Lucky Stumps, Bubble Chairs

I don’t know how to classify this post. This COULD be classified as another “Ahuva threw herself under a bus”. It could go under “Strong Contender for laughing the most in SL”. Or “My Friends are Wonderful”. “Shopping Do’s and Don’ts”. :) Of course – it is ALL of those things. I threw myself into the exuberance and energy that is Shenlei Flasheart and laughed for three hours straight.

I’ve never gone Lucky Chair hunting. I belong to a group that sends out Lucky Chair alerts but I’veshenlei-on-the-rocking-horse never responded. I sat in a Lucky Chair twice at an NCI party. But I’ve always felt somewhat skeptical? scornful? too lazy? to join in the pursuit of a Lucky Chair calling for an “A”. It always seemed like way more effort than it would be worth. Until, that is, I saw Shenlei’s new bubble chairs. :) The truth is – Shen makes EVERYTHING seem brighter and more exciting and more alive than probably any three other people put together. Certainly I enjoy our serious talks, but when she is in a mood to play, my face hurts from smiling so much. We were hanging out chatting during the Ode Butterfly hunt this month and she mentioned that she’d been staking out a Lucky Chair the previous evening. She’d fallen in love with Chestnut’s chairs (hmmm, so this is really all Ches’ fault!!!) Shen rezzed the prize for me – 6 bubble chairs, each with its own script. They were definitely adorable. And as we sat there on our bubbles chatting, she told me of the madness I had missed in the amassing of this marvel. It began sometime around the time carriages turn back into pumpkins and continued until the wee hours of the morning. She had friends tp’ing in from all over SL, sitting on the Lucky Chairs, in an attempt to get the chairs to call out an S. :) Shen can be fairly persistent AND forceful. By the time she got to the part where she had a friend come tp’ing in naked, I was already laughing out loud and regretting that I’d missed the party.

Here comes the “under the bus part”. Actually, Shenlei and I differ in our recollection of this discussion. SHE claims that I said that if we staked out these Lucky Chairs and I got a set of bubble chairs, that I would, well, never mind what exactly, because if it comes to pass, I will blog it. (I have a plane ticket standing by so that I can leave the country should it ever come to pass. :) ) Now *I* say that is NOT how the deal went. *I* insist that I held out for a much more rare and intriguing prize. And Shen did NOT deliver that prize. :) However…… the terms of this Ladies Agreement are neither here nor there. The result was that we agreed to meet again to stake out the Lucky Chairs and win me a set of bubble chairs!!!!

The other evening the ping came in…. “tonight’s the night…. meet me at Happy Mood and we will lucky-stump-if-your-name-starts-with-qmake those chairs sing A “. My SL friends know how Lucky Chairs work. But here’s a primer for my RL friends. In order to draw traffic to the store, merchants will have a Lucky Chair in their store that gives away a free gift. Every few minutes the chair will call out a letter. If your first name begins with that letter and you sit in the chair first, you get the prize. If someone sits in the chair and wins the prize, the chair calls another letter. If no one sits in the chair, after a set period of time, the chair will call a different letter. If you try to sit in the chair and you are NOT the correct letter, it kicks you out. :) Lucky chairs, despite claims to the contrary, are OBVIOUSLY sentient, evil, malicious and and all-around hateful. They KNOW what your letter is and that you WANT their prize and they DON’T CALL YOUR LETTER. These bubble chairs can ONLY be obtained through the Lucky Chairs, you cannot buy them. So you have to hope the chair calls your letter if you want bubble chairs. :)

First, the lucky chairs in Happy Mood are actually tree stumps. That makes no difference to how it works, but it does explain the picture. Second, there are two lucky stumps. Third, this is one of those things that if you are not doing it, you think, “that’s not so funny” but when you are participating, you get caught up in the frenzy and the hysteria. Think mob psychology. :) Since I always tell you the truth (okay, not really, but mostly) I will confess that I was EXTREMELY apprehensive about this venture. I don’t have that many people on my friends list. Of course “that many” is relative. Maybe I do. But I don’t think so. And many of them are from work. I was afraid that I would not be able to keep up my end of tp’ing in friends to trigger the stumps. Since these chairs were to be for me, I didn’t want to be imposing on Shenlei’s friends (okay, we share some friends, but I’m willing to bet that her list is much more extensive than mine). But I joined Shen in Happy Mood and the madness began.

