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June 25th, 2006

11:35 pm - Lifter of Shadows
Tonight was another Dynamis-Xarcabard. Got the cool "Lifter of Shadows" title since Akuryu got the kill shot and we were in the same party. Drops:

Saotome Kabuto - Alista
Scout's Jerkin - Mimiru
Shadow Mantle - Tdogg
Koga Tekko - Alista

Also got a Montiont Silverpiece off Dynamis Lord, and 2 100 Byne Bills off eyes. To recap, that totals 3 100 pieces, 3 AF, and 1 mantle. That's a run I'll take any day of the week and twice on Sunday if there wasn't that 72 hour lockout timer on Dynamis. :)
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
Current Music: Feel the Love - Young MC

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June 14th, 2006

11:50 pm - Xarcabard (DL)
Tonight we did Dynamis-Xarcabard. A few notable things that happened:

-Before we entered, I made tiger gloves to make dusk gloves for Shield. We talked about the possibility of them HQing but he said he'd be happy with NQ. I wanted to wait for a particular day/moon phase to do it, so we entered Dynamis and it was business as usual, except:

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Yep, HQ'd a Tier 0 (99 Leathercraft) synth.

-We got DL under 20% but he got a few aoe's off and killed a bunch of people, but it was the first attempt in 8 months on DL for JE. Sorry about the lack of picture.

-Valor Surcoat dropped after some post-DL wipe farming, and Derek won it. For some background information, I had come to JE from Outspoken, where Valor Surcoats were a fairly common drop. All of the "main" job PLDs had it, along with a second job PLD. I think if I had stayed in Outspoken I probably would have had a chance at getting the next one that dropped. In JE though, this thing is mythical, like Pegasus type shit. The one that dropped for JE dropped a long ass time ago and Tdogg won it. Every one keeps mentioning that whenever it drops there would be drama about it. Picture:

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There wasn't really a lot of drama. Congrats to Derek!
Current Location: den of iniquity
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: weezer - perfect situation

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June 11th, 2006

11:39 pm - Dynamis - San d'Oria fun!
Hello out there. Sorry about the lack of updates, real life has been pretty hectic lately and most of the stuff I've been doing in FFXI is random bouts of EXP (got THF from 59 to 60 finally, BRD is 62 now, SAM is still 60). I forgot how much fun I have exping THF, but it can be a headache when you have people that are sneak/trick or trick partners and they keep moving. No matter how many times I say, "I'll adjust to you," I guess sometimes it just doesn't sink in and people instinctually try to move in front of me when they see me heading behind them.

Dynamis-San d'Oria was a VERY productive run tonight for JE. We cleared the zone for a few people and guests that needed it and we also got some nice coin drops (no 100s though, oh well!) and 16 AF.

The drops:

Monster Trousers - Shield
Warrior's Calligae - Zerofico
Warrior's Calligae - Kelp
Koga Hakama - Icyecstacy
Duelist's Boots - Quietj
Cleric's Cap - Nite
Scout's Braccae - Mimiru
Summoner's Pigaches - Aireis
Bard's Roundlet - Raisuzu
Koga Hakama - Kelp
Cleric's Cap - Tsuki
Monster Trousers - Picha
Duelist's Boots - Talus
Koga Hakama - Skydknight
Koga Hakama - Ramsus
Monster Trousers - Mimiru

Yes, 4 NIN, 3 BST, 2 WAR, 2 RDM, 2 WHM, RNG, SMN, BRD. Not that bad of a run if you ask me. I had heard & read about Sandy's with these kind of drops but had never experienced it myself. I think the most I had seen prior to tonight was probably around 10 or 11 drops. As it was the only drops we lacked were PLD (valor gauntlets), MNK (melee hose) and DRG (wyrm greaves). Next UP: Dynamis-Xarcabard on Wednesday, hopefully we'll have the same kind of luck over there that we did in San d'Oria. :)
Current Location: @ my desk.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

