. While I don't personally have a problem with that (hey, I like the scenery!) it seems to support (on the surface) Tee's theory that they are all there to see me. I don't buy that, of course... you all know better (whether I'm a "catch" or not, which is open to debate, the reality is that I'm Tee's exclusive "catch" and sugar daddy) and I know that you are just there because of the great music and great conversation. Not that it keeps me from flirting outrageuously (hey, I have a reputation to protect!) but you all know that it's just part of the show, and at the end of the night I go home to our private island with my princess, which is how it should be.

So come on guys... give a brother a hand here! It's murder having to entertain all these beautiful women every night (but OH what a way to go!!!)

Thank you for supporting my ego trip And yes, I love the attention... who wouldn't? I mean geez... look at the ladies we get in to the club!!!

Tee and I will be in to do our thing tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM... unless she reads this first, in which case I may be in the emergency room, having stiletto heels surgically excised from my skull...

Filed: Monday, April 20, 2009 at 4:14:15 PM
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Another Monday...
Yup, my favorite day of the week... because it starts off another week of festivities at St. Ivan's!

Norkight had a very nice crowd on Sunday night (25 people through the door)... we are definitely becoming the destination for 80's music and dancing on Sundays. Keep on coming in and showing Norkight that love!

Tee and I took Saturday and Sunday off from SL so that we could take care of RL business... got some more work done on the house, cheered my son Ben on as he competed in a karate tournament (he'll be testing for his second degree black belt next weekend), did a RL band gig Saturday night... and just spent lots of quality time together! Sunday was a good "curl up in front of the fireplace" day... kind of cold and rainy. Not like the beautiful weather in Teeland

Tee and I will be in tonight (Monday) at 7PM SLT, doing what we have become known for... playing the premier 80's club dance music in SL just for YOU, the premier (and just the bestest!) people in SL! We'll see you then!

Filed: Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 1:14:38 AM
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Nice start to the weekend!
Yup... two great Fridays in a row! After spending the past several months tracking our business, looking for trends... I have decided that there simply aren't any. Tonight was a "typical" night for us by recent standards... a great group of people joining Tee and I for a couple hours of premier 80's club dance music, lots of open, friendly, and GREAT conversation (more on that below), and a nice mix of our beloved old friends mixed with several new ones THRILLED to find a real 80's club. Not a huge crowd (we had about 30 people through the door) but a quality one, as usual.

Tee had a nice conversation with our new friend Coco... basically thanking us for welcoming her and making her immediately feel like part of the family. To paraphrase Coco's words... "it's so nice to come in and not feel like an outsider, but instead feel like you belong!" If I had a dollar for every time I have heard that... well, I'd be able to buy lunch for quite a while anyway.

We definitely have made a reputation as a very friendly place to be... and again, I think it's mostly due to the quality of our Loyalty Club members. There's a reason for that... I did kind of an informal "survey" of our members, and found that they definitely fall into one of two categories. Either:
  1. they are long-term couples, who come in to spend time together and yet be around friends, since they've gotten past the "jealousy" stage of having to pay attention to each other every single minute, or:
  2. they are people who are very happy and comfortable with their RL relationships and are happy with their SL "singleness", not looking for that new love to compensate for their lack of RL intimacy.
Either way, what this translates to is a very stable group of people that can just kick back and have fun without introducing all the artificial drama that comes with insecurity, jealousy, or loneliness.

Another interesting thing I noticed when I was looking through our group rolls... the vast majority of our Loyalty Club members are SL "longtimers" (which I define as being active in SL for more than a year). Another reason for our stability. Not that newbies aren't welcome... in fact, I think that we are the perfect place to welcome new SL friends and make sure that they get the assistance they need to get off on the right foot. Our atmosphere is very "low pressure"... new people feel secure and comfortable, instead of being turned off by lonely people desperately searching for their true love, or cliquey groups that only chat within themselves, or pickup artists looking for a quick score.

Anyway, sorry to ramble again but I just get carried away when I start talking about all the great friends that Tee and I have made... the ones that have made the Infirmary what it is today! I'm off for now... we may or may not be in on Saturday (the RL band I play in has a gig Saturday night) but we'll probably drop in on Sunday. Nork and Star will be handling the weekend, as they always do. See you soon!

Filed: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 7:47:16 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
A ROCKIN' TUESDAY!!!
Well, Tee and I made it back from our RL casino trip vacation, lighter in both spirits and wallet ... and ready for another raucous Tuesday night at the Infirmary! And let me tell you... it was phenomenal! Within minutes of sending our our group notice, the place was packed, with over 40 beautiful people through the door by the time we finished at 9PM. Our lovely Medics Kitt, Kristenlee, Ashleigh, Jessie, and Macy graced us with their presence and general gorgeousness and our good friends Scott and Windy from Club Odyssey brought their friends over after they finished their shift at their club! Of course, I found time in between chats (again, I had to spread my IM window all the way across my screen in order to see all the requests) to play that music we are known for... the premier 80's club dance music in Second Life! All in all, a fantastic night, with fantastic people... you all know you are the best in SL, right? We could NOT do it without you!

Tee and I are off tonight... it's Nork and Star's turn to dazzle you with their unique blend of 80's music, good conversation, and everything else they are known for. Come in and check them out... they will be in from 7PM to 9PM SLT. We may pop in at some point... Tee and Alza were planning a "double date" with myself and PC, last I heard.

Filed: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 5:59:44 PM
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Well, this was interesting!
Click here for enlargement!For those of you who came to party Monday night, you already know about this... but it's a great story nevertheless.

Tee and I decided to take an impromptu "getaway" sort of RL vacation a few days ago. So, we had our housewatcher/dogsitter person come over to the house, and drove a couple of hours to the Ho-Chunk Casino and Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Without going into a lot of detail, let's just say that we came back from our battle with the slot machines with lighter pockets. I managed to make $20.00 last a day and a half. Tee, on the other hand... wellllllll........

Anyway, we planned ahead (packed up my laptop, Tee's laptop, my Netbook, and my headset, along with a network switch and 5 Ethernet cables, just in case) and did our first "remote" broadcast of the Ivan and Tee show from our hotel room on Monday night. We didn't post our usual event because we weren't quite sure how it would go. But, we still had a nice little crowd show up... had about 15 people at our peak.

