Author ArchiveStiina Diana Pine

ByStiina Diana Pine

5 Stages

I received many messages from many of you. Thank you very much, it feels lovely reading them and knowing what VA meant for you. I am sorry I can’t do it anymore and also happy some of you understand the whys. I doubt people often say the words I received in the last 24 hours when other places close. Some messages made me cry, it feels amazing to know what you did touched people like this, even if my soul feels thorn about it.

One of the happy parts of all this, is that most of the people I will close the school with are nice low drama people. I wish the school was like this all these years. And, as sometimes happens, nice people end up suffering. At least know, it’s not you – it’s me. It is ironic, we close in one of the lowest drama moments.

I also received messages and information about ex-“friends” of the school, how sorry they are for closing VA.

So no, this is not a nice article, fully. But it’s question. And nudge. And I hope someone gives this to them to read.

Why are they sorry? They were part of the series of factors that eventually lead to me being too tired, disgusted and low on energy to do it anymore. Miss Luna said, that would have still been the ignoring my own needs for years reason. But that’s one reason, not the whole set. With less drama and less jerks around, maybe someone could have helped more, maybe their energy wouldn’t have been focused on being nasty.

So, why are the pricks sorry?

I wish they would be happy of VA ending. Have the verticality to at least stand for their scum ways.

Power hungry. Disloyal. Thief. Insensitive jerks. Ungrateful. Always happy to hurt. Dishonest. – Why not stand up for it?

But we all know, that any decent prick, is also a hypocrite and liar. Which makes them inferior to a cat. A cat is not sorry of its own decisions.

I feel I should do a “hall of fame”, and put it somewhere for everyone to see. But on the other side, as (still) Miss Luna also said, some time ago, high moral grounds always kept me to retaliate at their level.

ByStiina Diana Pine

Graduate

VA is the oldest open school in SL. And during its times, like any place, it had up and down moments.

It doesn’t matter how old it is, but it matters how many people it made happy. And, based on the feedback, more positive than negative, I feel that we lean toward the more people happy side.

With sadness, still,

I have come to a moment where I have to step down from VA, ownership and management and together with that sadly, the school will close, as mutually agreed with Mr B.

There are some reasons for my decision. I will explain a few:

  1. This thought is not new to me (and to him either). It crept some time ago in my mind. Unfortunately VA is a lot of work and I have been doing VA for quite a few years before I learned how to swing a cane. There are nice people in VA and good souls. However, the endless flow of drama and bad people, slowly, slowly, has shaken everything and tired me more and more. In a world of freedom, some choose to be pricks.

Nevertheless, I do not regret it. I am happy for the people I made happy, and gave them a safe space for their mind.

  1. I lack top management help, besides Mr B – whose time is limited because of RL. Do not jump to blame him as he did more for this school than any legendary Romulus and Remus founders ever did. Plus, besides everything, he was a support for me.

Help, I had plenty, and thank you to all who helped, current and past members. But it’s not about that, as I said.

Hermi, a dear invisible friend, had this awesome plan to find a replacement / second VAB. That was, three years ago. Meanwhile…

  1. I need space to breathe and pursue my personal happiness. As Chisha insightfully noted, her headmistress gets smacked now, wow. It’s worth mentioning that her headmistress was pretty much stuck wielding the cane for years just because of VA, which also added to frustration and being tired. It’s called personal sacrifice. I am not sorry I did it, but it didn’t help.
  2. VA had an nice road. And I feel it’s also nice to close with our heads up, not in drama and misery.

 

We’re not closing because of some major bump, or traumatic event. Me and Mr B. didn’t have a fight. I didn’t have any unusual fight with someone.

I think there will be no other place like VA, but you have options. I recommend for you to join St E, if it fits your taste. It is the closest to us and their management is made from dedicated and nice people, plus they didn’t actually copied anyone.

Pippin will probably stay as my sim. I will open a new project, not the size of VA and not so public as VA. I will ask some of you if you want to get involved one way or another, very soon. The other two sims, won’t stay with VA.

VA School will close on 30th of June.

Until then, feel free to still come around and start to riot :).

Thank you all

Like at Oscars:

Special thanks for my whole VA time: the other Pi’ne (first name varies) as she gave and gives me enough happiness and love  to overcome emotional difficulty, Mr B. for being there, Sarah Graff for sparkling us to make VA more and keep it open.

Everyone else that was so special in the last years, you know who you are.

