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What I really mean by that title is “Enjoy the Break (from WoW)”.

Which is a little misleading. As stated in my last post, playtime from WoW is down significantly. But it’s still not zero. A little bit of LFR on a weekend, maybe. And I’ve logged a few hours in the Beta.

I don’t want to put TOO much time into the MoP Beta, as I don’t really want to ruin the leveling/story experience. I’m mostly dabbling to see how the changes feel, particularly with the talents. So far, the Mage, DK, and Hunter all seem to play mostly the same. The talents seem to meet what Blizzard has intended – more for personal style than a “must have” increase to DPS/Threat/Healing output. I mostly have trouble with the PvP-centric talents, and that’s because I build my toons mostly for PvE. But as I said, I believe that’s intended.  As for Monks…it’s an interesting dynamic, and I find them pretty fun.  I’ve only tried the DPS spec up to level 11 and the tank spec at 85 (no dungeons, though).

Anyway, I’m enjoying taking some time off from WoW to do other things. I’ve been able to play other video games, watch some TV series and movies, spend more time with Chawa doing non-computer stuff…and with the onset of summer, probably a few more outdoors-y things, such as walking, bike rides, and barbeque (or as Texans cal it: grilling). I’m also going to play Diablo 3. I’ve been watching some game play videos and trailers, and it looks quite interesting. I have played D1 and D2, but never got into them too intensely…so we’ll see how D3 goes. Given that it was free with the annual pass, it’s really no loss on my end. (I say “free” because I would have been paying for my WoW sub for a year, anyway.)

So, that’s WoW stuff. Now for some Pulled Pork.  This is mostly inspired by @Dechion and his Pulled Pork Recipe post.  This version is mega lazy.  And to emphasize my laziness, I am also not going to show any pictures. 🙂  Note that this will feed four people with two hefty sandwiches each, or feed two people twice.  It freezes and reheats without concern.

Things you need:

  • A crock-pot to do the cookin’
  • 2 lbs (0.9 – 1 kg) Pork Loin roast (don’t trim it yet!)
  • 1 large red or white onion
  • 1.5 Cups of your favourite BBQ sauce (mine is Cattle Boyz Original)
  • 3 TBsp Cider Vinegar
  • 1.5 – 2 TBsp Worcheschire Sauce
  • 1.5 – 2 TBsp Molasses
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano (fresh if you have it, but dried works just dandy)

Add sauces and dry product together in the crock-pot and stir thoroughly.  Remove the string from the pork loin roast, but leave the fat on!  Chop the onion as you like.  Add the pork and onion to the crock-pot and use a spoon to coat the pork and onion with the sauce.  (If you don’t coat everything, don’t panic!  Everything will get coated eventually as it cooks.)

Set the crock-pot to High.  After at least 2 hours (3 – 4 hours is also fine), remove the pork.  Now you can trim the fat, which slides off very easily.  Discard accordingly.  Now take two forks and shred the pork and shred it good (I prefer mine finely shredded).  Return shredded pork to the crock-pot and set the crock-pot to LOW.  Stir to ensure the sauce is mixed nice and evenly.

Allow the shredded pork to cook for another 4 hours on low.  I also recommended stirring the pork every so often to minimize any searing of the mixture to the sides of the crock-pot (this may or may not be a problem with your particular model).

If you want to make your own slaw, I again refer you to Dech’s recipe.  Otherwise, any store bought mayonnaise based coleslaw will do. (Vinegar based slaw doesn’t work as nice, IMHO.)

Buy some nice buns or rolls, cut in the middle, put the pork on, top with some slaw, and then close the roll.  Open mouth, bite down (watch your fingers!), chew 26 – 32 times, swallow, and enjoy.

Now it’s time for me to see how my Tiny Tower is doing…

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Day 13:  People (Players/bloggers) I Admire

Firstly, pretty much every blogger I read, I admire to some degree.  Some for their writing; some for their knowledge of the game; some for their skill with the game.

But as far as players go, I would say it is the people that still think of WoW as a game.  Those folk seem to have the most fun with it.

