OOC – October 5th – Yeah, I’m back at it again

October 5th 

 

I will have to admit that I haven’t been writing very much in the last year, however, that was due to the fact that I have been playing medication roulette with my doctors.  I think they have finally figured out what to give to take without killing me with it.  It’s been a rough year for me in the health department. 

Anyway, long story short, I have renewed my WordPress account and I’m planning on getting back into my usual (other normal) posting in this next year.  The brain is all abuzz with thoughts of projects and what I need to write about.  Hey, my writing isn’t all that great and I know that, however, I do enjoy it and it makes me feel like I am doing something other than playing video games. 

I know that I haven’t even been playing a whole lot in the last six months or so due to the fact that I just couldn’t concentrate on anything for very long before I just got totally lost in thought and confusion on some things.  Over-medicating your brain makes you real spacy and I was really starting to get worried about what was going on.  All manner of thoughts race through your head in regard to your faculties when you don’t feel like you’re doing things quite right or up to your usual standards.  

I never have followed the arena nor the MDI tournaments until this year and I will have to admit that I have spent a great deal of time watching those events.  I know I will never be that kind of player again, however, it does bring back some good memories of days gone by.  I used to be Hell-on-Wheels with PvP and as a raider, however, the reflexes aren’t what they used to be these days.  I had to put some of those things to the side and just get into the questing side more with my characters, which is not all bad at all.  Even though I am not up to snuff enough to really participate in these things but that doesn’t mean that I have lost the love or the interest in it. 

Another thing that I did this year is something that I haven’t ever done in the last twelve years and that was to buy one of the tickets on-line for BlizzCon.   I’ve never done that before and I am very excited to see it here in the comfort of my own home.   It should be fun and I’m sure that I will post other things in regard to that.   

I hope to be playing and writing more in the next few months and rekindle my love for all things World of Warcraft.  I have no great expectations for things, just the ability to enoy something that I have been doing almost daily for the last twelve years.   Hope to see all of you soon. 

Still trying to catch up on the posts that some of you have done and hope to have that caught up in the next couple of days.  Everything that I have been reading has inspired me to get back with the way that I used to be and to carry on with the rest of the gang.   

OOC – Better Late Than Never

September 3rd, 2017 

 

Sorry, I haven’t been playing much of late nor have I been writing all that much either.   Sometimes RL seems to take charge of things and you have to put a few things aside in order to keep up with it.  I wasn’t feeling all that well physically and that usually sets off a whole bunch of things that seem to backlog and get me into that rut we’ve all been in at some time in our lives.  Oh, it wasn’t anything real serious just ails of the aging body with depression added on for the topper. 

Just started getting back into WoW again and I’m enjoying it now that I have decided that I’m not under any pressure to get caught up with all the speed demons out there.  I’ll take my time doing stuff and will eventually finish Legion, if it ever really ends.  All the time gating that people were worrying with is pretty much over for me because the new patch has arrived and the past gates are now open for those of us that came toddling along at a snail’s pace.   I think that I am slower than a snail, however, it works for me and that’s what I’ll be doing, dragging up the end area.  Still only have the one 110 and he’s starting to move along nicely with all of the catch-up things happening now for me.  Still no legendary anything, however, it has to drop at least one someday.   I do hate RNG with a passion. 

Time is definitely flying by for me this year.  Just celebrated my 38th Wedding Anniversary and it sure doesn’t seem like it’s been that long except when I look in the mirror or look at my spouse.  Yep, we’ve gotten a bit older in all of these years.  Empty nest syndrome wasn’t invented yet when we still had people living with us, now it’s just the two of us and our senior citizen kitties.  Ah well, that’s what happens when you get older and now we have grandchildren, so, there’s another clue that we’re getting older.  Little Munchkins that you can spoil rotten and send them home with their parents – it’s fair. 

Did I see the eclipse?  Yep, watched on the telly because I’m a coward when it comes to my eyes and I wasn’t about to go outside (big place where the NPCs can be a bit dicey and there are bugs that bite).  I enjoyed it and just kind of watched the people on the television doing the commentaries.   

