Actually, my SL moves have already occurred. If only RL moves were as easy.
I had been thinking of lowering my tier and the easiest way to do it is by giving up the quarter sim in Fendahl. When I was still thinking of moving Mer Betta there, I didn't know how to build the ground level, but I saw a build in an RFL fair that would be perfect. It was a mountain island with rocks shaped like a skull and a cove with a pirate ship in it. So I talked to the creator who was very gracious and told me where to get the sculpt maps for the skull and he even gave me the texture that he created for it. I decided to make my own texture so I could match it with the other rocks that I wanted. That was where I filmed my first Mer Betta ad.
|A stereoscopic pair showing Skull Mountain. The platform was temporarily installed for my 5th rez day anniversary.|
Anyway, I met Micah in July 2010 soon after I bought that parcel. She was a friend of the previous owner, and she logged in on the parcel when I was building it. So I asked her first if she wanted to take it over, because the land had sentimental value to her. Otherwise, I would just abandon the land to Gov Linden. She wanted it, and so I transferred the land to her on the 20th of the month. (My tier is charged every 21st of the month.) I gave her copies of the objects that I could transfer, including the skull and the elephants on top of the skull. I left some of my things that I couldn't transfer until she could purchase them herself.
|A view of the west from the south side of Skull Mountain.|
Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to move my tier down because most of my lands were deeded to groups in order to get more prim allowance. So I had to give up two more parcels in Aglia that were given to me as gifts. Now, I'm down to just my parcels in Aglia and Zeuzera (including my very first 512 sqm plot) and the parcel in Dunbeath where I have the Mer Betta store, the Ms.O.Lei-ny store, and the recording studio for "Talk, Like Dim Sum".
A home with Wolfgang
I don't remember how the conversation started about finding a new home, but I got nervous about Alt #27 and Alt #32 being associated with Opal/Treasure and my RL. So, we decided (actually, it was more my decision) to find a place that was really our own. Not just mine.
In a sense, it was a good decision, because I had to give up the parcel we were on anyway.
The first parcel was a beautiful location in the water but the owner was a jerk, because he wanted us to pay for the prims of an ugly build that he refused to remove. I was pissed. Wolfgang was more sympathetic to the owner (which pissed me off even more), so I told him to deal with the owner himself. I wanted to leave; he wanted to work it out. I asked him if he was attached to the land and he replied that he wasn't attached to material things. I said I'd rather be homeless than deal with jerks like that owner. It was that statement that prompted him to say, "ok ok ... let's leave." And we started picking up our things.
I wanted to just let the rent expire, because we figured the owner wouldn't refund us the difference anyway. But W wanted to be polite, so he informed the landlord when I refused to. The landlord later replied, proving himself even more of a jerk. W finally conceded that it was a good idea to get as far away as possible from people like that.
At first I couldn't understand why W wanted to stay so bad that he and I fought about it. Then I realized there were two reasons -- he himself deals with renters, and it was the first home that was truly equally ours. Like his comment about making plans about the future, giving up a jointly shared home probably made him nervous about our future together. In a sense, he was fighting for our future together.
Anyway, we went back to a private-sim parcel that we saw earlier and we started building it, avoiding the use of Opal's stuff and searching for freebies and cheapies instead. The ground level is practically done.
Meanwhile, I keep sorting and packing for my RL move ....