Flowers in your hair

Gwyn wearing Fael Illyar's Astral Flower

If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re going to San Francisco
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there
[…]
– The Mamas & the Papas, “San Francisco” (1967)

On the very first day I visited a public sandbox, Cyrus Apollo, whom I had no idea who he was, gave me an unexpected gift: a white rose, handicrafted with care and love from extreme prim torture (no sculpties back then!), which I could wear on my hair. I suppose it was a random act of generosity towards newbies, or perhaps a clever promotional stunt (who knows! I prefer to believe that Cyrus was just generous!).

But five years ago, when I was still figuring out what Second Life was all about, the flower in the hair made sense. After all, Linden Lab is from San Francisco, right? That’s where the grid was physically located? I never travelled to San Francisco before, but, if I could trust The Mamas and The Papas with their advice, when travelling to San Francisco, one should wear a flower in one’s hair… so I did just that 🙂

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