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Monday, May 24, 2021

2021 Memorial Day Weekend, The Outsiders Dance Troupe, and Paul Woodrunner!- Venus Amore Reporting...

Pictured here is one of the acts the troupe did in a past show.

The Outsiders Dance Troupe in Action

          “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” - Patton

This coming weekend is Memorial Day Weekend and there will be many events. Be sure to stop by Copperhead Road, for a plethora of exhibits in memory of those heroes we honor. Paul Woodrunner’s exhibits are created from the heart; something you want to visit. On Memorial Day, The Outsiders Dance Troupe’s will be performing at their home theater “The Bob Hope Theater” at 6 pm SLT at:   

The Exhibits, some replicated from the real world reside along with The Bob Hope Theater on Copperhead Road. Come view the 9/11 Ground Zero Memorial Fountain, Flight 93 National Memorial along with the astounding Tower of Voices and the Wall of Names. Each of these exhibits has been created in Second Life by Paul Woodrunner and his plan to bring the residents of Second Life together to celebrate the lives of our heroes.  



The Outsiders Dance Troupe was established in 2017 by Paul Woodrunner. It combines his passion for honoring veterans, first responders, and ordinary day heroes, with his Second Life knowledge and experience from his extensive work with Tribute Bands, Dance venues, and his ability to replicate Real World Builds and (New York’s The Empire Room, Manhattan’s Radio City and The Apollo in Harlem) bring them to life in Second Life. His undying devotion to honor heroes shows through his creations.

 Today and every day we honor our veterans, active duty, first responders, and those individuals who protect the free world. “HEROES” are people who risk their lives daily to protect our world and make it a better place. It is an honor to be supported by choreographers in Second Life of such caliber. The Outsiders Dance Troupe members joined forces with Paul Woodrunner, sharing his passion and dreams about honoring those who fought for freedom. They contribute their valuable time and talent through choreographing dances. They too have heroes either in their own families, or friends who have risked or lost their lives to keep our freedom. Before the actual troupe started, Paul experienced firsthand how Second Life Residents, both veterans in real life, many active role-players depicting veterans and active-duty members in-world, loved being entertained. This event consisted of only three acts in a region called Indochina (Vietnam).  The eight-sim region enjoyed the show, and the experience is projected to remind us to uplift our heroes that Second Life Aviation Magazine featured an article contributed by Luke Flywalker about it. The show started with a Ronald Reagan speech and ended with a 21 Gun Salute to honor one of Paul Woodrunner’s friends, a fellow member of the armed forces Marine branch who died in real life. After this event, The Outsiders Troupe started entertaining on several veteran-type holidays per year with honoring our heroes in mind. They dance in the Bob Hope Theater, to remember Bob Hope’s dedication to entertaining heroes worldwide. They were inspired by Bob Hope and his “Bob Hope USO Shows”. 


The founder of Paul Woodrunner Productions served in the United States Air Force and attained the rank of Buck Sergeant and NCO. His MO was 46250 Weapons Mechanic and he had the job of loading munitions such as bombs, flares, rockets, and missiles on Fighter Aircrafts (A-7s and F-4s). He was a member of the acclaimed Flying Tigers, a group that was independent outside of the military force and recruited by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941. This elite group flew missions in China against the Japanese in World War II.  He also served in Nato when he was stationed in West Germany. Paul fought in the Cold War and helped defeat Communism. Paul’s passion for honoring veterans has spilled over to Second Life and made a big impact on the Residents over the years.

Interview with Paul Woodrunner and Venus Amore


Venus Amore (VA): What inspired you to start the Outsider's troupe?

Paul Woodrunner (PW): Ever since I have been into Entertainment in SL. I've had a desire to entertain the troops and veterans. I grew up during the Vietnam War and though it all one man rang true to me; Bob Hope, as a young boy I went to a Bob Hope show, it was the grand opening of the Superdome in New Orleans. Second Life gave me, after a lot of hard work, the opportunity to lead my own troupe, and eventually, the Outsiders was born.

VA: When did you first build a memorial to honor those lives that were lost serving our country.

