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One can justify anything if they look at it from the right angle...

One can justify anything if they look at it from the right angle...

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When I started in SL it was only a matter of time before I would start to want a place to call my own in order to play at terraforming.

It would also be a nice to have a place to call my own ~ where I could park my AV when I am eventually learning to build things and reading info inworld....and a place to get her/him nekked and change clothes without being in public.

Now my place is open to the public and I'm hardly worried about modesty, so someone seeing Kulta starkers isn't the issue. It's a matter of not being rude and stripping down in someones backyard.

ANYway ~ no surprise Xan's husband had a pretty piece of real estate waiting for me.

I have of course been spoiled. I don't have to deal with *griefers* (SL Trolls) or nasty neigbours due to the fact that I have common lands all around me, a sensible covenant and law abiding neighbours and awesome terrain to work with.

So I pay rent (not remotely high by SL standards either...hence le spoiled kitty am I) and when I mentioned this to Teh Bob, his eyes bugged out. The gears in his brain froze up solid and then he quietly told me I was INSANE to pay for vapor.

.....

I told him that the definition of *vapor* is all relative. He went to a NHL playoff game in NYC this spring. The tickets/flight etc were not cheap. What he spent in 24 hours could buy me 3 YEARS of vapor. I will get a whole lot more play and enjoyment if you count dollars = hours than he did for something that is no more *real* than pushing cursors around in an online environment. He wasn't playing the hockey game...he was just watching and enjoying it with a friend...how is that different from what I'm doing?

I also mentioned that this particular hobby is cheaper than dolls.

Without missing a beat he told me he'd rather I bought more dolls than payed for something that didn't really exist.

*0__0!!!

I want that in writing...because it's not like I'm not TEMPTED!

Seriously ~ really am tempted but will hold the line at the pack I have right now as I await the arrival of my lastest two (whom I ordered in May)... and while I'm planning another (I want to recreate my Av as a doll) I am not going to let impulse guide me.

AND that becomes interestingly simple enough to accomplish by just doing the math and realize that: 1 Doll = 5 months of shopping inworld (I give myself a weekly allowance) or 18 months SL rent.*

Suddenly the play value of another doll doesn't quite make sense...even if I can hold it in my hot little hands. Especially when I have so many that are mid project and I'm happy with.

Kulta is a doll too, but one that can literally interact with other peoples dolls and I can accumulate a closet of outfits for at a fraction of the cost.

If NOTHING else, SL has stopped me from endlessly snooping around doll shoppes online. OH I keep updated on what is available but the habit has been replaced with snooping around clothing shops in SL. It satisfies the need without making the wallet scream for mercy.

I'm not going to say that's a good thing....it's just less of a bad thing. ;)
  • *chuckles*
    I'm going to play devil's advocate here and side with your husband. The idea of paying for "vapour" doesn't make sense to me, even though I was quite the RPG addict years ago. For example, I can't justify paying for e-books or buying them because I can't hold them in my hands.

    Weird logic maybe. Or perhaps I'm just a material girl^_~
    • Ironically ....for the hubby, he is now developing an interest in my adventures in SL, since there are so many applications for it in the RL (he's in the computer hardware industry) and he deals with businesses and eductational institutions who are developing uses for SL as a means of doing business and teaching.

      It makes me laugh that there are more and more articles in the newspaper about this and suddenly he can say *MY wife is in SL* with a sense of authority and pride.

      *rolls eyes*

      As for books...I'm with you all the way my dear woman. I will NOT accept Ebooks as a medium because amazon.com proved just how much vapor they are by deleting volumes from customers ebooks at the push of a button when a publisher wanted them *pulled from the shelf*.

      People woke up to refunds and a book taken from the Kindle files without notification. Like a shop clerk raiding your shelves at night and leaving you a refund cheque on your night stand. WTF?!

      Naturally people freaked .

      The volume?

      George Orwell's 1984.

      The irony is too perfect.

      ANYway...the cost of my playing in SL is = to a few dolls which is equal to a single professional sports game my husband goes to so I just shrug it off and pretend I'm watching hockey.....as the experience is still transient and not something you can resell or put on a shelf or even experience again. ;)
      • It makes me laugh that there are more and more articles in the newspaper about this and suddenly he can say *MY wife is in SL* with a sense of authority and pride.

        *dies laughing*
        Like we discussed earlier, isn't it nice how they do a 180 turn when it suits them?^_~

        *blinks*
        Wow. I didn't hear about Amazon's latest fiasco. It really is like having someone steal your property.
        • Yeah it's all rather nice when we miraculously come out looking really smart for having a dumb hobby (aka waste of money).

          *^__^*

          oh that Amazon thing....HERE is an article that recounts not just what but why it happened.

          ....you can doubtless find many other rant posts on the fall out about the how it happened on your own.

          :)
  • Kulta is a doll too, but one that can literally interact with other peoples dolls and I can accumulate a closet of outfits for at a fraction of the cost.

    That's exactly it, as I've said all along, dolls and dolls houses and let's pretend, the combination is a winner, and IF you can sell the occasional item as well to feed your habit, then it's even better.

    People spend fortunes on WoW and console games, they have expensive memberships to clubs and societies they never go to, it isn't any difference.

    • ....it's all that and so much more for us of the multi media generation. I haven't finished counting the ways this place is fun....it isn't our mother's doll house to be sure.

      EVERYone has their habit....if they have disposible income. Booze doesn't last long. Travel is a finite experience. Heck...even gourmet cooking ends up in the toilet. Arguing that a form of entertainment is only worthwhile spending money on if it's tangible is useless when so much of what we consider entertainment is here now gone in 2 hours. You are not getting the time or money back when you take your chances on seeing a film that might suck. Was that a poor investment? Better spent perhaps taking the same money and playing for 20 hours in SL shopping, dancing, exploring, building..whatever and having a riot. Just saying...


      :) I understand why it bakes peoples noodle but heh....you can't compare apples to apples and try to tell me what you are really doing is comparing apples and bananas.
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