Sunday, September 28, 2008

State of the Chaos - WoW, Pink Slips, Pirates and the Future of the Blog

Greetings and salutations! Yes, I still live, and my apologies for my lack of bloggage over the past several weeks. As predicted in my previous post from August 17, I have become thoroughly addicted to I. That coupled with a lack of what I consider viable ideas for blog topics lead to a lapse in updates to my Chaotic Commentary. So, here's a hodge podge blog of things that have gone on or been observed from the past month.


WoW I Really Like It!

World of Warcraft rocks! You may remember from my post “WoW! I Kinda Like It” (August 10, 2008) that I admitted to being hooked a mere 15 minutes into what was supposed to be a 10-day trial. Now not only am I full on WoW Gamer, but I've even installed plug ins to enhance my gaming experience and I've joined a guild. In fact, last night I was promoted to officer status with that guild. I've gotten two characters (referred to as “toons”) to double digits – a Dwarf Warrior (Rumplewort) who made level 38 last night, and a Draenei Hunter (Xaandria) who is level 22. I've spent nights that I didn't go to bed until the following morning (like last night for example when I think I logged off somewhere between 4:00-4:30 AM). I am now eagerly awaiting the next expansion pack for the game, Wrath of the Lich King, which is scheduled to release on November 13 (that happens to be my birthday, nudge-nudge-wink-wink). My Dwarf is also now an officer in his guild (Sons of Gotrek).


I Got the Pink Slip, Daddy

On September 26 the final payment was auto-drafted from my bank account for my 2004 Saturn Ion. The bitch is paid for! FINALLY! After 5 years of shelling out $330.64 every month (essentially the majority of one paycheck) it's finally done. I would've had a completely paid for 2001 Saturn SL about 2-3 years ago if some stupid bitch hadn't run a stop sign and totaled it. So, at the half-way point of paying for that car, I had to start completely over. But now, it's done. And unless it gets hit, or the wheels fall off, I'm not going back into debt for a car any time in the near future. Period!


Pirates

Avast ye scurvy dog! Last weekend were a little known, yet annual event. September 19 were International Talk Like A Pirate Day. I realize it's too late now to do anything about it, but at least know ye now and can mark yer calendar for next year, ye scallywag!


The Future of the Blog

Though it's been more than a month since my last post, the blog is not dead nor was it intentional that I neglected it for so long. Yes, it's true that playing Wolrd of Warcraft was a big culprit in my lack of bloggage, but more importantly was the fact that I put pressure on myself to try to do a weekly blog. This was never about me trying to be a writer with a weekly readership. The purpose, for me anyway, of blogging was to have a place to vent or share a silly idea or thought. Now, I'm not saying this is the final blog. I'll keep writing as long as I think people are reading or until I just stop thinking of ideas and topics. But, rather than trying to crank one out every Sunday, from now on I'll write when I have a good idea or something that's really inspired me instead of trying to force it.

Also, a note to my MySpace peeps. This is the last time I'll post the blog on MySpace. It's to much work to try to post this in two different places, and the Blogger spot was always my intended blog space anyway. So, set your bookmarks/favorites to http://jecarlisle.blogspot.com and keep checking there for blog updates.

Until I again get the writing bug,
~ Carlisle

Next Topic (when I get around to it) – Vacation 2008

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