West Coast Road and the surrounding area is starting to absorb the attention of the easily influenced Baker Bloch. He begins at the east end of the road this time, determined to check the landscape out in detail in making his way back to West End Shipping, or what Hucka D. has indicated was usually called WES or WEScity during its glory days. Townspeople liked the acronym, among other reasons, because the it has the same three, beginning letters as “West”, the compass direction they understandably thought to be the most significant. And supposedly Marty, Lemon and bandmates Ingor and George Harris’ Son were all there too, members of the fledgling variant group The Beetles. I’ve found 2007 pictures to support this (!) But more of that quite fascinating subject later; we must move on to the present tour…
It begins off Jeogeot’s Route 9 on the southern edge of Dewey. Upon leaving this route and starting down West Coast Road, Baker immediately crosses a small bridge with, perhaps curiously, no stream or even ditch underneath.
I should also mention that the tower in the foreground of the below picture is part of the Dewey Ruins, owned by the Arbor Project group, “designed to protect and beautify small plots of land by planting trees,” according to the group description. Sounds like a very worthwhile cause.
Baker decides to pull out his trusty Arcadia Asylum bike from his inventory to aid in the trip. Looks like a good biking route; road not as well traveled as some of the major Jeogoet highways.
But soon the easily swayed Baker Bloch, once again, is distracted by structures to his left after traveling only about 200 meters down the road, all owned, it seems, by Eddie Rubanis with the land description “Ed and Gia’s Little Bit of Ireland.” The picture below finds Baker lounging on a patio outside a small pavilion with a dance floor called the Anatheum, admiring some small rapids in a bordering stream.
Just across the road from the Anatheum is this one room building which appears to be the headquarters for some kind of ground construction by the FTL group (property owners) that will soon take place here. In the meantime, a teleporter within the room takes one up the group’s skybox (temporary store?), selling skins, eyes, and eyelashes. While there, Baker checks out the eyelash section in some detail, but then realizes none would really go that well with his dead, white eyes. He wants eyelashes; he’s happy with his eyes. So it wasn’t a good match for now.
Just west of the construction office, and still on FTL property, Baker comes across this interesting pond with a grassy isle in the center. But if you look closely, you’ll see it’s not really an island but a peninsula with a very narrow neck connecting it to the land surrounding the pond. This seemingly trivial observation becomes more important a bit later on when Baker comes across a second, smaller example of such a phenomenon, as we’ll soon see.
Baker temporarily detours the West Coast Road upon seeing some kind of wild looking light show behind a building just in back of the pond. But it turns out to be not so impressive up close as initially hoped for: just another Second Life store selling their wares, club lighting in this case.
Then beside the lighting store, east direction, is found a religious retreat called SL ministries. Baker wonders why the building pictured below had its only entrance blocked up so tightly. Is there some secret, girly club inside that SL ministries doesn’t want anyone to know about? No, it seems quite innocent, as baker uses remote vision to take a peek inside (bad Baker!). It appears to be just a rental unit not currently on the market. My apologies again for Baker’s sinful habits, SL Ministries. Please have him in your prayers.
I thought this neighboring church was also a part of SL Ministries, but upon checking now, Baker Bloch finds it belongs, as well, to Eddie Rubanis, which seems to be his only holdings in the Kusanagi sim, directly north of Finse.
In contrast, Mr. Rubanis appears to own almost the whole of neighboring Finse, including this mock up of an Irish village, complete with an Irish pub, of course, appropriately called “Eddies”. It’s the red building to the left of Baker below.
All the other buildings in the small Finse village, each with its own distinct, bright hue, seem to be rental units, but with only a couple presently occupied. “Goth Art” appears to be the only business in the village beside the pub, which it lies adjacent to.
Behind the village, and still on “Ed and Gia’s Bit of Ireland” property, is found a considerable amount of open space, which includes a small forest with multiple examples of wild animals, and a herd of grazing sheep in one of the fields, all staring in the same direction. Perhaps they are waiting for someone to come and feed them.
Because there are also roads back here, it could represent future development areas for the Finse village itself, which you can see the southern edge of in the distance on the below photograph.