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  • In elegance we twirl
    the moment that we whirl
    smiling at each other
    sharing the magic of the night
    bathed in the shimmering light
    romantic words exchanged
    intoxicated by the sounds
    of music and affection
    good friends and lovers
    new friends and old
    joined in our reveries
    lifted in our hearts and souls
    this fellowship of joy
    reminds us we are more
    than virtual companions
    we are people taking time
    to be human
    © July 23, 2012

    Like Alex, I participate in the virtual world, although I prefer IMVU to Second Life. The photo above is from an evening a couple months back at my ballroom, the Cobalt Room. [Yes, I named it in honor of the ballroom from The Shadow where Lamont Cranston first laid eyes on Margo Lane.]

    Now at first glance you might think this is a cartoon of sorts, and in a way you are correct. The avatars in IMVU are idealized representations of people. But behind every one of them is a person. A real flesh and blood human being with hopes and dreams and memories. And feelings. Very important to remember that last part. They may look like cartoons, but they have feelings.

    If you thought this was something for the kiddies, guess again. Most of the crowd I know, and quite a few I don't, are in their 50's or older. We have our cliques, of course, people we have known for some time, and we are always meeting newer folks as they enter into our realm. On any given evening there are more than eighty to one hundred thousand people on IMVU. Every aspect of life is duplicated in the virtual world, including weddings, funerals, births, parties, and all sorts of activities. There are even fantasy rooms that range from furries [people in animal costumes] to vampires to samurai and ninja, and all sorts of other indulgences. And then there are those of us who just want to relax with people in a comfortable setting.

    The crowd I hang out with is a social crowd, a group of friends who enjoy each others company, enjoy playing games and dancing, and enjoy good music. Like the music you are hearing while reading this. We prefer a time when life was more elegant. So we go to IMVU and, for a while, the world returns to a more civilized time when lyrics can be understood, music requires a bit more than three guitars and a set of drums, and people conduct themselves with a little decorum.

    Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours. And it certainly beats out television.


    [music - Benny Goodman Orchestra playing Someday Sweetheart - available at Community Audio]
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