Friday, October 31, 2008

Elsee it is

Yeah, I know, that was quick.


It was the God's promise thing that sealed the deal.

I never said that what I do make sense...

And with that in mind, I did 3 SSO dailies on DV, made one Khorium scope, and hopped on over to Smoochie...

....who hit 68 last night. As a little leveling present, I took her out to STV and let her tame a white gorilladin. I'm still playing around with figuring out the AoE tanking thing with the gorilladins (I still need to watch BRK's movie); one thing that I've found out is that you have to individually tag each of the mobs before starting Volley. I had a number of mobs die that I hadn't tagged and couldn't loot/herb.

I'm not the biggest role player out there, but I do enjoy keeping "in character" if it's convenient, which is why DV named his gorilladin PuddyTat. So, with Smoochie's new BFF, I'm having to really think up a good name. While PuddyTat has a nice ring to it, Smoochie definitely would not think that name would be appropriate for a gorilla.

Of course, she is sorely tempted to call it Dwarfvader, but that would just be spiteful. Gorilladin is another name that she's considered, but that's not too personal. And "Honky" and "Cracker" would probably just get me banned....

!!!Hey!!! I just realized that my wife suggested a name for DV's gorilladin (at my asking): Elsee. Or something like that. Now that would work.....El Cee? Ellcey? I reckon I need to look up how to spell that so I can then take the derivative of it and come out with a totally unrecognizable rendering of it.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What to do, what to do, what to do....

I am overwhelmed with things to do in game.

Since DV hit 70 on Monday, I have been playing him almost exclusively:
- Doing Dailies
- Mining
- Grinding Sunfury Bowmen for the Khorium Scope recipe (finally got it last night!)
- Playing around with PuddyTat the Gorilladin

The only reason I jump onto another toon, it seems, is to make something for or send something to DV for his goals. And he's just getting started. Still left on the todo list:
- Mine Addy and Khorium to make Khorium scopes to get my Eng to 375 so I can
- Make a Turbo Charged Flying Machine
- Continue grinding out SSO rep for the ranged weapon and necklace
- Get keyed for Kara
- Level PuddyTat the Gorilladin to 70 (currently at 68)
- Grind out Nagrand Ogres for Consortium rep (must hit Revered for Elemental Seaforium Charges)
- Make a regular Eng Flying Machine

I guess that's the big stuff...but that's just for DV. Daxe and Smoochie need work too.... least I'm not bored....haha

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A slightly longer post

Last night, DV went out and got him a gorilladin. Now, he did this at the end of the evening, so I didn't really get a lot of time to play around with him.

BUT, I can say that at level 65, he has no problem taking on 4 Bladesfist (I think that's their name) Ogres in Nagrand. I waited to heal him, cast Misdirection on him, shot a Multi-Shot, and Volleyed to my heart's content. He did need a Mend Pet about half way through...he is only 65 ya know...

Now, DV never has been right in the head after the accident and although he's Beastmaster now, he was Survival for a long time, and he's got this weird affinity for engineering, SO it's no surprise that he was going to name his new friend Smoochie.

Of course, a certain Draenai in the house put her hoof down and said something about him "exceeding the patience of this Draenai!!" and threatening to gather up Haris Pilton, the Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftans, and that comic guy to "rectify the situation". What ever that means....

Anyways, he thought better of it and named it.....PuddyTat. I think he's off his meds....again.... least I don't have to change my macro.....

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ding 70

DV hit the big 7 oh just 1/2 hour ago. Yay on him!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

'nother short post

DV hit 69 yesterday. Went to the Symphony and out to eat for Greek! mmmmm, baklava.....

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Still sick

And DV hit 67 and 68 yesterday.

"Bring outcher dead! Bring outcher dead!"

"I'm not dead yet..."

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Yeah, I was sick today, so, I'm just now posting something. Smoochie hit 66 last night and 67 today. She's out of rest xp, so time to start playing DV.

And...I don't feel so well.....*cough* *cough*

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


So, I've been puttering around on Smoochie (who dinged 65 last night), collecting herbs for Daxe to smash up into various pigments. I've fully explored Winterspring, Felwood, Feralas, Tanaris, and Eastern Plaguelands in to process of gathering herbs for Daxe's Inscription habit.

