Thursday, June 10, 2010

AWOL

You might have noticed that I haven't been around that much lately. I've become addicted to Second Life or SL. I've long been interested in Virtual Reality (VR). While it hasn't quite gotten to "hollodeck" quality, there are some fascinating things available in VR.

I've learned a couple of things about myself. Given an unlimited bank account, I become a shopaholic. The currency in SL is "Linden Dollars" (L) and one L is equal to $0.01 USD. There are also numerous "freebies" to be had. Almost every store will offer a "gift" to their members. Membership is usually free. Some stores also have a "Lucky Chair" that will give you a prize from the store if your names begins with the letter they're looking for. Letters usually change every 10 minutes or as soon as someone wins. While writing this I realized that I won a prize in a lucky chair this morning but I have no idea what it was. Or if I actually got the prize.

Last week I spent almost 3 hours in a store trying to win a dress that was no longer available for sale. I did get the dress but it was a long 3 hours. I would never do such a thing in Real Life (RL).

I went to Farpoint Station and bought a uniform from every Trek crew (except Voyager which is basically a DS9 uniform) plus a "Female TOS Captain" and an Orion Slave girl avatar. I also bought a pair "Vulcan" pjs and a set of Federation pjs. See? Totally overboard. Don't even get me started on the Stargate stuff.

In just a couple of weeks my inventory has grown to over five thousand items. I've actually had to spend time in world organizing stuff. I'm starting to rethink my "If it's free, it's for me," motto. I've also started buying things for a male avatar (I have a couple) in case I get bored of being female. I also had a couple of dragon avatars in case I get bored of being human.

I'm lucky I actually signed up for an account in Feb. and I got free Lindens. If I was starting fresh now I wouldn't have the money to spend. As it is I've spent almost half of the money. I think I might have to get a job. There aren't a lot of obvious ways to make money if you don't make things to sell. You can be a model, an exotic dancer or an escort. I was looking into escort training. It will cost me $18,000L (about $70 USD) to go through all the "classes."

I've also been looking into geisha training. It seems like a lot of work but at least there's no sex (virtual or otherwise) involved. I'd have to make a new account because the geisha schools are touchy about their trainees being connected to anything of a sexual nature. I'm in a couple of groups that, while not anything overtly sexual, would not go over well in gieshadom. To be a giesha I'd need a whole new avatar and a bunch of new clothes. I have no idea what the training would cost but they expect you to be available between the hours of 4 and 9 pm PST. Anyway, I have a little time to do some research because you can't apply until your avatar is a certain age. You also need 4 SL references. SIGH.

There are some cool places to go in SL. I like the Cork, Ireland sim. I had no idea that Cork had a sea monster. The Cork sim is not that big yet but it has what is probably my favorite store: A Touch of Ireland. Bought a really cute Mardi Gras outfit there today. Did I really just type that??? SIGH.
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