Noelia Island

Paid a visit to this sim today and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The land description for it reads, “Romantic Italian, Mediterranean island. Couple dance, date, romance or cuddle in the romantic spots, take boat rides, relax on the beach, take photos or meditate near the Buddha. ”

It is a lovely sim with plenty of amenities for a romantic evening out.  With a beautiful villa on the hill and some very lovely scenery, it is really hard to go wrong with a visit to this one.

I managed to grab quite a few very nice pictures while here and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a lovely sim to explore and enjoy.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and you will find the SLURL located at the bottom of the post.

To visit this location in Second Life, please click here:  Noelia Island

Maison de L’amitie

These shots are from the “Maison de L’amitie” build located on the “Orchid” sim.  I found this visit to be delightful and was especially impressed with how the water areas were designed.  As everyone is well aware by now, I am drawn to builds that have coastal feels to them and this was no exception.  A beautiful sim will worth the time to explore.  I hope you get a chance to head by there and take a look around, snap a few pictures, and perhaps meet a friend or two.

While I wandered around taking pictures, I continued my thinking about ‘finding myself’ in Second Life.  Today’s thoughts concerned coming into Second Life for the first time in 2006.  As I approach my 11th rez-day I cannot help but think of all that has changed.  Some for the better and some, well, just for the sake of change.

I remember Welcome Island (not sure if that was what it was actually called then) and how much it felt like boot camp to me.  It had an obstacle course approach feel to it that was designed to teach me the basic navigational skills I would need to get around within this new world I was entering.  It took me three days to get through this as I really did not want to learn a lot of new tricks.  I wanted to get right into the experience and enjoy it.

I finally graduated and made my way into the world.  I do not remember exactly what I did after that (as I have slept many times since then) but I do recall the Linden land giveaway.  As a new user, I was entitled to 512 square meters of land on the mainland.  I remember going to the location they had released to claim my land and was shocked at how many others were there doing the same thing.  I remember claiming my spot in this new world and immediately being offered L$5000 for my land.  I did not take it as I thought I needed this for some reason.  I did sell it a few months later for L$7000 to someone who was consolidating parcels.  Compared to land prices today, that was a great deal.

But back to the matter at hand.  I do hope you enjoy these pictures and have an opportunity to visit this beautiful sim.  I have included the SLURL at the bottom of the post to help getting there easier.

Visit this location in Second Life by clicking here:  Maison de L’amitie

Patankar

I paid a visit to the “Patankar” build located on the “Family Dreams” sim expecting to see a very impressive sim and was not disappointed.  Created by Dama Magic and Alex Broxy (Damatjo Magic and Fulld2 in-world), I knew this had to be something special to see and I was right.  I have been friends with Dama on Facebook for years and have been a big fan of her artwork.  With her eye for photography, I knew this sim was going to be wonderful.  And for those of you who may not be familiar with her stuff, I recommend visiting her blog,  “All Beautiful things of SL by Dama“.   I am not all that familiar with Alex but, from what I can see, the two of them make a very good couple and, judging by the sim, he appreciates the beauty of SL.  Kudos to both of them for not only creating this sim but for also opening for all of us to enjoy.  I even managed to snap a candid picture of her on the sim as well as Ninna Dazy who is also an amazing photographer.  I have Ninna’s Flickr link here:  Ninna Dazy’s Flickr.  Sue me for doing the paparazzi thing.  🙂

So, yeah, all in all a good day.  Got to enjoy snapping some pictures, saw some photographers that I respect, and enjoyed a beautiful sim.  All Sundays should be this nice.

This nice day got me to thinking about my Second Life some more.  Lately I have felt that my in-world experience has not been all that it should be.  I have realized that somewhere along the way I had lost myself.  Whether it was through interactions with others, my personal view of my avatar, or the activities I have undertaken in the game I felt that I had lost my North (as some like to say.) Realizing this more as time has passed, I decided to spend time alone and try to ‘find myself.’

Starting simple, I opened the map.  That ended up being pretty fruitless as, much like the maps at the mall, I was located where I was standing.  As a child I was always amazed that the mall map knew where I was so I was not surprised that Second Life did as well.  Guess it is true what they say, “Wherever you go, there you are.”  But this was not the information I was seeking so I continued on.

I followed this up with a quick search of my name and then read my profile.  Pretty benign for the most part.  In my search for myself, I thought I would reach out to me and see how I was.  That was until I realized that you cannot IM yourself.  This actually makes sense.  And, ironically, addressing a statement to yourself in local chat tends to open up personal space around you as people begin to move away. The subsequent waiting for a response was nothing less than awkward.  This was not going to work.  (I find it odd that I speak so slowly in my mind when I am typing, does everyone experience that?)

Determining that finding myself is going to be harder than I initially had hoped it would be, I am going to take some time and give it some serious thought.  Over the next few posts, I will share my ramblings for those who are interested.  I will also have pictures for those that are not.  🙂  Either way is fine with me.

When I opened the map trying to find myself, I did smile.  There was nothing like seeing that “self” icon indicating that I was on such a beautiful sim.  Be sure and check out the pictures.  I hope you enjoy them and are motivated to use the SLURL located at the bottom of this post.  You will not regret it and, if you are not happy for any reason, I am sure they will refund your admission fee.  🙂

Dama

Ninna

Click here to visit this location in Second Life:  Patankar

West of the Rain

I was given the landmark to the “West of the Rain” build located on the “Vitalogy” sim by a good friend and was grateful to receive it.  The land description reads, “A public sim and full region loosely inspired by The San Juan Islands in Washington State, A place for ongoing events, music, installations and for SL photographers. Designed and owned by Oobleck Allagash and Nodnol Jameson.”

This is a delightful sim with a very nice layout.  There are plenty of great photographic opportunities and is a very pleasant build to explore.  I recommend it highly for anyone who enjoys the wilderness coupled with scenic beach areas.

I remember visiting the islands in 2012 and remember vividly how beautiful they were.  Actually I visited only one of them, San Juan Island and took in the Whale Museum and the History Museum as well as explored the island on a moped.  It was a good day, relaxing and fun.

I would love to make it back there someday soon.  I found it interesting how visiting this location in-world got me to thinking back to my visit to the island.  I got to thinking about other memory triggers that arise now and again and, unless the event or memory was deeply dark or tragic, our minds manage to recall only the best of moments.  Often times the good moments can mask the bad moments when we think back fondly at what we once experienced.

Likewise the reverse can hold true as well.  What was once bad may have just been a perception that was garnered by other events that were occurring at the time.

As I pondered it further I realized that my experiences were exactly that…. my experiences.  Others may have had similar experiences and that just indicates that they had the same viewpoint of the experience as I did or, perhaps, I may have influenced their perception of the situation.

As I look back at situations and experiences, I now try to recall the events that may have shaped my perception of the moment.  What was it that may have resulted in an otherwise ordinary or average experience becoming a negative?  Conversely, what was it about an extremely positive experience that may have influenced it?  Was it meeting that incredible woman that I later had dinner with?  Or was the boardwalk really that exceptional?

As I look back at some of my experiences, I work to try to determine what the underlying current of emotions or distractions may have been and then decide whether it is worth revisiting.  It is also best to try and rationalize the experiences so that when others inquire about somewhere I have been I can give them an objective opinion.

And there I went again.  On to the pictures….  I hope you enjoy them and, as always, the SLURL is at the bottom of this post.

Visit this location in Second Life by clicking here:  West of the Rain