I really like the exploration achievements and plan on completing them all eventually. The fact that I can accomplish two things at once really appeals to my personality. It doesn't even matter what those two things are, for the most part. Two things like, say, collecting herbs and discovering areas (and getting a bit of XP for it!) are more than enough to keep me interested.

Hmmmm...I reckon I'm a simple creature that's easy to keep entertained.....OH, LOOK, SHINEY!!!! What? huh?

I really need to get the vacation pics out of the camera tonight. So, if you all could just remind me....I'd be grateful.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Ok, now that I'm at work and all motivation has left me, I'm pretty sure I'll just post a couple of pics and leave it at that.

I'm a PADI certified SCUBA diver (since, uh, last year) and in Cozumel, I went on my very first dive after getting my certification. It...was....COOL!!

I did a two tank dive, which means I did two separate dives with a surface interval in between.

The first dive went down to 80 feet, and we stayed there for 35 minutes, which was 5 minutes over the No-decompression limit. We made sure to include the mandatory safety stop at 15 ft on the way up.

After a surface interval, we went down again to 45 ft for 45 minutes - the No-decompression limit was not exceeded for this dive, and we only had to make a quick 3 minute safety stop at 15 ft.

All of these pics are from the first dive. Enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2008

The trip down to Houston

We left Friday afternoon at 3:30 pm after my youngest son got home from school. Our plan was to make it to Blytheville, AR to stop for the night. It was approximately 400 miles.

Our route took us through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and finally to Arkansas. Of those states, AR was the only one that I hadn't visited before, so I got to add that to the list of states I've been to.

The next day took us through Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. I'd never been to Ole Miss, so that got added to my little list as well.

In Houston, we stayed with some old friends from Alaska. We stayed with one set of friends, but also got to see another set of friends that lived there as well. The two sets of friends are a couple of brothers (twins) and seem to have to do everything...uh...similar. Including having houses right next to each other with almost identical floor plans. Yeah, they're identical twins...for the most part.

Unfortunately, one of the twins (Brian) was in the hospital, so I didn't get to visit with him very much, but I did spend all day Sunday with his brother - Dane, who I actually knew much better than the hospitalized brother. Dane and I sang together for 7 or 8 years in various iterations of a men's ensemble at our church.

And, on Monday, we set out on the cruise! We sailed on the Carnival Ecstasy with my wife's Aunt and her husband...and his sister.....and my wife's 4 cousins (who are our kid's ages and are good friends with our kids)....and THEIR 4 friends...and our two kids. Whew! There were 15 of us in all.

Blogging while in flight

So, everyone knows that I usually don't blog when I'm not at work (and currently, I'm not at work), but I figured that I'd do a bit of flying around today to complete the Trick or Treat stuff for at least my leveling toons, and probably my 70's.

So, that means flight path city for me and a little blogging for you. yay...I think.

I have several things I'm thinking about, so I'll just eat a lot of Tricky Treats and regurgitate them for you in no particular order.

I like the new achievement system. Yes, there are things that I'll never achieve, but I think I'll have fun doing the ones I can. I'm a very goal oriented person, so this fits in nicely with my bent.

Is it just me, or have the graphics been updated? I'm noticing a lot more detail in the scenery, my spell effects, and...erm...the scenery.

I'll be blogging about my vacation, but I don't want to bore you with a long post (with pictures!), so I'm thinking about boring you with a lot of little posts that I'll schedule in advance so they automatically appear. We'll see if THAT happens.

I felt something this morning that I haven't felt for over a week: hunger. I didn't have time between meals on the cruise ship to get hungry.

I like the new storage system for pets and mounts. I also like the relaxed rules on where you can mount - on the ships, FTW! AND BOOTY BAY TOO!!!

I didn't do any playing around with the new talent trees before the patch, so I reckon I'm coming up to speed now..../shrug. Rysteranch didn't think too much of the Exotic Pets thing, but Smoochie did.

Daxe did officially drop Mining and picked up Inscription. He's doing ok leveling it, but I'm sort of distracted with the Trick or Treating now...But at least I get to pick flowers for him while I do that!

Ok, that's enough for now. I think I'll start working on those vacation posts.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


....It seems as though a new patch has been put out....hmmmm....

10 days...