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May 11th, 2006

03:10 pm - Xarcabard Farming
Did Dynamis-Xarcabard last night and it was a very productive run. After some initial drops we had a dry spell for a little bit but got another nice piece of AF before time ran out. Drops:

Warrior's Lorica - Darkfire (freelot/sorted)
Wyrm Armet - Belgerald
Melee Crown - Kelp
Duelist's Chapeau - Picha
Summoner's Horn - Rioitz
Assassin's Armlets - Anubisa

In addition to the AF that dropped, we also got an M. silverpiece and a 100 byne bill. As you can see, we definitely got some pretty nice drops. It'd be nice to see PLD & BLM in Xarcabard. Hopefully since I'm saying it on my LJ and not in-game I won't jinx it. :)
Current Location: Truth or Consequences, NM
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some Mo

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May 8th, 2006

12:24 am - Changes
Well, it's been a pretty busy month so far. Business is good at the gyms, I've run a half marathon and I may try to squeeze in a marathon before the year's over sometime in the fall when it's a little cooler out. I've never really felt better as far as running goes, I think part of that is also due to the fact that I've started shambhala meditation as well. The data in some studies do indicate that runners benefit from meditation in a couple of ways - 1) higher lactate threshold, i.e. you can work harder than you previously could without the "burn" any athlete knows that is the result of lactic acid buildup in your muscles. A cool side effect is thanks to a higher lactic threshold I've had breakthroughs on my running economy pace (there's three training paces, from fastest to slowest are your VO2 max, lactic threshold or LT, and running economy or RE). I keep a journal of what I do each day along with the VO2, LT or RE next to it. RE training is basically maintenance. You're not making your heart any more capable of supplying oxygen to your muscles but you're not slipping either. You can figure out the benefits of the other two. The other benefit 2) is better recovery time.

Another change is I turned 26 on May 2, which also happened to be Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) and David Beckham's birthday. My friend Lindsey said I'm a likely candidate to be a DILF (dad I'd like to fuck). That was pretty flattering so I guess I should thank my parents for good genes (unless I happen to get cancer or diabetes later, in which case I'll probably curse them, just kidding). I don't really feel any older and I run into friends from high school sometimes and it surprises me how badly some of them have aged, and I don't mean everyone's bald, or everyone's fat, or anything like that. I think the biggest factors are probably stress, activity level, diet and genetics. Just how I don't feel 26, I've been told I don't look it either. That's good news I guess. However, some older woman that works at the movies still cards me for some reason even though I seriously doubt I look like I'm under 17.

The last change is I left the linkshell I'd been in for almost two years since the beginning of it, Outspoken. A few weeks ago I had talked to some of my fellow members and leaders of the linkshell and also in a couple of posts on our forums delineated what I thought was happening in the linkshell and also what improvements could be made. Nothing changed, and I got the feeling nothing was going to change either so instead of staying somewhere I wasn't happy to be and excited to log in to everyday, I joined another linkshell - JourneysEnd, where I also had a bunch of friends and people I've known for a long time. I'm not going to say anything negative about Outspoken - it's a very talented & capable linkshell and I wish them all the best in the future. When other people have left there is usually a drama-filled post, filled with who they liked, who was a dick/who was a bitch, etc. That's pretty tempting for anyone but ultimately it doesn't make anyone feel better and doesn't benefit anyone's situation, mine or Outspoken's. It just was not the place for me anymore. One thing I don't understand is some of the things I have heard since I've left. It's pretty amazing the things people will say I guess. The other thing I had heard was people couldn't understand why I left, as if there was no particular reason, like I had left on a whim. People that know me, know that I am not impulsive. I explained to a few people some of the reasons I had left and they were all pretty understanding. I'd also like to thank JE for making me feel at home. If anyone has any more questions, feel free to send me a /tell.

