Remember the TV show Cheers? The show was set in a Boston neighborhood bar and was about the daily lives of the regulars. Cheers was the kind of place where "everybody knows your name" and to demonstrate that one of the gimmicks the show employed was that every time one character showed up all the people in the bar shouted his name -- "Norm!" The show ran forever and in some ways defined a bit of pop culture in the decade between 1982 and 1992.
So in SL what is your "Cheers?" Where are the places where you feel most comfortable?
For me without a doubt one of those places has been a club called Clockwork in Topgol. If you have read this blog for any length of time surely you have heard me talk about it. Things have been a little quieter in Topgol for a while now for a bunch of reasons. Myg and Alex have been busy with RL, some of the other DJs have stopped spinning regularly, some regulars have been on hiatus or have drifted away. Esteban can always be counted on for the best funk in SL and so I have stayed connected to Clockwork despite the doldrums.
Last night DJ keTchUp took to the boards and spun fantastic music to an appreciative crowd for several hours. Many of the regulars from back in the day were there and we had a great time. I really do hope there is a resurgence of great music at Clockwork and not just because when I show up everyone shouts "Chestnut!" Clockwork is one place where I can count on interesting music that I have just not been able to find anywhere else in Second Life. The conversation is as likely to be about great books as it is to be about odd sexual kink. Great place, great music, great crowd and everybody knows your name.