Thursday, November 18, 2010

the embarrassing state of affairs

Last night I announced as I was cooking dinner: "On December 6th, I'm going to stay up all night playing Warcraft. So just be warned. And don't expect anything from me the next day."

This was met with a lack of comprehension, so I explained. "It's Cataclysm! I'm going to the midnight release at Best Buy, and then I'm gonna come home and play."

Eleven year-old Iris was disgusted. "Momdude, why does everything you do have to involve nerds? Can't you do something that's not with nerds?"

My middle-aged husband was nonplussed. "You're going to a Best Buy at midnight?"

"Well, actually I will probably go there around 11:30, waiting for the midnight release, and yes. I am going there because that is where there is the midnight release."

"You'll be waiting in line with nerds!" jeered Iris.

"Hey! How come it was okay to go to the midnight Harry Potter release and stay up that night reading, and it's not okay to go to this one?"

"Because that was Harry Potter."

"You better watch out, or I'll wear my ears [prosthetic ears enabling me to take on the appearance of a blood elf] and I'll tell everyone I'm the mother of Iris."

"You'll be standing in line with a lot of jobless losers!" poked the Sober Husband, joining in with Iris at a bit of Drunken Housewife-baiting.

"Hey! I will not! All the people in my big guild have jobs; they're just taking a day off from work the next day! One guy is taking off all the way until the tenth."

Only little Lola, who has a soft spot for Warcraft, was kind (the other day Lola drew a comic strip featuring a blood elf and a night elf, making her mother very proud that a little second grader knows the distinction between these races).

Eventually the arrival of dinner shut them up, but again this morning my embarrassment rose up. The Sober Husband asked me what I was doing today, and I admitted shamefacedly, "I'm playing Warcraft. I've got a lot to do before Cataclysm."

14 comments:

Tracy said...

I tried to convince my husband to take December 7th and 8th off for Cataclysm. He won't do it. He won't even consider driving two hours to the city to wait in line. I don't want to hit 85 a week after everyone else!

Silliyak said...

Whatever the term is for playing the game, you should post a "Gone (fill in)!" sign on the blog until you're back.

the Drunken Housewife said...

Tracy, order it from Amazon! They have a pre-release order special for Cataclysm where they claim they will deliver it to you on the release day (they evidently ship it beforehand). I had an order in there but I canceled it when I realized I could go to a midnight release. You are not at your husband's mercy!

Also you can download cataclysm & buy it online from Blizz, but I don't want to deal with that. The friggin' Best Buy is a 10 min drive away at midnight (in regular traffic, it's 20 min.).

the Drunken Housewife said...

Silliyak, I'll be posting the same as now, don't you worry your little comment of the week spewing head!

the Drunken Housewife said...

Silliyak, I'll be posting the same as now, don't you worry your little comment of the week spewing head!

Silliyak said...

Here's a U tube video for SH. (You can see it on my blog also)

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1543292789?bctid=3130509001

Lanafactrix said...

You make an excellent point. I should make sure to get the 7th and 8th off work.

Anonymous said...

lol everything you do has to do with nerds. that's for sure. signed, joyce the nerd

NonymousGoatsePants said...

Tell Iris at least you're hanging out with nerds and not geeks.

No one likes a headless chicken.

Tracy said...

I just learned the local video store will have a copy in for me at 10:00am on the seventh. I'm cool with that. Means I can get it installed and play a bit before the more responsible half can get home. AND I can sleep in!

Anonymous said...

*sigh* I'm jealous. I'll not be participating in Cata until after the Christmas holidays. We are detoxing from WoW so that Zach doesn't talk my in-laws heads off. Besides, I have continuing education seminars scheduled on Dec 7&8. Apparently tax geeks don't care about gaming nerds.
See you in January.
Boyah

Emma-Louise said...

I think you should ask Lolas permission and post her comic :P

the Drunken Housewife said...

Boyah, I'll be back on Doomhammer to level a goblin. I'll see you when you're back. sorry about the bad tax planning timing.

the Drunken Housewife said...

Tracy, that sounds very sane and relaxed. I skipped the first week of WoTLK altogether because I was doing NaNoWriMo that month, and it was okay. Just missing the first few hours and being rested will be a gentle way to join in the first day frenzy.