Lastly, tonight JE did Dynamis-Buburimu. We got the clear with 25 people, and some pretty decent drops:
Wyrm Belt x 2 - Belgerald, Stryffe
Koga Tekko -1 - Skydknight
Monster Gloves -1 - Sorted to Kyan, probably tossed
Abyss Gauntlets -1 - Sorted to Proc, probably tossed

Got to try out some Nightmare Mandragoras (little bastards, they're more buffed than the Enhanced Mandragoras in Temenos W), and Nightmare Cockatrices ("that enough cock for you?"). Good job everybody. :)
Current Location: a van down by the river
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Pharrell - Can I Have It Like That

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March 10th, 2006

01:11 am - Funny Shit on Craig's List
Here's an ad I saw recently on Craig's List. Before you question my motives, I look there for entertainment purposes and quite frankly this is pretty entertaining.


Reply to: pers-140539024@craigslist.org
Date: 2006-03-09, 6:49PM EST

i always let guys do whatever they want with me and they still treat me like shit, my boyfriend's brother pissed inside me and on me and did other things with me and im not saying i didnt like it or want it but then he kicks me out of his place with only half my clothes and not enough money for the bus. that's fucked up but ok whatever i just want to know from other girls on here who fuck a lot of craigslist guys how do you keep everyone from knowing ur a slut like random guys on the street and how do you say no to a hard cock because all the guys in my life are fucking me but i can barely get dressed before i'm being pushed out the cars or apartments or begging for bus change.

ok one more thing my boyfriend of all people (who ive never watched a movie with without sucking him off even with his friends around) doesnt treat me any better than his brother, what am i doing wrong? someone please?

* this is in or around baltimore/vienna
* no -- it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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February 27th, 2006

08:35 pm - Workout Playlists
I'm looking for some suggestions on workout/running music. I have 2 workout playlists on my iPod and this is the one I'm using atm - I'm pretty open for whatever or maybe someone can turn me on to some music or an artist I overlooked (you'll see my tastes are pretty eclectic, and yes some songs I picked are purposely cheesy so I'll smile and stay motivated... lol):

Ying Yang Twins - Salt Shaker
Ying Yang Twins - Say I Yi Yi
Wyclef Jean - Party to Damascus
White Stripes - Fell in Love With A Girl
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
Weezer - Holiday
Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight
Walt Disney - Ducktales Theme (don't really know the artist)
The Vines - Get Free
Velvet Revolver - Slither
Usher - U Don't Have To Call (Remix)
U2 - Pride (In the Name of Love)
Three 6 Mafia - Stay Fly
Tanto Metro - Everyone Falls In Love Sometimes
SR-71 - Politically Incorrect
Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like Its Hot
Snoop Dogg - Beautiful
Sleepy Brown - I Can't Wait
Sean Paul - We Be Burning
Seal Paul - Temperature
Rob Base ft DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two
Reel Big Fish - Take On Me
Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Zephyr Song
No Doubt - Hella Good
NERD - She Wants to Move
Nelly - E.I.
MOP - Ante Up
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
Method Man ft Mary J Blige - You're All I Need
Maroon 5 - Harder To Breathe
Luke - Bounce 2 Da Beat
Ludacris - The Potion (Remix)
Ludacris - Southern Fried Intro
Lloyd Banks - On Fire
LL Cool J - Phenomenon
LL Cool J - Headsprung
Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
John Mayer - Why Georgia
Joe - Ride Wit U
Jason Nevins - Funky Cold Medina
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Jagged Edge - Where The Party At
Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight
Hoobastank - Running Away
Game - Hate It or Love It
Foo Fighters - The Best of You
Foo Fighters - All My Life
Fallout Boy - Dance Dance
Eminem - Cum On Everybody
Eminem - When I'm Gone
Eminem ft Nate Dogg - Shake That
Dru Hill - You Are Everything
DMX - Get It On The Floor
Darkness - I Believe in a Thing Called Love
D12 - How Come
Craig David - Walking Away
Coldplay - In My Place
Coheed & Cambria - A Favor House Atlantic
The Click 5 - Just The Girl
Chris Brown - Run It
Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some More
Bob Marley - Sun Is Shining (ATB Remix)
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
Beyonce ft Slim Thug - Check On It
Amerie - One Thing
Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone
Aerosmith - Love In An Elevator