We were the only ones in the grove. The chairs were calling D and E. Sounds easy, no? No. As I fumbled through my friends list the D changed to an S! Yay! Shen sat down! And from that point on it got increasingly crazy. We had a run of Zs. Js. W. K. For ‘K’ I brought in a D friend and he brought a K friend. :) I had both H and C on call waiting. :) Theoretically Shen and I were positioned RIGHT IN FRONT of the stump. But of course I would be tp’ing in folks for Shen’s tree and she was bringing in folks for mine, and there were more tree stumps that weren’t lucky chairs and there was a lot of lag. Shen and I were calling “come sit on my stump” and people were rezzing in waiting-waiting-waiting-for-an-msaying “I can’t see anything” and other people were hanging about commenting on the farce. :) There is actually a lovely store at Happy Mood. I wouldn’t know. I never raised my eyes from the tree stumps and my friends list and my chat boxes. :) At least 3 of our friends/observers remarked that we could MAKE our own bubble chairs faster than we could win one. Yeah, but that’s no fun. I remember being a little girl at the carnival and wanting my father to win me a stuffed animal. He told me that was a waste of money, that he would buy me one when we got home. And he DID, but it wasn’t the same. :( (I’m so spoiled now – I have someone in RL who wins me stuffed animals down the shore every summer!!!)

And so we IM’d and pinged and begged and cajoled and pleaded and laughed and laughed and laughed. I talked to people I have not talked to since I friended them. I talked with coworkers and friends. Many of my friends are now wealthier by a set of bubble chairs. We had such a run of Ks and Qs and Xs. Can you believe that we got stuck on B??? Neither of us had a B online. At one point BOTH chairs were looking for a B. And my former friend T – hmmph!!!! Purple pretender!!!!! NEVER winning-the-chairscame and sat on a stump for me to reset the letter. We had a slow period full of X and K and Z. 7 minutes between letters. Hell had stuck around after winning his set, so he helped amuse us and pass the time. Then we had a run of S. Of course, when Shen was stalking for HER chairs, all SHE got was A. Proof positive that the chairs are malicious. One of the most frustrating moments was when Issa rezzed in for her I, but couldn’t find the right stump (too much lag). By the time she got there, the letter had changed. But of course – now she was hooked. :) I IM’d to some people that I had to think twice before hitting the send. Only 3 people turned me down, and they were all very, very nice about it (except the purple pretender :P ). I called some scary people too, and they came as well. Perhaps the scariest call I made, and the one I may regret the most, was my call to my vampire friend. Gulp. I may indeed owe him. eek. But he too was an incredibly good sport and got into the spirit of things. And, of course, walked off with a set of bubble chairs. :) FINALLY!!!! TWO HOURS into the adventure, an A was called!!! VICTORY!!!!

We were set to head out and shop when we realized that Issa still needed her chairs. So we stayed put and continued tp’ing people in left and right. About 30 minutes after my A, Issa got her I. But by issa-on-her-bubble-chairthat time M had come in and wanted HER set. So we stayed. :) Life got crazier and crazier as more people stayed. Lack of sleep is an amazing factor. :) We had a child av with us also, tripping the chairs each time an E came up. She was truly amazing. She was totally a child – never broke character. One of our friends was wearing some space-age boots. E asked if the friend was a robot. For some reason – that seemed to be the straw that broke the sanity camel’s back. People started changing avs, mutating into more sci-fi shapes or fantasy shapes. I was completely immersed by that point – sure that E was a kid, wondering if I was in a Grade B movie and was going to be captured by the mechanical bug-thing, laughing my head off saviouras the centaur kicked up dust clouds and watching E defend us all w/ a huge hammer. M declared that she was throwing in the towel for the evening – we would have to stalk bubble chairs on her behalf another evening. That was the signal for most of us to realize how late it was, and to head off to other adventures.

I have TWO sets of bubble chairs. I have the most fantastic memories. I had an amazingly fabulous time. Without doubt I have the most wonderful, fun friends a person could have – the cavalry riding to the rescue time after time. And Shenlei – thank you!!!! This may even top the night you rezzed a horse for me and I rode all through Shengri La. As I wrote this post, I laughed and laughed again. Thanks for sharing your joy in life!

