One of the things I most enjoy about SL is meeting people I would not otherwise know in my day to day existence. I have friends from all over the world and people who live within waving distance all of whom I met via SL. It really is a joy to learn about other cultures and see the world from a perspective. In some sense Second Life is a world without national borders.
The United States has a "thing" about its borders and we spend a lot of time and money keeping some people out and keeping other people in. Without commenting on that directly, I do want to share with you a story of someone who is being asked to leave the US. I won't tell the story but I will ask you to please go to Eshi Otarawa's blog and read what is happening to her.
I recently had the pleasure of talking to Eshi about her situation. It saddens me greatly that my country is denying this incredibly talented person the right to live and work in the country where she has spent nearly a decade. Read more about Eshi in New World Notes. Also, if you have not already seen Eshi's moving machinima about her husband Glenn you really must stop whatever you are doing and watch. I cried like a baby so you might want to grab a tissue.
And because no post is complete without a photo here I am in a glorious dress Eshi gave me. I am no fashion photographer that is for sure, but I tried to show off the dress as best I could. You can find this and other glorious frocks at Chambre du Chocolat. Look inEshi Otawara’s or Phil McGraw’s profile picks for a landmark. (I am not inworld or I would give you a clickable link. Sorry.)
Notice: I am going to get political here for a moment. Please don't read any further if you are easily offended.
If you live in the US and your immigration status is secure be grateful. Next time you hear people talk about how immigrants are a problem please think about Eshi, and my family and more than likely someone in your own lineage who came here on a boat or a plane from Europe or Africa or any other distant land.