Then lands safely in a raft floating slowly toward a waterfall…
I’m getting exhausted with all these “Stock market plummets!” and “Stock market even worse than yesterday!” and “Wait! Stock market a little better today!” headlines. I don’t even read the stories – let alone dare to open my 401K or Scottrade statements – but I still can’t seem to avoid the overview provided whenever I log into my Yahoo mail account.
From the looks of things, pretty soon we’re going to be waiting in bread lines and rationing toilet paper. Nonetheless, I’m still clinging to hopes of book deals or plain old well-paid fame, but a few more months of this, and you may find me working the breakfast shift at Denny’s. Did I mention I have an MBA?
Thus, I think I’m going to give the real world the old heave ho. My dad sent me the link to this thing “Second Life” today, and a whole lot started to come clear. Who needs reality anyway? If you ask me, it’s quite overrated.
So what is Second Life, you ask? Well, per the site (http://secondlife.com/whatis/):
“Second Life® is a 3-D virtual world created by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of Residents from around the globe.
- From the moment you enter the World you’ll discover a vast digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity. Once you’ve explored a bit, perhaps you’ll find a perfect parcel of land to build your house or business.
- You’ll also be surrounded by the Creations of your fellow Residents. Because Residents retain intellectual property rights in their digital creations, they can buy, sell and trade with other Residents.
- The Marketplace currently supports millions of US dollars in monthly transactions. This commerce is handled with the inworld unit of trade, the Linden™ dollar, which can be converted to US dollars at several thriving online Linden dollar exchanges.”
What’s that you say? The virtual dollars can be converted to REAL dollars? So I can hang out in pretend land and do whatever the hell it is people do there all day and somehow make money selling god knows what? This is starting to sound less like a crackpot dream and more like a sound financial strategy every second!
So for the next few months if I start to refer to myself as “The Donald” or just “the man” and talking about Melania (sp?) and Baron and my life as a real estate tycoon, just relax and know that I’ve checked out of the real world and into Second Life. Nothing to be alarmed about. Just trying to distract myself while we ride out this financial crisis.
Remember, investing in the stock market is a marathon, not a sprint. And marathons are painful.