Party Time – Redux

I’d like to thank everyone who showed up for the party yesterday, and also those who for watever reason were unable to come, but who sent messages instead. You all really did make my day.

Especially, I’d like to thank Miche Rainbow for providing an audio stream, and for DJing for us for the first hour – everyone enjoyed the set. And of course, above all else, I want to thank Freya Becquerel, without whom I’d probably have left SL years ago. I love you.

Party Time

Today, I sent out a batch of invitations to my birthday party on Saturday. It will be at Zazi, though the exact spot has yet to be decided. The thing is, I probably missed some people I should have sent to, but unless I had a calling card for someone, I couldn’t.

So, if you didn’t get an invite and think you should have, or if I missed out your partner, then remember, this is for you too. Bring a partner, there’s no need to come alone… and call me if for whatever reason, I left you out.

You are invited to attend a party!

On Saturday 16th August 2008
From 12:00 SL Time (8pm UK) in Zazi

Siobhan Taylor will be celebrating 5 years in Second Life.

There may possibly be cake.

IM for a teleport if you don’t already have a LM

See you there, I hope.

A visit to the doctor

I’ve been off work for the last two days, feeling generally down. I couldn’t get an appointment yesterday, but this morning, after waiting for two and a half hours, I got to see my GP – it’s the first time I’ve seen him since I moved here, almost 2 years ago – and he confirmed at least the basics of what’s wrong as being deppression. So now I have to try and change my life to get over it… Walking and exercise to start, try to socialise and then go back in a couple of weeks to see if we need a more chemical treatment.

What causes it though? Well, it’s a few things I guess, including a sense of not belonging or displacement, a lack of local friends, work being stressful and boring, loneliness and of course the general self loathing that comes with gender disphoria. Lots to work with.

The doctor was nice about it though. He admitted he knows little about gender issues except what he has read in regular journals, but he’s going to try to find out more and maybe refer me to a local specialist, so there could be some progress there. It’s a first step anyway.

Weekend Away

And so, here we are again. Away from home. My parents are away for the weekend, and they asked me to look after the dog. So I’m away, at their place, with a stack of DVDs, a laptop, and a small dog… oh, and access to the wine cellar. It’s a nice enough day, good weather and so on. It was a pleasant ride down today too, so I can’t complain about that, and since Freya’s away, I needed something to do. Pity the connection’s not stable enough for Second Life, though I could play Eve if I were tempted.

I looked at the date. Eleven days to go. Eleven days to my fifth birthday. I’ve not been in Second Life for a while, at least not regularly. I spend a lot of time playing Eve, which is more fun I suppose, but it’s also painful when you lose.

I lost a ship this week, an Arazu class Force-Recon ship. I had uncloaked to attack in a belt, and was clearing up the remnents of the NPCs. I was attacked by a PC pirate in an interceptor. Must have been using an exploit. He scrambled me and hit me with blasters from 60km, and kept lock under 3 heavy dampeners (which is impossible for that ship at a fraction of that range). When my ship died, he was fast enough to lock my pod… at which point, he was joined by 2 friends who finished me off.

Eve is no fun for me right now.