Aspen Village

ScruffyIt’s been 10 months since I took over the lease of this place.  In two more months I have to decide to renew it or move.  Darla will be moving back to Bay City in February.  I know the rent will go up here, I just don’t know how much for sure yet.  Lots of ifs around here.  I’d like to think the management will want me to renew my lease.  I keep the place spotless, I pay my rent on time (early usually) and I am never the cause of complaints from other people in the neighborhood.  As far as I know that is.  I’m sure about the first two things as the maintenance guy has told me on the two occasions he’s been here how happy they are about these facts.  I keep the grass cut, the snow cleared and the driveway swept up when it’s not raining.  I mean I pay thousands of dollars to live here, I want it to be a nice place to come home to and take care of it.

Like any decently run rental, when I took over the lease; there is two weeks I have to fill out a form about what I find wrong and submit it to be fixed.  Having lived here a year and some months prior to taking over the lease, I already had a list prepared.

Here’s the list I submitted for work requests:

  • Large soft spot in floor by vent in secondary bedroom
  • Huge soft spot in floor left of stove counter
  • Large soft spot left of the front door
  • Bow in big window in living room, bigger in summer (lets in bugs, let’s out heat or cooling) – He put some foam in the space.  Not actually a fix.
  • 2x broken mirrors on closet doors main – More or less a report of it so I don’t get charged for the damage.
  • Exhaust vent over stove, the fan has fallen and now just grinds on the guard when turned on
  • Big soft spot in floor by vent in master bedroom
  • Large soft spot in floor by window in master bedroom
  • Sliding glass door leaks. Left edge – Same foam he used on the window.  Not really a fix.
  • Soft spot in floor, in front of washer

Which means in over two years of being here, these issues still exist.  What annoys me is if they want me to renew, why has the maintenance man only been here twice to work on anything?  Only two of the list items have been “fixed”.  It’s not like I’m the tenant on South Lucy drive that has a pathway in his living room through mountains of garbage, food and cat piss that could cause you to gag while standing on his front porch.  (I have to go there once a week due to my night job.)  Some of the places in the back of the park are beyond gross.  I could see why they don’t do a lot of maintenance back there.  Though I’m surprised they don’t evict many of these people as they abuse the places they live in.

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So my cardiologist said…

DoctorSo I saw my cardiologist last week about the discomforts I’ve been feeling.  In the past two years I’ve had two angina attacks.  One per year.  On October 21st, I woke to having some rather radical heart palpitations.  Not to mention, my upper left shoulder has been numb for two weeks.

Thankfully a couple of visits to my chiropractor my shoulder is feeling better.  Still, I’ve been worried I may have more serious problems.  Of course waiting for a doctor appointment you think of all sorts of things.  Everything from medication adjustments, to having surgery to add a new stent, to open heart surgery or ending up unable to work.  None of which sound real good.

I spent a weekend wearing an ECG monitor.  They found nothing serious.  The heart palpitations were not any indication of a heart attack.  So I’m pretty much still just as I was.  So the doctor thinks.  We discussed my medications for Coronary Artery Disease.  My heart seems to be doing alright.  Still a bit enlarged.  So the doctor simply added a low cost cholesterol medication.  Even though I’ve been able to keep my cholesterol in check, he says the medication will help relax my arteries so that it may prevent palpitations.  He also switched me off Effient to Plavix to save me some money.  Thanks to Obama Care, the $250 Effient was only covered to an $80 copay.  Plavix should be a lot cheaper.  Though I haven’t tried it yet.  Still have 2 months of Effient.  Now if I could to something about the Ranexa I take.  It’s also $250/$80 copay.

While it’s not clear yet if I’ll need anything more, or if these new medications will help me as expected.  I’m assured some day I’ll need a new stent or two.  If I can avoid a more serious surgery, I’ll be happy.  I can say that the new cholesterol medication has made me feel sluggish so far.  I am told the effects can fade and I should feel more like I have the past 4 plus years.

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Working from Home

Working from HomeI’ve been doing this for longer than I had expected.  This isn’t a bad thing.  I just find it surprising.  I keep waiting for the end to come in one form or another.  None of the outcomes are pleasant, but I’m sure it’s inevitable given enough time.  I originally got the chance to work from home when my health suddenly became an issue and was told without concern for my feelings that I would likely “live another two years”.  Sure it was followed up with, “if you work very hard, you might be able to live longer”.  That’s no fun thing to hear.  Thankfully with God’s grace, that was nearly 5 years ago.  I have been doing walks and such, just need to do more when I can.