I do have quite a few relatives that live in the Houston area, so, the last week or two have been filled with a lot of anxiety and concern for them.  Everyone seems to be safe and sound for the moment although there was some loss of property for a few – they were fortunate enough to at least have some insurance that will help pay for some of the damage.  I’ve lived in the Pacific region and gone through typhoons and then lived in Florida where we dealt with hurricanes – I think I’ll just stay here in Colorado and deal with the snow and an occasional tornado, thank you very much. 

Well, I suppose that I will have to hop off here and get busy trying to get caught up with all of the people that I haven’t been reading for a few days on WordPress.  When I don’t feel like even taking the laptop and reading stuff on it, I know I don’t feel good at all.   See you all soon in-game and I hope to be adding to the written words soon.  😀 

 

July 28th – OOC – Enjoying Other Things…

July 28th, 2017 

 

Whoa!!  I’ve hardly played any video games for the last week due to the fact that I took a break and did some other things for a change.  I don’t normally watch streamers; however, this week has been the exception and did one all last weekend for a worthy charity organization or it seemed worthy in my opinion. 

I do come from a long line of military folks and law enforcement people that I have very big respect for because without them doing their part, I probably wouldn’t be able to have the life that I have today.  No, I didn’t serve in the military, however, I did support the effort in any way that I could. 

I watch a 36-hour stream for “Operation Supply Drop” that was put on by Wargames on their World of Tanks.  It was a rousing good time and definitely was international in its presentation as well as raising money for the support of all military folks.   The money raised was going to people that were deployed away from their families as well as those making the transition back to civilian life.  I know that it sounds silly to some, however, they setup people with a means to enjoy things on computers as well as giving them the ability to escape their current reality for a while.   It is being used to help eliminate some of the mental stress and depression that some of the folks go through.   If you want more information in regard to the organization, please give it a Goggle and enjoy some of the videos from the latest event. 

I know that it is supposed to be the edgy people out there that are quitting tobacco and switching over to vaping.  I haven’t had a cigarette for the better part of two years now and went from a 2 pack a day habit to zero with vaping, so, I’ve been doing some research on that as well.   I know that there are probably some health issues with vaping and there are reasons not to do it, however, I would much rather have my house and clothes smell like my vapes than cigarette smoke.   Found a shop here in Colorado that has met all of my needs – my needs are pretty simple since I don’t drive much these days – I needed a mail service that wouldn’t cost as much as the product and these folks fit the bill nicely.  

Oh, this is also, Shark Week!!!  I know I am the worst fan for watching anything and everything involving sharks. So, when I haven’t been watching streaming, I’ve been watching Sharks.  I’ll admit that it really does make me homesick for the saltwater and I know that I will probably never set eyes on that much water again in my lifetime, I still love it.   My spouse really isn’t into the water thing and sharks, so, we usually spend this week separated into different parts of the house.  We’ve been married for so many years now that it doesn’t bother us to take a break from each other now and again. 

I’ll probably get back into the routine with World of Warcraft this weekend and try to tell myself that I am not bored out of my gourd with Legion, yet.  I still enjoy the game.  However, this is the first time that I would much rather do something else for a while.  I think you call it burnout after twelve years of playing almost daily. Not to mention, I’m just enjoying myself with other things for the time being in hopes that I can renew my interest in the game.  

OOC – Birthdays & Anniversaries

July 1st 2017

 

Sorry for another OOC post, however, today is kind of special in a lot of ways.  Today is my spouse’s birthday and it is also a couple of anniversaries for me.  I know better than to put out the age too, I’m the older one of the two of us, so, that’s not gonna happen.

July 1st 2005 was my first date of actually playing World of Warcraft and if you want to get right down to the time, I think it was about 3:00 p.m.  Spouse was going out clubbing and I as planning on staying at home and get into this new game.  LOL, should have gone clubbing because here I am all of these years later, playing the game. Wedding Anniversary is next month, so, that’s another milestone.  Odd how they all kind of clump together, isn’t it?

