I've worn many hats and tried on many identities as an avatar. I've been young and I've been old. Skinny and full-figured. Black and white. And red and green. A cheerleader and a derby girl. A barista and a host. I've seen so much love and beauty, so much desire, so much hunger for love and connection in the virtual world. I've seen that hunger and need expressed in unhelpful and destructive ways. Ways that can make living in this world as frustrating as living in the first life we came from. I'm touched by the tiny acts of kindness that surround us every day. If we can make it here, we can make it anywhere.
When a panel votes on a trainee, we are making a choice about one specific trainee. It might be less obvious, but with each trainee who Panels, we are also defining who we are. Panels are a test of what SLCS is. Of who we aspire to be.
After Thursday night SLCS practice Amber Hazel Woods (BongzieHaze) and I headed over to a club she hosts at to listen to her favorite Blues DJ. And do some dancing in the street in Maddy’s SLCS 15th Anniversary uniforms.
Cheerleaders share the stories behind how they chose their avatar names. From frustration with Lucky Chairs to refugees from another world, we’ve taken some interesting journeys to find our names and to become a part of SLCS.
On Sunday I helped cutie write a short bio for the Second Life Cheerleading Squad (SLCS) for the Spoonful of Sugar Festival. Then on Monday I worked with Christi on what the SLCS logo & colors represent.
What if we modified the SLCS Rank Controller and levels of Cheerleader away from a military model of Lieutenants and Captains to a more participation, achievement, and community-based model of Pom Pom colors?
The NCAA has ruled Cheerleading not a sport. The American Medical Association says that Cheerleading is a sport. Different courts have ruled both ways. What is a sport? And whatever a sport is, is Cheerleading that?
I sent a notice to our new “Empty Coffee Shop Club” SL Group that I was going to be at Lost in Pages Books & Cafe Lounge for a while. Rosie Gray came by and later Chrysty Carolina came by. It’s a lovely coffee shop. Delicious baked goods and a nice place to park yourself while you work on projects.