That's the shorter playlist. Like 80ish songs I guess? The longer one is around 150 songs but I don't feel like posting it in its entirety. One caveat: I'm not really into the German or pseudo-German angry industrial rock/metal so recommend that at your own risk.
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Pale Pacific - Identity Theft

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February 26th, 2006

03:57 am - Interesting Weekend
FFXI Update - Been trying to get some merit points for my RDM, trying to un-gimp a little bit. Got a few in one party, put them into enfeebling skill 2, and 1 wind accuracy, then got three in another party with Milamberxx, Mylaa, Misskitty, Avienda, and Buzek. I put those 3 merit points into Enfeebling 3. So let's see.. base skill of 276.

276 (Base)
15 (AF1 body)
7 (Torque)
6 (Merits)
4 (Elite Beret)
= 308 Enfeebling Skill.

I also switched to Windurst to get Rank 8 (probably will go all the way to 10 though) for some Master Caster's Bracelets (+7 enfeebling skill I believe, which would put me at 315). The plan though, is to get 5 more enfeebling merits (and remove the Dark Magic merit I currently have) to put me at 318 enfeebling skill before the bracelets. If I could ever get a duelist chapeau I'd be at 329 (336 with bracelets acquired/active). I'm not holding my breath on the chapeau since the last time my LS did Xarcabard was in November and a couple of RDMs in the LS need it (I can think of 2 or 3 off the top of my head).

After RDM merits are done, I was looking at what merits to do for PLD... and can't really think of many. I should have mentioned in the RDM section I also need to merit HP & MP (I have lv 2 MP, and I wanna do 7 MP & 3 HP I think, I don't have FFXI running but I think the HP/MP combo = 10). That would help out my RDM a lot and also my PLD a little bit. Maybe 4HP/6MP.. who knows. My samurai is still Lv 54 but it's been a pretty hectic week at the gyms and I haven't been able to exp much. It sucks because it seems like wave after wave of people is passing me and whenever I try to search for people around my level, it's slim pickin's. Regardless I'd like to hit Lv 75 SAM next. I currently have Lv 6 hand-to-hand upgrade (288 skill) with the max being 8, but I think I'm going to pump a few merits into great katana. Or should I just go 8 h2h and 4 gkt or something like that? Decisions decisions...

In other news, my linkshell has a rack of people with Dynamis - Tavnazia access, I'd say more so than any other NA linkshell on Kujata at the moment. It's not a competition or anything and I know what I just said may lead you to believe that. It's really not, not for me anyway and I speak for myself. The issue with Dynamis-Tavnazia is the 18-person limit. Right now we have roughly 25-30 people with access to it, maybe more. We've been focusing on the CoP Dynamis areas for the past couple months (Dynamis-Buburimu, Dynamis-Valkurm & Dynamis-Qufim) and I can honestly say I can't wait to go back to the cities & northlands . The cities and northlands are typically better to us as far as AF drops & currency and I really have to question whether the new areas are worth the 1 mill hour glass & combined time of everyone that goes. It seems like each run we get less than 60 currency I'd guesstimate, and maybe 2-3 of the relic -1 gear off Nightmare mobs. We've gotten a few of the normal AF2 pieces too, including my valor leggings from Valkurm. But if you look at the -1 AF2 gear, MOST of it (NOTE: I didn't say ALL of it) include marginal improvements over the normal quality AF2 armor. Anyone else feel the same way or is it just me?

I'll write a RL update later with some more of the random shit that seems to happen to me. Tonight I went out to dinner with an old friend from high school and we reminisced about old memories, like going on a camping trip after our senior year in high school and one of her friends on said camping trip did the following:
1) lost her virginity
2) broke our mutual friend's tent
3) ruined a sleeping bag by the aftermath of the encounter
4) got an abortion the next week
5) rolled our mutual friend's truck over on the way out of the national park

Good times. Last comment for the night before I head off to sleep, or watch Red Eye trying to fall asleep (digression: Rachel McAdams is beautiful, discuss): why is that people that financially can provide for and emotionally are ready to care for a baby struggle to produce one, and people that can't provide for a baby or aren't ready are almost 100% guaranteed to succeed?