Another anniversary of sorts also just smacked me with WordPress and that is that I have been blogging on here for five years.  Not so much writing during the past couple of years, however, I have tried to keep up with everyone that I have been following all of this time.  I enjoy the blogs and enjoy the people that utilize WP with some of their writing as well as some of the terrific creativity, crafting and just general sharing of information.

I spent some time last night cruising around on the forums in search of old guilds and such that I have been affiliated with in the past and perchance, seeing some of my old friends out there still posting – not a thing did I find that might ring a bell as far as names or even references.   Oh well, that’s okay, I’ll keep going and make some new friends out there too.

 

OOC – June 27th … Why Do You Do That?

June 27th, 2017

LOL had some physical issues that kept me from playing World of Warcraft for a couple of days and when I did – where do I start again?  I do know that I have a few characters out roaming about and I still play the majority of them to get inspired about writing again, however, that doesn’t work sometimes and this was one of those times.  I also go through phases sometimes when I have the double-kicker of getting depressed at the same time that I am physically not feeling well.

I know part of my problem is not getting out and actually interacting with RL people doesn’t help a whole lot, however, being a caregiver for someone that is disabled does make it rather challenging sometimes to be able to do that sort of thing.   Part of my depression stems from the fact that I know that things aren’t going to change in RL and that the majority of the people that I used to play with in-game are not longer playing and apparently have no intentions of coming back.  Oh well, that’s life with the gaming world and I am going to have to accept it.

I am probably a terrible gamer, however, I enjoy what I do and since I tend to do things solo, I enjoy things for what they are – strictly entertainment and not a career building endeavor. I love the fantasy of gaming and the escape from reality – there are times when it’s not so easy to escape the reality that time is passing and I’m not getting any younger either.  In my mind, I’m still Peter Pan with Tinkerbell, however, looking at my body, I know better than that.  Gravity does bad things to your body when you age and you can’t ignore it.

It has been rather peculiar that I am finding myself being drawn more to the Old Content in-game due to the storylines and to the gaming itself.  I love the Lore of the game although it has been botched up so many times now that I am getting “anything goes” out of it a lot of the time.  It’s much easier to get lost and channeled in the fantasy world when you are actually enjoying what you’re doing – I’m not enjoying a lot of the Legion stuff because there is a ton of it to do and there is no point to it when you already know that you aren’t going to get to finish it  – the only place I can’t fly is in Legion, too many hoops and I just don’t feel like playing that way.

Still love the game and the people in it, however, I might take a hiatus here in the near future because it does seem as though I am getting to the point that I don’t want to log in if I feel like I have to play on the Broken Shore.  I have had fun with it when I do get in there for awhile and then I have to take a break from it because it becomes too tedious.  I was the same way in Draenor for a while too because I was late getting my flying there as well, took freaking forever.

The only choice we have been given in the last two expansions is to do the Pathfinder requirements – I usually get kissed when I have sex, however, since I’m paying for it – seems like I just got screwed.  Legion is definitely going to be my last expansion and I have plenty of characters to keep me busy for the rest of my natural life.

Okay, time to put forth some effort in my writing and get on with the show, if I play my way and immerse myself in my characters’ “lives” I might stick with it a bit longer.  I used to enjoy writing quite a bit even if it is all drabble and nonsense – I’m not a professional writer and I just write for the fun of it, if I had any intentions of earning a living with it, I’ve long since given that up.

See you all in-game and I do apologize for my wandering rant here, it’s a mood thing that will soon pass, I hope.

June 15th, 2017 – OOC – Patch Day and Beyond…

June 15, 2017

I will have to admit that I was looking forward to sitting here and enjoying the game quite a bit more with the advent of the new patch 7.2.5 – well, patch day was more than a little bit exciting than I wanted it to be. Of course, I’ve been kicking around in this game long enough to know that it isn’t always a good day to play when we have patches. I never go into current content on the day of a patch because I know that there will be bugs galore and I heard that I wasn’t too disappointed with that plan either.