It went well for the most part... I had to wander around the hotel room with my Netbook for about 10 minutes until I found the optimum place for Wi-Fi reception, and then the night went very smoothly! I ended up moving half the furniture in the room around to get myself properly situated... and that place turned out to be by the hotel room door, next to the refrigerator (in fact I had to set the Netbook on top of the fridge). You can see how "comfy" I looked in the picture at right.

But we did it... we pulled it off! We weren't going to let something like a RL vacation stop us from giving you want you want, need, and expect... the premier 80's club dance music in Second Life!

Tee and I will see you tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT... we're home, rested, and poorer. Hope to see you there!

Filed: Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 3:37:30 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
WOW!!! What a party!
Did the 6 month anniversary thing on Friday night, as previously mentioned... and 24 hours later I'm finally recovered enough to post! What a phenomenal night... we shattered our previous attendance record with over 60 of you beautiful people coming to hear me sing and play! I did my "The 80's Unplugged" show, with several songs that I have never done before (has that ever stopped me? Of course not!) including one that, a while back, I promised Kitt and Star that I would do the next time I did the show. Now I see why Michael Stipe apologized when R.E.M. did "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" on MTV Unplugged back in the 80's... lol... but I got through it! That song HAS to hold the record for most words in a standard length song!

After three encores, I settled into my DJ role and kept everyone moving to the premier 80's club dance music in SL, as we do every night... and because we were having such a good time, I went WAY past my normal quitting time, which seems to be happening an awful lot of late. Seeing all you beautiful people dancing to the music I play makes me want to stay all night... what can I say!

Well, if we keep growing at the rate we did in the first 6 months, we are looking at one hell of a party come next October when we pass the one year mark!

Thank you so much, each and every one of you, for your support and your kind words.

Nork and Star will be doing their Sunday gig starting at 7PM SLT... Tee and I will see you Monday night!

Filed: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 at 2:55:31 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Wednesday arrives... it's Hump Day!
yeah, Tee and I get a day off to take care of RL, and maybe have a little "non-club" fun in SL too. Nork and Star are at the controls tonight, doing that voodoo that they do so well (that doesn't sound right, does it?). Who knows, maybe we'll pop in... otherwise our next scheduled show will be on Thursday.

Tuesday night was another nice night, a little on the quiet side, but that's OK. Lots of Medics on hand... Jessie, Ashleigh, Kitt, and Kristenlee adorned the club with their beauty and a great time was had by all! Only problem to report actually happened after the show... lol, one of these nights I will actually get to bed before 3AM...

WARNING: geek talk follows...

If you weren't aware, we stream our fantastic collection of 80's club dance music 24/7, commercial free, even when Nork or I aren't there (not like other clubs who have freebie Internet radio playing 22 hours of the day... lol, it's kind of hard to dance to a commercial!) via our private commercial-grade media server. Anyway, when I switched over from my DJ stream to the "autopilot" media server, we were greeted with silence... so, I got to spend the next couple of hours rebuilding the media server database. Since I was in there anyway, I converted it from the cheesy built-in Firebird database to a much more robust mySQL database (since I had mySQL running on the server anyway, it was kind of a no-brainer). All is well now, and you are assured of hearing Second Life's premier 80's club dance music 24/7/365 once again!

Remember, Friday, April 10 is our official 6 month anniversary party! Make sure and be there at 7PM SLT sharp... you do NOT want to miss "The 80's Unplugged" featuring me, my microphone, my acoustic guitar, and nothing else!

Filed: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 at 1:21:43 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Monday... an interesting night...
Not sure if that is the right word... but it was fun nevertheless. Lots of our old faves joined us tonight... Kor and Moniq, PC and Alza, Oogachakka, Jayiel, Loulou... our Medics Ashleigh, Jessie, and Kristenlee were there as well. Several new faces spiced up the night as well, and we welcomed a couple of new people to the Loyalty Club!

The night was only slightly marred by some SL glitchiness... about halfway through our show, people started poofing out of sight, returning a few moments later. SL must have been working on something, rebooting asset servers or something, because every single person in the club got logged out at least once in a period of about 15 minutes. The weird thing was that it was like we were being chosen, like the giant claw machine in "Toy Story"... and the fun was predicting who would be chosen next.

Anyway, a great night. I was just reading over the chat for the night (yes, I log EVERYTHING!) and it was another one of those classic nights where the conversation wandered all over the map, but was always fun, never quiet, and included everyone in the club. I even had one of our new Loyalty Club members IM me and tell me how happy she was to find a club that wasn't so "cliquey", like she felt she belonged immediately upon arriving. Oh, and she thought the music was fabulous too.

Anyway, Tee and I will be back in Tuesday night at 7PM SLT. Hope to see you then!

Filed: Monday, April 06, 2009 at 12:47:53 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
April 10th - Six Month Anniversary Celebration!!!
Click here for enlargement!Wow! Unbelievable that it's been 6 months already! It seems like yesterday that I was paying Linden Labs the $1000 setup fee for Teeland... now, thanks to all of YOU beautiful people, St. Ivan's has become the first choice for anyone looking for the definitive 80's experience in SL!

We unofficially opened on October 6, 2008 (because everyone kept begging us to open so they could come see what we were building!), even though there was still quite a bit of construction debris around , but we had our official grand opening party on October 10... so that is the date we will consider as our official opening date.

A celebration is therefore in order! And we are going to do it up right... on Friday, April 10th, Tee and I will bump our DJ show back an hour so that I can do my first live performance of "The 80's Unplugged" of 2009!

"The 80's Unplugged" is just what it sounds like... a celebration of the best decade of music ever. It's just me, a microphone, and my acoustic guitar... no backing MIDI tracks or prerecorded backing music (there are enough "karaoke" performers already on SL). But, it's definitely NOT a typical acoustic show... I go out of my way to play my translated versions of all of your favorite songs from the 1980s, including songs you would probably not expect to hear in an acoustic format. I'm not a campfire or folk singer... this show ROCKS! During the show, you will hear me sing and play songs from such diverse artists as Modern English, Duran Duran, Split Enz, Erasure, John Cougar, XTC, Simple Minds, R.E.M., Crowded House, Romantics, Tears For Fears, INXS, Rick Springfield, Squeeze... and the list goes on and on. Every time I perform, I try to add at least 4 or 5 songs that you have not heard me perform before. If you like 80's music, you will love "The 80's Unplugged".

We hope to see you there... and thank you so much in advance for all your support during our first six months.

