Something that I do and don’t enjoy is looking backwards. On the one hand there’s always something awkward I’ve done in the past that my mind just won’t let me let go of and find peace. On the other hand, there’s always nostalgia, that fond pair of rose-tinted glasses that always make what came before seem to glow with a golden shine, like some sort of well-polished oak furniture or something King Midas touched.
I’ve been having a lot of nostalgia lately, what with my rez day coming up (and hey, it’s even a half-decade since I initially rezzed my avatar). There are people I haven’t seen inworld in years (and who I do hope are well out there in the real world, though who I think probably gave me a Munchausen by internet story of their RL, which has no actual relationship to their status as say, a 50-something housewife who’s in a loveless marriage to a man she’s started to suspect is gay and who she stays with for the sake of the children (to make up a strangely specific story that actually doesn’t directly relate to anyone I was thinking of)). It’s weird how one day, someone’s almost part of the furniture, and seemingly the next, they’ve been gone for months or years, and you’re absently wondering whatever happened to them.
There were places that were fond parts of the landscape that are gone now, too. Shops I used to frequent that have closed down – and I don’t care how many people insist it’s not a detriment, but seriously, shopping via marketplace.secondlife.com is just NOT the same. Especially when shopping for landscaping or home furnishings.
For example, everything behind me in this photo is actually carefully photoshopped plywood, held together with chewing gum and marshmallow cream. Or is it?
To be less sarcastic: how can you know if the curtains behind me are sculpts that have the back-and-forth curves you’d expect of RL draperies, or if they’re a flat panel, without several other pictures and/or seeing them inworld?
But then I think about what SL is today. How much, well… better it is now than it was all those years ago. You can have a suit that doesn’t have a ‘skirt’ of prims going on at the waist and yet is not just a layer of paint smeared on your avatar’s shape. Prim hair was kinda a revelation back then, and now, it’s almost passe, with riggable mesh offering long hair that flexes and shifts as your head turns and tilts.
And while what was an awesome shirt back then is frankly a little pathetic now, the people I knew back then who are around? Still awesome. And the people who I’ve met over the years? Also, still awesome.
I dunno, I’m turning 5 in 3 days, this is probably just some sort of mid-Second-Life crisis. But enough about me, let’s try out these retrospectacles, anyway…
These are the from the “Goggles” gacha machine at Tiger Blood’s shop, in the pattern called ‘electric’. There’s about a dozen different designs: I chose these because I thought the lightning bolts had a certain 70s glam thing going on with them.
These are at Hometownhero Resident’s shop inworld, which is named ‘Tiger Blood’. The gacha machine’s L$35 per try, and there’s at least a dozen different patterns you might get! So visit Tiger Blood here!