...with no nutjob! So, how was it? Did you survive? Do you still check every minute for a post from me? Well, the over.

I'll be uploading vacation pics, stories, and illegal shellfish!

But not tonight....laters!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Couldn't do it

Daxe stood there in Honor Hold looking at the Mooncloth Vestments and couldn't drop his PMC suit. /sigh.

So, while I will be dropping mining on him, he'll probably stay a tailor the rest of his life. He's crying softly in the corner of the HH inn...

I'll eventually level another hunter for enchanting, but in the mean time, VA will continue to get pesky emails from me with items and requests for DEing.

On another note, I need to use up some of DV's rest XP so that I get the most out of not playing for a week. I started this morning...and found three Khorium veins in about 40 minutes! Yay on me!

Oh, and Rathskeller's was.../sigh...GREAT!!! ...nom nom nom nom....

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

This and that

Smoochie hit 64 last night, and I'm losing motivation to level her. But!, I need to get into Mana Thistle and Netherbloom areas, so, ONWARD HO!! erm...not Onward, Ho!....ONWARD HO!! nevermind...

I made my first Primal Might this morning. I might have to make more of them instead of the meta gems.

I leave this Friday for Houston and leave Houston on Monday on a 5 day cruise. The Internet is available on the cruise ship....for $.40 a minute! Suffice to say, I won't be blogging or playing WoW.

I think the time for splitting play between DV and Smoochie has arrived. I'll probably play out Smoochie's rest XP then switch to play DV the rest of the night. We'll just have to see.

Daxe is going to pick up Inscription, and I'm toying with the idea of picking up Enchanting as well. I'd have to give up my PMC set, but at least I have the T4 shoulders, so I'd just have to find a nice chest and belt.

My father-in-law and his wife come in today, so I'm sure I won't be getting very much WoW time for the rest of the week. /shrug. Tonight, we get to go to Rathskeller's. Mmmmm....

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Yeah, Teurion finally couldn't stand it any more and /gquit last night. I told the guild that he and I were friends IRL, so, no hard feelings, but.../gquit.

So, now Teurion is in charge of our own guild - The Wolfpack (yeah we have the same name over on Ravencrest for our Hordies). We are shooting for resuming raiding some time after WotLK hits, and we all get to 80, of course. I'm pretty sure we'll be focusing on the 10 man content.

On another note, I'm pretty sure you guys know that I have almost all of the primary professions covered, and I'm sad to say that I've come a little late to the party on making some nice money from them. That Alchemy is a nice money maker if you can get the Primals and gems to make Meta gems, which I can do now.

DV mines up the Primal Earth, Addy ore, and Fel Iron ore, as well as sucks up the Motes of Water in Zangar.

Daxie prospects the ore for the needed gems.

Smoochie combines all the mats into a nice meta gem and sends it to Daxie.

Daxie cuts the gem and sends it to my bank toon to sell.

The down part is that I can only make Tanking meta gems right now. And the market seems to be...uh....soft. As in, I haven't sold one yet. Yeah, just missed the boat on that one, I think. But, then again, I'm behind the curve due to not playing before BC came out (ok, 1 month before BC came out) and really not getting up to speed until this year.

So, I guess I'm looking forward to being on the leading edge for WotLK for getting the most out of my crafting professions. I'll need it for DV and Smoochie's flying mounts!

Monday, October 6, 2008

God is gracious

The title says it all. And every once in a while (when I'm paying attention), I get a little wake up call from the Lord. This weekend was one such incident.

Many of you know the struggles that I've had balancing my WoW life and my real life, especially my relationship with my wife. I can be obsessive and single focused in an unhealthy way; I am a man of extremes, either hot or cold, but almost never lukewarm. My wife is VERY

So, we are planning on going on a cruise next week (yay on us!), and my wife has this dress that she wore on our last cruise (2004 or thereabouts). The, uh ..... oh .... goodness. ...

Words tend to fail me when I see that dress on her. I get all droolly, slack jawed, and generally can't take my eyes off her. That dress was made (not literally it's off the rack) for one person - my wife! It fits her like a glove, and she looks radiant in it!

