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A few months ago I was playing World of Warcraft — as is my wont — and was mindlessly listing gemstones in the auction house. Though I usually try to ignore the in-game chat channels, I couldn’t help but notice one shaman asking for help with his gear. Now, if you’ve ever been on the internet before, you may know that asking even reasonable questions to a group of anonymous people will likely result in some or all of the following: insults, incorrect answers, deliberately false answers, and more insults. The shaman was asking what sort of gear he needed to play his character with a particular specialization (shaman can be either healers or they can deal damage via melee attacks or spellcasting). His questions weren’t being answered and people were mocking his spelling. The shaman apologized, saying he was a 79 year old man and didn’t type very well. The people in the chat channel then mocked him for this.
I looked up the shaman’s gear and found he was wearing a hodgepodge of items that weren’t itemized very well for his intended role (a melee damage-dealer). I bought him several pieces of gear off the auction house and mailed it to his character along with a note with a few tips. I also told him if he ever had any questions, he could ask me at any time.
I got an in-game mail back from him later that day. He said that it’s hard for him to play this game since the younger players don’t have patience for him. He never learned to type in school and his reflexes were slower. “I went through Korea and Vietnam and they were good enough then to keep me alive,” he wrote. He thanked me for helping him and for changing his mind about his fellow players.
Now, whenever I get frustrated with a player who isn’t playing well, I just imagine that the character is being played by my own Korean war veteran grandfather, who will be 83 this summer. I keep checking back on my little shaman friend. He only has two more levels before he hits the level-cap. I think I’ll buy him a present for when he does.
Sweet dreams are made of
Nothing is more satisfying than grooming a dog that is yellow-flagged, that all the notes say is just terrible, the worst, will bite, is super aggressive…
and then the dog is just the sweetest little angel for you. :D Not a single problem with him.
What a swell night.
1. Never ask for a “puppy cut” unless you really know what that is and you have a poodle.
2. Never sigh for any reason.
3. Never ask us to make your _____ breed dog not look like the breed they are. We are groomers, not magicians.
4. Don’t comment about how long it takes to groom your dog when we are only asking to keep your dog for two hours. Also, don’t leave your dog all day without asking first.
5. Never draw a big zero with a line through it on the tip line. If you don’t want to tip then leave the space blank.
6. Don’t call at 1 pm and ask for an appointment that day or ask to get in tomorrow, especially during summer and holidays.
7. Don’t expect favors from your groomer because you are such a good client. Chances are if you think you are a good client you probably are not.
8. Never say “Wow, that costs more than my hair cut!” Your hairstylist does not wash your butt, express your anal glands, or clean out your eye boogies, and you don’t get a mani/pedi with your haircut.
9. Don’t tell us you just combed out your dog last night while we tell you there will be an extra charge and your dog will be really short today.
10. NEVER complain about the price. It is likely your groomer is just barely making ends meet, does not have health insurance, and does not have retirement savings. Grooming is a very physically demanding job, if anything your bill should be more.
Fun OTP idea: furiously make out on top of a dead raid boss as the rest of your party looks on in horror and embarrassment
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