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richiconWell here we are another week another long post.  Yesterday was MLK day so I had that off.  For the most part the weekend was pretty good.  Jody and I went to COSCO on Saturday with the kids and we had In and Out Burger for lunch.  On Sunday evening I went out and played D&D with my friends.  Monday was a pain in the ass as the power in on base housing went out again, I’m planning on going today (Tuesday) and filing a complaint with the housing office.

This weekend we attempted to make beef jerky, but the dehydrator that we got from sears in Santa Maria sucked ass.  We had it plugged in maybe 10 hours on Sunday starting the first batch and the trays started to crack.  Jody took it back on Monday and we ordered a new one from Sears .com which should be here in 7 to 10 days.  So I had to freeze what was left of my meat which was two small sand witch bags full.  The little bit that I did get done though turned rather well and from the sounds of it Jody will probably be buying me a roast to turn into jerky probably every payday or so.  Which is fine for by me as I really enjoy myself some Beef Jerky.  I will say I was tempted to make some in the oven and almost bought the racks but since the meat can be frozen,  Well just forget about it as I know our girls will not be able to keep their little paws out of the cracked open oven door that is required to do it in the oven.

In WoW I hit 80 on Monday as planned so my dwarf is officially signed up to Raid with the guild once again.  I was actually supposed to raid last night but with the power going out for 9+ hours or so that kinda killed that idea.  I ended up dumping a ton of gold into some gear as mostly I had a crafted epic gun and a bunch of quest greens and a few blues thrown in.  I’m working on replacing the gear that is to subpar with some BOE blues to go raiding and run heroics with, that way my DPS won’t be as subpar as it could be.  I should get to raid tonight if there isn’t another massive power outage again.  I might be able to run a heroic when I get home but that is uncertain as we have commanders call today but that should be over by 4:30 this afternoon so I should be logged in and ready to go by 5ish that would give us about an hour to kill before we have to be ready for the raid which starts at 6:30 or so and goes until 10ish.  I still hoping that my wife starts to level her shaman so that this weekend or maybe later this week I can restart my Death Knight and play with her.  Basically my plan is to vendor my current DKS’s gear and send the money to my hunter.  Reroll the toon and play with my wife from 58 onward.   I know I currently have around 900gold on my DK and he really doesn’t need much so that would be all gravy for my hunter for a while and then on my hunter start to save up for epic flying skills for my DK and will probably need to save gold to help Jody get her epic flying skill.  At lunch today I plan on finishing up my gear loadout and maybe going and looking for the rare cat a little bit.  When I get home this afternoon Ill need to talk to Rob and see what we are raiding tonight and start the process of reading strats to learn what I need to for the boss fights that we will face tonight.

Before the power went out yesterday I dropped a stack for gold for gear and gems today I need to drop a little more for training and more gear so Ill be all set.  I really need a new pair of bracers as Im still using my old level 70 PvP gear bracers. 

Tuesday night I got to raid for the first time in almost a year.  I have to say Naxx is a lot of fun we cleared the spider wing and started on the abomination wing.  We did relatively well I think Globus gave us some problems be we did eventually down him.

Wednesday night we tried to get me into some heroics but that didn’t seem to want to happen so instead I ran around doing quests and bought more gear off of the auction house.

Thrusday night I ran heroic Violet Hold and Penicial.  Afterward I ran around doing some mining and more quests as I dropped my gold supply to very low levels and wanted to get it back up to around 1k gold again.  I have to say doing daily quests still makes the gathering of gold rather easy.

Friday Night I went and played D&D with friends once again.  Kraus my wizard is now level 3 and finally I was able to do some damage with him.  We went and killed some bandits and a vampire.  This of course after I learn that our rouge is my niece and the ranger is something close to me second cousin.  Damn elves we get around rather well it seems.

Saturday I mostly lounged around the house .  I was in a lot of pain has I pulled something in my right hip and was limping around anytime I got up to go get something.  It was one of those times I wish my kids understood the phrase “Go get Daddy a MT Dew.” 

