Connie Stratten

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When I was a kid (and a rather nosy one) the fact that I would only live one life was

somehow disturbing for me. I remember sitting on a garden swing for hours, trying to imagine

how would it be to be a little girl born under any other circumstances but mine. How would it be

to be very rich or extremely poor? And moving to some exotic place? What about being born in a

different country, on a different era, going through life speaking a different language? I guess

most of these questions came from too much reading, if “too much” was possible. Since I was

very young my love for stories and books had led me to a deep desire of being as many

characters on my own novel as I could.

@Neva River

So when I heard about Second Life, I felt that the idea of living vicariously by other means

than paper and ink was certainly appealing. I created my first and main avatar on a public

computer, years before I could even afford having internet at home. I had no idea at all of how I

would enter the “game” after creating the account, so when I found out that I needed to download

software for it I was rapidly discouraged. Obviously my first noob experiences were short,

confusing and most of all, painfully slow, since the shared bandwidth barely allowed me to walk,

change my clothes or rezz whatever surrounded me in noob island. I walked out of Second Life

without thinking much about it- yeah, it was interesting but nothing to write home about.

Years later, during a sleepless night, I remembered about it and decided to give it a

second try. I turned off the computer at 8 am the next morning, excited as I hadn’t been in a long

time. The things that I was most excited about were those I don’t even think about today- I could

FLY and TELEPORT and all kinds of stuff! And I was a pretty looking girl (or so I thought!) and I

could change myself into whatever I wanted, even a small dragon or a giant jellyfish! I think that

longing for those exciting noob days is something that most of us residents have in common.

The world was new to my eyes and I was eager to explore it.

Years later, during a sleepless night, I remembered about it and decided to give it a

second try. I turned off the computer at 8 am the next morning, excited as I hadn’t been in a long

time. The things that I was most excited about were those I don’t even think about today- I could

FLY and TELEPORT and all kinds of stuff! And I was a pretty looking girl (or so I thought!) and I

could change myself into whatever I wanted, even a small dragon or a giant jellyfish! I think that

longing for those exciting noob days is something that most of us residents have in common.

The world was new to my eyes and I was eager to explore it.

@Vinyl Cafe

I soon found people to hang around with, and eventually learned all about gossiping,

tampering, pixel bumping and drama in general. But I also gained a couple of good friends and a

long lasting relationship with a boy I feel closer to my heart than lots of people in RL are. Some

friends left, some new came along and though I’ve always been quite shy, I somehow enjoy

being pushed out of my comfort zone once in a while to meet new people and learn new things.

I’d say that for me, SL is all about evolving and discovering. Probably there is no way I

would have gotten involved in such things as blogging, plurking and -OMG!- talking to strangers.

Neither would I have devoted a good chunk of hours to learn some basics of photoshooting,

editing pics and even fiddling around with Blender. I have to admit that I’m an excellent consumer

and not so much of a creator, so I’m spellbound by the work of the many talented people who

flood the grid with their awesomeness!
Puente

I’ve been a resident for almost 5 years now and right now, I can’t imagine leaving until the

party is over. I don’t remember a single day I thought of quitting and I guess it’ll stay that way as

long as there are places to go, things to learn and people to meet ❤

BIO: Connie Stratten is an avatar who lives in a box up in the sky, trying to cope with living two

lives at once. Noob blogger, socially awkward and diligent plurk reader, though not much of a

writer herself, her whimsical ramblings about fashion can be found at connieinsl.wordpress.com.

In Real Life, she’s a 32 year old student, an EFL teacher, a part time librarian and a proud single

mom. Excuse her fancy vocabulary and odd grammatic, since she’s probably writing with two or

three thesaurus by her side to hide her non native, scholar English.

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