When that all happened, I made a deal with my employer to be able to move back to Michigan and work from home.  That was just over four years ago.  Since then my hours have been reduced to only 20-25 hours a week.  Making me take on a supplemental part-time job.  As demeaning as it may be, it does make fairly decent money.  Just a bit rough on my car.  The second job gives me 18-20 hours a week plus tips.  Though I only work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights right now.  Unless I’m called in to cover someone.

What frustrates me is that after almost 2 years of doing the evening job, it’s like my day job no longer exists to certain people.  I’ve been told by a few different people that I only work 3 days a week.  So my working 5-6 days a week during the morning hours means nothing to them.  Even though it pulls a paycheck, gets me Dental insurance and money specifically for covering my Health Insurance plan.  That doesn’t qualify it as a real job.  Is there some requirement that I must leave the house in order for it to be taken seriously?  Trust me, telecommuting is only cool for about six months.  Then you get real tired of looking at your house day in and day out.  Well maybe lazy unemployed types might like doing that.  Me, I like to get out of the house daily.  I digress.

My health is having further issues.  Of course I’m frightened of what may happen.  I don’t know if I’ll need another stent put in one of my arteries.  Or if it’s something far more serious.  I won’t know until I have some doctor visits and what I’m sure will be endless expensive tests.  Which makes me worry that I won’t be able to work my second job anymore.  I really don’t relish the thought of being unable to work a physical job or some day having to be on disability.  That scares the hell out of me.  I pray it will only be a need to change or adjust dosages of my medicine.  Besides I don’t want to be locked in my house forever.  I’d like to find a full time job that fits me physically, mentally and emotionally (and pays decent).  I look frequently.  Just not a lot of choices around Smallville.

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Work Work, Zug Zug, Dabu

Work Work, Zug Zug, DabuI’ve spent the past week or so trying to figure out what to write.  It’s hard to keep content up when nothing is really going on.  It’s work, work and more work.  To pay bills, bills and more bills.  Whoever thought this was a good idea for a human being to become after childhood, was a jerk.  I didn’t sign up for this adulthood nonsense.  I didn’t have a choice.  My parents had sex and my future was made that in 18-ish years it would be 40+ hours a week dealing with people I don’t like.  Followed by endless people I really don’t like wanting the money I earned.

Thankfully nothing in the plans for Darla and I have changed much lately.  Granted, our semi-near future is filled with way too many “if”s.  Will we each find a place we can afford?  Will we have to have a roommate in order to afford a place?  Will I stay in this place (roommate required) or move into something else?  Which one of us will have Isabel?  Will she need to be registered as an emotional support pet?  Worse, will we have to give her up?  (certainly not wanting that option)  The list goes on and on.  Involving housing, jobs, dog, cars, living arrangements and more.  So much of it can’t be determined this early.

We shall survive 🙂

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Kitty-clysm!

Atlantiss CataclysmIt would seem I have finally settled on a server to play World of Warcraft on.  It’s not a Lich King server as I had planned, but instead it’s a Cataclysm server.  Which in all honesty has a better qualities.  So many improvements over Vanilla, Burning Crusades and Lich King as far as the interface, skills and was when the client was able to do Directx 11 with updated water and textures.  Icing on the cake to that is being able to fly in the main lands.

It’s not hosted in the US, but then again, it’s not completely filled with immature nitwits either.  Sure there are some.  Every server will have them.  I feel more at home as well.  When Mists of Pandaria came out, it was be elite or be nothing.  Casuals like myself can go craft, pet battle or something.  It became incredibly hard to find anyone polite and willing to help a person learn things.  “Google”, was the number one answer to everything.  Followed by, “You’re an idiot.”, “Wowhead”, “YouTube” and “KYS”.  Which for some of you who may not know, KYS is internet gibberish for Kill YourSelf.  In a world up in arms over bullying, what an odd new meme.

Atlantiss isn’t without its issues to say the least, but they aren’t that many when you look at the whole picture.  Literally, you can look at the whole game world and figure out what works and what doesn’t.  They do well keeping their players informed and involved.  They listen to folks and despite the kids not getting a GM’s attention on demand, they do help players when they aren’t squashing bugs.

