Monday, July 6, 2020

Never regret anything that made you smile

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde

“Live each day as if your life had just begun.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
You should live life to the fullest and have some fun. Life is not always a bed of roses,
It is a combination of petals, leaves, and thorns. Some situations act as a thorn in our life, But it is up to us how to react to life and death. Life is beautiful and short, So learn from a tree, about standing tall. When the world around us feels like full of demons, there will always be a different world filled with angels.

 “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” – Mary Oliver
Some days can be dark and gloomy, Remember that there is always some sunshine which makes life bright. You don't need to be good at everything, Try to be the best in any one thing. Success is hard to get if you don't attempt, Because if you don't try, then the only thing left is the pain of the opportunity that you let go.

“Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.” – Walt Whitman

Sunday, July 5, 2020

When it pours, play in the rain!!!

Sometimes we get anxious when we worry and think of the "what ifs". We cannot really solve our problems if we always think the same and accept things the way we are, we may not get ahead of it. I am the perfect example of that. I get lazy and forget to change my mindset. We must examine what’s in front of us. But we also must uncover latent factors which contribute to the problem. Don’t look for solutions immediately; take time to comprehend the gravity of the issue. Keep redefining the problem until you arrive at the root cause. The solutions you devise will save you a lot of ‘fire fighting’ and frustration. Plus, for what it’s worth, it will open new avenues for you.

Sometimes I feel a cloud is over my head and follows me, but instead of feeling all yuck and pitiful, I need to remind myself to play in the rain. Think about how you loved playing in the rain as a child. You never thought of the negatives that you would get wet and maybe sick, you just played in it. 

Problems are inevitable. The unpleasant feelings which accompany them… they’re not. Consider all options, regardless of how irrelevant they currently appear. Keep an open mind. Seek comfort in the uncomfortable. You can do this! Don't be afraid to get a little wet along the way. It dries you know.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day!!!

We at the Retreat and Basement Club want to wish you all a very Happy Independence Day!!!

When I became an American citizen it was a very proud moment in my real life and I never ever take this for granted. You don't become an American overnight and there is a long process one must follow. There is filing the application, the fees, the fingerprints, the background check, the test, the interview, the physical exam, and probably more stuff I forgot by now. By doing all of this the legal way you will eventually get there. Don't give up, keep working on all of the requirements. You see you do not get a High School diploma or GED unless you have all the credits, right? 

I highly recommend all Americans and also those who want to become Americans to go and take a sample test of the "Civics Test". Try is and see how many questions can you get correct. I failed miserably in Political Science in College when I first took that because I knew nothing about the American System as a German. The more you know, the more you will understand why this government signed the Constitution. 
Now go and do some American Values...

Friday, July 3, 2020

No Social-Distance in SL!!!

One of the lifesavers about Social-Distance has to be the virtual world, like in my case Second Life. We, who have been here in this virtual world know and appreciate this even more.
Social Distance means: maintaining a safe or appropriate distance from other people, especially to slow the spread of contagious illness or disease.

OBLEE performing at the Basement Club brought many avatars here. Please do go and visit OBLEE's website for information on his music.
Here in Second Life, we do not have to sacrifice on this at all. We can be in a club packed with people and enjoy a live performance and still have contact with the people socially but maintain our distance. 

Virtual World, like Second Life, is for all of us to be socially interactive.
So, I read some time ago in an article that researchers believe new immersive technology could lead to isolation, but maybe when social needs are met online, people won't need in-person interaction as much. It is this VR that now brings us together so we can interact with people online. I mean think about it, would you rather not have technology? How would us teachers conduct classes for our students, how can we catch up with family, how can we do just about anything during this pandemic. It is virtually impossible to think about life without all of the technology and right now during this crisis it is needed and part of our lives to keep us sane.

What I am trying to say is that Second Life can help people overcome loneliness, isolation, physical and mental challenges. We who are here in Second Life do not need any researchers telling us that we avoid people socially because we don't. We build friendships, relationships that carry over to the real world and how could we have met these people if it wasn't for the Virtual World of Second Life?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

OBLEE @ the Basement Club

That is correct!!! The one and only Oblee will be playing live for one hour some of his fantastic tunes.

