It's been nearly a month since my last entry, and with good reason. I've been a very busy guy, of course. Work has dominated most of my time lately, with some outdoorsy extracurricular activity interspersed. I am chased around by a young "adventurer" of sorts, in the form of my little 4-year old brother. I also have a teenage sister who was quick to latch onto me and not let me far from her sight.
I have taken a liking to ATV (a.k.a. four-wheeler/quad) riding. I drive like a bat outta hell, zooming all over the place. It probably isn't safe to act the way I do on it, but y'know... "boys and their toys" right?
On the digital entertainment front, I have once again reactivated my FFXI account having canceled it at the beginning of September. My connection was simply too awful to run the game and it wasn't worth paying for if I was unable to use it. However, I upgraded the satellite ISP account in mid-September and gave it another go. Now I'm back (again) and able to play normally.
The update has sunk in to the community, and has indeed modified the way people are treating the game (as expected). I haven't really done anything substantial yet, but it's been nice to visit with people and kill random things for no reason. Violence is always appropriate, right? Of course!
Toward the end of August, the LS static and I decided to give my weak connection a test drive. Just so happened that Iferion, Valion, and Tasmia were getting ready to party as well. They also had jobs that complemented us quite well. We did decent XP, and I dinged 58WHM. At last I could wear my Healer's Briault and look like a real White Mage.
In other FFXI news, my brother has decided to restart an account after roughly a year of not playing. His old account (character Teepo) was inactive, and he no longer owns the PS2 he played on. Thus, I purchased a copy of the all-expansions-inclusive FFXI for Windows. He's all installed, created his new character Anacalius, and has begun the process of getting back into the action. He was an almost-60 Dragoon when he left, and his new job is undecided. I suggested he start with Monk to more easily make his way to 18 for his subjob, and he has heeded the advice. Hopefully I'll find a job I can enjoy partying with him. We used to tear a swath through Vana'diel, and now that I've long since arrived at the plateau of my FFXI career, I could use a new form of entertainment.
New agenda is as yet unclear, as I haven't put much thought into the game in recent weeks. However, I'd like to get back into some of the usual LS events. We have a static or two on hold, we've got an NM or two in need of death, and Dynamis still looms. Add to that a few jobs I have already spent money gearing up, and I could once again have a full plate in no time. Beastmaster in and of itself, post-update, is a definite choice for its utility and solo-capable fun.
In TheSolonavi, Galbatorix capped his Red Mage off to 75 whilst I was away, Dungeonwhipper has all but quit FFXI (she started an account on World of Warcraft), Sodako has edged his way closer to 75SAM in-between college classes, and we've taken in a few new members and returning faces. Aerroenu and her boyfriend Xiahou, both friends of mine for quite a while, have been given linkpearls and provide excellent laughs and companionship. Iaito, a long-time friend of mine, returned to the game this month and is building his way back to normal:
That's all for now. Hopefully there shall be more to report soon as we get something done (sic). Until next time~