Scratching the Virtual Itch

I need to keep this shark moving forward, even if RL is getting in my way.

I work with software developers. We had a meeting this morning to discuss progress since the last checkpoint. We agreed that our “clone” button (don’t ask) could be removed. I asked if we could move it to real life – I NEED a clone. My clone could do all my RL obligations and I could go back to SL. The irony is that I really really LIKE my RL. I like my job, gardening, seeing friends, spending time with family, my pets. But right now they are all simply impediments to what I want to be doing – living my life as Ahuva, in red stilettos with bling. (And that is a direct challenge to my friend Dale’s tirade against bling on Dale’s blog –DaleInnis’s Blog

I need to satisfy my SL addiction. So since I can’t be in SL, I talk about SL. All the time. To everyone. I’ve noticed my coworkers turning quickly and sidling down the hall. My neighbors flee to their porches. My husband has begun working late. My dog no longer greets me at the door. So now I tell everyone else.

I walked into my chiropractic appointment yesterday and the poor man never got to say a word after he said “hello”. When I finally stopped to take a breath he asked me if I thought I had an obsessive personality. I said I prefer to think of myself as an enthusiastic person. Really, people can be SO judgemental. 🙂 He did seem a bit curious, more, i think, because I was so energized than because he thought there was anything in it for him. And that leads me to something else I have been learning/realizing.

Most people seem to have an automatic reflex to disparage something about which they know nothing or which they have never tried (go to my first blog entry and notice that I am firmly in that group). Why do we do that? Do we think it’s a reflection on ourselves somehow? If I’m not doing something but someone else is, do I have to knock it in order to prove to myself I’m not missing out on something? that i’m not wrong? So few people have responded to me and said “Oh wow – that sounds great!”. LOL – that’s another thing I’m realizing – I say “wow” WAY too often!!!! My vocabulary is fairly decent, but I need some new exclamatory remarks. If I ever do another (briefly worded) “Lessons I have learned from SL”, remind me to add that to the list.

I did hear the best excuse for why a friend is NOT going to try SL. And this friend is extremely computer-literate, runs a software company, has the time and money to spend on indulging himself. And yet – NO WAY is he going to try SL. Why? you ask. Because his computer equipment is so old that he doesn’t have an adequate graphics card or processor to run it. And as a matter of principle he will NOT buy a new machine because MS makes it so darn inconvenient to upgrade from one machine to another. LOL. It’s not that he can’t do it. He is protesting on behalf of all the rest of us technologically-impaired users. I suppose he feels if he bought a new one just for gaming he might ultimately be tempted to use it for other things and then – GASP – he might find himself migrating.

Here’s today’s list of questions: How do people have more than one avatar? Do they have to keep rejoining? Do most people retain their original gender? Why do people chose a non-human avatar? Can I garden in SL? How do I get an SL pet? Do people REALLY pay Linden Labs REAL money so that their avatars can become partners? WHY? Are there any unattractive avatars? I’ve only seen beautiful avatars. And don’t tell me beauty is in the eye of the beholder – you KNOW what I mean. Are there deer in SL? groundhogs? If I plant a garden will they eat my flowers? (I was NOT happy in RL this morning.) On a darker note – can/do people hunt in SL? (Do NOT start inundating me about cruelty to animals – I love animals. I just don’t love that they eat my plants. And NO, I do NOT shoot them, trap them or poison them. I just don’t like them very much when they’ve eaten my flowers and herbs.)

The other thing I’m trying to learn is the proper use of tagging. Again, a tip of my hat to Dale. Thank goodness you tagged your blog as “satire” because I was getting very worried. So I need instruction in how to tag. suggestions gratefully appreciated!

(only 4 hours til I can be home and logged on)

2 Responses to “Scratching the Virtual Itch”


  1. 1 daleinnis July 3, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    “Do we think it’s a reflection on ourselves somehow? If I’m not doing something but someone else is, do I have to knock it in order to prove to myself I’m not missing out on something? that i’m not wrong?”

    Yes. 🙂

    “How do people have more than one avatar? Do they have to keep rejoining?”

    No, nothing prevents you from having a bunch of AVs at once. I have three (Dale, a secret one with no friends for undisturbed building and scripting, and a very business-like one for giving undisturbed demos).

    “Do most people retain their original gender?”

    Very hard to tell; I would guess that it’s probably yes, but with a significant majority that don’t. (I vary heehee)

    “Why do people chose a non-human avatar?”

    ’cause… It’s fun?

    “Can I garden in SL?”

    Not sure. You can definitely get some land and put plants of various kinds all over it, but that’s more landscaping than gardening. I know there are some scripted plants that grow over time, but how available they are and how close to the feeling of actual gardening they get, I don’t know.

    “How do I get an SL pet?”

    Buy one at a store that sells them! Unless you mean a pet that’s an AV. 🙂

    “Do people REALLY pay Linden Labs REAL money so that their avatars can become partners?”

    Well, they pay a bit less than eight cents, US; not sure if you consider that real money. 🙂

    “WHY?”

    Generally ’cause they like each other alot, an’ they want to tell ppl about it.

    “Are there any unattractive avatars?”

    Oh my yes. Many by accident, but quite a few by design, either as an artistic statement, a rebellion against beauty, a personal quirk, or whatever.

    “Are there deer in SL? groundhogs?”

    I believe you can buy both, with varying degrees of quality.

    “If I plant a garden will they eat my flowers?”

    Not if you don’t want them to. 🙂

    “On a darker note – can/do people hunt in SL?”

    Mostly each other, in the RP combat sims. Don’t recall seeing any hunting RP sims, but I would be slightly surprised if there weren’t any…

  2. 2 ahuva18 July 3, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I must have read the rules wrong – it sounded like real money. I have to agree – 8 cents isnt going to break the bank for anyone who’s got a computer to do this at that level.

    It would be quite a relief to have a garden that DIDNT need weeding and wasnt being attacked by deer and groundhogs. I may have to purchase some land. Or could I hire myself out as a gardener? 🙂

    so MUCH to learn……


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