I eventually logged back in and managed to get some clothes back on. My original clothes had basically been deleted so I had to make new ones. It's funny how embarrassing the whole thing was even though it wasn't "real." I felt really naked. As one of the twitterers said, if the avatar looked like you, then maybe that would increase the embarrassment. My avatar looked a little like me, but not much. Normally, I'm not phased by these things, but because there was someone else there, the possibility of them seeing me exposed proved too much for me to bear. I'm sure there's a grand lesson in all this, or a research project or something. It occurs to me that most people feel a little naked when they're trying anything new and that most people do what I did--run away and hide. But you have to get back on the horse. As Barbara Ganley said on Wednesday, things worth doing are filled with risk.
Plus, it was just dang funny.