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Still Running

October 4, 2013

When I was a student, stressed and exhausted and constantly panicking at hectic paces and deadlines, I thought to myself “I can’t wait to be out of school and have a normal life.”

Then I got my first permanent job. After tired morning upon tired morning of looking at my dark sunken eyes in the mirror, and after night upon night of breathing exercises to regain control after a hard day, it dawned on me that the problem was me. Between being awfully slow (everything takes me hours and hours more than everyone else), being a perfectionist (not an efficient combination) and an insatiable need to TAKE ON ALL THE THINGS, it would seem I’m condemned to a life time of running. Running and never catching up.

I used to envy the unemployed, but the more I get to know myself, the more I think my life would be just as hectic, no matter what elements I took out of it.

All that to say that a few weeks ago, I was a guest on the Leetsauced Podcast to celebrate their 3rd podcasting anniversary. It took me this long to get back to the blog, but these are the codes you may be looking for:

Logan’s code: ZD-2LTBF

My code: QZXE-S5A6

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s normal. It seems the hosts were critted by real life even harder than I was and I believe they haven’t been able to upload the episode yet.

But, you know, keep an eye on their site and you might win something fun! (On top of the awesome privilege of hearing my naughty noodle talk.)

As usual, I super happy to get to hang out and goof off. We’ve all gone our separate ways since our Conquest shenanigans and it’s been too long. Too too long. While I think Vik and Evan (Hi-ya) are mostly retired from WoW, Logan and I still raid together in Cadenza, but it’s not the same.

Other things that happened while I was running

As I just hinted at, I’ve been raiding with Cadenza for about 8 months now and still haven’t gotten kicked out (and actually, while I seem to get in trouble far more than most everyone else, I do feel like I’m playing somewhat decently!). The raiding is fantastic. We raid 2 nights a week, the attitude is more casual than most of the casual guilds I’ve been in (Guild forums? What are guild forums? Reading strats? You can read strats?), but we kill stuff faster than the most progressives guilds I’ve been in. Which is unbelievable given the amount of time we waste.

I’ve been raiding Kurn’s Kick-Ass GM guide (since I have no plans of becoming a GM, I’ve been treating it like “Memoirs of a GM” – it reads very well like an autobiography) and the entire time I wonder what our GM would say about it given that Cadenza, on many points (though in fairness, not every point), is pretty much the opposite of Apotheosis.

I do struggle with our Fri-Sat schedule. I wish I had found this guild as a student in Newfoundland. Raiding 10:30pm-2:30am when I don’t have to get up the next morning would have been amazing. I would have done so much better in pharmacy school if I’d raided with Cadenza at the time (though I would have missed out on some really good Conquest friendships). As community worker in Alberta, though, it’s not as obvious. Nobody wants to work the Friday night shift, so I often have to miss raid to cover it. And real life stuff is always happening on Saturday nights. No matter how much I try to avoid the Evil Real Life, it just keeps chasing me around.

But anyway, I’ve been in the guild for 8 months and I have a cute story to share.

I was reading Theck’s post about world PvP on the Timeless Isle.

He’s right. He puts it so eloquently and describes a big picture complete with relevant data and images, but essentially there are two words: Tichondrius sucks. World PvP in itself isn’t the problem. I played plenty on Nerzhul and Eredar and had excellent experiences, better even than on PvE servers. But the faction imbalance (along with the Horde PvP celebrities who attract masses of gank-happy fans) sets Tichondrius apart. I don’t even do new content because there’s no point. No matter how much PvP gear you put on or how many friends you bring with you, you’ll do nothing but sit in the graveyard as a ghost all night.

Anyways. Sensing my frustration, my fellow holy paladin guildy, who has a lot of alts on a PvE server, added me to real ID and invited me to group whenever he saw me on. Normally I don’t group outside of raids. I play by myself, at my own pace, for my own fun, thank you very much. But Tichondrius (and low-level Nerzhul since it shares Tich’s CRZ) is so awful that I couldn’t turn him down. So night after night, he’d invite me to group and we’d chat. After a few weeks of this, I finally gave him the time of day.

He came to visit me last week and I’m going to visit him the week before Blizzcon. I guess you could kinda say we’ve dating or something for the past two months or so. Not sure where it will lead, but things seem to be going well. A little good to come out of Tichondrius’ awfulness.

In other news, work’s been rough as usual. With half of my staff away, the remainder of my staff injured and inventory coming up on Saturday, I did about 8 consecutive days of being on my feet from 8:30 am to 11:30pm (most pharmacists aren’t allowed to take breaks, so a 15 hour shift means 15 hours of having sore feet and of being super hungry, sleepy and dizzy – and the shittiest part is that I’m only allowed to be paid between 9 am and 9pm, meaning the rest is basically just volunteering at work). So I’ve been pretty cranky and I swear I’m fighting off some kinda of sinus infection (likely from being exposed to the mold in our building for so many hours).