15 June Addition

Thank you all for your many wonderful messages. Wow! To know what my work meant for some of you, made me warm (and cry). I received 4 notes in 5 minutes even, couldn’t stop awwwing and sniffling from one, then reading the next. Thank you for helping my emotional meltdown feel justified.

I also wrote and I repeat here, in a huge irony, we’re closing with the lowest drama and nicest generation of people in ages.

Our new project won’t happen on Pippin. Pippin will go where closed Linden-owned SIMs go, to live happy with the other sims, play catch the prim and giggle at Linden employees vintage avatars. I have already rented another sim, so there’s no way back.

We have sent invitations for new place. If you didn’t received one, might not be anything against you, we might just be considering if you’d be fit in our community or still pondering about it. We are keeping it low on people (we already got more suggestions of people who should be in it than we want for a start) and low on management bearing.

I also self-demoted myself to student, in a symbolic gesture to exit the school (and close it) same way as I came to it.

ByStiina Diana Pine

Call for promotion

Tomoko – Evaluation, contact me

Finn – Contact Me

Olive – Evaluation & Contact Me

 

Finn, you can come together with Olive. 🙂

ByStiina Diana Pine

Amelie De Rutrot

Amelie de Rutrot (Ms. De Rutrot) was promoted to Deputy Head of Mr B and Me.

She’s a good protective friend of VA and us she tries to help as much as she can and she’s just nasty enough to wear that tag with pride. :).

She still keeps discipline mistress duties.

ByStiina Diana Pine

Student Promotions

Up for promotion

Tomoko
Erin
Tullia.

Find your prefect (or get one if you don’t have any), get an evaluation and contact me.

ByStiina Diana Pine

Film Appreciation 2

We are done with Barry Lyndon. We might revisit Kubrick at a later time.

To remember:

    • Observer idea
    • Filming techniques: panning, zooming out, f 0.7
    • Criticism of idealization in art
    • Paternal figures
    • Lack of Iconic Image

 

 

For meeting 3:

To watch The Little Mermaid. Be prepared to notice what’s wrong in that film, focus on the sexism in it (it’s plenty of that).

Will be a small fun meeting, letting us to breath before….


Start watching for meeting 4 Badlands plus read about Terrence Malick (not his films, yet).

I decided to do director study on him, so next meetings we’ll watch only Terrence Malick and try to understand his world a bit better. He’s a special film maker, so it should be an experience for all of you.

Please mind that even if with a beautiful image, it’s a difficult director, but not impossible.

ByStiina Diana Pine

Nurse Kiko

As it seems that Kiko is not really trainable as a student, but she has a lot of interest in human nudity and sanitary aspects, we will fructify that by making her infirmary assistant, as a basic school nurse, for our students that have higher goals in life like learning the proper tea etiquette, understanding basic fashion faux pas and knowing how to immerse in a meaningful hobby like photography.

She will still have to listen to staff and especially to the medical staff.

ByStiina Diana Pine

Farm Fun

From Mr Wow

I have spoken to Ms Pine and for one week students are invited to get a “taste of the farm”.
Providing you have completed 2 hours of reception duty and the dorm is clean.
Providing there are no lessons at school come and see the farm and join in completing the everyday tasks.
You can wear Jeans and t shirt or overalls so that your school uniform is not spoilt .
Remember to be polite to the farm hands they are simple country girls. Not used to the sophistication that you are.
They will help and advise if asked but be gentle in the way you talk and what you say.
The main thing is come and enjoy the fresh air at the farm.
James Wow0
Governor

Important notes:
1. To work & Hang out at the farm you need 2 hours of reception / week and clean dorm. Plus having done all your activities in school.
2. To take care of the horses you need 2 hours of reception only if you want to do it part of farm work, out of uniform. Otherwise keep uniform and go ahead, is part of students duties anyway.
3. Do not leave the reception empty or the school empty too long. It will hurt us
4. The area in which you’re allowed out of uniform for farm business starts at the line where stables start, towards the farm. There’s a locker there to change. Technically 3 meters from the locker to the actual line are illegal (as you get out without uniform but the line is further) 🙂

ByStiina Diana Pine

Miss Pi’ne’s watching eye

Yesterday my watching eye was closed, as I felt asleep in front of the walls of my house.
I woke up while Sadie was pushing me in the garden, realizing it’s too late for debate.

I have noticed before that in a short visit at the recruiting center that it’s filthy and some butts are going to get kicked for this soon.

ByStiina Diana Pine

New TA for SLEC

Tatuli de Rutrot takes over TA for SLEC from Seraphina.

Seraphina still remains my TA for Photo.