Tuesday, September 25, 2007

building a mystery

Sometimes I wander.

Sometimes I have no direction, other times I have an agenda. This time started out going through landmarks for various and sundry I'd found intriguing once...so I set about revisiting them, finding out if they still were.

Along the way I saw many oddities.

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Some made sense. The bonfire. The seagulls. The Viking ship.

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Some did not. This, for example, was found under a lake. The lake didn't exist last time I was through.

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Some filled me with nostalgia. I'm glad the brontosauri and the malt shop is still in Pontiac's sim.

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Some made me reflective, showed me new faces of old familiar locales.

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Very new faces. This two-headed draconic skeleton? Is...somewhere...in Avaria.

By that point, I had found the loves in the life, and we had gone off on a Hoppy Pay-fueled trip. It was fairly boring--and trust me, earning from L$0.09 to L$0.12 per trip? Not exactly screaming ahead, raking Lindens in--but then we hit part of the Burning Life exhibit for this year.

And things suddenly got entertaining.

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The inside of the Bone Room, accessed by standing in a particular spot far below it, and flying up, to spiral inside. If you check the uppermost interior room, there's a souvenir to take home.

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Someone decided to rebuild the infamous generation scene of the whale and the pot of petunias from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's just hanging there in midair, looking weird and cool.

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I flew down a marvelously translucent structure and caught glimpse of something just on the other side.

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Someone took an incredible amount of time and energy, making a stylized, hammered brass, freestanding representation of a stalk of comfrey flowers. This...this was just incredible, hovering beside it.

I'm going to do my best to go back in, see more. But Burning Life 2007, as Burning Life 2006 before it, is full of wonder and amazement. Go see.

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