PW: On the Empire Room platform there is a memorial I built maybe 10 years ago that has an eternal flame and I've kept it burning from the day it was built

VA: How many holidays do you do Shows for and what is the purpose behind these shows?

PW: We do the big ones: Vietnam War, Veteran’s Day, July 4th, Memorial Day, 9/11, and a few more. Usually, it works out that every other month there is a show.

VA: When you first started your adventure in Second Life, what caught your interest the most? 

PW: Tribute bands, replicated buildings, creating entertainment venues.  

VA: What does the future look like for the Outsiders and Paul Woodrunner Productions?

PW: I see the Outsiders continuing to honor our military, first responders, and all people who help people. We might all be Heroes and today or in the past help your neighbor, a passerby, or be that someone who saw smoke and ran towards it. WE THE PEOPLE are the FIRST RESPONDERS, and the Outsiders will continue to push that. I see great things in store for the Outsiders and Bob Hope theater. Stay tuned it will continue to be a wonderful ride.

VA: Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers?

PW: We are in such a place in our history, not only in the US but the whole world. I just feel due to the recent events people seem to be more connected to each other. Heroes who participated in wars, still fight to maintain our freedom every day.  Every time we have a chance to elevate our heroes, we should. We should not mourn their deaths or our loss but be grateful and proud that such people (Heroes) lived to give us our freedom.

It was a great honor to interview Paul. He has great plans and ideas. He has worked on his goals and succeeded. He is a man with a plan; someone to admire and aspire to be like. His compassion and hard work show through in his creations in Second Life and are very contagious. So, in closing, do not forget this weekend and make sure you visit the exhibits and make it to the show! 

“Be not your brother’s keeper, be your brother’s brother.”

                                                                  - Anonymous 

 Additional Information:

Venue SLURL:

The Bob Hope Theater Group: secondlife:///app/group/a2625d0e-9025-9470-b551-bf2e8e0804b8/about

Paul Woodrunner’s Facebook:

Find him in world at: secondlife:///app/agent/118463bc-2f1e-4eb7-9d56-f2ff6238848e/about

Monday, May 17, 2021

FLEET WEEK 2021 - SL Military Groups Open Days; May 18 - May 23 2021


FLEET WEEK 2021 SL Military Groups Open Days - BETWEEN 18 THROUGH 23 MAY 2021

* SL's most active military groups, the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard join hands and open our bases to YOU for a Week!

* Visit realistically designed military facilities, interact with our crews!!

* Experience firsthand how we train, work, fight, and simulate military life in SL!!!

* Participate in exciting contests and military exercises together with military personnel and win prizes from our sponsors!!!!


In real life, "Fleet Week" is a United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard tradition that gives sailors and marines deployed overseas a week-long respite; giving them a chance to dock in major cities for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Today, modern Fleet Week represents a week-long celebration of our armed forces, taking place in cities like San Francisco on the West Coast and New York City on the East Coast, filled with parades and demonstrations.

In SL, Fleet Week 2021 seeks to honor this tradition by bringing long-standing military roleplay groups together in collaboration, to share our groups with Second Life residents throughout the grid.


Tue 18 May: Opening Ceremony - Blue Angels Flyover - Meet and Greet [ 10:00 to 17:00 ] 

Wed 19 May: Brazilian Navy SL (MBSL) - [ 15:00 - ] 
 Contact persons: CAPT Cvt Torres (Pretoed Resident)
                             CAPT Gisele Osol (GiseleOsol Resident)
                             1st Sgt Lendario (Eternallegendary)

Thu 20 May: Naval Air Station (NAS) - [ 14:00 to 21:00 ] 
 Contact person: COL Quandry (Quarlo Quandry)

Fri 21 May: US Navy SL Second Fleet (2ND FLT) - [ 10:00 to 20:00 ] 
Contact persons:  RADM Izzy Harcassle (izzy harcassle)
                             RDML Daniella Harcassle (daniellamariec resident)
                             RDML Natalya Petrova (natalypetrova resident)

Sat 22 May: US Navy SL Seventh Fleet (7TH FLT) - [ 10:00 to 18:00 ] 
Contact persons: RADM Sidney Pobieski (Sidney Pobieski)
                            CAPT Helena Sheridan (Hmmmph Stenvaag)