I had my first day off yesterday and I ran off to Jasper for some therapeutic thin mountain air. I didn’t bring my camera, which I regretted – the snow covered mountains with mist hanging around them were beautiful when contrasted with the yellow late-fall tree. But here’s a photo of Jasper I took earlier this year for your own mountain-therapy needs.

Cal Expo Cape Breton Pyramid Outlook 036

Oh, and yes, I fully intend to write about playing a Holy Paladin in 5.4, though by the time I get around to it, we’ll probably be in 6.0.

Even More Computerless than Usual

November 21, 2010

Yeah, I still have no computer. At this rate, I doubt I’ll even be able to find a guild I can pay for that last drake achievement.

I’ve also been quite ill, ill as in unable to walk long distances and ill as in landed myself in Emerg twice in the past four days, and our public transportation is still on strike, so I haven’t been able to make it to the computer lab for some time. I know that by tonight I’ll regret today’s 2 hour trek to the library (normally it takes me 20 minutes to walk to the library) but I AM A GOOD, DETERMINED STUDENT.

I’m sure I’ll eventually get around to telling the tales of my hilarious adventures of the past week or so, and there’ve been many, but I have a lot of work to catch up on and I can only sit upright for so many minutes at a time. I’ll say this though: I will never, ever complain that my abs aren’t strong enough. Seriously. I’m actually terrified that they’ll snap my ribcage. Who knew abs were that powerful?

I’ll answer emails, facebook messages and twitter but I don’t know when I’ll have regular internet access so please be patient. Also, while I can receive twitter DMs on my phone (and only twitter DMs, no email, no facebook), I can’t answer, so if you want a response, include a phone number. I’m bored out of my mind, so it will be my immense pleasure to reply with a lovely, elaborate text message.

ps. I can’t do any kind of graphic editing on this library computer (actually I probably can, but my hands hurt like hell), so use your imagination to picture an ICC drake with something like RIP written on it. Yeah, I’m pissed off that I can’t walk, or sit upright and that my abs muscles are trying to kill me, but I’m still more pissed off at being one achievement short of a drake. Rest assured that my priorities are still in the right places.

Coping Methods 101

August 12, 2010

As I’ve been QQing a lot about lately, my summer job has taken over my life and 12 hours away from home every day means I usually don’t get back in time for the raid. You know how bloggers left and right are talking about end of expansion burnout and how they’re desperately looking for motivation to play? Well, that’s not me.

These days, I hate anyone who’s unemployed, anyone who’s ever bored (whatever that word means!) and, most especially, anyone who takes their raid spot for granted.

I’ve been going through all the coping methods imaginable. I’ve been listening in on vent when I’m able to catch the tail of raids (I actually bawled my eyes out when they killed H Putricide 25 for the first time without me). World of Logs has taken over as my bedside novel. I check the guild forums obsessively when I’m home and awake (which is a whole hour a day, usually).

Then last Tuesday, a miracle happened and I got a day off. I was thrilled. Until I logged on to find out that the raid was already full. Must…not…rage…disconnect…must…not…rage…disconnect…

But some people got shuffled around so I could get spot. I sighed with relief. I know the mature, altruistic thing to do would be to bow out since I’m not a regular raider anymore, but to hell with being mature and altruistic. I rarely complain over loot, I try hard to keep my arguing to a minimum and I’m relatively polite, most of the time. When it comes to my raid spot, though, I’m as selfish as it gets. So I happily zone in.

Then my computer proceeded to vomit all over me.

And when I managed to get back into the game, my computer proceeded to vomit all over me again.

And again.

I accepted to leave the raid. I couldn’t contain my furor so I did what I always do at times like that:

I went and spent a lot of money.

Yeah, that’s right.

I dug through my collection of ret gear and got a set together. My bags, I swear, could be featured on that TLC show, Buried Alive. My set is actually pretty decent for someone who hasn’t played retribution since Naxx.

I plugged in some strength gems, slapped on a few enchants and I was good to go.

I figured I’d start with something easy… There was a Mount Hyjal pug in trade chat…

I’m proud to say that I outdpsed the level 70s! Don’t rain on my parade, friends. And no, I didn’t screenshot the recount to prove it.

You’d think that having a decent tanking background would help with melee dps, but let me tell, it doesn’t. When you’re tanking, the mobs kinda stand on top of you. If you move, they follow you around. Not so much when you’re dpsing.

And I kept getting these weird error messages “Out of range” and “Target must be in front of you“. What is THAT supposed to mean?

Still, I stuck in there and moved my way up to level 80 heroics.

That’s me on top there. And I’m happy to announce that my retribution dps is slightly above my tank dps.

Now if only I could get over the knee-jerk reflex of hitting my healing buttons whenever I take damage…


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