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19 May 2012 @ 07:48 am
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So, day off. You can tell it was, because I slept in, until 5:30....OK, I just don't sleep much. Anyway, it gives me a moment to update on things.

So, work. Surprisingly, I think I'll like this. Not that I thought I'd hate it, but I didn't exactly go into it cheering "whoopie!" Keep in mind that I know almost nothing about cars, and you can appreciate the trepidation. However, I'm learning a lot and not shying away from things. I've never had a problem getting my hands dirty (figuratively or literally), and that's good, because I'm definitely jumping right in on things. Normally, I'd take the first 3-4 days doing "computer based training" before getting out on the floor and training hands-on. My manager said he knocked out the computer stuff in 4 days, but he took overtime to do it and didn't expect people to go that fast, though he wanted me to bust it out so I could get where he needed me. This stuff is broken up into chunks that they want you to have done on a schedule (first one on safety inside first 30 days, next 4 on the various positions inside of 120 days, etc.). After 2 days, I'd done everything for 120 days, another day and I was finished with the 150 day mark. That made me some points, to say the least. Also, even though I'm still very much on the fringe of the day-to-day workings, I'm handling customers on my own initiative. This has made me even more points, both in drive and style. You know how they tell you in prison to beat down someone fast, to establish yourself? That's me, without the violence and victim. Set myself up, fast...and it's working. Along the way, I'm learning and doing plenty. Hell, yesterday, I helped a couple other guys change a serpentine belt, and that's a pain in the ass. (Separate note: made a HUGE load of brownie points yesterday by running a last-minute errand that not only saved my managers butt but kept him out of trouble with HIS boss. Go me.)

So, outside of work, let's see. Well, I canceled my paid 'City of Heroes' account, for two reasons. One, of course, is work. I just don't have time. Even if I don't go in until 10, I don't want to get involved in the morning, and by the time I come home, shower, eat, and try to have some time with Jessica, there's not much left. Two, and maybe more importantly, is that I have not had nearly as much fun this time around. With the addition of the "incarnate powers", the game has become very focused on the end-game, which is one thing that killed Warcraft for me. It feels all about hurrying to get to the end and then grinding for the drops, something that I always appreciated that City did NOT do...well, now it does. On top of all that, I stayed with City for as long as I did because of my group of running buddies, Team Awesome. Coming back, I find that they've all moved on to other things and, without that social aspect, I find myself bored. True, I made a new friend not long ago and enjoyed running with her and her friends, but that is not often due to timing and just not the same. True also that kwsapphire hooked me up with a group she runs with, and while there are some great people in there, again, it's just not the same. So, I'm MMO-less for a while. Not making promises, just time to move on from City.

Still have the "Secret World" beta going on, and that's pretty cool. Cool enough to pay for when it's released? Not sure yet. Haven't fired it up in days, obviously. Lots there to like, some not to like, betas change, so hard to really say. Overall, though, I am enjoying it. Should download my copy Diablo 3 today, so I'll have that to play. Found a great deal on Bioshock 1&2 which I plan to get, as I loved B1 and want to play again, and never got to play B2. That's another thing: so many games I've missed over the last 10 years, due to being MMO-focused. With as little time as I have right now, better to have games I can pause. ;)

Things in the house are plenty good. Still crazy about my lady, no question there. She's been sick lately, and something weird going on with her gut which is making her pretty miserable, but we're working on it. Also weird getting used to not seeing her for so long, but that's work for you. Have to make sure and plan for things I want to do around the house, too...Damn, work sucks. ;)

Hmm...nothing else I can think of to report on. Trimmed my hair for the first time in ages. Did a little buzzing behind the ears and across the back, since my hair is pulled back for work and the wispy little stragglers were annoying me. Haven't done this to my head since...1993, I think? Kinda got off my eating/exercise thing, but working is already showing a change again, so that helps.

I'm sore, but it's all good.
Current Music: Manowar - Return of the Warlord
Davevoicetrack on May 19th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you've got a handle on things, bud. Great to hear. :)
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Drinking Archmagearchmage on May 19th, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
Certainly tryin'!
sassy_54sassy_54 on May 19th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy that things are going better for you! Sorry that your lady is sick and hope that she feels better soon! You two could use some peace from bad things for awhile :)
Baracus Naturalmadeofmeat on May 19th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Teri Smithkitchenqueen on May 19th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
That was one of the reasons that I quit City. I saw that they were focusing moving towards a "post-50, or you suck" game. I had multiple 50's under my belt by the time I quit, but what's the point when there's no measurable achievement? I didn't have time to grind for purple drops, so I was falling behind. Then that incarnate nonsense, and the story arcs that were near impossible to solo, added to the task forces that routinely failed, despite balanced, skilled teams - when school came along, something had to go, and City was the clear loser.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Flamestickarchmage on May 19th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong, some of the new DA arcs were VERY well written, and I enjoyed running them. However, the lower-to-middle game content they added was so much weaker. Plus, with the iTrials, if you didn't know what was going on, you were pretty well left behind, and it suddenly didn't matter what the team make-up was, since you just zerg-rushed 90% of what you encountered, and the various iPowers made it superfluous to have true Defenders, etc. The teamwork and team support factors were bred out of the content.

I'm not surprised at this trend, as it is the norm, but it was disappointed to see, after City had gone so long and so strong without it.
Super President Chestnut Mayor: stupendousbryce on May 20th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I still haven't really enjoyed an incarnate trial. I'll do one every once in a while, just to give my favorite 50s some love, but I never feel particularly useful, let alone heroic.

And I do miss the feeling that it would at least be possible for me to max out even one toon. It's not really attainable for me anymore, which is pretty demotivating (and perhaps self-fulfilling). But I still get the urge to go thrash badguys pretty regularly. I just end up soloing mostly. :P
Casey the Gnomeandrogenie on May 23rd, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
The only iTrial I actually enjoy is BAF on my ice/ice dom...because the prisoner escape is fun when you're slowing/holding/DoTting the crap out of the mad rush. I have three other incarnated 50's, but I haven't found a single trial that I actively enjoy on those (a DB/SR scrapper, an elec/elec tanker, and a energy/energy blaster).

The new tutorial stuff is almost worthless (thinking specifically of the Twinshot sequence blueside).

If it wasn't for the RP SG I'm in, I probably would have weaned myself off CoH by now.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 24th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
The Twinshot arcs are a pretty good deal for new players, as it explains a lot of things that you sorta had to pick up, before. Past that, they're...annoying.

My main and only incarnate is was my DM/Regen Scrapper (heavily IO-built for maximum Regen, T4 Musculature, T4 barrier, T4 Reactive, T3 Phantom Lore). As for iTrials, BAF and Lambda were OK, but they're the fastest, and I get very tired of seeing people running "BAF-a-thons". it just reinforces the idea that these are grinds. I liked Apex and Tin Mage, but no one does them. Keyes is repetitive. Underground would be cool if it wasn't such a pain in the ass. TPN is fun, but, again, it's kind of a grind (and Marked For Death just sucks). I never managed to get on a MoM run that actually completed. I liked DD. From seeing a video of a run of Magisterium...it doesn't impress me.

I'd have considered sticking with it if my crew was active, but without them, it was just a grind. Bah. I'm enjoying the Secret World beta, I just got Bioshock 1 and 2, and I'm about to nab my copy of Diablo 3. i'm set for a while