I have been thinking much about state chat in the last few months, as have many.
Having little new or of value to add to that discussion I did not comment, but now would like to put in my two cents.
I love state chat. In my opinion, calchat reflects who we are and makes us a community. It connects all our citizens, and allows us to interact from wherever we may be - in body (RL) or in spirit (SL). As has been said many times, communities or families are made up of disparate individuals who will not all get along or agree.
Calchat can be sublime. Last night was haiku, limericks, favorite quotes and even a few puns. The night before one of our friends came on to let us know she had survived a terrifying auto accident and was banged up but ok. We announce events, births and deaths in Calchat. We get silly, or angry or sentimental. We wax nostalgic or poetic. Sometimes we get rowdy or raunchy or loud.
But chat is how we are held together. I will not routinely meet many of my friends and neighbors because you are busy or I am busy. It is a wonderful and lovely treat when we can be face to face, but I treasure being able to stay connected to you all.
We are all a part of a wonderful community that we have created ourselves, and recreate constantly.