I can hardly believe how lucky I am to have just have said hello to him and we chatted for a long time. What a cool guy with so much talent. 

I hope you will all stop by and enjoy this one of a kind artist.

Oblee is well known in the Second Life community for his appearance in the Drax Files World Makers and he plays at many venues in Second Life. He also has performed at many of the SL-Birthday celebrations including the recent SL17B and of course many real-life events as well.

Please check out some of the links I provide and listen in. I am absolutely over the moon and need to get some fresh air so I can believe this is happening to the Basement Club.

Tune in to some of his music here on his Youtube Channel and find out for yourself and you will easily be convinced how cool his music is. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Return to the Blake Sea

Today I took a little trip to the Blake Sea, a must-see if you own a boat or plane. Or just go and look on foot, after all, avatars can breathe underwater as well.

I took off in my little flower-powered plane from Hollywood Airport in Second Life (not to be confused with Hollywood, California) and I had to pedal really hard to get it up in the air. I finally did and made it above the 100ft level.
From there you have to fly south and then east in order to get to the famous Siren Isle.

Siren Isle used to be a hidden gem at the southern part of the Blake Sea and you could bring your boat there and just sit and enjoy the quiet ocean. Accept for the seagulls and the waves you could not hear much at all, other than an occasional plane flying overhead. 
Nowadays it is a different story and it is packed with hoodlums trying to make a quick linden on the side with advertisement and just plain stupidity of sitting there naked or harassing other avatars.

It is just bull when you can't find a spot to land here.
The region is totally owned by the Lindens and they would have control of what goes on there but do they even know? They do not make any lindens off all the visitors there and at the moment I was there today 24 avatars sat around in their boats on the isle or in the air. 

I seem to get recognized everywhere I go.
At one point that crazy chick was trying to knock me off the sky at the same time when I heard a voice call out " Princess Anj...." and then I realized that the chick was just an avatar trying to be Wonder Woman. ( Or was it a guy? You never really know anymore.

See you all later!
Well, time for me to take off and explore another fun place I used to go to. On a side note, most of the avatars here were long time residents, so you cannot blame the dumb games on them. Now the Lindens could make quite a penny here is they charge rent to the avatars that live here for free. 

Oh, one more thing...what is the missing letter here? I am so ADHD and OCD that I needed to squeeze this in here...please let me know your answers.

I might give a clue...ok then come Friday to the Basement Club at around 6PM SLT and you will figure out the answer.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Some timely questions for a Sunday.....

Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret, or fear. ~Karen Salmansohn

That is such great advice and sounds so easy and simple, but is it? Now Albert Einstein would argue with this and say time is just an illusion and past, present and future are one. I can easily travel in time with my mind and I know you have done this yourself. Think about past memories from childhood. 

When we say “time flies when you are having fun” or feel that the boring meeting never seems to end, we use the prospective timing. In the prospective timing, we feel time moving faster when we have interesting experiences while it drags when the brain is not entertained. Time tracking all fits into the neurological time, which is all time that has to do with the brain. 

Did I lose you yet? Nope, you are still here...good! 
There is another dimension of time which is biological time. The days and nights that pass and things grow and die. We know that nothing lasts forever or does it? I really don't know. We could easily go into the physical time of counting the hours and days and weeks and here we are in 2020. We as humans have created a tool to measure time for our own sanities to keep track of the hours spend on anything. Work, play, and family time we track this by using the good old fashioned clock, whether it is digital nowadays do not matter, the concept has not changed and relatively speaking: Time stood still on that.

Pictures were taken at Brick Lane

Presentism is the opposite view. In presentism, there is only now — the present — and nothing else. The past is some previous configuration of the universe that does no longer exist and the future is some yet-to-be-determined configuration. Is the flow of time than merely an illusion?

Tick tock...tick tock...
Life is counting down on your internal clock.
Memories that feel as if they occurred yesterday
turn to flashes of moments that seem to fade away.
People you once knew
walk by without a clue.

Remember Santa Claus was once real to you and you cannot deny that, think back in time when you suddenly realized that all this time you believed in an illusion?