Unlike a lot of games, WoW has many facets and is quite in depth, even if you disregard that it’s an MMO.  Many [or most?] of us tend to put a lot more time and devotion into WoW than we would other games.  (Other than RISK of course.)  Also, as per design, more time and effort is required should you wish to experience WoW to its fullest extent.  As such, we can often find ourselves making a game feel like work.  While I can appreciate why people do it, I don’t necessarily agree with games getting to that point.  I know I have to take a step back or changes things up if it gets to that point for me.  But it doesn’t get that way for everyone.  Plenty of people still play the game because it’s simply fun for them.

So, yeah, if you still have fun with the game, then *I* admire *YOU*.  Trufax.

Buddy of mine is in this band, so I’m showing some support*:

* – I hope the link works.  Apparently it didn’t save properly the first time around.  Please let me know if you can actually see the video “Awake” by The Autumn Portrait.

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Day 12:  A Day In Your Life/Online Time

My typical work day starts with hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock.  Eventually I get up and cleanse, eatc, etc.  Like a good drone, I go to work and provide technical support to our clients, sales team, and field operations.  According to everyone else, I’m the only expert that has ever existed.  They, of course, are not experts with anything.

After a long day of pretending I know what I’m talking about, I go home and make supper.  By the time that’s all said and done, it’s about 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  And that’s about when I can get started with WoW on any given night.  Weekends, of course, are an exception to this.

If we have enough guilded people online, we try to sneak a heroic in.  Given that the guild covers many time zones, this may not always be the case.  So, I often end up doing dailies (if I need money/rep).  If not, I like to noodle around with PvP.  I’m terrible at it, but I occasionally destroy someone who’s worse than me.  Infrequently, I will spend an evening farming mats.  Throw on some tunes to rock out to and just go, go, go.  Although still haven’t managed to max out Archaeology on any character just yet.  Go figure.

Weekend playing is more of the same, but usually bouncing around different characters.  Sometimes on weekends we manage to do non-WoW stuff.  Like laundry or groceries.

No, it’s not terribly exciting on paper (in text?), but I manage to stay mostly entertained at work or home.  Should I find myself in a funk, the best way to get out of it would be funk.

Just watch this – you’ll see what I mean:

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Day 11:  Bad Habits and Flaws

The list is far too long.  But I’ll try to keep it short.

  • I commit the ultimate evil – I keyboard turn most of the time.  Now and again I try to mouse turn while PvP’ing on the DK… but it’s usually the mouse.  Too much FPS’, I suppose.
  • I mix up clicking some abilities with my mouse.  Very inefficient.  Especially in PvP.
  • I rarely use macros, which could help with CC and PvP… but nope.  Too much work!
  • I often “feed the trolls” when folk are nerd raging.  Sometimes it’s fun.  Sometimes I wish they’d just shut up.  Eventually I’ll get to the /ignore stage. 😛
Eeeeh, those are the worst.  Outside of that, it’s mostly picking my nose, chewing with my mouth open, and calling cats nasty names.  Stupid cats.
Some tunes, yet again:

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Day 10:  Blog/Website Favourites

Sorry…fell off the wagon for a bit there.

Blogger burnout?  Nope.

It was a trip to Mexico.  I wrote as many blogs as I could and post-dated them for while I was away.  But I got stuck on this post.   Well, that, and packing needed to be done.

But we’re home now, stuffed with all sorts of free food and free beer.  Good times!  I’m sure a post will go up about it once the photos get sorted, etc.

Aaaaanyway, Blog/Websites…

I’m going to be a big, lazy, sissy about this.  I’m going to mention non-WoW websites.  There are far too many I read – and I also worry about leaving someone out.  A lame cop-out, but that’s just how it’s going to go… you’ll get some non-WoW stuff.

Gaming – I like Gamespot.  They keep up to date with most gaming news and I tend to agree with most of their game reviews.  As such, they’re helpful with picking out my next non-WoW adventure.  I know IGN is fairly popular, but last time I used it, it was slow and bogged down with too many ads.

Movies –  I lurrrves me a good film.  So, I frequent THE online movie resource: Internet Movie Database.  I also check out iTunes Movie Trailers.  They’ve shown me a few flicks that I would have otherwise been totally unaware of.

Online Comics – [Mature content warning for all of the following]:  Amazing Super PowersCyanide & HappinessSaturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Other:  Dictionary.com, CNET Reviews, Nova Scotia Webcams.

