I'm half way through my vacation. The first week was good. I went back to my old home country, Quebec. I was there with the wife, kids, sister, brother in law and their two adopted kids for about three days. We went off to Parc Safari which was about what I remembered it being.
Day one had us there at their water park - itty bitty one - for several hours. My littlest ogre was loving the wading pool and all the sprinklers. My oldest enjoyed the tube river ride and hand paddle boats. I enjoyed the scenary. That's right ladies, when you're at a water park and prancing around in your little bikinis, somenone, somewhere is oogling you.
Actually, I realized two things; I'm getting old and a lot of people in Montreal have tattoos.
Day two was overcast and actually rained on us. Frank, if you're reading this, it appears that the rain at Granby Zoo was not your fault but likely mine, Elaine's or Aidan's. :)
We did the safari tour and fed tons of animals. The kids enjoyed it. We parked and headed into the park little village area, which is when it started to rain. The BIL (brother in law) didn't have a rain coat or anything close to that so we popped into a shop to pick one up for him - $3.50 gets you a plastic, transparent Parc Safari poncho. The kids were pretty crazy in there, looking at everything and touching everything. I ended up buying the kids some huge lollipops - four lollipops ended up being $15.
They didn't finish them. I expected as much.
We also had lunch there while waiting on the rain to let up. Food was a little bland, the ice tea I ordered came in a can with a straw, service was really slow, the kids got impatient and I was tempted to walk out on the bill. Pricing was about what you'd expect for eating at a Kelsey's, Casey's, Montana's or Boston Pizza.
In short, bring your own food.
It wouldn't be a post from me if I didn't talk gaming at all so...
I created a Blood Elf Mage ("Andinicus") on the Earthen Ring server, which is an RP server. Not too far in I was approached by a PVP guild looking for people. I liked the sound of it, it reminded me of the days in the Hessians back in EQ1 which was a mercenary guild. I was hoping the RP server would bring back some of the fun in the game. So far it has been hit and miss.
Best part about Earthen Ring - aside from being the server Curt Schilling plays on - is that there are no queues for logging on. Cairne would have queues just about every time I logged on. If I were to log on in the late evening, I'd get stuck in a queue for 15-20 minutes. Not so on Earthen Ring.
I ended up liking the server enough that I moved Karrn over from Cairne server. I had to rename him since Karrn was taken. Any guesses on what I renamed him to? If you guessed Somerandomdouchebag you would be incorrect. I named him Smaken. I r o-rig-n-l.
He's been sitting still at 64, I've been focused on raising the Mage, who is now level 30. I started him on the Fire talent tree then switched him to Ice and got hims some Frost damage increasers. Shortly after, I discovered he was still doing more damage with Fire so I switched him back to Fire. I now find that I'm missing some of the effects Ice spec gets you - namely Frostbite. Ah well, I picked up two new spells that I wouldn't get if I was Ice; Pyroblast and a PBAE flame attack that apparently should daze opponents.
I also have a Tauren Shaman ("Lonomaya") up to 16 - this was the results of being frustrated in not being able to find a group to do instances. Either there was no healer or the healer we had dropped shortly in leaving the group to dissolve. I was quickly reminded of why I stopped my previous Shaman... there is just something about the class that doesn't sit right for me. I haven't deleted him, but I refocused on the Mage and put the Shaman on hold.
I also started an Undead Rogue ("Lugosi") which is up to level 15. I'm finding that one to be a lot tougher than the Mage, Shaman or Hunter.
Okay, so the Hunter is a bloody joke compare to the other classes. He rolls over stuff in PVE but does suffer a little in PVP. Namely if you bypass the pet, the Hunter is pretty screwed. Part of the reason I went Mage... and Rogue.
I'll get back to the Hunter. I suspect I'll be bouncing around from character to character for the next little while.
On a good note, I haven't been afraid of PUGs. I've made a few attempts to get into instances with people. It's been mixed results. I'll talk about some of those another time.
I've got to take the kids to the sitter and go shopping for some more birthday presents for my oldest little ogre.