Filed: Saturday, April 04, 2009 at 1:35:08 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The weekend arrives!
And it arrived in style at St. Ivan's Infirmary, of course. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I never know what to expect on Fridays. Last week it was one of our busiest nights ever! Tonight, it was much more intimate, more relaxing... Ashleigh, Jessie, Kristenlee, and Macy were in most of the night to keep the place beautiful, and Tee and I were joined by a few regulars and some new friends, who were thrilled to find an 80's club in Second Life that actually had a live DJ playing premier 80's music and taking their requests! We invited them to the Loyalty Club, and they promise to be back!

While the green dots didn't necessarily reflect it (I think we maxed out at 16 people), it was a very successful night for us! I actually like nights like this once in a while, so that we can get to know our little family on a more intimate level. It's not just about the music and the latest dances... it's about the conversation, about newcomers making friends and feeling welcome, and our Medics did a fantastic job of that, as always!

Nights like this bring me back to when we were just starting out, when we were thrilled to only have 15 people a night. And those are some of the happiest memories of my time in SL, getting to know people and seeing their happiness in finding a club where they felt welcome (contrast that to a place like BlackHearts, where the staff probably couldn't even remember the names of more than 10 percent of the people that were in last night, and concentrate all their attention on the people they know). We're not a warehouse, we don't try to pack in as many people as we can... we want to remain (relatively anyway) small. Why? So that we can get to know each and every one of you and make sure that you are getting the respect and attention you deserve, instead of your getting "lost in the crowd".

Anyway, time to turn in for the night... just had to get my thoughts down here first. I've been finding that after I get all wound up after a night of playing the best 80's club dance music in SL, posting here helps me to relax and unwind.

The weekend belongs to Nork and Star... Tee and I may pop in from time to time as RL and SL permit. Saturday night we will be preoccupied as I walk my crazy pink haired sis Jessie down the aisle to give her hand in marriage *sheds a tear* to her lucky guy Reefer. And knowing them, I am sure that the party to follow will be a blast (Jessie's good friend and crazy lady Autumn will be DJing the post wedding party, leaving me to take a break and just enjoy myself!) Enjoy your weekend, peeps!!!

Filed: Thursday, April 02, 2009 at 5:28:25 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Thursday night will be delayed... please do not adjust your set...
Just a heads up that Tee and I might be a touch late getting to the Infirmary tonight... we have a wedding rehearsal to attend! My crazy pink haired sis Jessie is tying the knot with Reefer on Saturday, and yours truly will be walking the bride down the aisle and giving her away! (seems like a second career is developing... this marks the 3rd time ol' Ivan's been asked to do this for an SL wedding)

We'll be there though... might not be at 7PM sharp, but very shortly afterward. SOMEONE'S gotta make sure that all that premier 80's club dance music gets played for you people tonight... we don't want you going into withdrawal!

Filed: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 12:26:33 PM
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No April Fools Here!
It's Wednesday, and it's April Fools Day. You'd think I'd come up with something clever to trick you with, but I don't have the energy. We had another nice night at the Infirmary on Tuesday... a great group of people dancing the night away. Our old friends Scott and Windy from Club Odyssey stopped in to see us (yeah, he's another tall bald 80's DJ) and we talked for quite a while about how we could work together. More details to come as I ponder that.

Oh, speaking of April, the 6th will mark 6 months that we have been open! Can't believe how fast the time has flown! I've officially now been doing my show at the Infirmary longer than I was at the Brick... which at the same time seems like yesterday and like ancient history. It's also interesting to compare the directions of the Brick and the Infirmary... the differences in our vision are apparent, as I narrowed my focus to strictly 80's music, with live DJing (is that a word?) by either myself or Norkight 7 nights a week, while Mari at the Brick seems to be moving away from the 80's, focusing more on occasional live performers and a 70's disco DJ one night a week.

Anyway, I suppose we should do some sort of celebratory thingy to recognize the "half a year" point... I'll get back to you on that.

Tee and I have the night off... Norkight and Star will be in tonight from 7PM to 9PM SLT, doing their thing (which is definitely worth checking out, if you haven't done so yet). We may stop in tonight just to make sure everyone is misbehaving

Filed: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 4:38:41 PM
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I love Mondays!!!
Well, another Monday night has come and gone at the Infirmary, and as usual it was electric! We had a fantastic group of folks, a combination of old friends and newly made friends who found us via the SL search function. With how busy we were, I forgot to look at the counter again but my dot check showed 27 happy people at the club at one point when I was looking at the map, which is a very comfortable number for us. And, as always, they were 27 quality people... all dancing the night away, chatting up a storm, and giving me great requests for 80's songs that the other places who claim to be the "premier 80's club in Second Life" probably haven't even heard in 20 years, let alone play.

So, all in all another fantastic night! And interestingly enough, due to a planning malfunction by my gorgeous partner and marketing expert TeeDee , apparently we never got around to posting an event notice. The cool thing about that is that it proves that our reputation precedes us... even without the event notice, apparently the word has gotten out that we are the place to be for 80's music and fun, since the traffic obviously didn't suffer. I think that speaks for itself...

Tee and I will be in tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM SLT, to do it all over again... and we'd love for you to join us! We'll see you at the Infirmary!

Filed: Monday, March 30, 2009 at 1:10:14 AM
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Nork and Star rocked the house tonight!
Decided I didn't have anything pressing to do in RL tonight (Sunday) so I figured I'd drop in on the Infirmary and see how it was going. Nork and Star had a FANTASTIC crowd! I counted 23 avs there while I was there... I just parked myself behind the bar and stayed out of the way. Everyone was having a great time... talking up a storm, dancing the night away, and just being beautiful!

It's great to see all of you coming out and supporting them... they truly do put on a great show! And doing the "green dot check" on BlackHearts and Fast Times (as well as some of the smaller clubs who try to compete with us), I believe that I can say that Nork and Star OWN Sunday nights in SL!

Tee and I are so fortunate to have another DJ team that we can count on to keep the place hopping on the nights that we aren't there!

Tee and I will be back in Monday night at 7PM SLT... and we hope to see YOU there!

Filed: Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 2:13:55 AM
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What a start to the weekend!
All I can say is "Wow!". I never know what to expect on Fridays. Conventional wisdom says that it is a slower night than a weeknight, because people tend to be out in RL on the weekends.

So, if that's the case, then everyone in SL looking for 80's music must have been at St. Ivan's tonight! Tee and I got in at 7PM SLT, and within a short time we had over 40 people join us, filling the dance floor! The counter for the day tells me we had 189 people through the door. And it was one of those classic fun nights... the requests were pouring in (I had 13, count 'em, 13 IM windows open at once!), the people were chatting up a storm, and it was such a silly good time that I ended up DJing until almost 11PM (twice as long as usual), just because I couldn't bear to leave!

