Helloeth from the 9th circle of Real Life

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Postby ophidion » Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:05 am

Howdy fellow shamanananas,

If you don't remember who I am, you really haven't been playing that long. That being said, I figured I would check up on the community and see how everyone was doing. Basically, what the state of the shaman is and to see if SOE ever put in my suggested item fixes for the TSS shaman armor turnins.

While I am sure a good number of you really don't care what happens/happened to me, I figured I would give a little update for those of you who do:
-I quit EQ back in the middle of March as my schooling was nearing an end and I needed all the time in the world to get my life together before I moved out into the wild blue yonder that is not killing pixelated beasties. As much as I didn't want to quit, it was about that time and seeing as no good investment is worth anything till you sell it, I sold my account to some random dude form Wisconsin a few months after I quit.
-After I sold the account I played wow for a little bit, where I ascended the ranks of the raiding guilds and became a decent rogue. Of course, I was a total elitist jerk (as is my online persona of course) and made many friends along with enemies. I played for a few months casually (raided about three times a week at the most) and quit at the end of the year after working at my current job for a few months.
-At the beginning of this year I met a cool gal (current girlfriend) who happens to be a shaman in Triality and she will be moving in with me in a few months after she finishes up school. Other than that, I have been working my ass off in a small company which designs flash interactions for the pharmaceutical industry. I must say, the 9-5 (and sometimes 9-11pm) gig was a nice change from the hectic schedule of a college student. Having a nice, regimented schedule is a lot less stressful than weird 12 hour days of class followed by a few days off, in which the biggest challenge was waking up after a horrible hangover.
-I quit doing drugs and traded that "hobby" for the much more fulfilling, and to my dismay, expensive, hobby of firearm ownership. I am currently only a one gun man (H&K .40S&W USPc) but am working on a few projects in the upcoming months. One of which is a nice Yugoslavian AK47 rebuild (I am going to purchase a base kit, and replace all the wood furniture with polymer).

Other than that, life is pretty calm and I am diggin' a nice, quiet lifestyle with the occasional E-thugging on various websites.

Hope all of you are doing well and will continue to kick ass as the most interesting and exciting class in all of Everquest.

Night night, keep you collective buttholes tight.

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Postby Samanna » Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:04 am

Only the dead quit EQ with any finality.

Welcome back. :)
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Postby ophidion » Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:22 am

Heh, I am not coming back, mostly because I don't want to re-level a char to Max aa and the best raiding gear. Also, I don't really have the patience for MMOs anymore. I was doing alright in wow, then our guild hit a lull in attendance. After that, I just stopped playing altogether.

Nice to hear from you Samana, I was hoping at least you would chime in :)
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Postby Funi » Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:38 am

ophidion wrote:One of which is a nice Yugoslavian AK47 rebuild (I am going to purchase a base kit, and replace all the wood furniture with polymer).


As in you're doing the rebuild yourself or you're buying a rebuilt and just replacing the furniture?
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Postby ophidion » Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:54 am

Funi wrote:
As in you're doing the rebuild yourself or you're buying a rebuilt and just replacing the furniture?


I would really like to build one from a kit, but I don't know if I am going to have time to do that. Right now I plan on just replacing the furniture. If i have more time, I will just build it myself.
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Postby Bigcat Daddy-o » Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:58 am

Hey Ophidian. I had wondered for a while what had ever happened to you. Sounds like life is going well. Also glad to hear you are off drugs. Drugs and guns just don't mix! :) Well, actually they do, but the results can be horrific!
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Postby ophidion » Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:59 am

Yeah, it got a lot easier to quit after I realized I had an opportunity for a great job right out of school. Plus, it just wasn't doing it for me anymore. I grew out of it, it just took me a long time :P

I still do make my own beer though, as Alcohol and Firearms do mix... (See also: ATF)
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Postby Macnair » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:01 am

Hello from the true server, Vazaelle!

I hope RL continues to treat you well.
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Postby Funi » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:35 am

ophidion wrote:I would really like to build one from a kit, but I don't know if I am going to have time to do that. Right now I plan on just replacing the furniture. If i have more time, I will just build it myself.