My favorite word is still "moreover."
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High) - Ryan Adams

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February 2nd, 2006

02:58 pm - Full Circle
This past weekend kind of sucked. I had all four wisdom teeth pulled at once and everyone bitched at me for doing that. I felt like an alcoholic or something, the only disease you get yelled/bitched at for having. They said I should have gotten one side done at a time, so at least I could chew on the other side. Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment but I just wanted to get this shit out of the way. With that being said, the last thing I remember for the extraction was the doc asking how much I weighed (183) and after I told him the wrapped a band around my left bicep and told me to ball my hand into a fist. I thought I was about to get a fix but it was the anesthesia. Oh well! The next thing I remember I was waking up, and I had gauze in my mouth. This was a couple weeks ago but I wrote it on my laptop and decided to share with my livejournal. I decided to name this entry "Full Circle" for a reason you will soon figure out.

Friday started with work. The morning workout didn’t happen due to the late evening and complete lack of desire. Work was work, but again a little longer than normal. One of my friends Mark was getting married, I have known him since high school and our days in Sigma Chi together. After work I started getting in touch with people for Mark’s last night as a single man. Hustler Club in Baltimore was an initial thought, but quickly lost ground once we figured out how late we would get there. Camelot over by Capitol Hill was the second popular choice, with a short stop by Rumors in advance. The third option, which wound up winning, was LuLu’s. Mark decided LuLu’s was the most appropriate place since that is where he first went, along with Jimmy, after graduation. After a short walk in the wrong direction we (Luke, Mark, Dre, Davaughn, Dave, Jimmy, Pierre, and Mark’s cousin) arrived at LuLu’s. After a quick but extremely necessary trip to the restroom we were ready to drink. Good times were had by all and we started the journey home. That is when the night started to twist, first bad, then good, both odd.

Getting home involved a short walk from LuLu’s to the Metro station, a short ride on the Metro, and then a short walk from the Metro station to my place. As we were walking towards the Metro station a few of us crossed the street a little later than the flashing sign indicated we should have, leaving Dave to cross the street as traffic began coming at him. The first car honked a little unnecessarily at him for being in the street and triggered one or more of our group to yell something to the car. The car slowed and yelled something back. Then the car behind it stopped and started yelling at us. About that time doors started opening and people started jumping out of the car asking if there was a problem. I’m not sure how many people total jumped out of the car, but it reminded me of a circus when a car is exited by clown after clown after clown. Part of the reason I do not know how many people jumped out of the car is because the loudest and largest guy jumped out first. I felt like I was only as tall as this guy’s chest. I’m assuming he was standing on something I wasn’t aware of at the time because someone would have to be 7 feet tall for me to be looking at his chest and I don’t think he was that tall. Anyway, downtown DC, late night, 7+ men jump out of a car talking trash, probably not a situation we need to be in the night before Mark’s wedding. I’m not sure what would be worse, taking the whippin’ we would have received from them, or telling Mark's soon to be wife she would have to reschedule the wedding because Mark was in the hospital.

