Red Right on Returning

Although the conference is over and was a success (not just my opinion – I am getting unsolicited feedback saying the same thing), there are still some things I’d like to share. One of the managers had mentioned that a regatta would be a fun thing to organize for the conference. The schedule was very tight, it was not immediately apparent where we could add a regatta, but I went ahead and setup all the fundamentals anyway. *grin* I LOVE doing the fun, social things. Maybe you’ve noticed that? I recruited a good friend and coworker who knew how to sail. I knew he was “one of us” immersive types when within 2 hours of being inworld he was changing his clothes and making his hair purple. Keith explained to me about real regattas and then we took off sailing in our world to see how best to adapt real to virtual.

We created a course around the world. I made the inevitable t-shirt. Created a gold doubloon necklace to be retrieved half-way around the course. Created maps and textures showing how to use the inworld map to navigate. We had rules and everything. *grin* Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, we never got to run the regatta. There was too much else happening. But now I have a regatta in my back pocket for the NEXT event. *grin* I just need to make the winner’s trophy and the start/finish line and a count-down clock for all to see.

I sailed the course several time for practice and to prepare the help textures. I realized that the water was beautiful but something was missing. A buoy!!!! *grin* No sooner thought than built. I’m getting better at this building stuff, I really am. I thought of it, found an inspirational picture, built the prims, the textures and assembled the buoy in less than an hour. So I had plenty of time for a sail.

Sailing, Sailing

So today was nothing as I planned when I got up this morning. Had to cancel some plans due to the famous “circumstances beyond my control”. And rather than setup my new computer, I did very mundane chores. Had a lovely evening out, but found myself a tad cranky when I got home. Petting the dog didn’t do it. Reading everyone else’s blogs didn’t do it either, since there is a VERY heavy topic being discussed. I find it fascinating and will try to think of something semi-intelligent and articulate to say tomorrow, and point you to the true thinkers. For the moment, let it suffice to say it deals with economny in SL. But it wasn’t helping to make me less cranky. I thought about contacting the friends who were logged on, but decided that I didn’t really feel like chatting with anyone. Didn’t even feel like partying.

So I decided to give sailing another try. 🙂 I know, a glutton for punishment. But i thought that sailing out on the water was exactly what i needed. (Since in RL what I needed was to be stretched out on the chaise on the deck of my very favorite beach house, but that wasn’t happening.)

So I took out my sailboat, headed out and – yes, of course – it didn’t work. But this time I didn’t crash. I apparently sailed off the end of the world. Or so said D, in response to my IM. Apparently I’d outsailed the coordinates and had impossible coordinates. Somewhat like an “unexpected error” in our RL product, no? So I’d sailed off the edge of the world (Here Be Dragons) and learned of it because my boat disappeared and a message about it being returned to my Lost & Found appeared.

And we\'re off
And we're off

So I TP’d back to Fishermen’s Cove, took out the sailboat, and tried again. And had a wonderful, wonderful sail. A good 30 minutes or more. It was great. I had a little difficulty finding my way back home – I’m sill not very good at the maps. But I figured that if worse came to worst, I could land the boat, take it, and TP back. No Big Deal.

But I didn’t have to resort to that. I managed to figure out which way to go and sailed myself right back to the exact inlet from whence I sailed. No fateful trip from THAT tropic port! 🙂 It was great. Just what I needed. And a lot of quiet satisfaction.

Check out the trail coming from my tell-tale at the top of the mast. And in one shot you can see the coordinates in the upper right. They are supposed to give me wind speed, sail angle and such, but as they never seem to change, either they aren’t working or I’m not doing something correctly. Guess which! 🙂

Look at that fancy handling!
Look at that fancy handling!

The Shoe is on the Other Foot

I was going to call this “Role Reversal” but see my Blogger’s Remorse entry. Yeah – creepo is at it already today. Blech.

Finally! I wasn’t the total newbie!!! I got to be Ms. Experience and show someone else around!! And I got it right! (even tho’ I sank my boat yet again….)

Logged on last night looking to play. But my friends weren’t logged on. So I figured I’d hop over to the magic stipend ball and get my daily stipend. While I was there, H materialized beside me and said Hi! So I said Hi! Here’s yet another aside and complaint about my stupid computer (which I think from now on should simply be MSC). H took forever to materialize. I guessed H was a she – only part of her outline was coming in. H said she was a newbie – 1 day old. She asked about the stipend and I explained. She asked a few more questions that I could answer and she extended friendship to me. So I accepted. I told her how impressed I was that at only 1 day old she could figure out all these menus and clicks. H told me that she did computer programming in RL. LOL. So now we all know why I do support. By a developer I’m no techie!

