My First Apartment

PLEASE NOTE: If you are new to my blog from my Facebook Art Page, please read THIS post first before you get confused as to why I am blogging Second Life 🙂

Ok, so up until now I have been living homeless, plonking down each time I log off in a beautiful sim called Botanic gardens. Sometimes I log out in the glowing plants part, other times I lay down, read a book and watch waves. It is a truly lovely sim and I’ve walked all over it and tried everything there…The piano (I have real talent ya know!), meditation (I think I need some classes).

I spend a lot of time in the Noonkin CafĂ© in Alba Estates because the deck is so lovely at all times of day and the music feed is exactly to my taste. I won’t include pictures here of Alba, but only because I am going to gush about it in a later post I have planned. But just allow me this little fount of delighted digression…
The owner of the Sim, Douglas is just a delight. I IM’d him once to tell him how much I loved his sim and asked him a few questions about whether he made it all (The answer is yes) ….then another time he IM’d me to thank me for my (poor and pitiful) donation to his tier payment and we had a conversation that just made me smile. He has a great sense of humour and I would like to chat to him again, but I am just a bit wary of intruding in people’s busy SL lives and annoying them. Soooo… I often just park myself down there while I am drawing or working on an art project in real life. I would love love LOVE to rent a house there. There is a beautiful little cottage by the water that has a little beach and a gorgeous estuary flowing past it and the most wonderful little sitting spot out the back. Sadly, I just can’t afford it. Having said that, the prices of the gorgeous little houses and land are more than fair and reasonable…I am just watching my…errmm…lack of pennies at the moment. I spent a day wandering around that little house imagining what furniture I would put in it and sitting on the bench on the beach reading and wishing I could actually live there….maybe one day.

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Standing at the front door and looking into the apartment

For now though, I rented a little skybox from Manor Suites Apartment. I just wanted to feel a bit…grounded you know? Less like an itinerant and more like I had a home in the world. It was very cheap. It is fully furnished because I didn’t want to have to actually think about decorating and buying furniture and getting into that just yet. I am still too busy exploring and working out the simplest things….like where IS everyone? How do you get to engaging people in conversations that last more than a few sentences and don’t just involve the best places to shop?

 

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Looking down at the living room from the loft bedroom. TV is on the wall. Woodland scene out the window.

So, a skybox is like a little apartment…umm…in the sky. If you want to see how one is made, you should check out the video by Beau Hindman (link down below). It is one step smaller than a sky dome. Same principal, but a skydome is usually bigger and has an outside area, sort of like a private parcel of land placed in the sky. I have picture windows. The scene changes depending on the time of day. Sometimes it is a city skyline at night, at other times it is a woodland in the day. But I can’t go outside and sit in a yard.

 

 

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Splish Splash I was taking a bath

It has a loft type bedroom, a bathroom complete with toilet (what would I need THAT for….honestly my avatar neither pees nor poops!!!!!), a kitchen and a lounge. I can change the music that streams in my apartment and it even has a TV, which to me is a mind bending concept. You can watch YouTube on it or stream TV I guess through whatever website you choose. It’s not something I plan on using at the moment as I much prefer the ease and size of my actual computer browser or my RL tv for that.

 

But the biggest advantage to having the apartment is that it is somewhere I can get changed without embarrassment or having to rely on the goodwill of the Builder’s Brewery change rooms. And it actually makes me FEEL like I am more a part of the world. Like I am here to stay rather than just here visiting. And I guess that is an important distinction between being part of a world rather than just looking into a world.

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Drinking an ENORMOUS glass of wine in my kitchen

Refs:

SLurls
The Botanical Gardens
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Botanical%20Gardens/66/62/22

Alba
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Alba/228/90/21

Manor Suites Apartments
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/RarIR/18/29/899

YouTube
Beau Hindman: Building a Skybox in Second Life with Beau

Websites
Alba Island Estates
http://www.alba-islands.com/

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