After being better about exercise, I cut it to half today because I had zero energy. Plus the seat of my bike hurts. A lot. Hurts someplace I'd really rather not hurt.
FFXI: Eco and Escort last night gave me just under 2K XP on DRK. I really, really need to go do the solo ENM BC again, to get the extra 2K XP, but... meh. I just haven't felt like it lately. After that I XPed my NPC, and he dinged 46.
It's funny, as "strong" as DRK is (able to deal big number damage) it's started feeling very, very weak to me: If things go badly, I can do very little to keep myself alive. Drain once per 60 seconds, and I've never drained more than 288 HP. My 2 hour will recover 200-300ish HP per hit, but I swing slowly and of course the ability can only be used once every 2 hours.
Even though RDM is more than ten levels lower than DRK, if I'm in a situation where I'm not sure how safe it will be, I find myself wanting to be RDM. It boggles me how DRK can't cure itself (and my boggling makes me laugh, because: duh!). RDM just has so many great tools for doing so much stuff! Doing big number damage pales greatly in the face of being able to keep myself alive.
And in case you missed my post on the LJ FFXI comm or on Alla (Edit: Gah. In the time it took me to write my post on my own LJ, I've been flamed to hell and back on Alla. Sheesh. Silly me for actually venturing there to begin with...), crossposting to my own LJ:
Monday the 20th is President's Day, a national holiday for folks in the US. S-E has scheduled downtime on that day:
Feb. 20, 2006 from 9:00 to 13:00 (PST)
A year or two ago they did the same thing, scheduled downtime on a national holiday. People wrote in and asked S-E to reschedule it, and amazingly they did.
I'm emailing them right now, and if you'd like to do the same you can do it here:
Link to their 'contact us' form.
Please, please keep your requests mature and polite. Don't curse at them, don't "lol if it were jap holiday u wouldn't do this!!!11!!". We want them to help us, not get angry and ignore us. :)
To repeat: Letting them know a downtime on a national holiday has worked before. They do listen if enough people write in.