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Superbowl, Drinking, and dancing

On Sunday I went to a Superbowl party at the Wisconsin museum created by the guy from Neenah I met at Nonprofit Commons on Friday. One of the guys there is a substance abuse counselor. I asked if there was an Alcoholics Anonymous in Second Life. He gave me a notecard, which I passed along to Jazzy.

Jazzy asked why I sent it. I told him I had heard about the griefing alts. He said it wasn’t him. Sure it wasn’t.

I asked Bogeyman what had happened. “He said we were clowns running a circus,” Bogeyman said.

“Well, the circus part is right,” I responded.

I attended a dance class in Learn Avatar. Basically, it was for newbies to show them how to use dance balls at clubs and parties. I went to stir trouble.

As class was starting, I scrounged through my inventory and found some female shapes, skin, hair, and turned into a woman. There was an awful Bollywood costume in the standard library I tried on, but decided on a pink latex whore outfit that I had won in a midnight madness board contest. Still, it was less whorish than most of the outfits women wear in Second Life. It covered my lady breasts.

I hopped on a pose ball and started dancing. “Who wants to dance with me?” I asked.

Nobody. So still wearing my pink whore outfit, I changed back to a man. Then Katie danced with me, or more like through me. “We don’t fit well together,” I said.

“Definitely not personality-wise,” she said.

Why does Lily have a partner?

When I logged on, I was inside of a house. I had logged off while in a sandbox during class. Today, someone decided to build her house in the sandbox. She was working on it when I showed up, so at least she hadn’t abandoned it there. I tried chatting with her, but she didn’t speak English.

Jennifer sent me a message as soon as I logged on. She was wondering why I hadn’t been online for a week. I wonder if her partner is no longer online very much anymore.

Braincrave started one of his intellectual rant discussions. I haven’t engaged in a Braincrave discussion for a long time. He said something about Ayn Rand and taxes.

“Vote against masturbation in government offices,” I replied.

“Uh, what does that mean?” Braincrave asked.

Hey, it happens in government offices,

As I was about to log off, I made a point of saying hi to Lily since it’s been a few weeks since we chatted. When I opened her profile I noticed she has a partner.

F*ck is acceptable in Second Life. Anti-harassment campaigns are not

I logged on in the Learn Avatar main office. I had signed up to teach a class the previous day, but then had to return to change the class to today because a real life meeting came up. That is why I don’t like putting classes on the board.

There’s a new rule (there’s always a new rule) that you have to teach in the sandbox. You can’t teach on your own land. Apparently, someone had been teaching classes, then banning certain people from their land. “Teaching on your land is fine,” I said in neighborhood chat. “Banning any Learn Avatar resident from your land at any time is not.”

Stjarney, the headmaster with a blog, agreed with me. Perhaps Atlantis is the theme I should go to if I ever wanted to get land back.

Curious was in the main office. I hadn’t seen her much since she joined Learn Avatar in September. She couldn’t remember how we had met. “We were in class and you were on fire,” I said. It was a fireplace class and she made a hat out of it.

Jazzy was kicked out of Learn Avatar yesterday. I think that’s the first time a headmaster has been booted. Turns out he was making alts and going around harassing everyone while he was drunk.

I went to the Nonprofit Commons weekly meeting again. Buffy was there again and asked how my efforts to spread the word about Budget Justified were going.  I also mentioned that I was putting it on Facebook.

The greatest thing about the weekly meetings is that everyone says what organization they are with and include a link to that organization’s web site. Learn Avatar leadership seriously needs to take a lesson from these people. None of this ‘no talking about web sites’ crap. I hold my protest sign, with the BudgetJustified.com URL on it, at these meetings and nobody spazzes out over it like they do in Learn Avatar. Really, how is a URL offensive to anyone?

Next time I teach, if there is a next time, I should throw in items with titles like b*tch, f*kc, a$$hole. In Second Life, those titles are not only acceptable, they’re expected. Yet my anti-harassment web site URL is not.

Men are friendlier to me than women

In Learn Avatar chat I asked what had happened to Bogeyman. As if he wanted to tell me himself, he logged on right after my comment posted.

I chatted with him awhile. He said Rich, the owner of the Learn Avatar sims, made it difficult.

