VF: Are you
related to Vincent Merricks?
MM: Nope, afraid the only Tune I can
carry is in a bucket.
VF: What brought you to Second Life?
MM: First Vick, have some yummy
"Planter's Punch". Oh don't worry, only the 1st sip is
Back in the old'n days of 2006 - I
heard stories, you know how it starts. Somebody (Anshe Chung) makes a
Million dollars, rumours of land with (lowers voice) "adult
activities" crop up at the water cooler. I had to learn more!
Mainland felt like the Wild West.
Griefers running amok shooting & locking people in cages, zombies
and bunnies doing "it" together out in the open, flaming
floating didoes left at your door like calling cards, or were they
invitations? Land dotted with who knows what kind of builds next to
each other. Hello? Zoning laws anyone?
I settled for some private island
rental land, and picked up some building skills for a few years.
VF: What brought you to Bay City?
MM: Another mason jar of punch, Vick?
How about a slice of pie? Made it fresh this morning!Well (hands on hips), fast forward a
I found some beautiful land in the Shermerville Bloomfield
area, but that didn't last long. Dear god, the crime rate! (whispers
with shifty eyes & leans forward) No seriously, no one speaks of
it. "The Greater Good" you know, but it's scandalous. I
kept planting trees and the next day 1/2 of them were gone! I
knoooow, and inside my property lines too! And don't even get me
started on the number of cars stolen, getting returned days later
from some other city. Sure I know, some Bay City folks have childhood
homes there, more power to em. For me, it was lipstick on a pig.
Nope, I was done. Lovely neighbourhood, not for me.
So with my cars missing or returned
damaged, I walked the bridge to explore Bay City, found a Realtor,
left a note. You'd think when the "Bay City" name is part
of their company name they'd be thrilled to take a bucket of new
money. Nope, never heard back.
If something's worth doing, whip out a
map, the check book, and go do it yourself. I found Land in Moloch
for my lovely home.
VF: We are now at your Cafe in
Moloch. Can you describe it short and your motivation to build it
MM: Oh, my little Coffee shop
it's an old Converted Gas station on Ulysses Drive, one of my 1st
lots in Bay City with wonky mismatched brick walls and looks like
it's had previous lives before I knocked out a wall or two.
Outside is a free Bike & Car rezzer
for guests. Next door is an old expo Building I've converted to a
clock tower and my future office space.
The block suggests a revitalized
warehouse district, perfect for a cup of Joe, a snack., and some
|Coffee Shop - Moloch|
VF: It has been told many times that
the moles often gather in Moloch to re-energize. Can you explain
MM: I never see them, but I know they
have to be around! It's the little things. You walk by a public space
a zillion times and then notice something changed. Was it always that
way? Did that just show up? It's a mystery! Moles and Moloch go hand
in hand. With a residential community, a warehouse district,
down-town growth, plus proximity to calming sea breezes, Moloch is
the place to be!
Besides, Sarah said it best "I can
see Moloch from my window!"
|Bay City Canal Terminal - Moloch|
VF: Everyone in Bay City seems to
have a job or favourite activity. What is yours in Our Fair City?
MM: Prims are like Lego's, I like a big
box full to build with. When I think of a builder, I think of someone
inventing every prim themselves. Me? I like using ready made parts,
taking them apart, and weld them back together in fun and unexpected
ways. I love this Community, and I'm thrilled to have a few places
for folks to visit and enjoy.
VF: Do you spend much time outside
MM: I built a lovely Garden Bar
an Amusement Park
in Sistiana that is open to the public and free. I
have construction equipment in Barcola to build a future water
My latest restoration project is in
Downtown Moloch, the "Bay City Canal Terminal
opened.. The abandoned rail project (because tunnel blasting caused a
waterfall) left the land desolate for years. I see it's future as a
fun place to hang out with neighbours and friends. All are welcome.
|Garden Bar - Sistiana|
VF: I have seen the amusement park
at Sistiana. Can you describe it and your motivation to build it
MM: Merricks Amusement Park
is a fun
addition to Historic Sistiana with awesome views from the Ferris
Wheel & Drop Tower. it's steps away from Rt 66, and a few blocks
away from the 1st Primitive created on private property! It's on the
trolley line that goes to a Linden Visitor Center. Its also located
near mostly absent land owners and overpriced empty land for sale, We
see a lot of new SL'ers stop in for free rides, burgers and snacks!
It's also across the Street from Merricks Garden Bar, one of my
|Amusement Park - Sistiana|
VF: Rumour has it that Emperor
Michael comes from Nova Albion. Have you seen him often and can you
tell some more?
MM: Someone by that name has an open
tab at Merricks Garden Bar but always steps in when I'm away. Why
would an Emperor have muddy boots? The staff always has to mop up
after he leaves.
VF: What advice would you give to
someone looking to move to Bay City?
MM: The Bay City Community Center
should be their 1st stop to learn just what makes this all so
special. Add the address for your readers wont you Vick? Beware of
land barons. Some are honest, some are well, questionable. If you
find a reasonably priced lot to rent, jump on it quick, you'll get to
know the neighbourhood better that way. Over priced lots stay empty,
how that can be profitable is beyond me. BC auction land is usually
1/2 what land flippers ask for, so check the auctions daily. Lastly,
I'd suggest chatting with residents of Bay City, they usually know of
deals and good landlords if renting is your preference.
VF: Bay City is not like typical
Mainland, of course, but what do you think of the "wild
frontier" outside Bay City?
With a whole world to explore past the
Bay, take sun screen, bug spray, a hat, a jug of hand sanitizer, and
don't drink the water!
VF: Do you consider your Second Life
persona a "character" or a representation of who you are in
MM: My 1st & 2nd life are alike in
many ways, I tend not to mix the two.
VF: Do you have a philosophy for
MM: Be kind, we were all new once upon
Give the benefit of the doubt, not
everyone is out to make a L$ or take advantage.
Nevertheless, best to be cautious.
VF: What ONE thing should anyone not
looking in your Profile know about you?
MM: Hey, you had two quarts of punch, I
get two answers!
I hope my contributions enhance the
I'm more approachable than I look.
VF: Any last thoughts you'd like to
MM: There is so much Land for Sale in
Bay City that sits empty, and many of the same lots have been for
sale for years without a buyer because of the high asking prices.
It's sad to see that, when they could be rented out at reasonable
prices and bring more people in to enjoy the community. It's also
sad to see... lets call them investors, who own multiple lots all
over Bay City not for sale or rent and they just sit empty and
unused. It's a disservice to Bay City. It can appear disrespectful
to neighbours of this unique land, and stagnates the local community
we all love.
I hope some day that will improve.
With all that punch I walked back to
my place in Mashpee, but I am not sure how I arrived there.
Interviewer Vick Forcella