I did a quick dot check on the map (just because I like to know what else is happening in SL) and much as I suspected, we were easily the busiest 80's club in SL. Some of the smaller "competitors" had no traffic at all. Looks like everyone is getting the word that St. Ivan's is the place to be at night!

Heck, at this rate we're going to have to expand again! Not that I expect every night to be like this, but when you have a reputation as the premier 80's club in Second Life, apparently everyone wants to be in on the action!

Nork and Star will be in over the weekend... Tee and I may pop in and out to say hello to all of you. Keep those thoughtful comments and well-wishes headed our way... all it does is make us want to please you more, and it's because of YOU that we have been able to realize our dream!

Filed: Friday, March 27, 2009 at 1:37:11 PM
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Dance floor saga, again
Well, we had a fantastic night on Thursday... a great time was had by all dancing to the premier 80's club dance music in Second Life, played by yours truly and we welcomed three new Loyalty Club members! They all said basically the same thing... "we searched for a club that played 80's music, we tried BlackHearts, we tried Fast Times, and then we found St. Ivan's and now we aren't going to look any more!".

I love it when the people speak this way. I can't put it any better than they did!

Anyway, lots of people (over 60 through the door Thursday night!) and lots of ideas. So, the dance floor redux continues... I spent a couple of hours bouncing between Photoshop and SL after I got done with my shift Thursday night. Green is out... and per the request of our Loyalty Club members, red and blue are in! It's not quite as "flashy" as it was... it has a very soft, relaxing movement to it while still retaining a bit of excitement. In short, it looks very much like a dance floor from a RL 80's nightclub!

Come on in tonight and see for yourself, and make some requests while you are here... that's what we are here for! Tee and I will be in from 7PM to 9PM SLT, dancing and chatting with all you beautiful people, the ones who make St. Ivan's Infirmary what it is... your ONLY destination for the true 80's nightclub experience in Second Life!

Filed: Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 5:33:38 PM
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The dance floor saga continues...
Well, Tee and I pledged to listen to you, and to continue to improve the premier 80's nightclub in Second Life per your input. And the votes are in... especially since St. Paddy's Day is over, the green is not an overwhelming favorite.

So, I'm auditioning a few different ideas. Come on in tonight, if it fits into your plans and see the latest rendition of our custom dance floor. It's a little softer in color, not quite so "loud". And make sure you get your requests in for the best 80's club dance music in SL... Tee and I will be in from 7PM to 9PM SLT, as we always are on Thursdays.

We know that there are thousands of places you could be in Second Life... we are so thrilled every time you choose to come and spend time with us, and we appreciate each and every one of you!!!

Filed: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 1:44:11 AM
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Why do we succeed where other SL clubs fail?
Just finished our Tuesday night show at St. Ivan's, and it was one of those nights that just makes you feel warm and fuzzy.

Tee and I got in around 7PM SLT as usual... I fired up my DJ setup and within about 15 minutes the place was jumping! Lots of quality people tonight... our Medics Macy, Jessie, Kitt, Kristenlee, and our newest Medic Ashleigh all decided to come in and join the party! Our old friends Hankk, PC, Alza, Reefer, Kor, Moniq, Darren, and Trin came in... and lots of new friends as well, courtesy of Tee's capable marketing efforts, making sure that anyone searching for the premier 80's dance club in Second Life gets properly routed to us instead of somewhere that will disappoint them! I didn't look at the counter, but I suspect we had between 30 and 40 people come through the door during the show.

I had a nice talk with one of our regulars as well about running a successful nightclub in SL... and once again I attribute our success to our business model. We have no secrets, and anyone who has ever run a successful RL business will recognize all of it as accepted practice. (note: potentially boring economic lecture follows):

  • Treat EVERY single person who comes through the door as though he or she is our best friend. There are way too many snotty or "cliquey" clubs in SL, just as in the real world.

  • Don't try to be everything to everyone. Very early on, we identified ourselves as the only destination for a true 80's experience in SL. We don't wander from our genre. There are plenty of other clubs whose music selection spans several decades, which only serves to confuse people. This comes from my RL nightclub experience... people want consistency. They don't want to come to a club expecting to hear classic rock and find out it's disco night. By narrowing our focus, we draw the "cream of the crop" clientele... the ones who specifically come to hear the music we play for them. Any marketing professional will tell you that it is much more effective to market to a target group of 200 people and close the deal with 50 of them than to market to a target group of 200,000 and maybe close the deal with 60 of them.

  • Be consistent, but not predictable. Do the math... according to Billboard magazine, the top 200 songs of each year are considered "major hits". That means that the 80's have a minimum of 2000 songs to choose from. I take pride in not playing the same songs every night... with a library like that to choose from (actually my library is closer to 6000 songs, all legitimate 80's songs) why would you want to hear the same 30 songs every night?

  • One more thought on music genre... I define our music not as "funk" or "metal" or "rap" or "new wave" or "rock" or "pop"... but by this unwieldy title: "Songs that were popular and were played in RL nightclubs in the 80's". This spans all of the above genres, while still limiting it. The idea is: if you were frequenting RL nightclubs in the 80's, you may not recognize every single song Norkight or I play, but you will recognize at least half of them... and you will find that about 20 percent of them are among your favorites.

  • Keep the drama out. Everyone says it, but very few actually do it. It's helpful in our case that Tee and I are happily married in both RL and SL, so we don't have to spend our SL time professing our love for each other. Not that there is anything wrong with that but it has no place in a business setting. I have seen too many SL businesses fail, or at least not reach their potential, because of a failed SL love affair... the owner finds a new love in SL and then spends all his/her SL time and energy on that relationship, at the expense of the club. Then, when the relationship falls apart, the club owner is faced with the need to "rebuild" the clientele to account for all the losses during the time of the relationship. It's gotten so I can predict this cycle as it is happening just by following the profile of the club owner... "looks like she's got a new love, and by some coincidence there aren't as many people at her club as there were". Well, Tee and I have been together for over 10 years now... we aren't going anywhere

  • Quality clientele. In 6 months of operation, we have had to eject exactly one av from the club. This is a testament to the quality people who frequent our establishment. Our clientele, who we are proud to call our friends, tend to be the people who have been around SL for a couple of years, who are either comfortable in their relationship with their long-term partners, or who are equally comfortable staying single. In either case, we don't have issues with jilted lovers causing trouble, or with newbie pickup artists annoying our friends. And it's for this reason that membership in our "Loyalty Club" group is not open, like it is in other clubs... it is by invitation only, from Tee, myself, or one of our Medics. We want to make sure that the people we invite to our group are quality people who will make the club better for all the other members... not just invite everyone who comes through the door so we can pad our membership numbers.

