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Sam and Abbie met in 2001, in an online chat program. They were both divorced and happened to live in the same city. Abbie had planned to move from England to Australia with her young child but after she met Sam, she decided to stay in England and they have been together ever since. Sam joined Second Life in 2009, and a week later, Abbie joined up. They were both unemployed in real life at that time, and soon became addicted to their new virtual world. They were both on different avatars back then and decided to explore everything Second Life had to offer, and Sam states that they fell into what most new avatars fall into in their early days: sim hopping, BDSM, adult sims. They decided to remain a couple in SL at that time but had an open relationship where they would explore separately and play with others. They eventually got bored with these things and decided to learn how to create together in SL. They taught themselves building, landscaping, and creating animations out of world and importing them into SL. Sam decided to try his hand at DJ’ing in SL and Abbie would come hear his sets at the clubs where he worked. Abbie later went on to DJ and host as well and they ended up with a pretty busy Second Life together. They never had to put any real life money into Second Life, but could rent land for building and

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creating animated products on the Marketplace. Between that and the money they made DJ’ing, they made a comfortable Second Life for themselves. Eventually, they got involved in breedables and started with a few horses, eventually had 500 or more. When Meeroos came around, they got involved in breeding those as well and ended up being horse and Meeroo auctioneers...they even had their own auction sim and rental stalls. During this time they were spending a lot of late nights running their sim and met with a lot of success, but this caused other auction houses to try to sabotage them, and they were constantly moving their sim to try to stop the attacks from happening. The stress was affecting them physically in real life, so they decided it was time to make a change. They wanted their fun back in Second Life, so in 2014, Sam and Abbie decided to start over as single avatars without breedables, DJ’ing or creating. Sam had a computer in the living room of their real life home and Abbie in the bedroom. They both met different people, but they were so used to being in Second Life as a couple, they often ended up in the same places together, even though no one knew they were a real life couple. At that time, Abbie was dating someone on SL who knew Tia and

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L'Amour Diversity Magazine Iss 10 Feb 2017  

The February 2017 issue of L’Amour Diversity Magazine is out and we’re spreading the Love. Check it out! • MMI is Off and Running and Ava Jh...

L'Amour Diversity Magazine Iss 10 Feb 2017  

The February 2017 issue of L’Amour Diversity Magazine is out and we’re spreading the Love. Check it out! • MMI is Off and Running and Ava Jh...

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