A quick note for a great cause…

I’ve been swamped all day and just didn’t get time to do a few pics like I’d hoped to for this post… but there is this awesome club called Rouge. It’s owned by CodeBastard Redgrave, who is better known to her friends as Codie. A couple of years ago, when Rad & I ran DreamCatchers I did a job that required me to shoot in a club. Codie didn’t know me at all, but she’d opened Rouge up to photographers… and all they had to do was ask for the right to rezz in her club. Well, Rouge may now be seeing it’s last hurrah… or maybe not. A weekend of events and sales called I ❤ Rouge is going on now.

I <3 ROUGE

Codie’s own words, as can be seen if you click through on the picture above…

I ❤ ROUGE

It’s been more than 4 years now that I have been running Rouge and it’s estates. It’s been a long, great run. We’ve been luckier than most. Rouge always made it’s tiers essentially from my sales from MechanizedLife products, and donations from most generous patrons.

But the things, they are a changing. I am no longer inworld as much as I was. We do less regular events, but we’re still here. Rouge is still there, by some kind of miracle, like a flagship for memorable parties and gatherings.

It started with a million Lindens, and during the years, tiers ate that reserve completely dry, until we lived pretty much month to month. However, the economy being what it is, I saw a sharp decline in our sales in the last year, but it culminated in the last 2 months, where for the first time since the beginning of this adventure, I had to pay tiers almost entirely out of pocket.

Of course, the economy is what it is. It affected both RL and SL. Thing is, even with all my good will, I cannot afford paying for a private region, which is half of my RL rent, to maintain a giant lady sculpture in a virtual world – as beautiful as she is.

To be honest, there are much more worthy causes. I rather you donate to cancer research, or for a cure to shingles. However, I have a hard time letting Rouge go because of all the memories, but if I have no other choice, I will have to. This said, if we go out the door, we will go with a bang. We won’t go without busting a hole in the grid. We won’t go without a scream, without a fight, and without lots of dry humping.

Rouge has always been your home as well as mine. I always envisioned it as an open society. I always offered the place for free for anyone that wanted to do any kind of event or party. I always refused to charge anything for access, membership, or anything. It never had any business plan. It always aimed to be inclusive to all types of people, no matter who or what you are in real life. I always wanted it to be a safe haven from the chaos of the grid, and from the chaos of life. Something perpetually beautiful and especially something completely out of the ordinary.

I think we delivered. And if you people let us, we will deliver again.

Rouge is also one of the last independent estates in SecondLife that does not belong to a land baron. We are the 99%. We are that red stain on the map that won’t go away. We are the proud underdog.

No matter what happens in the next weeks, I’m eternally grateful. Even if we lose our home, I will always cherish the memories. I will always remember how generous people are. I don’t know what the future has for us, but from the reaction I got, I feel it may be brighter than expected. It gives me warm fuzzy feelings.

Just in the last week, I was ready to give up the keys, as my balance was completely dry and getting closer to tiers. In matters of days, people like you dropped enough in my mailbox to pay for this next month’s tiers. People have gathered and initiated this special event, I ❤ ROUGE, as an attempt to save it. This alone made me realize that it was all worth it. All this work made some people happy. And that is more I could have ever asked for Rouge.

So, no matter what happens, we will rock the casbah. We will drive the asset servers insane. We will make so much noise the neighbors will hear us and call the e-cops. We will shake it up around the clock until we crumble with exhaustion. We will get so shitfaced we won’t even remember our names. We will live it up, one more time, hopefully not the last time…

We are Rouge. We are one. We won’t go without a bang.

Now, let’s do this.

Sincerely,

CodeBastard Redgrave
Rouge Estates

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Participating designers: Mudhoney – Eshi Otawara – Exodi – Callie Cline – Discord Designs – Somnia – SN@TCH – FATEwear – Savoir Faire Shapes – L'APH – Miao – Picture Me Pretty – Fork In The Road – and more…

Want in? Please contact Gidge Uriza for details.

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SCHEDULE (subject to changes!)

Friday – September 28

6PM-8PM – Anubis Darkwatch
8PM-10PM – Jessyca Teardrop
10PM – ? – Madagascar Few

Saturday – September 29

1PM-3PM – Reya Shanti
3PM-5PM – Nexeus Fatale
5PM-7PM – Amanda Shinji (aka Miss Cyberpink)
7PM-9PM – Cherry Appletor
9PM-11PM – Mortique Martynov

Sunday – September 30

1PM-3PM – Alicia Chenaux
3PM-5PM – Dilly Dawes
5PM-7PM – Cajsa Lilliehook – Funk
7PM-9PM – Reya Shanti
9PM-11PM – Kiana Lexenstar

Codie is one of the most awesome people I know. I’ve gotten to know her through Plurk. She’s compassionate, feisty, badass and just plain amazing. We are often on opposite ends of the political spectrum (though on other issues we agree completely)… and she is always respectful, courteous and yet never holds back her own viewpoints just to make someone else more comfortable. I have tremendous respect for her.

There are a lot of really cute items for sale at this event, and as you can see, there’s quite the bit of partying to be had, too. Definitely try to take the time to check it out. It’s a fun cause, and if nothing else, you can help Codie’s beloved Rouge say goodbye on one hell of an amazing high note.

~Lucie

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