Sun 23 May: ALL GROUPS - Multiple Joint Events - [ 09:00 to 19:00 ] 

We hope to see you there!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Playdoll's Men's Magazine March Issue


The March issue of Playdoll's Men's Magazine is out! Find your copy at the Relaxation SIM, home of the historic Playdolls Mansion, or find a Playdoll's Magazine kiosk at one of many locations across the grid! This month Miss March Venom Kray-Gotti poses with her own personal message for wounded veterans, and a call for SL to encourage more content providers catering to Avatars with disabilities. 

The Playdoll's models honor first responders in a nod to Miss March's lead.  Our Playdoll of the Year pictorial gives a more light hearted recognition to St. Patrick!

Plus -- gadget reviews, a super helpful men's fashion spotlight, and a destination guide that photographers will love ... all in the March issue of Playdoll's Men's Magazine!


Thursday, July 23, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: USNSL 2nd Fleet - Happy 3rd Anniversary "Gerry!"

2ND FLT proudly announces the celebration of the 3 year anniversary of the USS Gerald R. Ford (22 July 2017) with a fun packed Steel Beach Picnic aboard her namesake in Jeogeot Gulf on SATURDAY 25 July 2020 from 1200-1700 slt.  

Uniform of the Day is USN PT gear or summer casual clothes.

We will have music, dancing, food, free gifts, games, aerobatic demos, wing walkers, cheerleaders, and much more.

Please bring guests!  Hope to see you there!

In Port Quarter Deck:

Contact: CDR Bambi Baxter (biffbottom resident)
               Exec Off, CVN-78

Monday, June 1, 2020


The United States Navy has been a force to be reckoned with for nearly a quarter of a millennia.  Today’s Navy operates on Land, Sea and in the air.   And now, even cyberspace enjoys a Naval presence, with the addition of Ships, Aircraft Squadrons, Submarines and Training Commands in SecondLife.

Last week I had the very real pleasure of observing a Memorial Day observation onboard the SL NAS Patuxent River.  This has become an annual tradition here, where residents are asked to pause and take time to recognize the brave men and women how have given their lives in defense of the United States and peace-loving peoples everywhere.

The base was packed when I arrived, and there were so many people in attendance I was initially denied entry.  After flashing my Press Pass, I was eventually allowed onto the base and made my way to the ceremony.  I arrived just in time to hear Captain Asra Kron addressing the solemn crowd.

“Today is Memorial Day, a day to remember those who must never be forgotten. The men and women who laid down their lives in service to us all.  No matter the cause, no matter the reason, it is not a soldier, sailor or airman's place to question why, but his or her duty to do or die. Today we honor the dead heroes. Today we cherish the ones who survived. Today we show our gratitude to those who serve.  In this sacred site's tradition we do all these things by saying out loud the name of the twenty one Blue Angels who lost their lives while in service with the demonstration squadron in real life.”
In the minutes that followed, Taps was played as each of the 21 names was read.  

Following “TAPS”, the ceremony heard a rendition of Amazing Grace, and a memorial poem read by  Coast Guardsman and Poet,  Sachin De Saltu.  

Following the ceremony, I caught up with CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron, and she graciously consented to an interview.

Josh Bellic (JB):  Tell me Captain.  How long have you been hosting these Memorial Day Observations?

Asra Kron (AK) - I have been in SL since 2006, not as Asra Kron, obviously, although now I am all there is (yes I broke out the booze and I am still having a ball, my former self has been shelved since I was "re-born" in 2013). Whenever I can, since I can remember, I attend the Memorial Day ceremonies in SL. As a SL Naval officer it has been my privilege to host Memorial Day remembrances at Third Fleet locations in 2018 (see and this year, 2020.

JB:  Do you put these together yourself, or do you have a Staff who assist?

AK:  Usually all by myself, I don't have a "staff" for that (God how I envy you at SLE!), although my fellow officers and enlisted do participate and sometimes throw a (welcomed) helping hand.

JB:  How did you first come to be connected with SL Navy?