Sure I find it amusing to see an NPC float down the stairs or be stuck in a funny pose.  Nothing so far has been game stopping.  Everything essentially works.  Some quirks to be expected.

The pro’s and the cons:

Pro’s

  • Server up-time is impressive.  Not one crash or ounce of lag have I endured.
  • The game shop is not pay to win.  There is no items that give anyone an unfair advantage.
  • You can donate via PayPal.  Everyone else uses PaymentWall which is incredibly dodgy.
  • Low latency and handles a fairly high volume of players daily with no problems.
  • Bugs aren’t that many compared to the whole and they do work to fix them.
  • Mainly a helpful and friendly community.
  • Website is well laid out and works great.
  • Have been around for a few years.
  • You can play for absolutely free if you so choose.

Con’s

  • Not in my timezone, so peak hours are during the morning for me.
  • Monetary exchange rate sucks, but this isn’t the fault of Atlantiss.
  • Armory works, but no images of characters.
  • Some quest lines can’t be completed at all.
  • World events are buggy (well.. to be fair, I’ve only seen Brewfest so far and I’m low level right now).

I think I’ve found a way to finally enjoy myself.  Time to strap in and make some friends and get back to playing they way I loved.  Still, I can’t help but be myself.  The altoholic.  Seven toons of fun 🙂

      

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Which Server to Choose?

Which Server to Choose?I went Rogue about a months ago.  Not playing the class, but where I play my normal characters for World of Warcraft.  The original game evolved, and I have not.  I still love to play, but not their way.  I want to enjoy what I know, not relearn on every single expansion.  Thus, screw the advanced graphics for game-play that I enjoy.  It’s not my fault Blizzard refuses to learn from the plentiful of examples set before them.  That lesson being, is there are loads of players who still love the old content and are content to play it.  If Blizzard simply understood that, they would still be getting my monthly fee.  As well as thousands, possibly millions of others.

Besides, it seems like the mighty game gods have run out of ideas and are now simply rehashing old content.  Since Legion is basically a reboot of Burning Crusades.  I’m guessing the Lich King will return.  Probably Bolvar Fordragon, as he took up the helm after Arthas was defeated.  I mean seriously.  Oh and all skills will have to be completely redone yet again and you’ll lose and gain skills as with every expansion.  …yeah I’m over it.

However, I’ve been confronted with new issues.  Sure playing on a different server, comes with caveats of it’s own.  Like bugged quests.  OK that’s expected on a handful of issues.  Along with bugged NPC’s.  OK sure.  Poorly run servers.  That’s a bit of an issue.  I’m on server number 4 after the first two would crash daily.  The first server was Vanilla and I started in Lich King.  So I wasn’t into it as much.  The second server was dead.   I mean I could do a global /who and find exactly zero other players.  I started to really gain ground on the third server but it crashed too often.  Both the second and third servers were hosted by the same people and they would crash every single day.  The main server had roughly 800 players at peak.  If it can’t handle 800 connections then someone isn’t running a server properly.

Then of course there is the global hatred of Americans.  That can be an issue since 90% of servers are not hosted in the US for obvious reasons.  So far, the hatred has been minimal and I’ve found very friendly folks generous enough to help a person starting over.  The old content in it’s original state was hard and making in game currency is tricky without a little boost.

I’ve only been on server 4 for a few days, but most of that time I’ve been working or fixing other peoples problems.  So not sure where this server stands, but I do like the ping rates.

Lastly this means that some of my toons will have to have slightly different names due to lack of availability.  😕

As the French would say, “c’est la vie”.

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Just a few RANTS!

Just a few RANTS!If you think I follow Foamy for a reason.  You’d be right.  His famous rants and sense of logic are shared by my own feelings and thoughts.  Right now there are a few kinds of people pissing me off.  Here’s a few of mine lately that have been driving me to the edge of insanity…

Dumbasses with Smartphones

I can’t wait to find a new job.  Lately the night job has become infiltrated with teenagers and some adults who have an over-the-top addiction to their phones.  I came in one night to find six employees standing in a circle all looking at their phones rather than doing anything they get paid to do.  I wanted to take a picture of the non-productiveness, but then I’d just be number 7.  The other night I walked in on a customer just standing at the counter.  He was coyly watching three employees talking and playing on their phones.  As I walked passed him to go behind the counter, I asked loudly if he hand been helped.  He knew what I was doing and replied loudly that no, he had been simply watching the same people for several minutes while we waited to be helped.  I helped him and by then, they had magically moved to different places in the store and started on his order.  Why should we put up with this nonsense to have employees?  As I’ve said before, I’d never make it as a manager in today’s world.  Because I would be putting foot to ass, proverbially speaking, by putting a stop to all this wasted labor costs.

