How the Skunk met his fate…..

You know how to tell real friends?  They love you, even when you are coated with the perfumed aroma of a certain striped rodent.

Sunday night was a wonderful example, when the Relay Rockers and T1 Radio hosted an event to “DeSkunk” two teams: Team Shadow and RFL ADvocacy.  The de-scenting went very quickly, and both teams shooed away Stinky with its tail between its legs before the first half hour of the event was up.  Thank you to everyone who came, donated and danced with us in celebration.

However, perhaps the best of Second Life was demonstrated later in the event when the SL RFL family came together to support Team Run For Life Angels, and a young man named Wolf.  The Day of the Wolf began with an event at Bill Wheelwright’s new “made for Relay” venue at Pooley Plaza.  A fantastic U2 tribute concert in support of the newly formed Run For Life Angels Team raised funds in the Bronze level area.   Later, after the skunked teams had been thoroughly cleaned, Trader1 Whiplash-Ballinger voiced over T1Radio and posted in Volunteers Chat the saga of the teenager who had been sentenced to “no hope” and reminded us all of what our drive and generosity can accomplish.  Trader was joined by Bill, Mandy Lavarock, Oldesoul Eldemer and others in encouraging donations and support to this young man.  The result:  raising over 30K for Run For Life Angels and the American Cancer Society.

Well… I said.  Stinky is gone from Team Shadow and RFL ADvocacy, but he left a lasting impression. Wonder if you all knew this:  Skunk spray is an oily substance with a sulfur base.  The horrid smell is the product of mercaptans, an organic compound contained within the spray.  Though everyone knows that the spray is useful for skunks in defending themselves, few people are aware that humans benefit from the smell as well.  Scientists have found that adding mercaptans to odor free natural gas serves to assist in detecting leaks from furnaces and stoves.

By Panza Finch….who hands her husband a slightly used gas mask and a note not to open his mouth around Stringrays anymore…..

Bain sneaks in — Sometimes that filter between the mind and mouth doesn’t always work. The one thing I have to add is that I have never been more proud and honored to be part of this amazing family of friends the world over.  How we all stand united in our resolve, to each do what we can to end this fight, to support one another and how we have all grown so very close to each other.

They say Relay is a life changing event. I have come to know this as a fact, and I have seen that change with most everyone I’ve grown of come to know here and as they are welcomed into our Relay family. I’ve seen with my own eyes, a shy and quiet soul change into a potent force for Relay in both their Second Life and in their First Life.


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