thistlechaser: (FFXI COR drawing 2 names)
1) The local shop were all out of the bird seed I usually use, so I bought a new kind. Thistle (Nyjer) seed. c.c I had no idea thistle seeds were a thing! It's a very ugly seed, when spilled on the ground it looks like thousands of ants. Blech. I'm going to go back to sunflower cores as soon as they come back in stock. (There are multiple jokes in this, all of them dirty...)

2) I'm loving (L-O-V-I-N-G) Old Man's War. I'd be done with the first book already if my eyes weren't so old (heh). I wanted to read all evening last night, but I had to read for a half-hour, take an hour break, increase the font size, read for a half-hour, take an hour break, increase the font size... Eventually it got silly and, with a horrible headache, I forced myself to stop reading for the night. I'll finish it tonight.

3) Out of idle curiosity, I went back and looked at "this day in history" in my LJ -- the posts I made on 4/19 back to 2002. I noticed a couple interesting things:

- Today, back in 2006, was the day the ToAU expansion for FFXI came out. The expansion I loved most of all. It made me smile to read about how excited and happy I had been.
- I've been playing WoW a long time (since 2007, I believe), and on 4/19 in 2009, I noted how the game isn't fun anymore. I've been playing this game for four years while not having fun with it. (If I ever got married, I suspect I'd be the kind to stay in a loveless marriage since it's what I know and I'm used to it.) Very very belatedly, I've finally reached the final straw with the game. All those years I said I was staying for the people, for my friends and for the RP, now those things are mostly gone. I haven't RPed in weeks (months?), and almost everyone I know is gone from the game. My social channel is a ghostland -- less than one comment per hour on it most days. There's nothing left for me.

So the question is, what to fill my WoW time with. FFXIV beta is this weekend again, I want to give that another chance even though I really really don't want a new MMO in my life. I think I'm going to force myself to contact at least one person from [livejournal.com profile] rp_me and see how that goes. The MU* is an option as well, along with... I don't know what else. If I had a string of really good books I could read a lot more (or at least as long as my eyes held out).

You know, that's part of what's kept me on WoW for so long -- I don't know how else to fill the time. Silly thing, isn't it? The world should be full of things I want to do. I just have to find them.
thistlechaser: (FFXI: COR 2)
It's strange when something happens that makes issues that previously seemed big vanish.

The whole thing about my feelings towards WotLK vs other expansions? Like so much dust underfoot.

I'm still on the FFXI mailing list, and today I got an email about an upcoming concert. WoW is down, so hey, I watched the attached video. Seeing the FFXI cities and starter zones, hearing the music, my eyes teared right up. It was like having glimpses of your beloved home after being away for years and years.

Blizz has spoiled me in a number of ways (and I forgot things about SE). That none of the game people they interviewed spoke English surprised me for a long moment. More than that, the quality of the video (SO BAD) surprised me, too. It sounded like it was recorded in a public bathroom, the voices all echoed and were really hard to understand. (Would a video they were sending out to the Japanese part of their playerbase have such poor quality?)

But mostly the emotional punch surprised me. What I feel for WotLK is less than nothing compared to what a 30 second clip from the FFXI game can make me feel. It's been more than three years since I quit (June 16th, 2009 was the day I canceled), how in the world do I still feel so strongly about the game?

I can't go back. The game is (was?) brutal, and I can't start at level 1 again. More than that, there's the lack of in-game RP -- I would rather spend my time on a game that has it.

I wish it could be different, FFXI. I wish we could still be together. I wish it could have worked out. You were, by far, the hardest game I ever played, but you were also one of the most emotional experiences I've gone through in any book, TV, or game. I hope you never shut down.

Love,
Thistle
thistlechaser: (FFXI: DRK (old))
Lots of little pieces that I've been meaning to post about.

The "garden" (various pots of plants) is going well. I'm hoping to do more planting tomorrow, I have to go out and get more soil/pots. Some of the wee little seedlings need to be moved into bigger pots, I think. Also, one of the random seedlings is a sunflower, so I need some kind of a tiny little cage for it. Poor thing keeps flopping over, it is too tall and too thin to hold up its leaves.

Pictures will be posted sooner or later!

