Defined Borders Protect by Allie McCallen

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Knowing how to be both friendly and yet distant is a balancing that Allie McCallen has perfected, as she explores creative potential.

Defined Borders Protect by Allie McCallen, Club 80’s

This club does not have any effect on my real life. Yet, everything we are in the real world does influence how we relate here. I wouldn’t say SL teaches a greater self-knowledge, but I have learned more computer skills. My policy is to not bring real life into SL.

It is easier in SL for people to jump into things before they know what they are doing. And people can be deceptive. Don’t believe anything until you know who’s behind that av! Make sure your property is protected, and take everything with a ‘grain of salt’—be wary until you know for sure. It takes a few years to get to know a person. Keep hoping for the best—that’s all we can do.

It takes time to get to know people. We love our friends who come here regularly. They are family. But I did not come to SL with this in mind. I was here several months before I met Merlin—at a club named Robs. He reached out to me with all that charisma!! Now, he has been my friend for years, and together in several clubs. This part of my life with Merlin is something I love and always look forward to. A great partner is someone who is there for you, someone you can depend upon. Merlin is like clockwork, always here when he promises, always has been.

With our experience, we have seen all the ups and downs of running a club. The most challenging are having an SL failure— loss of music, crashing, sim going down. That takes rolling with the situation. And collaborating with a blend of talents—building and hosting.

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A great DJ has a comprehensive selection and can fill requests, with an interesting variety of music at each show. They don’t recycle the same play list time after time. Merlin has a good memory for the music people like. He will play their favorites without requests sometimes. I have seen DJ’s who ignore requests. Some DJ’s never respond. They play only what they like. Merlin goes out of his way to play for others.

I do all the sets for the club.I change it for seasons, holidays, and special events like birthdays or rez days. So that can be a lot of work and very time-consuming. I am happy until I come up against something I can’t do. Then I look for solutions—and get them by asking.  [I learned to build because] I needed to make things I couldn’t find. So I asked for help, went to the Ivory Tower, and went through tutorials. Most of my skills I learned here with the help of friends, and good groups such as Builder’s Brewery. Learning something new is fun.

For now the club will stay as is. Overall, I am happy with its progress. Of course, we always welcome more here. —Allie McCallen

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Please see more insights from Allie in “Border Patrols— How DJ’s Manage the Boundaries Between Virtual and Real,” the in-world article that compares his views with others in his circle. The in-world edition is a complement to this online series, and together comprise a publishing suite.

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