Well good luck if do decide to build one. It's worth it to build it once but take it from the voice of experience and make no illusions that it will save you any money at all. Some are easier then others for example I have read from many who talk about removing the barrel pin to be as easy as tapping it a few times with a hammer and pin. But have seen with my own eyes a 12 ton press frame crumble under the pressure of trying to remove one. And every rivet, what about 16, took me every bit of an hour each and I went through a good hand full of drill bits. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun experience but no way in all of hell I'd do it again. I'll see if I can put up a pic of my 1978 Romanian AK47 I built a bit back.

Oh, and I agree, guns and beer...guns and beer man. I just finished my second batch and I just can't believe how good it taste :)
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Postby Samanna » Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:24 pm

Homebrew beer... ick.

I make a real Halas beverage: MEAD!
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Postby ophidion » Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:28 pm

Samanna wrote:Homebrew beer... ick.

I make a real Halas beverage: MEAD!


My best friend's fiance makes Mead, so between us three we make beer, mead and wine. Can't go wrong with that trifecta... I guess the superfecta would be someone distilling booze.
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Postby Tharkis » Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:16 pm

Samanna still owes me a bottle of his homebrew, he failed to materialize any at the atlanta fan faire !
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Postby Samanna » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:06 am

I had it packed for my EMC training.... yeah.

Come and get it.
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Postby myzr » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:43 pm

Phid you grumpy Bitch ! good to see your still alive bro - nice to see you did finish school and shit hehe !
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Postby ophidion » Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:50 pm

Oh snap, whats up Myzer! Yeah bro, it only took 2 years of going to the wrong school, followed by a year off, and three years at a school that should have taken me 2 (stupid ass credits didn't transfer). I kinda miss school, but I really like having health benefits and a 401k. Plus the chance of losing your job and by that your only way of supporting yourself is a pretty good motivator :)
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Postby ophidion » Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:03 am

Funi wrote:
ophidion wrote:One of which is a nice Yugoslavian AK47 rebuild (I am going to purchase a base kit, and replace all the wood furniture with polymer).


As in you're doing the rebuild yourself or you're buying a rebuilt and just replacing the furniture?


Hey, since I am starting to get closer to my AK47 purchase, I was wondering if you had any suggestions in going with either a Romanian AKG kit or a Bulgarian ak47. Here are the two I am looking at:

Is the 200 bucks extra for .6mm more metal in the receiver really worth it? Or is there more benefit that I am just not seeing?
http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/Bulg ... Rifle.html" or http://www.classicarms.us [Romanian HKG (its about halfway down the page)]
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Postby Funi » Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:43 pm

From memory I seem to recall the thicker receiver adding around $50 bucks to it. AK's are typically around $350-$400 and go up because of the added accessories. That Bulgarian AK has the metal finished and it looks like composite furniture. That furniture would add around $100 to $150 to the thing and the seller also brags about:

They feature a K-Var stock set and K-Var fire control parts, which offer a smooth trigger pull.


It also comes with a case and cleaning kit which also would add to the price.

The Bulgarian AK is worth that price because it's complete in every way. All you have to do is find a place to shoot it :)

The Romanian one is a rebuilt with the minimal parts to make it legal. I wasn't sure which one you where talking about but all of them on that page are like that. None of these are kits. A kit being the 100% complete rifle imported (Importing assault rifles are illegal) in with the receiver cut in half with a blow torch. Thus requiring you to buy a new (US) receiver with additional US parts to make it legal. The receiver and the receiver alone is considered the complete gun according to the law which is why imports come with them destroyed. Kits cost around $100-$150 depending on quality. Since making a fully automatic assault rifle is also illegal you also have to buy the fire control parts which is considered 3 parts. If you use the fire control parts that get ship with a kit you better hide it cause you'll go to jail fast if you're caught :) If memory serves you need a total of 6 US stamped parts for it to be legal. Some of the Romanian AK's on the second link did not come with a compensator of bayonet lug so if you get something like that make sure you buy US parts to complete it.

I imagine the only reason you'd want to replace the furniture is cause you want it to look good and that Bulgarian AK not only comes with the furniture replaced but the metal refinished which the Romanian ones don't. It's also comes with accessories (case and cleaning kit). If you get the Romanian one you'll spend an additional $100-$150 on the furniture and you won't have the accessories or the metal finished.