WoW: We took a group trip to ICC the other night, and our party makeup made it amusing. Basically all hunters. We did have a spiffy tank and a healer, but we did pet tanking as well. And by "we" I mean "people more skilled than I". I mostly just stood around and shot things.

Alas, none of the daggers I wanted dropped, but oh well. More and more of my RP is over IM, so it doesn't really matter all that much.

WoW AH: Thanks to a tip from [livejournal.com profile] jadall, I've been making money hand over fist. I hadn't done the Obsidium Shuffle since early in Cata, but someone dumped a mess of cheap ores on the AH, so I snagged 500 or so stacks of it. I mentioned it a while back. I'm still selling the results of it. It's a lot of work, but I've made about about 14K off it, very roughly estimated. It's slowing down now, but thanks to it, it's looking more and more likely that I'll hit a million gold again soonish (under 80K more to go).

FFXI: (Yes, FFXI news!) [livejournal.com profile] kaelash found an amusing old picture, done by Draque (I can't find his LJ name).

That made me laugh. :D (The answer: That moss for G1, from that cave with the crawlers. It had to be kept warm and moist, so where better!)

In picking out the icon for this post, it's sad how wrong "dark knight" now feels. My brain wants to correct it to "death knight". But on the other side of the coin, I watched some random FFXI CoP video I had saved on my work machine, and it amazed me how well I could follow the battle by sound effects alone. Even these years later, I can follow the audio cues so much better than I can in WoW. I'm not sure if the ones in WoW aren't as clear (I don't think that can be the case?), or if it's that I "PvE"ed more in FFXI. Voking, stoneshell, dispel, slow, haste, ice spikes -- I'm not 100% sure I have the names all correct, but I sure did recognize them in the video.

Also, a comm rec: [livejournal.com profile] drawsome. People submit drawings from that... what's it called... that app. Like pictionary with friends. They're surprisingly good and generally amusing!
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Chance wandering brought me to the old Curse the Yagudo website, and I poked through a few old blogs there. In [livejournal.com profile] lokyst's I found a video of our static's Promyvion-Vahzl run. Man, that looked so exciting! And HARD! So different than WoW. (Could you imagine skill chains in WoW? HA.)

I find I actually kind of... wouldn't mind doing CoP again. I know it's not the same anymore, the level cap for it is gone (it was so funny seeing us all in low level armor! Thistle had no pants! SUBLIGAR GO!). I can't believe I finally have fond memories of CoP. I wish I could go back and do it again as it used to be, with this new positive view on it.

And every time I watch an old FFXI video, I long for the graphics. If I'm not used to WoW being cartoony by now, I don't suppose I ever will be.

I was sitting here thinking, if I wanted to try something hard again I could attempt to raid, but it wouldn't be the same. All these years later, how do I still feel such a connection to FFXI, while WoW I'm all "meh" over?

This is probably just a "grass is always greener" thing. I quit FFXI for a reason (CoP!). FFXI had no in-game RP. Using even a single "addon" in FFXI could get you banned. Blizz holds our hand so nicely through everything, bends over backwards for us... so why do I miss getting smacked around by SE?
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Chance wandering brought me to the old Curse the Yagudo website, and I poked through a few old blogs there. In [livejournal.com profile] lokyst's I found a video of our static's Promyvion-Vahzl run. Man, that looked so exciting! And HARD! So different than WoW. (Could you imagine skill chains in WoW? HA.)

I find I actually kind of... wouldn't mind doing CoP again. I know it's not the same anymore, the level cap for it is gone (it was so funny seeing us all in low level armor! Thistle had no pants! SUBLIGAR GO!). I can't believe I finally have fond memories of CoP. I wish I could go back and do it again as it used to be, with this new positive view on it.

And every time I watch an old FFXI video, I long for the graphics. If I'm not used to WoW being cartoony by now, I don't suppose I ever will be.

I was sitting here thinking, if I wanted to try something hard again I could attempt to raid, but it wouldn't be the same. All these years later, how do I still feel such a connection to FFXI, while WoW I'm all "meh" over?

This is probably just a "grass is always greener" thing. I quit FFXI for a reason (CoP!). FFXI had no in-game RP. Using even a single "addon" in FFXI could get you banned. Blizz holds our hand so nicely through everything, bends over backwards for us... so why do I miss getting smacked around by SE?
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A FFXI post! After all these years! While it's true I don't think about the game much anymore, IC Thistle from that world is never far from my mind (perhaps in part because his image is my default LJ icon *points!*).

