Victoria, KJ, and I have all talked about the way that SL can intrude and weave its way into our RL’s (see Vic’s archived post of April 5th), but I think this story needs to be added as “fodder” for our continued musings. In my opinion, these are examples of how we have fallen into SL like junkies into a vat of (insert name of illegal substance here)!
I was Skyping with Vic today, while she was in-world and I was out, and suddenly a loud “OUCH! I bumped my head……in Second Life!” This conversation followed on the heels of some humorous emails I had yesterday that I would like to share (with permission of course)!
I e-mailed Meg Writer (Meg Ormiston in RL) yesterday to inquire about professional development for my district, and during the course of our communications, and because I began, “Hi Meg, Clare Lane here (SL)” she passed on this story and was compelled to begin with: “I have to post this somewhere!”
I was on SL late the other night and I finally stopped rearranging furniture and shut the computer down, I grabbed the leash of the puppy in training and did not see the son’s 25 pound backpack on the floor. So I go through the air and land on the edge of the coffee table, puppy licks me. No one in the house wakes up, how I do not know! I knew there would be a bruise, but I have never seen one so deep, dark and so multicolored. I had to stand up all day yesterday, the back of my leg kills me every time I move! Even when I fall off the weather balloon in SL I am ok, see another reason SL is better than RL, no bruises!
Add to the story that I could not wear my RL jeans yesterday because the bruise was so swollen, down a little today, but still warm to the touch. I could drive a car today, walking still a challenge! But darn it, in SL I look great!
When I was “born” I was privey to a conversation in which one AV was talking about a SL relationship that had ended, and pouring her heart out in pain; I was astonished! It took me awhile to understand that there can be “drama” and personal pain and sorrow in SL relationships, that feel no less real for their occurance in a virtual world.
So now, must I also accept the fact that SL can cause bruises in RL???? No, I don’t think so, but how many of you have inadvertantly bumped into someone in world and said “Excuse me”? Come on, be honest!! We’ve all done it! Now, take a look at this study video courtesy of Andy Carvin, on the ways that our RL conventions follow us into SL. http://tinyurl.com/385edh