Orc hubby and meself were discussin the other day how to be giving and generous people in WOW. We firmly believe in the "give and ye shall receive" principle. This brought up an interesting question: how would one "tithe" in the game if we were truly roleplaying and playing Christian orcs? (hee hee, can orcs be religious? They're rather bloodthirsty.) We tossed around a few ideas but none really struck us as brilliant. I feel it would be somewhat weird to walk up to a person and ask if they wanted anything. I don't know about anybody else but I'd be looking for the strings attached to the offer. So suggestions on how to be kind and giving orc brutes would be appreciated. Anyways, the other day a fellow orc asked if he could enchant a few items of mine for free. Thinking that he probably wanted to sharpen up his skills I agreed. Loaned him my items, he gave 'em back, and then, remembering our previous discussion on generosity, I tipped him a gold. He whispered, "bro, it's free." I replied, "I know, but I like to tip anyways." He reposted with "haha, ic." End discussion. Looked at my armor to see what he had done and couldn't see any difference. I don't think he enchanted them. After a brief moment of "well, shucks!" I laughed at myself. First time in trying to be generous and I get nothin' for it. But that's what being generous is, I think. Giving without thought of reimbursement. I bet that orc got a good laugh, though. A gold for free!
Switching gears. I thought I was rather ignorant of the whole computer/internet/gaming world. Most people know more than I do. But there's a group of people who know so much less than I do it's not funny. Homeschooling moms. I can't make this a sweeping statement as I certainly can't do a proper survey but it's true of the homeschoolers in my smallish town. (I'm hanging out with homeschoolers even though my orclette is nowhere near school-ready 'cause I was homeschooled by my most-awesome mother and it's the easiest way for me to meet people. Plus it's heartening for them to see that homeschooling can work). When I mentioned I played an RPG only one knew what I was talking about. Only a couple were familiar with the concept of chatrooms. They did express amazement at the concept of spending money for a non-tangible item (heh, like WOW and WOW gold). I actually must amend my statement to they are unfamiliar with the gaming/fun side of the internet. All of these ladies are very intelligent and creative. They just did not grow up with computers/internet. Shows what a huge generation gap there is and that sometimes parents really don't know what it's like. (sigh. My mother is very computer savvy so I never could use that one with her.) But is it wise not to familiarize oneself with what is fast becoming a necessity in America? I might bring that up at the next homeschooling meeting and see what the ladies think.
P.S. I'm behind on reading all my fave blogs so I just read TJ's post about the ice storm in Maryland. I would like to comment that if she thought that was bad (and I'm sure it was) she should try driving in Houston, TX, when for the first time in 10 years they get snow flurries.