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Today was Moving Day ... having shuffled us down to the second floor about a year ago, they decided to shuffle up back up to the third floor now. I think sometimes the Executive Committee is just bored and comes up with these things so they can snicker at us jumping through all those hoops. The good news is that now I have a more comfortable desk arrangement and can peek out the window over my shoulder, which is nice.

Anyway, yesterday kamau_d_lyon and smrgol_t_kirin came down from New York to pick the Bowflex, which Kamau is taking off my hands. At their urging I signed on for the first time to both Second Life and World of Warcraft, which were fun but not really all that exciting. Second Life looks like it would be a nice way to get in some socializing if you know where your friends hang out ... WoW basically was like a rather nonsensical Neverwinter Nights except with random strangers either dorking around or challenging you to duels. *shrug* If there was some way to turn off everybody except who you specifically wanted to interact with it would be a little better, but my suspension of disbelief still can't get past the whole spawning thing. ("Kobolds are like a hydra's heads, my son ... kill one, and two shall take their place. But you'll have to wade through all the other adventurers that are trying to get to them before you can kill one." "But father ... there are more adventurers than there are kobolds! Surely they're the bigger threat?")

Unfortunately, Smrgol found out last night that one of his friends had passed away; this makes something like the seventh person I've heard about in the past two weeks (including Gerald Ford, James Brown, Joe Barbera, et al.), and of course laurie_robey's aunt is fighting a particularly deadly form of cancer, my parents are relentlessly being old at me, and so on. On top of all this, I keep seeing headlines that Saddam Hussein is slated to be hanged this weekend.

Guh. Whatever I may think about Hussein, I don't really want to see him (or anybody) hanged. I'm not keen on executions generally, and hanging is quite a gruesome way to do it. Not that there are good ways to kill someone, I suppose, but at least something like death by firing squad would be closer to instantaneous. Blick. The whole subject gives me the willies.

So anyway, this is an open request to the universe: please stop shoving mortality in my face for a while. I've had a very stressful past few months and I need to relax and have some fun -- which I can't do if the Grim Reaper keeps jumping out from behind every corner and shouting "Boo!" at me.

I call: no more death, disease, injury, or debilitation for a while. I'd like the world to be a bit more cheerful for a while, thank you very much.

That's all ... talk to you later.

-The Gneech


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Dec. 29th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, SecondLife... How I miss it. I can't wait 'til I get a working computer so I can log back on. We can hang out!

As for Hussein... Hanging? That sounds just... inhumane. What happened to the gas chambers and lethal injections? He won't feel those.
This world is confusing... :
Dec. 29th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
2006 saw a lot of people passing away, both in my family (with too many close calls), and in the rest of the world.

Frankly, I'm sick of it.

Maybe Nickleback has got something going on with that song they just released a video for.

Dec. 29th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
You should come out to Jaguar Valley and see the house I set up on Mako's sim. :)

Have the best

Dec. 29th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Right. I'll get the St. Brendan's, you bring the Oreos.
Dec. 29th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
I've already got the Oreos on my shopping list!
and, tell Andy's to fire up da grub!

Dec. 30th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
Don't know if this would matter or not, but what WoW server are you on?
Dec. 30th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
I don't know what server it was; it was Smrgol's account I think.

Dec. 30th, 2006 10:26 am (UTC)
Cheerful? Ooo lessee...
I'm working on a cartoon in which KT makes fun of a popular old standard! It should be lotsa fun!
Dec. 30th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
It was great hanging out with you even if it was only for one evening. Somehow I've got to figure out a way of either getting you guys together at my place or some way of getting to you more often(yeah, like I can do much about that).

As for WoW you did quite well. I'll have to get back to hossblacksilver about what server we were on. I'm sure it was a normal server not a PvP. The problems you were having with the challenging and more players than targets is mainly due to it being a low level area so lots of people in one area. We were just getting to the level where we could get out of that area and not be so crowded.

I do hope you get on to Second Life. Smrgol, LK and I can certainly point you to where other furs hang out and where you'll find other friends there. That and I'm sure once it was known you were on SL you'd have friends contacting you to let you know where to find them. Looking at the people who usually reply to you I know there are several that are on SL.

I also agree that this has been a tough year for losing people. It also seems the end of this year has seen more than its share of death. Like you I'd be glad if we saw no more for a while.
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