  • Not relying on SL income to keep the club going. Remember, SL is a game. And owning a nightclub is a passion, not a career. You have to love it, and be prepared to do nothing but soak money into it with no hope of return. The day you start relying on donations from your clientele is the day you can start making plans for life after your club goes out of business. I haven't kept track, but I am sure that Tee and I have spent in excess of L$1,500,000 (yes, that is 1.5 million) on making our SL nightclub dream come true... and we have recovered maybe a fraction of that from our clientele. And you know what? I'm ok with that. We're doing it because we love it, not because we expect to make money on it or even break even. The day I expect my friends to pay for my dream is the day I give it up.


Whew... that turned into quite a speech! Well, anyone that knows me knows that I am never at a loss for something to say. I'll leave you for now... tomorrow is Wednesday, which means that the second best DJ in SL (sorry Nork) and his lovely sidekick Star will be in to entertain you. Tee and I just may stop in for a bit... or maybe we'll tour some of the other clubs in SL to see what they are doing, and make sure we are doing it better. It's all for you people... our greatest reward is seeing all of you come in and enjoy yourselves like you do nowhere else in SL, and knowing that we had some small part in it.

Filed: Friday, March 20, 2009 at 3:04:53 PM
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Just a few changes...
No, nothing major why mess with success? Actually, the changes are because we keep growing... in the past week alone we have had close to 700 people stop in, and quite frankly the Infirmary is starting to look little crowded when we get 25 to 30 people in, as we do most nights now.

This presented a quandary of sorts... I had a very definite atmosphere in mind when I designed St. Ivan's Infirmary... it was meant to be a little on the intimate, cozy side, not an "industrial setting" like BlackHearts where it's so big that you can't hear a conversation from across the room. Yet, we needed more room.

So, I got out my virtual hammer and nails and made just a few changes over the past week... mainly revolving around the placement of the dance floor. I moved the south wall out 5 meters, which doesn't sound like much but makes a huge difference. This allowed me to move the dance floor to the center of the room, instead of being pushed into the corner. I then relocated the stage to the southwest corner and moved Macy's pole to where the stage was (that girl's GOTTA have her pole!). The net effect of all this is that without making the dance floor larger, there is now WAY more room to dance... while giving the ability to walk all the way around the perimeter of the dance floor without running into the stage, or a wall, etc.

I created my own custom dance floor with input from some of our Medics and regulars... it is definitely the most unique dance floor in SL now! As I was soliciting input, the common thread was "all the other clubs have square dance floors... can't you make it more rounded?". Well, it's definitely rounded I'm still tweaking the textures to get exactly what I want, but I think we will keep the general layout... it is most certainly eyecatching, and not like the other clubs' dance floors which were obviously bought from one of the club supply stores on SLX. Plus, there is a reason for the size (actually, the dance floor is now smaller than it was... it's now 17m x 20m, where before it was 20m x 20m)... it keeps you people within the 19m chat range limitations set by Linden, so we can all continue to have the great conversations that St. Ivan's has become known for!

Still a work in progress but with input from all of you, the premier 80's nightclub in Second Life will only continue to get better and better!

Come in and check things out... Tee and I will be in from 7PM to 9PM SLT tonight (Friday) and we'd love to see you!

Filed: Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 4:45:04 PM
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St. Paddy's Day ROCKED at the Infirmary!
Yes it did... being half Irish meself in RL Tee and I put on a special St. Paddy's Day show at the Infirmary! We did what we always do... playing the premier 80s club music in SL, and keeping our friends and visitors in stitches! We had a nice turnout, too... got to see a few old friends we haven't seen in a while, and made some new friends just like we do every night! Of course, all our regulars were there as well. I mixed in a few more 80's tunes from Irish bands than I usually do to keep the atmosphere proper... some U2, some Big Country, some Pogues, some Slade (technically not Irish, but they definitely have a little Celtic feel to them), and even a little Sinead O'Connor.

If you didn't have a chance to see me... you missed the only 7 foot tall leprechaun you will ever see. I will have to see if I can get some pictures up.

And just to air this as a public service... if you want to truly offend an Irishman, call it "St. Patty's Day". That would be seriously incorrect... the proper name is "St. Patrick's Day" (of course you knew that!) but "Patty", in Irish dialect, is short for "Patricia". The proper familiar (short) name for "Patrick" is "Paddy", not "Patty".

Just another public service of St. Ivan's Infirmary... the premier 80s nightclub in SL!

Tee and I will be in tonight (Thursday)... stop in and see why we have been voted one of the most popular nightclubs in SL!

Filed: Friday, March 13, 2009 at 4:40:53 PM
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Thanks to everyone who helped celebrate!
Well... my 46th birthday was celebrated in style Thursday night at the Infirmary! Tee and I did our usual show, and all our friends in the Loyalty Club came to help celebrate the fact that I'm not getting any younger We had over 50 people come through the door in the two hours we were there... the party was rockin', the people were beautiful (as always), and the conversation was great (again, as always)

Thank you so much to everyone who came to help me welcome in my personal New Year. With friends like you, it is going to be even better than the last! And with friends like you, we will keep on building on our reputation as the premier 80's nightclub in Second Life!

Tee and I will be in tonight (Friday) to do our usual Friday night show... we have yet another RL birthday dinner with friends, but we should be in by 7PM. Stop in and see us... we will be waiting for YOU!

Filed: Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 5:18:33 PM
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IT'S IVAN'S BIRTHDAY!!!
Not my rezz day... my RL B-DAY! Tee and I got our RL celebrating out of the way early, and now I can think of no better way to finish the day than to spend a couple of hours with all our friends at the Infirmary! Tee and I will be here from now till 9PM SLT (maybe later if you ask real nice!) doing what St. Ivan's does better than anyone... taking your requests and playing the BEST 80's club dance music in SL! Tee even promised not to throw too many shoes at me tonight! Come on down... I want to celebrate with YOU!!!

