Yesterday at about 6:30pm a tall, dark, smiling, handsome man in dorky brown shorts knocked on my kitchen door. I refrained from hugging him but I am pretty sure I squealed. You see, he was delivering my new laptop and it is something I have been dreaming about for some time.
I tore into the box and set about adding virus protection and updating software. I am blessed because I work for a large University and we get lots of software for personal use at no cost. Normally the process of downloading and installing packages like Microsoft Office takes some time. I was happy to note on my screaming fast Asus I was able to install Office in less than 15 minutes. That's right. Download and install the entire Microsoft Office Suite in less than 15 minutes. I am no techy but at this point in my evening I was itching to get to Second Life to see how the laptop would perform.
When I logged in I was still at SL9B, which just the other day was grey and laggy as hell. Last evening everything instantly rezzed and I was able to walk around and explore easily. I was able to listen to the music on each parcel and the sound was clear and sharp and suddenly I found myself smiling. I was admiring the creativity of others, listening to amazing music and smiling from ear to ear.
I ran into a person who was wearing an avatar that looked like a hand. He walked the way you would if you walked your pointer and middle finger down your lovers back, except he was running so it looked more comic than sensual. I watched him go from time capsule to time capsule taking in each one in rapid fire motion. Since I was so amused by his antics I messaged him and told him his avatar was great. He responded right away, apologized for his poor English and the dropped a copy of the hand avatar on me.
I actually got a little choked up. I was so happy to be able to see and experience SL9B. On top of that here was this silly hand with whom I could barely communicate who in the span of 30 seconds reminded me why there is nothing else like Second Life right now. Creative people coming together, sharing a laugh and a moment of generosity is the embodiment of what keeps many of us coming back.
These images are completely random. I took them all last night. The top image is Betty Tureaud's exhibit at SL9B. The two in the middle are Claudia's work at Spirit and the last one was taken on my SL land on East Harbour. I have not even installed Photoshop yet so these are completely untouched, not even cropped. I am SO happy to be able to take pictures again.
See you all on the grid!