October 2005 - alvers.info

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Halloween Fun
Monday, 31 October 2005 7:37 am
(Lian (DJ))

I am a little embarrased to admit that Deb and I have basically spent the last two days online playing World of Warcraft. We managed to get our characters up to level 24 which is very very cool.

I may have mentioned in a previous post that they are having a Halloween 'in game' celebration. You can go trick or treating and get all sorts of things. Sometimes you will even get a Trick and be turned into something.

I was off talking to an item vendor when Deb starts yelling, 'I finally got my wish!'. When I came running I found this...

Yes, Deb had been turned into a little pussycat. If you click on the image you will see a larger version with Deb's trusty Duskclaw pet beside her...that's the big one.

Tuesday, 1 November 2005 5:06 pm

Hello BRO, this is reality calling from the outside world (remember natural light??). We urge you to put the keyboard down and go and paint the fence. Please, rejoin us.

The view from a new window
Thursday, 27 October 2005 3:48 pm

I have been on secondment to a different group for the past week. Initially I was pretty weird but I am starting to find my feet and really enjoy the process.

The people are pretty cool to work with and the team that I left behind are doing such a good job that I may have to beg to be let back after the secondment finishes.

The YLT conference was full on and I'm still not sure that I have fully absorbed everything that we covered. There was so much content. I am planning to run a couple of mini-courses for my team here in Melbourne so that should be quite alot of fun.

Home is stil there but being badly neglected while we spend most of our free time playing World of Warcraft. At least I am getting my monies worth from the subscriptions. My druid is currently up to level 20 which is very cool. Deb keeps getting really angry with me because I spend so much time in town shopping and trading.

At the moment I am really looking forward to the weekend. With the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday I have arranged to take Monday off on leave so I am going to have a four day weekend.

Hi from the YLT
Thursday, 20 October 2005 8:46 pm

Here I am in beautiful rainy Manly in Sydney. The weather absolutely sucks but you can't have everything. I guess it does give me the opportunity to poke fun at the Sydney attendees.

Today we walked 12Kms from the Spit Bridge to our hotel. It was supposed to give us time to fit into the YLT thing again. Actually it was a walk that I have never done and I really loved doing it. Quite beautiful really.

From lunch onwards we were in doing hard self analysis theory with I actually enjoyed but feel that I am going to have to spend some more time thinking about in order to really let it seep in.

Tonight we went out and played lawn bowls in the rain. It wasn't quite a lame as it sounds but was pretty close.

I am now in bed at 10:30pm. I am sure the other guys are probably still going in the bar but I really couldn't be bothered hanging around on the off chance that I missed something. I would rather be fresh and good to go on Friday.

Anyway, I am missing Deb heaps and wish she could be here to be a part of the process. It would make it way more fun to be talking to her about it when I get back.

Friday, 21 October 2005 6:41 am

I'm not sorry to have missed the lawn bowls, honestly. We had dinner at Becco instead, which was a far superior experience :). And it didn't even rain (because I had my umbrella, of course).

A little introspection...
Wednesday, 19 October 2005 9:05 pm
(DJ on the YLT)

Well here I am on the second of the Young Leadership Team conferences. Today was spent working on a project for our Partner but tonight we all headed out for dinner. It was interesting to hear everyone comments on their journey since the last conference as well as their thoughts and feelings.

Some of us had read the books we were supposed to have read and some of us just poked fun at the whole concept. I personally feel rather satisfied that I managed to choke down the whole 7 Habits book prior to the conference. It gives me a sense of readiness.

As for our personal speeches on 'Our Ideal Self' I am still not very sure of what I am going to do. A few people, including those that haven't read the book, already have their presentations worked out. Now I am feeling the pressure on!!!

A very quick post...
Monday, 17 October 2005 5:25 pm

JT and Jason had been staying with us for the week and we saw them off on Saturday afternoon. It was strange to come home and not have them there. We loved having them here and Furrgus especially missed having Jason around to play fishy. He whined at me last night to play fishy and then proceeded to tell me that I wasn't doing to properly. (Cats are very fickle).

Deb and I did get an opportunity to take our WoW characters for a quick run which was pretty cool. We are now in a new area and just a little over our heads which makes it all the more interesting.

JT and Jason have a ton of pictures of their trip down here so Deb and I expect to see some of them show up in the Show and Tell area.

The blurred line between Life and Game
Monday, 3 October 2005 7:18 am

Ok, I'm hooked. We have been playing World of Warcraft pretty solidly for the last week. Friday night didn't finish until 4am.

When we were playing last night a group of Horde players (the bad guys) invaded the town we were in and started causing mischief. I waded into the action and got my butt whipped for trying. I think Deb was kind'a proud that I put my pearly white tail on the line in the face of some really powerful enemies.

We called for help to our Guild and a few turned up but unfortunately too late. Also by that point the Horde players were chicken given the strength that arrived and wouldn't engage anyone again. Oh well...it was fun while it started.

I did get to meet my boss's character which was quite cool. When Deb and I get to higher levels it will be fun to adventure with them.

On the local game front we have hit a point of not being quite high enough level to take no the major quest in our area "The Mushroom Cave" so need to level up one more time in order to survive. That or we have to call in some help.

In the real world we are expecting JT and Jason down this weekend for which I have taken Friday off to spend with them. It is going to be great. Deb gave the house a real spruce on Sunday and everything looks really nice.

The YLT is going really well although I am getting a little stressed by the workload that it is bringing down.

Now if only I could get the '7 habits' book read I would feel a lot better.