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Love is in the Air... World of Warcraft

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This was a challenge on my RP guild's forum site, to write a short story about the current WoW holiday, Love Is In the Air, as it pertains to your character.  My character is a level 90 female gnome mage named Bimbie Fizzleblink, and this was my entry.   :)

Enjoy!



Ah-CHOO!


Bimbie Fizzleblink blew her nose noisily and rubbed her eyes behind the thick yellow goggles she wore. The clouds of perfume that hung over Stormwind City were simply terrible for her allergies. Yet she had to bear it. She was here on a very special mission... to find a gift for her latest creation.

She glanced behind her. Yes, the clockwork gnome was still there. Still following her with creaking, metallic steps. Still burbling happily to her in a series of beeps and whistles. Still puffing steam from his seams. Still dripping oil from his joints. Still there. Still following her.

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Sims 3 Aliens! (Spoilers)

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So, as most of you know I'm sure, Sims 3 Seasons brought alien abduction and male Sim pregnancy from abduction back to the game. YESSSSSS! :D :D I had no idea how much I'd missed it, but it was so awesome to have it again.



(Spoilers ahead!!!) 



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Adventures in DayZ

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I've started playing a game called DayZ... and I've gotten completely hooked, lol.  I've decided to take a page from some other players' books and write a little story about my adventures.   For those who don't know, DayZ is a mod of the Arma II game, and it's you, trying to survive a zombie apocolypse, and other players who might kill you on sight.  I've died in it SO many times already... and every time you die you have to start over.   As in, you lose all of your stuff, and you begin again.  Fun for all!  :D

Anyway, here's some of my latest adventure in DayZ....

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Day 0:

I woke up lying on the ground, the salt tang in the air and the sound of surf telling me I was on the shore before I even opened my eyes. Rolling over, I grunted as I got to my feet and surveyed my surroundings.

Belota. I was pretty sure I was near Belota Air Base. If I squinted hard enough, I fancied I could see the unmistakable shape of the control tower in the distance. I decided I would head that way.


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Tower update...

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So uh... yeah.  I took it upon myself to call Bank of America and ask them about the $670,000.00 mortgage they still have open on that 4 acres and tower we want to buy and initiate a lien release. 

I get a phone call asking me to send them a copy of the mortgage.

"Okay," says I.  "You want a... uh... you want a copy of... of the mortgage?"

"Yes."

"You're the bank, and you need a copy of your own mortgage?"

"Well, yes."

"..."

Is it me or is this some seriously f*cked up shit or what?  Geez.

Jul. 11th, 2012

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Some of you may remember my husband and I were working on purchasing a four acre piece of land that has a radio/microwave/whatever kind of tower on it.  The tower is no longer operational and basically it's a 260 foot tall hunk of scrap metal on halfway decent farmland that is right across the road from our house. 

Anyway...

We're still trying to buy it but omg there are issues.  I'll try to sum them up.

-Tower is being sold by a company called Tower Acquisitions, LLC. 
-They want to "sell" it to us via a quit claim deed.  They claim there are no liens or encumbrances on the property.
-We did our own title search.
-There's a $670,000.00 mortgage with Bank of America still outstanding that was initiated March 2002 and was part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005.  However, the mortgage was never officially discharged and is still open.
-Taxes are current.
-There is a right-of-way easement still open for Ohio Telephone and Telegraph

Obviously the biggest issue is that mortgage.  Now, I might be crazy, but I didn't think you could transfer a mortgage simply by buying and selling a property.  The mortgage is always between the issuing bank and the party who took it out unless paperwork is done that transfers the mortgage itself, correct?

However, husband is of the belief that even if Bank of America doesn't come after us for the money itself, they could show up on our doorstep and be all like, "Hey man, where's our tower?"  Which... you know... could be awkward.  Especially if we'd had it demolished.  Even then, though... there's not $670,000.00 worth of scrap in that thing.  Not even close.  Maybe five thousand.  And we'd still be incurring the expense of demolition.

Our realtor is saying "Get Bank of America to release the lien and put it in writing."  So I called them, and started that whole process... but in all honesty I don't know if they would do it for me.  I mean, who am I?  I'm nobody right now.  I don't own the property; I have no rights of interest to it at all at this point.

