Friday, November 16, 2012

Day 159 - Need some chopsticks with that ramen hair.

Yesterday was a hard day for me, so when Aldwyn got on last night, he asked me if I wanted to get dressed up and go dancing. I said sure, because we haven't gotten to go out much recently, and then I spent the next 30 minutes finding the right outfit. We were going to see if people still go to Phat's, which used to be pretty popular back in the day.

He looked handsome in his mesh suit. I looked elegant in my new mesh dress. We hopped on over and then realized that my hunt for the perfect outfit was pretty meaningless because this was the dress code.

I don't want to be a jerk, but...



Okay, okay. I get it. Not everyone likes mesh gowns for dancing. There's still something kind of fun about watching your flexi gown twirl. I get that.

But going to Phat's was truly like walking back into at least 5 years ago. SO MUCH FLEXI. So many very very old dresses. So many shoes that were made of pure prims, no sculpts at all. There was bling! There were heart poofers! And the hairs! So many ramen noodle hairs!

Put some sriracha on that

Day 159 - Need some chopsticks with that ramen hair


I don't keep the crosshair things on in SL because they annoy me, and because I don't care who is looking at me, but Aldwyn said that when we walked in, a ton of people were checking me out. Maybe they wondered why my gown wasn't flying all over the place. Maybe they wanted to see why my hair looked nice. I really don't know.

Being in the group that we're in, we're very used to everyone looking beautiful pretty much 99% of the time. We are around wonderful creators and excellent stylists a lot. Our friends look amazing because they read/write fashion blogs and shop in nice places. It's really hard to look bad when you fill your inventory with gorgeous items, you know? So when we do step away from our group and go somewhere else, I'm always amazed at how many people in SL are still living with these very old items, and seem to LIKE it. Part of me has to wonder what exactly folks are fighting for here. I see creators fighting to learn Maya. I see people fighting for a mesh deformer. Why fight that hard when some of these folks are still wearing shoes that look like this?

Oh dat shoe


[No, I have no idea why it was floating. Both of us saw it, so I know it wasn't just on my screen.]

We were laughing at some of the outfits, but I told Aldwyn that maybe these people are having more fun than the rest of us. They get dressed up in their big crazy formal gowns, put on their twirly flexi hair, and they go OUT. They dance and laugh and talk to people. Most of our group stay up on platforms and we just talk on plurk about how we'd like more friends but we're all shy.

So really? Who is truly living their Second Life? I'm starting to think it's not us.

5 comments:

Lunablanca Voom said...

Love, love, LOVE!!.....the ramen hair ;)

Seriously I do have to say that I have a bit of a nostalgia in me about how SL was. As silly as it was it also always so beautifully amazing. That someone could put together something to sorta move like real hair or real cloth always seemed magical to me.

I too lead a pretty solitary existence in SL (probably more than you, most of my SL friends no longer log on) But I can't quit it, I still find it so amazingly visually beautiful.

I do appreciate how far SL content has come along but I like the magic, and innocence these people seemed to have captured :)

Laila Laperriere said...

You realize I will NOT be able to ever look at hair like this again without thinking of top ramen?

I am not sure why mesh isnt making a bigger splash on SL. Sometimes I wonder if it is because ppl cant upgrade there viewers? Or are they fantasized with the twirly gowns and hair. I believe it is usually the same crowd that goes to Phats, Sweethearts and Franks. I suppose some things just never change or perhaps some just dont like change.
xo

Eileen Kramer said...

I wrote a critque of this post. It is available at http://tacheiru.us/byriatt/bigmouthsecond.html

Thank you for the tip off. I enjoyed a trip to Phat's and will probably return when I have time.

ladyczari said...

I have an ancient PC and haven't been able to update it yet. It cannot run the new viewers, thus I can't see mesh...well, I can see women with hair that looks like a traffic cone, walking cubes, sometimes an avatar missing half its body or avatars with holes in them.

On the plus side I never wore shoes that looked like that even back in 2007. I wore pumps with evening gowns. D2TK was my absolute favorite shoe store. I also never liked poof or a lot of twirling flexi (a modest amount of flexi was nice). I stuck to "hour-glass figure" type of evening gowns. :)

There is a huge debate running on the forums over mesh. People seem to either hate it or love it. As with most new things LL introduces, it wasn't quite ready for prime time. I have a fashionista friend who works at another of the old established clubs - want to say Bogarts, but not for certain. Whichever club it is - my friend said it has a "no mesh" rule currently because not everyone can see mesh, or some turn off the ability to see mesh due to lag, and sometimes this results in avatars being seen topless, with no clothes, etc. In about a year or so people will be saying, "There was a time when SL had no mesh clothes?" lol

Alicia Chenaux said...

I wasn't aware - AT ALL - that there were public places where mesh wouldn't be allowed. When you are surrounded by people who wear mesh, and make mesh, and love mesh, it just doesn't occur to you that others aren't the same! I had heard, vaguely, that some RP sims weren't allowing it yet, but at a club? Really?!

But mesh or no mesh, there's no excuse for bad fashion. :-p That will always be my opinion!