a blog of experiences of places and faces I've been, past and present

09 March 2012

this love to hate thing is really almost alarming

really

LOL

I have to say that I'm not sure how this weekend will go.

I have my concerns. I have things I'd like to say to them if "they" were reading... and at the same time I really don't want to get into the "but I meant [insert words here] and I believe you're misunderstanding me" part of the communication that always follows telling people what you really think when you're me.

Things like "You have really no idea who or what I am and I'd prefer if you'd stop assuming. You're making an ass of yourself." and "That's not what I said. I'm not going to explain what I meant, you need to look it up. Start with a Webster's English Dictionary and go to the I section and look up the meaning of inept and then come back to discuss." and right this minute "I didn't ask you what you usually do, I TOLD you to do something. 1. Do you recall what that was? 2. DO you need me to define it?"

I'm honestly and really NOT a bitch. I know who bitches are and I'm not that.

What I am is in the middle of a midlife crisis because for the whole of my midlife I've been trying to say it nicely, do it rightly and generally make sure that I'm understood, followed and trusted.

F@%K THAT.

This is a game and all that crap is the real world. AND I'm not sure how useful it's been in the real world, all things considered. The smartest and most successful people I've ever known aren't the nicest, hands down.

In the game I know exactly what to do. I do it well. I'm friendly and generally a hell of a lot of fun to do things with.

If you don't get that it's not my issue.

Sigh. LOL... it seems I do a lot of "That's not what I said" or "That's not what I meant..." and famously, "I'd have to disagree with that" in the game and I'm done with it.

Life lesson 131...
He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. Raymond Hull

08 March 2012

FatBossTV and other funness...

sigh... L2R Learn to Raid is a good channel (see link below) and I found FatBossTV also... good video raid guides and information.

FatBossTV is run by a pair of gents named Lawrence and Alex and they provide very clear and concise guides. Here are the Firelands 10 Normal Modes guides.

I would still recommend at least glancing at the guides at icy-veins.com or another text site like TankSpot as some Americans might have difficulty understanding a couple of Sowf-enders, as both men tend to sound like true London natives.

Homework done. Off to honey's mom's for pizza dinner then back to play WoW.

WOOT

this weekend should prove to be very long... rock star by early day and raid leader of new-to-me content by night... WOOT me!

I'm just that epic.

Oh, did I mention it's my turn to make yummy fruit cookies to take to rock band family time?

yeah. :) cook - rock star - raid leader

peace... and if not peaceful then at least have fun doing it.

06 March 2012

couple of things...

22k sustained in LFR on first 3 bosses... this is not so bad... really... lol

and WOOOT... omg. I love when secsy things happen and I get to see them.

upgraded a few pieces of gear today... hope to do more tomorrow. still hate LFR... still hate the assholes who think the world owes them something and that fast-track dungeons are the way the game should be played for little input and maximum reward... eh... they're the same little asshats who thought everyone gets birthday presents at birthday parties and believe that participation ribbons are the ONLY way to go on field day.

sadly, they're also the little snots who will NOT be taking care of me when I'm old and infirm... I suppose when it looks that great for me as a future I'll have to kill myself before they let me starve to death because I never did anything for them anyway and heating up soup is WORK and they wont even get a ribbon for it.

anyway... lots to do.

Salute: Shammyone, Shammytwo, Shamthree, Shammyfour and Shammyfive... the guy is boxing* 5 Goblin Shamans... sexy... really. Even if it's not done that well. I have no idea. Still awesome and amazing!

ANPU CAME TO UNDERGROUND CONNECTION... now maybe we can get him to stay? :)

peace be the journey, and if not peaceful then let it end with something as grand as a whole flight of blue dragons celebrating your meritorious combat and victory over your home town in recognition of a thing actually accomplished.

* boxing = running multiple copies of the game at once in order to control multiple characters at once... in this case FIVE of them

05 March 2012

holy crap beevis!

sometimes I meet someone amazing in WoW

and sometimes I get to know people that are amazing for entirely different and wholly unenjoyable reasons... and they make me wonder wtf I'm playing this game with them for. LOL

bigots piss me off

idiots piss me off

stoners who practice it as a way of life piss me off

intentional meanness and cruelty piss me off

and I invited this guy to the guild.

oh well. he's good at what he does do, even if he's an asshat.

I just don't want him to run with me. HA

04 March 2012

some of you might remember

tantalizing advertising... beautiful logo... mages parked in every town to send you to the portal that will get you to the island.

Overlooking from the hill... a first breathtaking glimpse of the joyous new place to explore!

Gateway to belly aches from crazy foods and overpriced pretties that are only available here! You can also level a lower character's professions here... 5 levels 1 time a month on each!

Darkmoon Potties... I wonder if it's carnies who clean them or if United Site Services provides the folks to pump them?

I have always loved the Darkmoon Faire, even when it wasn't as amazing as it has become now!

Less than 3 months into the game I "discover" this awesome "new" thing... and with some pre-planning I can have all the materials I need to turn in a bunch of stuff for TICKETS and I can trade them for STUFF... omg... yeah.

I cannot tell you how many times Allumette (the character formerly known as Julienne) was launched over Elwynn or the Terrokar forests... and it was a lot. She has already been launched once a day for a week out into the sea just past the new Faire grounds! And Julienne has led the charge for them all... with Erijan now joining them.

And THEN I found out she could still go do some stuff when THE FAIRE was in Horde territory... zomg... there's a reason that Allumette and Erijan (the character formerly known as Holle) are both scribes, and it's not the boatloads of supposed cash you could get from making people glyphs, either. LMAO Can you say Darkmoon Cards?

