Or, of things Laid Back.
First off, it’s been quiet for a few days as I have been busy in real life and also trying to stay on top of Mogolympics participation. I think I’m up to date on everything, and apologize formally to Scarletret for not getting to reply sooner. For those curious, I do have a method of trying to execute organization and judging in a seamless manner. With any luck I’ll be able to set that up on Sunday. Time will tell.
While I’ve been outlining that, I got the chance to listen to Navi on the Twisted Nether blogcast. If you have the chance, I recommend going and listening to it. She was great. Really, all the guests have been solid from the ones I’ve heard. Getting back to Navi, though, I came to realize something interesting. After that Starstruck discussion earlier this week, listening to TNB showed me she really is famous. Not that I’m necessarily awestruck by her, I just realize everyone knows who she is and speaks highly of her. A case in point, Hydra says right in the interview that Navimie sent her someone she wanted to hear on a future TNB and Hydra basically wanted Nav on first. I looked around the blogs I read and even some I don’t check out often and everyone loves having her and is excited when she becomes part of their little circle. It’s something I’ve never noticed before. I think it’s because to me she’s simply “Navi.” We’re friends. We chat so much and have done so for a while, so I knew that side of her before the “paparazzi” behind her. She, along with many others, came to that original “farewell” raid night. We’ve done laid back raids a few times. Like I said, we’re friends. I guess it’s just hard for me to look at her as anything else…though I can see why others might see her differently.
Speaking of Laid Back Raids, last weekend was a trip to Nefarian’s old hideout, Blackwing Lair. I waited too long to post this so I know I’m forgetting who all came, but I do recall the luxury of having the Warchief himself join us for a run. By far, there is no other way to describe the experience other than we zerged the place something fierce. Some nice transmog gear dropped (including a pair of purple plate shoulders that made the chief stop begging for them), and even Saintvache picked up a pair of boots. This weekend it’s back to the Alliance and we’re heading into Ulduar. As it’s still a pretty vast instance, please note the start time of half an hour earlier.
This week was also my first experience with Shoryl’s Laid Back Dungeons. I was excited, though the time of year was not as generous as we’d have liked. Even Mrs. Amateur was preoccupied. Still, Gurdrid and Tumunzahar headed off to Icecrown to visit three particular instances. We strolled our way through Forge of Souls and Pit of Saron pretty easily. Even Halls of Reflection went smoothly…until the final wall. We must’ve killed the trash too far from it and it glitched. Arthas showed us his hungry sword, Jaina as well. Alas, it was too late in the evening to do the ice wall run again so we’ve sworn vengeance at a later date. At least the Devourer of Souls coughed up the Blood Boil Lancet for Tum as we speak. All in all, it was a hoot. I even got the chance to run with her again with Horrux last night. He joined her and a few other dwarves to clean out that Prophet in Sunken Temple.