AK:  I love the ocean and I have been in love with aviation since I was a kid in real life. Put the two together and you read "Naval Aviator". I first started a very small Search and Rescue operating from the marina where I kept my sail boats, back in 2011 and that led to an encounter with the greatest Master Chief I will ever meet, then MCPO Margot Fenring, of the Seychelles Isles Coast Guard. I was hooked and joined with the rate of Petty Officer 3rd class (yes I am a "mustang" and very proud of it - it was also where I earned my call sign: "Cougar" - don't ask...). The next step for me was a transfer to the United States Navy in Second Life (do not confuse with SL United States Navy) in 2014, which I did maintaining my rank of Ensign at the time, flying with VF-101 Grim Reapers aboard the sorely missed CVN-68 USS Nimitz and Carrier Strike Group 11. The rest is history.

JB:  Who is Sachin De Saltu? He is certainly an interesting Character?

AK:  Oh my God, he certainly is! And believe me I have never met that young man before! I later confirmed with his superiors and he is indeed a recruit in the Second Life Coast Guard. You probably noticed Sachin's line during General Harrison's speech. At several points during the ceremony, this young Second Life Coast Guard recruit was announcing he "had a poem". Due to the strictly timed ceremony layout I could not include this impromptu participation, but as I said good bye to all and they were getting ready to leave, recruit Sachin De Saltu spoke up once more. I smiled and called him to the podium and everyone stood still. And listened. It was a very moving moment and a perfect serendipity to close the event.

JB:  Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

AK:  I would like to invite them all to get to know us better and find out about our almost 5 years of history browsing through SL USN Third Fleet official weblog at and through our recently reactivated SL USN Third Fleet magazine NEPTUNE at - lots to see and do! And finally, I would like to thank the SLE for attending our Memorial Day ceremony and inviting me to tell you a little more about it and the SL United States Navy Third Fleet.

NAS Miramar
Official SL United States Navy Third Fleet Blog

NEPTUNE - SL Third Fleet Magazine

So, there you have it, Folks.  Recognizing Heroes everywhere.  Even in Cyberspace.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FLEET WEEK 2020 - SL Military Groups Open Days: May 4th to May 10th

FLEET WEEK 2020 - SL Military Groups 
Open Days - BETWEEN MAY 4TH - MAY 10TH 2020

* SL's most active military groups, the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard join hands and open our bases to YOU for a Week!

* Visit realistically designed military facilities, interact with our crews!!

* Experience first hand how we train, work, fight, and simulate military life in SL!!!

* Participate in exciting contests and military exercises together with military personnel and win prizes by our sponsors!!!


In real life, "Fleet Week" is a United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard tradition that gives sailors and marines deployed overseas a week-long respite; giving them a chance to dock in major cities for some much needed rest and relaxation. Today, modern Fleet Week represents a week-long celebration of our armed forces, taking place in cities like San Francisco on the West Coast and New York City on the East Coast, filled with parades and demonstrations.

In SL, Fleet Week 2020 seeks to honor this tradition by bringing long-standing military roleplay groups together in collaboration, to share our groups with Second Life residents throughout the grid.


Mon, 04 May: US Navy SL Second Fleet (2ND FLT); 1000 (10 AM) - 2000 (8 PM) SLT
                            Contact Person: CAPT Natalya Petrova (natalyapetrova resident)

Tues, 05 May:  Naval Air Station (NAS); 1200 (12 PM) - 2000 (8 PM) SLT
                             Contact Person: COL Quarlo Quandry (quarlo.quandry)

Weds, 06 May: JOINT EVENT - NSTC Potential Recruit Course; 1200 (12 PM) - 1400 (2 PM) SLT

Thurs, 07 May:    US Navy SL Seventh Fleet (7TH FLT); 0800 (8 AM) - 2000 (8 PM) SLT
                    Contact Person: CDR Bambi Baxter (BiffBottom Resident)

Fri, 08 May:  ALL GROUPS - Meet and Greet and Scavenger Hunt; 1300 (1 PM SLT) - 1500 (3 PM) SLT

