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Spike
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Scout said:

1.  I won't be jumping on BG2 anytime soon as I have been pulled into the Stalker singularity via the superb mod/the Spike 'n Kay Bollocks thread/and having been able to salvage my 2 year old save from a hard drive meltdown. All signs point to the Zone.

 

2.  ... have never been able to get further than level 4 in Portal (making me the honorary outcast of TR who is unable to recognize the glittery, glimmery, geniusy perfection of this jump-through-the-hole game.)


1.  Let the fun commence!  [Image Can Not Be Found]

2.  I am so sorry.  [Image Can Not Be Found]

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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I definitely didn't have my DA:O setting on hard.. it was either the default (medium?), and after some time of frustration I may have turned it down to simply try enjoying the story.

My character was a rogue and she was definitely better controlled by the AI. I learned this after quite a while of playing. I seem to do a bit better while controlling Morrigan, who doesn't seem to do much of anything on her own.

One thing Scout pointed out though was that DA:O indeed has tactics slots and I didn't even know this. I discovered them in DA2. I'll go back sometime and try to whip myself into shape. 

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I had the same experince, xtal. My DA:O character was a warrior elf who I eventually turned over to the AI. I played as Morrigan mostly as she seemed able to deal the most damage when manually controlled. It was disturbing near the end when the cut scenes would show me as the elf instead of Morrigan. I tended to forget about him.

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Funny that we three had characters better controlled by AI. At the time, I thought of Alistair as a Fighter so dumb that even with my random clicking, he still remained effective as a meat shield. Me-as-mage dual healer/dps was another story, better played by an AI based on my pre-set tactics.

Scout, I had the same reaction. Oh, look (in the cutscene), there *I* am, I remember me!

Also, Scout I'm glad you're hooked into Stalker. Now I can spend weeks creating & re-creating a character. Or forget it and load up Stalker next Sunday when I return home. My old save (somewhere, maybe on the computer at the lake?) was at an underpass you have to go through? With an anomaly that blinks on & off? Could not grasp the timing plus run so I died over & over & … until I gave up.[Image Can Not Be Found] 

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Ah, the underpass. There are other ways across that barrier.

 

Amazingly I did manage to make that run once, but never again.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Steerpike: another way? 

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Yup, there are three options for getting past the train crossing. Only one is easy!

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Is Yap on another trip?

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Here, lurking. Lots of family drama (thankfully secondary, not mine or Mr. Yap's) requiring support, advice, direction via hours on skype and/or my presence (minimum distance 1/2 continent away).

My trip starts this Sunday. The weather was ranging from 105 F - 50s F. Now ten day forecast has low 80s F - low 40s F with rain. I CANNOT pack effectively or efficiently for those ranges in one suitcase that I can manage on 10 flights over 18 days. Especially when the ten day forecast +2 might change everything yet again.

 

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Meanwhile the family drama will continue over 12-15 hr. time differences, spotty internet, and probably no skype. Eight days after arriving home (28th), I leave again for a week of gathering of the clans.

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Good to know you're still among the crazed. Don'tcha just hate when RL intrudes on fun time? [Image Can Not Be Found]

Where to this time? I've forgotten. (Did I mention I put a deposit down on a two-week trip to New Zealand for February?)

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Toger, China (3rd time) & Tibet (lifelong dream).

Fun to watch you slide down the slippery slope -> New Zealand in February. Nice. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Next year's trip may be a safari – the only somewhere I haven't been that I absolutely must. Keeping in mind there's a whole lotta safaris visiting game reserves, I'm not picky as long as it's the African continent. Especially when my practical mind says I'd see more variety up close & personal for a tiny fraction of the cost by walking around San Diego Zoo's Safari Park. (been there, done that, insufficient for my needs[Image Can Not Be Found])

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Travel safe and have fun! Come back with lots of stories.

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Yabet! (get it??)

Have a great trip, Yap. And a safe one! And stay cool! As Toger says, we expect tales of adventure.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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A question for Yapette:

 

I'm considering flying back to the midwest via DFW, changing from American Airlines to American Eagle. I hear that the American hub at DFW is a monster. Any idea how much time it would take if I had to make it from end to end, say worse case scenario? I guess there are suddenly tons of flights from DFW to PDX these days...

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I think Yap is still out of the country; however, I can probably answer that question… DFW is a monster. Taxiing alone takes about 20 minutes from touchdown to gate – you'll actually taxi over the freeway. Behold, a map! Skylink is especially handy if you have to travel from one terminal to the next. It really depends on what out-of-the-way gate they park the American Eagle flight. I don't think I've ever landed and taken off from the same terminal.

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I've only been in DFW once and it was packed with people & huge.

When we lived overseas and flew often, we followed individual airport guidelines for minimum connection times. Then based on years of airline foul-ups, my husband always built in extra time. A practice I still maintain for my sanity. Like if a connection is between 1-1.5 hrs (I never, ever book a connection of less than 1 hr), I'll take a later flight even if it means extra airport boredom. Flight delays are no longer exceptions but the new normal.

I can't seem to find suggested airport connection times, maybe you can make better sense than I can for this AA wiki page.

 

Yes, I'm back, currently adjusting to 12 hour time difference and not living in 5* hotels eating three 10-course meals per day. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Highlights of trip were Potala Palace in Lhasa (reached by climbing 11 stories worth of stairs) and the Panda Reserve in Chengdu. Not to mention the cruise down the Yangtze.

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DFW and Houston can both be really crazy. I've only passed through both en route to other planes, but my experience with them has been a people-press of unbelievable magnitude.

Welcome back, Yap! We expect extensive trip details and photos. So glad you made it safely home!

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Thanks everyone for the info. After some deliberation and some research, I've decided to stick with flying through O'Hare. It's a beast too, but at least a beast I know. I never book under an hour-thirty for connecting flights either. I'd rather sit and read for two hours than run through the airport in a frantic dash to a gate only to find it delayed at the last minute. With all the delayed flights these days....count on it....two hours is the new one hour.

 

Welcome back to the land of one course meals in a bucket, Yap.

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Hijacking: anyone here on dialysis or have experience with immediate family on?

Looks like I may be heading that way and the idea of poorly trained zombietechs threading between myself and assorted bluehairs while I'm unable to escape scares the poo out.

 

Oh! And welcome back Yap. Hope all's well as can be with you & yours.

grooowrrrr! [menace menace] rrrrowwwr!

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Finkbug, that is bad news to hear from you!  Sorry to know you will be going through dialysis.  Of course, there are many people who have been going through it for years and years and think it's no big deal.  In fact, they look forward to the treatment since they're feeling sluggish and not great, and after the treatment they feel great.

 

My dad was on dialysis a bit before he passed on.  He had diabetes and a host of other issues, so it wasn't the dialysis that killed him.  He did mention to me though that speaking to other uses that everybody is different.  Some need a bit of help getting home after the treatment.  My dad was one of them, but again it was his other ailments that made it hard on him.  He would feel thirsty after the treatment and a bit worn out.  But others would just bounce right up after it was done and go home (or to wherever they are going).

 

If you do get put on regular dialysis, I hope you be one of those who can easily shrug it off.  The world needs a Finkbug that is still lively and full of energy!

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