The main reason he won't rest quietly is that his storyline got no end. Not only did it have no ending, it could have gone in two radically different ways. He could have had a "happily ever after" ending, taking care of the Corsair (pirate) children. Or he could have been tortured to death. Unfortunately the latter was a whole lot more likely, but that there was no ending keeps the storyline from fading off into the land of 'finished, can move out of active memory'.

Then [livejournal.com profile] achika_soladia told me about Abyssea. Suddenly, after years, an ending appeared! I suspect the few FFXI folks left on my flist already know the secret of what Abyssea really is, but I'll cut it just in case someone doesn't.

I was told this was an Abyssea spoiler... )

So that's actually a worse ending than being tortured to death, but I like it.

Is there an Al Zahbi Abyssea zone? Or was all of Aht Urhgan left out of that?

Related: Besieged is still the very best idea I've ever run into in any game or MMO. I miss it so much. I remember staying up all night to help fight, skipping work, all that. WoW did similar things (the pre-WotLK in-city fights), but it wasn't even close to how epic Besieged was. (Is Besieged a joke now that the level cap is higher? Or did they adjust mob levels upwards for it? Or does no one care about it anymore?) Just remembering the Besieged music makes me get that excited feeling in my chest/stomach. :D FFXI may have had a whole lot of negative parts, but the ability to inspire emotions? It was the hands-down expert at that. :D
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A FFXI post! After all these years! While it's true I don't think about the game much anymore, IC Thistle from that world is never far from my mind (perhaps in part because his image is my default LJ icon *points!*).

The main reason he won't rest quietly is that his storyline got no end. Not only did it have no ending, it could have gone in two radically different ways. He could have had a "happily ever after" ending, taking care of the Corsair (pirate) children. Or he could have been tortured to death. Unfortunately the latter was a whole lot more likely, but that there was no ending keeps the storyline from fading off into the land of 'finished, can move out of active memory'.

Then [livejournal.com profile] achika_soladia told me about Abyssea. Suddenly, after years, an ending appeared! I suspect the few FFXI folks left on my flist already know the secret of what Abyssea really is, but I'll cut it just in case someone doesn't.

I was told this was an Abyssea spoiler... )

So that's actually a worse ending than being tortured to death, but I like it.

Is there an Al Zahbi Abyssea zone? Or was all of Aht Urhgan left out of that?

Related: Besieged is still the very best idea I've ever run into in any game or MMO. I miss it so much. I remember staying up all night to help fight, skipping work, all that. WoW did similar things (the pre-WotLK in-city fights), but it wasn't even close to how epic Besieged was. (Is Besieged a joke now that the level cap is higher? Or did they adjust mob levels upwards for it? Or does no one care about it anymore?) Just remembering the Besieged music makes me get that excited feeling in my chest/stomach. :D FFXI may have had a whole lot of negative parts, but the ability to inspire emotions? It was the hands-down expert at that. :D
thistlechaser: (WoW: Little Dog)
Wow. Apparently I've even used this subject line before! Luckily it was for an archaeology post and not this topic. And huh! I used the same line once before, in the body of a post, on a FFXI post about what a good night I had for making gil. That makes me smile! I really should reread all of my FFXI posts one day...

Funny how strange words from FFXI look now. Geezards. Stroper Chyme. Shihei. The prices amuse me too. "It's very very very nice to have all these made as a hi-pot costs 3K (or more now?) to buy..." when I've heard that things like ori ores are down to 5K.

Anyway, I can look phrases up in my LJ because I have it archived! Especially with the DDOS attacks lately I'd recommend that everyone back theirs up, except the archive tool is no longer supported and doesn't work for most people anymore. Thankfully my version still does.

ANYWAY, the point of this post. WoW is so depressingly empty. My friends list is generally empty all day and all night (not counting AH sellers and their alts that I track). In fact, it's even more depressing that my flist is JUST AH sellers...

I should go to SMC and look for random RP, but I've been so meh lately. Work has been so bad that I don't have the energy to put myself out there on WoW, which means I'm not meeting new people, which means I stay lonely, which means WoW is no relief from work... it's a cycle.

