9.08.2010

double life

It happened gradually. He was a software developer, a brilliant one, and he started exploring Second Life, the alternate reality platform on the web. He became increasingly engrossed. Once a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult, he is also a musician, and he started to play "live" gigs on the web. He bought a bar in Second Life and began to sell CDs. His real-life coworkers worried when he stopped playing real gigs, but he was making real money on line in U.S. $$. He met someone in SL. Presumably they had cybersex. He divorced his real life wife and married his on-line lover. He shows office mates her picture in his wallet.  Actually, a picture of her avatar. "It's a cartoon!" one friend says. He and the little woman have never met in person.
    I know his names, both of them. I want looking for him in Second Life, but I am such an idiot I can't figure out how to navigate there. I did find videos of some of his SL gigs on You Tube. (And I  recalled a 1974 blind date with Murray Krugman, a former producer of the Blue Oyster Cult. It was backstage at a concert, and Patti Smith was there and maybe even this roadie. But who introduced me to Krugman?) Anyway, is having a second life weird or what? With my new phone, I can walk around with double vision, too, texting and talking away to little avatars of my friends in far-flung locales. How different are we from this guy?

6 comments :

cba said...

What???

Better get rid of that phone.

otra rubia said...

Did you get an iPhone? Do you love it?

Claudia said...

I have Chris's old iPhone. I still can't really use it. Note to self: Fill out address book on computer in your next lifetime.

JF Jude (Bo) said...

...and Patti Smith was there...
I'll read this a time or few
in a decade unfair
how well she wrote through

D.R. said...

After reading this I feel rather ordinary.

neruda said...

way way way over my head and under my radar ....you will have to.... splain it to me Lucy