I certainly don’t like having to do something while others stand about gawking at their tiny screens making sure their friends status updates get noticed right away.  Of course if I say anything about it, I’m likely to cause trouble and be fired.  I hate having to drop hints, as it makes me disliked among the offenders.  Clearly the current management don’t care as a couple of them do it too.  These kind of people keep getting hired.  I guess that makes me the the problem.  God knows I’d love to resolve it by finding something new for a job.  I never expected it to last so long.  Though I do pretty good as the most customers tip me, so I guess they like me.

I do average $16 per hour.  I have yet to go below $12 per hour.  One night it went as high as $38 per hour.

Still, I don’t understand why this is allowed.  Sure we all are guilty of doing it a little.  However, when people are ignoring what they are getting paid to do.  As well as doing it for long periods of time, that’s BS.  It’s a real shame when the overweight guy with heart problems works more than healthy people do.

The Men’s Room

Men, stop being a bunch of lazy Gits!  That was the only word I could find to not be vulgar.  It’s not nearly as vulgar as what the majority of you do to a public restroom.  I would have to say that “Public Piss Syndrome” isn’t the only reason many of us avoid the Men’s Room.  It’s because we know we’ll walk into a room that stinks to high hell and is absolutely gross with piss and shit all over the toilet.  Trash on the floor and a sink that you’d be surprised to find dirty, because by the looks of the rest of the room, so you wouldn’t think it was getting used.  There are a lot of gross and lazy bastards out there.  Sure the Women’s Room isn’t always roses and candy either.  There are obviously some really inconsiderate so-called ladies in the world too.  Though the Men’s Room takes the prize by a landslide.  Or in some cases, a shitstorm…

Clearly many of you are not NBA All Stars or you’d hit the waste basket.  But do you bother to pick up your missed shots?  Hell no.  You lazy twats leave it on the floor for someone else.  You don’t wipe the toilet off when you miss or make a mess.  You don’t bother to tell anyone if the trash is overflowing.  You just let it fall.

Do you do this kind of thing at home?  If so, I hope your significant other eventually snaps and clobbers you in the face with a baseball bat.  It’s just obnoxious to be that lazy and inconsiderate.  Not too mention, I’d never want to be invited to your house.

And…

There was a third rant, but I’ve gone on so far with these I can’t remember it.  Stupid old age.  I’ll have to save it for another post someday.

Oh… Darla also feels this way 🙂

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Plot Twist

Plot TwistLife for us this past year has been very… fluid.  To say the very least.  “Such is life.”, as it goes.  The plot twists to reveal new decisions, new directions and things that must be handled prior to going forward.  So things are going to slow down as Darla and I remain engaged (just want to make that clear right now), but will put the wedding even further back.  In the next few months, Darla will relocate back to Bay City to handle family matters.  Once her daughter, Alexis graduates high school and moves on with her own life, then Darla and I can resume our own.

I know what you’re thinking.  Why don’t I move to Bay City with Darla?  I’m still working on my own things dealing with my own family.  I’ve explained this time and time again.  I don’t feel I need to explain it further.  Get down on me all you like.  I made my decision and Darla understands.  I’m not about to break promises just because something gets in the way.

We haven’t decided on a new wedding date yet.  Likely be May 3, 2021?  It’s hard to say.  A lot can change between now and then.  But I assure you, like always, we’ll keep you up to date.  We’ll also update our wedding site as well.

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Going Old School

Old SchoolThe problem I’ve had playing games the past few years, is that as the graphics get better and the game play gets more in-depth…  The less I enjoy it.  It’s been true in many cases for me.

I play a game like say … Thief (1998).  I had a blast playing it.  Next one I got was Thief: Deadly Shadows (2004) and I had an absolute blast.  In so much as I still play it.  Then Thief (2014) came out and it lost its magic.  It is beautiful, but I don’t care for how it plays.