I took Keen out of my personal guild and put him in a social one, but that wasn't much help. The final straw in that was when I got spoken to for speaking out against someone who saw no issues with and in fact was amused by the name Adolfcritler (with some alt characters thrown in there). This person said Hitler was just an average person, nothing special, blah blah blah. I replied back with something like "Yeah, he just tried to kill off an entire race..." and I got talked to because apparently there's a rule against "being sarcastic in response to someone's personal opinion".

So anyway, this is a roundabout way of talking about an embarrassing issue: I'm middle aged, and for the first time in my entire life that I'm struggling to make friends online. Have I changed? Am I withdrawing even more? Is my obsession with making money on the AH getting in the way? Is it just that so much of the WoW playerbase isn't a match for me that it's harder for me to find people who are?

Maybe I need to take a break from the AH. I'm up to 260K, which remains way way way more gold than anyone needs. (But the gold is there to be made! How can I stop!) Spending my time random RPing would mean I meet more people which would mean more chance of meeting good people.

I joined a forum-based RP, but haven't been back since my character was approved (seems like too much work to catch up on all the 848413421 page treads).

I always come back to: Maybe I should join a MU*. I know two that are active (Garou and a FF one). I'm not a great match on either theme anymore, though I'd lean towards the FF one, though I had some kind of issue with a staffer there (we got into some kind of fight? I don't think I was kicked off the game, I think I just left...).

What it comes down to is I want the same thing online as I want at my job: I want something good to just fall into my lap. A good, tight circle of friends online, a good job RL. No work on my part, just "Here, Thistle, for you! This is what you want and were waiting for!". This is very unlikely to happen.

Rereading this post before posting it depresses me. I wonder if I'll post it at all! Or maybe I will and I'll come scurrying back in 15 minutes to take it down and hope no one saw it!
thistlechaser: (WoW: Little Dog)
Wow. Apparently I've even used this subject line before! Luckily it was for an archaeology post and not this topic. And huh! I used the same line once before, in the body of a post, on a FFXI post about what a good night I had for making gil. That makes me smile! I really should reread all of my FFXI posts one day...

Funny how strange words from FFXI look now. Geezards. Stroper Chyme. Shihei. The prices amuse me too. "It's very very very nice to have all these made as a hi-pot costs 3K (or more now?) to buy..." when I've heard that things like ori ores are down to 5K.

Anyway, I can look phrases up in my LJ because I have it archived! Especially with the DDOS attacks lately I'd recommend that everyone back theirs up, except the archive tool is no longer supported and doesn't work for most people anymore. Thankfully my version still does.

ANYWAY, the point of this post. WoW is so depressingly empty. My friends list is generally empty all day and all night (not counting AH sellers and their alts that I track). In fact, it's even more depressing that my flist is JUST AH sellers...

I should go to SMC and look for random RP, but I've been so meh lately. Work has been so bad that I don't have the energy to put myself out there on WoW, which means I'm not meeting new people, which means I stay lonely, which means WoW is no relief from work... it's a cycle.

I took Keen out of my personal guild and put him in a social one, but that wasn't much help. The final straw in that was when I got spoken to for speaking out against someone who saw no issues with and in fact was amused by the name Adolfcritler (with some alt characters thrown in there). This person said Hitler was just an average person, nothing special, blah blah blah. I replied back with something like "Yeah, he just tried to kill off an entire race..." and I got talked to because apparently there's a rule against "being sarcastic in response to someone's personal opinion".

So anyway, this is a roundabout way of talking about an embarrassing issue: I'm middle aged, and for the first time in my entire life that I'm struggling to make friends online. Have I changed? Am I withdrawing even more? Is my obsession with making money on the AH getting in the way? Is it just that so much of the WoW playerbase isn't a match for me that it's harder for me to find people who are?

Maybe I need to take a break from the AH. I'm up to 260K, which remains way way way more gold than anyone needs. (But the gold is there to be made! How can I stop!) Spending my time random RPing would mean I meet more people which would mean more chance of meeting good people.

I joined a forum-based RP, but haven't been back since my character was approved (seems like too much work to catch up on all the 848413421 page treads).

I always come back to: Maybe I should join a MU*. I know two that are active (Garou and a FF one). I'm not a great match on either theme anymore, though I'd lean towards the FF one, though I had some kind of issue with a staffer there (we got into some kind of fight? I don't think I was kicked off the game, I think I just left...).

