365 days of SL, day 39:
Sometimes, I don't really know what to take screenshots of for a given day; sometimes, there's too much too choose from. *s* I initially just went for a swim in Jeogeot Bay, and figured I'd take a screenshot of myself there; then I decided to head to the volcano island already seen on day 31; and then I came across a buoy there that gave me a map of the whole bay (1024x1024 PNG, 1541 KiB) and decided to explore further.
There's several of those buoys scattered around the bay, BTW; I already showed one in one of the bonus shots on day 20. It turns out now that they're being used for sailboat races, and the SLSA mentioned in the above map's filename is the Second Life Sailing Association. I never even knew that existed — it's rather neat, though, not the least because it reinforces how many-facetted Second Life is. Some people go clubbing; others roleplay (sexually/kinkily or otherwise); some just meet friends and hang out; others are there for the money; some do combat (yes, you CAN do that in SL, at least in regions that have damage enabled); but no matter what you've already seen, there's always new things that people are doing that you haven't contemplated before.
Perhaps it's just me, too. A lot of my time on SL is spent on private islands/estates; Black Gazza, Alikat's, the FP estate (specifically, moth_wingthane's home in FP Enigma) and so on, while the core SL community is centered on the mainland continents instead. Private areas have the benefit of being private, yes — but the drawback is that they are, well, private.
In any case, learning that there is such a thing as the SLSA and that people are really doing boat races etc. on Jeogeot Bay – that the bay was really DEVELOPED in the first place, actually, as opposed to just being some empty water separating different parts of the dry land – felt quite similar to finding that submerged submarine (also in Jeogeot Bay, remarkably enough!). It's a hidden gem, too, something I never knew about.
All that said, I skipped the volcano island since a number of people were congregating there already, and I a) was shy and b) didn't want to intrude. But then I saw some planes in the distance and went to check them out, since I knew that that "certain someone" mentioned recently would be interested. ^^
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It turns out that these were part of one of the Linden's homes — Michael Linden, to be precise, who's also the head of the Linden Department of Public Works, tasked with improving the mainland in a myriad of ways. The Linden roads are part of what they do, but there's much more to them.
So moth_wingthane and I ended up exploring Michael Linden's home for a bit; we checked out his planes, poked around in his basement (empty, mostly), and finally invaded his Parc Privé, shed into his pool (well, I did; Moth doesn't shed, obviously), drank his beer and
lemonade Lindenade and raided his picnic basket of mole-related foodstuffs (we were rather amused by all the Mole Juice and Mole Jam and Mole Fruit and Moleade, BTW; looking at it again today, I imagine that like the Coca-Mola that was available along with the beer and Lindenade, it's a nod to the members of the Linden Department of Public Works that Michael Linden's heading who are apparently known as "moles"):
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And I also tried my paws at Michael Linden's grand piano (that's the main screenshot up at the top of this post): it's well-known (from day 17) that wolves like pianos, so I couldn't resist (not that I wanted to). :)
And that was our visit to Jeogeot Bay and Michael Linden's home. I'm sure it won't have been the last one — although there's so much else to explore, too. Jeogeot (the continent) likely has many more of these "hidden gems", areas worth exploring, paths not tread by arctic wolf paws before; and then there's the other continents, Sansara and Corsica, Nautilus and Satori, Gaeta and Zindra. I have no idea what they might hold, but it would take more than a lifetime to explore them to the fullest extent, and I couldn't possibly invest even a fraction of that. There is so much deep culture, and so little time. To paraphrase Michael Stifel: "Man könnte ein ganz neues Buch über die wunderbaren Eigenschaften dieser Welten schreiben, aber ich muß mich an dieser Stelle bescheiden und mit geschlossenen Augen daran vorübergehen."