Just seeing her try the dress on reminded me of her incredible beauty. And when we had to try out some dance moves to see if she could dance in it (she could), I fell in love with her even more. I can't wait to have her wearing that dress and hanging on my arm on the cruise. All of the other women will be green not only with seasickness, but also envy! All of the guys will wonder how a slack jawed loser like me could snag a knockout like her.

And I will smile...and smile...and smile. If you guys are lucky, I'll post a picture, but I'm warning you now, I'm not responsible for any feelings of despair or suicidal thoughts because she's taken....with me!

I really am fortunate to have her love, despite my boneheadedness. God is so gracious.

On to Terokkar

Smoochie is now 63 and has finished HP(for the most part) and Zangar . Yeah, I still have to kill the Rockflayer Matriarch, but I'm planning on skipping the Colossal Menace quest. I'm already Honored with HH, so I grabbed the Greater Agility Elixer recipe, and I'm not using the Scout's arrows from CE because....

....So, Dwarfvader has the Addy bullet recipe, but Smoochie uses bows and there were no good guns available on the AH.....

...What to do, what to do...hmmmmm....well, those Sunfury Archers drop the Addy Arrow Machine recipe, and they're only, what - level 67-69? I'm betting DV can (slowly and carefully) farm these guys.

And off to Netherstorm I run (on DV of course, silly!). I picked up the Toshley's Station, Ruuan Weald, and Area 52 flight points on the way and arrived at Mana Forge Coruu. I found a little archer, sicced PuddyTat on her two. Whoopsie.

Alrighty, I'm a Survival Hunter, let's see how does this thing work? Oh yeah, Wyvern Sting. Right. I trapped, slept, and feigned death, and, of course PewPew'd my butt off! In the end, I survived! So I loot one of the mobs and the recipe is right there! Yay on me. I looted the other and hearthed.

I had enough ore to make the Addy Arrow Machines, so I shipped them off to ole Smoochie. Yay, she doesn't need CE rep for the Warden's arrows or the HH rep for that ammo either. Cool!

I did some other alting around so that Smoochie could transmute her first Meta gem. My plans for self sufficiency are coming to fruition!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Herb Smoochie and the Zangarmarsh Bash

Just want to remind my viewers that this blog is a record of my characters' progress so that my swiss cheese brain doesn't have to keep track of it.

I messed around in HP and Zangar yesterday. I need Zangar stuff so I can get Unidentified Plant Parts so I can properly grind Cenarian Expedition rep. Also, there are a number of easy quests there for a level 60 toon.

I need HP for Honor Hold rep in order to get the Greater Agility potion recipe. I need to be honored to buy it.

So, I'm bouncing back and forth between the zones as I feel like it. I've completed almost all of the quests available to me at Telredor and have spent quite a bit of time in the Dead Mire killing and herbing the withered giants and bog lords. I have found that I really do enjoy that! AND, I get some nice herbs as well as the aforementioned Unidentified Plant Parts!

Speaking of herbs, I finally made some pots yesterday and....discovered a flask!! The Flask of Pure Death! From what I've heard, it's a highly sought after recipe...for another month or

And lastly, Smoochie hit 61 and was able to turn in a crapload of Bog Lord Tendrils for Sporeggar rep.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

So far...

Preliminary tests show that I may be spending some time grinding out the Withering Giants and Bog Lords of the Dead Mire. Motes of Life, Outlands Herbs, Unidentified Plant Parts, and Sporeggar rep are all great reasons to kill those things, not to mention getting XP at the same time!

I was surprised to get Dreaming Glories, Felweed, and Ragveil off the herbing process as well! I might just have to level my Alchemy by killing these guys as well. Sweet!

EDIT: Oh, yeah, and Smoochie did hit 60 last night and got her epic Elly!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Hellfire Penn. still stinks

Yeah, I really can't wait to get to the cool, refreshing atmosphere of Zangarmarsh, but, although Smoochie hit 59 last night (and 300 in both Cooking and First Aid), I will still be in HP for a while longer.

I am considering, once I hit 60, grinding on Withered Bog Lords for Unidentified Plant Parts and Motes of well as Sporeggar Rep. I have 110 of the UPP, so I'd need 250 more in order to properly grind Cenarion Expedition rep. I'll just have to see how quickly "herbing" the Withered Bog Lords gets old, but working on two reps and getting Motes of Life as well as XP is pretty appealing....