Same thing with Grand Theft Auto.  I started playing GTA III (2001), it was fun.  GTA Vice City (2002) it was a blast from the past, and a blast to play.  GTA San Andreas (2004) was fun.  GTA 4 (2008) was cool, but not as much fun.  GTA 5 the graphics are astounding, but it just doesn’t feel the same.  I love driving the cars.  That’s about it.

It seems I have a very hard time of letting go of games I loved.  New games just don’t do it for me.  God knows I’ve tried endlessly the past few months to find something to enjoy.  I guess I’m no longer a gamer in today’s definition.  Rather I’m an Old School Gamer.

Everyone who knows me, knows I love my World of Warcraft.  As much as I try to quit playing it.  I always end up coming back eventually.  Problem is, just like every other game.  The newer it gets, the less I enjoy it.  I came in when Burning Crusades (2007) was on it’s way out and Wrath of the Lich King (2008) was coming in.  Best two years of gaming ever.  I was crazy for the game.

Then Cataclysm (2010) came out.  I had a pretty good time.  Never made it to the end raid though.  Still haven’t and it’s 2016.  Mists of Pandaria (2012) was launched and I felt something inside me die when I was surrounded by happy bouncy fat pandas.  I spend most of my time on the Timeless Isle for the last six months.  I really didn’t even find it pretty.  Then again, I’m not into asian culture or art/design.  Then Warlords of Dreanor (2014) came out and it almost felt like they were simply rehashing old content and upping the visual aspects.  Sure it involved time travel.  Honestly, if you don’t have a TARDIS, it’s best to leave time travel to The Doctor.  Again, spent most of my time doing Garrison missions and farming Tanaan Jungle.  I only did one WoD dungeon.  Didn’t even care to try the others.  Now here comes Legion (2016).  It’s Burning Crusades all over again.  I wasted $70 on the pre-purchase of the Deluxe Edition.  I have absolutely no interest in trying to relearn my character all over again.  The more they change it, the less I like it.

While I can go back and play my old favorite games to my hearts content, I can’t do it with World of Warcraft.  I have no choice in the matter.  Either I learn to play the way Blizzard wants, or I simply don’t get to play at all.  Or do I 😈

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Coming Together

Coming TogetherThings are slowly but every so surely coming together in our home/castle.  It’s not much, but it’s comfortable and we enjoy our time here.  First up is the newest member of the family, Isabel!

She’s about 2 and a half years old.  Hound mix, Schiller Hound perhaps?  It’s hard for me to say.  Her ears don’t match that, but the body shape pretty much seems too.  She’s super friendly and is partially trained.  Can’t sit or stay yet, but does know how to take a walk and comes to her name and understands no and such.  So we’ve got some training to do.

Good lord I need a better camera.

Our place is starting to look more like a home.  No longer are we using the camping chairs.  We have Darla’s couch.  Although I found the camping chairs to be much more comfortable.  And thanks to Vicki, we now have a small kitchen table and chairs 🙂  I’m not a handyman, so likely will never get refinished.  Looking for a 48″ round, fitted tablecloth.  Can’t seem to find any around town, so searching Amazon and such.

Surprisingly that small window AC unit manages to keep this place at a decent temp.  We close off the spare room during the hot months.  Though next year we might get a second one to keep the first from working so hard all the time.  When it’s in the high 80’s and 90’s it struggles some in the afternoon time.

The spare room needs some decorations.  Such as posters.  We’re preparing it for Alexis should she come visit from time to time.  It’s actually hard to find Shinedown or other posters she’d like in podunk nowhere.

I keep the yard looking decent.  For a desert of weeds that is.  The flower garden is done by my mom.  She can’t do it at her new place, so she does it here.  Which is good, as I’d just throw some easy to grow crap in and let nature do the rest.  Darla and I don’t really do gardens.  Next year I hope to get a small gas weed eater.  One thing at a time.  Up next, a new snow blower.  The old one my mom has works decent but it scares me.

Not sure how long we’ll be in this place, but it’s looking like we will renew the lease this winter.  Going to be tough to find anything at the end of January.  Best option we can hope for is to get lucky for a rent-to-own situation.  Long story.   No one really wants to read about that here as it would be in the form of another rant 😉

Edit: The curtains are not ours.  They were left here from the previous tenant.  They will get replaced at some point.

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