The Wasteland

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
                                                                                                                                                                                    (TS Eliot : The Wasteland (opening) )
changed, changed utterly:   
A terrible beauty is born.
                                                                                                                                                                                    (WB Yeats, Easter 1916)
Wow! It seems like you can’t take your eye off the SL ball for a second! In recent weeks I’ve been underwhelmed by SL, and not posting or logging in much (all of this a reaction to recent illness and a reappraisal of life itself as a result).

On my return, I’ve found that Brenda and Elbag seem to have sold the Eden Estate  and it’s now owned by Loretta String.

I know the mechanics of SL have probably required a lot of stuff to be non-transferrable (a bug bear of mine since I started in SL because, if I can give clothes away to friends in RL, why have I never been able to do that in SL with many of the items?) but Eden now resembles a wasteland…

Above (top photo) you can see the road leading to the airport (still intact, oddly enough) end abruptly. The entire hub section has disappeared, and much else in Eden besides. The old landmarks, Naked Dreams, a lot of everything!!

I don’t want to be too harsh, since this change has only happened in the past couple of weeks, and rebuilding/rejuvenation will take time, but…wow!!! It looks like some sort of pixellated nuclear war has taken place.

I’ve no idea if it’s coincidental, but many of the islands are now uninhabited. It feels like a mass exodus in some locations! Howie’s home remains intact, and I messaged him to find out his plans, which are to sit tight until the rent is up for renewal and assess his options then because (a) he hasn’t a clue how to renew rent right now and (b) suspects that there will be a rent rise as a result (‘as in real life, so it is in Second Life when new owners appear. I’m not expecting a rental reduction, put it like that’ was his response)

The jewel in the crown of SL naturism…denuded, if you’ll forgive me that description 😦