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.
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!
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?
[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.