What it comes down to is I want the same thing online as I want at my job: I want something good to just fall into my lap. A good, tight circle of friends online, a good job RL. No work on my part, just "Here, Thistle, for you! This is what you want and were waiting for!". This is very unlikely to happen.

Rereading this post before posting it depresses me. I wonder if I'll post it at all! Or maybe I will and I'll come scurrying back in 15 minutes to take it down and hope no one saw it!
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This post would have been perfect if I could find the right FFXI screenshot. Unfortunately I have many thousand in my /ffxi directory and I have no idea what I named it...

Long time ago in a world far far away, I always had a bazaar mule in Sandy. It sold low level HQ stuff (back before I knew anything about making money). When I say always, I mean always. For a couple years it was there day and night without fail, always under a certain tree in South Sandy.

One day I got a whisper from some guy, he said something like "People come to Sandy to see you, you're always here! You're like a stop on a tour!".

Today I got a similar thing on WoW:


To be fair, Keen's look is really rather memorable. Shirtless pink heart tabard, glowing book, even more glowing sword, and the gas mask tanks, but it still amuses me that people notice and remember him. :)
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This post would have been perfect if I could find the right FFXI screenshot. Unfortunately I have many thousand in my /ffxi directory and I have no idea what I named it...

Long time ago in a world far far away, I always had a bazaar mule in Sandy. It sold low level HQ stuff (back before I knew anything about making money). When I say always, I mean always. For a couple years it was there day and night without fail, always under a certain tree in South Sandy.

One day I got a whisper from some guy, he said something like "People come to Sandy to see you, you're always here! You're like a stop on a tour!".

Today I got a similar thing on WoW:


To be fair, Keen's look is really rather memorable. Shirtless pink heart tabard, glowing book, even more glowing sword, and the gas mask tanks, but it still amuses me that people notice and remember him. :)
thistlechaser: (FFXI: COR 2)
Seems my characters are gone. During the character restore process, it found Thistle, but said his highest job/level was warrior/1. Which, of course, isn't right. Knowing there was already a Thistle on the new server, I figured maybe it was just messed up by the duplicate name.

Installed, many hours of download, tried to log in. Unsurprisingly it told me the name was taken and I had to enter a new one. Did. It plopped me into a level 1 character with a red newbie ? next to my name.

I'm not sure if I did something wrong, but I don't think so. I followed the steps on the website. Unless there was a delay before I should have tried to log in (longer than the ~7 hours it took for all the downloading), but at the end of the process I had gotten a "Your character is restored!" message, so...

I tried to send an email to support, but FFXI support makes Twitter look verbose. You get 40 characters to describe your issue. The way the site is set up, it looks like you're just setting a subject line:

Please enter a brief explanation of the inquiry.
Example: Teach me how the controls work

But nope, that's the whole field, you never get a second one for a longer description. 40 characters...

I may call tomorrow or try their live online chat, but I suspect the character is just gone. It's probably for the best, I should just let it go.

It's depressing, but if this closes the door for good, then maybe I can just let it go.
thistlechaser: (FFXI: COR 2)
Seems my characters are gone. During the character restore process, it found Thistle, but said his highest job/level was warrior/1. Which, of course, isn't right. Knowing there was already a Thistle on the new server, I figured maybe it was just messed up by the duplicate name.

Installed, many hours of download, tried to log in. Unsurprisingly it told me the name was taken and I had to enter a new one. Did. It plopped me into a level 1 character with a red newbie ? next to my name.

I'm not sure if I did something wrong, but I don't think so. I followed the steps on the website. Unless there was a delay before I should have tried to log in (longer than the ~7 hours it took for all the downloading), but at the end of the process I had gotten a "Your character is restored!" message, so...

I tried to send an email to support, but FFXI support makes Twitter look verbose. You get 40 characters to describe your issue. The way the site is set up, it looks like you're just setting a subject line:

Please enter a brief explanation of the inquiry.
Example: Teach me how the controls work

But nope, that's the whole field, you never get a second one for a longer description. 40 characters...

I may call tomorrow or try their live online chat, but I suspect the character is just gone. It's probably for the best, I should just let it go.

