Yep. I was sold yesterday. Auctioned off to benefit Cancer Research UK. As you probably guessed, I was stressing about the event. 🙂 How unlike me, no? Just when I think I am finally getting used to SL, that I am maybe NOT such a newbie anymore, an event like this comes around.
I’d never been to an auction before. I understood the concept, but never saw one or participated. I think I was expecting something semi-orderly. *grin* I am soooo naive. I am not saying that the C2P folk were not organized. No, no, no. NOT what I mean at ALL. I mean that people are crazy. 🙂 There were dozens upon dozens of people all gathered at the C2P. And EVERYONE was chatting in local chat at the same time!!!!! Do you have any idea how FAST that text scrolls when EVERYONE has something to say? Then add all the people who are IM’ing you as well. Don’t forget that I was already stressing – having that “narrowing focus, pain-in-chest, rapid breathing, hard to concentrate” kind of stress. I was totally confused through most of the first auction. 🙂 I finally started closing IMs and ignoring everyone except one or two people who were answering MY questions. *grin* I never even read the chat til hours after the event was done.
First, I have to thank my friends. Blanche DuBois may have had to rely on the kindness of strangers, but I am never without the support and generosity of my friends. So many of you came there to bid on me, keep me company, make me laugh. I am so touched and flattered by your kindness. I had friends who couldn’t be there themselves who sent surrogates to bid on me. You are all wonderful. You are the reason why SL is not so “second” and why I love my life there. Friends make my world. When I went up on that auction pillow, I did indeed feel like a deer in the headlights. As I focused in on the chat around me and listened to you all, I knew that everything was alright. *Hugs* to you all.
Thank you to everyone who bid on me, helping to up the price and raise more for Cancer Research UK. That, after all, is why we were all there.
The full line of my pictures are up on Flickr, as always. I thought about posting part of the chat here, but decided there is a limit to how much I am willing to humiliate myself for your amusement. 🙂 I’m not even talking about all the rude things they were saying about me as they auctioned me off (Prad – you and I HAVE to talk – wherever did you hear THAT rumor???) or about the dire fates for which they claimed they were purchasing me (only “belly dancing for newbies” is fit to print on my blog). Even more embarrassing than that is my total lack of comment through the majority of my auction. *grin* I believe I managed 3 comments in all, mostly along the line of /me blushes and /me blushes more. The only thing I could think to do when I heard the final result was to faint. *grin* Both at the amount and the winner. More than that – hey, next time YOU show up at the auction if you want to know what happened.