Saturday, June 23, 2007

Life Imitates Art

Mr. Peterman prefers 1st life engagements to 2nd Life, so when a real world opportunity to be Victorian comes along I jump on it. In order to do this, I've foregone a few Caledonian events in the last 24 hours in order to do basically the same kinds of things in 1st life (you know, wearing 19th century clothes, playing soldier, and going to balls). This weekend has been the annual Civil War shindig in the town across the bay from us, so we paid a few calls. On Friday night we rode into the woods and met up with a party of Union soldiers on patrol. They very appropriately "asked" us to accompany them (after checking to see if our weapons were loaded, being good soldiers), and we marched with them for a bit. I surreptitiously shot a few seconds of video in the deepening twilight. There would be more, but I didn't want to wave a camera around and "pop their bubble". Yes, we were in full 1860s civilian kit, including the horse tack. They were doing a "primitive" total immersion operation, and spent the night bivouacked in the forest. We rode with them for a few miles but eventually bade them good night, much to their surprise as they thought we were with the Civil War organization, and rode back to the trailhead in the dark: an adventure for us and the horses! There was a bit of a moon last night, but between clouds and deep forest, it was verrry dark and spooky. I'm glad horses have good night vision, because I have none at all.


Today (Saturday), we visited the camps as the characters we portrayed last night and had fun visiting with folks we had met on the trail. Later, we went home to change into evening kit, and I magically turned into a girl. In SL I can magically snap a photo whenever I want, in RL I actually have to pull out a camera, so of course I didn't get anything of the dance from which we just returned. These shots of us back at home will have to suffice.





Gordon is a bit trans-decade with his Mexican war jacket and Indian wars cap and boots, and I'm wearing my 1860s tea gown with an 1850s hairdo. How's that for being eclectic? We still looked pretty spiffy, I think (so do the cats, apparently). Oh, yes, I took my gloves off in the car and forgot to put them back on for the photo (oops). In SL you can check on your baby chickens without removing your gloves, in 1st Life, it's more complicated...







I'm not sure but I may be one of the few ladies of Caledon who's husband/significant other is perfectly happy to wear 19th century clothes and go to a battle/ball in 1st life but finds SL too complicated and frustrating, rather than the reverse...

2 comments:

Eladrienne Laval said...

Lovely dress! I love the green color!

Neb said...

Isn't that a nifty gown? I used the tea gown from Janett Arnold and added the contrast fabric in the center of the bodice. I can just barely fit into it anymore, even with tight lacing. I made it when I was 29, and now I'm 43...and a bit thicker.