And of course I already got the best birthday present I could ask for... the friendship of all you wonderful people! YOU are what made St. Ivan's Infirmary the premier 80s nightclub in SL, and we love YOU for it!

Filed: Saturday, March 07, 2009 at 1:00:43 AM
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Another special night...
Just got done a little while ago with my regular Friday night gig at the Infirmary, and tonight was simply fabulous! We had a great mixture of regulars, people we haven't seen in a while, and people we met for the first time tonight... renewing old acquaintances, and forging new friendships. It was such a great night (we had over 40 people through the door between 7PM and 10PM SLT) that I ended up staying an hour later than I usually do, just because we were having so much fun.

Nights like this are what make me look forward to a night at the Infirmary. Everyone that was there knows exactly why we can claim the title of the premier 80's nightclub in Second Life. I encourage you to try out BlackHearts... try out Club Rockaway... even try out some of the smaller pretenders... then come and see why we are the best! It's because of our people, and I thank you... each and every one of you!

Filed: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 at 1:00:17 PM
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Another Great Start to the Week!!!
Another Monday has come and gone at the Infirmary, and it did nothing to change my belief that Monday is my favorite night! Though my voice was a little scratchy, Tee and I did make it in to do our regular show, and we welcomed several new friends to the Loyalty Club! Within minutes of sending out our group notice, we had over 20 people dancing the night away to the best damn 80's club dance music in SL. My dear old friend (not that she's old!) Morgana dropped in to see us... she's another survivor of the Brick purge of last fall, and it was so wonderful to see her taking a break from RL to visit us again! Now, I can remove her from the "Have you seen these avs?" section of my profile

It still amazes me how we continue to grow and grow at St. Ivan's. Every night, we welcome new faces, and over and over again I hear the same sentiment... "Wow! I used to go to BlackHearts, but this is so much better... I've found a new home!" And these are people who have been in SL for a couple of years... not newbies (not that there is anything wrong with being a newbie!) but people who have been around SL long enough to understand quality when they see it.

I've said it before, and I will say it again... it's all about the music (all 80's, all the time), and about the people we've invited to be members of our Loyalty Club (great conversation, and a maturity level far above and beyond the "OMG TUUUUUUNNNNNAAAGGEEEEE!!!" gesture nonsense. That's why we continue to cement our place as SL's premier 80s club. I encourage you to try BlackHearts and Club Rockaway first, as well as some of the smaller "pretenders"... then come to visit us and see the difference. Our music and our Loyalty Club members make us what we are... the ONLY destination for the premier 80's experience in SL!

Filed: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 4:51:21 PM
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Another nice compliment...
I love it when I hear things like this from our guests...

We had a great time during our Mardi Gras party, and welcomed several new friends to the St. Ivan's Infirmary family! I had a very nice conversation with one particular lovely lady, who reiterated what I have heard from so many other people who have discovered us. With her permission, here is part of the conversation between myself and "S.C."...

[2009/02/24 19:35] S.C.: hi =) could you play Duran Duran Reflex and also..Ice Ice Baby? =)
[2009/02/24 19:35] Ivan Boomhauer: :-) of course!!!
[2009/02/24 19:35] S.C.: ty =)
[2009/02/24 20:05] S.C.: really great 80's tunes =) much better than Blackhearts
[2009/02/24 20:06] S.C.: ty for playing my requests
[2009/02/24 20:08] Ivan Boomhauer: :-) thank you! I try to mix it up, with a library of 6000 80's songs I shouldn't have to play the same ones every night :-)
[2009/02/24 20:08] S.C.: its great think i found me a new place to come for 80's music =)
[2009/02/24 20:09] Ivan Boomhauer: :-) that is great!!! We are so happy to have you here!

Once again, that's what it's all about! It's comments like this that reiterate what so many people have already discovered... that St. Ivan's Infirmary is your ONLY destination for the true 80's experience in Second Life! With such a great decade's worth of music to choose from, why on earth would we settle for playing the same music over and over again, like you hear at the other 80's clubs?

Filed: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 4:50:13 PM
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Mardi Gras Rocked at the Infirmary!
Fat Tuesday has come and gone for another year, and I am proud to reveal that St. Ivan's Infirmary had one of the biggest crowds in Second Life for our Mardi Gras Party! (yes, we do the "green dot" comparing with all the other premier 80's clubs like Blackhearts and Club Rockaway, as well as the smaller pretenders) Lots of our regulars made it in, and as happens every night we welcomed several new friends as well. The best 80's music in ALL of Second Life filled the club, the ladies were beautiful , the masks and costumes were fabulous, and the conversation was great as always! If you were there... thank you so much for joining us! If you weren't... why not?

Seriously, TeeDee and I know that there are a lot of places to go in Second Life. We are truly thankful to each and every one of you who choose to spend an evening with us. We'll see you again soon!

Filed: Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 5:45:30 PM
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Happy Birthday Norkight!!!
We had a little different kind of night last night... which I alluded to in an earlier post. The "public" story is that Nork and I switched nights... him doing Tuesday, and my doing Wednesday, because I had been requested to DJ a private party on Wednesday at the Infirmary.

What he didn't know was that the party was for him, and the person doing the requesting was Star She planned the whole thing and did a fabulous job! The club was decked out in birthday decor, and all of Norkight and Star's friends were there shortly after 7PM... my job was to IM him at about 7:05 and ask him to come down because (and I had to make this up on the fly) something was different, possibly he had changed it the night before, and I needed him to take a look at it. So, of course he hurried on down, to be greeted with birthday wishes!

The party was great... we had somewhere around 50 people show up, and a good time was had by all!

Happy birthday, Norkight, from all your friends and the St. Ivan's Infirmary family!!!

Filed: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 2:15:59 PM
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Another great week is underway!
Again, Monday makes me smile. Tee and I got to the Infirmary about 7PM SLT on Monday, fired up the DJ equipment with some great 80's dance music, sent out the group invite... and within 10 minutes the place was packed! Great times, great tunes, and great conversation with some old friends and a few new ones, who promise to be back

I wish I had words to describe how I feel about our success... it reinforces our faith in believing that if you treat others as you would wish to be treated, everything else takes care of itself. We've proven that we don't need to bribe you into coming in with gimmicks, or contests, or whatever... when you have the atmosphere that we have, no other incentive is needed!!!

Thanks again, all of you, for voting us one of the most popular 80's clubs in Second Life! And if by some chance you stumbled across this post and haven't actually been in to experience our club... what's stopping you? Come in and see for yourself!