Sat, 09 May:   SL Coast Guard (SLCG) - 0700 (7 AM) - 1900 (7 PM) SLT
                         Contact Person: LTJG Maddie Haricort (MaddieHaricort Resident)

Sun, 10 May:    ALL GROUPS - Multiple Events; 0900 (9 AM) - 1900 (7 PM) SLT

Contact Daniella Harcassle (daniellamariec resident)

USNSL - 2nd Fleet

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


“I've been in the Navy all me bloomin' life, sir.
Me mother was a mermaid, me father was King Neptune.
I was born on the crest of a wave and rocked in the cradle of the deep.
Seaweed and barnacles are me clothes.
Every tooth in me head is a marlinspike; the hair on me head is hemp.
Every bone in me body is a spar, and when I spits, I spits tar!
I’se hard, I is, I am, I are!”

*And thus began my interview with Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Izzy Harcassle, Commander of the Second Life’s US Navy Second Fleet, homeported at  Naval Base Jeogeot Point. Along with his wife, Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Daniella Harcassle, Chief of 2nd Fleet Personnel, they have created one of the most amazing RP Sims on the entire Grid.

SL is a land bounded only by the creativity of its residents, and some of those residents create elaborate  Role Playing (RP) scenarios. One such group is the US Navy SecondLife.

Josh Bellic (JB):  Good Afternoon, Admiral.  Thank you for agreeing to meet with me today and share with our readers some of the wonders of the US Navy in Second Life. Please tell us how you came to be involved with US Navy SL?

 Admiral Harcassle (AH) : When I joined SL, I had no idea that there was a military roleplay community in-world. Forming this group, and watching it grow from its birth in 2013, is my way of continuing to serve. We have members who were in the RL service, and others who were not.  Our membership fluctuates depending on season, but we have a good core. We also collaborate with other Navy groups on SL like US 7th Fleet, who are a Vietnam War-era simulation. Currently, our basic training program at Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) Nautilus provides basic training to three Navy groups.  The 2nd Fleet trains enlisted recruits through Recruit Training Command (RTC) and qualified officer candidates through Officer Candidate School (OCS). Then we send them back to their fleets for duty.

JB: Excellent!  And how long are each of those courses?

AH:  Right now, recruit training is one week long, and officer school is four weeks long. One of the reasons training takes long is because we owe it to the RL Navy to be authentic. This means teaching civilians the basics of military customs and courtesies. Each prospective member needs to learn the basics of being a sailor.  This includes how to wear a uniform, when to salute and who to salute, and how to address their shipmates by name and rate.

JB: Something the RL Navy calls “Sailorization” is very much a part of your program then? 

AH: Yes it is, very much so. Because if you're not gonna try to be real, what's the point of wearing the uniform?  All I ask in return is that members *try*. Make an effort to be a part of the group. In return we provide everything they need.

JB:  So then, Admiral, what are the stated objectives of your group?

AH:  As you know, the United States Navy is all about maintaining a presence at sea.  On SL, this is primarily accomplished through surface warfare operations on both the Blake Sea and Jeogeot Gulf.
Furthermore, we have an extensive aviation program for prospective pilots, in addition to search and rescue. But I believe what we really strive for is the culture and experience of being in the military in general. This means living on base, interacting with your shipmates, in addition to your family.

JB: That is a very worthwhile goal, Admiral.

AH: We try! It's not always successful lol. Many people would rather just blow stuff up.

JB: Wellllllll...that can be fun too, can’t it?

AH: If you're looking for a group that's strictly about combat, then we may not be the group for you. We're not in the business of lying to people just to increase our numbers. We are more than happy to point you in the direction of one of the many combat groups in the SL Military community. 

AH:  Additionally, we hold many events for our members like balls and dances, movie nights, and memorial events on special occasions.  It's a part of my RL that I miss, so I try to share that experience with our members.

So there you have it, Folks.  If you were ever In the Navy, or if you wanted to get a taste of what life in the Navy might be like, information is available at the first URL below

Military entrance Processing Station (MEPS)  Naval Base Jeogeot Point

Flight Deck of the USS Kitty Hawk

* title correction 7/5/19