Gaarawarr Gabs: The US Tour
So, those few of you with super-amazing powers of awareness have already noticed that my tagline changed. The rest of you are probably going “What’s a tagline?” To be quite honest, I didn’t know it was called a tagline until I went to change it, so the second group is off the hook. :p
For those that still are asking “What’s a tagline?”, it’s that little secondary title to the bottom left of the image of me naked-tanking Ard ta Feed with the words Gaarawarr Gabs thru it. (This is where the second group is going “Oh yeah, that tagline. Psshhh…I knew about that, I just didn’t call it a tagline…yeah…that’s it…) When I started the blog, I entered in “This isn’t the blog you’re looking for…” as a silent nod to my first MMO : Star Wars Galaxies. It was also an inside joke in that I figured very few people would be coming to my blog as I’m very much the “wall’o’text” writer that the majority of people respond to on forums with “tl;dr” and move on. I still chuckle when I read it to this day and think it’s the perfect tagline for me and my blog, especially since it’s now ironic as apparently a lot of people wanted to read my walls’o’text.
So why change it? And why to “From the Road”? Well, that requires me to talk about that thing we call “Real Life” that, unlike a lot of bloggers, I don’t usually bring into my posts. However, I do so now more to explain the recent brief absence and the possible randomness of my posts for the next few weeks than anything else.
For the last 15 years, I’ve called sunny San Diego my home. It’s truly a beautiful place to live. Well, when you’re not packing your car to prepare to run from wildfires, which I’ve done twice now. 😦 Seriously though, it’s nice to have the beach so close, the mountains and desert not too far away, and the ability to wear shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops in December. Not to mention being able to commute on my motorcycle for close to 11 months out of the year.
However, after 15 years in the same place, I’ve come to feel a bit…. complacent. While I realize a lot of people would love to have their lives settle down to a point where they could become complacent, that’s just not for me for some reason. At least, not at this point in my life. To me, complacency is something you find yourself falling into after you retire or at least towards that end of your lifespan. Which is nowhere near where I am, hence the problem.
I like change, to a certain degree. I enjoy challenges, almost thrive on them. I love learning new things, meeting new people. (This should all be readily apparent to those that know me in-game, lol.) Hence why my complacency is an issue and hence my recent absence and newly-changed tagline.
So anyway, my lease came up at the end of May and I had made plans to move months ago. Unfortunately, those plans got changed, for good reason, about two weeks into May which left me scrambling to make new plans. Let me tell you, it’s a weird feeling knowing you have to move in two weeks and not knowing where you’ll be moving to. So I quickly weighed my options, which was troublesome as just about anything was possible. After much discussion, I decided to move to the East Coast as I’d never lived there. So plane tickets were purchased and a car was rented and I went to find a new place to live. Only no one would rent to me because I’m currently unemployed. I offered to do a six month lease and pay cash in full up front and was told they weren’t allowed to do that. (errr? And we wonder why our economy is f’d up.) I even sent out e-mails to places outlining my situation and what I was willing to do to curtail their issues with my unemployment and got zero response. So back to SD I flew, totally sick with something I caught while out there, while trying to figure out a new plan.
Which was to not make one. The last time I was more-or-less planless was right out of college and since the situation kind of mirrored that, I figured what the hell. So I packed all my stuff into a storage unit, set up a PO Box for my mail, left the motorcycle with some very good friends, packed a couple bags into the truck and hit the road. With no plan. Well, with a very short-term, one-step plan actually. To go to the Bay Area and spend some time with relatives and recover from being sick, which I still very much was all through moving and for almost a week after. bleh.
So I’m now recovered and posting again, as you’ve probably already seen. With the Land of the Dead coming up, what a horrible time to have to deal with all this huh? lol. Oh well. I purchased a spiffy new little laptop to play/post from while on the road and I now plan on driving cross-country. I actually planned on leaving today, but Mythic went and announced the Live Event starting today so I changed my plans. That seems to be a recurring theme these days. Anyway, I’ve been looking forward to the Rise of the Tomb Kings event and the release of 1.3 for a while now and since I didn’t really neeeed to leave right away, I didn’t. Sometimes it’s nice to not have a plan. :p
But, back to the tagline. So for now, it will read “From the Road” because that’s where I’ll be blogging/playing from: wherever I happen to end up while driving around the US. Motel choices will be heavily dependant on internet availability, hehe. For those that are curious, the first leg of the trip is tentatively set along the lines of this:
- Bay Area to San Diego – need to check the PO Box before disappearing for weeks as well as see friends
- San Diego to Las Vegas – why the hell not? :p
- Las Vegas to Albuquerque?!?! – hrm, well, it’s roughly half-way to the next stop. totally not set in stone
- Albuquerue to Tulsa – my mom and her side of the family are here, so I’d get in lots of trouble if this wasn’t an extended-stay point on my travels.
So, if you know of fun things to do in any of those areas, let me know. Or even places I should make detours to go see because they’re just that neat/cool/historic/full-of-awesomeness because who knows if/when I’ll ever get to do this again. If there’s people that play WAR in one of those places, or somewhere along the line that doesn’t require a huge detour from my route, let me know and maybe we can set up a meet-and-greet. Drinks and food = good times. :p
The second leg of the US Tour will head out from there and almost definitely, maybe, head towards the northeast. (Mythic HQ, I’m looking at you…) Once I get the first leg finished, I’ll be sure to post semi-firmer details. hehe. Speaking of which, there will be a slight departure from the normal WAR-related blog posts during this time as I will most likely be blogging and posting pics of any cool places and fun people I run into while traveling. Why? Because everyone needs to get away and enjoy that thing called “Real Life” every now and then and those that can’t can feel free to live vicariously through me while I do it. 🙂
Don’t worry though, I plan on keeping the flow of information up as much as possible. From today’s release of 1.3 and the Rise of the Tomb Kings event to the opening up of the Land of the Dead itself, expect to find lots of information, updates and reviews here, as always.
Until then, have fun all!