Archive for November, 2012

Putting my best foot forward

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 26/11/2012 by arthur1977

Sorry about not posting recently but life was leaving me a little frustrated.

We just recently bough a new bedroom set for our little princess and when it got delivered I noticed that three parts arrived damaged (the mirror frame, drawer and drawer cover).  There is a sense of disappointment when you drop 1,600$ for something and it arrives damaged.  After contacting the company they are replacing the parts but could not guaranty when it would happen.

Secondly work has been a challenge recently.  I have been getting frustrated buy the back and forth about different issues, our company slogan is safety first but when things get brought up they sometime seem to get brushed off.  There are things that have required permits one day but not then next for no specific reason.  Training systems have been changed that raise issues with me.

It got so bad that I started complaining to my wife out in public at breakfast Friday.  After we left I realized that maybe I should not have been so candid in public expressing my belief in my managers perceived lack of skills and other various rumors.  If our conversation was overheard by someone who knows him it might make work just a little more difficult in the up coming months.

Since that realization I have decided to put my best foot forward and keep my mouth shut.  Over the last few years I have had a good run and if I have to take the rough road for a little that is something I can handle.  Tonight is my first shift since my public outburst and hopefully nothing happens but if something does I am willing to take the repercussions.

Live and learn, hopefully this lesson sticks.


Block Buster Deal for the Blue Jays!

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , on 14/11/2012 by arthur1977

While it is not yet official it looks like the Toronto Blue Jays have given their fans some hope for the up coming year.  With the acquisition of Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio for mostly a collection of good to great prospects represents a change in the Jays recent philosophy of stock pilling young talent.

After the hope of last year ended with multiple injuries ravaging the team this deal offers renewed hope.  The addition of high end talent with playoff experience moves the expectation for the club through the roof.  Personally I am just looking forward to seeing the Jays competitive again and acquire star power like when I was growing up in the early 90’s.

Will the Jays come to regret this trade, maybe.  They gave up a lot of emerging talent in Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alverez, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick and Anthony DeSclafani along with a great defensive catch and team leader in Jeff Mathis.  If the key guys in the deal don’t want to play in Toronto this deal could resemble the Mark Teixeria trade to Atlanta in 2007.  In that trade the prospects turned out to be key players in the recent Texas Rangers success and Teixeria left after one and a half years to join the Angels.

Still, I am optimistic and looking forward to seeing the team compete for a division title or a wild card birth.  It would be great to see my two favorite teams meet in the world series: St. Louis Cardinals vs. The Toronto Blue Jays!

Have I went over to the Dark Side?

Posted in Games with tags , , on 09/11/2012 by arthur1977

I have a confession to make, I bought an Angry Birds game. Not because of the hype, not because they have sold millions of copies, but because it’s Angry Birds STAR WARS!!!

I have never played any of the previous versions but I am enjoying this one. Each bird is linked to a character from the original trilogy and has their own special power. I have managed to clear 70 zones, some being rather easy while other forced me to put my phone down for a little bit.

I don’t think I will go back and play the other Angry Bird games like one of my coworkers thinks, but this game nicely killed numerous hours at work last night.

If you are a fan of either series I do suggest you download this game and give it a try for yourself.

May the Force be with you.

I finally caught me a fish, and a BIG one!

Posted in Games, Square Enix with tags , , , , on 06/11/2012 by arthur1977

Well after weeks of trying I found a trade partner that was willing to trade a 5* for something I could afford!

Guardian CrossI managed to acquire a Sexy Leviathan (Lv.12) for: 1 Agility (III) stone, 1 Gold Slime, and 40 Silver Slimes.  Was it to much? I have no idea, but after getting shutout with usually no response on my other trade options I jumped on it.

Now to try and restock my supply of Silver Slimes after leveling him up to 60, next stop is the coliseum.

Having no luck in the hunting game, but still enjoying the people.

Posted in Games, Square Enix with tags , , , on 05/11/2012 by arthur1977

Well another week in the Coliseum and I finally managed to scrape out a B ranking, finally some respectable stones! With the conclusion of the coliseum it also means another 2 cracks at acquiring a 5* in the hunting grounds.

As the title shows my hunting did not go as well as I hoped. I used one ticket in the Bernside Plains and collected 3-4*`s (Vampire (Fast), Angle (Fast) and Kraken (Cool)) and a few 3*`s, overall it was a solid hunt and I plan to level up the Angel to join my coliseum team. The second ticket I used the in new Storm Reach Snowfield and had my first `Frozen Trigger` which prevented me from shooting for about 10 seconds…D`oh!!

Guardian Cross - Super RareThe hunt left me a little disappointed but after I finished my coffee I headed home focused on the positives and started leveling my Angel.

I know I am not the only one with this problem of missing out on the big hunts and struggling to get 5*`s. A few friends have been lucky recently and I am the first one to offer them congratulations (along with a quick trade inquiry, lol). The people on my friends list are one of the main reasons I am still playing this game, even after failed hunts and coliseum losses I usually have a note in my mail box or slime in my treasure chest.

I am still short about 15 invites for unlocking my final invite reward (Lord of the Inferno 5*), so if you are interested in trying this game please us my invite code: ND24889. If I manage to get the unlock I am more than willing to list other peoples codes but unfortunately not until then.


All the best and happy hunting everyone!

Guilds and Halloween in GW2

Posted in Guild Wars, MMO with tags , , , , on 01/11/2012 by arthur1977

It’s been a great week in Guild Wars 2 for me. I have really been enjoying the Halloween events that have been taking place, minus the jumping puzzle in the Clock Tower.

I rolled a Guardian named Gutvik of Kingstown to help increase my survivability, I was getting killed way to much as a Mesmer.

Last weekend I spent a couple of hours hanging out with my cousin. We spent some time exploring Queensdale then went to Loin’s Arch for the Mad King’s attempt to break back into the world.

During that time I got an invite to join his guild: Aegis. I have been in the guild for about a week and met a lot of great people. A couple of them we nice enough to run this noob through a battle with the Mad King. They have been a very helpful group getting me up to speed in the game.

I look forward to spending more time in game hanging out with guild mates. My next challenge is leveling up one of my characters up 80. After my experience with the Halloween event I am also looking forward to see what ArenaNet does for Christmas.