Anyway, I invited H to go sailing with me. I warned her that I was undoubtedly going to sink the boat, but she was welcome to come. She accepted and I TP’d to the beach and sent a TP invite to her. She materialized and she was a he. LOL. Looked quite different than the gray shape I’d seen. Not a problem. I warned H again that I was very bad at this, and what he should do once we sank. 🙂 Gotta plan ahead. 🙂 He said he was game. I rezzed the boat (no problems finding it in my inventory for a change) and we got in. I got out the instructions, raised sail and OH MY HEAVENS!!!! It WORKED!!!! We started sailing, exactly the way it is supposed to work. I think!. I told H he was my good luck charm. I avoided hitting the dock, didn’t hit the big ship, had my minimap up and was negotiating around the island. Sooooo cool!!!!! And then of course, the screen froze, everything locked up, crash. I’d forgotten to tell H that part – that we might actually crash out, not merely sink. I hoped he’d figure it out.

Logged back in and of course I was underwater somewhere. Started walking and emerged from the water onto the beach. No boat in sight. (Reminds me – better logon today and get it from my L&F) So I walked up to the boardwalk, sent H an IM and waited. He was there momentarily. He figured out what had happened and logged back in. So we decided that was enough sailing for one evening. I took him to the freebies warehouse, where I picked up some more jewelry and some toys (stuffed animals and balloons and things like that). H was wandering about checking out all the boxes. I jumped back to the boardwalk and was chatting with another fairly newbie – C. We were comparing shoes when H IM’d that he was done and wanted to join us. I taught him how to landmark the warehouse and then brought him to the boardwalk to join the chat. Don’t I sound so experienced now?

A vampire came by and wanted to bite us, we declined politely. The vampire said that she hadn’t wanted to be a vampire – she clicked on something and it bit her and told her that she had lost 5% of her humanity. That doesn’t seem fair. I wonder if she can get her humanity back? Reinforces what your mother taught you – be careful what you touch!

While we were chatting my friend D logged on. Although D claimed to be sleepy, I knew that wouldn’t mean anything. D appears to be quite the party animal. I decided it was time for me to party too! So I asked if I could join her at the nightclub. She sent me a link. I excused myself and went to change clothes. I know you all are so tired of hearing about me changing clothes but can you believe I still can’t make it happen the way I want when I want? I thought if I saved an appearance as an outfit, I could simply click on Replace Outfit and get it. It didn’t work that way. I had to get myself to the dressing room in Kuula, take everything off, and then start putting things back on. It took forever, probably thanks to MSC. Finally I was presentable and jumped to the nightclub.

Whooooeeeee! Very cool! I actually was overdressed. A state of undress was more common than not. Besides D, M was there, who I’d met the other night and who is very fun and kind. D was dancing up a storm, quite the attraction. I of course couldn’t get dancing. Very frustrating. I was doing the correct thing – clicking on the floor, and then selecting dance. But it never happened. MSC. Ultimately the dancing kicked in, the music was going, people were chatting. Thanks M for all the pointers!! I made new friends and had a great time. THIS is the kind of thing I was hoping for in SL.

I think I need to concede a point to my RL husband. I think you are right, dear, that I DO need money in SL. I don’t HAVE to have money. But if I want to play, I’m going to have to pay. There was a lottery jackpot going during the night. You toss in some money and then at some point it explodes and awards everyone some percentage. I didn’t play because I don’t have much money – only L$60 at this point. And you can tip the stage dancers. I would have – some were quite good, once MSC caught up. And as Chestnut mentioned in her comment on my Sailing, Sinking – there are many other boats out there that could be had for a few Linden dollars. Maybe they wouldn’t crash so much. So I think the time may have come to upgrade my membership. Oh hush Melissa – I KNOW that you TOLD ME SO!!!! 🙂

Sailing, Sinking

There’s a joke buried somewhere in my memory. I can’t remember most of it (I’m REALLY bad at jokes) but the punchline is something like “By your mother you’re a captain, by your father you’re a captain but by a captain you’re NO captain”. I’m not even a captain by my mother, I’m afraid!