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13 Responses to “Lucky Stumps, Bubble Chairs”


  1. 1 HellSpawneD Xingjian November 21, 2008 at 5:18 am

    “Lucky chairs, despite claims to the contrary, are OBVIOUSLY sentient, evil, malicious and and all-around hateful.”

    LMAO

    Sounds like you had the most random, enjoyable time ever afforded by lucky chair camping ^^

  2. 2 Bailey Longcloth November 21, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I WANT BUBBLE CHAIRS!!!!!

  3. 3 ahuva18 November 21, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Tee hee! and so the madness spreads!!! let me know when the stake-out occurs. :)

  4. 4 Chestnut Rau November 21, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Its my fault? Oh no! I stalked the Lucky Chairs at Happy Mood for 3 days to get those chairs. I actually tried to build them too. The chair itself is easy but I love the poses and have no clue how to do that bit. So on and off, all my free time, waiting waiting. I did not call in people because it seemed kind of obsessive and I was embarrassed. Days and days of waiting for a bubble you sit on? How does one explain such things?

    BTW Zha has four sets now. I wish I had known about Lucky Chairs when I created my avatar. I would have named myself Xena the Lucky Chair Warrior Princess.

  5. 5 daleinnis November 21, 2008 at 9:06 am

    hahaha what fun! I was a Lucky Chair addict for quite a few weeks in my youth; not so much for the stuff that one got from the chair (although I admit I do love stuff) as for the fun and the culture and the camaraderie (and the name of the group that I was in was “Super Awesome Lucky Chair WOW!”, which is hard to beat). Alas SALCW was eventually taken over by spammers, and as the grid filled up with hundreds, thousands of chairs, many full of utter junk, the culture somewhat fragmented. But I’m still an active member of Hey Girlfriend!, which among other things hunts for really good chairs, but mostly just says silly stuff in group chat and has dance parties.

    I really have to start getting into SL again now and then. Although sleeping last night was quite refreshing, so I want to make a habit of that also. :)

    Thanks for a jubilant and very SL post! :)

  6. 6 ahuva18 November 21, 2008 at 9:38 am

    @Chestnut aka Xena the LCWP – of COURSE it’s your fault. :) unless you can blame whoever showed YOU the bubble chair. I notice that you have incorporated a bubble chair into your theme building. silly you – if you EVER need help – CALL!!! notice that SOME of us have no shame whatsoever about asking our friends to help us do obsessive embarrassing silly things! :) and so Zha has four sets of bubble chairs….. *hugs*

  7. 7 isabelle Urqhart November 21, 2008 at 11:28 am

    puts hand up proud owner of said bubble chairs :) looks at butt no has not turned into a bubble :)
    good times Ahuva nearly as much fun as AO shopping lol

  8. 8 Bailey Longcloth November 21, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Ok if I can’t get a bubble chair out of the lucky stump, I may have to resort to making them. Do they hover or sit flat on the ground? I can make poses too and I’ve got some entertaining ideas in that direction. :)

    I’ll be home at Angel Square making bubble chairs this weekend……

  9. 9 Krissy Muggleston November 21, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Hmmm, I don’t have the bubble chairs nor did I really want them but now I do. I have to have them if EVERYONE ELSE has them… I can’t be the ONLY ONE without. :)) hehe Seriously, sounds like you had a fun 3 hours. Lucky chairs have always bored me to death and I’ve never been able to wait longer than 2 letters before losing my motivation and moving on. I should reconsider for the bubble chairs. :)

  10. 10 ahuva18 November 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Obviously we need to do a massive stakeout. Krissy and Bailey want chairs, M never got hers. :) Believe me – the more the merrier. And the more likely that it won’t take another 3 hours. There were also some very nice things in the store itself. Once I had my chairs I was finally able to focus on the adorable rocking horse, the giant bunnies and all sorts of other fun items that were there. Set a time and let us know.

  11. 11 baileylongcloth November 21, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I’m there now, waiting….

    I’ll have my own made by the time it gets to B. Just flipped to J. lol


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