Saturday I respeced my hunter to a Survivalist more or less to keep me from wasting tons of time looking for that cat.  Did I mention I have droped a ton of gold of gear gems and enchants the last few days?  Yeh I had to regem a lot of my gear of the spec but I really like what my hunter does now in terms of damage.  If the fight is a strait up tank and spank raid buffed Im putting out over 2000+ DPS.  So Im very happy there.  Last night I also had to buy the mats in order to get my frost resistance gear made.  Plus I had to buy some gems for them and one more gem to replace my 32 ap gem with a 16 agi gem.  My build values agi over anything else as I have a talent that give me 15% more agi.  So yeah Im stacking agi as much as I can.  In a lot of ways it reminds me of when I very first started to raid with my hunter back in the days of molten core.  Back then I stacked agi like crazy as well got my agi all the way up to 800 or so raid buffed.  Now raid buffed Im over 1400 maybe closer to 1600 with about 30% crit rate.  The other thing I have learned is that hit is very important thing to have.  So now Im sporting 9.01% to hit after you put in my gear and talents.  Over all I feel I did really well in the raid last week bringing my DPS up to the point of putting me at 4th on the DPS chart behind a mage and 3 death knights.  Jody didn’t play much at all this weekend so my death knight is mostly on hold at the moment.  Im going to go on and do the starter area really soon to at least get the knight going and be waiting for when she finally hits 58 and we can go into outland together and  level her shamy and my DK.

Well I had this big long email that spanned probably many pages that more or less covered the week and all my thoughts then some douche bag rebooted my machine while I was away and lost it all. So before warned that this blog post may come off a sounding a little angry and annoyed also it will cover some of the things going on in my life this week as well as wow stuff.

Monday my ID died. I couldn’t to a whole hell of a lot as I turned the issue of me not being able to log back into my computer over to our network geeks and they took most of the day in getting back to me with a fix action. Witch by noon I figured out for myself and went down to the MPF and got a new ID made. It was nice as they was wanting me to wait until the 5th or some such nonsense instead since they wasn’t busy I was able to get in just after lunch on Monday. So now I have an ID Card that will last me another year as it seems that’s about how long it takes me to wear one out. Then later that afternoon I was heading home to change for PT pulled up to my house and push the button for my Garage door to open well the door didn’t go up and I turned around and went back to the office to inform my supervisor who thankfully was still playing ping pong with his supervisor out in the high bay. But that ended up being a god send as I really didn’t want to go to PT that day and there was a contractor here that needed some help so I was able to give him a hand instead of going to PT. After work I didn’t get to play any wow as instead I went and played Dungeons and Dragons with some friends. I like getting to play D&D as it allows me to get out of the house and go be social.

In D&D I now have a level 2 elf wizard who just got a pretty sweet staff as it gives +1 to all cold spells and I was able to take a feat that gives me an additional +1 to cold and acid spells. Since those are my two main damage types that’s extremely nice to have. Also it gives me a +1 to my to hit rolls which makes it just that much easier for me to hit with my spells.

Tuesday unlike Monday’s sitting around boredom fest I was busy all day running answers to questions I had about projects and what not down. For the most part Tuesday was a pretty good day I was busy and time just seemed to fly by and I was able to do a lot of stuff.

Tuesday evening I was able to start once again heading for 80 on my dwarf hunter. Currently as of this writing I’m sitting at 77 most of the way to 78, my plan is to hit 78 tonight hopefully 79 tomorrow and 80 by the end of my 3 day weekend. (Thanks MLK) My hunter is coming along nicely enough. I did tame the ghost cat that spawns from the figurines in Auberdine and I dig the changes for hunter pets leveling. Now I no longer have to level the cat form the low teens to my level they auto level the cat to 5 levels under you. But I am currently having massive agro issues as its pretty easy for me to pull agro off of my pet since none of my pets are the same level as I am.