What should be happening is Tower Acquisitions needs to get the title cleaned up before they try to sell the damn thing.  But no, they don't want that.  They want a quick and dirty deal where they just sign over their supposed "rights" to us under a quit claim deed and wash their hands of the whole thing.  They get really defensive if my husband or I bring any of this up.  "Well we bought it like this," the guy told my husband.  "If it was good enough for us and we're not worried, you shouldn't be either." 

Yeah, that's professional.

Our lawyer advised us to create an LLC of our own and use that to buy the tower.  "Okay," we say.  "So that would guarantee we wouldn't be liable for anything outside of the $20,000 we're paying for this, right?  Even if worst case scenerio happens and Bank of America shows back up after ten years and wants their shit?" 

"Well," the lawyer says, "It would help, but there's never any guarantees."

Good lord... it shouldn't be this difficult!   I just... I don't know what to do at this point.  I mean it's not like they'll be able to sell it to anyone else except maybe someone like themselves who will just unload it and not actually want to keep it.  We do really want it, because we've farmed that ground for over 20 years now and it's so close to home.  If it was just the land, there would be no issues.  But that stupid hunk of junk on it is just screwing everything up.  :(

Sorry, just had to vent a little...

Maxis Taste Dare #31

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I know I do this whole castaway/island theme WAY too much, but I can't help it; I love it too much!   Something about the beach, ocean, and the tropics really appeals to me I suppose. 

Anyway, what better place to put my cloned-and-sex-changed Curious siblings (oh yeah, you knew I'd do them!) than stranded on a remote tropical island? 

Enjoy!

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Whale Shark was good... but this?  THIS IS AWESOME.

Maxis Taste Dare #30: I DO!

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This Dare made me think about all the times (ALLLL THE TIMES) I've gotten Vidcund Curious married off, and I started wondering how many old screenshots I could find of the weddings.

I actually didn't find as many as I thought I would (found more dirty bedroom scenes than anything else, teehee) but here's some I was able to rustle up!

Enjoy!



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Dec. 7th, 2011

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I saw my brother over Thanksgiving for the first time in about six months. 

I was shocked.

Yes, he had Rous-n-Y surgery for weight loss; yes I knew he'd lost over 150 pounds... so I knew he'd be thinner.

That wasn't what was shocking me.

He looks... unhealthy.  I don't just mean that he looks more gaunt.  I mean he looks like there is something really, really wrong with him.  His skin is yellow, his eyes are sunken.  He has zero energy.  He can't focus on you when you talk to him.

My mother was happily chirping, "Doesn't he look good, Cindy?  He's lost so much weight!  Doesn't he look so much better?" 

She's so frigging superficial it made me want to slap her.  I answered,  "Well, he looks thinner..." and I didn't finish that statement but in my mind I finished it by saying, "... so if you think thinner = better, then I guess yes?"

In all actuality I'm scared to death for him.  I didn't want to ask him too much, and he didn't volunteer anything... and I Googled "yellow skin after weight loss surgery" but didn't find anything but advertisements.  Could weight loss surgery make your liver fail?   I mean, he doesn't have a gallbladder so all the fat he's lost would have to be broken down somehow; could he have overtaxed his liver?  And is that something to worry about or will it sort itself out now that he's lost most of the weight?

Damn my mother for thinking thinner = better.   Just damn that entire way of thinking. 

Writer's Block: 9/11

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Where were you?


I was at home on maternity leave after having my 3rd child, who was about three weeks old at the time. I remember the morning news was just about ready to go off, and my husband was finishing his coffee and thinking about getting up to go work on the farm.

I had gotten up and gone into the kitchen to do the dishes, and then heard the "special report" music. Poked my head back into the living room to see what it was about, and Bryant Gumble was on, talking about the plane that had just flown into the twin towers.

At that time we were all thinking it was a horrible, tragic accident. A pilot had a heart attack while flying perhaps... horrible to be sure, but not terrorism. But right about then, even while Mr. Gumble was talking to someone on-air about the scene, the second plane hit, live on camera. And there were reports of the Pentagon also being hit at about that same time, and another hijacked plane that seemed to be headed toward the White House.

I can remember walking back into the living room and sinking down on the couch, in disbelief. What was going to be next? I wondered. What else was going to go up in smoke and flames? What other area was a target? Who else was going to die?

Hello everyone and welcome!

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