I have always loved Faires and all the crap that comes with them. This is one of the events that happens once a month that actually encouraged me to return to WoW in the first place. Finding out that it's changed and not in any bad ways is just a plus for me.

There is no more of gathering things made by other characters so that you can turn in items for tickets, you are allowed to earn them yourself from your own professions. There are dailies that are carnie games and are no longer grinding for crap you don't care about. Darkmoon has a home and I will be welcomed back for one week every month!

There are awesome things that can be found in dungeons and in the world of PvP that enable you to earn even more tickets and rep.

There is a DANCING BEAR!!!!! and so many other awesome and amazing things... come and play at the Faire!

toys from the Darkmoon Faire


toys that can be transmog'd onto your regular weapons... should you choose.

tank with a nerf sword? murder stuff with blow-up maces?

thank you, Erijan for being our model today.

Erijan, unholy dps and soon also blood tank DK... level 82.5

there are days when I just LOVE LOVE LOVE WoW...

above is just a taste of the dps that was done as way of showing the folks in the party... because our tank is VERY important.

See, Scratchie was taking his wife (we didn't know this until later) out for some runs to get her gear and levels and stuff.

And I happened to catch a lift that ended with 9 TOTALLY UPGRADED pieces of gear, 3 of which are for my tanking set!

So... a druid tank in full raid gear, a caster shammy, a shadow priest and a healy priest head into a dungeon with a Death Knight... and no one has any duplicated classes to roll on the same stuff... when we traded the healy priest for a healy shammy, still no overlap. Even when the healy shammy needed to become dps because he was young and a pain in the ass... and he was replaced by yet another healy priest... still no overlaps. No complaining, even at the shammy who "had to go do dishes" and then got locked out of a boss fight and demanded that we "don't loot that boss before I get there... it's not MY fault I had to go for a minute" umm... yeah... we were having so much fun his being a dickshit didn't matter...

In 4 dungeons in an hour and 10 minutes we managed to gear my character more than I'd done alone in a year... well... true and I could have done more. Certainly more than I've gotten in the weeks since I started leveling Erijan again, that's for sure.

and... because I have never done it and it MUST be done... I'll let Erijan narrate for us all. This has been, hands down, my most favorite cooking daily ever. I've done the pumpkins, the apples, the "kill this fel soldier to cook this soup in the hottest way possible" crap... NOTHING... NOTHING compares to this quest for hillarity!

Cheese for Glowergold...

Dear diary:

You remember I noted that Narwilya suggested that I should take up cooking again as a means of getting back into some sort of normal life after separating ourselves from Arthas and trying to rejoin the people of Azaroth.

With all the horror created by the Cataclysm and Deathwing returning and what, with me not needing to eat because I'm undead... well, I'll be honest. I didn't do it.

Well, healing from a pretty intense injury that I suffered in a fight that I'll describe later, I headed out to Northrend to make sure the Citadel is a quietly farming little ant community of mindless drones doing what they were last tasked to do, and I was very happy to discover that they were no longer running regular attacks down the mountain on the settlers still trying to reclaim Icecrown.

So few people know what happened when we finally set Arthas down to rest that I'm loathe to put it in writing in case I might actually be able to die for real and someone would read my personal things. Someday I might quit checking to make sure it's really all ok out there. And maybe I wont. I loved and admired Fordragon as much as anyone did... and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I'm unliving proof.

Well, I get to Dalaran and order a drink and the chef is asking if anyone around has a moment to do a quick cooking errand for her. Glowergold wants a cheese tray and because he wants them all the time she's lost the interest in throwing them together for him anymore.

I tell her that I'd love to help out and she leans in very close, so close that I can smell the mint of her shampoo and the dusty scent of freshly milled flour that always clings to cooks no matter how many other things they might do in a day.

"I'll tell you, Erijan... I just gather a few leftover glasses of wine from around the bar and town and mix it with some limburger from the cheese shop on the other side of town. He doesn't seem to be any the wiser. In fact, he seems to like it better the more different types I include than when I use a fresh bottle here." She shook her head and rolled her eyes.

"The pay is the same and the cost to you is less. Usually 5 or 6 half-full glasses of wine will do. I find that the mages upstairs leave a lot laying about when they finally pass out at night... and adventurers are always tearing off after only half a glass because they get called to action so there's often glasses around the bar as well. Here, this is the glass I started with lunch and never finished to get you started. I really appreciate the help!" And she winked conspiratorially at me.

And so I wandered about finding glasses of wine and pouring them into a flask I had on me that was empty and when I felt like I had about a half a bottle of wine I went to the cheese shop and helped myself to some of the limburger that was out on the table out front and VOILA... cheese tray for Master Glowergold, the Master Leatherworker in the floating town of Dalaran.

And he loved it. He absentmindedly handed me a bag of spices and gold and dove into the tray face first like a man on a mission to be overwhelmed by the smelly cheese and day old left-over wine. The whole time he made 'yummy' noises low in his throat and exclaimed to me that I might just be as good as the head chef who'd sent me!

stinky cheese left out in the sun and some half-full glasses of wine from all over town!

I'm not so sure I'm finding my humanity this way, dear diary! I am finding humour and a way to make some very good amounts of money while I distract myself from the looming horror of my former home in Icecrown and the memories that the Citadel holds for us all and of the new terror of Deathwing and what his return means to us all.

I am now a chef! I have the hat to prove it. A nice gentleman in Stormwind taught me a bunch of new recipes and has tasked me with quite a bit of travel to collect the different ingredients, often right there in town. I missed cooking, even if I don't miss eating.

-Chef Erijan the King Slayer