Things Done Well. And Toss in the Charm.

When I’m in SL I often complement people on things done well.  And generally people respond positively.  In fact I can’t remember a negative response, a non-response maybe, but we all get those from time to time.    I often add that I make it an irregular habit of complementing things done well.  Adding that extra comment seems to make people more responsive and more conversational rather than a brief “ty”.  And if they are female a bit less suspicious of my underlying intention.  (ok, occasionally I have ulterior motives, but not all the time.)   Apparently not everyone gives complements because I’m often told that I’m charming.  I have never thought of myself as charming, I’m just me.

In many ways SL reflects RL.  There are only a handful, I approximate 10%, of things that are really quite exquisite.  Most everything else falls into the 80% and no comment on the last 10%.  I can hear my mother saying “If you can’t say something nice…  don’t say anything at all.”  It’s the variety though, that makes things interesting.  But even within that bottom 10% you may find a little gem of something done quite well.

The exquisite, well dressed, good-looking 10% enjoy the attention they deserve from the other 90%.  They have invested the time and effort to seek out the styles and shapes that make them appealing.  While not everyone lives their SL for fashion and looks, you have to admit that you enjoy looking at a well dressed attractive avi.   Mark Twain said something about naked people having little or no influence on society, that the clothes make the man.

Let’s face it, doing things well takes time and effort, not to mention a few Lindens.  The content creators that fall into the exquisite 10% have probably suffered through the lowest 10% category, graduated to the 80% and are now enjoying the fruits of the exquisite 10%.   Their countless invested hours have paid off.

When you see something done well, don’t forget to toss that complement, it may even reflect positively back to you and you will be seen as charming.   Even Shreck the ogre had a bit of charm.  Think of the possibilities of a world filled with civil and charming individuals.  Hey, a guy can dream.

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The choice is yours. For me, it’s Mimi’s Choice

Ok, so I’m not much of a shopper.  I’m not a builder, nor a scripter.  In fact, about the only thing I can do well in SL is dance, lol.  I digress… shopping.  I dropped into Mimi’s Choice on a Menstuff hunt some time ago (btw there is a new Menstuff Hunt currently running until Dec 25th) and found the owner Mimi Juneau just waiting to answer my curious questions.  You see I don’t get a chance to talk to store owners often so sometimes I think I overwhelm them with my business questions.  But to her credit she answered them all and left me with a favorable impression.  I didn’t purchase anything, just picked up the hunt piece and was not contemplatign a blog post, until today.    

Initially, what I found most interesting about Mimi’s was the department store concept.  Mimi’s felt like a department store, uncluttered, clean design, nice lighting, and a wide variety of quality clothes and accessories.  She personally selects what she wants to display under her roof and she has just about anything a guy would need, from casual to formal, to cover his bare @ss.  She has assembled a great selection of clothes and accessories from top quality designers. 

Just the other day I was there and picked up a cool jacket by Gizza.  My first of probably many future Gizza purchases.  Then when I dropped in to Mimi’s today, she greeted me and commented on the nice looking jacket.  She obviously knows her inventory.  Anyway she suggested some shoes with the jacket and showed me a couple of options.  I tried on the demo.  I selected a small fat pack from Jeepers, nothing too expensive, I’m kinda cheap, 4 pairs for $L 500.  Bam… shoes completed!   What I liked about the shoes, which Mimi pointed out, is that they could be worn with both dressy and casual outfits.   More bang for the buck.

Mimi then notices that I wasn’t wearing an AO, I confess, something I just never got around to, remember, I’m not much of a shopper.  I couldn’t believe there was a small Vista Animation store just across the the street.  Be sure to cross the street on the green light.  She has thought of just about everything.  I especially liked the fact that she has a board to tp directly to the individual shops if you are interested in looking at a larger selection of items from a particular designer.  

So yes, clothes, shoes/boots, skin, hair and nearby some AO’s.  Just about all one needs to look great in their SL.  She has her hand selected things under four roofs, two for men and two for women.  I confess I didn’t go into the women’s stores, not yet anyway, lol.  The four stores sit one across the street from the other, each within easy walking distance.   

So if you like to look good, but like many guys, think shopping is a bit of a chore, or can’t decide what looks good, just drop into Mimi’s Choice and find Mimi or one of her helpful helpers and let them suggest an outfit for you.  I don’t believe you will be disappointed.  

Trig’s Rating: Highly Recommended

Pros: Helpful/knowledgeable owner and staff, nice store layout/design/display, everything on one level (no stairs), good default lighting, wide selection of quality goods, no need to tp to several different stores because everything is under one or two roofs i.e., not a mall, not stall-like. 

Cons:  Found new favorite designers that will cost me some serious $Lindens.  Oh well, somebody has to keep the SL economy going.

Link to Mimi’s Choice blog.

Friendly Extremes in SL

So I’m kind of general observer of human nature and I’ve concluded there are extreme ends of the friendliness of SL residents. On the one end you have the friendly, quirky and inviting profiles which shout IM me, lets chat! On the other end you have the you had better have a very good reason to IM me or face my ridicule. One resident put her requirements to talk to someone she did not know in her profile and then continued it to fill two more Picks tabs with every reason not to IM her. It was essentially a list of all her pet peeves. One of them was people who just say “hello”. Well that’s about the best way I know of to start a conversation, right? Sometimes, just to see if I get ridiculed, I’ll do exactly what it says not to, and feign innocence regarding their profile. Some just refer me to their profile, and then I proceed to tell them that I probably don’t meet their requirements and have nothing interesting to say to them. I can sometimes get a “lol”, but some probably take me seriously. I’m kinda thinking the people with all the IM requirements should just put “DO NOT IM ME” in their profile, because that would save us all time.

Sunset City… sets into the sunset

Since SL was acting up, I could not IM or chat in my usual early morning sim, I checked my landmarks and dropped into the Sunset City Roleplay region/sim.  To my surprise, it’s gone!  Poof!   Just a little sign thanking everyone.  Another victim of the resession.  I found it a short while ago by looking in other peoples profile groups and picks.  Hey that’s one way to discover new and unusual places.   Ok call me Mr. Curious.   I had only visited it a couple of times.  I was particularly intrigued by the church.  Let’s just say things could happen there that would later need to  be repeated to the priest in the confessional.   Reminds me to remind you, take a few pics of your favorite spots, you never know when things will change.   At least you will have the photos to jog your memeory.

This Site Needs Work, LOL

Ok, so I auto-posted some things from Posterous and the result was preposterous and disastrous. Those will be deleted, as soon as I can figure out how, lol. Obviously I’m a WordPress newbie!

But wait… all I had to do was change the theme and everything fell into place.  If the rest of life’s problems were that easy to solve!

SL Index | Second Life Indexed

Ran across this site while searching for something related to sl. Has brief but informative reviews of many things sl. Enjoy!

From her Home page “Hi, welcome at SLIndex. My name is SLI Chun. I am an avatar, I live in a virtual world named Second Life. SLIndex is intended to give a tour guide into Second Life. To help new residents getting started, and to help existing residents to learn more about our world. I start from the beginning, what is second life an how to get into second life.  And then.. on to the good stuff. I try to cover all: Role play, zyngo, vampirism, how to get Linden dollars at a good rate, freebies, sex, etc. etc. etc.”

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photo of SLI Chun from http://www.slindex.com/