Two years ago when I was a newbie in SL, I would explore a lot. Typing a word, any word, in the search box then teleporting to a new location would fill part of my time. I loved talking with people and learning everyday. The other part of my time would be spent at the occassional live music events.
There was one live artist that I really liked. Kim Seifert has powerful voice and mainly sings country, but I also loved her jazzy tunes. Kim quickly became my favorite SL live artist.
My blog had just began. I did a blog posting about Kim and caught her attention.
I'm not sure exactly when our friendship really began. Perhaps it when she said she was moving within a 3 hour drive of where I live. Kim and I met for lunch one day, and it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Kim and I are friends in both worlds now. We still live about 3 hours apart, but when you have a friend you really like, a 3-hour dive is a great way to spend the day. Kim has a lovely family who welcomed me with open arms just as Kim did. I love spending time with them whether it's just sitting and talking, playing a game or cooking dinner.
I'm amazed at the possibilities that Second Life and the Internet brings to our lives everyday. Years ago I would have never dreamed that a virtual world would have brought such a special friend into my real world.