I've spent the last two nights downtown at some great Blues Clubs watching my friend jam and do the live mike sessions. The ambiance is fantastic and the sound is electric. It makes me feel old tho.
I am used to going to Blues Clubs in Second Life where I can be at home in my slippers and robe and go to the bathroom in my own clean toilet. I can click on people's profiles to see who they are before I connect with them and I can turn the volume down whenever I want to.
My avatar in Second Life is a beautiful young thing who loves to dance. Tonight at the Blues Club downtown in real life I just felt like an old lady who no one wanted to dance with. It is a little sad to be getting old and not have the energy to stay up dancing till 2am with the music. I saw a beautiful tall blonde who was dancing with everyone and I remembered when that was me. In Second Life I can pretend that it still is.
I know many of the performers in Second Life. This is a fellow called Bluz Heron who I know from Alaska. He streams in his music to the various clubs in Second Life and has quite a following.
In the real life Blues Clubs there was that same comradery. Everyone seems to be part of the Blues fellowship down there and I am so happy to see my friend play there and be accepted and appreciated. He does not understand how I can think that a blues club in Second Life is any where near what they are like in real life. But he is young.
After I stepped around the panhandlers, dealt with the parking garage and put up with all the smoke outside these real life Blues places I was glad to come home to my nice little blues life in my computer. I know virtual reality is not the same as real life but by golly it is an alternative for me and I like it.