We managed to cool the situation off enough to get the hell out of there, while still making it to the Metro station in time to catch the last train. That’s where we met the French/German girls. I’m not sure if they were French or German or some were each or what the deal was, I just remember hearing French and German. We got on the train and were joined by 2 additional girls just as drunk as our group. I thought it was a good idea to stand in the middle of the train yelling “She gives me money” as 2 random guys follow up with “When I’m in need” and everyone else laughs at us. While I’m doing this the rest of the guys in my group are talking to (read hitting on) the French/German group and the 2 late comers. We learn that one of the latecomers was thrown out of LuLu’s for giving a guy a blow job in the club. She seemed really excited since he was 6′9″ so she did not have to get on her knees. At this time random guy number 2 got off the train and I took his seat, which was next to where Davaughn was standing with the 2 latecomers. I’m not exactly sure what brought up licking nipples, not that a conversation started with a story about giving a blow job in the club is that far off, but Davaughn was asked if he could lick his. He replied “No, can you?” and one of the latecomers proceeded to pull out a titty and start licking it. By now everyone remaining in the train had moved towards our end because we were much more entertaining than anything else going on, or any Metro ride I’ve ever been on before. Shortly after this I was handing ones to each girl for licking the other. Again I’m not sure exactly what started it, but it wasn’t much of a stretch to move from one odd scene to this. The train finally made it to our stop, which was the last one, and everyone kind of waited to see what we were going to do next. Nothing happened so we walked to my place where I promptly passed out. I think everyone crashed at my place and I remember hearing a group leave, but I don’t know for sure. I do know everyone made it to the wedding the next day.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: David Bowie - Golden Years

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02:43 pm - Lack of Updates... Shocker!
Sorry about the lack of updates in a while. This one is gonna be game related, next one is gonna be RL related.

As far as game goes, not too much has happened. My PLD is 74, @25k to 75, this is the gear I'm using for it (with alts listed too):

Koenig Shield
Shield Torque/Ajase Beads
Buckler Earring
Pigeon Earring
Koenig Cuirass/Haubergeon
Koenig Handschuhs/Crimson Fng Gnt
Bloodbead Ring/Bomb Queen Ring/Hercules Ring
Behemoth Mantle +1 (borrowed from Arcknight)/Knightly Mantle
Forest Sash/Warwolf Belt
Gallant Breeches
Valor Leggings (got them from Dynamis-Valkurm a week or so ago)

As far as my gear goes I think my PLD is pretty much pimped. Agree? ____ YES ____ NO

The only things I need to upgrade really are my earrings (pigeon +1/bloodbead/cassie/intruder,etc), my legs slot (dusk trousers have better DEF/+HP than gallant but I like the AGI from gallant for blocks/parry). So basically my PLD wishlist is: a cassie earring and/or bloodbead and/or pigeon +1, a gigant (maybe I can ENM for it but the Mine Shaft ENM takes 3 hours to setup and 4 minutes to actually beat which is fucking retarded), and something better for legs slot like dusk trousers or valor breeches. Valor Breeches will have to wait since I'm lotting behind a couple of people (but we get PLD AF a lot in Dynamis.. like 6 or 7 valor surcoats so far), and we've been focusing on the new Dynamis's - Valkurm, Buburimu and Qufim. LS cleared Qufim last night and got some nice drops but I wasn't able to attend since I had to babysit my nephew (3 months old and starting to talk.. kind of, but definitely smiling & laughing a lot) since my sister & her husband went out to look at houses.

Anyway, other things going on: picking up samurai, kind of neglected it as a sub for a long time, which sucks since it is fucking great for Ballista. Hit 37 & decided to keep going since I have full shura & full god set and a lot of other clutch gear from monk that would make my samurai pretty nice @ 75. So gonna go all the way. I hit 50 yesterday, started AF quests, got the feet earlier today w/ Enichi's help. When I ran to Norg to pick up the feet I ran into Meww the Turtlerider, one of the newish NMs in Yuhtunga. He dropped a horn called the oliphant so that should be a nice 150k or so. That'll pay for ... a stack of tacos. Also went to Quicksands and got my myochin haidate coffer so that's cool. 2/5 sam AF done, can't start AF3 quest until new JP day tomorrow but I'm in no rush since it's for the Lv 60 helmet.

Things that happened lately before I shut down this update: camping Bloodsucker. This NM sucks. I got my ring a week or so ago then helped Renze try to get it for his NIN 2x, didn't drop either time but it dropped the 3rd time so grats Renze on bloodbead, bad ass ring. Other than that, not much happening. Next up: RL update and some funny shit that happened.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Staple It Together - Jack Johnson

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