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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A few things

I know I have not posted anything after posting about my Hawaii trip, but I've been pretty busy. It seems I am spending all of my time either working or sleeping. There was also a lot going on that I didn't feel like posting about by themselves, so I'll tell you about a few things that have happened since I got back.

In Chengdu there are a few international schools. They usually teach foreign kids and a few rich Chinese kids. I wonder if they teach certain things, such as the Chinese version of history (which tends to be really inaccurate). Anyways, on the Saturday before the 4th of July there was an international school here that was having a 4th of July picnic which I was invited to, but I waited too long and wasn't able to get a ticket for it. I heard it was ok.

A few days after that I was chatting with a Chinese friend online and she asked me to marry her. I was very surprised and somewhat flattered, but I said no.

The 4th of July weekend was a bonus experience weekend in Everquest 2. For those that don't play the game that means is that your characters in the game can do some adventuring and quests and they are rewarded with experience, which helps them gain levels in their chosen profession. On Saturday I got my assassin to level 72 (yeah!) and decided to have my alchemist get some experience on Sunday. At sometime in the early afternoon on Sunday I got knocked out of the game and could not get back in.

In a lot of online games there is a problem... plat farmers (also called gold farmers in some games). These are people who logon to a game and make in-game money that they turn around and sell for real money to other players, usually through a third party. Plat is a term used for platinum, which is a denomination of coin in the game (e.g. platinum, gold, silver, and copper). A lot of plat farmers are from China. They can be very annoying at times, but I have met a few nice ones.

Back when my assassin character made level 70 I started saving my in-game money to buy him some nice items. It seems that having a positive cash flow and logging in to the game from China was justification enough for Sony (the owner of Everquest 2) to think I was a plat farmer and ban my account. It took about a week to work with their customer supprt to get my account reinstated.

Other than that things here are going ok. Last week the weather was a little cool and rainy, but this week is starting to warm up quite a bit. The new Harry Potter movie opens here later this week, and I am trying to setup a time some weekend to take some of my co-workers whom I help with their English. I took a few of them to see Star Trek a few weeks ago, and we had a great time. I am hoping I can get more to go with me this time.


  • Hmmm getting near that time to ask......Renn Faire? Oh and was she cute?

    By Anonymous Greg, at 1:00 AM  

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