So I got a boat. A free boat, mine for the clicking. A cute Takao Flyer. I’d been assured that there is always wind in SL. And some boats don’t even “need” wind – they simply go. I was hoping my Flyer would be that kind but no matter – how hard could it be in SL to learn to sail? HAH!

Got my boat, need water. The instruction manual suggested a good place to learn. So I TP’d there and opened up MY BOAT. OH oh oh!!!! I just figured out RIGHT THIS MOMENT, as I typed, what I did wrong!!!! I never gave my boat a name! Since you already knew this wasn’t going to be a story about things going RIGHT, I don’t think I’ve “spoiled” the ending!

I should have said that I tried to open the boat. It wouldn’t open. Some message about being a sandbox or maybe about no creating. Obviously the only part I understood was that I couldn’t open my boat there. So I TP’d back to my favorite beach. Put my boat in the water. Saw my friend A login. Asked A to join me in my boat. A, being a very wise soul, begged off claiming RL responsibilities. Hmph. Okay, well I can do this myself. So I sit in my boat, manual open on the screen.

Raise! I type, which should get my boat sailing. Nope. nothing. Okay, is this a rez issue or am I doing something wrong? I type raise again, I push the arrow keys. we are turning in a tight little circle, going nowhere. And still no sail. At times like this I wonder if I shouldn’t be pursuing some other hobby, maybe tic tac toe. Finally, and I have no idea why, my sail appears and we are moving!!!! Um, how am I going to find my way back??? Nevermind, I’ll worry about that tomorrow. So the boat begins to move, this is fun and then wham!

I have no idea what I’m seeing on the screen. Big gray and white rectangles. I recognize this kind of pattern now. It usually means I’m behind something, in something, under something, or about to crash. But I have no idea what the “something” might be nor where I am in relationship to the something. I push my arrow keys frantically. I try jumping up, I try flying. Still mostly white, grays and some blues. I don’t see myself. push, click, push, click. Finally at some point I see myself on the screen. I walk. I realize that I’m underwater. I keep walking and walk my way out of the water onto land. And guess where I am. Just about the very spot where I got into my boat. 🙂 Except now there is no boat. Just me.

Good thing I”m a drip-dry avatar. My hair looks great, no seaweed hanging about. No boat. But I’m not worried. I know something will find my boat and return it to my Lost & Found (busted for littering yet again) and there must be a copy of my boat in my inventory. Just then D IM’s to say hi! I say come sailing with me! D TP’s over and I go to put my boat in the water. Nothing. It’s not in my inventory. I can’t find ANYTHING to open. Can you actually LOSE something permanently in SL? I’m always misplacing things in my inventory, but to have it gone completely??? Not fair – no one told me that!!! (read that in a very whine-y voice 🙂 ) Not a problem. D pulls out a boat and off we go, having a wonderful wonderful evening!

But I’m not done with sailing. Oh no, I’m not giving up that easily. So the next day I logon and sure enough (or should that be shore enough, giggle) there’s my boat, in my Lost & Found. Into the water, onto the boat, open the instructions. The sail seems to come up altho’ it’s hard to tell. We begin moving. YES!!! I can do this!!

Wow -look at that big boat rez’ing in front of me. Arrowkey left. Arrowkey left. ARROWKEY LEFT!! LEFT!!!!!!


How embarrassing. Or would be, if there was anyone there to see. Luckily, I seem to be alone, my little Flyer butted up against this big mamoth pirate-ship looking vessel. Nothing I do seems to turn the boat. I have 2 choices. I can fly out of my boat and leave it there to become litter and have it returned to me. That has a certain appeal, I must confess. I’m very annoyed at the boat at the moment. (It must be the boat’s fault. After all, it certainly can’t be MY fault that the stupid thing doesn’t know how to sail.) Or, I can take the “big girl” approach and deal with it.

So I dealt with it. You, dear reader, may not approve of how I handled this. You may think I should have been more resourceful, maybe read more manuals, maybe logon to some website somewhere and google how to sail on off. But I used the tools at hand, things that I knew how to use. I flew. I flew out of the boat, but just a short space away. I turned and faced the boat. I clicked on the mast. I deleted it. No more litter-bug notices for ME! Then I took out my Landmarks from my inventory, clicked on my favorite beach link and went back to my beach chair. I’ll deal with it tomorrow, after all tomorrow is another day.