Gia asked me if I had a landmark for the new head office. Probably because I had a comment in Learn Avatar chat. Her profile said she was deaf, so I asked if she knew Trevyn.

Anastasia is a co-director of Learn Avatar. I stopped by to look at her stores. Baby furniture. Wasn’t hers, though. Dakota, Bogeyman’s partner, has a child in real life.

I stopped by Silverado and won money in the dance voting. I don’t know who voted for me because I couldn’t find a voting partner. I asked a few people if they wanted to do a three-way vote, but I don’t think they understood how three people would share votes. I figured it wasn’t worth explaining.

One of the guys there told me about Dry Gulch, another country dance place. I went to check it out. There were tumbleweeds, but they didn’t tumble. They slid.

Dry Gulch was just as hopping as Silverado. The theme was pajamas, so I put on my BudgetJustified.com t-shirt and my granite pants. I gave a BudgetJustified.com shirt to all the guys who weren’t wearing shirts. One guy gave me a cool pair of jeans. He invited me to his group. He owns a skating rink where he can put on parties.

Funny how the guys were more friendly to me there than the women.

My favorite theme in Second Life: Yard sale

I went to a freebie store to look for some professional shoes. Not many choices for men. I ended up with casual shoes that were all black.

A lot of newbies were hanging around the store, so I chatted with them, gave them a BudgetJustified.com freebies folder, and invited them to join the group. A non-American guy told me he really wanted to be an actor.

Afterward, I went to the sandbox on the Sci Fi sim of Learn Avatar. I don’t know why Learn Avatar makes a big deal about themes for their sims. It’s not as though everything matches. And things are always under construction.

I’m planning to teach a few classes, to get more involved in Learn Avatar. I’m tired of taking the ‘classes’ that are currently offered. You don’t learn anything. You just follow a list of instructions to make something exactly the same size and shape as everyone else makes them. I’d like to put a bit more creativity into the classes. I asked Bogeyman about the requirements for mentor status.

“Teach three classes a week and help people with questions,” he said. Then I asked about headmasters.

“Attend staff meetings, help people out, and make sure the place doesn’t look like a yardsale.”

“What if the theme is Yardsale?” I asked.

“We have that,” he responded. “It’s called Themeless.”

I got mugged in Second Life

I taught a mug reengineering class today. We took apart a coffee mug and resized each of the geometric pieces that made up the mug. Then the advanced students stuck around to mess with the script parameters that created the steam.

Of course, the mug was a BudgetJustified.com mug. And I had a movie set out, along with my picket sign showing the DVD cover of Budget Justified. Nobody complained. Hey, I was the teacher. And while we were messing with the steam script, I took out the sign with the script that invites people to join the BudgetJustified.com group.

Someone in the class made their giant mug 5 meters in diameter instead of the .5 meters I had recommended. It swallowed the entire class.

“We’re getting mugged,” Dragon said.

I’m not gonna pay to hold my sign at your orgy

Clover introduced herself to me while I was flying around Learn Avatar looking for the current location of the main office. When I first joined Learn Avatar, there were two sims and about a hundred residents. Now there are thirteen sims and over nine hundred residents.

“I can’t keep up with all the changes around here,” I said. So Clover took me to the office and I landmarked it. An odd fellow was there who made strange remarks about things in my profile that neither Clover nor I could relate to.

Fully clothed, I stopped by a few nude beaches carrying my BudgetJustified.com sign. I met a fully clothed European newbie who was very nice. I gave her a landmark for the Learn Avatar main office and a BudgetJustified.com freebie folder.

At one beach, they told me to get rid of my sign or they’d ban me from their beach. I figured out that the sign is sending messages to join the BudgetJustified.com group. Which might be useful in some places, but I’ll have to use a less disruptive sign in other venues.

The chick kept arguing with me about the sign, which is how I figured out what was going on. She obviously wasn’t the owner of the beach. She was just a volunteer patrolling the beach. Owners want customers. They don’t harass customers.

But just as I was about to teleport away, she said I could continue to hold my sign as long as I joined their group. Yeah, right. I’m going to pay five hundred Linden dollars, especially after getting chided like a little boy, to hold my sign at their orgy.