Okay, so here's how it happened.
I decided to give away part of my Garden of NPIRL Delights build, "...Excess of Joy Weeps" at Arthole as a freebie. Since Bettina Tizzy of NPIRL was the one who urged me to be a part of the Garden in the first place, I gave her one as well. She IMed me after she got it and offered to teleport me to her garden to see it there.
We made some small talk and then, somewhat out of the blue:
Bettina Tizzy: hey... want a sim to play with?
To say that I am astounded is an understatement.
I said yes, of course. I only get it for 2 months, but that's plenty of time for me to have fun with it.
More details soon!