June 10th, 2004


Movin', movin', keep those wagons movin' (FFXI)

For the first time in a while, I had fun in FFXI last night. Our LS party (I guess we can be called a static party now?) got together and killed giants and stuff last night. You would think that leveling up in a party would be more boring than leveling up solo (in a party you tend to play only one role, as opposed to doing everything yourself when soloing), but my group is fun, plus I think the headsets help. Also, I find that getting stuff makes a big difference (last week the beastmen were in control of the area we level in, so we got no crystals. This week we were getting up to five crystals per fight!). Even if it's things that are really cheap (earth crystals), somehow they make things lots better.

Oh happy day, oh happy day! We're finally leaving Qufim Isle! I had nothing against the monsters there, and the setting was pretty, I just hated its location. Keeping myself bound to Jeuno made life really hard, but resetting my home elsewhere and then needing to chocobo to Jeuno every time we partied would have been worse. Now we're going to move to... uh, some maze near Tahrongi Canyon (forgot its name), so I can bind in Windy! Having my homepoint set to somewhere non-Jeuno means I can go back to solo leveling; death (and thus an unwilling trip back to Jeuno) made it too costly to do that the last couple weeks. My subjob needs work (I'm not behind with it yet, but after tonight's partying I may be), plus I have more levels to get with Thief, plus once I hit 30 and can get a subjob I'll need to level that (Beastmaster! Beastmaster! Beastmaster!).

Maybe this weekend I'll deal with the Bastok (mining/sand/whatever) part of the quest for rank 3. I'm making a total guess here, but I'm suspecting that my low rank may be hurting my fame. I got neither the third cooking quest in Mhaura nor the offer of the third bag upgrade in Jeuno. (The fame guy in Jeuno says 'everyone knows your name', so I believe that should be high enough.) I've handed in 30 or 40 stacks of cabbages to the Selbina NPC, and my fame in Sandy is really high ('everyone knows your name and no one says bad stuff about you'). Something funky is going on...

Sometimes I feel a little slow: After getting the first mog safe expansion, I kept the bed in my house. Why? It's not like I can use it or anything... so yesterday I sold it. Then I realized something: I can buy the next bed and get the next expansion, then just turn around and sell it, thus get my money back! So I invested in the next one (50,000 -- every cent to my name!) and now I'm waiting for the quest. Once it's finished, the darned bed will be sold and I'll have money again. I think I may take the picture off my wall and sell that, too. Its element doesn't help anything, and while it's sort of cool to look at, I can't do anything with it. (It's sad, I bought these things when I had more money then I knew what to do with, and now my gardening is suffering because I don't have enough money to buy seeds! Must Stop Leatherworking. Fishing and cooking make money. Leatherworking makes Thistle poor. ...but it's cool! So few people do it! When I craft near people, *everyone* checks me and asks me to make stuff for them! One guy even asked me to make a whole set of stuff for him!)
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Turning lesbian / I think I'm turning lesbian / I really think so

I left lunch today hating all men. Every single one of them.*

1) I left work and had to merge onto an expressway. Traffic was passing in front of me, so I had to wait. A BMW came up behind me and even before he stopped, started beeping at me. Not once, not twice, not three times, non-stop. What the hell? Did he want me to pull into the traffic? Then what, would he ram me out of the way? Use his Super Duper German Uber-Motorcar to drive over the top of the accident caused by me pulling into oncoming traffic?

2) I get off the expressway and get to the supermarket. Pulled in the driveway. Someone coming down one of the parking aisles cuts me off. What the heck? Usually I'd ignore that, but the BMW idiot man had me annoyed, so I tooted my horn at him. Once. Not a long honk, just a "hey, idiot, I saw that" sort of thing. What does he do? Stop his truck (blocking traffic all around him). Put his head out the window. Starts screaming curses at me. My god! It was at this point I decided that all men needed to be castrated for the good of humanity. Too much testosterone. Eventually he starts moving ... at about two miles an hour. Then he stops again, this time to scream at an old person who did nothing to him!

