Culture Shock

The first thing I saw, when I resumed my wandering along the Park Way route, was The Little Black Dress arcade. This little arcade filled my heart with joy… I love places like this, where the love and attention by the owner is obvious in every little detail. Back when I was only a year or so old, I barely used or knew how to use ‘Marketplace’, didn’t read any SL blogs, never went to sales ‘events’… I got all my clothes by stumbling upon places like this. I actually stumbled on some pretty awesome retailers, like ‘L&B’, and ‘House of RFyre’, totally by accident, but usually it was just totally unknown, random retailers. I used to really enjoy looking through shops and arcades like this, and they used to be everywhere. These days I’m very particular about what I wear, and only buy the brands I like, usually at ‘events’, or from their mainstores, I simply don’t go to random places like this, any more. I was delighted to buy, in ‘The Little Black Dress’, the pants I’m wearing… L$49 for a pair of pants with a 6 texture HUD! So that was a lovely start to the day’s rambling…

… all along the Park Way, I saw these boorish, ugly signs on the roadside in front of lovely homes. The land baron who owns them clearly had good taste in buildings, all his/her properties were the same creators’ buildings, all in this rustic, stuccoed, European/Mediterranean style, but they all had these truely offensive signs in front of them. I simply cannot fathom the point of such tasteless display, or why anyone would rent somewhere that had something so tacky out front… but, each to their own, I guess…

… just as the Park Way becomes the Atoll Coast Road, I came across this enormous edifice…

… it was another arcade/mall, this time vastly bigger, but really pretty, in front of a huge building called ‘The Free Dove’. I’d never heard of this place. A quick look inside showed a barn-like interior chock full of the type of clothing I have zero interest in, so I went out and looked around the lovely outside area, filled with shops and stalls…

… I found this sign outside the main building to be somewhat-over-the-top…

… and the product at this stall to be really adorable, but slightly disconcerting… how do you fit a kitten into such a thin container? Is it a dehydrated kitten, just add water? What, even, is it? Is it an animesh pet, or decor? So many questions, totally unanswered by the super-cute packaging…

… I’d been wandering around the really pretty mall, filled with retailers I’d never heard of, with really cool names, when I got a notecard explaining ‘The Free Dove’… everything inside that huge shopping barn was free! ‘The Free Dove’ is a famous, 16 year old, historic SL destination that I’ve never heard of! The over-the-top nudity sign was now in context, as there would be a lot of newby traffic, here. I felt like an alien in a strange land, one I’d forgotten even existed in SL, the one of poor, freshly-minted avi’s, the one of random shopping malls, the one of everything being new, and fascinating. I’m so pleased I’ve started my random ramblings, again.

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