Five years ago, my friends DJ Adrian and the Mysterious Dapproached me to be a constituent in their newest passion––mashups.Since then, they have successfully built an empire basedon their status as the first and best bastard-pop DJs in America.Their party Bootie is a worldwide roving club in cities like L.A., NYC,Paris, Munich, Mexico, Tokyo and most recently, Second Life. Atthis point you may be asking yourself, "Where the fuck is SecondLife?" Allow me to explain.
I damned Second Life a year and a half ago when my twin sisterJordan ditched my 30th b-day party to go clubbing there or meeta new BF or whatever. I didn't really care much cause I have nointerest in all that dungeons and drag queens shit. Secondlife.com states that "Second Life® is a 3-D virtual world created byits residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grownexplosively and today is inhabited bymillions of residents from around theglobe."
Basically it's a total dork-wad roleplayinggame that goes way over mypretty head. It's a social networkingtool kind of like MySpace. Essentially,you're living in a 3-D environmentwith an interactive world in real time.At last count there was an overallpopulation of 15,139,552 with 50,000people online at any given time. Theland is divided into islands such asInformation Island, which, incidentally,had some of the best librarians I'veever come across. The community isdotted with restaurants, non-profits,political protests, a university withan impressive academic enclave,real-estate agents, hookers, lawyers,strippers and doctors. I suggestgoing to YouTube and checking outthe birth of an avatar. There's just abevy of things to spend money on,too. If I wanted my avatar to have mysignature flowing blonde locks, I'dhave to pay real money for that shit.The marketplace currently supportsmillions of U.S. dollars in monthlytransactions. This commerce ishandled with the inworld unit oftrade, the Linden Dollar, whichcan be converted to U.S. dollars atseveral thriving online Linden Dollarexchanges. In fact, a woman in Asianamed Anshent Chung is the firstperson to become a multi millionairein real life from her real-estateventures in SL and other such online community developments.
Let's get back to clubbing. Getting started can be quite confusing. You create anavatar (a digital representation of a user in a virtual reality site) and are deployed onan island. Unless you're the computer geek type, you'll never make it off. So I chose toride along with my twin since she was already established. There are hundreds, if notthousands, of clubs to choose from––gay, straight, sex, strip, jazz,reggae, techno, industrial, fetish, and my favorite, the disabledpersons dance club created by Simon Stevens of Canterbury,England. In real life, he is challenged with cerebral palsy. Hisavatar still lives in a wheel chair and sports a helmet. Apparentlyfear of a head injury is a big concern in SL, too. His nightclub,called Wheelies, celebrates our handi-capable avatars. The clubnames are the best; Qatar, Ambrosia, Glam-Scum, Solaris and ofcourse the aforementioned Bootie.