Well shit since I have to rewrite this from memory I’m not really sure what happened on Wednesday. But I think that’s the day that I up and decided that I was done with being pissed off at work. Mostly I have come to the conclusion of the fact I hate my job. It’s not really what I do it’s the people I do it for. My job satisifctaction is at an all time low right now mostly because this is the second time this year that I have taken a block of time off and come back to find no one has helped me out and done anything for me, but for the most part I’m chalking that up to the fact that some of the people in this unit are just lazy and the others are too busy.

Before I continue into what went on yesterday (Thursday) I will say I have smartened up and started to write this in word instead of an email least this way when I add to it I can hit save pull my ID card out of the computer and walk away.

Thursday not a whole lot did happen mostly it was a slower repeat of Tuesday for me. I did hit level 78 on my dwarf and I think I’m on track for being level 80 on Monday. I should hit 79 tomorrow. Sunday I go play D&D at 4pm so but I should have enough time to get most of the way to 80 and then on Monday hit 80. I might actually get to raid on Monday but I’m not counting on it. For the most part my Hunters gear is crap. I’m still using shoulders that I started leveling with as well as the gloves, and the rest of my gear is quest blues and greens. More than likely though it will be late afternoon Monday when I hit 80. We’ll see how it goes though so far I’m questing in Icecrown and the mobs there are harder than I’m use to.

Well here I sit in Canada enjoying the warmth of Jodys Grandmas house.  Mostly because its freaking cold outside.  The past few weeks Ive been thinking about returning to WoW.   Now I know Ive said I wouldnt play that game no more but for the most part I kind of miss it.  The game did have alot of good things going for it and with the new expansion from what I can tell there are even more good things going for the game now.  I cant paly it though untill we get back to the states and Jodys Grandma connection is just barely enough to support websurfing and not much else.  My Xbox while connected ot the network drops every 5 or so seconds and it just is barely palyable on live.  Most of the time Im lagging so bad that it isnt fun.  I can only barely talk to firnes and thats if there isnt alot of heavy network traffic.  I guess I should count myself lucky thoug has we are connected and can contact the outside world. 

Christmas was ok.  Jodys family went over board on geting the girls stuff and now we are going to have to ship stuff for them home as we probally wont have room for it in our luggage.  Anyway Im just happy to be off work and away from the base for the most part.  While I miss my family its good to be away.

Well once again I have left WoW behind.  Mostly out of boredom,  My raid has to many hunters and that has caused me to only to be a ble to raid once a month.  Honestly that isnt enough for me so I left.  I know leaving the g ame seems a little drastic for that but honestly after geting my dragon mount I have had little to no want to play any more.  So oppon the recomendation of Rob I got Army of Two for my Xbox 360.

Now before I go into the game I want to talk a bit about xbox live.  When I first got my xbox 360 now about a year ago I had an xbox live gold account for about 3 months as thats what came with the system.  At the time you could download demos and play online with your friends you just couldnt host on a silver account witch is what my account went to after the 3 months.  That was fine for me since most of my  friends have gold accounts and are more than happy to host the games and all was good.  Up till Monday night when Army of Two came in the mail from Gamefly.  When Rob and I tried to play together a  screen came up and said must be on a xbox live gold account to play.  So I checked it out and found out that it is 8 bucks for a month or 50 bucks for a year.  Jody let me get a year so I good untill 25 March 2009.  Now it took a bit for the account change to accually make it to my system and after 5 minutes after Rob logged off to spend time with his wife it started working.  Now my only other thought on this is why does Microsoft charge for Xbox Live when Sony doesnt for the Playstation Network?  Odd I would think they would be priced the same aka free.