It's depressing, but if this closes the door for good, then maybe I can just let it go.
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I've never had a strong feeling of home in my life. Never have I lived in a place where I felt fully that I belonged there, that it was the perfectly exactly right place for me to be. I like where I live now, but when I return there my chest doesn't grow warm with that "home" feeling.

Today, for the first time since I quit FFXI, I listened to the whole ToAU soundtrack. I looked at Aht Urhgan screenshots, I watched the ToAU trailer on youtube. My chest grew warm not just with the feeling of belonging, but with the desire to go back. I want to go home.

It's been almost two years since I quit FFXI. I'll be coming back to a new server. I won't be able to have the same name anymore. And, perhaps sadly, I know I won't stay. I'm coming to visit. A month, two maybe. I don't like XPing, I don't want to mission. I want to visit, to hit a Besieged if I can catch one. I want to listen to the music and see the cities again.

I want to go home, at least for a little while.

Unfortunately I've gotten a new computer since I quit, so I'm going to have to do all the installing and downloading again. And, because of how S-E does billing, I'll be paying a full month's price for these last few days of the month, but $18 won't break me.

It's going to be interesting with how little I remember. Interesting and exciting. :)
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I've never had a strong feeling of home in my life. Never have I lived in a place where I felt fully that I belonged there, that it was the perfectly exactly right place for me to be. I like where I live now, but when I return there my chest doesn't grow warm with that "home" feeling.

Today, for the first time since I quit FFXI, I listened to the whole ToAU soundtrack. I looked at Aht Urhgan screenshots, I watched the ToAU trailer on youtube. My chest grew warm not just with the feeling of belonging, but with the desire to go back. I want to go home.

It's been almost two years since I quit FFXI. I'll be coming back to a new server. I won't be able to have the same name anymore. And, perhaps sadly, I know I won't stay. I'm coming to visit. A month, two maybe. I don't like XPing, I don't want to mission. I want to visit, to hit a Besieged if I can catch one. I want to listen to the music and see the cities again.

I want to go home, at least for a little while.

Unfortunately I've gotten a new computer since I quit, so I'm going to have to do all the installing and downloading again. And, because of how S-E does billing, I'll be paying a full month's price for these last few days of the month, but $18 won't break me.

It's going to be interesting with how little I remember. Interesting and exciting. :)
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I need to stop opening my emails from S-E. I wouldn't be so tempted by that darned game if it wasn't always me in the images, looking so realistic and cool...



("FFXI me", anyway.) I can't even get them to stop sending the emails, because you need to log into your something or other S-E account to do so. I should make a mail filter or something...

On WoW, I'm this close to ragequitting, even though that would be both stupid and premature. The HH mount is my favorite in the whole game. Every mount, flying frostdrake one (whatever it's called), raven lord, nope, it's HH's that I want. And this darned holiday... Almost everyone I know got one mount on the first day. I know multiple people who got more than one on the first day. This is day three, I have FIVE 80s to go through the fight with, and I haven't gotten even one mount. Dalaran is crawling with the damned things, and I want to stab every single rider. Still lots of days left, sure, but how could I have NONE when I know almost no one else with none and know many people with two or more? D: /wrist

Vacation is going slowly. I always "learn" this every time I have a vacation: WoW is not a game meant to be played 24/7. I'm bored out of my mind. zzz

Tomorrow is the day with no electricity (SOB!), stupid electric company is turning it off the whole day so they can make repairs. If I was at work, it'd be no issue at all, but since I'm home all day... Sucks to be me. I'm going to go out and see a movie, even though there's nothing in the theaters I want to see. Then I suppose I'll shop or something. zzz

Movies-at-home wise, I've not been doing well. I tried a bunch of them, everything from Ponyo to Year One (oh god, shoot me now) and couldn't find anything I could even get through. Then, semi-at random, I checked out the Showtime series Weeds. Eeee, a match! I wouldn't have thought I'd like a show about selling pot in the suburbs, but the characters are really interesting! I watched the first four eps today, and have seven seasons ahead! :D

I'm certainly getting my money's worth from Netflix this week!
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I need to stop opening my emails from S-E. I wouldn't be so tempted by that darned game if it wasn't always me in the images, looking so realistic and cool...



("FFXI me", anyway.) I can't even get them to stop sending the emails, because you need to log into your something or other S-E account to do so. I should make a mail filter or something...

