One of my all-time favorite musicals is “Once Upon a Mattress“. Carol Burnett played Princess Winifred and her rendering of “Happily Ever After” was fantastic. I played that album over and over and over and over and learned every breath she took when she sang. Her plaintive cry of “And besides, I don’t wanna get out! I wanna get in!” spoke volumes to my soul. Here I am again, crying: I wanna get IN!!! Plurk has locked me out of my account, insisting that my password is incorrect. Plurk appears to have no rescue plan in place for people who have forgotten passwords (which I did NOT, by the way, as I had changed it and written it down recently). I have sent 3 emails and received no response. So big hiss and a boo to YOU, Plurk. That’s customer support?????
As I was trying in vain to get INto my Plurk account, I saw a twitter from one of my favorite celebrities – The Bronx Zoo’s Cobra. You may remember last year when the cobra decided that SHE wanted OUT. There was quite a stir until she was returned to her cage and renamed Mia. Mia has retained her wonderful sense of humor and is now writing for Paw Nation‘s animal site. Mia has a great article on the value of names. As I read that Twitter is (perhaps) purging RPer’s from its ranks, we may be in for another round of reminders about the beneficial aspects of pseudonyms.
Another “True Confession”: I’ve never served on a jury. I have gotten the notice a few times, but all times but one, when I called the recording I was told I didn’t need to report. That one time I made it upstairs to the courtroom, but they filled the jury and alternates before I even got to answer a question. But yesterday I was summoned to court to serve. (If you want to know HOW that happens in SL – summonses are served via Plurk.)
It was a fascinating experience. You can read all the details on Honour’s post. I admit – what I heard there was shocking. Who KNEW that such things happened in SL???? (Apparently Everybody knew, but you need to read the trial proceedings for the inside story.) On the other hand, I got to see notables up close: the High Priced Counsel SeanMcPherson Senior (wow, I could NEVER afford HIS rates!), the reknowned prosecuting attorney Second Lie (I’d recognize HIM anywhere) and Gertrude, who usually is the court-appointed defense attorney. The Second Life Halls of Justice are as beautiful and impressive in person as they are in photos. My fellow jurors and I were quite honored to be part of such a momentous SL event, and to be present when Chief Justice McArtherops handed down the verdict.
You know you are at an SL happening when you’ve been there for over 30 minutes and the people are all still gray. You know you are at a happening when the local chat is so full that it makes no sense because the comments appearing are in response to something that was said 20 lines above. You know you are at a happening when individuals keep crashing. So in that way, the local chat almost makes sense because a lot of it is “wb” and “ty” and “omg i crashed again”. You know you are at a happening when you finally the crash the sim itself.
Yesterday was the initial Plurk Party in SL of 2010. Okay – I admit this freely. I have no idea if there were Plurk parties in 2009. Or if there will be more Plurk parties in Sl in 2010. The party was held in Forever Young, in Serena Almeria. I believe we had 3 hosts, but I only remember the names of two: Di Hoorenbeek and Barbara Nicholls. 😦 Yes, I am very bad for not knowing all the hosts. Thank you all for setting up the party and providing a venue!
I’d heard the “talk” on Plurk about the party. I wasn’t sure I’d be home at that time. As it turned out, I was home about 2 hours after the party began. There were plurks all over about the party was great, come on down and plurkers not able to tp into the sim because it was full. I tried repeatedly for about 5 minutes and finally got in. There were 68 people in the club when I rezzed. Ouch. Gray people, natch. I’d been IM’ing with HellSpawneD. LOL – I could see him only a few meters away (well, I could see his name and gray shape) but I couldn’t WALK there, the lag and crowd were so horrific. So he tp’d me right to the middle of the dance floor, which is where I stayed until the sim crashed. According to the local chat, there had been as many as 87 folks in the sim at one time. 🙂 It’s been a long time since I’ve been in such a full sim and that was a live concert.
It was fun to see all the different names, hear everyone laughing. Rusch Raymaker was DJ’ing at the time. Oh my, that woman has the most gorgeous sexy voice. She could read the phone book and make it sound thrilling. I made 2 new Plurk friends – people who are friends of friends of mine and I see their names/plurks. I tp’d Chestnut in. That made a grand total of FOUR people who I knew out of that crowd. *grin* There are a LOT of plurkers in SL.
So the sim crashed and we slowly rezzed back in and partied on. 🙂 This time I pulled my draw rate way way down and since I was one of the first back, I actually saw something other than gray. 🙂 I have no idea how long the party lasted. After 90 minutes I needed some RL dinner. I tp’d home, logged and waited til it was time to come back inworld to hear Fricker Fraker’s music. Talk about polar opposites. That was last night’s music adventures.