Saturday, July 15, 2017

What’s the Craziest Thing You’ve Ever Done in Second Life?






Being crazy isn't enough.

Dr. Seuss





A thought came to me the other day.

(This is normally where Significant Other starts to look worried.)

During my time in Second Life (SL), I’ve met many people who are there for many reasons and there to do many things.

Some of these things are a little crazy.  OK, a lot crazy in some cases.

(See where I’m going with this?)

This all got me thinking about what’s the craziest thing we’ve ever done inworld?


First, a definition, what is crazy?

(I’ll ignore Significant Other’s suggestion for the moment.)

Like art, I know crazy when I see it. 

As most people probably do whether in SL or in Real Life (RL).

The corollary of that being everyone pretty much has their own definition of crazy.

(Can you tell that I almost failed Logic at university?)

Let me share a few examples of what people inworld have told me they consider as doing crazy things inworld when I’ve asked.

Let’s start with the ordinary. 

This includes activities like hot air ballooning, paragliding, horseback (or dragonback riding), and role playing. 

Get the picture?

These are all things that we’d do in RL but for things like time, money, health, dragons don’t exist, and similar limitations.  We might not be able to do them in RL but we wouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about them with RL friends and family.  (Well, maybe we wouldn’t bring up the dragon.) 

Next up are the not so ordinary activities that we do when asked about the craziest thing we’ve done inworld. 

Not surprisingly, these are usually sexual in nature.

(What you’re surprised?  You should go back and read my earlier stories.)

They start usually with visiting nudist resorts inworld, move onto experiencing sex in any number of different ways, BDSM, gender reversal, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few long the way. 

This is where folks generally really explore both themselves and all that SL has to offer here. 

Generally, folks wouldn’t dream of doing these things in RL or even talk about them with others.  Although, I’ve met a few uninhibited souls who do. 

What about you?

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in SL?

Would you tell us about it?

You can stay anonymous if you wish!

Drop me a line and I’ll share your stories with my three loyal readers.  (All of whom assure that they only live vicariously through my blog.)

Oh, what about me you say?

Probably running around nude inworld. 

Of course, I only do it for professional reasons to get the stories my three loyal readers enjoy.

OK, there are a few other things that Significant Other would rather I not divulge despite Significant Other’s enjoying while shoulder surfing.  (Significant Other glares.)

Maybe next time! 

As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives.  

My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.

I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.

My flickr Photostream is located here.

On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

I welcome feedback from readers, please either comment on my blog or e-mail me at webspelunker@gmail.com . 

            If you would like to read about my other adventures in Second Life
 please click here.

            Open roads and kind fires!



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Are You Seasonal in Second Life?






In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Albert Camus





Recently, as is my wont, I wandered around in Second Life (SL).

I thought it was very quiet.  Not many friends were inworld and not too many others were about either.  (I’ll ignore Significant Other’s observation that folks were just avoiding me.  Who’d want to do that? Please don’t feel any need to reply.)

I wondered why.

It’s just turned summer here where I live in Real Life (RL).  There were also Fourth of
July celebrations here as well in RL.

Could it be that RL seasons affect how many of us are ever inworld at any particular time?

Let’s discuss this!

Yes, we have seasons in SL.

Some sims have the same season all the time, some mimic the RL seasonal cycle, and others are simply at the whim of their owners. 

RL seasons, on the other hand, tend to be more predictable.

Like where I live in RL, we have four pretty much distinct seasons. 

(Significant Other requests that I mention summer is not Significant Other’s favorite but the remaining three are fine.)

Some places in RL, like Singapore and Florida, have pretty much the same weather all year round.  The amount of rain they receive and storms occurring may be the most distinguishing features of their seasons. 

What does this have to do with us?

Many of us appear to have our own routines in RL based on the seasons.

RL tends to draw some of us away when we receive better weather allowing us to go
outdoors.  Warmer temperatures not to mention longer hours of sunlight. 

If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that RL warmer weather probably causes many of us to stay away from SL.  (Let’s face it, SL has beautiful beaches but they don’t quite compare to the feel of sand between your toes in RL!)

The weather gets colder and the days shorter, we come back inworld.  A variation on the RL snowbird theme!

What do you think?

Do RL seasons affect when we come in or not to SL? 

Does SL population numbers fall off during better weather?

What do you do?

Drop me a line and let me know!  If I get enough replies then I’ll do a follow up story.  I’m curious where we all go! 

As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives. 

My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.

I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.

My flickr Photostream is located here.

On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

I welcome feedback from readers, please either comment on my blog or e-mail me at webspelunker@gmail.com . 

            If you would like to read about my other adventures in Second Life
 please click here.

            Open roads and kind fires!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

What Anniversaries Do You Celebrate in Second Life?




An anniversary is where you look back at having either fulfilled Cinderella or Lord of the Flies.

Fernando A. Torres





A recent spate of anniversaries in Second Life (SL) got me thinking. 

(Significant Other wonders aloud what will get me thinking about our anniversary.)


There are plenty of other less formal anniversaries in SL too.  There are rez dates, partner/marriage anniversaries, and numerous others that I’ve probably overlooked in my
meanderings.  (I’d like to point out here that I’ve never missed any anniversaries with Significant Other.  I may have come close but never missed.) 

This has gotten me thinking about what do all these anniversaries mean to us?

In Real Life (RL), celebrating an anniversary is all about remembering an event or recognizing an ongoing relationship.  We come together with friends and family and have a good time.  These are happy occasions for the most.  (While in RL, sad occasions are often remembered by anniversary observances, I haven’t come across any recurring memorial observances for either events or people.)

Is what we do in SL any different from RL?

What do we do inworld?

We come together, we remember, we celebrate, and we do it over and over again, year after year?

Still with me?  (Significant Other’s face has its “What’s the point of all this?” look on it.)

Why do we do this?

In answering this, I’m not going to distinguish between SL and RL. 

Something else, have you ever stopped and considered that only sentient creatures (that’s us humans) observe anniversaries?  For example, when was the last time your pet dog got upset with you because you missed its birthday?  Do you even know its birthday? 

When we have anniversaries, we’re remembering happy times for the most part. 
We’re remembering the people who were with us then even if they may be gone now. 

We’re reaching out to our community for emotional support.

There’s that word “community” again!

We’re just not disconnected individuals inworld.  We’re not pieces on a board in a game somewhere. 

We’re part of a community, albeit virtual, but we belong!

And, that’s why we observe anniversaries inworld, to remember that we belong somewhere! 

Please drop me a line and let me know what anniversaries you observe in SL especially if it’s not one I’ve mentioned!

If I get enough replies then I’ll do a follow up story, or, better yet, invite me over and let me meet you and your community! 

As always, I’m grateful to all inworld for their kindness and time in stopping to talk with a stranger who was passing through their lives. 

My Twitter handle is @webspelunker.  Please feel free to follow me and I’d be happy to follow you.

I can be found on Google+ as webspelunker Ghostraven.

My flickr Photostream is located here.

On Skype I’m webspelunker Ghostraven.

I welcome feedback from readers, please either comment on my blog or e-mail me at webspelunker@gmail.com . 

            If you would like to read about my other adventures in Second Life
 please click here.

            Open roads and kind fires!