I am horrible about leaving my phone at home – like really horrible. This happened twice last week and a coworker of mine could not get why I really didn’t care! Sometimes being without a phone is freeing: No obsessive checking of social media or the news and no unwanted phone calls. Just…quiet.
Second Life is like that for me at times as well. You see I have this super secret alt that nobody knows – in fact she is still dressed in her noob clothes! So for those days when all I want to do is roam around looking at pretty places, I log her in. Peace and quiet and pretty pictures is all we need at times.
“Elle Couerblanc here, reporting live from the 10th Rez Day event for the SL Diva, Elizabeth Hallstrom” (the roar of the crowds can be heard behind her).
“WAIT A MINUTE,” a fellow says to the reporter, “Who is Elizabeth Hallstrom exactly?” At this point, Elle covers her mic and turns to the fellow and replies in a curt tone, “Elizabeth is me you fool! Well I am her and she is me and we are…never mind you idiot, GET OUT OF MY FACE AND LET ME DO MY JOB!”
Whoa…what a dramatic moment right? You see, Elizabeth was my very first avatar in Second Life and she was brought into this alternate reality on exactly January 27th, 2007 probably sometime around 3PM SLT. Yes there have been others to follow: Lizzie Lexington, Betty Paramour and Bettencourt and eventually, Ms. Elle Couerblanc! But I really do like Ms. Hallstrom, so every 6 months or so, I bring her out of the closet, dust her off and make her all pretty once again. You see, if i were define one of my avatars as the closest to “me”, it would be Elizabeth.
So Happy Rez Day Ms. Hallstrom and I hope you have many other rez days to come!
This past Monday, the media reported extensively on a report by psychologist Cliff Arnall indicating Monday January 16th may be the Bluest Monday in a very long time. So what was Elle’s typist doing on that particular Monday? Well she was at home, sick and taking photos of her Second Life avatar!
I did not feel particularly blue emotionally but for sure I was feeling down physically. After being in Second Life for almost 10 years, I have found my avatars often are a reflection of myself in Real Life. Not necessarily say how Elle looks but in how I decorate Elle. When I am happy I tend to dress her in youthful, colorful clothes. In a moment when I am down, I might dress her in more dark, subdued tones. And on Monday, when these photos were taken, she was in a whole lot of black!
Any who, just some random thoughts today. Details on Elle’s look can be found below. So until next, take care my friends and have a great Second Life!
Coffee & Doughnuts…this is what popped into my head when Elle found her way into this Tea house located at The Village & BarDeco. Even though I haven’t had a doughnut in years, the idea of taking a bite of scrumptious glazed doughnut – gently fried to perfection and lightly coated with the sugary glaze – kept filling my head while I took this photo.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I ate a doughnut! You see, I have been blessed *cough* with Celiac’s Disease and therefore I not supposed to eat any gluten whatsoever! Well…I cheat…but I am selective with my cheating (LOL): Pie and cupcakes are my Gluten Achilles heal and, well….Bagels. You can get a marvelous gluten-free cupcake – but bagels?? Forget about it!
Any who, that’s all I got for now. Yeah short and sweet for me but it’s Saturday and I need to do laundry in Real Life. Damn this thing called RL….it keeps me from doing all sorts of fun things! So until next time – take care my friends and have a great Second Life!
Last week I was in search of a well done urban based sim for the above photo of Ms. Elle. Even in my SL past, urban sims could be seriously hit and miss and were often not updated. Honestly I had absolutely no idea where to even start when I began this endeavor but I had an idea in my head for this photo that I wasn’t willing to let go. To remedy this, I went directly to my beloved Explore Second Life group on Flickr to find a spot that might work for me. One of the few urban sims that popped up after searching a few pages was one called Sexy Cat. Yeah I know…I should have gotten a hint from the sim name but it seemed “clean” in the photos and well done therefore I thought to myself – Mission Accomplished!
Any who, I popped on over and found the sim to be relatively uninhabited – the only other avi on the sim had a profile description that more or less said “Second Life Explorer”. So I sent Elle on a nice leisurely stroll in search of that perfect photo spot – something that would make this outfit definitely stand out. As Elle made her way around the place, I went through a mental check list in my head: Nice urban grunge feel (check), Bodega like stores (check), nice use of colors (check) and once the spot was found I was definitely ready to Rock and Roll!
Well midway through my photo taking a shadow appears on my screen and it stays there for a good long while. Of course in my head I am thinking “Dude, I am standing here not moving, looking like a dumb ass so….GET OUTTA THE WAY!” Then the familiar “ding, ding” happens and I get this IM from the male resident:
[2017/01/02 10:52] xx: hey hun
At this point, the sighing commences on my part as I begin formulate my wordy reply:
[2017/01/02 10:53] Elle Couerblanc: hello (So thoughtful and elegant a reply, right? Now profile perving commences and the vedict for this fella was “harmless”)
[2017/01/02 10:53] xxxx: how are you
[2017/01/02 10:53] Elle Couerblanc:: fine (suddenly I feel the need to check out the land info tab. Whoops – all the key words are there that should have been a huge red flag about the point of the sim when I tp’d in!)
(Okay now…wait for it…wait for it – the important question suddenly jumps into my brain. After a brief pause I type the words……) [2017/01/02 10:53] Elle Couerblanc: is this a sex sim or something? lol
[2017/01/02 10:54] xxxx: yes
[2017/01/02 10:54] xxxx: sexy avatar
[2017/01/02 10:54] Elle Couerblanc: haha oops I just liked the looks of it
[2017/01/02 10:54] Elle Couerblanc: thanks but I am just here taking photos (Now I feel bad…the guy really thought I was here for the same goals as him!)
[2017/01/02 10:54] Elle Couerblanc: sorry
[2017/01/02 10:54] xxxx: its ok hun
And then he continues on on his way leaving me to my work. Well you can’t blame the guy for trying, but unfortunately for him I was not his target audience! It was definitely a case of right place, wrong girl for this gentleman. At this point I am laughing at myself in real life for my total reborn noob mistake! Anyway Mr. Redacted Name Resident, I hope you found what you were looking for that day! Because regardless of anyone’s reason for being in Second Life, as long as you can legally buy cigarettes in the US and it involves others who can legally buy cigarettes as well (AND are on the same page as you), you are definitely entitled to live out your dreams in Second Life, whatever they may be! Rock on with your ePeens friends, just avoid the Blingis if you can!