It all started by Pandora taking Dandellion by surprise: HUG-attack! By now, a large part of the grid inhabitants are on a hug quest, showing themselves visible on the map and teleporting to befriended avatars all over the Second Life grid, just to give them a hug.
I won’t say these days are all about hugging - they are about expensive presents, way to much food and showing off the clothes too - but I do think this is a nice initiative. Lindens surely did not give us animations just for SLex purposes, did they? ;)
Today, I took it one step further: I hugged a total stranger! That’s right, a total f*cking stranger. Zonya Zenovka is hawt, but still a stranger. If I inherited one thing from my human’s personality, it is that I am not likely to hug. On rare occasions, and only very spontaneously, I will do so. In SL spontaneously is even harder to do, as I still do not master the whole ZHAO, animations, Pandora-HUD stuff. Dumb me. But that’s besides the point here.
So, when shopping for free full perm female skin textures, I sneaked up on Zonya Zenovka with a huge smile on my mouth to hide discomfort. And then, when gathered all courage, I asked if I could hug.
Yeey! I was allowed. Still a bit uncomfortable, I decided to look at the whole hugging thing from a bit of a distance - through my snapshot window. But still… when it was over, I did not want to let go! :/
So, who’s next? To be hugged by me? And to confess about hugging experiences? Wrath? :D
For making hugging a bit easier, Pandora Designs has made a freebie demo Pandora HUD available, which gives you access to one hug, a lot of happy facial expressions and allows you to pick three persons that will always allow you to hug them.
Disclaimer: some parts of this blogpost may contain humorous winks. ;)