Improving Life instead of Playing Second Life

There’s an online game called Second Life which had a huge surge many years ago, but still has roughly a million players. I recently read an article about how all of the rabbits are dying in Second Life because the person who sold their food through the game can no longer produce it (because of a lawsuit). So the rabbits have all slowly disappeared. As ridiculous as this sounds, what amazes me more is that people have been paying real money to feed a virtual rabbit.

The game behind Second Life is that you can create your own dream house, your own personality, kids, toys, pets, etc. It’s a Second Life in which you can virtually start over. This game gained national attention several years ago when a real life couple was playing the game and forgot to feed their real life baby and it died. They had been spending every minute they had on creating a Second Life and feeding their virtual baby, while their real life baby was ignored and unfed.

There seems to be an obsession with people creating a new life for themselves, but not necessarily actually taking the steps to do it. They are unhappy and instead of trying to take steps to improve their current circumstances, some people play this game and make their life what they want it to be. I imagine that if these people spend the time (and money) spent in the game on their own lives they could make vast improvements and create the life they want. Education, a new job, or perhaps moving are just a few ways to recreate or improve life.

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Kitchen Remodel and Life Being Turned Upside Down

We started a kitchen remodel a few weeks ago, and estimated 6-8 weeks for the entire process. The fridge and oven have been moved into the living room, and we have food in boxes. It’s been difficult to clean and organize anything over the last few weeks.

It’s amazing how having everything your house disrupted seems to throw off other parts of your life. I feel like nothing is as it should be, and I feel all over the place.

I spent some time cleaning the house today and it feels better, but it still feels disrupted and unorganized. We are roughly half way done with the remodel and I can’t wait until it’s all done. I’m sure it will be nice, but I never would’ve expected that I’d be more excited to get my life back.

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Being an Extra while Filming Yellowstone

Yesterday, I went up to Park City to be an extra in a movie/TV series. It was an absolutely fascinating experience. It’s for a show called Yellowstone, stars Kevin Costner, and it’s supposed to take place in Montana. Apparently, they’re really short on extras and need them desperately. I heard someone say that over 400 people had confirmed for the role that I played which was casino guest, but that only 60 people showed up.

The scene that was filmed was a street fair combined with a Native American dance competition. So many Native Americans came in full costume and were from 1 of 4 native American tribes around the country. One tribe came from as far as South Dakota. It wasn’t exactly filmed the way I thought it would be, it actually felt like we were just watching a competition with the host on the main stage and they didn’t repeat anything they just filmed the whole thing while it took place. They had cameras all over the place including up on a crane.

There were food vendors there that had enough supplies for over 100 people each, and you could go order whatever you wanted and it was free. It included tacos, burgers, salads, cotton candy, popcorn, soda, pretzels, all those things that you would expect a street fair. There were also vendors there who set up their booth and sold their jewelry, Native American blankets, etc. My role was just to walk around, shop, eat something, sit in the stands, watch the show, and cheer on the competitors.

The whole process moved incredibly swiftly at times. I arrived 20 minutes early at a random parking lot and they bussed people to the shooting location. You filled out paperwork, checked in with wardrobe and makeup, ate a really good breakfast, and then waited for couple of hours. Once they begin filming it moved pretty quickly and only took maybe two hours to complete.

They’ve been filming on this movie since August, and it sounds like quite a few people show up whenever they’re filming and have already been in several scenes as extras. All of the crew kept calling it a movie, but online it appears to be a TV show.

The Native American competition itself was fascinating, and at times made me a little teary eyed. The costumes, tradition, and dance was beautiful. For awhile, I sat near one of the set of drums that large men beat and sang while the rest of the competition danced. It was clear that the songs and dancing were not staged, but actually part of their heritage. It was beautiful to watch.

I heard several people say that Kevin Costner was there, but I didn’t see him. I’ve always been curious about how movies are filmed and what the process is, and this was a great experience. It was also a windy, beautiful fall day and it was nice to be outside.

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Using Resources May Help You to Create the Life You Want to Live

A few weeks ago, one of my colleagues said that I was the most resourceful person she knew. I was deeply flattered because I often think this, but no one else seems to notice. I believe that knowing how to use our resources is key to living a happy and successful life.

Resources can mean finding training for a skill you want to learn, finding an object you want at a reasonable price, developing a business idea, basic things like finding fordable health insurance, discovering the career you’ve always wanted to have and and then going after it with everything you’ve got, or perhaps just developing the life that you want to live.

It seems to me that most people don’t understand all of the resources available to them, they don’t seem to be able to understand how to find them, take advantage of them, or even that they exist. And many resources are free.

It may be that many people don’t know what they want, or that they know, but are unsure of how to go about putting these issues in motion

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Memory…Does it Get Worse as We Get Older or Has it Always Been Bad?

So the one thing I’m noticing as I get older is that most people have a terrible memory. I see it almost every day at work and I have to remind people what we spoke about just days before. It seems to me that the weird thing about memory is that people don’t seem to realize their memory is terrible. Most of the time when I say to someone do you remember how we talked about how we were going to do this or that, they look at me with those dazed look in their eyes and nod their head, but when I start to ask them specifics about it they have no recollection. It’s like they don’t want to know how bad it is.

Wayne, my significant other told me when we met that his memory wasn’t that great and that has proven to be true. Sometimes I feel like this is an excuse to not listen to me, but what can you do?

I guess the weird part for me is that I’ve never really thought I had a great memory, but for at least right now it seems to be better than most of the people I know. Where it seems like everyone around is forgetting, sometimes I’d rather be forgetting as well because I’d probably be less frustrated. I guess when I get to the point where someone else is looking at me saying….don’t you remember when we spoke about this or that? Then I’ll at least know my day has come.

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The Fall Season is Upon Us

I love Fall. It’s my favorite season. I love the changing leaves, the cool crisp air, boots and sweaters are pulled out again, football is back, and its back to school season. Thanksgiving and Christmas are close during the fall season. To me, it always feels as if it never lasts as long as summer or winter. It feels as though it lasts about a month and it’s never long enough. But I always look forward to it. It is the start of something new and exciting and I love that.

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Divisive Comments are Meant to Divide the Country

I recently heard a clip of news where the NFL chairman called the presidents comments about something “divisive” and thought this was an interesting choice of words. Then I started to pay attention to the tweets and comments in the news and realized that Goodall was right and not just about the presidents football comments. We are not used to a president creating issues with his words because they are typically coached into saying the right thing, and it appears that Trump doesn’t care.

I’m neither a democrat or republican, but there is a great divide in the country. There was also a divide after Obama was elected, but it didn’t seem (at least to me) to reek so much havoc in the news or on Facebook. This whole NFL fiasco has me wondering if Trump just makes a random comment and then sits back to see what happens. And if that is the case, what is he doing that needs such great distraction? Maybe he isn’t that complicated, but it makes me wonder…

Politics is an interesting thing and people feel very strongly one way or the other. I wish people felt as strongly about changing the way the political system works. But I believe that people would rather complain about the way things are rather then proactively do something to change the system. Wouldn’t that be easier?

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