3) I'm in the store, worrying that insane screaming man will circle back and do something to my car, so I'm rushing my shopping. I need to go down the card aisle, which unfortunately also contains the magazines. Oddly there were many other people also trying to go down this aisle, but all were blocked by one idiot. Some man was standing in the MIDDLE of the aisle, reading a magazine. Not at one side of it, in the middle of the damned aisle. First off, you want to read a magazine? Buy it and take it home! Cheap bastard. Second, why the hell are you ignoring all the people you are forcing to stop and wait and then single file work their shopping cart around your selfish ass? Do not try to claim that you didn't know they were there! At this point of my lunch hour, I was wishing for a gun.

4) Checking out. This fellow was the worst. He's been working there a while, and never once have I missed the unspoken message: He did not want to be there. Fine, great, I don't blame you. You should have stayed in school, idiot, then you wouldn't be spending your life working in a grocery store. He "does his job" (ha ha ha) by throwing my stuff around (literally, from his side of the counter he tossed a pack of soda down into my cart. I had been packing my own stuff, so he couldn't have even knew if he was throwing it onto something!). But here's the good part: I used my ATM card to pay, so I hit the button for $50 back. When he hands over the receipt, the money is hidden in it. Not just folded in half, it's folded four times -- nicely wallet sized! Easy to tuck away without looking what exactly he gave me! Luckily I checked, because there was only $20 in there. When I pointed it out to him, he gave me a flat "oh". No apology at all, and by his tone he was annoyed that I discovered it.

Sixty minutes, four idiot men, no waiting!

On my way home I saw this pretty young Asian girl riding a bicycle. While she was unwisely talking on her cellphone at the same time, I'll forgive her that so long as she doesn't cut her long hair!

*Yes, I'm aware that you cannot judge half the human race on the acts of four men. Besides, I feel better now, so all you men can live. ;-)
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Big Bad Wolf

He's just a little fellow, maybe I could knock him out and *take* them! (FFXI)

Oh my god, I want! I want! I want! The most coolest looking item ever! I've been looking at the picture for minutes straight, but I can't bring myself to close the window. Look how cool those look! And imagine how good they'd look on another race, say a dark haired hume! (A dark haired hume named Thistle!)

Problem is, I've never even considered goldsmithing. Look at the name! It must be the most expensive craft of them all! *sniff* Maybe I should try my hand at it, stop doing leathercrafting. (Is it insane to want to switch just for really, seriously, mega-cool sunglasses?)
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Hogwarts just got more interesting! (Or is it more scary?)

My e-copy of the book was produced by some sort of text-scanning thing, so it has a few small errors where it misread a letter. (Like in the book it might be a "r", but the scanner sees it as a "|-", or it doesn't read the whole "n" and thinks it's a "r".) It's easy enough to guess what the word is, if you even spot the error at all. This section I'm reading now (Hermione trying to convince Harry to start teaching DADA) has the most amusing errors.


"Harry, you're the best in the year at Defence Against the Dark Arts," said Hermione.
"Me?" said Harry now grinning more broadly than ever. "No I'm rot, you've beaten me in every test — "
"Actually I haven't," said Hermione coolly. "You beat me in our turd year — the only year we both sat the test and had a teacher who actually knew the subject. But I'm not talking about test results, Harry. Think what you've clone!"


At least so far, I'm finding that I was a little hard on OotP. It's still my least favorite book of the series (by far), but I'm not hating it on this reading.
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To some nice FFXI player:

Whoever sent me the seeds, thank you! I took them out of my delivery box too fast (I was moving stuff between alts, so thought it was just something of mine), so I didn't notice the name of who sent it. Whoever it was, thank you! I planted some of them tonight, and have the rest for when I harvest a pot. :)

Edit: It worries me that there's a 'high' mood icon. I picked it by mistake, I meant to choose 'happy'.

Kids: Don't do drugs!
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