And yes, indeed…another video:

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Day 9:  Your First Blog Post

Chawa wrote first.

But here’s my first rambling.  It’s basically an earlier version of “Day 1: Intro” of this challenge.  Unfortunately, it’s nothing groundbreaking or news worthy.

Music from more Canadian kids:

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Day 8:  10 Things You Don’t Know About Me (Darthregis)

As you’re probably all well aware, I have a pretty crappy memory for most things (yet some things I remember vividly).  Anyway, I may put something up here that you may already know or that I’ve mentioned before.

1)  Alright, I already made mention of this in my previous post.  In particular, the Wintersleep video.  They’re from my hometown, which is Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  I don’t live there any more and haven’t for about 10 years.  They say, “Home is where the heart is,” and Halifax is definitely home.

2)  I was in the Canadian military for four years.  I left in March, 2001 to prepare for moving to Western Canada.  No, I didn’t get called back after the 9/11 attacks and no, I didn’t go over to Afghanistan.  I’ve had a few of my old cronies and friends go, and I’ve had at least one that didn’t make it back.  Oddly enough, during Basic Training (aka: Boot Camp), Bryce and I often got mistaken for one another by our instructors – even if we don’t really look alike, at all.  He was also an engineering student as I was at the time, so I couldn’t help but think that some change in my circumstances could have put me in a similar situation.

3)  As stated above, I’m an engineer.  And not a very good one.  I’ve forgotten mostly everything I learned at school as I found myself in a job that didn’t really require those skills.  With that said, I think the engineering background has made me good at my job.

4)  I lived in Germany for 3 years.  My father was in the military as well and got posted there.  They had facilities for families and civilian contractors as well, so I went to an English school, shopped mostly at Canadian stores, etc.  We, of course, had access to German facilities as well.  We also traveled throughout a good portion of Europe, with France a mere 30 minutes away and Switzerland two hours away.  Notable places I visited:  Berlin, Munich, Paris, D-Day beaches, Zurich, Venice, Florence, Barcelona, Vienna, London, Edinburgh.  I only wish I was older when I lived there, so I could a) appreciate the history and culture more, b) appreciate the beer more.

5)  While living in Germany, I was on a swim team.  And I managed to make it to the yearly European Forces Swim League championship, which was held at the Olympic pool in Munich.  I was back-up for the medley relay team and sadly, I never got to swim.  I regret that.

6)  Another Germany story!  About a month or so after moving there, while horsing around, I managed to break my left arm.  It looked something like this:

I was supposed to be in a full-arm cast for four weeks and then a forearm cast for two weeks.  The bone didn’t set properly in the first four weeks, so they re-broke my arm and I had to do the whole thing over.  Ten weeks in a cast, baby!

7)  I made a feeble attempt to be a DJ at my University radio station.  You had to put in a bit of volunteer time while learning the equipment and such.  That fizzled out and turned into a couple of 2am – 8am shows with friends (Brokentree and Pach’s husband partook in that as well).  I was also a guest on a couple of afternoon shows with some other friends from my old high school and was also supposed to be part of a pre-recorded sketch series.  That also fell apart.

8)  I love golf.  And playing golf.  I need new clubs.  I also need to play more often to get better.  I just don’t make the time, nor do I find that many people wanting or willing to golf with me.  Maybe I’m just not asking the right people.  I don’t know.  But  it’s fun to get out and ruin a nice walk every now and then.

9)  A few years back I was friends with the developers of The Silver Lining, a Kings Quest based independent game.  I spent a lot of time on their forums, etc.  But the game took forever to get released.  I didn’t really get fed up waiting, I just stopped using forums a lot less.  If you ever liked the [Whatever] Quest adventure games, I recommend you download this one.  There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in this one.  And lots of heart, too.

10)  I was Best Man at Pacheco‘s and [Enhancement Shaman]’s wedding.  [ES] and I have been good friends for awhile and I must say that it’s been one of the greatest honours of my life to be a part of it.

Also, Best Man Pro-Tip:  Don’t write your speech at 4am the day of the wedding while completely drunk out of your mind.

For Pach and her hubby!

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