Lost my mounts for a time on my main account (the one that has all the achievements coming from it and all the mount collecting) which really set me off on a tizzy until I figured that the patch had changed the filters on my mounts – fixed that and it was on with the show.

I will have to admit, again, that I am totally an altoholic and love playing my lower levels, not in a big rush to hit end-game at all. I rushed quickly to the Under City and got my heirlooms all maxed out. Even did the weapons to be on the safe side and had been saving my gold up for said purchases since they mentioned the upgrades in a Q&A. I love my heirlooms because it allows me to have the time to level up at a good clip and not worry about my professions nearly as much. Yes, my big guys do make stuff for the little guys, however, I don’t mind going back and farming for mats on the little ones either. I’m weird that way because I enjoy running around on my hunters and doing the hunter thing.

Discovered that there had been a bug with World Quests and went in this morning and found that I finally had them showing on my Alliance alt. Why I have been holding back on running any other characters around on the Shore until I was able to figure things out a bit more. I hadn’t been able to do archeology of any relevance on the same alt too because it would not show up on the map – now it does. Weird bugs that have been plaguing me since I started playing the Legion content. Too bad that there isn’t a real “guide” on what you need to do with this expansion because I’ll willingly admit that I have spent a great deal of time trying to figure things out – that isn’t nearly as much fun as actually getting play the game through.

Still no flying for me yet in Legion because I have been dragging my feet and going at a snail’s pace due to mechanical malfunctions with my computers as well as not feeling well physically. Now, I can move along and do what I want to do and just take my time. So far, my intent is to finish up my gaming career with Legion unless they come up with a super awesome expansion for the next one. Legion started out pretty good and has dwindled off to the RNG gods too much and I just run around and do things hoping that I will be able to better equip my characters – no luck for me on getting any of the goodies that everyone has been raving about. I’m not complaining about the fact that I haven’t played enough to get even one of the Legendary items, however, it does seem like I am wasting a lot of my precious time trying. I don’t like the amount of RNG for everything in the game – glad that it doesn’t control my bathroom privileges because we might have real issues then too.

With the Summer kicking in, finally, I don’t know how much time I will be spending in front of my computer because I enjoy being outside without looking like the little kid from “Christmas Story” where he is all bundled up in his Michelin Man winter clothing. If it’s too hot, I don’t go out there and stay in the A/C as much as possible although my loft where all my computers and drawing materials are located gets a bit toasty because of the skylights. Hehe, love the natural light, don’t like the heat.

OOC – Pets are Great…

June 9th, 2017

Had a great day started with getting myself settled in to start working on some more things in my writing when my big 14 pound kitty decided to do some break dancing on my desk.  That wasn’t so bad because it’s something that I am used too with him – he demands attention frequently.  He hasn’t done anything like this for a number of years, so, I was a little bit astounded at his level of activity on the desk.  He likes to watch the screen when I am typing or when I’m gaming, so, it’s been a happy thing until this morning.

To make a long story short, I ended up wearing my cup of coffee, keyboard was filled up with the stuff as was my desk-top and mouse.  Luckily I was using my keyboard on the tray that is built into the desk, so, the computer was safe.  Oh what a glorious mess it was and I spent quite a bit of time getting things put back together.  Keyboard is working okay even though it took forever to dry it out and the mouse is working.   Luckily, it wasn’t the “new” fancy gaming keyboard, however, it was one that I happened to like anyway.

However, it did put the squish on my mood for writing anything productive today for a while, so, I’ll get back to that later on, possibly.  I did manage to get everything back up and running – had to take a quick trip downstairs from the loft and change my clothes – I was definitely awake after all of that because there is nothing so shocking as to have a full cup of coffee landing in your lap whilst soaking you from chin to crotch along with the aforementioned equipment.

I’m just fortunate that the poor old fellow didn’t hurt himself when he was making his escape because it might have been just as easy for him to leap off the balcony of the loft – I think the hot coffee freaked him out as much as it did me.    Anyway, I’ll try the writing thing later today or in the morning because I did have some ideas floating in my head prior to the misadventures of the feline.