Now Army of Two is allot of fun.  Its allot like last years hit Gears of War but more focused toward Co Op than single person experience.  In the game you play as one of two guys Salem and Rios.  Currently I’m playing Salem and Rob is playing Rios.  The games story line is allot like a buddy movie with allot of gun play and funny dialog.  Matter of fact you can walk up to your partner and hit a button and either do a air guitar or slug em. Now one of the things that I love about this game is the sniping mechanics as its very accurate.  I found out last night that I was able to shoot the guys manning the turrets though the small maybe 6 inch viewing slot.  I must have killed about 50 people that way not to mention just blowing them away randomly with it.  The other things that I enjoy are that the game forces you to work as a team.  If you don’t work as a team you both will die.  Now something I think is cool is that the devs put in agro into a shoot game.  The way it works is that if you or your partner has a large enough gun or just fires enough you’ll have agro making your partner invisible able to sneak around and flank the enemy.

Over all I think it’s a fun game and look forward to finishing it.

I’ve have a few extra moments here so I figured I would go on and post a new blog post since its been well after the new year since I’ve posted.   

Jody and I are moving into a new house this weekend; I’m both dreading the hell out of this and looking forward to it.  We have a lot of stuff that is highly fragile and Jody plans on moving most of that with her PT Cruiser.  We have a few people with pick up trucks coming to help us move that large stuff and some one coming on Friday to mow the back yard.  Yesterday I emptied the large planter in front of our current out and part of a smaller one.  In order to do this I had to go down the BX and by a shovel.  I also repacked my Xbox 360 into its box and packed up my PS3 into its box.  Now the only thing hooked up on my desk is my computer and that will stay setup till Saturday morning.  I hate Verizon and if it wasn’t the only thing that service didn’t suck ass here on base we would switch to cable to the reports I’ve gotten about cable here on base doesn’t make me want to switch.  I have no clue if they have up graded there network or not but I also here rumors that Comcast cable is taking over the base cable net.  One of the big things I’m looking forward to having my computer hardwired into our modem with out having a blue cable strung across our dining room. The other thing that I am excited about is the size of the back yard.  Its small!  I hate to mow and I think with this small of a back yard it should only take me about half an hour to mow and edge the back yard VS the hour and half it currently takes to mow and edge the acre plus of our back yard.  I know most people want more room in the back but me I hate having uber large back yard to mow since now I don’t have to deal with the front yard at all since the base has a contractor that deals with that for me.   

In World of Warcraft I have finished getting my epic flying mount and Im about 7k more rep away from getting my drake mount.  I’m slightly burned out on grinding out the rep as some of the quests for it are just painful and require to go into what I have duped the Netherwing Hell Hole of Doom.  I did help

Ness out a bit last night complete a few quests so I did get a little father along.  Also I turned in the 20 eggs that I had saved up so I would not forget to turn them in.  I started a warrior on Sunday and so far I really enjoy playing her as she’s defiantly different from my hunter currently she is level 21 and is a fury warrior.  I also have transferred my shamy over to the server as well and shes at 36.  A friend Sephra has offered to quest with me a bit in order to level a little faster on her.  I told him that I will take him up on it next week after I get my net hooked back up.  On my warrior I have taken up using my dual monitor setup to help me out even more as I’ve been having my wife’s 63 druid on auto follow in order to use her as a heal bot.  what I do is before going into a large fight I have the druid cast rejuv and some other heal of time on my warrior rush in start swinging as the heals over time wear off I’ve been refreshing them.  It works well right now as the heals over time out pace the damage dealt to my warrior.  Cheating maybe but I challenge you to level a fury warrior solo.  Yes they put out damage but after every fight you will be sitting to eat.  Witch reminds me I should probably go on and pick up cooking on her nay way so when she hits 70 that I will be able to make stam and str food for her to use.  I haven’t decided on if she’s going to be a tank or not I’m not sure if I can tank well as I have never done any tanking at all.  All I know is it deals with holding agro and eating a lot do damage while a healer hopefully heals me.  I have always been cast in the DPS role as that’s what the majority of my toons do massive amounts of DPS.  After Saturday I will not be able to play much WoW until Tuesday / Wednesday but that’s ok as I have a lot of cleaning to help do on the old house and in the evening I can play Heavenly Sword / Lair on my PS3.  Also I have made sure to keep my Gamefly queue up to date just in case it takes Verizon longer than expected to flip the switch on our DSL.

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