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#SecondLifeChallenge – Love and Dating in Second Life

100 strokes…not THAT kind!!!

First off, I hope you’ll forgive me for my little break! I feel like I’m blaming more and more on this over the past few weeks, but I injured my right arm and working it too hard gets awfully painful after too long. It’s on the mend, but it still hurts. Hopefully, I’ll be back on my 1-2 posts a week schedule before long – thanks for sticking with me!

We’re back with this week’s #SecondLifeChallenge from Strawberry Singh, and it’s on an exciting, heartbreaking, breathtaking, uplifting, blissfully happy topic that also weighs in as soul-crushing and the number one seller of ice cream pints in the world – Love and Dating.

Let’s go to the questions!

Do you date in Second Life?

Absolutely – I love it! I love going out with someone interesting, whether it be sharing an SL interest like sailing or surfing or visiting art galleries, going dancing, checking out a musical performance, or even just exploring a pretty sim. There’s such a wonderful, exciting energy to dating; it’s full of potential and electricity and it’s never boring.

Share some locations in Second Life that you think are ideal to go to on a date.

I’ll share two. The first is Frank’s. Nota bene: Frank’s is a private club and the cost to join isn’t cheap. When I first joined it was 500L, it’s now up at 1,000L. Is that a lot? Absolutely. Is it worth it? If you ask me, yes. The sim is beautiful, the music and DJ’s are top notch, it’s the perfect spot for two people looking to spend some time together to get dressed to the nines and go dance, sit and talk, people-watch, or just walk about this really lovely sim.

(That’s KirkWilliams in the background and, yes, he is just that dreamy…)

Two is Virtual Ephemera. Ephemera is free, but that doesn’t make it any less special. There is SO much to do at Ephemera, and exploring it with a date is exciting and fun. There are plenty of places to stop and sit for a talk (or…something) and there are often DJs at the multiple party spots at the sim.

Exploring alone – not quite as fun, but Ephemera is still gorgeous.

Share a story of one of your favorite dates/proposals you’ve experienced in Second Life, or something someone has done for you that meant a lot.

The woman I’d been seeing had found out I liked riding motorcycles and suggested a specific route for an outing. We put on some riding gear and went for a ride across a sim I’d never visited. It was lovely: grassy meadows and trees surrounding a narrow road. After 15 minutes or so she suggested pulling over to take a break. We went offroad to this small hill overlooking a small lake where she’d left a picnic blanket, basket, and a plushy unicorn. Even though she and I have parted ways, I still have the unicorn.

Have you ever fallen in love in Second Life?

I have. It’s very different because on an intellectual level I knew full well this ‘ended’ when I logged out of Second Life, but it didn’t stop it from creeping into my mind even when I was nowhere near the grid. Musing over something we’d done together or something we’d planned for the future. I knew this wasn’t an RL relationship of any kind – I didn’t want it to be. It didn’t stop it from being immensely powerful and terribly painful when I realized it was over.

Have you ever gotten partnered or married in Second Life?

Once. I still adore my partner, and we spend a lot of time together, but ultimately a formal partnership wasn’t a great choice for either one of us. I think I’ll keep the details to myself, but just say my partner and I are much better as very close friends than as partners.

I’ve gotta run – I have a date! I’m being taken to an art exhibit. Wish me luck!

Which way back to my place? I’ve gotta get ready for my date!

What I’m Wearing:

In the tub…

Towel: Amara by erratic

Hair: Tiana by TRUTH

Tub: Mesh Bathtub by PrimPossible

On the town…

Dress: Iris by PiZazz (MP Only)

Hair: Fallon by Moon

In the…jungle???

Top: Kawaii Top by Candy Crunchers

Jeans: Sammy by Blueberry

Boots: Sammy Boots by Blueberry

Hair: Mary by FABIA

 

❤  -K.

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#SecondLifeChallenge – Relaxation

The voice of the sea may speak to the soul, but lounging on deck is pretty good too.

My blogging muse, Strawberry Singh, posted a new #SecondLifeChallenge this week, and it goes a little something like this:

Here are the instructions for the #SecondLifeChallenge this week: Share what you do in Second Life (or in real life) to relax and reduce stress.

Bodies in the…sand? Tropical drink…freezing in your hand…

Mine involves my sailboat and throwing navigation out the window. I pick a direction and set sail. I never fail to find something interesting, be it someone’s home or boat or plane or island. I might just drop anchor a ways off, set the windlight to something pretty and lay down on the deck, trying to forget for a while about whatever has me chewing on my pencils.

I’m wearing a double from erratic! This is my favorite bikini and it comes in SOOOOO many cute textures. For my Maitreya body, it’s probably my go-to ‘kini. The denim shorts…I have oodles and oodles of denim shorts, no lie, but these are my “sailing shorts.” I think it’s the bandana tied about the belt loop; it adds a flavor that makes me feel like it should be worn doing something outdoorsy…like sailing!

Love this ‘kini from erratic!

I think most everyone has heard a little something about Luxe Box closing its doors, and I’ll talk about it in more detail in my next post. Until then, I’m just gonna chill and take in this…tropical island/winter wonderland.

What I’m Wearing:

Bikini: Leffe by erratic

Shorts: Carrie by erratic

Hair: Mary by Fabia

Crossing Dimensions

Hi everyone! I hope you’ll forgive my little break in blogging. Between work and holidays and holiday recovery I’ve hard a hard time being able to put the time together for a proper post, but now I’ve got some nice tea and a house filled only by the jazz stream I listen to in my SL home – it’s blogging time! (Incidentally, I totally recommend that jazz stream, even if you’re not big into jazz. It’s just perfect music for just about any occasion.)

Looking out over the dance floor after a party…

The close of Heavenly Peach had me looking for more ‘go-to’ hangouts. I’ll always have Cling, and I love that club and the great company there, but a body needs a list of places to swing by. It’s with this in mind I present The Trans-Dimension.

Trans, as folks (well, me, at least) often call it, is a beach/nightclub that caters primarily to the transgender crowd, but everyone is happily welcomed, regardless of sexual identity or preference. Over the last week, I’ve danced with straight guys, bisexual women, a hilarious trans girl, and a male elf with a backside at which I may have stared at a bit too long. I love how, by and large, SL is such an accepting place and that these groups all gather to meet and have fun in the same place. It gives me hope.

Anyway, Trans has a SUPER COOL dance floor that lights up when one walks or dances across it. The music is from all over the place, but mostly pop from the 80s, the 90s, early 21st century, and today – their DJs are all very engaging and a lot of fun, and I’m always greeted by just about everyone there when I port in; I love that feeling! I feel like if I’ve walked into a place and a group of people have taken a second or three to say, “Hi Keyli!”,  then I’m in a good spot.

One of my favorite spots at Trans is actually off the dance floor. They have a little tropical pool complete with a diving board! I’m not quite sure why I like diving boards so much, but I think posing on them is fun, but I could jump off them for hours.

The sunset, complete with GURLYWOOD sign in the background

It’s probably not a bad idea to bring up that Trans is an A-rated (is that the terminology? no one seems to get it when I call something A-rated) establishment, meaning, in short, it’s sunny with a chance of nekkidness. That might not be your bag, which is totally okay. There is a club for everyone in SL! If Trans isn’t yours, I hope you find it. If it sounds like your kind of place, however, I hope you’ll come join Azkadellia, Abbie, and all the rest of the super cool people at Trans. And bring your swimsuit because that diving board is awesome!

I do like how my ponytail resists gravity…

What I’m Wearing:

Bikini: Ceija Bikini – JUSTICE

Hair: Mary – FABIA