On WoW, I'm this close to ragequitting, even though that would be both stupid and premature. The HH mount is my favorite in the whole game. Every mount, flying frostdrake one (whatever it's called), raven lord, nope, it's HH's that I want. And this darned holiday... Almost everyone I know got one mount on the first day. I know multiple people who got more than one on the first day. This is day three, I have FIVE 80s to go through the fight with, and I haven't gotten even one mount. Dalaran is crawling with the damned things, and I want to stab every single rider. Still lots of days left, sure, but how could I have NONE when I know almost no one else with none and know many people with two or more? D: /wrist

Vacation is going slowly. I always "learn" this every time I have a vacation: WoW is not a game meant to be played 24/7. I'm bored out of my mind. zzz

Tomorrow is the day with no electricity (SOB!), stupid electric company is turning it off the whole day so they can make repairs. If I was at work, it'd be no issue at all, but since I'm home all day... Sucks to be me. I'm going to go out and see a movie, even though there's nothing in the theaters I want to see. Then I suppose I'll shop or something. zzz

Movies-at-home wise, I've not been doing well. I tried a bunch of them, everything from Ponyo to Year One (oh god, shoot me now) and couldn't find anything I could even get through. Then, semi-at random, I checked out the Showtime series Weeds. Eeee, a match! I wouldn't have thought I'd like a show about selling pot in the suburbs, but the characters are really interesting! I watched the first four eps today, and have seven seasons ahead! :D

I'm certainly getting my money's worth from Netflix this week!
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So S-E keeps sending me emails. I can't unsubscribe from them, because you need your FFXI account password and I have no idea what it is. (I know I have it written down in the book, it's just deleting email is easier than finding it.) Generally I delete them without reading, but sometimes I look at it first...



Whine! Is that a Thistle hume on the cover? Seriously? Is this a direct marketing just to me personally? (Ha ha, I know it's not.)

Sure is a good looking Thistle though. SIGH! I don't need another MMO. I don't need ONE MMO (if I didn't get RP on WoW...).

Sure is a good looking Thistle though...
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So S-E keeps sending me emails. I can't unsubscribe from them, because you need your FFXI account password and I have no idea what it is. (I know I have it written down in the book, it's just deleting email is easier than finding it.) Generally I delete them without reading, but sometimes I look at it first...



Whine! Is that a Thistle hume on the cover? Seriously? Is this a direct marketing just to me personally? (Ha ha, I know it's not.)

Sure is a good looking Thistle though. SIGH! I don't need another MMO. I don't need ONE MMO (if I didn't get RP on WoW...).

Sure is a good looking Thistle though...
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WoW has been down for 16 or so hours now, almost eight hours longer than intended, which has given me lots of time to do other stuff. Pick lint off the carpet, balance my checkbook from 1994, count cans of soup in my kitchen...

Among other things, I've been looking through my FFXI screenshots. It's easy to do, since I have a directory of many hundred of them still online. For the first time since I left, I actually have a positive feeling towards the game, a real homesick feeling. Literally! Looking at screenshots of my house was what did it, but the more I looked, the more things that made me smile. Besieged! Man, I remember waiting up until 3 or 4 AM on work nights waiting for them! Going to work late, having "lunch" last four hours so I could catch one...

I know when I was playing I didn't have fun, and I know if I went back now I'd still feel the same*, but... I sure did have a great moghouse. :)

*I don't like XPing, I don't enjoy doing missions or things like Dynamis (did I spell that right?), the idea of the level cap being raised makes me sob, and I sure as heck didn't need more gil, so, really no reason for me to go back. :/

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West Wing. I've been wanting to write about this show for a week, but it keeps never feeling like the right time. It's such a good show, I want to write the best post about it, but all I end up doing is going EEEEEEE IT'S SO GOOD EEEE, which doesn't make for a great post.

I'm near the end of the second season (five more seasons to go, thankfully!), and I don't think I've ever watched a better TV show. Every ep is amazing. Every character is amazing. This darned show can make me laugh and cry in the same hour! I mean seriously, laughing out loud and sobbing my eyes out!

If you're like me and somehow missed seeing it, GO FIND IT NOW. It's all-caps worthy! I'm dying to watch more, but I'm trying not to rush though it! I don't want it to end!

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