If you are a regular reader of this blog you will probably come across this post and think that someone had kidnapped Tyche and taken over the writing. I can assure you that I, Tyche, am not being held captive anywhere and I am indeed the one writing this blog. I just plan on taking it down a road I do not often travel. There will be minimal joking, just heartfelt words….and some joking…..because I cannot help myself!
As many of you know, we lost an awesome person this week. Brandy Maltas, also known as Kalli Birman in Secondlife, passed away after a valiant battle with cancer. I did not know Brandy well, but I know many in SL who did and I know that she was always a tremendous supporter of the live music scene in SL The few times that I had the pleasure of making her acquaintance she was always nothing but sweet. She even contributed photos to the blog when I was just starting out writing it and had little clue what I was doing. Everyone at After Dark sends their thoughts and love to her family and loved ones. Is it a cliché? Yes, but it is also true.
Brandy’s passing got my mind churning. To a large extent many of us feel somewhat immortal until we are forced to face our mortality. I am not going to dwell on the sad. I am however going to step up on my soapbox for a second. When that feeling of immortality is coupled with the veil that existing in a virtual world can provide us, people sometimes forget that there are real people behind the cartoons that appear on the screen. Having the ability to be anything or anyone you want in SL is amazing, but it also comes with some responsibility. Am I rambling, possibly, but I promise it will all make sense eventually!
I will stop talking in circles and get to the point. I am sure that damn near everyone is familiar with “The Golden Rule” (for those well versed in the songs of Lonely Island, I am NOT referring to THAT golden rule!). At After Dark we have our own version of The Golden Rule. It is simple and to the point. Don’t be a dick! I do not often see people breaking that rule at After Dark, but it never hurts to be reminded. You never know what is around the corner and you never know when the last impression you made on someone could indeed be your final impression you ever leave on them. Feel the love, embrace it, it is all around.
I will step down from my soapbox now and offer a big hug to you all. Remember to feel the love and please, don’t be a dick.