Filed: Friday, February 13, 2009 at 6:22:56 PM
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Another nice week...
It's just been one of those weeks where everything seems to fall into place... no drama, no issues, and filled with happy people.

Thursday night was particularly nice... Tee and I were joined by a nice crowd, including our friends Kitt and Remy, Kristenlee, Bonny, Sheister, Raquella, Loulou, Norkight and Star, Robert and Sterling, PC and Alza, Bess, and Izzy, along with several new friends discovering the Infirmary for the first time. And it was just one of those nights filled with great conversation and good times. It's what we are all about... it was a perfect picture of the vision I had when I built St. Ivan's Infirmary. I love it when we have a nice little crowd like this... our friends are requesting great 80's music and dancing the night away while chatting about anything and everything in a very informal setting. Thanks so much, all of you, for helping us show SL that we need a place like St. Ivan's Infirmary!

Filed: Monday, February 09, 2009 at 5:25:58 PM
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It's Monday... another great week starts!
I love Mondays.

Are you done shaking your head yet? I do have a reason for saying that... Monday always starts a new week for TeeDee and I at St. Ivan's Infirmary, and we look forward to seeing all of our friends after the RL weekend, getting caught up on what's been happening in your lives, and making sure that you enjoy yourselves. It's what makes it all worthwhile.

St. Ivan's Infirmary is a labor of love for us... we don't run it to make money (which we don't). We do it because we love making all of you happy, giving you a place to reminisce about the 80's, dance to the best music in SL, and make new friends who share your tastes. Though we have tip jars out, it's because it's standard practice in a SL nightclub, not because we expect you to give us your lindens. It seems rude to me to expect you to shoulder the cost of our club... that would be like inviting our friends over for dinner and then expecting them to pay us for their meal. It's just not right.

Please don't EVER feel that you have to tip. St. Ivan's Infirmary is our way of giving back to the world, or "paying it forward", or whatever. If you choose to tip, we honestly appreciate your support... but it is definitely not necessary. We fully expect this to cost us money... and that doesn't bother us in the least. If we received no lindens whatsoever from our patrons, we would still continue to run the club as we do. That's how much we enjoy running the club.

We're just here to have fun, and to share great times with good friends. That's what it's all about.

Wow, this post kind of took a detour. That's ok though... this is something I have been meaning to write about.

Filed: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 at 11:40:37 AM
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I had the nicest compliment last night...
... and I just had to write about it, because it speaks to the heart of the success of St. Ivan's Infirmary.

We had a couple who joined our group a while back come in last night. As I was talking to one of them (her name sadly escapes me at the moment) I asked her what brought them back. Paraphrasing her words, she said that:

"Above everything else it's the music. There is not another club in SL that has captured the balance St. Ivan's Infirmary has... it's all 80's music, but it's just different enough every night that it makes you want to come back to see what else Ivan has up his sleeve. We hear songs that we know, that were popular in the 80's, but aren't the same 15 songs you hear over and over at other clubs. Ivan goes the extra mile to make sure that everyone hears the music they want to hear, and it's refreshing to hear a song that I haven't heard in years and remember where I was the first time I heard it."

It's compliments like these that reiterate Tee's and my faith in what we are doing with St. Ivan's. It would be very easy to just toss up some 80's movie posters on the wall and call it an 80's club, but that's not what it's all about. We want you to come in and be transported back to the 80's in all facets... not just the decor (that's a quick Photoshop job) but the entire atmosphere of the club. The music, the conversation... and the maturity level of our Loyalty Club members. Our choosiness in extending group membership offers is paying off in quality... when you come to St. Ivan's Infirmary, you are surrounded by friendly, mature people who are reliving a happy time in their lives and want to include you in it.

As I've said before... if you are looking for the biggest or most crowded club in SL, we are not your destination. We're not about a bunch of younger people showing off their "OMG TUUUUNNNAAGGEEE" gestures, lagging the sim and cluttering up the conversation... go to BlackHearts if you want that. Attendance? I tracked that when we first started out... but honestly it doesn't matter any more. It's a question of quality, not of quantity. If it's important to you to know how many people come to St. Ivan's, just come in and count for yourself! Or check the Loyalty Club group membership list... no secrets there, it's there for all to see.

However, if you want the true 80's experience, filled with people like you who fondly remember the 80's as a happy time in their lives, we are your only destination.

Filed: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 1:01:50 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The Hits Just Keep On Coming!
Well, it's been almost 4 months now since TeeDee and I opened up St. Ivan's Infirmary (a lifetime in SL ). We are no longer the new kids on the block... we've gone from a (albeit very successful) startup to one of the venerable "oldtimers" as far as a presence in SL... and it just keeps getting better! Our Loyalty Club keeps getting bigger... every night brings new faces, and I never get tired of hearing the same phrases from our new friends: "Wow, this place is so different from the other SL clubs! We just found our new home!". And I have to believe we have one of the highest retention rates relating to group membership... once we welcome a new group member to the family, they keep coming back!

What's it all due to? My opinion: Consistency. Our friends know that they can come into St. Ivan's any night between 7PM and 9PM SLT, and expect to hear the same great 80's music played on request by myself or Norkight. It's not like other clubs, where you never know what to expect (one night might be Internet radio, while another is disco night, and another is 70's classic rock, and another is a live performer singing current songs... you get my drift). We are all 80's, all the time! Not that it's predictable... with a library of over 6000 songs to choose from, we take pride in ensuring that you don't hear the same songs over and over.

When you are invited to become a Loyalty Club member, it shows TeeDee's and my belief that you are a fun person to be around. The Loyalty Club membership is not "open"... it's by invitation only, for a very good reason. We want to make sure that it's not just the music we are known for, but also the atmosphere... and there is no better atmosphere than walking into our club and being welcomed by 20 of your friends. Our club is filled with good music and good conversation... not silence, and not 20 avatars competing to see who can take over the chat with their gestures. It's a quality atmosphere... and you Loyalty Club members make it that way!

Well, back to RL for me for now... come in and see us soon! We are now here for you 7 nights a week... Tee and I are in from 7PM to 9PM SLT on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, while Norkight and Star are in from 7PM to 9PM SLT on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. We hope to see you soon!

Filed: Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 11:21:54 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The Best 80's Club in SL Just Got Better! Welcome Norkight and Star!
Well, after a couple of months of Tee and I trying to do everything ourselves (with help from our beautiful St. Ivan's Medics Jessie, Macy, and Victoria) we decided it was time.

