Friday, April 30, 2021

Magicland Park

 As the world welcomes the reopening of the real Disneyland, here in Second Life Magicland never closed and was open throughout the pandemic.

This park is not associated in any way with Disney, but most definitely inspired by it. A true must-visit if you ever been to Disneyland or if you ever wanted to see it. 

Here on Main Street, you can buy souvenirs and then walk to the different lands and ride some of the popular rides like Space Mountain, the People Mover, and Nemo's adventure.

Of course, you will find "It's a small world" and the "Dumbo Ride" here.

There are parades and fireworks happening as well, so check the schedule of events and come back as often as you like. The best thing, hardly any wait for the rides :)

I have been here many times and it always brings me back and I am sure to share it with new friends I meet.

Hold on tight! I love the way this ride was created, very realistic and it makes you feel you are in outer space.

While waiting for the Tiki Room to open make sure you grab some pineapple ice cream. It is so refreshing.

There are so many things to see and you could spend hours here. I think we stayed here for a couple of hours but yet have not seen everything.

In the back of the park, there is an area for some seasonal happenings. I have seen Easter Egg hunts and Halloween happenings as well as Christmas Wonderland. Right now you will find the circus, so go and check it out today.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Craggy Island - A wee bit of Ireland

A peaceful and picturesque island off the coast of Ireland. Come to explore, come to unwind, come for the craic! Céad míle fáilte.
I have nothing left
But to lose myself in an abyss of sadness and tears.

I have nothing left
But to accept defeat and wish you happiness.

I have nothing left
Your return today would be an impossibility.
And this, that wasn't love, that today you deny
What you say never happened
Is the sweetest memory of my life

I had hope!
At the bottom of my soul
That one day you would stay with me
And I kept an illusion
That nourished my heart
My heart that today has to see you only as a friend

And though I lived in love and completely mistaken, 
I don't care!
Because this was the love
On my part, the most beautiful, the biggest love
And though you'll always deny it, for me
It was most beautiful.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Virtual!!!

There are many places you can go and see virtually by being totally safe and best of all from home.

Le Chateau Motel is a 80s/90s themed hang-out located on the mainland near the Blake Seas with easy access to the Second Life roads. This place was built by a team of friends with the idea to share their passion for vacationing in a crazy, cheesy, and kitschy environment. You may find a camping site with a beach and with private residences. There is an "80s vacation" dress code in the camping area. Please respect the privacy and tranquility, along with the dress code, when you are on the camping site. These rules apply as soon as you pass the camping gate

The first place I recommend is to stop by the Le Chateau Motel

Take a dip in the heated pool and relax.
♪ Vacation, all I ever wanted.
Vacation had to get away.
Vacation, meant to be spent alone.𝅘𝅥𝅮 ~the Go Go's

There are some rental trailers, so be respectful to the ones that have been rented out. Kind of like a hotel room, you do not go into them unless you are the one renting it.

The next place I went to go see is Summer of 42.

Summer of 42 is a coming-of-age film based on memoirs. During summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII. In everyone's life, there's a summer of 42.

Here you can walk around the town and the harbor and set yourself back into time. The place is a perfect spot to take pictures and the vintage cars are so very cool.

A quick stop at the local post office to mail my postcards out. Remember if you like sending and getting postcards the old fashioned way, go check out 
The summer of 42 could be one of those spots that are featured on postcards. I hope you get to check it out and take many photographs here.

Besides the post office, it also has a movie theater and on the same road, I found a magic shop. After all, we need that to buy all the goods for those magic spells.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Interview or Interrogation?

Understanding personality types is helpful for appreciating that while people are different, everyone has a value, and special strengths and qualities and that everyone should be treated with care and respect.

Frank showing me the control center of SL personality. (I thought it was more sophisticated, but maybe humans are simple.)

People are developing, People keep getting better integrated into society, acquiring traits that are more sociable overage, even in Second Life. In order to really get to know someone I suppose you have to ask many questions. But then are they valid answers? We just don't know and that is no different in Real Life, what people say may not always be the truth. 

Print out what really matters.
That is why understanding certain personalities may help. You know those people who tell you unbelievable stories and 80% of the time they are not true. I wish these people would write down that material because it makes for an awesome story that can be printed into a book. Who knows it may be even that good that it ends up as a guest at the Second Life Book Club an hour-long program every Wednesday at 12 pm Pacific Time held in Second Life. 

If you are going to interrogate someone (maybe in a gentle way get to know them) you may need to learn some communication skills. You know how men are they ask a lady how old she is and she will freak out. Don't do that, you will find out soon enough. Besides what does age have to do with anything unless the person is under 18.

The interrogation!
What I found out if you say too much and it falls into the wrong avatar they may sing like a second life performer and it may be streamed live on YouTube. I know of people whom I trusted and used the information about me as comedy material. Not a fair move. Then again, nothing is fair in an idiot's point of view who may want to explore your misfortunes to cover up his own. People get better at using the material and it is almost like a scammer getting your credit card information to slam you with to the ground. Always use caution. Now that does not mean you have to live in fear of ever talking to anyone in Second Life or in Real Life. You just have to learn to understand people and how they act and react. 

You really want to get some answers from someone? Let them wait at first. Remember being called to the principal’s office in school? I do. I was always left to sit in the waiting area before talking to the principal, pondering what I had done, what exactly was known by the school administrator, and what was not known. After a while, the adrenaline that hit me when I was summoned would start to drain off, leaving me tired, shaken, and off my game.
That shit works on adults too. Use it.
Actually, just have some fun meeting new is too short to worry.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Toksik Jello

Toksik Jello is a photographic story installation that tells the story of a child navigating socially, within a wasteland of fragmentation and warring personalities.

Socio-political systems and problems involve a combination of social and political factors. We should all have a place regardless of who we are for creation and role-playing. Maybe not everybody agrees to have a role-playing place that is kid-oriented and that is ok, but that is why this place is also an important place. Those who seek that type of role-playing can come here and be safe and make friends.

This place is also a great spot for photo opportunities for those of you who love the 
post-apocalyptic landscape. How often have we felt like a child as an adult being bullied or lied to? 

Of course, we have, it is part of the social-political system as we fit people into categories and beliefs. One thing for sure is that we all need that sense of belonging. 

Belonging means acceptance as a member or part. This is such an important part of life and in Second Life there are so many opportunities to get the sense of fitting right in. Most of us do not need fixing, we just need to belong to something.

Hopefully, you take some time and explore this great installation even if you don't belong here you can learn and appreciate what is important to others. 
You can find truth in even the most difficult-to-understand even though you may not agree.  One of the best ways to communicate acceptance is through validation. Validation builds a sense of belonging and strengthens relationships. Validation is the language of acceptance. Validation is the acknowledgment that someone's internal experience is understandable and helps you stay on the same side, with a sense of belonging, even when you disagree.