You Can Go Home Again

Ahuva and Bamboo

Bamboo and me relaxing at home

I’ve been reading a LOT, although mostly books that do not challenge and are not edifying and ARE an attempt at escapism. I’ve watched more TV in the last 2 months than I have probably watched in the last 5 years combined – I’m NOT a big TV watcher. I haven’t been able to work in the garden and see the neighbors working in their gardens or folks taking walks. I confess – I was lonely. What do you do if you are lonely and want people and music and company but you are practicing separation and isolation? You go home to SecondLife.

I know that a lot of the folks who follow this blog started following long after my SL days. You seem to enjoy my musings on my cats, my garden, life in general, work, the weather and all those other aspects of what is also known as IRL – “in real life”. This blog started as a chronicle of my adventures in SL. It was a marvelous time. I was privileged to not only enjoy SL in my private life but could work and build and develop as part of my professional career as well. But time moves on, people take new jobs, people die, get new interests, have other obligations. *rueful smile* Gaming laptops age. All of those things happened and I stopped going into SL. It took me a few years to surrender my land. I was paying around $40 a month, I think, for something I never used. I was never able to convince myself to give up my premium status, however. I was paying $72 a year for that until this past payment when it rose to $100/yr. Even so, I could not make that break. I had a zillion rationalizations for why I should keep the account.

Mallory, Bill & Drake

Mallory, Bill and Drake (Bill is the white one)

I’d been chatting via social media with a friend from those good old SL days and we agreed to try to meet inworld. She had a new avatar, a new life, new friends, new everything there. Last night I went ‘home’. *laughing* Good grief, I’d forgotten SO MUCH. First, my pool with my ducks was making SO MUCH NOISE it was making me crazy. Why did I ever think pool sounds were a good idea? I knew I had to open the item, find the script that made the noise and stop it, but could not remember how to do it. I’ve also realized that at some point when we moved from our home on the water to our treetop home, Drake dyed his feathers yellow. He used to be white. I had 2 white ducks and one yellow and now I have 2 yellow ducks and one white one. I asked Drake why and he said he needed a new look for a new home. Bill, as usual, was totally oblivious to everything.

Sean and Ahuva

Ahuva and Sean, If I want to keep my avatar somewhat aligned with my body, I’m going to need to add a lot more width. 🙂

I did a little better at moving around and getting my panda, Bamboo, to come back and join me. Thank goodness my friend came inworld and helped me remember how to stop scripts, manage sound. Wow. Did she look different. I knew she had a new avatar, but avatar structure and movement have improved immensely since I was there last. Her fingers MOVED! My fingers are very blocky looking. We sat and talked and talked (yes, talked, we both went to voice, not just text chat). She promised to meet me again and take me shopping for a new body, new head, new hair and lots of new clothes!!!! I’m so excited! 🙂

Ahuva at Smokestack

Sitting at the bar at Smokestack, listening to Noma

While we were talking other friends logged in and saw that I was logged in. I got several IMs saying hello and *hug*. I accepted a TP from a friend to a performance going on by one of the musicians I always liked – Grace McDonnough. In this case TP means Teleport, NOT toilet paper. 🙂 I had a great time talking to my friend there, and hearing Grace’s singing. From there I headed over to Prim Economy to hear Komuso Tokugawa, who is one of my top 2 favorite performers in SL. I still listen to his music (which I had downloaded). I made a new friend there as we shared conversation about horses and shoes. The inworld versions of both have apparently improved as much as the avatars. She says that when you are riding a horse inworld you actually have the natural movement of a horse (you used to simply move forward with no rise and fall). I’m extremely excited to try riding in SL again. My good friend Calli was inworld. I managed to get over to Tribeca to catch the very last song of her set. Since it was Friday, and it was Tribeca, of course the closing song was “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. It’s ALWAYS Hallelujah. Last night’s rendition was by Jeff Buckley.

Noma

Noma Falta

I went back in on Saturday, too. This time I remembered how to adjust my draw rate (how far away you can see items) and quality of detail. Slowly but surely some of the tricks are coming back. I caught up with another dear friend from the “old days”. I also got to hear Noma Falta live. I swear she gets better all the time. She was rocking it out at Smokestack. That venue was new for me. I like it. Had good seating, good dancing scripts, lots of people there. I did see one or two familiar names in the audience. It was another lovely evening. I sat there sipping my wine, listening to great music, chatting with my friend, catching up on all that has been happening. I was home. 🙂

Noma rocking the crowd at Smokestack

The crowd at Smokestack, dancing to Noma

5 Responses to “You Can Go Home Again”


  1. 1 honourmcmillan April 21, 2020 at 10:28 am

    I’m jealous!
    Also the shoe stores are going to be very busy!

  2. 2 ahuva18 April 21, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    I just remember how long it took me to figure out everything i have now. I probably never used 80% of my mysti hud (isn’t that the thing that animates my body?). i love my hair and don’t want to give it up. Apparently somewhere between when I left, and now, there were mesh levels and then things that had to be applied, and you needed all new clothes and hair, and then BOM (or something like that) and that meant that now you can wear all your old clothes and hair. Honestly – if i have to learn too much i’m just staying exactly as i am, in this one outfit that is perfectly respectable. 🙂 I tried to change my clothes last night. I used to live a very, um, free lifestyle. 🙂 I’m really too tired these days to wear most of my old outfits. *grin*

  3. 3 Jinjer April 27, 2020 at 9:37 am

    I have absolutely no idea what this is that you’re talking about but I am 1000% fascinated. LOL

  4. 4 ahuva18 April 27, 2020 at 10:33 am

    *smile* ah, this was a dangerous comment Jinjer. I COULD talk about SecondLife for hours. But i’ll be kind. It is a virtual reality world. I’m sure you’ve seen folks playing games online in virtual worlds? The difference between SL and those gaming worlds is that in SL, anyone can create content. What’s content? clothes, plants, buildings, food, anything that you want to create. In a gaming world someone else has already created your possible avatars (the beings that walk about the gaming/virtual world) and you can only obtain what is there from the beginning. SL – ah, if you really want to understand SL you need to live it. 🙂 And the truth is – it doesn’t work for everyone. If you do a search on it, you’ll find a lot of stuff that is mostly negative and about how SL is for porn (but we all KNOW that the INTERNET is for porn). But if you read carefully, you will find other posts, like from me, from people who ventured into this virtual world, and learned all sorts of skills – emotional, social, technical, psychological. Not only did I play in a virtual world, I had the great fortune to look at the capability for doing corporate-type work in a virtual world – marketing, performance reviews, project tracking (data realization). Anyway, this is already more than you probably want to know. But if you are ever bored one day and want to learn more, go look at some of my old posts – pre-2013. I believe it was in 2010 and 2011 I was doing the corporate work there. and having the time of my life. 🙂

  5. 5 Jinjer May 1, 2020 at 10:31 am

    I am *aware* of games in virtual worlds (I read Ready Player One!) but the last video game I played live and in person was Pacman. 100% serious.

    I’m aware of SIMS but have never actually seen it.

    Second Life rings a bell…I think I even have a film about it on my TBW list…but I’ve never seen it with my own eyes.

    It sounds REALLY fascinating and makes me kind of wish I had a Windows laptop instead of a Chromebook. I don’t think those games work on a Chromebook. Sucks!

    I made a note to check your pre-2013 posts. Thanks!


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