Further adventures in Second Life
Well, my avatar is the proud owner of a penis. And I also bought him some chest hair while I was shopping. He is very pleased. SL is somewhat addictive, although ultimately I'm not sure what the point of it is. A lot of the gay avatars I met have huge pumped-up gym bodies, although some don't, and I'm interested in how people choose what to look like when they can basically look like anything. I kept asking people if they looked like their avatars and a common response was "yes, but I improved on a few things..." So here's me. And yes, I improved on a few things.
With that said, cat-people and aliens seem to be quite common and some people go out of their way to look as freakish as possible. I ended up being befriended by this guy who'd been on SL for a couple of years and had a little business going designing homes for people within the game. In real life he was an 18 year old who worked in a supermarket and was hoping to get a job in admin. But in SL he is wealthy and socially powerful, while I'm a penniless nobody (not that I'm a millionaire socialite or anything in real life, but I'm not badly off either.)
So he took me to his home and then out on a lake for a sail on his boat. I felt so grateful and it was kind of romantic in a weird way. I think I am going to base my avatar's character on a male version of Tanya Turner in Footballer's Wives. I have no ability to design houses to make money, so I'll just have to find me a wealthy avatar to look after me, so I can live a life of luxury. Maybe spending all my money on chest hair wasn't such a bad idea after all.