There were so many firsts.
Last night, at midnight SL time, there were 24 people on Cursed. On the very last night. This is unheard of in event circles. It just doesn’t happen. Normally by the time the event hits the last night, there’s maybe 3 or 4 stragglers rushing to get their last minute shopping done, but everyone has moved on to other events.
There were 24 people on Cursed at midnight last night.
At 6am, when I logged in to lock the sim down, there were 10. I gave them a warning and a last 15 minutes before I rebooted the sim up. 10 people still there, when we closed.
I don’t have words for that.
This is also the first event we’ve ever had where I didn’t have to ban anyone. Thanks for that, too. Usually I wind up throwing at least 3 or 4 people on the ban list per event. This time? Nothing. Awesome.
Every time we do an event, we wind up surprised by something. This time, there were nothing but surprises. Most of them were even good. (I won’t lie and say ALL of them were, but most of them.) We cannot thank everyone enough. All the merchants, all the shoppers, all the bloggers, all the random people who came by to take photos, and the Firestorm and Linden Lab teams for their incredible, incredible support during these last two weeks. When I got the final total, I think Lokii needed to sit down.
People have asked me how I pick our charities. I always tell them that I don’t. That’s not entirely true- I always pick the Oopskate charity. But for the big events I have never once chosen the charity. This event is about Lokii. A few years ago she got really sick, with kidney trouble and needed surgery. The NKF helped her, and every year she pays them back. As my tag says, “I just work here.”
Of course now I have to pester her to make her annual post here, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
The total raised for the National Kidney Foundation at A Clockwork Spiral 2014 is 733,286L.
When you check the exchange on that (and I always do it at a limit sell of 248 since that’s what I use for myself) you get this:
$2853.32 USD. That’s roughly 275% more than last year. Think about that number. We came close to tripling last year’s total and it’s because everyone came together to help support the NKF. We don’t have words other than thank you so we’ll keep saying that instead.
As I’ve said MANY times now, due to the changes in Linden Lab’s cashout procedures, we have to turn over the money *in Lindens* to the charity’s representative inworld so they can cash it out. We cannot cash it out directly to the charity anymore. The NKF has their own account – NationalKidneyFoundation Resident, and we have written confirmation from the NKF that the account is legitimate and belongs to them.
Once we turn over the lindens to that account, *we no longer control it*. Just so everyone understands that. Our job is to make sure the NKF account inworld gets the money.
Which they have.
Thank you all so much again. Lokii will be along presently to babble for a bit. As for me, I am working on our next (and newest) event, A Tattered Page* [*citation needed] which you can read about (and apply for if you like) here.
Signing off from the Spiral this year,