Time Zones

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Here’s the thing – no matter how much I am Pais, I cannot deny there is a lot of characteristics in-world that can really effect one’s life and experience in a way similar to how weather can flavor and influence our experience in the real world. One thing that is huge in Pais’ life is time zones.

Pais loves Flo. Flo loves Pais. Pais and Flo are seven time zones apart in RL. OK, for a few days, six time zones. Flo asked me if I changed my clocks this weekend and I was perplexed… turns out that we change times differently. For those curious, I found at http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/b.html that time changes back one our on 28 October for Europe and on 4 November for USA. So for a week, the time zone thing is even stranger.

One of the coolest parts of SL is that I meet people – really cool, interesting, intelligent, witty people.. and they could be anywhere on the planet. Thankfully, there are many people that speak english, since I can barely ask for a pizza and glass of wine in other countries, let along manage text chat. I really have misgivings about the education system that taught me when I meet people like Flo that can handle five languages. English is his third language and yesterday he had to advise me not to use a word in my own language because it made me sound ridiculous. Cripes, it can make one feel so ignorant, yet then again, there is so much to learn. It is interesting the little nuances of language that slip through in the chat stream, either word choice, sentence structure, or even cultural references.

I marvel at the people I am getting to know. I am finding more in common with my far flung friends in my SL social networks than most of the people with whom I interact in RL. Maybe this is more an illusion made possible by SL, that with so much personal information missing (our real appearance, location, occupation, education, and so forth) we allow our imaginations to fill in most. And I guess if one is an optimist, then one is filling in the blanks of what he doesn’t know about someone with positive guesses.

The thing is, you may be very far apart in the real world. I have learned that if I don’t get home from work in a decent time that Flo will already be in bed. Then, if I stay up a bit past my own bed time I can catch him when he wakes up in his morning. I go to bed and when I am waking up he may be checking in on SL during his lunch, and so forth our schedules find places to connect. Strange overlaps of my tomorrow being his today. It is not the easiest way to carry on a relationship, but when we are really in the zone there is no time at all. Just being connected in our virtual world.

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4 responses to “Time Zones

  1. Ruslan Laryukov

    Timez0nes SUCK !! :-P

  2. Heh yes, the joys of Timezones. SL has certainly messed up my bodyclock.

    But on the positive side I am so glad there are opportunities to meet some fantastically wonderful people that otherwise I would not have met.

  3. Do you think we connect so well on SL because we fill in the gaps or because we are not bothered by the distracting and to some degree irrelevant details like social status, age, religious background and all sorts of RL affairs we needs wrestle through normally before we can connect to someone at the core level?

    I hardly ever fill in these details but enjoy not being distracted by them and walk the direct route in … it has given me the most wonderfull relationships in my life, most of them remaining just as strong when eventually the details did get filled in :-)

    My biological clock has been messed up by SL so many times I lost count .. but i wouldn’t have wanna missed any one of them!

    Another great piece Pais! I love reading your posts!

    Love
    Robin F.

  4. Pingback: Globalized Pais « Pais Kidd’s Weblog

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