We've had a lot of people asking why we don't have a live DJ every night, and honestly the reason was because RL dictates that Tee and I take some nights off to protect our sanity .

Because of this overwhelming demand to keep you good folks entertained more often, we started looking around to see who we could find to pick up the DJ torch a couple nights a week. However, the search took a bit longer than we thought it would, since we are very particular about maintaining the quality of the image we have created to this point.

Anyway, it always seems that in life things drop in your lap just when you least expect them and most need them. Our old friends Norkight and Star stopped in a few nights ago, and after talking with them I realized that these two crazy people were exactly what we were looking for!

So, come on in on Sunday and Wednesday nights and party with Norkight and Star! Norkight is a very accomplished and talented DJ, with an encyclopedic knowledge of 80's music and a wry, offbeat sense of humor to complete the package! And his beautiful counterpart Star... well, what can I say? She is just plain silly and an incredible blast to be around. They play off each other perfectly. Kind of reminds me of Tee and myself... how scary is that?

So watch for those group notices and come on in and show Norkight and Star the same love you show Tee and I... every Sunday and Wednesday night from 7PM to 9PM SLT!

Filed: Monday, November 03, 2008 at 2:44:04 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Expansion already... new game room at St. Ivan's Infirmary!
Wow... we haven't even had St. Ivan's Infirmary open for a month, and already we are making changes to make it even better!

Come on down and check it out... I added a 300 sq m game room off the corner by the bar. In addition to the ubiquitous Zyngo machine (of course!) we have also installed 3 Skeeball machines, a Whack-a-Mole game, 4 Cruise Control driving games (which allow for head-to-head competition!), a squirt gun water race game (just like at the carnival!) and a couple of other goodies.

So, if you don't feel like dancing (which I can't believe ) you now have a few other activities to keep you busy. If you have other suggestions, Tee and I would love to hear them... we want St. Ivan's Infirmary to be the most fun club in SL!

Filed: Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 1:17:12 AM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Thank you to everyone who is helping to make St. Ivan's Infirmary a success!
Wow... we could NOT have done it without you guys and gals! We have officially been open for less than two weeks, and we have had well over 100 people come through the door already... and half of those people have joined our Loyalty Club! We regularly have between 15 and 20 people show up to party every night. Not many clubs in SL can say that, especially not when they are as new as us.

I heard from so many people that "it's so hard opening a nightclub in SL". Not the case here! What do we owe our success to? It's simple... treat each and every person who walks through the door like your best friend, and make sure that they feel like they are part of the conversation. Tee and I have an advantage, I guess, in that we are a RL couple as well as an SL couple, so we can concentrate our energies on you, our friends and patrons, and not on our SL love life (because RL and SL are the same to us!). And we must be doing something right, because all you loyal club members keep on coming back for more!

Tee and I pledge to continually improve the club and address any problems that might come up immediately, so you can always feel comfortable coming in, jumping on the dance balls, and feel like you are at a party with 20 of your best friends, dancing to the best 80's club dance music in SL. Cause when it comes down to it, that is what it's all about, right? It's not about having the flashiest dance balls, or the busiest club... it's all about great people, and that is what our Loyalty Club members are... you are our friends, SL or RL... there is no difference to us. We love every one of you!

Filed: Monday, October 13, 2008 at 1:29:47 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
St. Ivan's Infirmary is open for business!
Our grand opening was a huge success, with over 20 group members and first-time visitors there to help us kick things off!!! We are officially open for business, 24/7/365. Come in and dance to the best in 80's club dance music played constantly from our private Shoutcast stream... no Internet radio, no commercials, no dead air between songs! I will be DJing several nights a week (see my schedule), and when TeeDee and I aren't around, you can hang out with the fantastic members of our Loyalty Club, dancing to the best in 80's club dance music played constantly from our private Shoutcast stream... no Internet radio, no commercials, no dead air between songs!

To keep updated, you can also check out the website at http://www.stivans.com. See you soon!

Filed: Thursday, October 09, 2008 at 5:55:55 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
Grand Opening on Friday, October 10!!!
Come one, come all... while TeeDee and I are continuing to tweak and improve St. Ivan's Infirmary, we are ready! Our official grand opening party will start at 8PM SL time on Friday, October 10! We hope to see YOU there!

Filed: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 at 12:21:52 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
WOW... Success beyond my wildest imagination!
Click here for enlargement!The "pre-grand opening" party on Monday, October 6 was a HUGE success... the place was busy busy busy! I don't think there are many clubs in SL that can boast of 21 group members and visitors on their first night open!

There weren't many bugs to work out... everything went great! Thanks so much to our best friends Lorrie, MichaelK, Macy, Hankk, Victoria, Dunamisgirl, Buddy, PattiSue, Midi, Ooga, Norkight, Star, PC, Alza, Diva, Cinda, Uthred, and anyone else I may have missed. It is friends like YOU that will ensure the success of St. Ivan's Infirmary!

TeeDee and I are so thankful for your thoughts, well wishes, and suggestions for what you want YOUR club to be... we've been working on some of your suggestions already!

We'll do it all over again Tuesday night at 8PM SL time. Come on in and begin your therapy... we promise First Aid for your Second Life drama!

Filed: Friday, October 03, 2008 at 12:04:06 PM
Filed Under: St. Ivan's Infirmary
The Newest, Most Fun Nightclub in SL
NEWS FLASH!!!! Stop what you are doing... SL nightclub life has been redefined, and you now have a new place to be!!!

I purchased a full 65536 m2, 15000 prim sim from Linden Labs, and the first thing to be built on the new sim "Teeland" will be the newest, best nightclub in SL: "St. Ivan's Infirmary", owned and operated by Tee and yours truly!

St. Ivan's Infirmary will be patterned after a couple of nightclubs that I managed in RL back in the 1980's. To paraphrase a quote from "Cheers", the goal is to provide a setting where "everyone knows everyone's name"... it will not be the biggest, or the flashiest, but I personally guarantee that it will be the most fun!!! You will be dancing to the best in 80's club dance music played constantly from our private Shoutcast stream... no Internet radio, no commercials, no dead air between songs!

We hope to be open for business on Monday, October 6. You can expect all the same great 80's club dance music and comic repartee that you have come to expect from Tee and myself... I will continue to DJ and perform (probably more often!) and Tee will be there with me to keep the conversation beautiful, happy, and silly!

Stay tuned for more developments both here and at the new website for St. Ivan's Infirmary! Hope to see you there!

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