Here is a pic of mine and as you can see the wood is refinished but the metal is not like the Romanian ones:

<a href="http://s115.photobucket.com/albums/n291/Funi_2006/?action=view¤t=Funi_AK47.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n291/Funi_2006/Funi_AK47.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

And I don't even think the wood was refinished on those Romanian ones
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Postby ophidion » Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:42 am

If you are in Triality and you still talk shit about me even though I haven't played the game since February of last year, then you are an obsessed faggot keyboard jockey with nothing better to do than jack your baby carrot and gossip to your ham troll friends. Grow up you cock smoking dingle berries.

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E: Grats on now being able to buy smokes you lanky turd.
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Postby ophidion » Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:47 am

Yeah Funi, I decided to hold off on the AK for the time being, however I am going to go get a buck mark tomorrow since I really could use a .22 plinker. 40cal gets expensive and I have always wanted a nice .22 spacegun :P
Also, this way I will also be able to afford a new EDC:
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Postby ophidion » Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:32 pm

My current babies:
HK USPc .40S&W/Browning Buckmark PLUS UDX with Walnut grips.

I love shooting the .22 so much more than the USPc, mostly because i can get 550 rounds of .22 for 17 bucks, whereas 50 rounds of shitty range ammo for the .40 is 16 bucks =\

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Postby haxot » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:47 am

Meh; a real hardcore gunsmith makes his guns from ceramics, and the bullets too! then he plants them in someone's baggage at the airport :twisted:

(Hey, yeah evil - I was gonna just say guns aren't worthwhile because there is no legit big game worth hunting these days, animals are too easy and your average bounty'd criminal is too drug-addled)

In all due seriousness however; Daaaaamn you guys play wiht guns the way I play with computers & rails
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Postby Tharkis » Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:40 am

haxot wrote:Meh; a real hardcore gunsmith makes his guns from ceramics, and the bullets too


Pfft, a real hardcore gunsmith forges his own barrel, hand carves the stock from premium curly maple or some other nice wood, manually fits the pins and sets the trigger pull, etc !
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Postby haxot » Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:45 pm

yeah, but the ceramic version you can take on an airplane to the next gun convention instead of driving there :)
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Postby Ughbash » Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:36 am

haxot wrote:yeah, but the ceramic version you can take on an airplane to the next gun convention instead of driving there :)


You can take guns on airlines, they have to be checked luggage obviously and not carry on. And they have to be unloaded. But you can legally take firearms on the plane (though I think you do have to declare it).
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Postby Zyba » Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:17 am

With the proper permits you can carry them loaded in the passenger section.
With the proper permits, you can legally purchase, sell, have, display, etc fully automatic rifles.

No gun permits are difficult or relatively expensive to attain provided you have no criminal background.
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Postby Funi » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:49 am

Zyba wrote:relatively expensive


"Relatively" being the operative word here.
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Postby Ughbash » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:48 pm

My "gun permit" was VERY expensive.

Its called the Second Amendment and it was paid for by the blood of many patriots.
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Postby Kakimor » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:26 pm

Whether your "plinking" away with a .22 or "blasting" with the .40 the skills involved are the same. Personally I prefer the .22 for several reasons. Cheap ammo, less stress on my hand wrist arm and ears. Also with the smaller caliber your able to judge your accuracy for far longer without having to change targets. I will admit though it can be thrilling to fire off a few rounds with a .454 Casull or S & W 500 .50 cal.
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Postby ophidion » Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:49 pm

Zyba wrote:No gun permits are difficult or relatively expensive to attain provided you have no criminal background.


They aren't, even if you do. Just make sure you get that shit expunged son!

Oh yeah, and don't get convicted. Also, it helps if those crimes are non-violent.
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Postby haxot » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:28 pm

ophidion wrote:it helps if those crimes are non-violent.

ophidion wrote:"I am your brain damaged brother that you never knew. Call me today or I'll kill somebody."


*chuckles and quotes out of context*
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Postby ophidion » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:23 pm

haxot wrote:
ophidion wrote:it helps if those crimes are non-violent.

ophidion wrote:"I am your brain damaged brother that you never knew. Call me today or I'll kill somebody."


*chuckles and quotes out of context*


Gotta give it up for HST.
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Postby ophidion » Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:21 pm

WHOOPS my guns gotta keep it in their respective pants... they keep multiplying.
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