Living Up To My Name

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Have you ever sat gazing out at the world, oblivious to anything else going on around you, never realising someone might be looking back at you? That your very private life might be of interest to the person across the street or just passing by? I’m not talking stalkers here (although that is a very real and frightening prospect for too many people). I mean the casual observer who is only curious about something – or someone – that catches their eye.

I admit to keeping an eye on the lady who lives across from me. She does laundry. A LOT of laundry. And she hangs it on clothes horses on her balcony to dry. I admit it has become something of an obsession with me; is it towels today? Pajamas? The myriad of house dresses she wears in summer or the pant suits she wears in winter? And I am perplexed by the plastic grocery bags she washes and hangs out about once a week. (In case you’re wondering, they seem to take much longer than clothes to dry and it’s best to double-peg them so the crows and magpies don’t steal them from the line!)

This is not a prurient interest. Nor is it meddlesome or intrusive. I don’t sit on my balcony staring and taking an inventory of her wardrobe. I just take a peek out the kitchen window as I’m washing dishes or filling the tea kettle to see what she has washed today. And I’ve come to the realisation that she either doesn’t wear underwear or she dries it inside.

Too much information? Well, I come by my name honestly. Peep just sounded better than Nosy 😉

Well, Happy Poo! The Arcade Gacha Got Me!

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One of the most anticipated shopping events in Second Life is The Arcade Gacha festival. It’s held quarterly, and the hype builds as sneak previews of items start appearing in SL blog feeds. It boasts some of the most creative designers and builders in Second Life and it can take days of frustrating attempts just to get in. But thousands keep trying until they are finally able to rez in and spend their hard-earned (or purchased) Lindens on what is basically, a crap shoot!

For those unfamiliar with a Gacha machine, it’s a scripted object that is loaded with a variety of prizes that you pay to receive a random item. There are often Rare items mixed in with the Commons, tempting one to keep spending money until the sought-after prize is won. There is no guarantee that you won’t receive duplicates, nor is there a promise that, even if you spend all of your cash, you will receive the item you desire. Prices at The Arcade range from 25L to 100L – so keeping an eye on your bank balance is imperative when you are in a full-on, fever-pitched frenzy to obtain that cherished prize!

Fortunately, Gacha prizes are transferable, so if you win items you don’t want or multiples of the same one, you can give them away, trade them or even sell them at one of the many Arcade Yard Sales now springing up around the grid.

I actually made it into The Arcade tonight on my third attempt. I crashed twice while I was there, but was fortunate to be able to log back in to my former location in both instances. Had I been locked out, I think I would have cried. There were so many fun and whimsical items that I wanted!

I was extremely fortunate this time to win several Rares. Some I was excited about, others I was happy to receive, but they were won on a first attempt and I would have been pleased with any of the items available. But I DID win the one prize that I set out to win, no matter the cost – and it wasn’t even a Rare! (And yes, it DID cost…I won’t say how many attempts I made to win this prized item, but it was more than one…maybe even more than five…or six…or… 😉 )

That item: The Happy Poo Skirt from Sea Hole. Drinkinstein Sorbet, a talented designer I have purchased from frequently, rose above all others, in my estimation, with this silly, fun little skirt. The fact that it is well-made is just icing on the cake – or flies on the poo, if you will 😀 . I laughed out loud when I saw the display for the first time, and I was giggling as I shot these photos. For this one item I braved the lag, the boots, the re-rezzing when returning to the event, and the anxiety as I watched my Lindens float away in that frustrating machine…

These are NOT fashion shots. They’re not even GOOD shots. But I wanted to showcase just a few of my favourite wins from this tantalizingly addictive event 🙂

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The Arcade Gacha Items:

The Sea Hole – (Happy Poo Mesh Skirt)
Gizza – (Epaulette – Brown)
Fanatik – (Logo Bracelet – Sexy)
Glam Affair – (Slice of Paradise Antlers – Tan)
Nardcotix – (Puss Pillows Huggable – White)
Zigana – (Gypsy Caravan – Supergirl RARE)
Conspiracy Theory – (Animal Slippers – Teddy Bear)
BCC – (i do cloak hood – Red RARE)

Breaking The Rules

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I’ve mentioned before that I work in a club in Second Life called Breaking The Rules. I’m a host and shift manager there. But I also spend what spare time I can just hanging out, listening to music and having a good time. It’s one of those places where I always feel at home, whether it’s packed to the rafters or if there are just an “intimate few”, as I call it when the numbers of guests dwindle to single digits. BTR runs 24-7, so it’s a great place for insomniacs or for those of us who live on the “wrong” side of the international date line. I wanted to share some of my “happy snaps” I’ve taken there to share just a taste of this incredible place.

While the club itself is a dark, wood and brick warehouse-type building, it’s the people who go there who make it vibrant and alive. From the DJs and hosts to the regulars and those who just drop in to see what it’s all about, you can always count on an incredible cast of characters within the confines of those four walls. I also have a showroom there for Pics by Peep (walk out of the club, turn right and I’m the last shop at the end of the row of stores) and I offer a discount to “Rule Breakers” – members of our in-world club update group.

So, if you’re in Second Life and love rock music, fun people and a party that never stops, click the link above to find your way to the club.

Remember, you’re not having fun if you’re not Breaking The Rules 😉

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Oh…and if this looks like the place for you, be sure you Like BTR on Facebook!